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THE 2014 AWARDS SHORTLIST

THE DONE IN 60 SECONDS UK FINALISTS
WATCH THE FIVE SHORTLISTED VIDEOS

Five budding filmmakers will be hobnobbing with the movie media world's finest on March 29. Those five newbie directors from across the UK have made it through to the Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds global finals. They're the elite – the Top Guns, if you prefer – of Empire's amateur filmmaking competition where up-and-coming directors remake their favourite movie in just 60 seconds.

Talented film fans from across the country - Tony Byrnes, Claire Carter, Jonathan Farrelly, Michael Hall and David Smith secured their place on the shortlist after beating hundreds of other UK based filmmakers. They will go on to compete with finalists from across the globe at the Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds Final on March 29, 2014 - facing competition from a further 21 countries.

On March 29, an esteemed panel of judges including DJ and presenter Alex Zane, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Edith Bowman and Empire Magazine's Editor-In-Chief Mark Dinning will select five finalists to attend the Jameson Empire Awards where one final winner will be chosen.

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THE FIVE UK FINALISTS REVEALED

ABOUT THE FINALISTS

Claire Carter, 27, from West London started putting plays on for her family ever since she can remember and hasn't looked back since. If her adaptation of The Artist makes it through to the Jameson Empire Award finals, Claire hopes to trump Ellen DeGeneres by taking the world's biggest award selfie.

Michael Hall, 33, from Croydon made it through to the top five with Gravity in 2D. This is Michael's second time on the Done In 60 Seconds UK shortlist and in the past year he has also directed a play for Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association and is already working on his next short film script.

Tony Byrnes, 46, from Walthamstow made it through to the Done In 60 Seconds top five with his personal twist on the American classic Dead Poets Society. Growing up in the golden age of cinema in the 70s and 80s, Tony believes films such as The Thing, The Goodies, The Godfather and Taxi Driver inspired his appetite for film making.

Jonathan Farrelly, 30, from Keady in Armagh, Northern Ireland made it through to the top five with Manhattan. Alongside his entry, Jonathan managed to make a short film over the Christmas period which is showing at a film festival in April and is due to start on another short in two weeks.

David Smith, 23, from Yeovil in Somerset has enjoyed exercising his film making skills with his entry for There Will Be Blood. From here, David plans to direct a short film he has written and complete his first feature film with his brother.

WATCH ALL 20 UK FINALISTS' VIDEOS

1
Brokeback Mountain
2
Vanishing Point
3
Dead Poets Society
4
Gravity
5
Dead Poets Society
6
There Will Be Blood
7
There Will Be Blood
8
Pacific Rim
9
Computer Chess
10
American Psycho
11
Dead Poets Society
12
The Artist
13
Amelie
14
Stand By Me
15
Super Size Me
16
Les Miséables
17
Manhattan
18
Twins
19
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
20
Falling Down


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