Bringing Up Baber

In the run-up to the Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend Festival 2016, we are launching a film challenge for micro movies inspired by an aspect of Bringing Up Baby (1938) – Howard Hawks’ definitive screwball comedy. Whether you work in film, animation, photography or digital arts or are just an avid Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn or Howard Hawks fan, you are invited to get creative and share your videos as part of the Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend festival. So throw on your favourite vintage outfit and strike a pose, go on a wild leopard chase, hunt for dinosaur bones and show us how Bristol has inspired you in the same way it did Grant.


Cary Grant Film Challenge: Bringing Up Baby
Can you write, shoot and edit a 90-second film inspired by Cary Grant’s Bringing up Baby by Sunday 3 July? The challenge if free for anyone to enter. we are accepting entries from Monday 23 May 2016.

Bringing Up Baby posterThe main rules are that it must be under 90 seconds and include one of the following:

  • Evening dress
  • Dinosaur bones
  • Leopard
  • Golf
  • Olives
  • A net

Shortlisted films will be featured on our website and shown on The Big Screen At-Bristol Millennium Square, right opposite the Cary Grant statue over the festival weekend during the Bristol Harbour Festival.

Winning films will be screened before our glamorous red carpet gala screening of Bringing up Baby at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Sunday 17 July 2016

Jury The films will be judged by a panel of film experts including:

  • David Sproxton (Aardman Animations)
  • Carolyn Hassan (Knowle West Media Centre)
  • Cathy Poole (MovIES)
  • Charlie Harman (Compass Presents)
  • Gina Fucci (Films at 59)
  • James Ewen (Cineme)
  • Rich Warren (Brief Encounters)

A little bit of inspiration…

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn epitomise the style of the golden age of Hollywood. Grant was voted most stylish film star and published his advice on style in GQ Magazine. Contributors are encouraged to take inspiration from Grant’s sense of style, his film repertoire, and the city of Bristol itself.

Grant & Hepburn and Nissa on set

Our gala screening takes place beneath the dinosaur in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Grant plays a stuffy palaeontologist David Huxley, who is obsessed with completing his Brontosaurus skeleton, but gets distracted from his life’s work by Hepburn’s madcap “vixen”, Susan Valance.

Bringing Up Baby dinosaur

We’re looking for rapid-fire dialogue, slapstick pratfalls and quirky antics!

Here are some classic quotes to get you started:

  • “The love impulse in man frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict.”
  • “Now it isn’t that I don’t like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I’m strangely drawn toward you, but – well, there haven’t been any quiet moments.”
  • “Huxley, when I play golf, I only talk golf – and then only between shots.”
  • “Susan, when a man is wrestling a leopard in the middle of a pond, he’s in no position to run.”
  • “How can all these things happen to just one person?”
  • “I’m not quite myself today.”


One of the themes underpinning Screwball comedy as a genre is the central conflict between the sexes.

Susan Vance: [Susan realizes that she has torn the back of her dress] “Don’t just stand there. Do something! Do something! Oh my goodness! Well, get behind me.”
David Huxley
: “I am behind you.”
Susan Vance: “Well, get closer.”
David Huxley: “I can’t get any closer!”

Challenge Rules

  1. Download the CARY GRANT FILM CHALLENGE SUBMISSION FORM 2016 and email to with “Film Challenge” in the subject line.
  2. The organisers have the right not to accept films containing graphic violence, scenes of a sexual nature and anything that requires a PG or above certificate – we can’t show them on The Big Screen or The Museum otherwise.
  3. Any films submitted after 3rd July will not be eligible.
  4. There is no cost for entering the film challenge and all production costs are the filmmaker’s responsibility.
  5. All films must start with 2 seconds of black, followed by the title of the film and name(s) of participants.
  6. You must include this ident for 5 seconds at the end of the film (download full resolution version):Film Challenge Indent 2016
  7. All films must be your own work and any additional music must be cleared for copyright or be made especially for the film, we can’t show it otherwise!
  8. All films must be tagged with #carycomeshome.
  9. If you are filming in Bristol, then please contact Bristol Film Office for advice on permission to film in Bristol.
  10. No film should exceed 90 seconds including credits and ident – but we’ll accept any length up to 90 seconds, so send in your Vines and Instagram videos too.
  11. Please use Vimeo’s Compression Guidelines adhering to the following delivery requirements (otherwise we will be unable to show your work on the Big Screen At-Bristol Millennium Square, if shortlisted):
  • Codec: We will only accept your film as an h.264 file, in an mp4 wrapper.
  • Resolution: 1080p HD Video (1920 x 1080px) or 720p HD Video (12080 x 720px)
  • Bit Rate: Variable, 10,000 kbit/s or 5,000kbit/s
  • Frame rate: Your video must run at 25fps, in progressive scan.
  • Audio must be stereo ACC 48Khz at 160 kbps.

Cary Grant Selfies
We don’t just want your films though! Using Grant’s back catalogue as a point of inspiration we want you to post your Instagram pictures or videos and Vines via our social media using the hashtag #carycomescome. Our favourites will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

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