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Musicians and Film-makers Invited to Enter Competition

Dame Anne Begg MP is supporting musicians and film-makers from Aberdeen South by calling for local artists to enter Parliament’s two largest creative competitions, Rock the House and Film the House.

Founded by Mike Weatherley MP, the annual competitions offer the opportunity to put local musicians and film-makers in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the two industries, and to have the best of Aberdeen South’s talent take front and centre stage.

Last year, one of the films nominated by Dame Anne collected first place in the under 19 category. The film about ghost bullies was created by school children aged between 8 and 12 with support from the Belmont Cinema and North East Scotland College.

Dame Anne said: “I welcome the return of Parliament’s most-hotly contested competitions, and would urge all local musicians and film-makers to enter Rock the House and Film the House.

“In the past, Aberdeen South has seen two entries make it all the way to the final and I hope to continue this winning streak by encouraging as may local musicians and film-makers to submit entries this year.

“Rock the House and Film the House are excellent opportunities for Aberdeen South to celebrate our local talent and, as all nominations are judged by industry experts, there is no finer chance for our musicians and film-makers to gain exposure.”

Judged by the leading lights of industry, with prizes ranging from festival slots, studio time, top-notch equipment, and your work premiered in London’s West End, the Rock the House and Film the House competitions are a pioneering opportunity to showcase what Aberdeen South has to offer, raising awareness about the importance of Intellectual property (IP) to our creative industries and country.

Rock legend and actor, Alice Cooper said: “Rock the House is a great project which celebrates the fantastic diversity of the British music scene and gives musicians a vehicle through which to hold their legislators accountable about protecting the music industry’s intellectual property.”

The closing date for entries is 31st December and the winners will be announced on 18th March. For more information on how to enter Rock the House go to www.rockthehouseHOC.com; and for Film the House www.filmthehouse.com.

Aberdeen South Celebrates Competition Winners

A film nominated by Anne for a national film competition has collected first place.

Anne was delighted to see a group of her constituents from Ferryhill School and other school children from Sunny Bank and Skene Square Primaries won the under 19 award in the Parliament sponsored competition, ‘Film the House’.

Working with the Belmont Cinema and North East Scotland College, the school children aged between 8 and 12 developed a film about ghost bullies. The children wrote and starred in the film, and developed the film as part of the National Youth Festival of 2013.

Anne welcomed two of the young filmmakers to Parliament
Anne welcomed two of the young filmmakers to Parliament

The film can be viewed here –https://www.bandapp.com/builder/bandpage/anoushastroud/roster/filmthehouse/35

Time Running Out to Enter Competitions

Dame Anne Begg MP reminded local musicians and film makers that they only have until 31st March to enter Parliament’s largest competitions, Rock the House and Film the House.

Founded by Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mike Weatherley MP, the competitions are sponsored by industry and supported by celebrity Patrons. Both competitions offer the opportunity for Aberdeen South constituency’s creatives to have their work judged by the leading lights of industry and win prizes ranging from festival slots, studio time, equipment, and the opportunity to have your work premiered in London’s West End to name a few!

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Dame Anne Begg MP said:

“I urge all local musicians and film-makers to enter Rock the House and Film the House. The prizes are impressive and as all nominations will be judged by industry experts its a fantastic opportunity for exposure.”

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Rock legend and actor, Alice Cooper said:

“Rock the House is a great project which celebrates the fantastic diversity of the British music scene and gives musicians a vehicle through which to hold their legislators accountable about protecting the music industry’s intellectual property.”

For more information on how to enter Rock the House go to www.rockthehouseHOC.com/apply.html; and for Film the House www.filmthehouse.com/apply.html.

Labour Politicians Call for Measures to Encourage Disabled People to Stand for Election to Holyrood

During Dame Anne’s recent Parliamentary debate on representation in Parliament she called for the Scottish Government to follow Westminster’s example and establish their own ‘Access to Elected Office Fund for Disabled People’ to ensure standing for election to Holyrood and Scottish Councils are more accessible for people with disabilities.

Dame Anne said:

“It is important that more disabled people are elected to public office, be that Councillor, MP or MSP. But major barriers still exist in making this an easy process, not least the extra costs involved. That’s why the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund is so important as it helps towards levelling the playing field for disabled people.

“It is also important that political parties play their part in encouraging disabled people to become active in their party and then to put themselves forward for candidate selection. We know the electorate are happy to vote for candidates with a disability but obviously can’t do this if disabled people haven’t been selected.”

Following on from the debate, Scottish Labour’s Equalities spokesperson Jackie Baillie MSP lodged the following motion in Holyrood:

Access to Office for Disabled People 

That the Parliament notes a recent debate in the House of Commons, led by Dame Anne Begg MP, which called on both the UK Government and the Scottish Government to increase support for disabled people to access elected office; understands that The Independent Living In Scotland Report,Politically (in)correct– representation of disabled people in Politics, called on the Scottish Government to establish an “Access to Office for Disabled People Fund”; notes with regret, however, that such a fund has so far not been established; understands that one in five people in Scotland are disabled; believes that the Scottish Government needs to be more proactive in giving disabled people a voice and ensuring that financial support is in place to assist disabled people in becoming members of representative bodies, and hopes for rapid progress to be made on what it considers this very important issue.

You can also see the motion here:  http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Simple&DateChoice=0&MSPId=1783&SortBy=DateSubmitted&ResultsPerPage=10

 

Dame Anne nominates constituent for national film competiton

Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, was delighted to put her support behind constituent Christian McKenna and his film Podium for the Parliamentary film competition FILM THE HOUSE.

FILM THE HOUSE is a national competition for budding UK film makers, directors and script writers that aims to raise political awareness of the importance of intellectual property to the film industry.

Mr McKenna’s entry will now be in the running for the national competition with the chance to have the film screened in the House of Commons in October. Speaking about his film, he said: “When I wrote this film, I was aiming to produce something that any sports person could relate to. As sport was a key part of 2012 with the Olympic in London taking place I felt that it would also be very relevant to the times.

“I am genuinely surprised on how far my short film has gone, I initially used it to pass my first year of college and was entering it to the competition mainly for feedback – due to it being my first film. However with the support from Dame Anne I am delighted on how the film has progressed through the competition and I am delighted to have reached the final stage.

“I look forward to seeing other people’s work in order to further develop myself.”

Throughout the past few months, members of the public have been entering their films to the competition and MPs have been nominating the best submissions from within their constituency. These will go on to be considered for the final award ceremony, at the House of Commons in October. Prizes include studio tours, work experience, and private screenings for friends and family.

Dame Anne said: “I am delighted to show my support for this fantastic initiative, and I am very proud to have the opportunity to be a part of showcasing some of the great talent from Aberdeen South.

“I thoroughly enjoyed Christian’s film which captures the excitement around competitive sport being felt by many at the moment and I want to wish him the best of luck in the competition.”

Dame Anne Begg MP urges would-be filmmakers in Aberdeen South to enter national film competition

Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, has called for local amateur film makers to enter FILM THE HOUSE, a national competition that celebrates up-and-coming amateur film producers, directors and script writers across the UK. Film lovers of all ages are urged to get their creative juices flowing, and submit their amateur films to FILM THE HOUSE, which aims to also raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property rights, film and the creative industries.

Founded by Mike Weatherley MP and supported by the British film industry, FILM THE HOUSE gives entrants the chance to win a screening of their film to film industry executives at the House of Commons. Dame Anne said: “FILM THE HOUSE is a great opportunity for aspiring film makers of any age looking to find a way into the industry. I am excited to see entries from Aberdeen South, and hope to see as many submissions as possible.”

The competition is designed to promote the wealth and variety of film in the UK. Categories include drama, thriller, action, comedy, music video, documentary, as well as a separate category for under 18s which can be any genre. The closing date for nominations is 30th June and the winners will be announced on the 30th October at a special reception and screening of the winning film at the House of Parliament. For more information on how to apply visit www.filmthehouse.com.