ITN Productions Launches The Nativity Factor

Are you a storyteller that can make the best short film about the Nativity? Well look no further, as The Nativity Factor is the competition for you and is now open for entries.

Run by ITN Productions, with support from Jerusalem Productions, The Nativity Factor is looking for short films that give the most creative interpretation in three minutes or less of the story of the Nativity.

To enter, groups or individuals need to script, produce and submit their own film, with entries judged on creativity, style and story. From traditional storytelling to off-the-wall interpretations, The Nativity Factor welcomes all comers with the strapline “One story. Thousands of storytellers”.

Budding film-makers can submit videos before 5th December via www.thenativityfactor.com, with films then uploaded by ITN Productions to its dedicated YouTube Nativity Factor channel at http://youtube.com/thechristmaschannel and promoted at www.facebook.com/thenativityfactor and via @NativityFactor on Twitter. There are two categories – a youth category for under-16s and an adult category.

The most popular films go before a panel of expert judges including Debbie Isitt, the writer/director of films Nativity! And Nativity 2, Julie Etchingham, Presenter of ITV News at Ten, and last year’s competition winner ‘beatboxing vicar’ Gavin Tyte. The judges will select the winning video from both categories – with the adult winner receiving £5,000 and the winner of the under-16s getting £1,000, and both getting to spend a day with film-making experts at ITN.

Last year’s winning films were Gavin Tyte’s The Beatbox Nativity and The Nativity Story from Yesterday’s Jam.

Gavin Tyte explains the rules in his own inimitable style here, and the judges and last year’s winners have the following words to say about the competition:

Debbie Isitt: “I am absolutely delighted to be a judge on this year’s Nativity Factor. Watching the films is going to be terrific fun for me, especially as the Nativity really is the greatest story ever told!”

Julie Etchingham: “Last year’s entries were fantastic – creative, witty, warm and clever. I can still hear the Beatbox Vicar in my head and I’m looking forward to feeling Christmassy whilst watching this year’s entries!”

Gavin Tyte: “After winning the Nativity Factor things went ballistic! The Beatbox Nativity was featured in just about every national newspaper, on national TV and radio, and over the Internet. It was humbling to get emails and messages from people across the globe who showed the video in churches, youth groups and prisons.”

Yesterday’s Jam: “It was a really good excuse to write a song and make a video, which we all had so much fun doing! And in the end to actually win made it even better!”

More information about The Nativity Factor and how to enter can be found here http://thenativityfactor.com.

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