All posts by Minnie Crowe

13 Sep 2018

Announcing the MicroPitch Winners!

We’re very excited to announce the winners for the TriForce Short Film Festival and Into Film MicroPitch competition!

The competition asked young filmmakers aged 16-19 years to pitch us an idea for a microshort film which could be filmed on a mobile phone. The winners will be invited to attend a workshop on mobile film making in Birmingham, and then be awarded £250 to help make their film.

The completed films will be screened at BAFTA as part of the TriForce Short Film Festival 2018, with the filmmakers invited to take part in a seminar panel, explaining how they made their films and talking about the techniques involved in mobile filmmaking!

We were blown away by the great standard of ideas, and actually ended up choosing 6 winners instead of just 4! The winners are:

Adam Bird – In the Deep End

Radha Bhandari – The Ghost of a Flea

Ada Urbaniak – Hallow’een Drop Outs

Hamzah Al – Small Bump

Shivani Basran – Dear You

Savannah Hall – Music

We look forward to meeting them at the workshop and seeing their completed films at the TriForce Short Film Festival on Saturday 1st December at BAFTA!

To find out more about the festival go to

To find out more about Into Film go to

03 Sep 2018

Catching up with our 2017 Pitch Winners

In 2017 we ran The Pitch competition with Shorts TV. The competition was for short filmmakers to pitch an idea for a film, and win a £3k budget and support from Shorts TV and TriForce Short Film Festival to make their film. The winning film was screened at BAFTA as part of the festival.

One year on from the pitching day, the winning short, Baghead, has been on a rollercoaster ride through many festivals with a huge amount of success. We caught up with the director, Alberto Corredor to find out more…

How did you hear about The Pitch competition?

Lorcan Reilly, the writer, saw the competition on Shooting People and decided to apply.

How did you come up with the idea for Baghead?

Lorcan was writing micro-budget short films for an amateur film-making group. In micro-budget you need scripts that can be shot in one day, in one location, with a small cast and crew and very little money. So, that was Lorcan’s challenge. One room, two people are sitting at a table, write a story. He went through different scenarios, until he settled on a story of a man visiting a medium who can channel the dead. The story snowballed from that concept into the creation of the witch.

What are your pitching tips?

Be confident, and clear about what you want to achieve. Having worked as creative director and editor for over 20 years, I approached the pitch as any other pitching with clients: preparation, preparation and preparation. Be ready for questions about budget and logistical restrictions. I prepared a concise and professional info package for every member of the jury, with a breakdown of the costs (budget), moodboard, team bios and possible locations. You have to make clear to everyone that you know how to make it happen and that you are realistic about what you can achieve with your budget. It is not only that they are giving you some money to produce your short, they are also putting their name and reputation on the line, so they will look for someone who they think can deliver. Rehearse all possible questions, that would give you the confidence when you are in front of people trying to sell your project.

How did you feel when you won?

In shock at first, as even if we thought we had a good chance, we never quite believed it was going to happen. Then we were delighted, excited, proud of ourselves. We ended up at 14.00 in a pub drinking pints to let it sink, with two massive cardboard cheques to take home in the tube. Quite a surreal experience.

How was the filming process?

I spent two months preparing it, getting a good team together and looking for the best actors through auditions. The shooting itself was frantic, as we only had two days to shoot it and two locations to cover. The main photography was in a studio in East London that used to be a foundry, so we had underwater coming up every hour and we had to stop for 15 minutes to pump it out. The other location was a pub (The Bonneville Tavern) where we got two hours to shoot the Barman’s scene. I was lucky to have a great team with very experienced people in each field that made it possible in such circumstances. We also rehearsed with the actors beforehand so they knew exactly what I wanted before the camera started rolling.

Did you enjoy the TriForce Short Film Festival and would you recommend it to other filmmakers?

The Triforce Short Film Festival is a treat. The fact that your film is going to be screened at BAFTA is unbelievable. The organisers take good care of you and you are going to meet loads of interesting people there. And the after party rocks! Highly recommended.

What has happened with the film since the TriForce Short Film Festival?

It’s been quite a trip with Baghead, and it has only started. We started the official festival run in June with Dances with Films at LA and since then this has taken completely over my life. We won Best Short, Best Director and Audience Award at the Cryptshow Festival in Spain and Best Thriller at Hollyshorts in LA. Baghead has been at Fantosfreak, Madrid IFF, HorrorHound Indianapolis, FrightFest in London and now Dragon Con in Atlanta. But the big news is that Baghead has been selected as one of the nine finalists of Manhattan Shorts, which makes it eligible for the Oscars. That and being official selection for Sitges, the biggest horror and fantasy festival in the world, are unbelievable achievements.

What are your future plans?

I’m using the platform of the festival run to look for investors and producers for a feature-long version of the story. We are finishing the first draft of the script and until now it all looks very promising, with some producers in the USA and the UK very interested in the project. It is early days but having such a strong short to show as proof of concept for a movie has opened many doors. Stay tuned!



09 Jul 2018

Announcing the MicroPitch Competition!


16-19 years old filmmakers are being offered the chance to pitch for funding and support to make a ‘microshort’ on their mobile phone, with four winning films screened at BAFTA as part of the annual TriForce Short Film Festival.

We’re teaming up with Into Film to offer 16-19 year olds the opportunity to pitch an idea for a microshort film (2-5 minutes long), shot on a mobile phone. Four winning teams of two will be selected to take part in a mobile phone making workshop and will receive production funding to complete their projects of £250 each!

All four completed films will then be showcased at BAFTA as part of the TriForce Short Film Festival on 1st December 2018, with the young filmmakers invited to attend and speak on a seminar panel about the process! You’ll get support along the way from Into Film and TriForce as well.

How to enter

If you’ve got a great idea for a microshort film, and are 16 -19 years old, we want to hear from you!

We’re doing our entries through Film Freeway, a free platform that brings together film festival from all over the world. All you need to enter is click on the button below and fill in the form. You’ll also need to attach:

1. A one page of A4 outlining your idea for a microshort film (2-5 minutes long) that could be shot on a mobile phone. This doesn’t have to be a full script, just a description of the idea.

2. A reference from a parent/guardian/teacher/youth worker. This just needs to be their name and contact details and a sentence saying they support your entry.

You can enter as an individual or as a team of two.

It’s completely free to enter.

What Happens Next?

The deadline for entries is 31st August. After that, we’ll sit down with Into Film and pick our 4 favourite ideas.

These four filmmaking teams will be invited to a mobile film making workshop. Into Film will be able to support with travel costs to make sure all those selected can make it.

After the workshop, you’ll have all the expertise you need to make your film. You’ll be given a budget of £250 per team for your film. You’ll go home and make the film yourselves (with support from Into Film). It will need to be finished by 4th November 2018.

The 4 films will all be shown at the TriForce Short Film Festival on Saturday 1st December at BAFTA in London! All our filmmakers will be invited to come to the festival and speak on a seminar panel before the screening about the mobile film making process and how they made their films. Again, Into Film will be able to support with travel costs for this.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your ideas! Click HERE to enter.

28 Jun 2018

Content London Partners with TriForce Creative Network

We’re very excited to announce that TriForce Creative Network will be partnering with C21’s international drama conference, Content London in November 2018.

TriForce Short Film Festival finalist films will be showcased to an international industry audience at the event and we’ll also be hosting a WriterSlam at the conference, with many delegates from across the globe expected to attend.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for the talent we support to be seen by scripted execs from both the UK and the US, and helps us further our aims to offer as many career development opportunities as we can to the talent we support.

We’ll be announcing more information about the WriterSlam event shortly, so make sure you’re signed up to the mailing list so you don’t miss out.

You can read all about the partnership in C21 here.

24 May 2018

The TCN named as a CE50 company

We’re very excited to reveal that TriForce Creative Network has been names as one of Creative England’s #CE502018 companies to watch in the coming year!

Every year Creative England announces the CE50 list, celebrating the achievements  of the 50 best up and coming, innovative and disruptive individuals and companies across film, games and digital tech.

It’s great to be recognised among such illustrious company for the work we do opening doors into the film and TV industry for talent from all walks of life, especially in our 15th anniversary year. 2018/19 will see some big announcements from us, so make sure you keep up to date with us and sign up to the mailing list.

You can view the full announcement and list of all 50 companies on the Creative England website.

15 Apr 2018

Submissions Live for TriForce Short Film Festival 2018!

We’re very excited to announce that submissions are now live for the 2018 TriForce Short Film Festival!

There are lots of different film festivals in the UK and around the world, as a film maker it can be tough to know which ones to submit for. It’s important to choose a festival based on the end result; how much it will boost your short film and your filmmaking career. Here at TriForce, we pride ourselves on connecting filmmakers with the industry and offering them on-going guidance and support following the TriForce Short Film Festival.

We’re continuing to work on making this our best festival yet, so here are just a few reasons why you should submit your film for TFSFF.

The Location – Screen your film at BAFTA!

We’re excited to be hosting the TriForce Short Film Festival at BAFTA for the 6th year running! All our 16 shortlisted films are screened at the home of British film.

The supporters and prizes

Best of Fest Award Supported by Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE
Stefan provides a £1000 prize for the winner and the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to him. If successful, he will provide funding and support with the filmmaking process. Stefan is currently working with last years’ Best of Fest winner Adara Todd on their next project.

Best Non Scripted Award

The winner will receive a £500 cash prize and advice and guidance from our Non Scripted supporter.

 Audience Choice Award

The winner will receive a £250 cash prize and advice and guidance from our Audience Choice Award supporter.

Byrne-Williams Bursary supported by John Byrne and Lola Williams

This award is selected by journalist John and agent Lola. They will offer their favourite filmmaker a £1000 bursary to be used for career development.

The judges

 We’re very proud of our judging panel – it’s a mixture of experienced creatives as well as industry people who could really help your career. This year our judges include:

Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE – Financier/ Serial Entrepreneur/ Charity Chairman/ Philanthropist

Richard Curtis – Writer/Director

Nadine Marsh-Edwards – Company Director, Greenacre Films

Carl Callam – Assistant Commissioning Editor – Short Form, BBC3

Simon Young – VP EMEA Acquisitions, Shorts International

Lola Williams – Director, New Wonder Management

We’ll be announcing a couple more additions to this list – but honestly, if you want your film watched by someone in a position to fund or buy your next project, as well as the director of Love Actually, and the producer of Been So Long, well, you’re in the right place!

Check out our judges biogs here:


But don’t take our word for it…

Check out our festival reviews on Film Freeway, or just listen to what some of last year’s finalists have to say…

How to Submit:

The three categories for this year’s competition are:

  • Microshorts – open to films under five minutes long and can be 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

The submission fees are always kept as low as possible, starting with free for our Microshorts category.


16th April – 14th September – FREE

General Scripted and Non-Scripted

Earlybird: 16th April – 22nd June – $25

Standard: 23rd June – 14th September – $35

We use Film Freeway for all our submissions.

To submit for TFSFF, visit:

Tickets for general attendance will be available soon. Sign up to our mailing list to be in the know!