British Shorts in Germany

From January 14th to 17th 2011 the 4th Lichtspielklub short film festival ‘British Shorts’ will take place in Berlin. The festival comprises four days of British short films which will be shown at the traditional art house cinema Sputnik Kino and the Schaubuhne, one of the most important theatres in Germany.

The festival is still open for submissions until November 15th 2010 and interested filmmakers can find further information and the submission form by following the link.

Straight Super 8

International Super 8 competition, Straight 8 and Slamdance film festival are collaborating to premiere the very best of a crop of brand new, un-edited and unseen super 8 masterpieces in Park City, Utah, in January 2011. Straight 8 began in 1999 when a bunch of friends tried to make a short film on one cartridge of Kodak Super 8 film, with only in-camera editing allowed. Everyone who entered the festival had their film shown – whether it was a masterpiece or a turkey – and before that premiere no-one, not even the filmmakers, had seen the finished results.

The theme of this year’s Slamdance is ‘all is not lost’ which fits perfectly with the straight 8 ethos. The call for entries is still open and to be eligible for Slamdance, you need to enter by 6th December and return your film to Straight 8 by the 13th December. All films submitted will be part of Straight 8 2011 and could also be screened at the Cannes film festival.

Flatpack

Now in its 5th year the Flatpack Festival, which describes itself as celebrating the ‘wild frontier of film culture’ will take place in March 2011. Run by 7 Inch Cinema and located in Birmingham it aims to screen works in a variety of unusual places and spaces throughout the city. Flatpack provides an opportunity for new filmmakers to have their work screened but the festival also runs a programme showing cult classics and silent cinema. The 2011 call for submissions – with a focus on animation, music and experimental work – is open until the 10th December.