As we approach our final month of being open for short film submissions for this years Wimbledon International Short Film Festival, we are taking the opportunity to tell you a little bit about our all important judges that will be watching your shorts.
MEET THE JUDGES – Fiona Clarke-Hackston
Chief Executive British Screen Advisory Council
A little about Fiona:
“I run a business and policy forum bringing together senior executives across film, TV, games and new digital media to discuss the way the business is changing, and find ways we can learn from one another. We also advise Government on policy issues such as BBC Charter Review, tax credits for film, TV, games, animation etc and the European Commission’s current agenda which currently plans extensive copyright reform and changes to business practice to deepen the Digital Single Market. My days are a combination of staying on top of business developments through meetings with industry professionals and finding ways to ensure that politicians and civil servants in the UK and European Commission understand the sector sufficiently well to make the correct policy choices. Given the speed of change this can be quite demanding.”
What do you love about short films that makes them different to features?
I like the fact that short films enable new talent to flourish so that new stories are told in different ways. There is something wonderful about sitting down and being drawn and carried along in someone else’s world.
What makes a good short film?
A good short film needs an original idea, and a strong script. It must gain attention early on, and retain it. The idea must suit the medium and so in one sense it is limiting as you can rarely get character development. Execution matters, high production values and strong performances can make a real difference but do not inevitably lead to something memorable.
MEET THE JUDGES – Nick Brimble
Nick has been a familiar face on the British stage and on screen, and many of you may recognize him from Robin Hood: Price of Thieves. Nick is just back from a short trip filming in Lithuania and looking forward to watching this years entries.
Tell us about a recent short film you enjoyed and why?
I really enjoyed our 2009 winner “The Frozen Chain”….. a musical, in French, featuring frozen food!
But also the simplicity of last years Best London Filmmaker winning film “Catch”.
And what will you be looking for in this years shortlisted entries?
I’m looking for originality and something moving that leaves an impression on me.