Entries open for next year after success of first Sunderland Shorts Film Festival,

Sunderland Short Films Festival director Anne Tye, front centre, with her team at Sunderland Minister

Sunderland Short Films Festival director Anne Tye, front centre, with her team at Sunderland Minister

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Calling all budding Spielbergs.

Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, which proved a success with its inaugural event this year, is on the hunt for next year’s festival films.

Submissions for Sunderland Shorts 2016 open on Monday – giving short filmmakers from the UK and beyond the opportunity to showcase their work to influential international audiences.

This July, the first festival showcased more than 65 short films from all corners of the globe at venues across Sunderland.

As well as hoping to attract submissions from filmmakers across the globe for next year, the festival is also looking to recruit a panel of volunteers to review the submissions, and help identify which films will be programmed into next year’s event, which takes place from June 30, to July 3.

Rebecca Burdon, festival manager, said: “We’re super excited to be able to bring back Sunderland Shorts Film Festival for a second year.

“Participating in the festival is an amazing opportunity for film-makers to have their work screened in front of enthusiastic audiences, in venues that aren’t your average cinema.

“Last year’s festival was such a success and we were so pleased to receive so many submissions of such a high quality – we’re hoping for even more this year.”

The festival was created in collaboration with the prestigious DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington DC, to further develop cultural links with the two cities.

l To submit a film, join the panel of reviewers, or to volunteer, visit www.sunderlandshorts.co.uk. Submissions close on April 30.