Four days, four venues, 60 films.
Sounds like a rubbish title for a film, doesn’t it? Thankfully, it also sounds like a rather splendid and pretty packed programme for a film festival. And that’s just what Sunderland is getting this summer.
With submissions from 26 countries, as far afield as Australia, Korea, Iran and Taiwan, news of the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival is spreading around the world.
The festival will provide a valuable platform for short filmmakers at every level, from Sunderland, the wider North East region and across the globe, to showcase their work to international audiences.
Created in collaboration with the prestigious DC Shorts Film Festival, Sunderland Shorts will be held at venues across the city between July 2 and July 5 including Sunderland Minster and Empire Theatre – selected films will then be shown at the next DC Shorts in the USA later in the year.
Born out of the unique Friendship Agreement between Sunderland and Washington DC, Sunderland Shorts will put the spotlight on talented independent filmmakers, giving them the opportunity to gain exposure to international audiences in the UK, Washington DC and beyond.
Having been reviewed by a panel of volunteers, around 60 films will be hand-selected by the Festival’s programming team to be screened during the course of the event. Awards will also be presented to winners of various categories, including Audience Choice, Critics Choice and several Best in Category awards.
With the aim of bringing together filmmakers from across the world to celebrate the very best in short films of every genre, the Festival will also give filmmakers the opportunity to network with peers and other influential industry figures.
In addition to the melting pot of screenings, a number of professional development workshops and directors’ talks are planned in conjunction with the University of Sunderland’s Faculty of Arts Design and Media.
Early bird full festival tickets are due to go on sale from June 1 via the Festival website at www.sunderlandshorts.co.uk. Film-goers will also be able to purchase tickets for individual screenings.