A new film festival aims to uncover the next Guy Ritchie or Martin Scorsese right here in London.
The Tight Shorts Film Festival is a competition which has just four simple rules: the film must be 15 minutes long or less, provided in a digital format, the creator must give a verbal introduction to the film and must take questions and feedback after it is shown.
The competition is open to entrants from around the country and heats take place on the last Tuesday of each month in the Wenlock and Essex in Angel. Each month’s winner is then judged on a quarterly basis by an expert panel.
The judges are industry experts and include, amongst others, the actor Vas Blackwood who played Rory in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (pictured), Kathleen Hutchinson who was previously Head of New Comedy and Comedy Central UK and the actor Paul McNeill. The prizes on offer include cash and access to actors to make another film.
The viewings are open for all to watch and previous crowds seem to have liked what they saw. Film-buff Duncan Pow said: “The Tight Shorts club is what London’s thriving film community have been crying out for. Brilliant venue, a hive of creative people and a great forum for filmmakers and talent alike.”
The next heat takes place on Tuesday 29 May in Satan’s Circus in the Wenlock and Essex and tickets are £5 (free if you’re exhibiting). For more information, visit http://tightshortsclub.com/