Each year the Blake Society gives ten percent of its income to an individual in the form of a grant to create a work of vision.For 2015 the value of the Grant will be £446.
This year the award will be given for the best 4-second film, with the theme of ‘Visions’. The judge is filmwriter, producer and director Sir Alan Parker, whose feature films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes, and ten Oscars. He was founding chairman of the UK Film Council, and prior to that chairman of the BFI. His films include Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Pink Floyd The Wall.
Inspired by Blake’s innovative and radical use of the available media of his day, we are seeking a short film whose content relates to the theme ‘Visions’. Four seconds is quite enough. Blake succeeded in expressing his own boundless visionary imagination via single copper plates on which he etched and printed his kaleidoscopic ‘illuminated books’. In his unique philosophy as in his work process, it is the limited or finite which bears witness to the infinite.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.
The winning entry will be announced on the evening of Thursday 29th October 2015, when we will be hosting the award ceremony at Waterstone’s bookshop on Piccadilly, London. We hope to project many of the films that are entered to show the range and diversity of the entries. The competition is free to enter, open to all and the deadline for entry is midnight on 30 September 2015.
Entry is free and open to everyone. Anyone involved in the judging process cannot be awarded the Tithe Grant. Blake’s works reflect his own character and time. We invite your 4 second film to do the same. Entries could be inspired by William Blake or other artists, but should try to escape being derivative of them – Be Unbound! Applicants may submit as many 4 second films as they wish. Entries should be made via Twitter, using the hashtag #tithe4secfilm 4 second films can be with or without sound – and there is no restriction on the content of the films. Entries must be previously unpublished anywhere online. Entrants must own the copyright of the 4-second films submitted. The copyright of the film remains with the entrant. By submitting a 4-second film you agree that in the event you are shortlisted as a finalist, the film may be shared or published by the Blake Society in any material pertaining to the Tithe Grant including its projection at the Award Ceremony. The Decision of the Judge is final and no correspondence shall be entered into concerning the Award or the process of judging. The value of the 2015 Award will be one tenth of the Blake Society’s Subscription Income in 2014, namely £446. The deadline for submission of entries is 23:59 (GMT) on 30 September 2015. Late entries will not be accepted. Applicants must follow the Blake Society twitter account @blake_society for the duration of the contest.
Full instructions on how to apply at: http://www.blakesociety.org/the-tithe-grant/