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Short Film City Selections and Competitions Jury Announced

Now is the turn of the shorts at LIFF27 to get the attention they deserve and we can’t recommend highly enough the selections made by our Short Film City team for this year’s competitions and panoramas. In the Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition – named after the 19th-century, French-born and Leeds-based film pioneer – 33 short films from 30 countries are selected across six programmes, with 22 premieres – 19 UK, 2 European, and 1 World. The Louis le Prince competition screens from Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 November at Leeds Town Hall, in what may be the most intensive and unforgettable viewing experience in the whole of LIFF27  – and you can see all six programmes for the price of three.

In the ever-popular World Animation Award, 30 short films from 21 countries are selected across three programmes, screening on 18 and 19 November at Leeds Town Hall. The winners of both competitions will be considered for the live action short film and short animation categories of the Academy Awards, as LIFF is a qualifying event. The competitions continue on the last day of LIFF27, Thursday 21 November, with two British programmes (15 films selected) and one Yorkshire programme (8 films selected), all screening at the Hyde Park Picture House in what is set to be a thrilling finale to Short Film City 2013. All British films selected for Short Film City 2013 can be considered for the short film categories of the BAFTAs, for which LIFF is also a qualifying event.

The non-competitive short film panoramas include a focus on European documentaries and national selections from Belgium, France, Lithuania, and Spain. As the Tour de France departs from Leeds in July 2014, there is a special short film celebration in Vive le tour! (with a free glass of wine), and now in its 20th year the Bradford Animation Festival presents our special guest selection. As well as on the website, all selected short films will be listed in detail in the 132-page LIFF27 catalogue, available for free from 8 November at the LIFF box office at Leeds Town Hall, while stocks last.

The Short Film City competitions are judged by a five-member jury. We are delighted to reveal the jury for 2013:

Sarah Acton – Sarah has programmed film events for the last 7 years at the Cube Microplex Cinema in Bristol: a single screen independent DIY cinema and artist community that prides itself in a diverse programme exploring the boundaries of expanded cinema, and a creative approach to the cinema experience. Sarah works as a freelance writer and guest blogger, with a passion for film-culture, based in Bristol and Devon. She writes a film blog of alternative and side-line cinema culture, filmmakers and cinemas worldwide www.lighttravelsfilmsite.org.

Adam Batty – Adam Batty is a writer, lecturer on cinema and film programmer based in the north of England, and is the founding editor of Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Seconds, one of the most influential film websites in Europe. He also edits Periodical, a digital film journal and has contributed to a number of other publications and books on film. Adam’s key area of interest is the Nouvelle Vague, specifically the work of Jean-Luc Godard, and also lectures on the French cinema and silent film.

Rimante Daugelaite – Rimante Daugelaite is the Head of Lithuanian Short Film Agency, Lithuanian Shorts, which specialises in short film distribution, promotion and sales. Since 2009, she has worked as the Managing Director for Vilnius Film Shorts, an International Short Film Festival based in Lithuania. Rimante also has experience in short film production and currently develops new short film and TV documentary projects. She has a BA in Film Production from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and a BA in Political Science from Vilnius University.

Ülo Pikkov – Ülo Pikkov has directed several award-winning short animation films and continues to support new talents in the Estonian animation scene. He is the co- founder and associate professor of the Animation Department in the Estonian Academy of Arts. He is the author of Animasophy: Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film (2010). For several years Ülo was also the legal expert for the Estonian Film Foundation and chairman of Audiovisual Arts board at the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

Tom Van Avermaet – Enchanted from an early age by the celluloid dreamscape of film, Tom always aspired to be an audio-visual storyteller. Inspiration was found in the great surrealists of cinematic past & present, as in a love for the fantastic and imaginative. Death of a Shadow (2012), his first professional short after the mèlies d’or nominated thesis film Dreamtime (2006) has garnered nominations from both the European Film Awards & the US Academy Awards (Oscars) and has been screened at over 90 festivals and won more than 25 awards worldwide.

The winners of the Short Film City 2013 competitions will be announced on Thursday 21 November on leedsfilm.com.

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