TriForce launches pitching project

Short film festival teams up with Allesch-Taylor

by Amber Wilkinson

What Happened To Evie?
What Happened To Evie? Photo: Carol Younghusband
TriForce Short Film Festival has teamed up with philanthropist Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor to give UK-based filmmakers the opportunity to win funding for their next project.

Filmmakers must submit their pitch, alongside the amount of money they are applying for. Finalists will then pitch live to Allesch-Taylor’s team at the TriForce Short Film Festival on December 1 at BAFTA. Successful filmmakers will have one year to finish their film.

The financier and entrepreneur set up a £1 million short film fund in 2017 and has already funded more than 25 films from this initiative. Projects that have received backing include Victoria Hollup and Paul Agar's Gerry - which won the LA Shorts Fest’s best actress award for star Joan Collins - and What Happened To Evie?, directed by Kate Cheeseman, which has won a clutch of awards, including at Galway Film Fleadh and Cannes Short Film Corner.

Upcoming films that have received backing from the fund include actor Ed Skrein's writing and directorial debut Little River Run.

Allesch-Taylor said he is looking to “instil a sense of entrepreneurship into short form content” and would like to see applications not just from projects looking for full funding, but also from projects that may have some funding already in place but need some more to get "over the line".

TriForce Short Film Festival director Minnie Ayres, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers to bid for funding for their project and we can’t wait to see the range of applications. We’re looking for ideas with something to make them stand out, whether that’s an undiscovered talent attached, or a really original idea.”

Submissions are open until November 2 and more details can be found here. More information about the TriForce Short Film Festival can be found here.

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