The TriForce Short Film Festival, established by the TriForce Creative Network to promote, support and showcase the diverse range of talent in contemporary film-making, announces today that it has opened for submissions for 2019.
Now in its 8th year, The TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF) supports inclusivity, and recognises and champions a diverse range of filmmaking talent. Aiming to build on encouraging figures from 2018 which saw 60% of the 16 shortlisted films screened directed by women, and 11 out of the 16 directors come from a BAME background, the Festival offers a unique chance to bring film-makers together with influential figures in the UK film and TV industry, enabling participants a channel to further their careers.
Showcasing the best in short film from the UK and across the globe, the Festival, which will be held on 30th November at BFI Southbank, will screen 16 shortlisted films in front of key film and TV industry representatives. The winning film-makers scoop a cash prize for their next project and support with career development opportunities. The day-long festival also offers a programme of career focused seminars, practical workshops and an industry expo, offering invaluable advice from industry professionals.
The Festival is also pleased to announce it will be continuing its relationship with entrepreneur and executive producer Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, who will finance the next project for the ‘Best of the Fest’ winner. Allesch-Taylor has supported the TFSFF for four years, and in 2018 hosted a pitching session as part of the festival where 10 film-makers won funding for their short film projects. Shiver, the multi-award winning factual arm of ITV Studios, also returns as the Non-Scripted Award partner.
Minnie Ayres, Festival Director, TriForce Short Film Festival, said; “We are thrilled to open submissions for this year’s Festival. With diversity and inclusion at the heart of our festival, we are proud to offer an open door to short film-makers to tell their stories, and to give them a boost in their filmmaking careers. We pride ourselves on being a supportive festival; not only do we recognise and celebrate incredible creative talent but we offer them practical support through funding opportunities for their next project, which is a unique feature of our festival. We are always really excited by the creativity of the storytelling and new talent that comes through, and we cannot wait to see this year’s entries.”
Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE commented: “I'm proud to be part of the TriForce Short Film Festival for the 4th year. The move to BFI Southbank is an exciting development for the festival and I’m looking forward to viewing the work of a diverse range of talented filmmakers.”
The three categories for this year’s in Festival competition are:
· Microshorts - open to films under five minutes long, of any genre
· General Scripted - open to scripted films between five and 20 minutes long
· Non-Scripted - open to non-scripted films between five and 20 minutes long
Since 2012, the Festival has built a strong reputation through supporting the selected filmmakers in their careers well beyond the festival itself. Previous winners include Jane Gull, who went on to direct the critically acclaimed and BIFA nominated film My Feral Heart, after her short film Sunny Boy scooped the Best of the Fest Award, and Christiana Ebohon-Green, who has gone on to direct two episodes of the BBC Four drama Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle and BBC One hit Call The Midwife, after her film Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote, which starred Sir Lenny Henry, also won the Best of the Fest Award.
The Festival’s supporters and patrons include actors Kathy Burke (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Harry Enfield and Chums), David Morrissey (Britannia, The Walking Dead), David Oyelowo (A United Kingdom, Selma), Noel Clarke (Bulletproof, Doctor Who), David Harewood (Supergirl, The Night Manager), Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella, Fortitude), Zawe Ashton (Wanderlust, Fresh Meat), producer Hilary Bevan Jones (Deep State, State of Play), Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) and award winning writer and playwright Roy Williams OBE (Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, Offside, Fast Girls).
“I've been a supporter of TriForce since the beginning. The work they do to increase access into the industry for all talent is invaluable.” Noel Clarke, actor/ director
“It's a pleasure to support the TriForce Creative Network in the work they are doing to help people get on in our industry.” David Harewood
“I believe that talent, not financial ability should be the deciding factor for people wanting to work in the arts. The TCN work hard to create opportunities for people from all backgrounds and that's something I wholeheartedly support.” David Morrissey
The TriForce Short Film Festival will take place at BFI Southbank on Saturday 30th November, where the shortlisted films will be shown and the overall Festival winner will be revealed. Tickets will go on sale later in the year. The judging panel will be announced shortly.
Entries can be submitted via http://tfsff.com/submissions, where applicants can also view terms and conditions. Submissions are open until 14 September 2019.