All posts by Minnie Crowe

27 Jun 2019

Idris Elba and Gurinder Chadha join the TFSFF Judging Panel!

We’re so excited to announce our full judging panel for 2019, including Idris Elba and Gurinder Chadha! Check out our full press release below and you can see the full judges line up by clicking here.

IDRIS ELBA AND GURINDER CHADHA JOIN TRIFORCE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2019 JUDGING PANEL

Golden Globe and SAG winning actor, director, producer and musician, Idris Elba and award-winning writer, producer, director Gurinder Chadha, OBE has today been announced as judges for the 2019 TriForce Short Film Festival, which invites emerging filmmakers to showcase their short films.

Established by the TriForce Creative Network, the TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF) supports inclusivity; focussing on recognising and championing a diverse range of filmmaking talent.  With continued racial and gender inequality, alongside people with disabilities and from the LGBT community still being under-represented in the UK film and TV industry, the Festival continues vital work to uncover emerging filmmakers from these underserved backgrounds.  16 shortlisted films will be showcased on the 30th November at BFI Southbank in front of key film and TV industry representatives.

Idris Elba, whose credits include Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Marvel’s Avengers franchise, commented; “It’s an honour to be part of the TriForce Short Film Festival judging panel. There is a crucial need in the UK film and TV industry to include voices from every walk of life to ensure our community is one of inclusivity, which is why this festival is so important.  I look forward to viewing the submissions.”

 Gurinder Chadha, whose credits include the forthcoming Beecham House, Viceroy’s House and Bend It Like Beckham, said; I’m very pleased to be joining such a diverse judging panel. Triforce have a reputation for championing untold stories so I’m looking forward to watching some fantastic films.”

TriForce Short Film Festival Director Minnie Ayres said; “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Idris join us on this years’ judging panel.  He has been so supportive of the Festival and is an authoritative voice in the industry to drive change for equality.  He has a keen eye for talent and creative storytelling, and his experience is a much-valued asset to our brilliant panel, as well as being a huge draw to aspiring filmmakers.”

 On the judging panel Elba is joined by critically acclaimed industry experts including Multi Story’s Head of Documentaries, Mark Ruben, talent agent Lola Williams, Metro’s Chief Film Critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Ten10 Films producer and MD Tendeka Matatu, Head of BFI Network, Jessica Loveland and executive producer Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE.  In addition, the ‘Best of the Fest’ winner will get to meet with Allesch-Taylor to pitch for financing for their next project as part of his continued relationship with the Festival.

Now in its 8th year, TFSFF aims 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 not only showcases emerging filmmakers work, but also offers a unique chance to bring filmmakers together with influential figures in the UK film and TV industry, enabling participants a channel to further their careers. The winning filmmakers 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 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 2002, 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).

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.

 Submissions are now open at: http://tfsff.com/submissions, where applicants can also view terms and conditions. Submissions are open until 14 September 2019.

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For further information please contact:

Charlie Wainwright, Premier

Charlie.wainwright@premiercomms.com/ 0207 292 7372

30 May 2019

Fraser Ayres in Broadcast Diversity Special

This week’s edition of Broadcast is a diversity special, edited by Sir Lenny Henry, with TriForce Creative Network and Dandi featuring heavily in the issue.

Check out our CEO Fraser Ayres, in the following articles:

BAME-led indies locked out

Producers claim they are still not trusted to deliver diverse shows despite better credentials.

 

 

Diverse indies bet on digital

BAME-led indies say they are getting more interest from new players than UK broadcasters.

 

Diamond still needs polishing

Critics say the CDN project needs more transparency if progress is to be made on diversity.

 

As well as our COO Minnie Ayres quoted in an article calling for more female writers:

WGGB: demand female writers

Commissioners urged to use their influence to get indies to submit more female-penned scripts.

 

02 May 2019

TriForce Short Film Festival Submissions Open!

LONDON, 02 May 2019: 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.

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For further information please contact:

Charlie Wainwright, Premier

Charlie.wainwright@premiercomms.com/ 0207 292 7372

30 Apr 2019

shortFLIX Submissions Open!

Aspiring filmmakers will be excited to hear that Creative England’s shortFLIX programme is once again open for applications! This unique opportunity is for filmmakers aged 18-25, not currently in full time education, employment or training. There’s a chance to make a short film that could be screened on Sky Arts! Find out more below.

About shortFLIX

shortFLIX is a short film initiative for aspiring new filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not in full-time education, employment or training. We seek out ideas from creative, talented and ambitious young people that have the potential to make great short films for broadcast on Sky Arts. They are particularly interested in applicants who may have had fewer opportunities to get started in filmmaking, including those who are currently underrepresented in the industry.

The first round of the programme created five bold, fiery films broadcast on Sky Arts and hosted on the channel’s on demand platform, exploring diverse stories from black gay culture to toxic friendships, dysfunctional families and sexual fetishes. The films have gone on to be screened at film festivals UK-wide and internationally. Many of the other young participants who were supported to develop their ideas have also gone on to bring their short film ideas to the screen, alongside undertaking work, training and other development opportunities.

One of the successful films was Ladies Day, directed by Abena Taylor-Smith, which screened at last year’s TriForce Short Film Festival!

shortFLIX is led by Creative England in partnership with Sky Arts and supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions. The programme is developed with award-winning writer-director Carolina Giammetta, as Lead Tutor and Creative Director.

Who Should Apply?

shortFLIX is targeted at diverse young voices aged 18-25, from across the UK and aim to support those who have not yet had the opportunity to break into the film & TV industry. You must be aged 18-25 and not currently in full time education, employment or training. All you need is a passion for film and a desire to tell a story.

What Does it Involve?

Up to 20 successful applicants are guided to write a short film script, and to pitch their projects to commissioners. Up to 5 projects are then awarded funding and the finalists work with a budget of up to £10,000 each and a professional team to make their short films for showcase on Sky Arts.

shortFLIX provides training, mentorship, funding and industry exposure, with professional guidance provided at every stage. No previous experience in or study of film production is required and participation is free, with financial support available for travel, accommodation and access needs.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 31 May 2019. Before applying, you should read the guidelines below:

Click here for guidelines.

Find out more about the process and apply here.

27 Mar 2019

National Film and Television School joins forces with the TCN

We’re very excited to be working with the National Film and Television School to raise awareness of the large scholarship fund available and the fantastic range of courses they offer.

For nearly half a century, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has developed some of the UK’s and the world’s top creative talent. Their graduates include Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, Oscar winning director-animator Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit, acclaimed directors Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin) and David Yates (the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and renowned documentary makers Kim Longinotto (Pink Saris, Gaea Girls) and Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me, Kurt and Courtney). 

What Bursaries are Available?
The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of their student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK. Awards to UK MA students for the academic year commencing January 2018 have ranged from £1,000 to £10,000. In the last year, 80% of UK MA students received support, with more than £800,000 given out in total. There are so many scholarships and bursaries available, so don’t let the cost of the fees put you off applying for a course you know you’d love! Just announced! 5 scholarships available for NFTS Diploma courses starting in September 2019.  To find out more click here.
EXPLORE BURSARIES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
What Courses Are Available?
The NFTS runs more than 30 MA, Diploma and Certificate courses across a range of film, television and games disciplines. They have more behind the camera courses than any other film school, including core craft areas such as directing and cinematography as well as specialist areas such as script supervision and production accounting.
Courses with deadlines approaching soon include:
EXPLORE COURSES
Open Days
You can find out more about specific courses at the NFTS Open Days over the next few months.

If you’re interested in the Directing Documentary MA, you can check out the  Documentary Open Day on Thurs 28 March 10:30 – 13:00 at the NFTS Campus in Beaconsfield.

EXPLORE OPEN DAYS
Taster Days
NFTS Taster Workshops are free, interactive sessions, giving you exclusive insight into what it’s like to be a student at one of the world’s top film and television schools, with NFTS world-class course leaders and tutors.

Upcoming Taster day: Television Taster Day – Saturday, 11 May 2019   If you want to direct or produce TV entertainment or sports, or to be a TV camera operator, sound technician or vision mixer, the NFTS is giving you the opportunity to visit the School, find out about the courses on offer and see live demos of what their students get up to in their state-of-the-art 4K TV studio.

EXPLORE TASTER DAYS
Follow @NFTSFilmTV on Instagram to find out more from current students about the NFTS experience. #nftsstories

15 Mar 2019

Applications Open for iFeatures 2019!

Applications are now open for iFeatures 2019, a premier UK filmmaking programme driving the development of low-budget, high-quality debut features from the most outstanding, daring and distinctive storytellers. Up to 12 selected teams will receive development funding and take part in an intensive, exploratory lab programme including dedicated support, access to industry & networks, mentoring and high-level training with established industry professionals. iFeatures is run by Creative England and supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, BBC Films and the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions.

Who should apply?

iFeatures is targeted at emerging writers, directors and writer/directors from across the UK who have yet to make a funded feature film, and at producers who are still at an emerging stage of their career. They look for creative talent whose work has already garnered positive industry and/or public attention in fields from short films, theatre, TV and documentaries, to online storytelling, art film and video, video gaming, commercials/advertising, graphic novels and music promos.

You should have a project ready to take forward, with a writer, director (or writer-director) and preferably also a producer attached.

What is involved?

In addition to receiving development funding, up to 12 selected teams take part in an intensive, exploratory 10-month programme which includes residential Lab events, dedicated support and access to industry and networks, as well as mentoring and high-level training with established industry professionals. Following the programme, BFI and BBC Films have committed to ensuring that at least three of the projects progress to production.

What films have previously been supported by iFeatures?

iFeatures is driven by the principle that low-budget, ambitious, well told stories can break out to achieve critical, audience and even commercial success. Multi-award winning and acclaimed films developed through the lab have included iFeatures productions Apostasy, Lady Macbeth, The Levelling, and The Goob, as well as further films such as God’s Own Country, Adult Life Skills and Pin Cushion.

Charlotte Regan, who has screened several short films including Dodgy Dave and Fry Up at TriForce Short Film Festival, was accepted onto iFeatures in 2018. She is currently developing her first feature, Nan. You can find out more about her film here: http://ifeatures.co.uk/nan.html

How do I apply?

The deadline for applications is 29 March 2019. Before applying, you should read all their available information on the process, including:

Checklist – a quick checklist of eligibility criteria.

Guidelines – full guidelines on what you need to submit and how to do it.

FAQs – answer to any further questions.

To create your application click here: https://applications.creativeengland.co.uk/