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28 Jul 2017

Everything you need to know about TFSFF 2017


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.

On 2 December, BAFTA will host the sixth annual TriForce Short Film Festival and we’re continuing to work on making this our best festival yet. Here are just a few reasons why you should submit your film.


The supporters and prizes


Best of Fest Award SponsorProfessor 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 film-making process. Stefan is currently working with last years’ Best of Fest winner on their next project.


Best Non Scripted Award SponsorShiver, ITV’s Factual Department.
The winner will receive a £500 cash prize and advice and guidance following the festival from Shiver.


Audience Choice Award Sponsor
Mandy Network
The winner will receive a 1 year free membership for Mandy Network Film and TV Pro, £250 and mentoring from the Mandy team.



Award Prize Giver – Hit Film
Hit Film are offering 6 licences of HitFilm Pro 2017 for each award category (6 activation’s per team), worth £308.00 per package. The editing and VFX software contains everything you need to create huge scale movies on an indie budget.

Bursary Donation
–  The Williams-Byrne Bursary, supported by New Wonder Management
This bursary will award a cash prize of £1000 to a filmmaker showing exceptional promise.


Award Prize Giver – Indie Film Hustle
Indie Film Hustle are offering a free 30 day membership for 4 winners for all Indie Film Hustle courses.

On the day career development

There are four seminars throughout the day which focus on all areas of the industry. These are invaluable sessions from respected professionals which will help you in your career. The seminars will be announced shortly. Click here to view the 2016 seminars.

There is also an exhibition room filled with companies who can provide you with industry advice. Confirmed for 2017 so far is NFTS, Mama Youth, DPP and BECTU. More to be announced shortly!

To submit for TFSFF, visit:

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


22 Jul 2017

Five Shortlisted Filmmakers for The Pitch

The Pitch is a film making initiative brought to you by TriForce and ShortsTV. It gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to a judging panel for the chance to have their short film produced and receive £3000!

After many submissions, scripts were whittled down by ShortsTV and five finalists have been selected. The concepts that have been chosen all completely vary and were picked on their originality.

The finalists are:

Luke Rollason – Greene and Pleasant

A tongue-in-cheek exploration of the causes and consequences of isolationism. It is a Roald Dahl-esque tale of Farmer Pleasant and Farmer Greene, for whom a border dispute between their two fields escalates into absurdity

Adam Smith – Jam Boy

Dana and Ollie are considering their options for having children. In a world where you can pay someone to be your ‘pain surrogate’, Jam Boy explores just how far we would go to make our lives easier and asks who would really end up paying?

Lorcan Reilly – Baghead

Seeking answers, a grieving man visits a psychic, who can channel the dead in a most unusual manner.

Nathan Adabadze – Alpha & Omega

Set amongst the thriving multi-cultural epicenter of South London, we follow Imani, a budding artist and health stall owner; who on learning of her life-changing breast cancer begins to question her faith, her relationship and what it really means to be a Rasta.

Jordan Pitt – Cross The Line

When an undervalued project manager is forced to work overtime on her son’s birthday, she rebels against her oppressive boss who takes it a step too far when exerting his authority.

What happens next?

The five finalists will pitch their script to judges from ShortsTV and TriForce on Saturday 5 August.

The judges are: Carter Pilcher (CEO ShortsTV), Stephanie Charmail (Head of Production, ShortsTV), Minnie Ayres (TriForce Short Film Festival).

Each shortlisted filmmaker will have up to two minutes to pitch and can choose any format to do so (they can act it out, use props etc.) They will then face up to 15 minutes of questions about their script, how it will be filmed and their budget. Following all the pitches, the judges will deliberate and announce the winner on the same day.

The winning film will receive £3000 budget and will have the experts from ShortsTV on board as executive and co-producers. Their film will also be screened at TriForce Short Film Festival on 2 December at BAFTA.

To find out more about ShortsTV, visit:

General admission tickets for TriForce Short Film Festival will be available in August. Be the first to find out by signing up to our mailing list.

27 Jun 2017

How to get funding and support for your short film


We know you’re a innovative bunch, never short of creativity or motivation, but having an idea for a short film is just the beginning. Funding is an important (and often dreaded) aspect of the making of any short film. If you’re thinking about creating a short film or have one already made that you need funding for,we’ve pulled together a few initiatives from different organisations that’ll definitely help you complete your film making process.

If you’re quick you’ll still have time to get your film made and enter it into TriForce Short Film Festival 2017 before our final deadline of 15th September! Visit

The Pitch

The Pitch is a film making initiative brought to you by TriForce Short Film Festival and ShortsTV. It gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to a judging panel for the chance to have their short film produced. Filmmakers have the opportunity to win £3000 towards their short film project, as well as the support of experienced producers from ShortsTV. Plus, it’s free to enter!

How to apply:
Submission deadline: 7 July

Film London has just opened applications for its short film schemes London Calling and London Calling Plus, which provide a career-changing opportunity for new and emerging London-based filmmakers. Filmmakers selected for the schemes will receive a comprehensive package of production funding, support and expert mentoring, with the chance to have their film screened at the BFI London Film Festival and win industry prizes. Previous London Calling alumni have gone on to screen their short films at world-renowned festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Tribeca, as well as earning BAFTA nomination, a Berlin Crystal Bear and BIFA award.

This year they are championing diverse film-making voices more than ever, with 7 funding awards being specifically designated for writers and directors from BAME backgrounds.

How to apply:  
Submission deadline: 25 July 2017


Genera provide an alternative way for short filmmakers to achieve funding worldwide. You pay a one-off fee (per project), the films are shortlisted by the Genera team and you can receive up to £5,000 funding. It’s straightforward and doesn’t take commission like you would get with crowdfunding.

How to apply:
Submission deadline: 30 June. However funding rounds run quarterly, so you can apply again soon after.


The JBA’s are a talent development programme that provide financial assistance of between £1000 and £5000 to individuals working behind the scenes in film and TV.

JBAs provide a stepping stone for individuals who are talented and driven but have faced hurdles in developing their career. Difficulties faced by JBA recipients in the past have included lack of finances, accident and illness.

How to apply: 
Submission deadline: 31 July

If there are any other initiatives you may have come across, let us know as we always want to share the best opportunities with our network! Simply email

07 Jun 2017

The Pitch – brought to you by ShortsTV and TriForce Short Film Festival!

Thinking of submitting to TriForce Short Film Festival this year but need to get your budget together? We are offering filmmakers the amazing opportunity to win £3000 towards their short film project, as well as the support of experienced producers from ShortsTV!

The Pitch is a film making initiative brought to you by TriForce and ShortsTV. It gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to a judging panel for the chance to have their short film produced. It’s completely free to enter too.

ShortsTV have the world’s largest catalogue of high quality short movies available on TV, online and in theatre’s. They also produce short film content for broadcasters and brands. They are the world’s first and only HD TV channel dedicated to showcasing short movies.

They have run The Pitch for several years and helped boost the careers of short film makers by offering this fantastic opportunity. They most recently ran The Pitch in Cannes – click here to find out more.

If you have a winning concept for a short film and need to get it off the ground, this could be the competition for you.

To submit, you’ll need to:

  • Fill in a short form including a synopsis of your idea (maximum 10 mins film).
  • Send a draft script for Live Action films or submit a storyboard for Animation films.
  • Include a draft budget (maximum £3000).
  • Include any other supporting material showing your previous work (website, showreel, video clips etc.)

How will it work?

  • Entries will need to be submitted by 7 July
  • The pitches will be shortlisted by industry professionals. Five pitches will be selected for the shortlist.
  • The final five will pitch their films to ShortsTV and TriForce Creative Network in London on 5th August with the winner being announced on the day.
  • The winning filmmaker will then create their short film with ShortsTV and deliver to TriForce Creative Network by 13 November

And if getting the budget for your film wasn’t exciting enough, in addition the film will be screened at the TriForce Short Film Festival at BAFTA on 2 December! The winning filmmaker will also receive two day passes for the festival and gala passes.

ShortsTV are our seminar partner for TFSFF this year. Be sure to keep an eye out for their seminar at the festival.

Click here to enter the competition – just fill in the form and you could win the budget for your next short!

The Pitch

08 May 2017

TFSFF 2017: Submissions Open!

Submissions are now open for TriForce Short Film Festival 2017!

The sixth annual TriForce Creative Network film festival will take place at BAFTA on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

The TriForce Short Film Festival supports the careers of film directors, producers, below the line talent and screenwriters working in the short independent film sector and increases diversity and collaboration in short film production. The festival aims to find and acknowledge innovative storytelling and connect filmmakers with industry professionals. Showcasing the best in short film, alongside a programme of career focused seminars throughout the day and an industry expo, the TriForce Short Film Festival is the place to be to further your career in film.

The three categories 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

View the submission guidelines here.

Do you have a short film ready and waiting to be showcased to the industry? Make your short an award winning one by submitting for the TriForce Short Film Festival.

Click here to submit your film.

Check out our award winning films from 2016. From left to right: ‘Glow’ Winner of Best of the Fest, ‘I Believe in Pink’ Winner of Best Non-Scripted and ‘The Dead Sea’ Winner of Audience Choice Award. Click here to see all of the films.