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WINNERS OF THE SECOND YEAR OF JAMESON FIRST SHOT ANNOUNCED

Tuesday, 12th March 2013

We are delighted to announce that Hanneke Schutte from South Africa, Anton Lanshakov from Russia and Shirlyn Wong from the US have been named as this year’s winners of Jameson First Shot. Having fought off stiff competition from hundreds of other talented screenwriters and directors, Schutte, Lanshakov and Wong will now be flown out to LA at the end of the month to direct two-time Academy Award nominee, Willem Dafoe in their short film, all with the backing of award-winning production company, Trigger Street Productions.


Kevin Spacey, Creative Director of Jameson First Shot said of the winning entries: “After last year’s three outstanding winners, expectations were naturally very high for the second year. I have no doubt that the three we have chosen will each make an incredible and unique short film. I’m sure Willem Dafoe is going to enjoy the three roles immensely and we are all looking forward to getting production started in LA.”


In an added twist, each of the winners received a personal Skype call from Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and Carter Swan to notify them of their win. You can watch the winning reactions as each of the finalists was told by Kevin Spacey that they had won here:



And the winners are…


South Africa: Hanneke Schutte is a writer/director from Johannesburg. Having previously had her work shown at Durban International Film Festival, her winning script, PING PONG WITH MR YONG tells the story of a hypochondriac ex ping pong player who never got over missing a major tournament final because of a cold.


Russia: Anton Lanshakov is a graduate of the Humanitarian Institute of Television & Radio Broadcasting in Moscow. Currently working as a writer, director and producer his winning script, THE SMILE-MAN focuses on a gentleman dealing with the consequences of a car accident, which has left him with a spinal injury that means he has a permanent smile on his face.


USA: Shirlyn Wong from New York is an M.F.A. graduate film candidate from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia. During her film school career she has won awards from Singapore Short Film Awards and First Run Film Festival. Her script, LOVE’S ROUTINE is a dark comedy about a discordant elderly couple, who ultimately prove that love is greater than flesh and blood.


The finalists in this year’s competition were…


South Africa:

Ari Kruger

Max Milne

Michael J. Rix

Jason Staggie

André Pretorius

Matthew Griffiths

Ross Van Leeve


Russia:

Ravil Aibulatov

Edward Berezin

Alex Kretov


USA:

Jason Harper

Brandon Kieffer

William Cabral

Douglas Horn

Cathy Bible

Matt Scott

Khamanna Iskandarova

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