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.
The shortlist, which consists of successful entries from all over the UK, is:
The shortlist, which was unveiled at an event at the historical Curzon Cinema in London’s Soho 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 said: "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 added: "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. "
Voting is open until 21 October 2013. For more information and to vote now, take a look at the Virgin Media Shorts website