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Female filmmakers head the shortlist for film festival

PICTURED: L-R Alex Lanipekun, Nathalie Emmanuel, Chizzy Akudolu, David Gyasi at launch of Triforce Short Film Festival 2018 at BFI, London

TRIFORCE CREATIVE Network has announced the shortlist of films for its 2018 Triforce Short Film Festival (TFSFF), which showcases some amazing short films made by talented emerging new film makers.

Announced by actor David Gyasi (Interstellar, Troy: Fall of a City) at an exclusive launch at the BFI in London, 16 new filmmakers will have their short films screened at BAFTA on the December 1 as part of the film festival that focuses on recognising and supporting diverse talent.

The 16 shortlisted films showcase a range of genres and topics, including traditional documentary, comedy and sci-fi, covering everything from politics, LGTBQ, family and love stories. The short films were submitted by filmmakers from across the UK and internationally and will be screened at the festival at BAFTA in London to an audience of peers and key industry representatives.

The selected films were chosen by a panel of industry stalwarts including renowned writer/director Richard Curtis (Love, Actually), entrepreneur and philanthropist Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, actor David Gyasi, Creative Director of Shiver, Ana de Moraes, Simon Young, (VP EMEA Acquisitions at Shorts TV), producer Nadine Marsh Edwards (Been So Long), journalist and BFI curator and TV presenter Danny Leigh and agent Lola Williams.

Minnie Ayres, COO of TriForce said; “Once again the standard of films submitted was incredibly high and the final selection was tough. We have a huge amount of diversity, both in our directors and the topics of the films. We’ve seen the movement of major festivals to try and achieve 5050 gender parity by 2020 – this is the 2nd year we’ve achieved that so we don’t see any reason why they can’t manage it a bit quicker!”

David Gyasi added; “It's been an honour to be part of the judging panel for this year's Triforce Short Film Festival. I’m a firm believer in supporting and promoting inclusion in the film industry, which is exactly what this festival is about. It’s great to see so many high quality films coming through, especially from filmmakers from under-represented backgrounds and I’m proud to be a part of the Festival, which is really driving change towards increased inclusion.”

Now celebrating its seventh year, TFSFF recognises and supports emerging diverse talent and helps film-makers access opportunities to further their careers. The competition continues to showcase the diverse range of UK filmmaking talent with a high number of BAME and female producers, directors, cast and crew across all the shortlisted films. Building on last year’s gender balanced selections, over 60% of the selected films are directed by women, and 11 out of the 16 directors come from a BAME background.

All shortlisted films for The Triforce Short Film Festival 2018 are as follows:

Microshorts Category:
Haven by Kelly Fyffe Edwards
The Need to be Alone by Tom Fisher and Catherine Prowse
Little Monster by Charlotte Regan
M.A.M.O.N. by Franc Planas

Non-Scripted Category (Supported by Shiver):
Letters to Britain by Rosie Baldwin
The Queens of Botswana by Sarah Vianney
Religion by Cherish Oteka
Oh, Geno! by Oyinye Ogenti

General Submissions Category:
Sylvia by Richard Prendergast
Run by Alex Lanepikun
Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote by Christiana Ebohon-Green
The Big Chop by Derek Dow
What Happened to Evie by Kate Cheeseman
The Super Recogniser by Jennifer Sheridan
Ladies Day by Abena Taylor-Smith
Space Girls by Carys Watford

The panel also chose the four finalists who are in contention for the ‘Best of the Fest’ Award, supported by Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE. They are:

Haven by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Letters to Britain by Rosie Baldwin
Sylvia by Richard Prendergast
Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote by Christiana Ebohon-Green

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