Rapha Condor Sharp Film Competition - 20/12/11

Win the chance to shoot and direct a short film, following the Rapha Condor Sharp Team at their training camp in Lanzarote 2012.

The Brief

Rapha and Condor are offering a young filmmaker the chance to shoot and direct the 2012 Rapha Condor Sharp team short at their training camp in February 2012. The winner will be flown to the training camp to spend a week with the team and will see their film form an integral part of the team’s marketing for 2012. The final film will be displayed to large audiences across a variety of platforms, including the Rapha, Condor and team websites and throughout online media.

The Rapha Condor Sharp Team, with its distinctive style and attitude, dominated the British cycling scene in 2011 and were the UK’s number 1 ranked British Continental Team. For 2012, the team has changed direction to focus on the development of U23 riders. This brings a new set of challenges, so we are looking for a young filmmaker who, with a sensitivity towards the sport, can tell the story of the young riders at the beginning of their cycling careers.

Rapha has a strong portfolio of films and we are looking for a filmmaker who can match the standards set previously, whilst bringing a fresh insight to what it means to be an under-23 rider in a Pro Continental Team. Creative and new approaches to the documentary format would be welcomed, and the winning filmmaker will work closely with Rapha and Condor to create a new and exciting film. The film we want to see made will be an honest look at the young riders, innovative in style, humorous and reflective of the experiences that they encounter as under-23 riders.

To Apply

To apply applicants should submit a 300 word idea of how you would follow the team on their training camp, including ideas for shots both on and off the bikes. To accompany this, five photographs that you feel illustrate these ideas, in both an aesthetic and narrative way.

This treatment will be used to shortlist five filmmakers who will be invited to a workshop in London in January where one person will be chosen to accompany the Rapha Condor Sharp Team on their training camp to film the short.

The winner’s work will gain huge exposure in a high-profile medium that is promoted nationally. Rapha Condor Limited will retain the copyright in the global content of the final commis­sioned films but copyright of entries and any content produced by the shortlisted entrants at the workshop will remain with the filmmakers who will agree to allow Rapha and Condor to exhibit their work online and offline.

The judges’ decision is final.

Entries will be judged by Ben Ingham, Basia Lewandowska, Claire Beaumont and Ultan Coyle.

Submit your entry by email to: info@raphacondor.cc by the 17th January.

Applicants should:

Further information:

Shoot information:
Film and sound equipment will be provided following consultation with the winning filmmaker.

Films to look at:
1910 challenge: http://www.rapha.cc/1910-challenge-movie
Little Switzerland: http://www.rapha.cc/rapha-rides-little-switzerland

The ambition of Rapha Condor was always beyond achieving race victories. We have a different ethic and a desire to draw more people into the sport.

Since its first season in 2006, Rapha Condor, and more recently Rapha Condor Sharp, has become an iconic fixture of the British racing scene. Through its numerous race victories and its distinctive style and attitude, the team has inspired a loyal and passionate following in the UK and overseas.

The riders for 2012 are a blend of proven race winners and raw talent. The team will also continue to take on a small contingent of international riders, until such a time that the wealth of British talent is enough that a team can be entirely made up of UK riders. In 2012, London’s all-important Olympic year, the team will retain Olympic team members Andrew Tennant and Ed Clancy MBE, Gold Medallist at the Beijing Games. The team will also continue to gain experience from former National Champion Kristian House, as well as the longest serving member of the team Dean Downing. All of these riders bring a wealth of influence and experience to the team, and will play an active role in mentoring the six domestic U23 riders.