Press Release


11 July 2022

  • Parliament’s annual cross-party Film the House competition is now open for entries 
  • Aims to discover next generation of filmmakers and support UK’s creative industries 
  • Highlights importance of intellectual property (IP) rights to MPs and the film and TV industry
Film the House, an annual film competition run in collaboration with MPs and industry professionals has opened for entries from student and independent filmmakers in the UK. The competition, which showcases new talent in UK filmmaking and highlights the importance of intellectual property (IP) rights, is sponsored by Lord Clement Jones, Ellie Reeves MP and Chair of the All Party Writers Group, Giles Watling MP.

Every year, up-and-coming creators from around the country get to enter a range of awards, and Directors UK are pleased to sponsor the Directors UK Award for Best Film Direction again. Other categories include Best Film Script and Best Short Film.

Awards are open to both under and over 19 categories. All submissions are judged by an expert industry panel of leading figures from Britain’s film industry and winning films and scripts are shared with MPs. Prizes include a mentoring session with film industry professionals, British Board of Film Classification of winning films and a cash prize.
Participants can enter at

The competition closing date is 6 January 2023.

Film the House is sponsored by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), Directors UK, The Motion Picture Association, Netflix, Paramount Global, Prime Video, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Discovery.

Helen Lederer, writer, comedian and 2020 Film the House compere, said: “It was a pleasure to be part of a competition that helps celebrate up-and-coming British film talent. Creative competitions like Film the House are an integral way for new creators to get involved in the industry while at the same time highlighting the importance of IP to MPs and creatives alike.”

Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group and parliamentary sponsor of Film the House, said: “Intellectual property is a vital way of making sure that creators are properly rewarded for the artistic works they produce. This is as true for film and other visual media as it is for books, fashion or music. Film the House is designed to highlight the importance we place in Parliament on IP and on good IP protection and enforcement. We hope that for their part creators will respond by taking part in Film the House and demonstrate the huge audiovisual and writing talent that we have in this country.”

The Walt Disney Company EMEA said: “Disney is proud to support this fantastic initiative to help mentor the next generation of talented storytellers from all backgrounds, giving them access to the resources and connections necessary to bring their authentic and unique stories to a wide audience.”

    About Film the House
    Film the House was set up by the late Mike Weatherley during his time as MP for Hove (2010-2015) and IP adviser to David Cameron. 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 these industries. It is now one of Parliament’s largest competitions and is just one of a few initiatives aimed at significantly raising awareness of the need to protect creativity and copyright by bringing together young filmmakers and parliamentarians.

    Film the House showcases upcoming filmmakers and scriptwriters from across the UK, with particular emphasis on young, undiscovered talent. It is also a way for participants to meet their local MP and to learn a little more about how Parliament works.

    Film the House is run by industry sponsors including ALCS, Directors UK, The Motion Picture Association, Netflix,  Paramount Global, Prime Video, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Discovery.
    The parliamentary sponsors for the competition are Lord Tim Clement-Jones (Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group), Ellie Reeves MP and Giles Watling MP (Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Writers Group).
    Further Information
    Please email [email protected] or phone Barbara or Alison at ALCS on 020 7264 5700 for further information about the competition.

Charlie Coombes

Head of PR and Corporate Communications

[email protected]

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