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Curtis, writer of the box-office hits Four Weddings and a Funeral and director of Love Actually, said: “We are looking for original and creative films that sell the idea of the Robin Hood Tax in new and exciting ways. We want anyone who watches the winning films to turn to the person next to them and say – ‘I’m sure as hell supporting that!’”
Curtis will be joined by actress Sienna Miller on the judging panel. “By making a film you are not just helping the campaign, you are joining a generation that has started to say enough is enough. We want to see your vision for the future, a future without poverty,” she says.
The Robin Hood Tax is a tiny tax on banks that would generate billions to tackle poverty and climate change, both here and abroad. Judges are looking for 60-90 second films, which reflect the aims of the campaign and motivate others to sign up.
Inspired by Ridley Scott’s recent blockbuster version of Robin Hood, the campaign is asking entrants to make their films a ‘bankbuster’. The UK public has bailed out the banks to the tune of £1.5trillion, which is the equivalent of £31,250 for every person in the country.
Miller added: “The Robin Hood Tax is an idea whose time has come. Simply put – when governments tax the banks, they shouldn’t forget the poor and the planet.”
Short-listed videos will appear in the featured videos section on YouTube and judges will take into account creativity, clarity and inspirational value as well as the number of views each short-film gets.
Prizes include a master-class with Richard Curtis, being featured on YouTube’s home page and camera equipment are also up for grabs. There will be a separate category for under 18’s, judged by Harry Potter star Tom Felton, Blake Harrison – star of E4 comedy The Inbetweeners, and Joe Dempsie who is best known for his role as Chris Miles in Skins.
Felton said: “Young people know more than most how to use technology to their advantage so it will be exciting to see what they come up with for this competition. Often young people’s voices are not considered on global issues like taxing banks for the poor and the planet, but believe me, they have an opinion and lots of ideas.”
Joining Curtis and Miller on the judging panel are: David Jones, CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide and Havas Worldwide, Andy Hobsbawm, co-founder of Dothegreenthing.com and John Jackson, Vice President of Social Responsibility at MTV and Mike Goodridge, Editor of Screen International.