Created to help uncover some of the best up and coming British filmmaking talent, the UK’s biggest short film competition – Virgin Media Shorts – has revealed the successful film makers to make this year’s shortlist.
Whittled down from over 800 entries, 13 emerging directors will now have their film judged by industry experts including: Shane Meadows, David Tennant and Mat Whitecross.
Virgin Media Shorts, which is now in its 6th year, is the largest competition of its kind in the UK. It has quickly has established itself as a real driving force, providing British film talent with a step up in a challenging industry, working in partnership with the BFI.
The winner will receive £30,000 funding to make their next film as well as mentoring and guidance from the BFI. 12 of the final films were shortlisted by the Virgin Media Shorts curation panel, made up of industry representatives, with an additional 13th film, voted for by the public. All 13 films will now face our expert judging panel to determine the Grand Prize winner, before the awards ceremony on 7th November.
We were going to pick a couple of favourites to share but the quality was so good we’ve ended up picking 7….take a look:
– Niche in the Market – a charming look at some of London’s smallest shops and the characters who run them.
– RVG – a clever play on every day road signs or as the filmamker puts it: “a Highway Code Throw-Down in RVG!”
– Jetpack Jack – superhero escapism through the eyes of a young boy.
– The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Putting Things in Bins – we’re not sure if this is meant to be funny, but it’s hilarious.
– Just Say Hi – a delightful two minute love story.
– Stick Out – you’ll never look at a Feast lolly the same again.
– Spring Clean – if only.
You can support your favourite, by voting on Twitter (by stating the name of the film followed by #VMShortsVote) and via Facebook. The Nikon People’s Choice Award Winner will receive £5,000 film funding, mentoring from the BFI and Nikon digital SLR camera equipment worth up to £5,000.
Visit the site to watch all 13 shorts, which is your favourite?