The competition will be the element of the festival that brings in international visitors to the city, as the 350 entries were submitted from 30 different countries, as far and wide as Australia, Singapore, Greece and the US.
Festival director Leoni Kibbey expects that the weekend of the 8th-10th March will bring in guests from America and Europe especially, and has labelled it a truly international event.
There were six categories in short film competition, which have been whittled down to those to be screened over the festival weekend at a number of quirky and unique venues across the city.
The six categories in the short film competition are:
- Short Film – short narrative live action film between 1 and 20 minutes long
- Student Film – short film made by a student of any age from 5 to 95.
- Music Video – under 6 minutes.
- Documentary – inspiring short documentary film.
- Children’s Film – U Certificate films for family audiences, aimed at children.
- Over 18s Films – Something for the grown-ups!
The professional film makers had to submit their entries by the end of December 2012, and the mini student films had to be completed by January. There is a £500 award for the winner of each category, with the awards ceremony taking place 7pm on Sunday 10th at the Havana venue.