A new venue, additional sponsors, an Indigenous filmmaker award and the acceptance of entries from filmmakers from other Asia Pacific countries will be the highlights of the 2011 Shorts Film Festival. The 2011 festival will again feature a diverse range of films with genres including animation, comedy, horror, dramas and thrillers.
Festival founder David Lightfoot said the festival in 2009 achieved a record audience and we’re anticipating an even larger audience in 2011. “People enjoy the social atmosphere of the festival, where they can eat good food, have a drink and discuss the films with their friends, family and the filmmakers themselves,” Mr Lightfoot said.
The festival has increased sponsorship and corporate support with the NAB, Redbank Wines and Finlaysons all coming on board to support the 2011 event.
“The festival has also realised its aim to welcome entries from Asia Pacific in order to develop a regional profile for the festival,” said Mr Lightfoot.Entries from New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia and other Asia Pacific countries will be judged in the new award category of Best International Film.
“We’re also adding a Black Shorts Award for Indigenous Australian filmmakers to encourage more Indigenous people to tell stories through film”. Despite some significant developments in 2011, the festival will still remain true to its original values and vision.
Festival organisers are now calling for entries from filmmakers. Entry closes on December 3rd, 2010. For terms and conditions visit the festival website.
The selection process will commence in January 2011. Judging will take approximately three weeks to complete, involving over 45 judges and 12 judging sessions, in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The final program will be announced in February 2011.
In addition to the selected films, an additional 10 films from the UK’s prestigious Rushes SOHO Shorts Festival will be screened during the festival.
The winner receives an all expenses paid trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where they’re able to make valuable contacts to further their career. Six runners up share cash, professional production support and other great prizes.
The festival will be held at the Norwood Concert Hall, Adelaide from April 9 to 16. For more information visit http://shortsfilmfestival.com/