Michaela Coel, the BFI and BMW to launch new filmmaking challengee

The BMW Filmmaking Challenge will provide five shortlisted filmmakers with access to a £10,000 production fund.

The BMW Filmmaking Challenge, in partnership with the BFI has been launched to celebrate BMW’s new flagship vehicle, the BMW i7, which features a 31.3-inch widescreen rear-passenger screen.

To encourage filmmakers even more, Coel herself will mentor the five shortlisted filmmakers alongside an executive producer from the BFI to create a 90-second short film.

The chosen filmmakers will be given the budget to produce their films using a new format and 8K / 32:9 cinematography. The BFI said “high-profile talent” will be drafted in to judge the challenge.

l-r Michaela Coel & Aliyah Otchere – Picture: David M. Benett/Chantel King/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BMW

A winning film will be selected to premiere as part of the closing night gala of the BFI London Film Festival in October 2023.

Coel said: “I hope this Filmmaking Challenge provides an opportunity for creatives to explore new and interesting perspectives, allowing us to discover the stories yet to be told. The BMW i7’s technology and theatre screen, which is much wider than we’d traditionally watch, will push creatives to think more expansively. I look forward to geeking out with the filmmakers about their ideas and providing a sounding board as a mentor throughout this process.

All five films will be available on BFI Player. The BFI will open applications in March 2023.

To promote the challenge, Coel features in a 90-second film, written and directed by Aliyah Otchere. You can watch the full clip below.


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