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08 Nov 2018

Announcing the Shortlisted Films for TriForce Short Film Festival 2018!


– 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

 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

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

03 Oct 2018

TriForce Short Film Festival and Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE present: Pitch it!

TriForce Short Film Festival and Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE present: Pitch it! | A chance for short filmmakers to win funding for their next film!

TriForce Short Film Festival have teamed up with London based financier, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE to give UK based filmmakers the opportunity to win funding for their next project.

The competition will be looking for filmmakers to pitch an idea for a short film, with the finalists getting to pitch live to Allesch-Taylor’s team at the TriForce Short Film Festival on Saturday 1st December at BAFTA. Successful filmmakers will have one year to finish their film.

Allesch-Taylor set up a £1m short film fund in 2017 and has already funded over 25 films from this initiative. He is looking to “instil a sense of entrepreneurship into short form content” and would like to see applications not just from projects looking for full funding, but also from projects that may have some funding already in place but need some more to get ‘over the line’.

The Festival Director of TriForce Short Film Festival, Minnie Ayres, said, “we’re very excited to build on our partnership with Stefan Allesch-Taylor. This is a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers to bid for funding for their project and we can’t wait to see the range of applications. We’re looking for ideas with something to make them stand out, whether that’s an undiscovered talent attached, or a really original idea.”

If you’re interested in applying, submissions are open from 3rd October – 2nd November. You can find all the details on how to apply here.

02 Oct 2018

TFSFF 2018 Tickets Live!

We’re excited to announce that tickets are now available to book for this year’s TriForce Short Film Festival!

TriForce Short Film Festival aims to showcase untapped, diverse talent in contemporary film-making. Our festival stands out from others as we focus on helping emerging film-makers to develop key skills and access opportunities to further their careers. This is done through seminars and workshops and continued development following the festival for the award winners.

When: Saturday 01 December, 11am – 10.30pm
Where: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly

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 all confirmed sessions – more will be announced soon! In addition to the seminars and workshops, 16 shortlisted films will be shown on the BAFTA screens and the day ends with an evening gala, where the winners of TFSFF are announced!

We’ve got a brand new competition for 2018, Pitch It! Live, where you can win budget for your next short film project. More details on that coming soon!

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.

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!