Two Short Nights 2018
Last week, our annual celebration of short film and the people who make them – Two Short Nights Film Festival – took place. Filmmakers, industry professionals and film fans flocked to the venue for an extraordinary programme that placed international short films alongside emerging local talent.
The festival came to a close on Friday evening with an awards ceremony that recognised the best contributions to short film this year. The Best Short Film Award went to Kyla Simone Bruce for her moving teenage pregnancy story, Mercury. While the Audience Choice Award went to Exeter based filmmaker Tommy Gillard for his estranged family saga Cut From Cloth. Each winner received a one-of-a-kind award designed by local sculptor James Lake, industry-standard software packages from Red Giant and Magic Base, a subscription to Short Film Studies journal and Little White Lies magazine, cinema tickets, and access to filmmaking training or equipment at Exeter Phoenix.
Alix Taylor, the festival’s curator said: ‘There was a real buzz at this year’s festival, and it was brilliant to see so many filmmakers making important new connections, and new audiences discovering the possibility of short film.’
Festival highlights included a screening of the final films from the 48 Hour Film Challenge, which challenged filmmaking groups to make their own short film over one weekend. 25 teams battled it out, but in the end it was The Bear a festive tale from Team Yeet that reigned victorious.
A Dragon’s Den style Live Pitch event saw filmmakers competing to win £1000 to make a short form documentary that will be premiered at next year’s festival. The commission was won by Joe Auborn whose documentary project, Åland, looks at the return of European Grey Wolf to one of the archipelago islands between Norway and Sweden, where wolves and humans now having to coexist.
The closing of the festival saw the call for applications open for the 2019 film commission schemes, offering over £10,000 worth of support to filmmakers across the South West over the coming year.
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