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, 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 2nd December.

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.”

Each year, TFSFF partners each category screening of the 16 shortlisted films across the day with seminars led by leading industry professionals focused on current issues within the TV and film industry and career development. For this first time this year, practical workshops will also be offered, including post production career advice from Rapid Pictures, a camera workshop with Paul McCallum (Escape to the Chateau) and a workshop focusing on crew and talent contracts with market leader Sargent-Disc Ltd.

TFSFF boasts a wealth of high profile patrons which include; writer, director and actor, Kathy Burke, The Walking Dead star David Morrissey, Broadchurch’s Marianne Jean Baptiste, actor David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale), actress Kacey Ainsworth, (EastEnders, Grantchester), producer Hilary Bevan Jones (The Escape Artist, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot), Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play), actor, writer and director Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness, Kidulthood), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy, Fortitude), Zawe Ashton (Dreams of a Life, Fresh Meat) and award winning writer Roy Williams OBE.

TFSFF is a career development focused initiative and has secured a number of high profile companies and organisations as partners for this year’s festival, including Broadcast, BFI, Creative England, The Mandy Network, Sargent-Disc Ltd, Rapid Pictures, Shiver, MAMA Youth Project, BECTU, National Film and Television School, Spark Media Partners, HitFilm Indie Film Hustle, Shorts TV,  Film London, Digital Production Partnership, The Film Festival Doctor, Moneypenny International, Genera, The Century Club, The Athenaeum Hotel, Into Film, the Byrne Williams Bursary, Miffy Moments, Nails Inc and Popcorn Kitchen who will be providing seminar speakers, prizes, opportunities and guidance to entrants and attendees, as well as sponsoring seminars, awards and the industry expo room at BAFTA.

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

Please see the TFSFF website for more information on all the films. Tickets for the festival are available now via the website at www.tfsff.com

The full schedule for the day can be found here.

Ticket prices are kept as low as possible to enable people from all walks of life to attend. A day pass gives access to all seminars, screenings, workshops and the expo, while cheaper individual screening and seminar tickets are also available.