Liverpool Film Night, the biggest celebration of new film talent in the region, will take place at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) on 23 November 2016. The event, which has been running for more than a decade, shines a light on up and coming local filmmakers, offering them a chance to see their short films on the big screen in front of a live audience and a panel of industry experts.
Submissions of films in any genre are welcome before 19 October. The shortlist will be curated by actor and director Nick Moss, who will also act as the evening’s host and head judge. After the screening of the selected films, the head judge and panel members will enter the stage for a Q&A, 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: drama, comedy, animation, documentary, experimental or horror - with the only restrictions being that the film must have been made within the last 18 months and be no more than 15 minutes in length.
Liverpool Film Night 2016’s head judge Nick Moss has worked extensively in television, theatre, and film, ranging from low budget movies, to regular roles on prime time British TV drama such as Jimmy McGovern’s BBC series Banished, Hollywood blockbusters such as Hercules, and popular Brit flicks such as Mean Machine.
Also a filmmaker, Moss recently won Best UK Short Film at Manchester International Film Festival with his film Break, a moving drama starring John Hurt and Kika Markham, which follows a shaky encounter when an elderly couple befriend a struggling young family. Break has been officially selected at a number of International festivals, and Nick is currently developing his feature film debut.
Moss says: "It’s vital that filmmakers are supported and encouraged, and importantly have their work seen by an audience. The opportunity Liverpool Film Night brings feels different to the usual process of festival applications, as the aim is to nurture and acknowledge local filmmakers and contribute to the idea of the grassroots community of filmmakers finding a voice. I am personally very excited to be part of that, having had first hand experience of how that community can help to get work made. In my opinion, there is no better and more artistically thriving city than Liverpool right now - so let’s celebrate the brilliance of local filmmaking talent.”
Liverpool Film Night is the only film event dedicated to supporting and showcasing regional film talent, and last year saw over 50 films submitted. 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.
Adam Baird, who won last year with his film Situation, says: "Winning at the Liverpool Film Night in 2015 was a really great achievement for me. Coming from Liverpool, it was firstly great to see my film on the big screen at FACT, but to then go on and be named the winner for that year was amazing. The night itself was a wonderful event and a great chance to get feedback on my film from both fellow filmmakers as well as the competition's judges. I'd advise any film makers in Liverpool to send their films in for 2016 and wish them the best of luck with it."
Interested in taking part? Download the submission guidelines here.