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New Bristol film festival shines light on future stars

Press release issued: 7 March 2013

An exciting new film festival has been launched in Bristol, offering budding filmmakers the chance to have their work screened at the Watershed and judged by industry professionals. Entries can now be submitted for the Jump Cut Short Film Festival, which will take place on 12 May, and is open to anyone aged 18 to 30.

Entries can now be submitted for the Jump Cut Short Film Festival, which will take place on 12 May, and is open to anyone aged 18 to 30.

The festival hopes to appeal to new filmmakers as well as those with more experience and there will be awards for beginners and intermediate filmmakers, with entries judged according to their creativity rather than the technical resources used.

It’s being organised by the University of Bristol’s three filmmaking societies – the University of Bristol Filmmaking Society (UBFS), InHouse Media and Studiospace Film – to provide a platform for students and young filmmakers to showcase their work, be judged by and meet industry professionals, network and be recognised for their achievements.

Director of Jump Cut Antonia Tootill, a second year Drama student, said: “There is such a wealth of young creative talent and we felt that there was no opportunity for them to showcase their filmmaking skills, hence we came up with the idea for Jump Cut. It’s open to all independent filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 30, whether they’ve got years of experience or are just starting out.

“We can’t wait to see what people come up with and hope the film festival itself will become a permanent date in Bristol’s creative calendar. It will offer those who attend a unique insight into the industry, which seems so daunting to both newcomers and up and coming stars. It will be a fantastic chance to network with other film fans, chat to professionals and watch some brilliant short films.”

  • Live action short films
  • Art house/experimental films
  • Animations
  • Music videos
  • Bristol-bound films
  • Documentary films

There is also an open category for those who feel that the genre of their film is under-represented. There will be awards for each category as well as for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Jump Cutter’s Choice and others yet to be announced.

The closing date for submissions is 5 May, with the exception of animations which may be submitted until 10 May.

All entries will go through a first round of volunteer judging to make sure they comply with Jump Cut’s rules and terms and conditions, before a shortlist is drawn up.

Then, from 2.30pm on 12 May, the shortlisted films will be screened at the Watershed and judged by a panel of special guest industry professionals.

An awards ceremony will take place at Zerodegrees afterwards, where attendees will have an opportunity to network with both industry professionals and other enthusiastic budding filmmakers.

For further information, including the full rules and regulations and details of how to submit an entry, visit or follow @JumpCutFestival on Twitter for updates.

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