London Film Festival announces short film award

12 films will be selected for inaugural competition.

by Amber Wilkinson

The BFI London Film Festival has announced a new Short Film Competition in 2015 as part of its overall commitment to supporting and developing filmmakers. In line with the Festival’s Official, Documentary and First Feature Competitions, 12 films will compete for the BFI London Film Festival Short Film Award.

The programme team, led by festival director Clare Stewart, will shortlist the films from across the festival programme which demonstrate a distinctive cinematic style and a confident, original handling of chosen theme and content.

The winning film will be selected by a jury of senior international film professionals and the Short Film Award will be presented at the BFI London Film Festival Awards Ceremony on October 17.

To be elligible, short films must have been completed within the previous 18 months and can have previously screened anywhere in the world or UK, broadcast or been made available online, ensuring a curated selection of excellent work.

Stewart said: “The BFI London Film Festival has long valued the short film, a form in which filmmaking is often at it's most original, daring and playful. We build on this commitment by creating a new platform to celebrate this essential facet of cinema, in line with our other competitive strands for fiction, documentary and debut features. We look forward to profiling more great filmmaking talent and presenting the boldest, brightest and most striking international short films at LFF in 2015.”

The deadline for the submission of short films is June 12, they can be submitted through the BFI London Film Festival website.

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