New initiative will help unknown filmmakers

A slew of industry experts, including “Harry Brown” producer Kris Thykier and Warner Bros exec VP and MD Josh Berger, will lead the panel of judges for Electric Shorts, a new initiative to support unknown filmmakers.

“An Education” producers Amanda Posey and Finola Dwyer, Rainy Day Films’ Rebekah Gilbertson and “The Queen” producer Andy Harries are also set to join the panel for the short film competition, which will give unknown and established filmmakers the chance to win £5,000 ($7,254) to make a film that will be screened at the 100-year-old Electric Cinema in London.

The competish, which is launched through Soho House Group and supported by Mercedes-Benz, will showcase the short films globally in Soho House Clubs and screening rooms across North America, Blighty and Europe.

Additional panellists include the BBC’s new “Film 2010″ presenter Claudia Winkleman, talent agent Duncan Heath and Empire Magazine editor-in-chief Mark Dinning.

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