Call for filmmakers

Liverpool Film Night 2017, FACT, Wood Street, Liverpool, L1, deadline 29 September

FACT’s yearly celebration of up and coming film talent in the region, will be back for its 2017 iteration on 22 November. The event, which has been running for more than a decade, offers filmmakers a chance to see their short films on the big screen in front of a live audience and a panel of industry experts. It would be great if you wanted to help us spread the word about the opportunity!

Submissions of films in any genre are welcome before 29 September. The shortlist will be curated by filmmaker, artist, and senior lecturer in filmmaking at Liverpool John Moores University Demelza Kooij, who will also act as the evening’s host. After the screening of the selected films, Demelza and panel members will enter the stage for a Q&A, discussing the showcased films as well as answering questions from the audience about filmmaking and how to gain experience in the film industry.
Filmmakers working in any medium are invited to submit their films for consideration for this year’s event. All genres are welcome – with the only restrictions being that the film must have been made within the last 18 months, be no more than 15 minutes in length, and be made in Liverpool or have cast or crew from the city region.

Last year, Liverpool Film Night saw over 55 films submitted, breaking its previous record. A decade of sell-out events have seen on-screen talent include big names such as the late Pete Postlethwaite and Jarvis Cocker, and past judges include Anfield-born award-winning animator and director Chris Shepherd and actor and filmmaker Nick Moss.

Andy Smith, whose film Holes in their Souls was showcased at the 2016 event, says: “It was great to get our short film, Holes in their Souls, screened at FACT at the last Liverpool Film Night. It is always beneficial for filmmakers to get their films shown on the big screen, and more importantly to have an audience outside of their circle to view and hopefully respond to it. Whether positive or negative, feedback and criticism from both professionals and the public alike is essential in going forward successfully with future projects for any filmmaker.”

Holes in their Souls is currently screening both nationally and internationally in selected festivals and has received several nominations thus far. Smith is also developing both short and feature length film projects nationally and internationally.

Guidelines and information about how to submit to Liverpool Film Night 2017, can be found on fact.co.uk/lfn17.