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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/

05 Feb 2019

Watch Best of the Fest Winner

Best of the Fest Winner, Christiana Ebohon-Green’s “Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote” is now available to view online.

If you didn’t get chance to attend TriForce Short Film Festival in 2018, you can now view the winning film in full on Vimeo.

10 Dec 2018

Filmmaker Focus – What Happened to Evie

The team behind ‘What Happened to Evie’ were delighted to be part of this year’s Triforce Film Festival. It was a great day of seminars, watching incredible shorts and catching up with friends in the industry as well as meeting new ones. We were also really pleased to meet Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE and Charles Kay whose fund supported our film in post-production.

Since its launch earlier this year ‘What Happened to Evie’ has been selected for 24 film festivals including Oscar and Bafta qualifiers and won seven awards including Best International Short at Galway Film Fleadh and Best Drama at San Jose International Film Festival. 

 We are making the most of its success by attending as many festivals as possible not only to promote the film and network but also to get our next projects off the ground. We have several strong feature films in development that we want to make with the same team behind this film.

 For details of the film, cast/crew and reviews plus comprehensive information from Rape Crisis please visit: www.whathappenedtoevie.com and our next two screenings are at Chandler International Film Festival, Arizona and Stockholm Feminist Film Festival, Sweden.

03 Dec 2018

Stars Turn Out For TriForce Short Film Festival

– Ashley Walters, Zachary Momoh and Chizzy Akudolu among the stars at the annual short film festival –

– Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote scoops Best of the Fest Award –

London, Sunday 02 December 2018: Stars from film and TV gathered to celebrate this year’s recipients of the TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF), which recognises and supports diverse talent and champions inclusivity.  The star-studded event held at BAFTA revealed the Best of the Fest winner at an evening Gala and Awards ceremony.

 Bulletproof star Ashley Walters was joined by Zackary Momoh (A United Kingdom, No Offence), former Strictly Come Dancing star Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City), Leonie Elliott (Call The Midwife), Crystal Yu (Casualty), Lauren Drummond (Holby, Riverdale), Vanessa Hehir (Waterloo Road), Louis Payne (Wolfblood), singer Jermain Jackman, comedian London Hughes and Ellen Thomas (EastEnders, In The Long Run), on the red-carpet at the festival’s gala event, where filmmaker Christiana Ebohon-Green’s Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote was awarded the prestigious Best of the Fest prize. The Awards were hosted by TriForce Creative Network Founders Jimmy Akingbola (Arrow, In The Long Run),Fraser Ayres (Coronation Street) and TCN COO Minnie Ayres.

The Festival, now in its seventh year and hosted by Triforce Creative Network, helps filmmakers access opportunities to further their careers and showcases the diverse range of 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 16 shortlisted films screened are directed by women, and 11 out of the 16 directors come from a BAME background.

Over 700 entries were submitted to a panel of judges, which included director and writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill), actor David Gyasi (Interstellar, Troy: Fall of A City), producer Nadine Marsh Edwards (Been So Long), Shiver Creative Director Ana de Moraes, BFI curator and TV presenter/ journalist Danny Leigh, agent Lola Williams, Shorts TV’s VP of Acquisitions Simon Young and Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE.

The 16 shortlisted films showcased a range of genres and topics, including traditional documentary, comedy and sci-fi, covering everything from politics, LGTBQ, family and love stories, and were submitted by filmmakers from across the UK and internationally with entries also coming from Mexico and USA.  The short films were screened across the day to an audience of peers and key industry representatives.

Winning the Best of the Fest Award Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote was recognised for its startlingly original story of a girl who starts to speak in Shakespearean quotes to tackle the trauma of her parent’s separation. The film starred Sir Lenny Henry, Wunmi Mosaku and Colin Salmon and was directed by Londoner Christiana Ebohon-Greenwhose credits include EastEndersHolby City and Call the Midwife.  The prize included a £1000 cash, the chance to pitch to Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE for funding and mentoring for her next short film, and £1000 worth of equipment hire from Video Europe.

Rosie Baldwin’s Letters to Britain scooped the Best Non-Scripted Award.  The short film 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. Baldwin won a £500 cash prize as well as the opportunity to meet with Shiver Creative Director Ana de Moraes following the festival for advice and guidance on her career.

The Audience Choice Award, voted by the audience on the night, went to Haven by Kelly Fyffe Marshall, about a young girls’ bonding experience with her mother. The Audience Choice Award winner took home a £250 cash prize as well as mentoring from the team at TriForce Creative Network.

The winner of the Williams-Byrne Bursary of £1000 was Richard Prendergast’s Sylvia, based on a true story about a loving family on what seems like a carefree family outing. However, it gradually becomes clear that this isn’t a family outing after all, and that their destination isn’t a happy one.

For the first time this year, TFSFF hosted a new pitching competition for filmmakers, Pitch It! which was supported by partner Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE. The competition saw ten filmmakers, selected from over 300 submissions, pitch live at the event to win the chance to secure up to £10k funding per film. Proving the high-quality of the final films, TriForce and Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE have committed to supporting all ten finalist filmmakers through funding and development.

Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE said: “This is my third year as a judge at TriForce Short Film Festival and it’s fantastic to be back at this BAFTA held event. The standard is improving every year and it’s always encouraging to see so much new talent coming through. I’m proud to be playing my part in supporting the next generation of British film makers and looking forward to working with the winners to make these Shorts.”

All prize winners also receive a copy of HitFilm Pro, a VFX and editing software to help them with their next project, as well as a free subscription to online film academy, Indie Film Hustle.

Minnie Ayres, COO of TriForce Creative Network, said: “We were overwhelmed by the quality of films at this year’s festival. It was incredibly difficult for our judging panel to decide on the winners but we think these films really stood out. It’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of stories and story-tellers and I believe that having a more diverse judging panel results in a wider range of films being recognized for their quality and originality.”

Actor Chizzy Akudolu added: “TriForce Short Film Festival is brilliant. It’s always such a great night, it’s all about inclusivity and everyone has such a great time. There’s a total mix of films, and it’s the best showcase for short films in this country.”

 Judge David Gyasi said; “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.”

Ahead of the evening Gala, TFSFF welcomed the public for a day of filmmaking workshops, where aspiring filmmakers had the opportunity to watch the shortlisted films, be inspired by Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals, and take part in practical filmmaking workshops.

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), actress Kacey Ainsworth, (Grantchester), producer Hilary Bevan Jones(The Escape Artist), Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), actor, writer and director Noel Clarke (Bulletproof), Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella), Zawe Ashton (Wanderlust) and award-winning playwright Roy Williams OBE.

TFSFF, which is a career development focused initiative, is supported by a number of high profile companies and organisations as partners for this year’s festival, including Professor Stefan Allesch Taylor CBE, Creative England, BFI Network, the Creative Diversity Network, C21 Media, Into Film, Pi Productions, the Mama Youth Project, the National Film and Television School, the Film Festival Doctor, London Flair PR, Indie Film Hustle, HitFilm, Miffymoments, The Athenaeum Hotel, Nails Inc, Rakura Tea, Kiehls and Pursu,  who provided seminar speakers, prizes, opportunities and guidance to entrants and attendees, as well as supporting seminars, awards and the industry expo room at BAFTA.

TriForce Short Film Festival 2018 images: https://we.tl/t-fVSWiiBtzu

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For further information please contact:

 Charlie Wainwright, Premier

Charlie.wainwright@premiercomms.com

0207 292 7372

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 About TriForce Creative Network

TriForce Creative Network was built on a strong ethos of inclusion and access, opening doors to the industry to people from all walks of life and providing a trusted and viable avenue for the industry to discover diverse talent. We provide opportunities for actors, writers, directors, producers and crew through the following initiatives:

MonologueSlam UK– supported by Spotlight, Equity and Channel 4, MonologueSlam UK is a renowned nationwide showcase for actors. For more info go to com

 WriterSlam UK – supported by Channel 4, ITV, Sky and BBC, as well as production companies Hat Trick, Tiger Aspect and TriForce Productions, WriterSlam provides a platform for writers looking to break into TV. Prizes include paid development commissions and mentoring with top TV executives.

 The TCN Talent Pool– a free service for those looking to work in TV and film behind the scenes. The Talent Pool works with Dandi (the Diversity and Inclusion Support Service) connecting crew and creative talent with production companies across the UK.

 TriForce Productions– the production company was set up to create TV, film and online content that embodies our core ethos of inclusion and access. We delivered our first broadcast commission, Sorry, I Didn’t Know, a comedy panel show with a twist for ITV2 in 2016, with more projects in the pipeline.

For more info on TriForce Creative Network and its initiatives, go to http://thetcn.com

About The TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF)

TFSFF was established to showcase talent in contemporary film-making, helping emerging film-makers to develop skills and access opportunities to further their careers.

The festival has a strong focus on both diverse talent and career development, with all prizes supported by an industry partner who offers a career development prize to the winners, as well as a cash prize for their next project.  The TFSFF takes place at BAFTA, presenting a packed day of seminars tackling the key issues of the industry and offering invaluable advice from industry professionals, alongside a bustling expo and screenings of the shortlisted films. Concluding with a red carpet gala evening attended by stars of stage and screen, the TFSFF is the place to see untapped and diverse talent, showcasing innovative story-telling and visually stunning short films.

 

08 Nov 2018

Announcing the Shortlisted Films for TriForce Short Film Festival 2018!

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:

Microshorts Category:

  • 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 ProjectBECTU, 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

 The full schedule for the day 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.

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 For further information please contact:

Charlie Wainwright on behalf of Triforce Short Film Festival

Charlie.wainwright@premiercomms.com

0207 292 7372

12 Oct 2018

TFSFF 2018 Longlist Announced!

2018 has seen the highest number of submissions ever for TriForce Short Film Festival and such a diverse range of films from talented film makers.

We can now announce our longlisted films – these films are being considered by our judging panel and we’ll be announcing the selected films on Thursday 8th November.

Congratulations to the filmmakers that have made the longlist and well done to all our filmmakers, such a huge array of talent on show!

Check out our schedule page for details of the festival and to book a ticket.

Our longlisted films are:

Black Girl in a Big Dress directed by Shayna Cohen

Bodega directed by Donna Augustin and Talibah L. Newman

Carly directed by Daniel Alexander

Cupidity directed by Simon Connolly

Details to Follow directed by Michael P. Spencer

Dodgy Dave directed by Charlotte Regan

Dreamcatchers directed by Lunga Yeni

Drug Runner directed by Charlotte Regan

Haven directed by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Holy Beef directed by Dwayne Gumbs

Hush Little Baby Directed by Camille Hollett-French

I Am Michael directed by Cynthia Ljiekhuamhen

I Was 3 directed by Alfie Barker

Knock at the Door directed by Michael Constable

Ladies Day directed by Abena Taylor-Smith

Letters to Britain directed by Rosie Baldwin

Little Monster directed by Charlotte Regan

Lugha ya Mama directed by Mary Nyambura

M.A.M.O.N directed by Alejandro Damiani

Manchar The Last of the Lake People directed by Aftab Abbasi

Oh, Geno! directed by Onyinye Egenti

Pagg directed by Nardeep Khurmi

Pommel directed by Paris Zarcilla

Pulsar directed by Aurora Fearnley

Religion directed by Cherish Oteka

Rise directed by Luke McGibney

Run directed by Alex Lanipekun

Soho Jimbo directed by Chris Chung

Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote directed by Christiana Ebohon

Sorceress directed by Max Blustin

Space Girls directed by Carys Watford

Sylvia directed by Richard Prendergast

The Big Chop directed by Derek Dow

The Brixton Uprisings directed by Sherrelle Miller

The Distances Between directed by Aimie Willemse

The Need to be Alone directed by Tom Fisher and Catherine Prowse

The Queens of Botswana directed by Sarah Vianney

The Super Recogniser directed by Jennifer Sheridan

This is the Northland directed by Ted Simpson

What Happened to Evie directed by Kate Cheeseman