We are delighted to announce six new Exeter Phoenix commissioned films will premiere at Two Short Nights 2017.
Find out more about these projects here >>
Submissions are now open to short films from every genre including animation, documentary, experimental, moving image and music videos.
Find out how to apply here >>
At the end of the festival we officially opened their 2017 commissions, a collection of filmmaker opportunities for the coming year offering over £10,000 worth of support to filmmakers across the South West.
Applicants are invited to submit ideas for films across four categories, and selected applications will be supported in the creation of their films through 2017.
Find out more about our 2017 commissions schemes and apply here >>
2016 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
A huge thank you to everyone who attended Two Short Nights 2016, making it our biggest and best festival to date. Jonas Hawkins, Digital Media Manager said: ‘The festival is all about offering a platform for new and emerging film talent and connecting filmmakers with a cinema audience’.
The £750 South West Animation Short Film Commission for 2017 was awarded to Exeter-based animator Stephen Whittingham, for his project idea Totem, a modern telling of a shamanistic coming of age tale through animation and live action.
BEST SHORT FILM AWARD
Bulgarian filmmaker Toma Waszarow for his film Red Light (Na Červeno)
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
Exeter University Students Timiakindelle-Ajani & Hana Elias for their film The Search Party
BEST 48 HOUR FILM AWARD (FIRST PLACE)
Team Candyland: Little Billy Matches
BEST 48 HOUR FILM AWARD (SECOND PLACE)
Team Klassisk: Dölja Dem Väl
BEST 48 HOUR FILM AWARD (THIRD PLACE)
Team Exeter Indie: Hide Your Fears
Alongside their award, each winner received subscriptions to industry-standard software packages, a week’s worth of kit hire from Exeter Phoenix, a subscription to Little White Lies magazine and free cinema tickets.
REGISTRATION FOR 48HR FILM CHALLENGE NOW OPEN
Can you plan, shoot and edit a film in just 48 hours?
Exeter residents might spot some unusual happenings in the city on the second weekend of November, as hoards of determined and sleep-deprived teams race to make a film from scratch in a single weekend. A test of team skills and creativity against the clock, Exeter’s annual 48 Hour Film Challenge attracts dozens of participating teams every year, from experienced filmmakers to thrill seekers who have never used a camera before.
Laura Pearson travelled from Cardiff to take part in the challenge last year. ‘It’s a lot harder than you think... a film brief is given to you on Friday evening so there is no opportunity to plan what you’re going to do in advance. Definitely one of the best experiences I’ve had, great fun and an amazing sense of achievement’.
Anyone can take part by signing their team up at twoshortnights.com. It is free to take part, teams just need to register before the deadline of Wed 9 Nov. The challenge itself takes place on the weekend of Fri 11 to Sun 13 Nov.
Films successfully made within the 48 hours will have the chance to be premiered at a public screening at Exeter’s Two Short Nights Film Festival in December and are eligible for two festival awards.
One of only a handful of places in the UK to offer such an experience, Exeter’s 48 Hour Film Challenge is run by Exeter Phoenix, and is now entering its 9th year.
AESTHETICA FILM FESTIVAL
Two Short Nights will be attending Aesthetica Film Festival , Meet the Film Festival event on the 4th of November 2016.
Meet the Film Festivals is a prime opportunity for filmmakers to expand their industry contacts and speak with the programmers behind 24 film festivals from local to international festivals. This is a great chance for us to share our vision for Two Short Nights and to and promote our work across established film festivals and emerging cinema platforms. If you are attending please come and meet us.
We will also be attending a networking session on Saturday 5 November at 1.30pm.