Short Film Festival

On Thursday May 14th Ctrl.Alt.Shift will be hosting an evening of music and film, by young people for young people, that tackles current global issues and injustices.

The evening marks the culmination of a national competition launched by Ctrl.Alt.Shift in 2008. The competition invited aspiring filmmakers aged between 18 and 25 to write a treatment based around one of three key issues – War + Peace, Gender + Power and HIV + Stigma. Those who won would be given the opportunity to bring their treatment to life on the big screen. In addition to being provided with a budget and cast, the prize included the money-can’t-buy opportunity to be mentored by some of the UK’s finest directors such as Aoife McArdle, Chris Harding from Shynola, Kinga Burza, Paul Andrew Williams and Jim Threapleton. The five winners (Travers Hawkins, Joe Patrick, Fern Berresford, Alex Monro and Sheila Menon) were announced in January 2009.

The result of these partnerships ’are five brilliant, engaging shorts (‘A Thousand Voices’, ‘HIV: The Musical’, ‘Man Made’, ‘No Way Through’) which star some of the leading names from UK film and television such as Julian Barrett (Mighty Boosh) and Martin Freeman (The Office), and boast soundtracks specially recorded by some of the UK’s hottest musical talent, (The Young Knives, Chipmunk, Shy Child, Metronomy and Jesca Hoop). For full cast list of each winning film, please see overleaf/below.

‘A Thousand Voices’, ‘HIV: The Musical’, ‘Man Made’, ‘No Way Through’ & ‘War School’ will be premiered on 14th May at Shoreditch Studios East London. Three of the music acts behind the soundtracks, namely The Young Knives, Jesca Hoop and The Thirst will be performing on the night. By bringing together creative elite and fresh young talent Ctrl.Alt.Shift hopes the event will offer a characteristic platform for key global concerns to be showcased.


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