We are very excited to share the 12 shortlisted projects that will be developed through our short film scheme Sharp Shorts this year.

In April 2022, we invited writers, writer/directors and filmmaking teams of writer, director and producer to submit a one-page outline of their short film idea for the third round of Sharp Shorts.

This year we received over 270 applications of an exceptional standard and the competition was very high. There was a great range of diverse stories: from coming-of-ages dramas, to supernatural thrillers, to high-concept science fiction. We were blown away by the level of talent and originality showcased within the submitted projects.

Following from a structured assessment process, involving a team of readers and external assessors, 12 teams have been selected to work with the Short Circuit Talent Executives to develop their short film.

The following 12 projects have been shortlisted:

A Beating Wing Writer/Director: Ciaran Pasi; Producer: Shona Mackenzie
Beatless Writer/Director: Ana Songel; Producer: Misha McCullagh
Can I Live?Writer/Director: Paul Morris; Producer: Martin Conaghan
Derevo (дерево)Writer/Director: Kristin Atwood; Producer: Amanda Rogers
Paternal Advice – Writer/Director: Lisa Clarkson
Slay + Prepare the Animal for Meat – Writer: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth; Director: Oisin Kearney
Soul – Writer: Eilidh Loan
The Lost Keys Writer/Director: Theo Panagopoulos
Time After Time – Writer: Linda Campbell; Director: Jack Allen
Tongue – Writer: Raman Mundair; Director: Tom Gentle; Producer: Jessie Magnum
Tuck Writer: Ali Taylor; Director: Michael Lee Richardson; Producer: Reece Cargan
四 Purvey – Writer: Julie Tsang

Over the next 3 months, the selected teams will develop their short film proposals into a draft script. Teams will be supported by Short Circuit’s Talent Executives and will have access to masterclasses, editorial feedback, peer workshops and additional bespoke training and access support as required. This will also include training to help prepare to pitch in front of the funding panel.

Following the development stage, the 12 shortlisted teams will be pitching their packaged projects to the Short Circuit funding panel. Up to 9 projects will then receive a maximum of £15,000 (with an up to £5,000 covid uplift) each towards their production budget, plus further training support to see them through production, post-production, delivery and distribution.

We can’t wait to work alongside the shortlisted teams to support their respective creative journeys!

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