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Thurman to star in film contest

Uma Thurman is set to star in three short films made by aspiring filmmakers for a competition.

The Kill Bill actress will play the lead role in the three competition entries for Jameson First Shot, a partnership between Kevin Spacey and Jameson Irish Whiskey, offering up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to work with the Hollywood A-list.

Kevin Spacey, who has taken the lead role in contest entries in the past, will serve as creative director while Fifty Shades Of Grey producer Dana Brunetti will also help him produce.

The films are being made by Kevin's production company Trigger Street Productions and Uma, Kevin and Dana will all judge the competition entries to choose the three finalists.

Uma said: "What excites me about being involved with Jameson First Shot is that I love the idea of finding and discovering young talent - it's what makes the film business alive.

"Even though we're making short films I don't think anyone should feel limited in this form; if you look back over my work I've been many different characters so people should feel completely open to write whatever they are passionate about.

"I'm honoured to be a part of this extraordinary project and I can't wait to read the screenplays that are entered, and ultimately be the vehicle to help three talented filmmakers tell their stories to the world."

Kevin added: "She's remarkable and I'm thrilled Uma has said yes. Her work has always been unafraid and brave, so it doesn't surprise me that she's jumped with such commitment and enthusiasm into our short film project. I think it gives our filmmakers a very exciting opportunity to write for an actress of such range and skill. I look forward to seeing what the entrants come up with."

The competition is open to entrants from South Africa, Russia and the USA who need to submit short scripts on the theme of either "legendary", "humorous" or "a very tall tale".

For more information on entering go to www.jamesonfirstshot.com.

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