Tickets on sale for first Sunderland Shorts Film Festival

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A film festival is hoping to reel in audiences as tickets go on sale.

More than 65 short films from around the world will be screened at the inaugural Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, which runs from Thursday to Sunday.

Tickets are now on sale for the 90-minute screenings.

 After receiving submissions from all corners of the world, including Australia, Iran, Korea and the USA, organisers are screening the films across four venues – Independent, Sunderland Empire, Sunderland Software Centre and Sunderland Minster.

 Featuring everything from animation, drama and comedy through to sci-fi, documentary and experimental film, the programme has been designed to introduce audiences to a host of familiar, new and unexpected genres.

 Rebecca Burdon, festival manager, Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, said: “Over the past six months, we have been working hard to put together a programme that will offer audiences a real insight into the eclectic world of short film. We’ve been overwhelmed by the quality and standard of the submissions we have received from the North East and beyond – you really are in for a treat.

 “Whether you are a film enthusiast or simply curious about what the festival is all about – you’ll be surprised at the diverse mix of films on offer. We’ve got everything from fantasy to horror, and films from around the world, as well as some great offerings from local filmmakers.”

 Created in collaboration with the prestigious DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington DC, the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival will hold a celebratory launch event at Sunderland Minster on Thursday, with music from Sunderland band Lilliput, a pop-up bar from Maxim Brewery and food from the Funky Indian, as well as the first screening of the festival.

 Directors and filmmakers are travelling from as far and wide as Argentina and Peru to attend the festival, with many of them taking part in Q&A sessions during the course of the week. A free development workshop for filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers from the region is also being held on Saturday, in conjunction with Generator.

 Tickets are priced at £7 per individual screening, £10 for the launch event, or £45 for a festival pass, which allows access to all nine screenings, the launch event and the award winners screening. Visit www.sunderlandshorts.co.uk to purchase tickets.