With general submissions now open, Sunderland Shorts Film Festival is calling for reviewers to help select the final line up for their 2016 event.
After the success of the inaugural festival, which saw more than 65 short films from all corners of the world being shown across the city in July 2015, the festival is set to return between June 30 and July 3 2016.
Submissions for the 2016 officially opened on 28 September and the festival is now looking to recruit extra volunteers to help review the submissions and identify which films will be programmed into the festival. The role will entail reviewing a variety of films from a range of genres, but you don’t need to be a film expert to take part – you simply need to enjoy watching films!
Rebecca Burdon, Festival Manager, said: “We were so pleased with the amount and quality of the films that we received last year, especially as it was our very first festival. This year we’re hoping to receive even more submissions and, although it’s only early days, we’re definitely on track to do just that.
“Reviewing all of the submissions is an integral part of our selection process – it allows our programming team to get an insight into which films our audience will enjoy and which ones they might not be so keen on. It’s so important that we have the opportunity to see things from an audience prospective.”
Created in collaboration with DC Shorts Film Festival - as a result of the unique friendship agreement between Sunderland and Washington DC that focuses on developing economic, educational and cultural links between the two cities - a selection of the films chosen to be programmed as part of Sunderland Shorts 2016 will also be screened at DC Shorts.
Hannah Matterson, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, said: “We’ve already received a fantastic response to our call for reviewers– people have really come out to show their support for the festival.
“Of course, we can never have enough reviewers, especially with the volume of films we’re receiving. Whether you’re a film expert or simply enjoy watching the occasional film, anyone is welcome to join the panel.”
In addition to reviewers, Sunderland Shorts will also be on the look out for volunteers to help in a wide variety of roles as the festival approaches – from users and box office staff through to photographers and marketing assistants, there is something for everyone.
Training sessions for reviewers will take place on 03 December with further sessions running in the New Year for those who can’t make it. Reviewers and volunteers will also receive a ticket to the screening of their choice.
If you’re interested joining the Sunderland Shorts 2016 Reviewing Team or volunteering to be part of the festival, please click here to visit the Festival's website.