Published on: 09 June 2022 in Events
About Challenge ALEXA
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Directors UK has been running Challenge ALEXA in partnership with ARRI since 2011.
The challenge gives Directors UK members the opportunity to win an ARRI shooting package, with access to the latest equipment, including the ALEXA Mini LF and Signature Prime lenses.
Following a successful pitch, our members create a short piece of work based on their interpretation of a theme that differs each year.
Each year, the challenge showcases our members talents through a range of approaches, styles and genres. and show a real range of styles and genre approaches.
Take a look back at the films from previous Challenge ALEXA competitions, and read interviews with the directors, who share their processes and craft below.
Challenge ALEXA 2020 — 2022
The members taking part in Challenge ALEXA from 2020-2022 were Will Kenning (Tap Boy), Renzo Vasquez (Trigger), Carolyn Saunders (On Island West) Lucy Campbell (For Heidi), David Allain (Revelations) and Emily Greenwood (Stop Dead). The theme for the contest was “Freedom”.
Challenge ALEXA 2019
This year, Directors UK members Ashtar Al Khirsan (Shawafa), Karen Kelly (Chips), Fi Kelly (The Last Mermaid), Emma Swinton (Unearthed), Natalia Andreadis (How Can I Forget), and Zoe Dobson (The Cunning Man) were tasked with creating a film based on the theme of “Magic”.
Challenge ALEXA 2018
In 2018, Directors UK members Robert Hackett (Special Delivery), Lotus Hannon (Unseen), Claire Tailyour (Belittled), Beryl Richards (Hello Stranger), Miranda Howard-Williams (Evie), and Stewart Alexander and Kerry Skinner (The Bicycle Thief) created works based on the subject of “Delight”.
Challenge ALEXA 2017
In 2017, “Anniversary” was the theme tackled by our members AD Cooper (Home to the Hangers), Nicola Quilter (Prawn), David Beauchamp (Cicatrix), Paul Murphy (Gypsy’s Kiss), Vicki Kisner (Pulling) and Sami Abusamra (Our Father). This was the first time Challenge ALEXA had introduced a theme to the competition.
Watch trailers some of the 2017 Challenge ALEXA-winning films below.
Cicatrix (trailer) by David Beauchamp
Home to the Hangers (trailer) by A D Cooper
Challenge ALEXA 2016
In 2016, Challenge ALEXA featured filmmakers Chris Chung (Soho Jimbo), Jan Dunn (Sacred Country), Richard Elson (The Sound of Fear), Simon Gibney (The Mixture) and Douglas Ray (The Swing of It).
Watch examples of the 2016 Challenge ALEXA-winning films below.
Soho Jimbo by Chris Chung
Sound of Fear by Richard Elson
Challenge ALEXA 2015
This year’s Challenge ALEXA-winning filmmakers were Auroroa Fearnley (Murmur), Rhys Powys (Beat the Odds/Curo'r Bwci promo), Emma Sullivan (Find Your Feet), Emma Lindley (Red River), Aimee Powell (Drift).
Watch examples of the 2015 Challenge ALEXA-winning films below.
Red River by Emma Lindley
Think You Can Beat the Odds? by Rhys Powys
Find Your Feet by Emma Sullivan
Challenge ALEXA 2013
Watch examples of the 2013 Challenge ALEXA-winning films below.
Close to Heaven by Martin Denham
Be Yourself by Richard Elson
Challenge ALEXA 2011
Watch examples of the 2011 Challenge ALEXA-winning films below.
Dartmoor Killing promo byPeter Nicholson
MatchHead by Ian Barnes
Welcome to Leathermill by Russell England
Recession by Beryl Richards