Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

O'Dowd gearing up for film awards

Chris O'Dowd is the ambassador for the contest

Chris O'Dowd is looking forward to being wowed by the short films entered for this year's Done In 60 Seconds competition.

The Bridesmaids star is the ambassador for the contest, which invites budding filmmakers from all over the world to create a one minute interpretation of a film for a chance to attend the renowned Jameson Empire Awards 2012 in London on March 25.

Chris, who was on the judging panel last year, said: "The standard last year was great, a lot of different ideas and a big mix of genres and well known films and animation and stop motion and live action."

Last year's winner Maeve Stam, from Holland, made a spoof of 127 Hours which saw a man stuck at his desk after he got his finger caught in a staple.

Chris has had a busy year after starring in hit comedy Bridesmaids, and has been busy filming several projects around the world.

He modestly brushed off his new found stardom, but added: "I've been having a really nice time since the film came out.

"Obviously people recognise you a lot more which is kind of fun and people are very positive about the film, which has been great.

"But more than anything it just offers you more opportunities, so I'm excited about it."

The Irish comedian joked: "Mostly my ambassadorial role takes me to Africa a lot to teach them about filmmaking but I feel like I can fit in the judging on the side because it's only a bloody minute!"

The competition is open for entries at jamesonempirediss.com until January 20 2012.

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