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Jameson Irish Whiskey searches for 3 fearless filmmakers

Jameson First Shot competition winners will write and direct a short film featuring Dominic West

TORONTO, April 11, 2017 /CNW/ - Jameson Irish whiskey is searching for three undiscovered filmmakers for its 6th annual Jameson First Shot competition, which provides winners with the opportunity of a lifetime: a first big break in the notoriously difficult film industry. Filmmakers can enter online for the chance to have their scripts made into short films, featuring award-winning British actor and director Dominic West.

At the heart of the Jameson brand is the motto Sine Metu, meaning 'without fear'. It's a motto that exists to encourage people to be open to new people and new experiences – to being themselves and taking the road less travelled. The Jameson First Shot film competition asks filmmakers to write about what matters to them, tell the stories that they want to tell and, ultimately, make the film they want to make. It's a platform that celebrates individuals that have incredible stories to tell but haven't had the opportunity to bring them to life.

This year's winners will direct Dominic West, known for his role as Jimmy McNulty in HBO's highly-acclaimed series, "The Wire". His role as McNulty allowed him to push boundaries and express his vision for the show's characters, showing fearless self-belief when he directed an episode in the final season. Winners will also have the support of an experienced film crew and the guidance of a world-class producer, Dana Brunetti. He has produced multiple award-winning movies for film and television, including "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks, and "The Social Network".

Jameson Irish whiskey is distributed and represented in Canada by Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd. "Over the past years, we're received hundreds of submissions from aspiring filmmakers around the world," says Maria Sweeney, Senior Brand Manager of Imported Whiskies, Corby Spirit and Wine. "It shows the passion and dedication of artists and we hope to give the same opportunity to another Canadian winner this year."

Canadian filmmaker Stephan Tempier won the 2015 Jameson First Shot competition and travelled to Los Angeles to direct actor Adrien Brody in his short film, Boredom. Described as a "haunting and beautiful" eight-minute short, Boredom breaks down the man's troubled relationship with his friends and family.

How to enter:
The competition is open to entries on April 3rd, 2017 and will be closed on June 1st, 2017.

Eligible applicants must be 25 years or older living in the following countries: Canada, US, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Bulgaria, Australia and Israel.
Full rules, including length and theme, can be found at

About Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jameson Irish Whiskey's story began in 1780 by founder John Jameson, who established a whiskey distillery in Dublin under the family motto, 'Sine Metu' ('Without Fear'). Jameson personally selected barley and casks and distilled his whiskey three times to create a smooth spirit that has become the world's #1 selling Irish whiskey today.

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About Corby Spirit and Wine
Corby Spirit and Wine Limited is a leading Canadian marketer and distributor of spirits and imported wines. Corby's portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in Canada, including J.P. Wiser's®, Lot No. 40®, Pike Creek®, and Gooderham & Worts® Canadian whiskies as well as Lamb's® rum, Polar Ice® vodka, McGuinness® liqueurs, and the recently acquired Ungava® gin. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard S.A., a global leader in the spirits and wine industry, Corby also represents leading international brands such as ABSOLUT® vodka, Chivas Regal® and The Glenlivet® Scotch whiskies, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin, Malibu® rum, Kahlúa® liqueur, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob's Creek®, Stoneleigh®, Campo Viejo®, and Kenwood® wines. In 2016, Corby was named one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Canada by The Great Place to Work® Institute Canada for the fifth consecutive year, and was also listed among Greater Toronto's Top 100 Employers for the third time. Corby is a publicly traded company based in Toronto, Ontario, and listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols CSW.A and CSW.B. For further information, please visit our website or follow us on LinkedInTwitter (@CorbySW), and Instagram (@CorbySW).



SOURCE Corby Spirit and Wine Communications