Following a record year for entries, twelve films have been shortlisted for the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition 2013.
Selected from a long-list of fifty, the twelve nominated films will now be put before an industry panel of judges that includes actress Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady, Private Peaceful, Cuban Fury, One Chance), creative director and producer Caroline Rowland, who played an instrumental role in securing the Olympic bid and whose credits include the official Olympic film First, producer and co-founder of Vertigo Films James Richardson (The Sweeny, StreetDance 3D and Monsters), Kidulthood producer and director of All Things To All Men George Isaac, producer and Head of Strategic Initiatives at Universal Johnny Fewings, and Film Editor and chief critic of Heat magazine Charles Gant. Previous judges, film director Paul Weiland (Sixty Six), Nicola Reed and Universal Pictures’ Publicity Director Diane Kelly, also return to the panel this year. The public will have an opportunity to judge the films and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award on reed.co.uk/film.
The winners will be announced at the final awards ceremony to be held at BAFTA on Thursday 9th May.
Over 540 filmmakers entered their work this year, breaking all previous records and reaffirming the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition as one of the fastest growing short film events on the UK circuit. Entrants were given three months to conceive and make a 3-minute film based on the theme ‘Ambition’. The breadth and range of the films this year is exemplary and judges will have a tough decision to make in choosing the overall winner.
Alexandra Roach said:“I am thrilled to be a part of this competition. It’s great to see a genuine platform for the next generation of filmmakers, and there’s nothing more challenging than having to work within a 3-minute time scale. It always requires a massive amount of bravery and instinct and I can’t wait to see the results.”
Caroline Rowlandsaid: I am delighted to be involved with the 2013 Reed Short Film competition. I’ve followed the competition since it started in 2009 and it’s championed some incredible new talent so I’m very excited to see what this year’s shortlist holds. At New Moon we constantly strive to support filmmakers getting their start in the industry and competitions like reed.co.uk‘s are vital in getting exposure for the outstanding work being made today.”
The competition was established in 2009 out of a genuine desire to create opportunities for new talent in the creative industries. Now in its 4th year, the competition continues to grow in popularity and credibility, not least because of the platform if offers the next generation of filmmakers to have their work seen on reed.co.uk, which attracts 4 million unique users and 8 million+ visits each month, as well as the significant Grand Prix of £10,000.
In addition to the Grand Prix, the competition also awards prizes for the Judges’ Commendation and The People’s Choice Award. Last year’s final event, hosted by Stephen Mangan, awarded prizes to Alex Emslie, Jonathan Brooks and Francis Annan. Brooks and his co-director Mat Laroche went on to make a commercial for reed.co.uk. Starring actor and comedian Rufus Jones (Hunderby), the campaign launched nationwide in September 2012 across all broadcast channels.
Full details of this year’s shortlist, including information on how to vote, can be found at reed.co.uk/film.reed.co.uk is the UK’s leading online recruitment service. Owned by Reed Executive PLC, reed.co.uk enables jobseekers to search over 140,000 jobs from more than 10,000 recruiters across 42 industry sectors. Registered jobseekers can receive email job alerts, save searches and make their details available to a range of recruiters, including Reed’s network of trained recruitment consultants. Recruiters of all types benefit from reed.co.uk’s range of innovative online recruitment solutions, including: online job posting and applicant management; job posting with Guaranteed Response; CV Search; targeted branding and email services.
2013 reed.co.uk Short Film Competition Shortlist
“The Runner”by Michael Kelly
Meet Matt. He’s ‘The Runner’ on the set of Call the Midwife. And he loves his job…
“Tibs”by Sam Huntley
Tibs is a cat who hunts for his owner’s approval, until one day he goes a little too far.
“Achiever”by Alex Hinx
Born without legs and suffering from Crohn’s disease, power-lifter Ali Jawad continues to beat the odds as he works towards his medal winning ambition at the next Olympics.
“Ambition”by Carolyn Goodyear
Harvey Gumball has one ambition, to win employee of the year at his workplace’s annual awards.
“Dust & Waltz”by Darren Bransford
One couple’s ambition to have their first dance against all odds.
“Letting You Go”by Ben Witt
A magical story of dreams and hopes and magical bicycles.
“Lost & Found” by Conor Boru
One man comes face to face with his childhood ambitions and is determined to reach them.
“One” by Dan Hartley
Never too young to bake, a one year old decides to make a birthday cake with unexpected results.
“Pablo Picasso: Actors’ Headshots” by Keith Gubbins
Pablo Picasso didn’t die in 1973. He’s alive and well, running a semi successful actors’ headshots business from his garage in High Barnet.
“The Big Idea”by Dan Hartley and Richard Shean
An ambitious would-be movie mogul goes the extra mile to attract The Rock’s attention.
“Ton Eighty”by Sam Huntley
What does it take to be a successful darts player? Dedication’s what you need…
“Working Lunge”by Tania Emery
Two candidates face off against one another at the final interview.