Published 11/09/13

British film celebrated as Virgin Media Shorts unveils its shortlist

Finalists to be judged by an expert panel including BAFTA award-winning Shane Meadows


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 can now look forward to having their work judged by industry heavyweights including BAFTA Award winning director, Shane Meadows This is England, Dead Man's Shoes, Made of Stone, respected actor of stage and screen, David Tennant, director Mat Whitecross Spike Island and Nikon Ambassador John Wright. Virgin Media Shorts, which is now in its sixth 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 British Film Institute.

The finalists are now contenders to win the Grand Prize of 30,000 funding to make their next film and of course, the invaluable 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 glitzy awards ceremony on 7th November.

The shortlist, which consists of successful entries from all over the UK, is

  • The Big Day - by Karl Falconer
  • Touch - by Nimer Rashad
  • A Favour - by James Bradley
  • Brando-ing - by Malcolm Roy Greenhill
  • Spring Clean - by Ed Clifton, Ed Daggett and Michael Stranney
  • The Man Who Couldn't Stop Putting Things In Bins - by Louis Paxton and Patrick Kondracki
  • Stick Out - by Anthony Farquhar-Smith
  • RVG - by Ian Bucknole
  • Handuken - by Chris Chung
  • Homey - by Ben Garfield
  • Niche in the Market - by Rod Main
  • Just Say Hi - by John McPhail
  • Jetpack Jack - by Oliver Lee the Lucky 13th'

The shortlist, which was unveiled at an event at the historical Curzon Cinema in London's Soho, and simultaneously on virginmediashorts.co.uk, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, also marks the launch of The Nikon People's Choice Award - giving film fans from across the UK, the chance to support their 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.

Jeremy Gilbert, Group Marketing Manager at Nikon UK says ''We're delighted to be involved with the competition, supporting the next generation of film makers and giving them a head start in their careers with some amazing prizes and access to industry greats.

He adds ''The shortlist is very impressive; the standard of work is very high so I'm sure that the judges are going to have a tough job deciding the winner. We're pleased to be able to give the public a chance to have their say, voting for their favourite entry in the People's Choice Award. ''

The shortlisted film makers will be hoping to follow in the steps of previous winners such as Jason Wingard, a talented director and two time Virgin Media Shorts winner. Since picking up his prize, Jason has worked with BBC Comedy North and, with the help of the BFI, is currently finalising his latest short film project. Since his win Jason's career has gone from strength to strength, to the extent that he is now sitting on the panel of judges.

1st Published 11 September 2013 11:21 Posted by Ben Jones
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