Rushes Soho Shorts Festival
Joe Bateman is the Director of the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, an incredible 14-year-old festival. All genres of short film including drama, documentary, animation, music video, and broadcast design including online or mobile content, title sequences, have made this festival one of the Internationals Film festival. Joe has over 16 years experience in film festivals, programming and event organizing. He started his career as a stage manager for musical festivals and theater projects in the UK, US and South Africa. He joined City Screen in 1997 and transferred to Curzon Cinemas in 1999 developing the role of Head of Special Programming and Private Events. In 2004, Joe moved to The Hospital Club where he looked after their film and event program, finally settling at Rushes in 2007.
The Rushes Soho Shorts Festival is a competition festival for filmmakers. The annual festival is a huge source to find connections, meet people and have the possibility to do a great work. An incredible opportunity to help new talent to get in to the industry and also give the opportunity for the industry organisations to give back to the creative world.. The work of newcomers and more established filmmakers is promoted by screening their work at cinemas, screening rooms and cafes throughout Soho and London’s West End. From 1999 through to 2012 the annual activities takes place in ten days and the competitive categories were:
The International Award
The Long Form Award
The Documentary Award
The Short Film Award
The Animation Award
The Music Video Award
The Pushing Boundaries Award
The Newcomers Award
At the conclusion of the festival the Rushes Awards are held to announce the most acclaimed production from each category. Judges ranging across the creative industries vote for their favorite films, the 3 finalists from each category being invited to attend to hear the announcement, with all attendees then invited to celebrate and commiserate at a Closing Night Party.
Here is the Interview with Joe Bateman August 2012.
This year there won’t be the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, but the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival have opened their doors for film submissions for their competitions.
Now is your chance to get noticed on an international stage and compete for up to £12,000 in cash prizes.
Full entry guidelines and online submission can be found at www.encounters-festival.org.uk/submit-films.