The British Academy of Film & Television Arts ( BAFTA ) has launched a new short film competition, 60 Seconds of Fame, in association with Orange and supported by BBC Nations and Regions and the UK’s regional screen agencies.

Anyone over 16 is open to submit a 60-second short on the theme ‘celebrate,’ to honour BAFTA’s 60th anniversary and Orange’s 10th year as a sponsor. Shortlisted films will be shown by BBC Nations and Regions programmes and a public vote will determine the final winner, which will be aired as part of the BBC One broadcast of the BAFTAs.

BAFTA will run short film masterclasses around the country (to also be podcasted) to give expert film-making advice.

Directors Ken Russell and Julia Jason have already announced plans to support the initiative with their own shorts. Masterclasses will be taught by the likes of Richard Jobson, Kenton Allen and Mia Bays, Joe Wright and Stephen Woolley.