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Futures 48 Film Challenge

Who?

Open to aspiring filmmakers with no broadcast credits from across the United Kingdom. This competition is your chance to show off your creativity and innovation, create a short film that will be judged by the television industry and showcased on the RTS YouTube Channel. The winning film will also receive a prestigious Royal Television Society Award. 

You can either enter as an individual or as a team. There is no fee to enter this competition. 

The Eurovision 2020 lineup has been announced

Graham Norton (Credit: BBC)

There will be a mix of special programmes and a look back at some classic moments from Eurovision.

Famous faces Graham Norton, Ken Bruce and Rylan Clark-Neal will help bring the Eurovision spirt into viewers homes. 

Graham Norton described Eurovision as a form of “escapism” for people especially during these times.

He added: “This year people at home can celebrate the amazing spirit of the event and hopefully get the chance to take their mind off the current situation for a few hours.”

Who's taking part in Race Across the World series two?

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The second series has been extended by two weeks and will now air for eight weeks, with contestants competing to get from Mexico City to the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia in Argentina.

Like series one – where contestants travelled from London to Singapore – they will need to travel thousands of miles without taking any flights or using a smartphone and with a limited set amount of money.  

The 10 travellers will work in pairs to navigate across 16 countries via horse, foot, boat and bus to reach the finish line.

Channel 4 recommissions Beat the Chef with a brand new format

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In the updated format, the show takes amateur cooks and pits them against award-winning chefs, Mark Sargeant, Frederick Forster, Hrishikesh Desai and Sophie Michell, with a £10,000 jackpot up for grabs for whoever excels in the fast paced cook-offs.

In the first round of the competition, the contestants make their favourite recipe and the professional chefs create their own version of the contestant’s dish.

Both dishes are then blind taste tested by a jury and each vote a contestant wins from the jury is worth money that is added to their potential prize pot.

Global Action Plan announces short film competition

The competition, aimed at 18-29 year olds, is looking for powerful content with humour, aspirational and feel-good storylines to depict an optimistic and sustainable future, that diverts away from the typical dystopian drama depiction of what the future holds.

Flickers of the Future patron Richard Curtis CBE commented: "This could be the most important drama of our time, a much-needed route to drive the rapid and major changes we need to avert a climate crisis and achieve the United Nations Global Goals.

Meet the players entering Channel 4 reality show The Circle

Emma Willis (Credit: Channel 4)

Anyone can be anyone in The Circle, but when the aim of the game is to gain popularity, some are not who they seem. 

The reality series looks at the highs and lows of social media, as eight contestants try to win over their fellow competitors and convince them they are who they say there are for a chance to win the prize of £100,000.

The Circle sees contestants live in separate flats in the same building, but their only way to communicate with each other is through a social media platform called The Circle.

Applications open for Media Trust and ITV News’ Breaking into News competition

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Communications charity Media Trust has teamed up with ITV News to launch Breaking into News, a nationwide competition to search for ITV’s next up and coming broadcast journalist.

The initiative was founded eight years ago and aims to promote diversity in broadcast journalism.

Fronted by journalists Charlene White and Ria Chatterjee, Breaking Into News is now open to everyone of all ages and backgrounds and welcomes individuals with little or no media experience.

Applications open for research-based film competition

Kate Baxter and Elizabeth Dixon won last year for their film Whirlpool (Credit: AHRC)

The RIFA awards recognise the best short films, of up to 30 minutes in length, which will be judged by a panel of experts from academia and the film industry. The the winners will receive a trophy and £2,000 in prize money for future filmmaking projects.  

This year's panel includes Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of All 4, Channel 4 Television and Matthew Reisz from Times Higher Education.