Monday 16 January 2012

Review of UnderWire Film Festival Winners Screening at Shortwave Cinema

UnderWire Film Festival Winners Screening 
London Short Film Festival 
Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey Square
Saturday 14 January 2012

The UnderWire film festival was launched in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell to both celebrate and help provide a platform for short films made by, and, in the case of the XX award, portraying interesting representations of women. In an industry still blighted by gender imbalance, the founders are seeking to encourage a greater diversity of perspectives and experiences. They therefore look to showcase all kinds of film, from drama to documentary, animation to music video and artist film. All submissions must, however, be under 20 minutes in length.

The second UnderWire festival was held in November 2011, with awards for best director, best editor, best screenwriter, best composer, best cinematographer, best producer, and then the XX award. The range of submissions was impressive, and judging no mean feat, but the winners deserved every ounce of praise steeped upon them. This weekend, as part of the larger London Short Film Festival, the winners from UnderWire were screened once more, as an hour long compilation, at Shortwave cinema, on Bermondsey Square.

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