Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, celebrating its 13th year, is proud to announce the Official Festival Programme for 2011. The non-profit event, which will take place from 20th to 29th July, is recognized as one of UK’s best Short Film Festivals, with an equal focus on emerging and established talent.
The festival will open with feature documentary POM Wonderful presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, directed by Morgan Spurlock. The documentary explores the potential for product placement in financing films, a source of funding that is increasingly applicable for short format work. The film will be one of three features presented during RSSF 2011, all of which relate directly to short format filmmakers.
148 new short films from 27 countries have been selected for this year’s eight competitive categories: Long Form, International, Newcomer, Short Film, Documentary, Animation, Music Video and Broadcast Design.
The Official Competition Screenings will be held at The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), with tickets now on sale. These will be joined by Fujifilm Shorts nominee’s with all winners being announced at the Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday 28th July 2011.
The Festival Diary
Films In Competition
The competitive selection was chosen from over 1200 entries from 53 countries. 148 films produced across 27 countries have been selected to compete at this year’s Festival. The RSSF 2011 Official Selection is joined by the Fujifilm Shorts competition, with awards being announced at a ceremony on Thursday 28th July 2011.
Films this year include the sensational teaser trailer for the gore-flecked zombie game, Dead Island and the mesmerising newcomer God View, whose shock ending isn’t the only thing that contributed to its win at the East End Film Festival. The short film, Dust, propels us up into space while the animation, Four, burrows into the soil of changing seasons and Deeper Than Yesterday takes us to the depths of the ocean and of the human condition. Featuring actors this year include John Hurt (Alien, the Elephant Man), Phyllida Law (Much Ado About Nothing), Tim McInnerny (Black Adder, Notting Hill) Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), John Atterbury (Gosford Park), and Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It), among others. Elsewhere, you’ll find fashion designer Paul Smith, vampires stalking the streets of Shoreditch, and performances in the music video category from David Lynch, Gorillaz, Jessie J, The xx, Take That, and many, many more.
You can see the RSSF 2011 films in competition HERE.
You can book tickets for the Official Screenings at the ICA HERE
The Hospital Club Presentations, Deluxe Soho Seminars, Apple Store Panels:
Experienced filmmakers and leading figures from throughout the industry feed back their opinions and advice on everything from pitching, financing, marketing and distribution, to the more technical aspects of sound and film production, working with actors and script writing. In a range of free weekday seminars, moderated panel events offer practical solutions and discussion in five key areas of creativity in short form media: Advertising, Documentary, Animation, Short Film and Music Video.
Come and hear what the experts think, with panels comprised of representatives and leading lights from throughout commercial sector, including Nexus Co-Founder Chris O’Reilly, DDB Creative Director Neil Dawson, Studio AKA Creative Director Philip Hunt, Agile Films Head of Development Kristian Brodie, and more from Pulse, Blink, Passion Pictures, and Ridley Scott Associates.
We’ve got the best of the creative talent around with the likes of Michael Please, Ian Barnes, Johnny Hardstaff, Luke Snellin and Chris Sheppard, sharing anecdotes and imparting wisdom from lessons learned
BAFTA & Rushes Short Filmmakers’ Market:
We’re also combining with BAFTA for a third year of collaboration, presenting a day of discussions, debates and declamations, with all-day screenings, talks and seminars and an industry market featuring top media and film organisations from the UK and beyond.
A sell out each year, the event is an opportunity to meet people at every level across the production industry and will include 15 seminars/screenings through the day plus a trade fair. BOOK HERE
So whether you want to find out about how a Cannes Lion award winning campaign comes together, if shooting your next project in 3D is worth it, how to establish yourself as a commercial or music video director, make the jump from short films to features, what the future holds in your field or just how best to raise your game, then there’s an event for you.
Plus you could learn a thing or two from our panellists from institutions including the Royal College of Art (RCA), National Film and Television School (NFTS), London Film Academy (LFA), London Film School (LFS), Kingston University, and Skillset.
A plethora of seminars and presentations from the likes of Adobe, Raindance, Digicult, RADA, Skillset, APA, The Reel, RADAR Music Videos, Vision Pictures, Directors UK, Mosaic Networking, Fujifilm Recorded Media, DGGB, Deluxe142, Towergate Camerasure Insurance, LFA, LFS, NFTS, Sergeant Disc, Sheffield Doc Fest, Shooting People, Edinburgh International Film Fest, OneDotZero, SciFi-London, Raindance, Arthertz, London Short Film Festival, Satusfaction, Tenderpixel, Encounters Film Festival, The Smalls, Rotoreliefs and of course UK Screen.
Non-competitive programmes will feature UK and international selections from Philips’ Parallel Lines, Aesthetica Shorts, Curtocircuito (Spain), Hollyshorts (USA), Kerry Film Festival (Ireland), Renderyard (UK/Spain), Shorts Film Festival (Australia), Cinefiesta (Puerto Rico), Noche De Los Cortos (Peru), Cine Las Garzas (Panama), Dazzle Films (UK),View Festival (Italy), Reed.co.uk (UK), DC Shorts (USA), Bornshorts (Denmark), Kirin Short Cuts (UK), Digicult/ Creative Scotland, straight 8 and Streetwise Opera:Fables (UK).
We’ll also be teaming up with Addictive TV: the boys will be hosting an event at The Apple store, Regent Street as well as appearing as guest VJ’s for an awesome closing night party.
Alongside the 2011 festival, Rushes Soho Shorts have also created Orbital London. Teaming up with Nokia, Fujifilm, Adobe and StarNow, along with some of London’s top Short Film societies, to present a challenge open to all filmmakers: write, shoot and edit a three minute film, based on the premise of a journey between specific start and end points around the edge of London. 90 filmmaking teams have signed up so far and completed works must be handed in by 1st July.
For more information, please visit www.orbitallondon.com
You can read about all the goings on in our Festival Magazine.
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