ShortReel Returns for 2017!

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ShortReel Is Back!


ShortReel 2017 is an award for student filmmakers, promoted by the Cambridge Film Festival in association with the Arts Film Club – with the winning film again receiving its premiere at this year’s 37th Festival. It builds on the success of the previous three years' ShortReel awards.

ShortReel 2017 will be awarded to a short (up to 5 minutes) film, directed or produced by local student talent. The competition is open to anyone, and of any age, as long as they are registered at an educational institution within the eastern counties (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex).

ShortReel 2017's winning film will have its premiere at the Arts Picturehouse, during the prestigious opening weekend of this year's Cambridge Film Festival, and the filmmaker(s) will also be awarded a £200 cash prize.


Tony Jones, Cambridge Film Festival Director, said:

"I'm yet again delighted that the Festival and the Arts Film Club are working together to offer this tremendous opportunity for student filmmakers based in our region. I'm greatly looking forward to seeing the winning film screened during the 37th Cambridge Film Festival."


ShortReel is an unusual award in that the first round of judging will be carried out by a jury composed of members of the public, drawn from the membership of the Arts Film Club. For the final stage of judging and selection of the winner this jury will again be chaired by award-winning local filmmaker Stefan Georgiou.


Mike O'Brien, convenor of the Arts Film Club, commented:

"The Arts Film Club feels it's important to give students the chance for their work to be assessed by a jury of informed cinema-goers and for the winner to have the opportunity to see his or her film screened in front of a Cambridge Film Festival audience. It's a small part of what goes to make the Cambridge Film Festival such a popular event – one to which the Club remains passionately committed."



The closing date for entries for ShortReel 2017 is 31 August 2017.

Details of the rules and how to enter can be found here



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