Young film-makers and advertising professionals are being asked to make a 60-90 second film suggesting why a tax on banks is a good idea. Richard Curtis will lead the competition jury.
The Robin Hood tax campaign – a UK initiative lobbying for a levy on banks to reduce poverty, bolster public services and help pay the bill for climate change – has launched a short film competition.
Young film-makers and advertising professionals are being asked to make a 60-90 second film suggesting why a tax on banks is a good idea. The films should argue why the bank bailout, which cost UK taxpayers £1.5 trillion, should start to pay back society and help those worse affected by the recession.
Writer/director Richard Curtis is among those spearheading the campaign and has already made two shorts for the initiative, one starring Bill Nighy, the other with Ben Kingsley and Noel Clarke. The films and others inspired by the campaign can be seen at www.robinhoodtax.org.uk.
Curtis will lead a jury for the short film competition which also includes actress Sienna Miller, David Jones, who is CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide and Havas Worldwide, Andy Hobsbawm, chairman of agency.com and co-founder of Dothegreenthing.com, John Jackson, vice president of social responsibility at MTV Networks, and Screen editor Mike Goodridge.
Prizes include a masterclass with Curtis and a slot for the winning film on youtube’s homepage. Deadline for entries is June 18.