Jameson First Shot is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with a Hollywood star, Kevin Spacey and his production company. You don’t want to blow your chances with any silly errors. So, if you’re not sure about anything or want to check the facts, here are the answers to some FAQs.
Jameson has played a part in film since 1998, when the Jameson Short Film Award was created and presented at many film festivals around the world. Jameson is now involved in some of the most innovative and cutting-edge film events happening in all four corners of the globe. Some of our sponsorships include the Jameson Cult Film Club, Done in 60 Seconds, the Jameson Empire Awards and in Independent Spirit Awards, to name but a few. To find out more www.jamesonwhiskey.com
Trigger Street Productions is an entertainment production company formed by Kevin Spacey and his producing partner Dana Brunetti in 1997. Trigger Street’s credits include Golden-Globe winning The Social Network and the Emmy-nominated Bernard and Doris, as well as numerous other film productions including 21, Shrink, Fanboys and The Big Kahuna, as well as stage productions of The Iceman Cometh and Cobb. TriggerStreet.com was launched in 2002 as an online community for unrepresented filmmakers, writers, readers, and film aficionados. They now gather together in the virtual space to share, discover, and critique. This community provides a platform for undiscovered talent to showcase their work and gain valuable exposure and feedback that it may not normally have access to.
The name 'Trigger Street' is a reference to an actual street in Spacey's boyhood home of Chatsworth, California where a friend of his lived on the ranch of infamous American cowboy actor, Roy Rogers. Having built the ranch before the property boom, Roy got to name the streets in the neighborhood – one of which he named after his horse, Trigger. Having spent much of his childhood there, Spacey decided Trigger Street would be a name befitting his production company because (in his words) “it was a street that just went on and felt endless to me, so ultimately that was why I chose the name for the company”
The seven pages should be your whole story. And nothing but your story. We want all of it – beginning, middle and end.
The 7 pages do not include the title page.
Your script must be at least 5 pages but no more than 7 pages in length on A4 paper size in 12 point Courier font. The 7 pages do not include the title page.
The script should include a key role that is appropriate for an A-list actor to perform and a maximum of 7 cast.
We cannot feature excessive scenes of violence or excessive use of weaponry, so as long as your script doesn't feature either of these then it will be eligible for entry.
Not at all – just make sure you base your film on one of the three themes – Legendary or Humorous or a Very Tall Tale and follow the rest of the rules as listed on the site.
It’s up to you how you interpret the theme, but as a guide we’d say: ‘Legendary’ is the stuff of folklore or urban legend – a tale that has circulated over the years/centuries, over the internet etc. – such an amazing story that it has been repeated & repeated to epic levels; ‘Tall Tale’ something with a little or a lot of exaggeration; ‘Humorous’ – something funny!
We'd recommend that your storyline should not include the need for lots of special effects or have other requirements that would necessitate a considerable budget.
Your script must be an original story – please refer to the 'Warranty' section of the Terms and Conditions on the website.
If you go to http://jamesonfirstshot.com/enter you can download a script format template. Your script or screenplay must be at least 5 pages but no more than 7 pages in length on A4 paper size in 12 pt Courier font and it must also be uploaded as a pdf document.
No, it is strictly one entry per person.
Your script MUST be inspired by one of our three themes – Legendary OR Humorous OR a Very Tall Tale. But make sure you’re creative! We’re looking for new, raw talent that can take a subject and write an amazing script around it. You can write about ANYTHING you like, as long as one of the three themes features as part of your story.
Just one please – keep it simple
Jameson First Shot is really all about the story and your talent for telling it without the need for big budget stunts, pyrotechnics and CGI. So focus on the quality of your short, not the quality of car chases, exploding helicopters and rampaging extra-terrestrials.
They mean that your story should be something that moves you. Not something you’ve written to please the judges. Or something that’s in vogue this week. Or a reboot of an old idea. Write something meaningful to you – an original story that you feel you have to tell.
Unfortunately we have to have a cut-off point, so no amends will be able to be made after the closing date. The script that you have uploaded will be submitted into the competition.
We have chosen to visit the same markets in the second year of the competition as we went to in 2012, but who knows where Jameson First Shot will take us next year – watch this space.
It may be the home of Hollywood, but unfortunately for legal reasons, given that Jameson is the organiser of this competition, Californian residents can’t enter due to regulatory constraints beyond our control. For further information please go to the competition Terms & Conditions.
No, we’re afraid you need to be a resident in one of the eligible locations in order to enter the Jameson First Shot competition.
Only people who live in America (excluding California), Russia and South Africa are eligible to enter.
Only people who are legal residents of and are living in America (excluding California), Russia and South Africa are eligible to enter.
No, only scenes from shortlisted candidates will be considered and judged as part of the competition.
Unfortunately due to legal regulations and restrictions around alcohol brands we're unable to accept entries from anyone under 25.
It’s good to share, however on this occasion you’re on your own. The prize will include flights and accommodation for the winner only. But look on the bright side – you’ll be too busy shooting your short film to miss your friends and family back home!
You will need to make your own arrangements to ensure you have the necessary ID and Visas in order to travel to the United States.
You know what they say about time and tide waiting for no man. It’s a bit like that in the movies. Production time is tight and unfortunately we can’t make any allowances for the winner’s unavailability. If you can’t make it, another candidate will be selected. Sorry, but that’s showbiz…
Jameson First Shot 2013 is only open to residents from US, South Africa and Russia.
Once you have registered and uploaded your script you will not be able to make any further changes. Submission is strictly one entry per person.
To enter the competition, click here and follow the steps provided.
Your script must be uploaded as a PDF document.
Please ensure your script is of PDF format. The maximum file size for PDF we will accept is 2MB. Please ensure your PDF file is not greater than 2MB. If you have further issues with uploading your script please contact us.
A unique email address is required for your submission to the competition. If you have not registered or you have completed a submission but still receive this error, please contact us.
2013 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
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2013 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
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2013 COMPETITION NOW CLOSED
That’s it! Jameson First Shot 2013 has now closed for entries. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to ...