Virgin Media Shorts is a great competition that regularly features great films, and showcases them online and in cinemas. If you, haven’t already, check it out.

Plus, Raindance has a great history with the competition – 3 years ago former Raindance employee, course-taker, voice-artist and all round good guy Oscar Sharp used our Berwick St office as a production centre for his entry, Sign Language. He went on to win the competition with that film, and is busy making films with BFI money now. Watch the film, it’s delightful.

Entries have now closed for the 2013 competition, and the judging, and voting, process is underway. 12 are shortlisted by the judges, but there is also the Lucky13 vote.

“From July 22nd to the 28th, the eligible film that generates the most Twitter buzz between these days will become our Lucky 13 shortlist entry. You can vote for your favourite film directly on Twitter by stating the name of the film followed by #VMShortsVote, or via the Twitter ‘share’ option found underneath the film. It really is that simple. But remember, Twitter hashtags are the only way to vote for Lucky 13 this year. We like to keep things simple round these parts.”

There are several shorts in the competition this year with Raindance connections – it would be fantastic if you could check them out and give them a vote.

The Hitman

Link: http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/5186/the-hitman#.Ue_OHmQa9nI

The Hitman

Synopsis: With barely a ten pound note to his name, Eddie has decided it is time to find himself a career. He is going to become a Hitman.

Raindance Connection: Chris Mul is taking the Raindance Postgraduate Degree in Film, and is lined up for 5 short film shoots in 2013.

Desperately Seeking

Link: http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/5240/desperately-seeking#.UfJpZmQa9nJ

Desperately Seeking

Synopsis: After replying to lonely hearts adverts, Rob goes on six different dates, with six very different women.

Raindance Connection: See ‘Breaking’ below

Breaking

Link: http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/5240/desperately-seeking#.UfJpZmQa9nJ

Breaking

Synopsis: Sometimes things just break. Rachel moves the remnants of her recently finished relationship into the garage, but all may not be as it seems.

Raindance Connection: The first short Michael Beddoes was ever a runner on won Best UK Short in 2009. He has attended every year ever since, and took Raindance evening directors course in 2011.

War Medal

Link: http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/5340/war-medal#.Ue_wbGQa9nJWar Medal

Synopsis: The ghost of a First World War hero questions the value of his deeds, while his teenage descendant the value of his medal.

Raindance Connection: Andy Williams is a Raindance Member and used our rooms to cast and rehearse for the short film.

A Whole in Two

Link: http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/4014/a-whole-in-two#.Ue_NWGQa9nJ

Synopsis: A relaxing day at the museum turns into something a bit surreal….

Raindance Connection: Amy Dean is a film student who follows Raindance online and is planning on taking a class, one day.

 

 

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