Uma Thurman joins the Jameson First Shot campaign

The very beautiful and talented, Uma Thurman has signed on to be apart of the Jameson First Shot Campaign for 2014. The campaign, which has already seen Hollywood big wigs, Kevin Spacey and Willem Dafoe participating in, will be entering into its third year now and this time it’s with the lovely Uma.

So, to all of you aspiring filmmakers out there, best you start thinking about your short film concept. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and who knows what other doors might open should you be the chosen one. You could follow in SA-born, Neill Blomkamp‘s steps and becoming an internationally acclaimed director.

How do you enter then? Well you need to submit a script of no more than seven pages to www.jamesonfirstshot.com by the 2nd of January 2014. The judging panel, made up of Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions and of Uma will then sift through all of the entries and a winner will then be selected. Remember to be original, creative, funny and entertaining when you put your script together.

Full list of 2013 Emmy nominees

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad – Bryan Cranston as Walter White

Downton Abbey – Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham

Homeland -Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody

House Of Cards -Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mad Men – Jon Hamm as Don Draper

The Newsroom – Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Bates Motel – Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates

Downton Abbey – Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley

Homeland – Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison

House Of Cards – Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

Mad Men – Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Nashville – Connie Britton as Rayna James

Scandal – Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

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Jameson First Shot is back

Listen up aspiring film makers, the Jameson First Shot campaign is back. Last year the folks at Jameson together with Kevin Spacey, his business partner Dana Brunetti and their production house Trigger Street Productions went in search of a talented script writer/ director. In addition to looking in the US, they opened it up to the South Africans and the Russians. The campaign was so successful. So much so that they’re doing it again. All you need to do is upload your SEVEN PAGE SCRIPT to www.jamesonfirstshot.com. Entries close on the 1st of January, 2013.

You can also have a squizz at their Youtube account: www.youtube.com/jamesonwhiskey. Spacey starred in each of the three short films made, but this year he hands over his acting duties to a just as a good an actor in the form of Willem Dafoe. Spacey will still be involved, but in more of a mentoring role. Rad huh? On being involved in the campaign again, Spacey said: “In the first year of the competition we found three outstanding filmmakers and as a result we made three incredible films. Everyone’s expectations are extremely high for the second year so the entrants for 2013 have a lot to live up to and, if it’s possible, they have even more pressure on them to write a great story and direct an amazing film. We know the prize we’re offering is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; now we need to find the talent who are worthy winners. Willem is going to be a fantastic addition to the First Shot team and I can’t wait to see what people write for him – I hope entrants come up with something completely unexpected.” So if you have hopes of getting a big break in film, best you get your thinking caps and your creativity on.

Last night the event was launched at a swanky Italian restaurant in Johannesburg. I was there as were many celebs. Check out the pics below:

Jameson First Shot Premiere with Kevin Spacey

Last night I went through to the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg for the Jameson First Shot premiere. I’ll have more on this campaign in the week, but in short Alan Shelley from Cape Town got to film his movie in Los Angeles with the help of Jameson, Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions. An absolute cracker of a campaign I tell you. I got to interview Spacey and many others on the Green Carpet last night and I left feeling very inspired and hopeful that I can live out my dream in this industry. I’ll bring you more this week so stay tuned. For now, here are some pics.

Pic courtesy of Dana Brunetti’s Twitter profile