Nintendo and the British Film Institute (BFI for short) have joined forces to create A Vision in 3D — a ground-breaking initiative to get Nintendo 3DS owners making movies with their consoles, with the central theme being "British Summer 2012". Expect a large proportion of the resultant entries to boast record amounts of rain and people complaining about the Olympics.

Nintendo and the BFI have even managed to rope in legendary film director Ridley Scott — responsible for such solid-gold classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and Prometheus (OK, maybe not the last one) — who had this to say about the noble venture:

“Digital and 3D filmmaking is within the grasp of everyone these days. I’m excited by all the skill and talent that’s emerging in the UK, telling stories in different ways and it’s vital that it gets our support. This competition launched by the BFI and Nintendo opens up a big opportunity for emerging filmmakers to make their mark and they should grab it with both hands. I can’t wait to see the results.”

Submissions will be judged by Stuart Warren-Hill – founder of Hexstatic, Holotronica and co-founder of the Big Chill — and Asif Kapadia, director Senna, one of the most popular documentary films ever made. The eventual winner will then get to create a brand-new 3D epic with these two mentors, to be shown at the 56th BFI London Film Festival, which takes place in October.

"Short films must be recorded using a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL and should be no more than 60 seconds long. Special attention will be given to films demonstrating adherence to the theme, imaginative content and clever use of the 3D technology," sayeth the rules. Entries must be under 40MB in size and should be submitted by midnight on the 2nd September. You've also got to be over 16 and a British resident.

Details on how to upload your cinematic creations can be found on the official competition page on Nintendo's site.