Nokia Shorts Weekender

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A three day celebration of short film including workshops, masterclasses and premiere screenings of the eight finalists from the Nokia Shorts 2011 competition takes place place Wednesday 23 - Saturday 25 June

In April the Edinburgh International Film Festival announced a major new partnership with international mobile phone provider Nokia, encompassing a significant new sponsorship deal and an innovative three day festival event – The Nokia Shorts Weekender.

Taking up a bold new position within the festival programme, The Nokia Shorts Weekender will be Scotland’s largest ever celebration of short film, including a diverse and acclaimed range of shorts programmed by the Edinburgh International Film Festival team.

??As the festival celebrates its 65th year at the forefront of the global film industry, the new partnership will also see the launch of a major new competition that will allow eight budding filmmakers to have their work screened at EIFF in front of industry experts from around the globe.

??Aspiring directors were able to submit their idea for a short film at on a subject of their choice. The creators of eight of the best submissions will be awarded a budget of $5000 and two Nokia N8 smartphones on which to make their film, and the results will be shown at a special EIFF screening – with one winner securing a $10,000 overall prize.??

The Nokia Shorts Weekender will build on the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s commitment to providing a platform for young film makers, and in 2011 this will also include a special training workshop delivered by BAFTA and leading independent film collective Shooting People, as well as Nokia N8 masterclasses with guest directors.

?Highlights?The Nokia Shorts Weekender is bursting full to burst with short films, animation and shorts-themed events to wet the appetite of any short film lover. The listings includes four programmes for short fiction from all around the world including shorts from the United States, Brazil and India. There are also four programmes of animation including a programme of animated documentaries entitled Animated Realities. Add to this a selection of Experimental shorts and it seems there is something for fans of all genres.

There is also plenty to keep younger viewers happy. The Edinburgh International Film Festival is happy to be carrying out its Edinburgh Schools Film Competition again this year. The Nokia Shorts Weekender will showcase the best of these films through two screenings, one for primary and nursery schools, the other for secondary school entries. Alongside this the Festival brings a collection of Family shorts for film-lovers of all ages.

EIFF is proud to be working with VICE on several of the events in the Nokia Shorts Weekender. VICE and Nokia will also host a retrospective of work by Saam Farahmand whom has created music videos for the likes of Klaxons, Janet Jackson and Cheryl Cole.

Renowned animation studio Aardman and advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy will share the trials and tribulations of shooting 'A Tiny Tale', the world's smallest stop motion animation on behalf of Nokia. The event, 'Shooting world record breaking stop motion animation on the Nokia N8' will give an insight into their next collaboration – the attempt to shoot the world's largest stop motion animation.

Video-sharing site Vimeo are also on board bringing several events to the programme. On the Friday of the Weekender Creative Director Jeremy Boxer will showcase some of the highlights from the online community at George Square Theatre followed by a unique public installation of Vimeo work at Edinburgh University’s Inspace. Boxer will also interview online sensation Lucy Cooke, whose videos of orphan sloths in Costa Rica caused quite a stir, and many a-ump-in-throat moment, around the globe.

If that wasn’t enough, BAFTA nominated TV/film writer/director Chris Shepherd will present a shorts Masterclass on the final Saturday of the Weekender. Renown for combining live action and animation, Shepherd’s previous work proves that this should be an event not to miss.

You can also take part yourself - the Nokia N8 Greatest Movie Moments Video Booth by video artists Ben + Lewis will open to public during the Nokia Shorts Weekender, on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 June. Re-enact your favourite movie scene in this creative and fun installation, and footage from the project will be used as part of an exclusive AV set at the Closing Party.

Everything will wrap up on Saturday 25 June with the Nokia Shorts Weekender Closing Party and Awards Showcase.

For the full programme, check out the Nokia Shorts Weekender page.


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