Now in its 16th year, Exeter Phoenix’s annual short film festival, Two Short Nights prepares to bring filmmakers, viewers and industry specialists to the city in a celebration of short film and the people who make them.
Exeter Phoenix will host two and a half days of cinema screenings, workshops and panel discussions. With unmissable opportunities for emerging filmmakers alongside an impressive range and diversity of screenings for film fans, and they’ve also promised this year’s festival has crammed in more than ever before.
Here’s a little official rundown:
The carefully curated film programme on offer includes a vast number of award-winning pieces, films from local innovators, and plenty of familiar faces. Fans of Stranger Things will be fast to spot Natalia Dyer in Yes, God, Yes, featured in the festival’s opening screening event Turning Points, alongside Sundance selected short Deer Squad, a film which went viral last year with over 2.5 million views. Further highlights include Pregnant Pause, featuring Alexandra Roach (Utopia, The Iron Lady), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Utopia, Misfits) and Sally Phillips (Veep, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Smack the Pony) and award-winning animations Ugly (Animated Encounters Grand Prix Award at Encounters, New Talent Award at Fantoche), Sog (Best Student Animation at Palm Springs ShortFest, European Animation Award at Encounters) and Running Lights (Sliver Crane at Lithuanian Film Awards).
Other must-see festival events include a unique chance to watch premieres of six of the short films commissioned by Exeter Phoenix this year and see who will pick up festival awards at Exeter Phoenix Commissions Premiere, and Natural Instincts, which will close the festival with one of the biggest animations this year, The Burden.
The festival will also provide practical support for emerging filmmakers looking for a career in the industry. Make Your Short Film Visible is a panel discussion navigating the various avenues of short film distribution – perfect for anyone who has made a film and doesn’t know what to do next. Festival goers and filmmakers will also be able to attend a film pitch session in front of a live audience, networking opportunities with film industry professionals, and a hands-on workshop exploring design and print technologies of film posters.
Two Short Nights 2017 starts on Thu 30 Nov and culminates late on Fri 2 Dec with an award ceremony to recognise the best contributions to short film this year, followed by an after party.
Advance tickets are available at twoshortnights.com now!