Film festival searching for Sunderland Barry Normans

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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A film festival is on the hunt for budding Barry Normans.

Entries are flooding in from around the globe for the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, and now organisers are looking for reviewers to help select the final line-up for their 2016 event.

“We can never have enough reviewers, with the volume of films we’re receiving” HANNAH MATTERSON

 After the success of the inaugural festival, which saw more than 65 short films from all corners of the world being shown across the city last summer, the festival is set to return between June 30 and July 3.

 The role will entail reviewing a variety of films from a range of genres, but you don’t need to be a film expert to take part, you simply need to enjoy watching films.

 Rebecca Burdon, the festival’s manager, explained: “We were so pleased with the number and quality of the films that we received last year, especially as it was our very first festival.

 “This year we’re hoping to receive even more submissions and, although it’s only early days, we’re on track to do just that.

 “Reviewing all of the submissions is an integral part of our selection process – it allows our programming team to get an insight into which films our audience will enjoy and which ones they might not be so keen on.”

 Hannah Matterson, volunteer co-ordinator at Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, said: “We’ve already received a fantastic response to our call for reviewers – people have really come out to show their support for this festival.

 “Of course, we can never have enough reviewers, especially with the volume of films we’re receiving.

 “Whether you’re a film expert or simply enjoy watching the occasional film, anyone is welcome to join the panel.”

 In addition to reviewers, Sunderland Shorts will also be on the lookout for volunteers to help in a wide variety of roles – from users and box office staff through to photographers and marketing assistants.

 If you’re interested joining the Sunderland Shorts 2016 Reviewing Team or volunteering to be part of the festival, visit www.sunderlandshorts.co.uk/2016/volunteers