Film-makers invited to take part in competition

Dave Armstrong and Closet star Will Sutton at last year's event

Dave Armstrong and Closet star Will Sutton at last year's event

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Film-makers around the island are being sought to take part in a competition.

Submissions are now open for the International Short Film Competition in the 2014 Isle of Man Film Festival.

The festival is to take place from September 10 to 14.

Confirmed events include ‘An Audience With...’ night at the Gaiety Theatre with Observer and BBC film critic Mark Kermode interviewing two guests, plus two opportunities over the festival weekend to see Mark perform with his acclaimed band ‘The Dodge Brothers’.

There will also be an exclusive preview screening of Davy Knowles’ feature documentary ‘Island Bound’, previews of films made by the MannIN Shorts scheme and the return of the extremely popular Future Shorts Fringe nights.

The festival will close with a prize-giving event, with winners from the 2014 International Short Film Competition screened and announced. Although organisers have opened this year’s competition to international entries, it remains free to enter.

The deadline for entries is July 21 and categories include:

Short Fiction (15 mins max)

Short Documentary (15mins max)

Animation (10 mins max)

The special ‘Island Life’ award (15mins max)

As with last year’s event, there will also be a prize for the best MannIN Shorts film, an award for Most Promising New Filmmaker and the ‘Best of the Fest’ Award.

The ‘Island Life’ award was created last year as a way to celebrate the unique aspects of living on an island and is also intended to inspire and encourage Isle of Man-based filmmakers to create and enter something original.

Last year’s winning entry ‘Wandering Rocks’ by Ed Crompton has been successful on the international film circuit since then, having its UK premiere at Sheffield DocFest earlier this year.

Former Young Filmmaker of Mann Rory Dorling Film’s ‘Paper Journey’, which won last year’s Best of the Fest , was chosen as an official selection of CineYouth 2014, presented by the Chicago International Film Festival.

Meanwhile, MannIN Shorts film ‘Closet’ was shortlisted for Oscar-qualifying film festival Seattle International and received its American premiere at the Boston LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) Festival, while ‘Most Promising..’ winner Georgia Quilliam, who trained through the MannIN Shorts scheme, has been working regularly both on and off island in the camera department of a variety of film crews.

If you have a film you would like to enter visit and complete the Submissions form

The organisers thanked Island of Culture, the Post Office, Conister, RL360° and Chrystals for their support.

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