Last spring, the High Tide Festival premiered in Halesworth, Suffolk, mainly to showcase original and new work from emerging theatre writers and directors. However, the festival was a huge success, welcoming around 3,000 visitors and presenting workshops/talks with people like Richard Eyre, Max Stafford Clark and Joe Penhall, amongst others (including Sinead Cusack, Jeremy Irons, Tom Stoppard, Rufus Sewell, Jonathan Price, Richard Curtis, Steven Berkoff, Emma Freud, Bill Nighy, Diana Quick, Sir David Hare and Sir John Mortimer).
So, for their second year, High Tide is launching a film festival to run alongside the theatre events. They are looking for the best of the country's short films to programme across the festival weekend: "As with theatre, the long-term aim of the film festival is to support and develop the best of the UK's emerging writers and directors, to encourage artistic collaborations and original new work, and at the same time bring new films to Suffolk and Norfolk audiences. To run alongside the film screenings we are planning talks, events and filmmaker-only workshops with leading industry figures."
The whole shebang is taking place from the 2nd to the 5th of May 2008, and they are inviting filmmakers from Britain and the Republic of Ireland to submit their short films for participation in the festival. The deadline for submissions is Monday 4th February. Films may be any genre and of any length, up to a maximum duration of 20 minutes. Further information regarding the festival and film submission details, including an application form, can be found on the website.
Looks interesting! Let us know if you give it a whirl, or indeed, maybe see you there...