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TriForce Short Film Festival announces 2017 finalists

SHORTLISTED: Brixton Rock

THE SHORTLIST of films for the 2017 TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF) has been announced at an exclusive launch at the BFI, Stephen Street.

This morning (Nov 9), TFSFF also announces the final four films selected for the ‘Best of the Fest’ award, to be screened at a red carpet Gala event at BAFTA on December 2.

Now celebrating its sixth year, TFSFF recognises and supports emerging diverse talent and helps film-makers access opportunities to further their careers.

The competition continues to showcase the diverse range of UK filmmaking talent with a high number of BAME and female producers, directors, cast and crew across all the shortlisted films.

This year the festival has seen a huge increase in submissions from female directors and 56 percent of the short-listed entries for TFSFF were created by female film-makers.

The 16 shortlisted films will be screened at the festival at BAFTA to an audience of peers and key industry representatives, with the winning film-makers earning career development prizes as well as a cash prize to contribute to their next project.

The four ‘Best of the Fest’ finalists were selected from the shortlist by a panel of industry stalwarts including director Neil Biswas, writer John Byrne, BBC Assistant Commissioner Jay Davidson, Shiver’s Michelle Matherson, Carter Pilcher, CEO of Shorts TV, renowned Executive Producer Alexander Gardiner, acclaimed actor Indira Varma and Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE. They are:

Twiddly Things

In this short, animated film, director Adara Todd offers an in-depth view of Alzheimer’s as the subject shares intimate details on how dementia impacted her existence. Twiddly Things follows an emotional journey as Polly takes you back to key moments in her past and explains how she feels when she starts to forget.

Throwline

A group of taxi drivers in Kilkenny, Ireland, join together to form a suicide prevention group. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, the drivers keep vigil over the city's streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn. This short documentary film, directed by Mia Mullarkey, accompanies the drivers at night and witness their world of rescues and revelations.

Abe

Steve Brett’s Abe is a heartfelt story of love and loss. The short film follows the struggle of Abe, a reclusive, mentally ill, homeless man as he tries to make sense of his life on the streets of Los Angeles.

Rain

A suicidal farmer's life hangs in the balance as he waits for it to rain, in this powerful drama from Simran Sidhu. A Punjabi language short film, RAIN takes you on an intense journey and stars Yashpal Sharma from the Oscar-nominated Lagaan.

Minnie Ayres, COO of TriForce said; “It’s been incredibly hard to choose this year’s shortlist because once again, the quality of entrants was so strong. We’ve been working towards a more inclusive industry both on and off screen since we launched the TriForce Short Film Festival six years ago and are so proud to be at the forefront of the movement for greater diversity in film and TV.”

All shortlisted films for The TriForce Short Film Festival 2017 are as follows:

Microshorts category:
Twiddly Things
Cleared
Beneath the Surface
In Time
Non-scripted category:
Throwline
Sabdhan
Another Sunny Day
Strive

‘Secrets’ category:
Abe
Brixton Rock
Fry Up
Prawn
‘Reflections’ category:
Rain
Candice
Amber
I Seek Asylum

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