Category: TFSFF

  • How to get funding and support for your short film

    We know you’re a innovative bunch, never short of creativity or motivation, but having an idea for a short film is just the beginning. Funding is an important (and often dreaded) aspect of the making of any short film. If you’re thinking about creating a short film or have one already made that you need funding for,we’ve pulled together a few initiatives from different organisations that’ll definitely help you complete your film making process.

    If you’re quick you’ll still have time to get your film made and enter it into TriForce Short Film Festival 2017 before our final deadline of 15th September! Visit

    The Pitch

    The Pitch is a film making initiative brought to you by TriForce Short Film Festival and ShortsTV. It gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to a judging panel for the chance to have their short film produced. Filmmakers have the opportunity to win £3000 towards their short film project, as well as the support of experienced producers from ShortsTV. Plus, it’s free to enter!

    How to apply:
    Submission deadline: 7 July

    Film London has just opened applications for its short film schemes London Calling and London Calling Plus, which provide a career-changing opportunity for new and emerging London-based filmmakers. Filmmakers selected for the schemes will receive a comprehensive package of production funding, support and expert mentoring, with the chance to have their film screened at the BFI London Film Festival and win industry prizes. Previous London Calling alumni have gone on to screen their short films at world-renowned festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Tribeca, as well as earning BAFTA nomination, a Berlin Crystal Bear and BIFA award.

    This year they are championing diverse film-making voices more than ever, with 7 funding awards being specifically designated for writers and directors from BAME backgrounds.

    How to apply:  
    Submission deadline: 25 July 2017


    Genera provide an alternative way for short filmmakers to achieve funding worldwide. You pay a one-off fee (per project), the films are shortlisted by the Genera team and you can receive up to £5,000 funding. It’s straightforward and doesn’t take commission like you would get with crowdfunding.



    How to apply:
    Submission deadline: 30 June. However funding rounds run quarterly, so you can apply again soon after.


    The JBA’s are a talent development programme that provide financial assistance of between £1000 and £5000 to individuals working behind the scenes in film and TV.

    JBAs provide a stepping stone for individuals who are talented and driven but have faced hurdles in developing their career. Difficulties faced by JBA recipients in the past have included lack of finances, accident and illness.

    How to apply: 
    Submission deadline: 31 July

    If there are any other initiatives you may have come across, let us know as we always want to share the best opportunities with our network! Simply email [email protected]

  • TFSFF 2017: Submissions Open!

    Submissions are now open for TriForce Short Film Festival 2017!

    The sixth annual TriForce Creative Network film festival will take place at BAFTA on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

    The TriForce Short Film Festival supports the careers of film directors, producers, below the line talent and screenwriters working in the short independent film sector and increases diversity and collaboration in short film production. The festival aims to find and acknowledge innovative storytelling and connect filmmakers with industry professionals. Showcasing the best in short film, alongside a programme of career focused seminars throughout the day and an industry expo, the TriForce Short Film Festival is the place to be to further your career in film.

    The three categories are:

    •       Microshorts  – open to films under five minutes long and can be of any genre
    •       General Scripted – open to scripted films between five and 20 minutes long
    •       Non-Scripted – open to non-scripted films between five and 20 minutes long

    View the submission guidelines here.

    Do you have a short film ready and waiting to be showcased to the industry? Make your short an award winning one by submitting for the TriForce Short Film Festival.

    Click here to submit your film.

    Check out our award winning films from 2016. Above: ‘Glow’ Winner of Best of the Fest 2016.
    Click here to see all of the films. 

  • TriForce COO Minnie Ayres Interview

    Get to know a little more about TriForce COO Minnie Ayres, the history of the Network and some exciting details about the upcoming TriForce Short Film Festival!

    Read the article here on Those London Chicks, a blog co-founded by Karen Bryson, actress and producer of Family Reunion (a TFSFF 2015 winning film).

    TriForce Short Film Festival is this Saturday 3 December at BAFTA.  To see more information on the festival, the films, seminars or how to book tickets see the TFSFF website.

  • TFSFF 2015 Winner: David Kitchen

    David Kitchen is the writer and director of Family Reunion, the Best of the Fest winner of TriForce Short Film Festival 2015.  Here are his reflections on the day of the 2015 festival.

    Regent Street was heaving with early Christmas shoppers, Piccadilly Circus was its usual neon glare, BAFTA, inconspicuous as it is, had a door open.  Inside and upstairs the faux, white birch trees twinkled with their fairy lights, we mingled for coffee and croissants.  The festival was December 5 with casual dress during the day – networking, talks, seminars and exceptional short films of all categories.  Dress up for the evening, the finalists’ showcase.

    New friends, new contacts, filmmakers young and old but all of us new, mingled and felt welcome to this home of British film.  The magic of film deserves a magic setting.  TCN had brought Christmas forward by twenty days.

    The transition from daytime events to the formal evening allowed us to meet with our friends and creative teams in the festive bars scattered around London’s West End then back to BAFTA for the full on photo-calls, the laughter and glamour were as though we were being captured for the frontage of a multi-cultural Christmas calendar.

    The introductions and welcome were delivered by Minnie and Fraser, then the surprise appearance, like Santa, of Jimmy, reinforced the message that every film screened this evening was a winner in so many ways.
    At so many festivals this just doesn’t ring true, at TriForce it does.

    Having spent the day at the festival I’d seen the films and met the filmmakers of the winner of the Amy Winehouse award and the Audience award, so I thought the night was done. As mentioned, Christmas had come early last December and Family Reunion was named Best of the Fest.

    Having fumbled through my un-written thank you speech, and deferring to Karen (producer of Family Reunion) for inspirational words, we returned to our seats.  The man in the row in front turned to shake my hand, it was Adrian Lester.  Cheeky thing, asked if he could have my award; I reminded him he has enough already but if he wanted to be in my next film I’ll guarantee him an award.  A dream come true.

    After the obligatory yet uncomfortable (well, for me) publicity shots, it was off to the Century Club in Shaftesbury Avenue where we danced the night away.

    December can often be a bit of a blur, for various reasons… did December the fifth really happen? Yes, I have the award to prove it and again, with TriForce it never ends with just a pat on the back.

    TriForce isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for a sustainable and supportive relationship into a forward thinking, diverse and truly 21st century future in British film.

    For more information about this year’s TriForce Short Film Festival 2016 click here, or for more on David Kitchen and Karen Bryson’s TFSFF 2015 winning film Family Reunion click here.

    Submit your film to TriForce Short Film Festival 2016 today!

  • TriForce Short Film Festival 2016

    Submissions are now open for TriForce Short Film Festival 2016!  This, the fifth annual TriForce Creative Network film festival, will take place at BAFTA on Saturday 3rd December 2016.


    The TriForce Short Film Festival was established to promote, support and showcase the diverse range of talent in contemporary film-making.  With a focus on recognising and supporting diverse talent, the festival brings together film-makers with the movers and shakers in the industry, enabling emerging artists to break into the mainstream.  Showcasing the best in short film, alongside a programme of career focused seminars throughout the day and an industry expo, the TriForce Short Film Festival is the place to be to further your career in film.  

    With the chance to get your film screened at BAFTA, career development opportunities with our industry partners or cash for your next film project, why not look at the newly launched film festival website to see some of the winning films from last year’s festival and how to submit your film.

    The three categories this year are:

    ·         Microshorts  – open to films under five minutes long and can be of any genre

    ·         General Scripted – open to scripted films between five and 20 minutes long

    ·         Non-Scripted – open to non-scripted films between five and 20 minutes long


    We are always blown away by the calibre of films we receive as well as the immense range of stories, voices and topics that are explored.  No doubt this year the entries will be just as impressive – we can’t wait to start watching them!

  • BFI.NETWORK and Postroom

    Everyone knows about the BFI, but did you know about BFI NET.WORK?
    BFI NET.WORK were one of our partners for the TriForce Short Film Festival in 2015. We have a lot in common as we’re both here to support new and emerging filmmakers and help them develop their careers.

    BFI NET.WORK help new Writers, Directors and Producers on the way to their first feature. The NET.WORK is a partnership that involves Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Northern Ireland Screen, Scottish Film Talent Network and Film London – with backing from the BFI. Every year they invest £3 million of National Lottery funding in new and emerging filmmakers for short film production, feature development and training opportunities, but their website is also a great resource for connecting talent with industry execs.

    An exciting feature of their website is definitely the Postroom, which is a platform where anyone can share their work directly with execs – and it is guaranteed to be watched or read – allowing execs who are excited about your work to get in touch with you directly. The most outstanding short film submission of the month is highlighted via their Postroom Pick and showcased on the homepage of the site. This is a brilliant platform for emerging filmmakers to gain recognition not only from execs but among their peers too. We would suggest that any filmmaker looking to engage with funders upload their work to the Postroom as an initial point of contact.

    Matimba Kabalika looks after the NET.WORK and manages the accompanying website. She originally joined the BFI in June 2012 as Assistant to Ben Roberts. Before joining the BFI she spent four years at Partizan, where she worked in production on commercials, music videos and short films, working with an array of emerging and established directing talent. Matimba tells us “the Postroom represents such an exciting opportunity for us, because it’s where we get to see work from across the UK from a diverse wealth of filmmakers who we may not have had the opportunity to engage with yet.”

    The Postroom is resource that should be utilised by all emerging Writers, Directors and Producers who feel they have a compelling script or short film that has not been discovered yet. Previous Postroom Picks have gone on to attend learning and networking events that are run by the NET.WORK, and are now in talks with execs over potential new projects. Take a look at the excellent quality of chosen films, one has since been BAFTA nominated!

    Discover how BFI NET.WORK can help you:

  • Audience Choice Winner – Abigail Blackmore

    Abigail Blackmore, the director of  the 2015 TriForce Short Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award winner Vintage Blood, talks about her experience of the festival.

    Make sure you sign up to our mailing list so you are kept up to date about submissions for 2016’s festival.

    My producer, Ed Barratt, and I had been trying to get funding for a feature for a year or so when it became obvious that we should make a short to add to the feature package. That way, when someone reads the screenplay, they can also see the short and get a clear idea of the tone, style and humour we’re going for.

    Vintage Blood premiered at Film4 FrightFest in Leicester Square in August 2015, then went to the lovely Abertoir Horror Festival in Wales, but I thought I ought to check out what other non-horror festivals were happening this year.

    The first thing that attracted me to TriForce Short Film Festival was that it was being held at BAFTA in Piccadilly. What an exciting place to screen my film!

    Then as I read more, I realised this festival was a bit special. The human element came through loud and clear. TriForce is on a mission to discover and nurture new and diverse talent, to build connections and help careers. “They sound lovely!” I thought, “Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”
    So I applied with Vintage Blood and was thrilled to hear that we’d been shortlisted and would definitely be screening at BAFTA.

    Then the email came saying we were finalists and would be having a second screening in the evening Gala. Couldn’t be happier!

    And then the icing on the already ample and delicious TriForce cake: the Audience Choice Award!

    We were stunned. It took us a few seconds to stand up, so sure it wouldn’t be our film that was called out. Not because we didn’t believe in our film – we’re very proud of it! – but we were in a room full of strangers, and when strangers say they believe in your film too, well, it can knock you for a minute.

    When the next award was announced, the Best of the Fest won by the very deserving Family Reunion, we clapped louder than anyone. So happy for them, knowing how they felt.

    The after party is a bit of a blur but I know I talked to and hugged a lot of people. The other filmmakers, actors, creators, organisers, we were all in it together. All loving it. All feeling inspired and eager to get on with making the next thing. Which is exactly as it should be.

    I hope to continue to be associated with the TriForce team and I would urge anyone with a creative soul to do the same.

    And I can’t wait to start shooting my feature!

  • TriForce Short Film Festival 2015 – Winners Announced!

    The 4th annual TriForce Short Film Festival took place this Saturday at BAFTA. We showed 16 shortlisted films throughout the day, with our 4 finalists shown at the red carpet gala in the evening.

    The winners were annoucned on the night, with 3 prizes up for grabs.

    The top prize of the evening, the Best of the Fest Award, supported by Channel 4, went to the team behind Family Reunion, directed by David Kitchen and produced by Karen Bryson (pictured above). The team win a cash prize of £1000 along with a career development opportunity with supporters Channel 4.

    We also announced the winner of the Best Documentary Award, supported by Shiver. This prize went to Teddy Nygh and the team at Fully Focussed Productions, with their film highlighting the work of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. They were joined on stage by some of the young people who were featured in the film. The team win a £250 cash prize and director Teddy will meet with Shiver’s MD Alexander Gardiner in the new year to discuss his career.

    The audience selected the final award – the Audience Choice Award supported by Directors UK and Red Planet Pictures. This prize went to director Abigail Blackmore for her film Vintage Blood. The team win a £500 cash prize and Abigail will meet with Red Planet Pictures in the new year to discuss potential shadowing opportunities on their 2016 productions.

    To check out the winners and details for all the shortlisted and finalist films, please go to:

  • What is Shorts TV?

    We’re talking to some of our TriForce Short Film Festival partners about what they do to support filmmakers. Here’s Sebastien de Lame, EMEA Sales & Marketing Manager from Shorts TV explaining how their platform for short film works. Carter Pilcher, the CEO of Shorts TV is one of our judges, with Chris Tidman, their VP  of Acquisitions speaking on the There’s No Business Like Short Business seminar on 5th December at BAFTA. Make sure you’ve got your ticket booked! 

    Can you tell us a bit about Shorts TV and what you do?
    ShortsTV is a 24/7 HD TV channel dedicated to short movies. Available across the US, Europe and Africa, we bring audiences the best professionally produced short films from around the world as well as original programming on the global short film scene. We also have a short movie on demand service available on iTunes and other online platforms, and every year we are responsible for the theatrical distribution of the Oscar Nominated Short Films in cinemas across the US and Europe.

    How do film-makers get involved?
    Filmmakers submit their films to our acquisitions team in London or LA, usually via an online link. If the film is suitable and a deal is agreed then they are invited to also provide us with a filmed introduction and to send us any “making of” or behind the scenes footage they might have. Our production team regularly interviews filmmakers for our original productions, further helping them to gain exposure on the world stage.

    ShortsTV also travels to film festivals to host The Pitch, a competition which gives filmmakers the opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to us for the chance to win €5000 towards its production.

    What are the benefits of showcasing your work on Shorts TV?
    ShortsTV reaches millions of households across the US, Europe and Africa and so we provide a great opportunity for international exposure. We also actively help films and festivals gain appropriate international awards consideration.

    Many of the filmmakers who have entered The Pitch competition have gone on to achieve great success. For example, Dutch filmmaker Rob Luecker’s winning pitch went on to win the Golden Calf award at the Netherlands Film Festival, while Eva Sigurdardottir, who won The Pitch at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, recently won the 2015 London Calling award for the film, Rainbow Party.

    What are your plans for Shorts TV in the future?
    We’re actively trying to increase the distribution of our channel around the world and grow our audiences wherever we operate. Hopefully 2016 will see the arrival of ShortsTV in new markets, including here in the UK. We’re also focusing on the theatrical release of the 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films in February. This year we distributed the films to 475 US cinemas and 100 European cinemas and we’re aiming to increase our reach in 2016.

    For more information about ShortsTV visit our website: or follow us on social media:

    Facebook: ShortsTV
    Twitter: @ShortsTV
    Instagram: ShortsTV

  • Tickets On Sale for TriForce Short Film Festival!

    You can now buy tickets to the TriForce Short Film Festival, a fantastic career development focussed opportunity for directors, producers and below the line talent!

    The TriForce Short Film Festival was set up to support directors, producers, writers and below the line talent to encourage, support and provide access to diverse emerging creatives. Its aim is to give a platform for innovative storytelling and content production, connect creatives with industry professionals and offer guidance, information and opportunities to build sustainable careers.

    The TriForce Short Film Festival 2015 will again be held at the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London on Saturday 5 December 2015. The 16 shortlisted films will be screened across the day and the four finalists screened in the evening at the red carpet gala event. The festival will also include an exciting programme of seminars provided by leading industry panels, focusing on areas of career development for short film makers and below the line talent, and the issue of diversity behind the camera, as well as an all day industry Expo, with exhibitors from BFI Network, 4Talent, Trainee Finder and Hiive, the Mama Youth Project and of course the TriForce Creative Network. Tickets for the festival are now available via


    We’ve a packed programme starting at 11.00am on Saturday 5th December. We’re taking over BAFTA with 4 screenings showing our 16 shortlisted films in the Princess Anne Theatre, all paired with a pre-screening seminar each with a fantastic industry panel.

    You can check out the full itinerary on the film festival website –

    In keeping with TriForce’s ethos of enabling access for all, we’ve kept ticket prices as low as possible, with tickets starting at just £10 for the Microshorts screening and pre-screening seminar, which also gives access to the Industry Expo in BAFTA’s David Lean Room.

    Our best value ticket is an all access Day Pass, allowing entry to all 4 screenings, all 4 seminars and the industry expo. For just £35 you can bag one of these, giving you the opportunity to hang out all day at BAFTA and watch the best in short film talent!

    Check out the full itinerary here, including seminars, speakers and screenings.


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    We’re very pleased to confirm our judging panel for the festival – including Carter Pilcher (CEO Shots International), Isaac Densu (Commissioning Editor, All 4Shorts), Marianne Jean Baptiste (Actor), Noel Clarke (Producer, Director, Writer, Actor), Natalie Teming-Amoako (Executive Producer, The Disney Channel), Destiny Ekaragha (Director), and Alexander Gardiner (MD, Shiver).

    These judges will be selecting the 16 shortlisted films and the 4 finalists, before choosing the top film which will be awarded the Best of the Fest Award, supported by Channel 4. We will also be awarding an Audience Choice Award and a Documentary Award (supported by Shiver). The awards will be presented at a glittering reception and screening at BAFTA on the evening of Saturday 5th December, followed by an exclusive after party. There are very limited tickets available for the Gala, which can also be booked through

    It’s our biggest event of the year, don’t miss out on the chance to see fantastic new film-making talent, network with the industry and hear from the experts on how to develop your career – whether you’re a camera operator, editor, make-up artist, or director. If you’re interested in working in film or TV, or moving to the next level in your field, this is the place to be.

    Book your tickets online now:

    TFSFF 2015 Partners include: Channel 4, The Mama Youth Project, Creative Skillset, BFI Network, National Film & Television School, Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund, Shiver TV, Duchess St Productions, M.A.C Cosmetics, BAFTA Guru and 4Talent.

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  • TriForce Short Film Festival Submissions Open!

    We are pleased to announce that submissions are now open for the TriForce Short Film Festival 2015!

    The TriForce Short Film Festival was set up to support the careers of film directors, producers, below the line talent and screenwriters working in the short independent film sector and to increase diversity and collaboration in short film production. Its aim is to find and acknowledge innovative storytelling and connect filmmakers and industry professionals.

    In keeping with TriForce’s ethos of enabling access for all, submission fees have been reduced this year! We are pleased to announce that we are bringing back the Microshorts category this year for films under 5 minutes, still free for filmmakers to submit. And for films between 5 and 20 minutes, submission fees start from as low as 25 Euros for Early Bird entries.

    The TriForce Short Film Festival 2015 will again be held at the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London on 5 December 2015. Filmmakers can submit films via the dedicated film festival website; Finalists will be chosen from the submissions, 16 shortlisted films will be screened on the day of the festival and the four finalists at a red carpet gala event on Saturday 5 December. The festival will also include a diverse programme of seminars, focusing on areas of career development for film makers and below the line talent, provided by leading industry panels. Tickets for the festival will be available in the coming weeks.
    Confirmed judges for 2015 include:

    Marianne Jean Baptiste – Actor/Producer
    Lindsey Bender – Television Executive for Creative Artists Agency
    Carter Pilcher – CEO Shorts International
    Noel Clarke – Actor/Writer/Producer/Director

    We offer two awards for TFSFF 2015, Best of the Fest and the Audience Choice Award. Both awards have a cash prize and a career development opportunity attached. 2014’s winners were awarded shadowing opportunities with Red Planet Pictures and MAMA Youth Project’s Sky 1 show “What’s Up”.

    We are using the online platform for submissions this year. The site lists film festivals all over the UK and Europe, so once you’ve registered and uploaded your film, you can enter not only the TriForce Short Film Festival, but also a variety of other festivals, increasing the exposure for your project.

    TFSFF accepts films of ALL genres, including documentaries. Films must be between 5 and 20 minutes, including credits. If your film is under 5 minutes, please submit it to the Microshorts section.

    FestHome charges an administration fee to submit your film into festivals. For TFSFF 2015, the administration fee is €1.50. We have reduced our submission prices to absorb this fee where possible. Please note that all fees are in Euros.

    Submission Fees:

    Microshorts (films under 5 minutes including credits)

    FestHome Admin Fee: €1.50
    TFSFF Fee: Free
    Total: €1.50

    General Submissions: (films between 5 and 20 minutes including credits)

    Until 14th August
    FestHome Admin Fee: €1.50
    TFSFF Fee: €23.50
    Total: €25

    15th August – 11th September
    FestHome Admin Fee: €1.50
    TFSFF Fee: €28.50
    Total: €30

    12th September – 18th September
    FestHome Admin Fee: €1.50
    TFSFF Fee: €33.50
    Total: €35

    For further information please go to our dedicated website –

  • TFSFF in the Press

    Check out Fraser Ayres article in the Huffington Post about the TriForce Short Film Festival 2014 – make sure you’check back here for details about the launch of TFSFF 2015 soon!

    Click here to read the full article.