09 July, 2006

Talent Circle Super Shorts Film Festival

The 3rd Talent Circle Super Shorts Film Festival takes place in venues across Soho between 17-24 July. All events are admission free and include screenings, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and networking parties.

The festival uses traditional and non-traditional venues to screen independently made short film created by emerging and established filmmakers alike. For the second year, the main festival venue and delegate centre is 01zero-one Creative Learning Lab. The Odeon Covent Garden Cinema is one of several new venues hosting screenings.

Like last year, the festival will show more than 300 films, which include drama, animation and documentary. Each film is of no longer than five minutes in length, an underlying theme of the film festival. This year, films have come from across the globe and many filmmakers will travel to London to be present for the festival. Films compete to be winner of a number of categories. Winners are announced at the awards ceremony on July 24.

The Big Boost, UnLtd - the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs and Talent Circle will be running an event for filmmakers aged between 18-25. Fifty filmmakers will each be offered the opportunity to pitch their idea in two minutes to a panel of industry experts, similar to the format of the popular BBC2 television series, "Dragon's Den". £1000 will be awarded on the same day to each of the five filmmakers the panel decides is the most deserving.

Each day of the festival will have a theme that seminars, panel discussions, workshops and demonstrations will follow. Avid, the festival's founding sponsor, will run editing workshops and the London Film Academy is one of many non-profit making organisations contributing to the line up of industry events. High-Definition video, filmmaking, marketing and distribution play a significant part in the industry events programme.

The Talent Circle Mobile Competition 2006, sponsored by TLMH, is a search to find great films suitable for phones and handheld devices. The judges whittled down the festival's short-listed 36 films to the final five, which now compete to be the overall winner, as voted by the public. Audiences may vote by mobile phone from July 12 and receive the films on their mobile. Courtesy of FourDocs, a BlueTooth stand will be placed at one of the festival's venues to send short factual films to compatible mobile handsets. There will be a number of seminars and events relating to the advent of mobile phones and devices being used to deliver short films to audiences.

In addition to watching wonderful shorts from around the world, audiences will have the chance to win prizes if they take up Talent Circle 's Audience Challenge. Between Mon 17 - Fri 21 July, at some point during every screening, a different image will be shown each day. The images are clues that relate to the title of a feature film. The first person to tell the organisers the correct answer will win.

Olivia Bellas, the festival's director comments: "The overall aim of the festival is to be enjoyable and engaging and by being these things, we hope to introduce new audiences to the world of short film. We also hope to inspire those thinking about a career in the UK film industry. I'm sure it's going to be a wonderful eight days."

The festival's patron and director of Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back comments: " Talent Circle 's Super Shorts Film Festival is a great contribution to the development of film. Today, audiences do not see enough of new and creative filmmaking in the form of short films and only witness the feature length films that come largely from Hollywood . This festival gives young filmmakers a chance to exhibit their ideas and projects to to the public and gives audiences a chance to see new and refreshing films from the the undiscovered future filmmakers."

For further details please visit the web site www.supershorts.org.uk or e-mail contact@supershorts.org.uk

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