Following a successful launch event, the inaugural Sunderland Shorts Film Festival is set to open for submissions on Monday 02 February – giving short film makers the opportunity to showcase their work to influential international audiences.
Created in collaboration with the DC Shorts Film Festival, the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival will to be held at various venues across Sunderland between July 2 and July 5 - bringing together filmmakers from across the globe to celebrate the very best in short films.
Having been reviewed by panels of volunteer film enthusiasts and professionals, around 60 films will be hand selected by the Festival’s Programming Team to be screened during the course of the event. Awards will also be presented to winners of various categories, including Audience Choice and Critics Choice.
Jon Gann, Programming Director of the DC Shorts Film Festival, said: “I have been working with the programming team to develop a method for evaluating submissions based on strength of story, production values and relevance to the audience.
“I am confident that the team of volunteer reviewers and programmers will have a large number of films from which to choose the final selections — and that the films will be enjoyed by the community at large.”
A selection of the films chosen to be programmed as part of this year’s Sunderland Shorts Film Festival will also be screened at the 2015 DC Shorts, giving filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their creations to even wider international audiences and markets.
Rebecca Burdon, Festival Manager, Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, said: “The Sunderland Shorts Film Festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to have their work screened in front of enthusiastic audiences in venues that aren't your average cinema. We’ re all about celebrating filmmaking talent and connecting creative people.
“Our connection with Sunderland's sister city, Washington D.C and their successful D.C Shorts Film Festival means that our stand out submissions from SSFF will also be seen by audiences across the pond.”
Signalling the start of a collaborative project that is set to shape, influence and grow the city’s independent film scene, the relationship between the City of Sunderland and Washington DC focuses on developing economic, educational and cultural links between the two cities.
Aman Sharma, Programming Team, Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, said: “Our aim is to establish a home for independent filmmakers and dedicate the festival to discovering and promoting the work of exceptional filmmakers.
“We want to bring local, national and international filmmakers together to celebrate the art of cinema – offering viewers the chance to experience a wide range of films from all over the world. We’re looking forward to seeing the submissions and putting together a programme that will appeal to everyone from film experts and those working within the industry, to people who simply enjoy watching film.”
Submissions open on 02 February and close on 30 April. If you are interested in submitting a film, joining the panel of reviewers, or volunteering during the festival, please click here for more information.