Triforce Creative Network has announced the shortlist of films for its 2018 Triforce Short Film Festival (TFSFF), which showcases some amazing short films made by talented emerging new film makers. Announced by actor David Gyasi (Interstellar, Troy: Fall of a City) at an exclusive launch at the BFI in London, 16 new filmmakers will have their short films screened at BAFTA on the 1st December as part of the film festival that focuses on recognising and supporting diverse talent. In addition, TFSFF has also revealed which four short films are up for contention for the ‘Best of the Fest’ Award, which is announced at the red-carpet gala event.

Now celebrating its seventh year, TFSFF recognises and supports emerging diverse talent and helps film-makers access opportunities to further their careers. The competition continues to showcase the diverse range of UK filmmaking talent with a high number of BAME and female producers, directors, cast and crew across all the shortlisted films. Building on last year’s gender balanced selections, over 60% of the selected films are directed by women, and 11 out of the 16 directors come from a BAME background.

The 16 shortlisted films showcase a range of genres and topics, including traditional documentary, comedy and sci-fi, covering everything from politics, LGTBQ, family and love stories. The short films were submitted by filmmakers from across the UK and internationally with entries also coming from Mexico and USA. The short films will be screened at the festival at BAFTA in London to an audience of peers and key industry representatives, with the winning film-makers earning career development prizes as well as a cash prize to contribute to their next project.

The selected films were chosen by a panel of industry stalwarts including renowned writer/director Richard Curtis (Love, Actually), entrepreneur and philanthropist Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, actor David Gyasi, Creative Director of Shiver, Ana de Moraes, Simon Young, (VP EMEA Acquisitions at Shorts TV), producer Nadine Marsh Edwards (Been So Long), journalist and BFI curator and TV presenter Danny Leigh and agent Lola Williams.

Minnie Ayres, COO of TriForce said; “Once again the standard of films submitted was incredibly high and the final selection was tough. We have a huge amount of diversity, both in our directors and the topics of the films. We’ve seen the movement of major festivals to try and achieve 5050 gender parity by 2020 – this is the 2nd year we’ve achieved that so we don’t see any reason why they can’t manage it a bit quicker!”

David Gyasi added; “It's been an honour to be part of the judging panel for this year's TriForce Short Film Festival. I’m a firm believer in supporting and promoting inclusion in the film industry, which is exactly what this festival is about. It’s great to see so many high quality films coming through, especially from filmmakers from under-represented backgrounds and I’m proud to be a part of the Festival, which is really driving change towards increased inclusion.”

Each year, TFSFF partners each category screening of the 16 shortlisted films across the day with seminars led by leading industry professionals focused on current issues within the TV and film industry and career development. For the first time this year, partner Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE will be supporting a pitching competition for filmmakers, Pitch It! which will see filmmakers pitch live for the chance to secure up to £10k funding per film.

All shortlisted films for The TriForce Short Film Festival 2018 are as follows:

Microshorts Category:
Haven by Kelly Fyffe Edwards
The Need to be Alone by Tom Fisher and Catherine Prowse
Little Monster by Charlotte Regan
M.A.M.O.N. by Franc Planas

Non-Scripted Category (Supported by Shiver):
Letters to Britain by Rosie Baldwin
The Queens of Botswana by Sarah Vianney
Religion by Cherish Oteka
Oh, Geno! by Oyinye Ogenti

General Submissions Category:
Sylvia by Richard Prendergast
Run by Alex Lanepikun
Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote by Christiana Ebohon-Green
The Big Chop by Derek Dow
What Happened to Evie by Kate Cheeseman
The Super Recogniser by Jennifer Sheridan
Ladies Day by Abena Taylor-Smith
Space Girls by Carys Watford

The panel also chose the four finalists who are in contention for the ‘Best of the Fest’ Award, supported by Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE. They are:

Haven by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Letters to Britain by Rosie Baldwin
Sylvia by Richard Prendergast
Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote by Christiana Ebohon-Green

TFSFF boasts a wealth of high profile patrons which include; writer, director and actor, Kathy Burke, The Walking Dead star David Morrissey, Broadchurch’s Marianne Jean Baptiste, actor David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale), actress Kacey Ainsworth, (EastEnders, Grantchester), producer Hilary Bevan Jones (The Escape Artist, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot), Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play), actor, writer and director Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness, Kidulthood), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy, Fortitude), Zawe Ashton (Dreams of a Life, Fresh Meat) and award winning writer Roy Williams OBE.

TFSFF is a career development focused initiative and has secured a number of high profile companies and organisations as partners for this year’s festival, including , BFI Network , Creative England, The Creative Diversity Network, Shiver, MAMA Youth Project, BECTU, C21 Media, Broadcast, HitFilm, Indie Film Hustle, Shorts TV, Film London, The Film Festival Doctor, The Century Club, The Athenaeum Hotel, Into Film, the Byrne Williams Bursary, Miffy Moments and Khiels, who will be providing seminar speakers, prizes, opportunities and guidance to entrants and attendees, as well as sponsoring seminars, awards and the industry expo room at BAFTA.

Please see the TFSFF website for more information on all the films. Tickets for the festival are available now via the website at

The full schedule for the day can be found here.

Details of how to enter the Pitch It! competition can be found here.

Ticket prices are kept as low as possible to enable people from all walks of life to attend. A day pass gives access to all seminars, screenings, workshops and the expo, while cheaper individual screening and seminar tickets are also available.