In recent weeks Nintendo UK has been making an effort to encourage 3DS gamers to make use of the camera on the system, expanding its photo competition with celebrity events in the 'Another Dimension' initiative. It's now going even further to promote use of the 3D video recorder, with a competition for budding filmmakers and new content for those who don't want to be the next James Cameron.

A new partnership has been confirmed with the BFI (British Film Institute), and the competition will look for the best 3D short film shot on a 3DS, with the winner having the opportunity to show their work at the Nintendo Gala screening at the 56th BFI London Film Festival in October in front of prominent film industry figures: new projects on 3DS are also on the way, with details to be confirmed. Information on how to enter the competition hasn't been provided yet but we'll keep an eye out for details, and you budding filmmakers can start planning your submissions.

Under this exciting new partnership the BFI and Nintendo are launching a short film-making competition using the 3D video recorder built in to the Nintendo 3DS. Entrants are encouraged to use the innovative technology of the Nintendo 3DS to create short films that capture the imagination and showcase the still-evolving art of 3D videography, one of the major innovations to the entertainment industry of the last decade. The winner will have the opportunity to have their work shown to some of the most prominent people in the film industry at the Nintendo Gala screening at the 56th BFI London Film Festival In Partnership With American Express in October 2012.

In addition to this ground-breaking competition and as part of their wider cultural partnership Nintendo and the BFI are working together on a number of exciting new 3D content projects, details of which will be revealed in due course.

Nintendo UK Managing Director David Yarnton said of the partnership: "We are extremely excited to be working with the BFI to provide a platform for future 3D film-making talent to showcase their work.”

BFI Chief Executive, Amanda Nevill commented: “The priority for the BFI is all about the future – supporting new ideas and innovative thinking – which is why we are so thrilled to enter into this new partnership with Nintendo, an organisation at the forefront of the games industry.