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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.

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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.

 

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

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 http://tfsff.com/submissions/


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: filmfreeway.com/festival/TriForceShortFilmFestivalandShortsTVPresentThePitch
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: filmlondon.org.uk/funding/shorts  
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: www.generafilms.com/en/
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: apply.ctbf.co.uk/entrant/index.php 
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 info@thetcn.com