Jameson First Shot: The one film competition you must enter this year

Posted October 16th, 2015 by Anna Bogutskaya

Jameson First Shot

Dear Shooters and ALL writer/directors in the UK,

Jameson First Shot film competition for 2016 is now officially OPEN. We’ve been saying it for years and years… this is by far the best film competition out there and we’re determined to see UK­-based filmmakers triumph.

What to do?!

Send in a stonking short script.
Make it the very best you can.
Get selected as one of three winners.
Receive a phone call from Kevin Spacey!
Answer that phone call, ok?
Get your short film produced by Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Social Network)
Yup, this really is what this competition offers..
Direct your short film in LA
oh but wait…
Direct it with Maggie Gyllenhaal as the star of your film.

YES. Maggie Gyllenhaal
YES. Maggie Gyllenhaal of The Dark Knight, Donnie Darko, Secretary and Sherrybaby, The Honourable Woman etcetera….
YES. Maggie Gyllenhaal who believes in giving upcoming filmmakers a shot, and a break, and who has agreed to star in three films by unknown filmmakers.

Maggie Gyllenhaal
We adore her and applaud her.

And we say to all of you ­ get writing/submitting as the competition has OPENED. This could be your First Shot at a serious break. And what a brilliant opportunity too to write for a female protagonist. Come on UK!


Maggie has recommended herself that you put ‘a little bit of your actual self into what you’re doing ­ good art takes vulnerability.’


The competition is international folks. But this year, for the first time, a UK winner will be selected to go into the finals. So drop any fears you might have and embrace this competition folks. Get submitting. We want to see the UK triumph. As proud believers ourselves in the power of short film, we’re buzzed by the thinking behind it. Created by Spacey and Brunetti back in 2012, Jameson First Shot was created to give first­-time filmmakers a break –

“It’s not about where someone is, it’s about where they might get to in 10 years if they’re encouraged, nurtured and guided,”

Kevin Spacey.


Writer/Directors of the UK — This is your calling — Give it your best shot!


Cath Le Couteur
Co-­founder & CEO

  1. Alève Mine

    Dear Cath

    Can you please absolutely ask them to add Switzerland to their list of allowed current locations? The reason I’m here is that I can’t afford to travel to the UK. It doesn’t make much sense to screen the screenplays on that basis.


  2. Cath

    Aleve hi
    We’ve asked Jameson First Shot people for you.
    Hope this helps.

    ‘If this person is a UK citizen and has a UK address then she will be able to enter the competition and she has to indicate her UK address when entering. She will have to find somebody in the UK to enter the script for her as she won’t be able to access the enter section from Switzerland. If she doesn’t have any UK address and are not a UK citizen, I’m afraid she won’t be able to enter the competition.’

  3. Alève Mine

    Thanks much, Cath. I suppose we shouldn’t mock up an address and give work to do to a friend for this.

    Good luck to those of us in the UK!

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