Sunderland Shorts Film Festival Celebrates Successful Debut

Posted: 13th July 2015

Sunderland Shorts Film Festival (SSFF) is celebrating the success of its inaugural festival, and is already looking forward to Sunderland Shorts 2016, having successfully showcased more than 65 short films from around the world over the course of four days.

Having received submissions from all corners of the world – including Australia, Iran, Korea and the USA – a carefully selected programme was screened over four days at four of Sunderland’s best-loved venues: Independent, The Empire, Sunderland Software Centre and Sunderland Minster.

Rebecca Burdon, Festival Manager, said: “We've been overwhelmed by the turn out to each of the screenings: it made a lot of hard work very worthwhile. Now it's time to start planning next year's festival!”

Created in collaboration with the prestigious DC Shorts Film Festival, SSFF screened everything from fantasy, drama, and comedy to horror, and films from around the world.

Directors, filmmakers and actors travelled from Argentina , the USA and the south of England to attend the festival, with many of them taking part in Q+A sessions during the course of the weekend.

Santiago Sanchez Ortega, director of The Weeping Mountain, who travelled from Argentina to be at festival, said: “I have really enjoyed my time in Sunderland. This was the perfect opportunity for me to present my most recent film. It’s been a great festival and I have loved exploring the city. It’s also been fantastic to watch so many amazing films, and meet lots of new talented directors.”

Award Winners were announced on the final day of the festival and included After Eric: Part of that World by Marcus J Richardson (Best Comedy), Stephen Caught a Star by Michiel ten Kleij (Audience Favourite Award), whilst Best Drama went to I'm in the Corner with Bluebells directed by Ako Mitchell. Local filmmaker, Robert Carr, was also awarded a Regional Audience Favourite Award for his debut short, Road.

With the award-winning films to be screened at the 2015 DC Shorts Film Festival, the festival signalled the start of a collaborative project that is set to shape, influence and grow the city’s independent film scene – strengthening an existing relationship between the City of Sunderland and Washington DC focused on developing economic, educational and cultural links between the two cities.

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