Winner will be screened at the Raindance Film Festival

UK independent film organisation Raindance and Direct Line insurance have launched a competition aimed at uncovering new UK film-making talent.

The 40 Seconds Straight competition is looking for original 40-second films based around the premise of simplicity, by taking a look at life’s most complicated situations and making them straightforward.

Entrants will be competing to have their creation screened at the Raindance Film Festival, as well as a trip to the Cannes film festival.

Judges include comedian and actor Chris Addison, Alex Zane, film critic for The Sun and TV presenter,  Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance and the Raindance Film Festival, Jane Crowther, associate editor for Total Film and Kerry Chilvers, marketing director at Direct Line.

Sponsored by Direct Line, the contest will also allow the top 10 shortlisted films to be in with a chance to win tickets to the British Independent Film Awards after-show party.

Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance, commented: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Direct Line to present the filmmaking community with a fantastic opportunity to create something straightforward from something complicated. It could be the chance of a lifetime to put your film in front of key people in the film industry and win some fantastic prizes.”

Films can be submitted until August 8 at