Earls Court Film Festival 2016: Four £1,500 grants available

Following on from the success of the Earl’s Court Short Film Festival in November 2015, four grants of £1,500 for short film makers and screen writers will be available in 2016. Grants will be paid at the end of March 2016. Filming should happen in the spring and summer 2016 to be ready for screening by the beginning of November 2016.

earls courtThe only requirement is that you shoot a large part of the short film in Earls Court, using the streets and squares as backgrounds to your storyline. Also, it would be great if you would consider using part of the redevelopment in Earls Court as a background and Brompton Cemetery too.

The shorts will be screened in Earl’s Court in early November 2016 and in Covent Garden at a date to be agreed in 2016.

The short films can be a thriller, documentary or love story although the Film Festival is open to all your ideas. The short film must be filmed in Earls Court in the main but other locations can be used too. Please note that Earls Court has a colourful, diverse and vibrant history which you can tune into.

Send a CV and project outline/script by FRIDAY 4TH MARCH 2016 to Sean Duffy and Caroline Tod at .

The Film Festival can assist with:
• Office space in Earls Court which can be used on filming dates
• Audition and rehearsal space
• Support with locations
• Venue and audience in both Earls Court and Covent Garden

The Shortest Nights looking for submissions

shortest nightsShort Sighted Cinema is running a 12-hour film festival, The Shortest Nights, on the Summer Solstice, June 21st, at Electroworkz on Islington’s Torrens Street. The organisers are still accepting submissions with a deadline of Sunday May 10th 2015, and it’s free to submit your film.

Films must have been created by filmmakers living in the UK, inclusive of international students, within the last two years. Films should run for no more than 25 minutes, but can be of any style, genre or theme.

Short Sighted Cinema is a short film initiative run by Kate Williamson and Gem Carmella. They programme regular screening events around London, with programmes that showcase emerging and established filmmakers. They work with festivals, charities, councils and community cinemas to bring new audiences to short film.

If you’d like to go to the festival, which will include workshops, beers, banter and a BBQ, you can buy an advance ticket here. Early bird tickets are £20 and standard tickets are £25.

More information.

Into Film Festival – free films!

intofilmfestivalThe nationwide Into Film Festival is now underway and running until Friday November 21st with screenings, Q&As and workshops for young film buffs and filmmakers all over the UK – and it’s all free!

Bookings are still open for the festival, but places are filling up fast. Venues in West London include The Gate Notting Hill, Odeon Kensington, Vue Shepherds Bush and Vue Westfield.

Find out what’s on and book free tickets here.

Find out more about the festival here.

2014 Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival

encountersThe 2014 Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, held in Bristol in September is currently calling for entries, with a deadline of 16th of May for films made in 2014.

The Festival accepts short films, under 30 minutes, from every genre including animation, live action drama, documentary, experimental and music video.

This year’s Festival runs from 16th to 21st September at the Arnolfini Centre and the Watershed, both on Bristol’s harbourside. As well as a huge range of short films the Festival includes panels, discussions, and workshops.

For full details about submitting films, click here.

Sundance films on YouTube

digThe 2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts has uploaded a selection of short films to YouTube. Watch the films here. The photograph is a still from Digone of the featured films.

Read more about the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in London, and the short film competition associated with it, here.

Sundance 2014 in London – with short film competition

sundance3The 2014 Sundance Film and Music Festival is to be staged at London’s O2 venue, from Friday 25th to Saturday 27th April. The 2014 Festival will feature an expanded filmmaker development programme, including the return of the Sundance London Short Film Competition and a Shorts Workshop.

The Sundance London Short Film Competition invites UK-based filmmakers to enter original films between three and five minutes in length. The winning entry will be screened at Sundance London and the filmmaker will receive a three-night stay at The Langham, London, as well as additional prizes to be announced.

Entries should relate to the theme of ‘Making a go of it’, stories about moving forward in life, love or loss and the pursuit of inspiration. Submissions can be documentary, animation, live action, comedy, drama or any other format or genre. The deadline for entries is 17:59 on Monday 3rd March at sundance-london.com.

Full details:
Sundance London Short Film Competition

Film4 FrightFest returns to the Empire Leicester Square, 22nd to 26th August 2013

PageLines- frightfest2013.jpgFilm4 FrightFest returns for its 14th year to the Empire in London’s Leicester Square from Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th August 2013. This year’s FrightFest is showing films at the main Empire 1 auditorium and two Discovery Screens. The new FrightFest Extra strand in Screen 2 is where you can catch up with any sold-out performances of the most popular attractions.

Film4 FrightFest aims to promote global horror and fantasy movies while highlighting the UK’s home-grown independent sector. An international selection of directors, actors and filmmakers will be discussing and showcasing their work. This year features more than 10 world premieres, five European premieres and a record twenty-three UK premieres.

Find out more at the FrightFest website, where you can also buy tickets from Saturday 27th July at 11.00 AM.