West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is supporting film-makers from West Lancashire by calling them to enter one of Parliament’s largest creative competitions, Film the House.

The annual competition offers the opportunity to put local musicians and film-makers in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the two industries and to have the best of West Lancashire’s talent take front and centre stage.

Judged by the leading lights of industry, with prizes provided by the industry sponsors, which in 2017 included mentoring from professionals in the film industry, a private screening of the winners’ films for friends and family and classification of the winning films by BBFC. The Film the House competition is a pioneering opportunity to showcase what the UK has to offer, while raising awareness about the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) to our creative industries.

West Lancashire MP Rosie said:
“I welcome the return of Parliament’s most hotly-contested competition, and would urge all local film-makers to enter Film the House. This is an excellent opportunity for West Lancashire to celebrate our local talent and, as all nominations are judged by industry experts, there is no finer chance for our film-makers to gain exposure.”

Lord Puttnam, Producer of Chariots of Fire, The Killing Fields:
“The UK has always been a hotbed of cinematic talent, which is why it’s crucial to constantly remind legislators of the importance of protecting and supporting this rich cultural economy. Film the House is an imaginative Parliamentary competition which manages to be fun whilst giving young creatives an opportunity to engage with their MPs, win fantastic prizes and all the while promote the importance of intellectual property rights. Those rights are the seed corn of your future -; that being the case, I can only urge every would-be film-maker to give it a go!”

Adrian Hodges, scriptwriter for My Week with Marilyn, The Musketeers, Primeval:
“For me, as a writer of original television and film screenplays, the value of IP is impossible to overestimate. A hit show might be worth many thousands of pounds in future income, but if I don’t own or retain a share of the IP, all that revenue goes to people who didn’t, at the end of the day, create or work on the show. Losing an IP in perpetuity is like losing a pension and potentially just as disastrous for writers.”

Dates for the 2018 competition are:

  • 14 May 2018: Competition launch date
  • 30 September 2018: Closing date for entries
  • 28 January 2019: Shortlist announced
  • 2 April 2019: Awards Ceremony, House of Commons, London

The categories for the 2018 competition are:

  • Best Short Film (under 16)
  • Best Short Film (16 and over)
  • Best Script (under 16)
  • Best Script (16 and over)

More information on how you can apply for the competition and the criteria for entry can be found at:


Film the House was set up by former MP and IP adviser to the Prime Minister, Mike Weatherley. The competition was set up to:

“Educate Parliamentarians about the importance of the creative industries to the British economy and how, without protecting Intellectual Property, we are putting important industries and revenue streams in jeopardy.”

Film the House was launched as a fun way to educate Parliamentarians and young people about the importance of the creative industries to the UK economy and the many ways in which we can nurture and protect our creative industries. Together with partner competition, Rock the House, it is now one of Parliament’s largest competitions and is just one of a number of initiatives that is aimed at significantly raising awareness of the need to protect creativity and copyright by bringing together young filmmakers and Parliamentarians.

Film the House is intended to invite and to showcase the ‘best’ filmmakers and scriptwriters across the UK -; with particular emphasis on young participants and people who have not, yet, been noticed and realised their potential. It is also a way for participants to meet their local MP and to learn a little more about how ‘Parliament in Westminster’ works.

As of 2018, Film the House is being run by its industry sponsors:
• 21st Century Fox
• Sky
• Warner Bros. Entertainment
• The Motion Picture Association
• Viacom

And the following organisations are also supporting the competition:

  • Alliance for IP
  • Into Film
  • BBFC
  • Luther Pendragon
  • BFI
  • The Brit School
  • British Copyright Council
  • Society of Authors
  • British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC)
  • Visual Data Ltd
  • Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)
  • Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
  • Industry Trust

For more information please contact:

info@filmthehouse.co.uk or 020 7264 5700

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