LONDON. The fifty one co-writers of ‘50 Kisses’ will gather at BAFTA for a special screening on April 4th to receive their official ‘World Record Holder’ Awards and celebrate their extraordinary achievement.
‘50 Kisses’ is an initiative run by the London Screenwriters’ Festival, designed to connect emerging writing talent with emerging filmmaking talent.
Two years ago, writers were invited to submit two page scripts featuring at least one kiss and set on Valentines. Nearly two thousand were submitted. The scripts were judged and the fifty best were released on the web with an open invitation to filmmakers to produce them. One hundred and twenty seven films were produced and submitted. From those films, the final feature film ’50 Kisses’ was produced.
Released on Valentines eve last February, ’50 Kisses’ achieved a staggering screen average of £9,436.35, as reported by Charles Gant (http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/19/lego-movie-monuments-men-uk-box-office
‘50 Kisses’ has been shepherded by British indie filmmaker and London Screenwriters’ Festival Creative Director Chris Jones. Chris comments… ‘At every stage, 50 Kisses has innovated the way we make films – from script, to production to distribution. Our micro theatrical release actually put the project into profit from the first screening by approaching the whole process in an entirely original way and with a new mindset’.
News that ’50 Kisses’ has entered the Guinness Book Of World Records has been met with excitement from the 50 Kisses community as the project has continued to evolve and grow organically.
‘50 Kisses’ beat the previous record holder ‘Forever And A Day’ (US 1943) which had 21 writers.
The official Guinness World Record page is here…
Chris Jones…‘For us ’50 Kisses’ is just the beginning, we are committed to creating real opportunities for writers and filmmakers to get their work platformed. Perhaps the best result though is the huge amount of new collaborations the project has created, with writers and filmmakers now working together after meeting within the 50 Kisses process.’
Watch all films and read screenplays at www.50KissesFilm.com
The London Screenwriters’ Festival is the worlds largest annual screenwriting conference, held at Regents University at the end of October. This year 150 professional speakers will present to over 1,000 delegates.
- 50 Kisses was produced by the London Screenwriters’ Festival
- 50 Kisses beat the previous record holder ‘Forever And A Day’ (US 1943) which had 21 writers.
50 Kisses has 51 co-writers and beat the prior world record holders on February 13th when it was released in the UK
- 50 Kisses took two years to produce
- 50 Kisses is a British film that also features stories and films from across the world
- 1870 scripts were submitted to the 50 Kisses process and 50 were selected
- 50 Kisses is edited from 127 short works filmed exclusively for 50 Kisses
- The 50 Kisses office is at Ealing Studios, West London, itself in the Guinness Book Of Records as oldest working film studios
- The end credits run for 17 minutes and list every film, actor and crew member – over 2,000 people
- Chris Jones, 50 Kisses organiser, runs the London Screenwriters Festival, is Oscar shortlisted and is the author of The Guerilla Filmmakers Handbooks series.
For more information contact Judy Goldberg