The shortlist of films for the 2016 TriForce Short Film Festival (TFSFF) has been announced at an exclusive launch at the BFI. The TFSFF also announces the four finalist films which have been selected by a panel of industry stalwarts including Nicholas Pinnock, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Shiver’s Alex Gardiner and will be screened at the red carpet Gala at BAFTA on 3rd December.

The 16 shortlisted films for this year were revealed at an industry gathering at the BFI Stephen Street following the UK premiere screening of Jessica Oyelowo’s much anticipated directorial debut ‘After The Storm’ starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle). The TFSFF shortlisted films feature even more recognisable names with Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Inception) and Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine) both featuring.

The four final films will be screened and the Best of the Fest award, supported by Stefan Allesh-Taylor CBE, will be announced at the red carpet event at BAFTA. They are;

The Dead Sea

Written and directed by Stuart Gatt, The Dead Sea tells the story of Emmanuel and Olu who after almost reaching Europe by boat, are returned to Libya and incarcerated in one of its infamous migrant detention centres. The film was conceived by Gatt in the height of the Refugee Crisis in the summer of 2015. He had been researching reports by Medicines Sans Frontieres into these abuses and felt compelled to show the reality of the experiences of those returned to the Libyan camps resulting in this stunning film.

Stuart Gatt is an award-winning British Filmmaker of Indian descent whose films are often influenced by current social themes.


From writer Haley Bishop and director Alasdair MacKay comes a story about how light can be found in even the darkest of times. When Elijah is diagnosed with a brain tumour, his best friends are determined that he sees the Northern Lights. However, as he becomes aware of how much they are willing to do for him, the harsh reality of the situation soon reveals itself.

I Believe in Pink

Written, directed and produced by BAFTA nominated Victoria Thomas, I Believe in Pink follows a tattoo artist in Lagos who has found his niche by tattooing the lips of men, pink. Victoria’s film explores his story and why the men he tattoos believe having pink lips makes them more acceptable to society

Take the Chocolate

Dr Shahid Kamal’s Take the Chocolate is a sweet, compelling short featuring a two-year-old girl who is determined to make a friend in the waiting room of a Dr’s surgery. Examining the way children approach one another which is often lost in adulthood, the film is written and directed by Dr Kamal and jointly produced by Dr Kamal and Rajesh Rajilal.

TriForce Short Film Festival – Fifth Year

Celebrating its fifth year, the TriForce Short Film Festival was set up with a focus on recognising and supporting emerging diverse talent and to help film-makers access opportunities to further their careers. The 16 shortlisted films are screened at BAFTA to an audience of peers and key industry representatives, with the winning film-makers earning career development prizes as well as a cash prize to contribute to their next project.

Triforce Film Festival Nov 2016

Triforce Film Festival Nov 2016

As in previous years, the competition has showcased the diverse range of UK filmmaking talent with a high number of BAME and female producers, directors, cast and crew across all the shortlisted films.

The festival also partners each category screening of the 16 shortlisted films on the day with seminars led by leading industry professionals focused on current issues within the TV and film industry and career development. Subjects to be covered this year include Surviving as a Freelance Director, How to Fund a Feature and Is it Possible to Work Across Film and TV? Tickets for the festival are available via the website at

“It’s been incredibly hard to choose this year’s shortlist because once again, the quality of entrants was so strong. We’ve been working towards a more inclusive industry both on and off screen since we launched the Triforce Short Film Festival five years ago and are so proud to be at the forefront of the movement for greater diversity in film and TV.” – Jimmy Akingbola (Arrow, Rev) actor and co-founder of TriForce

Triforce Film Festival Nov 2016

Triforce Film Festival Nov 2016

TFSFF boasts a wealth of high profile patrons which include; writer, director and sometime actor, Kathy Burke, The Walking Dead star David Morrissey, Broadchurch’s Marianne Jean-Baptiste, actor David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale), actress Kacey Ainsworth, (EastEnders, Grantchester), producer Hilary Bevan Jones (The Escape Artist, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot), Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play), actor, writer and director Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness, Kidulthood), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy, Fortitude), Zawe Ashton (Dreams of a Life, Fresh Meat) and award-winning writer Roy Williams OBE.

TFSFF, which is a career development focused initiative, has also secured a number of high-profile companies and organisations as partners for this year’s festival, including Broadcast, Channel 4, Creative Skillset, Sharp House, Shiver, MAMA Youth Project, BECTU, Shine Media, Hiive, Shorts TV, Directors UK, HitFilm, Institute of Videographers, Miffy Moments and Baxter of California, who will be providing seminar speakers, prizes, opportunities and guidance to entrants and attendees, as well as sponsoring seminars, awards and the industry expo room at BAFTA.

All shortlisted films for The TriForce Short Film Festival 2016 are as follows:

  • I Believe In Pink
  • GlowThe Good Son
  • Foot In Mouth
  • Lucky Chicken
  • Ferguson, Missouri
  • Living With Monkey
  • Huey & Louis
  • Take The Chocolate
  • Believe
  • Hall Of Mirrors
  • SAVE
  • The Night Shift
  • Lil’ Benny
  • The Dead Sea
  • Harriet and the Matches
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham