Magazine article Screen International

Finalists Unveiled for Fifth Virgin Media Shorts Competition

Magazine article Screen International

Finalists Unveiled for Fifth Virgin Media Shorts Competition

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Phyllida Lloyd CBE, 2010 Star of Tomorrow Luke Snellin [pictured] and Julie Walters CBE among judges for the short film prize.

Thirteen shorts are in contention for the fifth Virgin Media Shorts competition, which gives filmmakers the opportunity to have their work showcased nationwide at cinemas and on TV, mobile and online.

Among the shorts up for the grand prize of £30,000 funding towards their next film are Alice Seabright's Dream Girl, about a chance meeting on a tube journey, Carolina Giammetta's Man Up, which sees three men discuss how to be 'the boss' in life, and Paul Dingwall's Without Saying, a story set in the opening stages of a romance.

For the first time this year, there is also a 'Lucky 13th' on the shortlist, the entry most 'liked' and shared online, belonging to PJ Liguori's PJ, Tiny Planet Explorer which is centred around a boy's journey through the universe.

Also new this year is the People's Choice Award which gives fans the chance to vote for their favourite online, with the winner receiving a prize fund of £5,000. One short will also pick up the TiVo Award, as voted for by Virgin Media TiVo customers.

On the jury this year are Phyllida Lloyd CBE and Julie Walters CBE, along with director Mat Whitecross, film critic James King, winner of the 2009 competition - and 2010 Star of Tomorrow - Luke Snellin, Sundog Pictures founder Sam Branson, Virgin Media executive director of digital entertainment Cindy Rose and BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts. …

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