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Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2011

We are a not-for-profit festival celebrating the wealth of talent working across all genres of short film including live action drama, documentary, animation, music video, and broadcast design including online or mobile content, title sequences, and idents.

The work of newcomers and established filmmakers is promoted by screening work at cinemas, screening rooms and cafes throughout Soho and London’s West End.

We consider a short film to be under 12minutes, the time limit for most our competitive categories but we also consider longer short format work in our Long Form selection which includes work up to 30 minutes in length.

Our annual activities centre around a 10 day festival (2o to 29 July 2011) where the work of both established filmmakers and newcomers is viewed and judged on a completely level platform. These are joined by UK and international programmes and guest curators providing a total of 24 film programmes (each screend 3 times) and 45 plus events within the festival.

The competitive categories are:

  • The International Award
  • The Long Form Award
  • The Documentary Award
  • The Short Film Award
  • The Animation Award
  • The Music Video Award
  • The Broadcast Design Award
  • The Newcomers Award

Through the Autumn and Spring we curate programmes of work at other festivals and events, while also encouraging production companies and organisations to view content from the most recent festival. Hopefully resulting in those filmmakers being invited to pitch on new projects and jobs as they arise.

Productions entered consistently feature a host of recognisable names and faces alongside gifted ‘unknowns’ giving everyone the opportunity to see, unmistakably, the british aptitiude for filmmaking and showcasing global filmmaking talent. Sue Johnston, James Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Dita Von Teese, David Tennant, David Thewlis, Saffron Burrows, Jimi Mistry, David Soul, Patsy Palmer, Jack Dee, Phil Jupitus, Natalie Press and Michael Sheen are but a few of the people who give their time, often for free, to play characters in these films providing an interest for a broader public audience.

At the conclusion of the festival the Rushes Awards are held to  announce the most acclaimed production from each category. Judges ranging across the creative industries vote for their prefered film, the 3 finalists from each category being invited to attend to hear the announcement, with all attendees then invited to celebrate and commiserate at an after party.

Rushes Soho Shorts Festival is now calling for submissions

Rushes Soho Shorts is now calling for submissions for their 13th celebration of everything short. Renowned for maintaining a significant bridge between the independent and commercial filmmaking communities, the annual not-for-profit festival celebrates the previous year’s best director in each of eight competition categories.

Work should have been completed between 1st January 2010 and April 2011.

Films can be submitted up until 21st April with the shortlisted films being announced early in June.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 7:15pm to Friday, July 29, 2011 - 7:15pm
United Kingdom