TriForce Short Film Festival 2018 opens for submissions

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The TriForce Short Film Festival, established by the TriForce Creative Network to promote, support and showcase the diverse range of talent in contemporary film-making, announces today that it has opened for submissions for 2018.  With a focus on recognising and supporting diverse talent, the festival brings together film-makers with the movers and shakers in the industry, enabling emerging artists to break into the mainstream. Showcasing the best in short film, alongside a programme of career focused seminars and practical workshops throughout the day and an industry expo, the TriForce Short Film Festival is the place to be to further your career in film.

The festival has been running since 2012 and built a strong reputation through supporting the selected filmmakers in their careers well beyond the festival itself. Previous winners include Jane Gull, director of critically acclaimed ‘My Feral Heart’ and actor/producer Karen Bryson. 2017’s winner, stop motion animator Adara Todd, is currently producing her next short, with the support of long term festival partner, entrepreneur, philanthropist and film producer Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE.


16 shortlisted films get the chance to be seen on the big screen, in front of key industry representatives, with the winning film-makers earning career development opportunities, as well as a cash prize for their next project. The TFSFF takes place at BAFTA, presenting a packed day of seminars and practical workshops offering invaluable advice from industry professionals, alongside a bustling industry expo and screenings of the shortlisted films.

 This year the films will be judged by a panel of industry experts including critically acclaimed directors, producers and commissioners as well as world-renowned British screenwriter, producer, and film director Richard Curtis CBE. The festival is also pleased to announce it will be continuing its relationship with entrepreneur, philanthropist and film producer Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE who will join the judging panel as well as offering to finance the next project for the Best of the Fest winner. Allesch-Taylor has recently announced his intention to support short filmmakers in the UK with a £1m short film fund.

Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE commented: ‘I’m proud to be part of the TriForce Short Film Festival for the 3rd year. It’s an important platform addressing opportunity poverty in the UK film industry, showcasing work from a diverse range of filmmakers and offering ongoing career development support.”

This year’s line up of judges includes –

  • Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE – Entrepreneur, philanthropist and film producer
  • Richard Curtis CBE – world-renowned British screenwriter, producer, and film director
  • Nadine Marsh-Edwards – Company Director, Greenacre Films
  • Carl Callam – Assistant Commissioning Editor – Short Form, BBC3
  • Simon Young – VP EMEA Acquisitions, Shorts International
  • Lola Williams – Director, New Wonder Management

The three categories for this year’s competition are:

  • Microshorts – open to films under five minutes long and can be of any genre.
  • General Scripted – open to scripted films between five and 20 minutes long
  • Non-Scripted – open to non-scripted films between five and 20 minutes long

The TriForce Short Film Festival will take place at BAFTA on Saturday 1 December, where the shortlisted films will be shown and the overall Festival winner will be revealed.

Entries can be submitted via All entries must have been completed since June 2016. Submissions are open until 14th September 2018.

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