LONDON — Celebrating its 14th year, the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival announced the Official Festival Program for 2012. The non-profit event, which will take place from July 11 — July 20, 2012, is recognized as one of UK’s leading international short film festivals, showcasing commercially produced and independent work with an equal focus on emerging and established talent.
223 new films from 22 countries will be competing across live action, animation and factual categories with screenings every evening at The Institute of Contemporary Arts. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Curzon Soho on Thursday, July 19, 2012.
The animation category offers a program full of unique graphic inspiration, taking audiences from inner worlds of the mind and imagination (La Détente, Psychic Land, A Long Descent) to far off planets (Phone Home, Botanical Nightmare), to a local north London pub (The Pub).
No matter where or when the action is set, it’s the narrative that drives through. The telling of both old and new stories, spanning from the dawn of the age of man with Pythagasaurus (starring Bill Bailey, Martin Trenaman and Simon Greenall), through the tales of the Brothers Grimm (The Golden Bird) to current affairs in Bradley Manning Had Secrets, unveiling the truth behind the Wikileaks, and into a dystopian future in Robots of Brixton.
Expectations are challenged and characters are not always as they seem, whether they’re wolves learning to love sheep (Friendsheep), a magnificent beast, worshipped and exploited (The Holy Chicken of Life Music), Cadaver’s resurrected by love (starring Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, Fashion Icon Tavi Gevinson and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates), or lovely Disney-like princesses that quickly turn to become more like Scarface (Whistler).
Visit the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival website to see the full list of films in competition, including live action and music video categories. Tickets for the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival are now on sale at www.ica.org.uk .
This year’s festival runs over 10 days with a wide range of events for everyone interested in filmmaking. Most events are free to attend as is signing up as a Festival Delegate to make sure you are kept up to date with the latest news and activities from the festival.Â Events include Brunch Sessions at The Hospital Club focusing on film production case studies social media, casting and guides on how to break into animation, commercials and music videos as a director. The lunch sessions at De lane Lea cover overviews on festival strategy, transmedia projects, the role of documentary in the modern news era, balancing independent film passion against making commercial work and a look at the latest software available to help you create great productions. The afternoon panels at the Applestore cover the ‘Future of’ key sectors within the filmmaking community and will provide insights into what to expect in the coming years. BAFTA will once again host the BAFTA/ RUSHES New Filmmakers Market with 16 events (Sunday 15th July) on wide variety of subjects for those looking to get in to and make contact with filmmakers and organisations.
All events can be found here: http://rssf2012.com/events
Joining the events and official screenings are nine guest programs of short film from Zubroffka International Film Festival (Poland), Hollyshorts (USA), DC Shorts (USA), Kerry Film Festival (Ireland), Renderyard (Spain), Bornshorts (Denmark), Shorts Film Festival (Australia) and Aesthetica Film Festival & the acclaimed straight 8 (UK) programs.
All events and full booking details can be found on the festival website:Â http://rssf2012.com