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Our Dream Was Short

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A quick festival update – 17 will screen at next year’s Swansea Bay Film Festival, hopefully I’ll be able to make it along to see the film on a big screen.

Clermont Ferrand, which I think is the world’s biggest short film festival, is now closed for entries, and you can see details of all the films submitted by looking through their web site (there’s a lot of them). They list all UK films by country, and there’s ten submissions from Wales, including Shed Convention from Big Font. Large Spacing producer Vivien and writer/director Paul. All the films submitted are available to view in the video library of the market during the festival, so even if you’re film isn’t selected for screening, someone might still see it and maybe even buy the rights. We’ve entered 17, and as this was the first festival I wanted to enter, I’m hoping we’ll be selected. I don’t think it’s really their sort of thing, but you won’t know unless you try.

I went to Clermont Ferrand in 2007 – it was the first film festival that I’d been to overseas and it was a great experience. Driving to the airport in a left hand drive Opal Zafira with a brutal hangover after the last night was a particular highlight. There are more shorts there than you can shake a stick at, so it’s worth going to just for the screenings. There’s other events there that were run in the French language, so I couldn’t take part, but if you’re interested in seeing a lot of the best short films from around the world, it’s the place to be.

Get a cheap flight while you can.


Written by Matthew Redd

October 29, 2009 at 12:02 pm

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