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Friday 15 January 2010

Aesthetica Short Film Competition: A platform for international filmmakers

As the Aesthetica Short Film Competition gains momentum we have begun to receive a number of entrants from various international locations. Films are being submitted from European destinations such as Turkey and Spain, alongside those from further flung destinations including New Zealand, Bangladesh and Canada. Particular interest has been voiced from filmmakers in Italy and Japan, two countries with strong cultural identities and rich histories, resulting in a selection of inspirational and thought-provoking films.

At Aesthetica we have always maintained an interest in international filmmakers, investigating and reviewing a number of films from outside the UK. For those interested in European cinema issue 27’s article Moscow, Belgium: Debut feature film by Christophe Van Rompaey looks into this uplifting feature film which focuses on finding love when you least expect it.

Due to the increased interest from international producers we have received a number of queries regarding differences in language. The competition is open to all and we welcome entrants globally. Films can be submitted in any language, but must be either dubbed into English or provided with English subtitles. The submissions guidelines can be found at the Aesthetica website and further information is given on the FAQs page.

The opportunity for filmmakers presented by the Short Film Competition is fantastic and will undoubtedly allow the winning entry to gain heightened recognition. With showings at several locations, including The National Media Museum (Bradford), Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival (London), Glasgow Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival (Ireland) and on the Aesthetica website, the winning film will be exposed to a keen audience across the UK. This is an excellent opportunity to get your work shown and seen by industry professionals.

The runner-up and finalists will also join the winner to be included in a DVD that will be distributed to Aesthetica readers (with a readership of over 45,000.) For more information on screenings and a list of further prizes, such as a 12month membership to Shooting People, please visit the Aesthetica website.

Kerry Film Festival has recently become a competition partner, allowing the winner to screen their film at their festival, which takes place in Autumn 2010. The festival is held in the beautifully scenic location of Kerry, southern Ireland, which was the location for many films including David Lean’s Ryan’s Daughter. The central feature of the festival is their short film competition, which helps young filmmakers gain exposure, with past judges including Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson.

The Aesthetica Short Film Competition is currently accepting entries. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2010.

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