Inspiration. Imagination. Freedom of expression. They’re all ideas that are close to the heart of Oscar-nominated actor-writer-director-producer James Franco. Here, Franco sits down with Playboy to talk about where he finds his own inspiration in anticipation of their upcoming Short Film Competition.

Think you know something about imagination and freedom of expression? Have you ever dreamed of having your film showcased to leading industry insiders? BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, a world renowned London Dry Gin, is partnering with Playboy, long a patron of film, to bring aspiring moviemakers the opportunity of a lifetime. Submit your short film embodying the themes of ‘Imagination’ and ‘Freedom of Expression’ for the incredible chance to have your work showcased at their event during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and seen by leading and integral insiders in the business. In addition, the winning film will be featured on the official Websites of Playboy and Bombay Sapphire and the winner will receive $3,500.

Submission Deadline: October 24, 2011
Voting Starts: November 1, 2011
Voting Ends: November 7, 2011
Semi-Finalists Announcement: November 15, 2011

Final round of voting dates
Voting Starts: November 16, 2011
Voting Ends: November 30, 2011
Winner Announcement: December 7, 2011

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