Two Short Nights 215 brought flocks of filmmakers, viewers and industry specialists to Exeter Phoenix.

With an emphasis on local filmmaking talent, the festival’s opening night on Thursday included the 48 Hour Film Screening, a collection of films written, shot and edited in just 48 hours. Supported by Cineon Productions filmmakers were in with a chance of winning £150 worth of equipment or training.

Toby De Burgh of Cineon Productions said ‘It has been great to support local filmmaking in this way and we were really impressed with the standard of films in the competition.’

Friday’s festival line up featured a sell out screening of Exeter Phoenix’s five film commissions of 2015. 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’. 

Other festival highlights included the International Shorts Screenings, a curated selection of inspiring short film from directors across the globe and a Live Pitch from filmmakers competing to win the £500 2016 Devon Documentary Commission. An award ceremony and after party brought the festival to a close.