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14 Nov 2019

TriForceFest 2019 Films Announced!

TRIFORCE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2019 ANNOUNCES SHORTLISTED FILMS, JUDGED BY IDRIS ELBA AND GURINDER CHADHA

 

– Shortlisted films selected by leading filmmakers including Elba and Chadha –

– Annual short film festival hosted by TriForce Creative Network takes place at BFI Southbank on 30th November –

 

 14 November 2019: The TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF), established by the TriForce Creative Network to promote, support and showcase the diverse range of talent in contemporary filmmaking, has announced the shortlist of films for its 2019 Festival. Showcasing the best in short film from the UK and across the globe, the Festival will be held on 30th November at BFI Southbank.

16 short films have been selected to be showcased throughout the day long festival, with half of the films having been made by BAME filmmakers, and over 60% of the film directed by women. The Festival 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.

Shortlisted films have been judged by a panel of influential industry figures including Golden Globe and SAG winning actor, director, producer and musician, Idris Elba and award-winning writer, producer, director Gurinder Chadha, OBE. 

Idris Elba, whose credits include Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Marvel’s Avengers franchise, said; “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.”

All shortlisted films for The TriForce Short Film Festival 2019 are as follows:

Microshorts Category:

  • Error in Terror Campaign: Terrorism Has No Religion: This dramatic short film follows a young man about to carry out an atrocious terrorist act. However, he is given a chance to recognise the inhumanity of such action.
  • Dear Hearing World: This short film is based on a poem written and spoken by deaf spoken-word artist Raymond Antrobus. Sign Language with music and striking urban London scenes.
  • Quiet Carriage: A man must decide whether to intervene and stop a casual commuting rule breaker, or live with a lifetime of regret. A comedy about a passive man with an overactive imagination.
  • CRUST: This stop motion animated short focusses on interplay between the elderly woman Mabel and her husband Joe, whilst she is baking to take part in a competition.

Non-Scripted Category (Supported by Multi Story):

  •  Waves: Filmed in Cape Town’s notorious Lavender Hill, Waves explores the perspective of three young girls growing up in one of South Africa’s most violent communities.
  • The Last Taboo: In this provocative short documentary, three women who made the decision to mother from afar tell their stories and open up about what they lost—and gained—when they left the homes they had shared with their children. At a time when there’s growing acceptance for alternative family models, why does the idea of non-custodial motherhood still have the power to shock and appal?
  • Deleted – A short documentary following the last 5 hours of 59-year-old Ahmed before becoming homeless due to the late payments and bureaucracy by the Department for Work and Pensions.
  • My Decision: An insightful documentary that highlights the life of second-generation immigrant kids who born in the UK. With a unique access, the film explores the story of teenage girls’ decision on wearing headscarves as a symbol of their identity and tells their journey to dismantle the stereotype about Muslim girls.

 General Submissions Category:

  •  Murmurs: A father reconnects with his daughter in a most unusual way.
  • STARBOY:A mystical young Hasidic man increasingly doubts his identity, his gender, and the nature of being as conflict between him and his pious young wife escalates with shocking consequences.
  • Signs: A coming-of-age drama about a teenage carer (RHIANNE BARRETO) coming to terms with the responsibility of looking after her family after a distressing incident.
  • Deuce: A girl checks into a beautifully remote five-star hotel – but what is she up to? All is revealed in ‘Deuce’ – a quirky family dramedy about the daughter of a tennis pro. She is her father’s champion and cheerleader. Together they can take on the world.
  • Sides of a Horn: This short is the first film to tell the story of South Africa’s poaching war from both sides of the fence. Based on actual events and filmed in the townships and game reserves most directly impacted by wildlife crime, this dramatic short paints an unbiased portrait of a modern war that is tearing apart communities and driving a pre-historic species to the verge of extinction.
  • Alpha + Omega: An exploration of love, identity and connection; Alpha & Omega delves into the life of Imani, a young Rastafari woman, whose life is rocked when her partner Hakeem discovers she’s been keeping a secret.
  • Swallow: Sleep deprived and tortured, watching her Mum slowly die, Paula spends the night in a Liverpool hospice, which leads to an irreversible conclusion.
  • Grandma’s 80th Birthday Surprise: Fresh in love, a respectful young man is forced to confront his family’s rigid traditions as he seeks the approval of the family matriarch, his formidable 80-year-old Grandmother.

The panel also chose the four finalists who are in contention for the ‘Best of the Fest’ Award, supported by Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE. They are:

  •  Error in Terror Campaign: Terrorism Has No Religion:
  • Waves
  • Swallow
  • Grandma’s 80th Birthday Surprise

The 16 shortlisted films showcase a range of genres and topics, covering everything from politics, identity, religion, LGTBQ, family, and love stories, through drama, documentary and animation. They were submitted by filmmakers from across the UK and internationally with entries also coming from South Africa and USA. All the shortlisted films will be screened at the festival at BFI Southbank in London to an audience of peers and key industry representatives.

Alongside Elba and Chadha, the selected films were chosen by a panel of renowned industry experts included 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. The Non-Scripted Winner will win £500 and meet with Mark Rubens at Multi Story as part of their prize.  In addition, the ‘Best of the Fest’ winner will win £1000, a Panasonic DC-GH5MEB-K camera worth £1500 and meeting with Allesch-Taylor to pitch for financing for their next project, as part of his continued relationship with the Festival. There are two further prizes of a £750 bursary supported by John Byrne and Lola Williams for the most promising director, as well as an Audience Choice Award of £250 chosen by the audience at the gala. All 16 shortlisted filmmakers will win a year’s Raindance membership.

Minnie Ayres, COO of TriForce said; “We’re very excited to be moving to a new home at BFI Southbank, enabling us to offer additional workshops and seminars for emerging filmmakers during the day, alongside a fantastic array of short films. Representation matters, and with our film selection, you will see a hugely diverse range of stories and talent on and off screen.”

 TFSFF boasts a wealth of high profile patrons including;  Kathy Burke, David Morrissey (The Walking Dead ), David Oyelowo (Selma), Kacey Ainsworth, (EastEnders, Grantchester), Noel Clarke (Bulletproof), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy, Fortitude), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat), producer Hilary Bevan Jones (Deep State), director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland),  and award-winning writer Roy Williams OBE.  

 Each year, TFSFF partners each category screening of the 16 shortlisted films across the day with seminars and workshops led by leading industry professionals focused on current issues within the TV and film industry and career development. This year’s partners include Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, BFI Network, Multi Story, Raindance, Mama Youth Project, Variety, Into Film, National Film and Television School, Creative England, Film London, The Film Festival Doctor John Byrne and Lola Williams, The Sea Containers and Panasonic.

 The full schedule for the day can be found here.

 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, Premier on behalf of TriForce Short Film Festival

Charlie.wainwright@premiercomms.com/ 0207 292 7372

Notes To Editors:

About the TriForce Short Film Festival

TFSFF is a short film festival established by the TriForce Creative Network in 2012 to showcase talent in contemporary film-making, helping emerging film-makers to develop skills and access opportunities to further their careers. With a focus on recognising and supporting diverse talent, the festival brings together filmmakers with the movers and shakers in the industry, enabling emerging artists to break into the mainstream. 16 shortlisted films get the chance to be seen on the big screen, in front of key industry representatives, with the winning film-makers earning career development opportunities with our industry partners, as well as a cash prize for their next project.

The TFSFF takes place at BFI Southbank, presenting a packed day of seminars tackling the key issues of the industry and offering invaluable advice from industry professionals, alongside a bustling industry expo and screenings of the shortlisted films. Concluding with a red-carpet gala evening attended by high profile supporters, the TFSFF is the place to see untapped and diverse talent, showcasing innovative story-telling and visually stunning short films.

This years’ TFSFF judging panel includes;

  • Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE – entrepreneur and exec producer
  • Idris Elba – actor, producer, writer
  • Larushka Ivan-Zadeh – Chief Film Critic at Metro
  • Tendeka Matatu – Producer and MD, Ten10 Films
  • Lola Williams – Director, New Wonder Management
  • Mark Rubens – Head of Documentaries, MultiStory (formerly Shiver)
  • Jessica Loveland – Head of BFI Network

 About the 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: MonologueSlam UK is a renowned nationwide showcase for actors. For more info go to: monologueslamuk.com

 

  • WriterSlam UK: WriterSlam provides a platform for writers looking to break into TV. Prizes include paid development commissions and mentoring with top TV executives. For more information go to: http://thetcn.com/writerslam/

 

  • TriForce Productions: The production company was set up to create TV, film and online content, with a focus on diverse content for mainstream audiences. 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 information go to: http://thetcn.com/triforce-productions/

 

  • The TCN Talent Pool/Dandi – the diversity and inclusion support service: The TCN have now created a Talent Pool that is free for crew and creative talent to use. Through their new recruitment service for production companies, dandi.org.uk, the TCN are helping the industry to increase diversity and inclusion in their crews and offices. For more information go to:https://thetcn.com/candidates/ and http://dandi.org.uk/

 

11 Oct 2019

TriForce Fest 2019 Tickets On Sale!

Tickets for this year’s TriForce Short Film Festival are now available to buy! And there’s an Earlybird Discount available if you book before 31 October!

When: Saturday 30 November, 11am – 10.30pm
Where: BFI Southbank

That’s right, we’re in a new home for 2019, at the fabulous BFI Southbank, taking over a third of the building! Our reception desk will be next to the BFI Box Office, so we’re easy to find.

Over the course of the day, there are a host of events run by industry professionals as well as an expo room filled with film-making organisations. Check out the itinerary on our website for the full list of sessions.

This year’s programme is all about taking control of your career, with advice for aspiring directors, tips on setting up your own production companies and practical workshops on camera techniques and film funding.

In addition to the seminars and workshops, 16 shortlisted films will be shown in NFT3 and the day ends with an evening gala, where the winners of TFSFF are announced!

Check out the full itinerary here.

20% off with our EarlyBird Discount Code

Take advantage of our best value ticket, the Day Pass. This gives you access to all seminars, screenings, workshops and expo room. Usually priced at £25 (single event tickets are £10 each), we’re running an early bird discount until 31 October, where you’ll pay just £20. Use code: EARLYBIRDTRIFORCE.

Click here to book tickets.

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.