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SUPER SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL, WITH ANNUAL EVENTS IN LONDON, NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, HIGHLIGHTS INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM TALENT FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

Talent Circle in London founded the Super Shorts International Film Festival in 2003, to focus explicitly on short films in all its forms and shapes. During its original eleven year run, the festival shown over 2,000 incredible short films, from slick 35mm shorts to weird and wonderful experimental films. Super Shorts held over 120 events, including seminars, panel discussions and workshops. This resulted in rave reviews: 
”The best short films from around the world“ Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series) 
“The best in short cinema from around the world“ Timeout London 
“The world's best new shorts” Metro newspaper

In 2010 Chris Jones became one of the leading names of the festival. Chris Jones is a filmmaker and author of the internationally bestselling "Guerilla Film Makers Handbook" series. In 2009 his short film 'Gone Fishing' was Oscar shortlisted, won the prestigious Producers Guild of America's Best Short Film and collected over 40 international awards.

Unfortunately, in its original incarnation, the festival came to an end in 2014. Inspired by that original movement, the Super Shorts London Film Festival was revived in 2018, and continued to emphasize lesser known, vanguard cinematic works and further its tradition of galvanizing budding talent. Although the 2018 edition was modest in approach it proved that the Super Shorts LondonFilm Festival was still very much relevant, and had the potential to grow. In 2019, the festival moved to the Stephen Street location of the BFI (British Film Institute), which will remain its screening base.

In 2020, under the wings of Cinematory LLC, Super Shorts Film Festival brought to life two new festivals at new exciting locations. The first editions of Super Shorts New York and Super Shorts Los Angeles are planned in late 2021, both festivals are accepting entries now.

 

Super Shorts Film Festival creates an intimate atmosphere and space for unique visionaries and voices. True to their history, the different festivals will screen films of both novices and veterans—with medium and low budgets—from all over the globe. Super Shorts Film Festival's goal is to create a warm, open atmosphere in which filmmakers, fans, critics, and producers can watch the films of emerging talents, explore new cinematic techniques and styles, and award cinematic excellence.

AWARDS

The selected films will compete for the following awards:
Best Narrative Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Animated Film
Best Underground Film
Best Music Video

Best Super Short Film

Best Director

Best Actor (gender neutral)
Best UK Film (at Super Shorts London)

Best NY Film (at Super Shorts New York)

Best LA Film (at Super Shorts Los Angeles)

Best Director (at Super Shorts New York)

Best Actor (Gender Neutral) (at Super Shorts New York)

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

Find out more about the previous editions of Super Shorts Film Festival:

PROUD PARTNER OF THE BIGGER SCREEN

Super Shorts Film Festival is supported by The Bigger Screen, an organization that aims to make film as an art form more accessible and more inclusive.

Supporting Film Festivals: Film festivals are not only a place to share films, but they are a safe haven for film makers to connect, share, and learn. The Bigger Screens supports and engages with over 25 respected international film festivals from mainstays like the 61st Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Brussels Independent Film Festival to emerging events such as the Venice Film Week and The Producer’s Night Los Angeles. These events bring filmmakers and filmgoers together, providing that place to connect and engage in a comfortable setting, away from Hollywood glitz and glamour.

 

Connecting Cultures Program: Each year, The Bigger Screen selects ten countries and grants filmmakers from those areas the ability to submit their work free of charge to partner festivals all over the world. This opens the door of film exposure to those who may not otherwise be able to enter. As we support inclusivity and shareable films, this program exemplifies our mission.

 

Inclusive Audience Program: Our screenings are always low or even free of charge to provide opportunity for interested film goers to view up and coming, challenging, and inspiring pieces of art, encouraging students, seniors, and those in underprivileged environments to share the experience of film and cinema. We welcome film goers, regardless of income and financial status.

 

The Tarkovski Grant: All selected filmmakers will receive The Tarkovski Grant, a film festival submission fee waiver package with an average value of about $250. This not only saves you a lot of money, but it also recognizes your work as something to watch for during the selection procedure, making a selection with another partner film festival more likely - but of course, never guaranteed. The Tarkovski Grant supports hundreds of filmmakers each year in their challenging journeys as independent filmmakers, by promoting existing films, no matter the genre, style or length.