FEMALE FILMMAKERS LEAD THE SHORTLIST AT 2018 TRIFORCE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
– Annual short film festival hosted by Triforce Creative Network takes place at BAFTA on 1st December –
London: 9am 8th November 2018: 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.
The panel 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 Directed by Kelly Fyffe Marshall
As a young girl the first beauty salon chair a girl is introduced to is sitting between her mother’s legs. It’s a place where innocence is treasured, bonds are strengthened and confidence is boosted. This is where she finds solace to
Letters to Britain Directed by Rosie Baldwin
Premiered at Sheffield DocFest 2018, Letters to Britain witnesses a group of people aged between 80-100 write letters to the younger generation of Britons today.
Having lived through pivotal moments in British history, they use their own experiences to reveal insights on life, and pass on advice about how to deal with the current difficulties facing today’s fast moving and increasingly divided society.
Sylvia Directed by Richard Prendergast
A loving family set off in their car on what seems like a carefree family outing. As Mandy drives, they sing along to a favourite song, stop for ice- creams and play eye-spy. However, it gradually becomes clear that this isn’t a family outing after all, and that their destination isn’t a happy one. In fact, their destination is the house of a man, due to buy their car, and only once the car has stopped does the actuality of the narrative fully manifest.
Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green
When 13 year old Ivie (Fatima Koroma) starts speaking in Shakespearean verse her friends find it weird and her mother (Wunmi Mosaku) is outraged. She takes her to church to be ‘cured’ but when Ivie calls the Paster (Colin Salmon) a vile toad her mother seeks the help of a psychiatrist (Sylvestra Le Touzel). Even this fails to shift Ivy from her Bizarre behaviour. It is only when a therapist (Sir Lenny Henry) with an equally encyclopedic knowledge of the bard engages Ivie in a Shakespeare face-off on the stage of the National Theatre that the reasons for Ivie’s obsession are uncovered.
All shortlisted films for The TriForce Short Film Festival 2018 are as follows:
- Haven by Kelly Fyffe Edwards
- The Need to be Alone by Tom Fisher and Catherine Prowse
- Little Monster by Charlotte Regan
- 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
- 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
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 www.tfsff.com
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.
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For further information please contact:
Charlie Wainwright on behalf of Triforce Short Film Festival
0207 292 7372