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Show Roman Coppola what you've got

Founder of The Directors Bureau, Roman Coppola teams up with Dazed and wants to see your best short films

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As part of our new summer US project States of Independence we've invited our favourite 30 American curators, magazines, creatives and institutions to takeover Dazed for a day.

Roman Coppola put his thang down, flipped it and reversed it by founding director's collective The Directors Bureau, a who's who of directing superstars like Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola and CANADA. For Dazed, The Directors Bureau chart the changes in indie cinema, and challenge young filmmakers to pick up a camera.

Through his commercially-minded collective of directors and his visionary music videos for legends such as The Strokes, Daft Punk, Phoenix and Fatboy Slim as well as several feature films, Roman Coppola (son of Francis Ford, brother of Sofia) has set himself apart as a pioneer of cinema. He has also helped to shape the careers of Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola, and is always on the prowl for new talent, such as Nash Edgerton, M Blash and CANADA.

So what's the deal? Roman Coppola wants you to make an all-American short film with the following brief:

“Make a short film of approximately 1 minute, which you think would receive this review from me: This film is so unique. It is a total reflection of the filmmaker's personality. Despite its short length, it had an appealing free-form and poetic quality. There is one particularly great, sexy moment – so provocative – but tasteful. I love the section which used jump cuts and also the subliminal shots of fruit so cleverly integrated. This whole movie feels like a scene in a longer film which I can’t wait to see”

There it is – now you just need to make and send in your original film created with this brief in mind. If the offer of Roman Coppola viewing your work wasn't enough of an incentive, the very best entry will be premiered on Dazed. Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014 at 6pm GMT. So get cracking and send your private Vimeo or YouTube link to submissions@dazedgroup.com. Good luck, and don't fuck it up.

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