Rushes Soho Shorts Festival calls for submissions
Held in London every July, Rushes Soho Shorts attracts work from across the world and is recognised as one of the UK’s foremost short-format celebrations. Maintaining a significant bridge between the independent and commercial film making communities, in 2009 the festival attracted 1200 entries from professionals and newcomers alike, with 140 films in the final selection. Countries in competition included Japan, Luxembourg, France, China, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Australia, Iceland, Peru, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, The Netherlands, and the USA. Selection into the competition allows a film to be eligible for BAFTA consideration.
“Charlie Thistle,” directed by USA director, Bragi Schut (Gallantyne Pictures), won the 2009 Best International Short Award.
The categories are:
The Short Film Award
For fictional work by experienced filmmakers in the UK and under 12 minutes
The Newcomer Award
For fictional work by new filmmakers in the UK and under 12 minutes
The International Award
For fictional work by filmmakers outside the UK and under 12 minutes
The Long Form Award
For fictional work by filmmakers from around the world which is under 30 minutes
The Documentary Award
For factual work by filmmakers from around the world and under 12 minutes
The Animation Award
For factual and fictional work by filmmakers from around the world and under 12 minutes
The Music Video Award
For music videos by filmmakers from around the world and under 12 minutes
The Broadcast Design Award
For branded content, commercial sequences, spots, title sequences, promos, digital posters and work specifically designed for multi-platform distribution including the internet and mobile networks by filmmakers from around the world and under 5 minutes
The competition entry fee for RSSF 2010 is £15.00 and, for the first time in the festivals history, entries can be submitted online. By choosing the DVD, Link or File option, filmmakers can enter their details in the online submission form, print it off and send it to the festival with their DVD or they can simply upload their material or provide a link to their material at other online locations.
Films must have been completed after January 1, 2009 and can be submitted up until April 21, with the shortlisted films being announced early in June. The full program will be available July 1. The festival will open on Wednesday, July 31, and will culminate, as is tradition, with the Rushes Awards on Thursday, July 29, 2010.
Read about the 2009 finalists on Fired By Design