University of Salford’s Festival of Short Film unveils 2021 lineup

Categories: School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

The Festival of Short Film, hosted by the University of Salford, is bringing students and industry experts together for an intensive week of workshops, masterclasses, panels and screenings. 

This year the festival will be split into two, with the first part taking place online 25-27 January 2021.

Created with film production students in mind, attendees can expect a mix of intensive and exclusive masterclasses. This year there will also be four special public events. 

The events come on the back of the success of last year’s festival, when over 600 students attended 15 sessions over four days. 

Students can enjoy a masterclass on anamorphic and spherical lens design with Cooke's Carey Duffy, a three day scriptwriting intensive with The School of Art, Media and Creative Technology lecturer and founder of Screenhub North, Beth McCann and a roundtable with Amy O'Hara from Film Hub North and BFI Network. 

All our public events will all be hosted in partnership with PausTV - a new and exciting platform for independent filmmakers hosting live screenings.  The following events are available to book now:


  • Screening of Transmission with Varun Raman, Tom Hancock QA w/ Jeremiah Quinn. 25 January 2020, 6pm. After a long and extremely successful run in the festival circuit, British dystopian short film Transmission comes to the University of Salford. The short, shot in 35mm, is the product of filmmaking duo Varun Raman and Tom Hancock, a.k.a. Parallel Madness. It is particularly apt to show as this spring the University of Salford becomes one of only a handful of undergraduate filmmaking programmes in the world to teach celluloid (16mm) cinematography to students through the L5 module 'Introduction to Cinematography' offered in Spring 2021.
  • Colour Masterclass with Ollie Kenchington. 26 January 2020, 1pm. Ollie is an award-winning filmmaker, editor and colourist, as well as a highly qualified and respected digital imaging specialist and post-production trainer. Hosted in partnership with Canon. 
  • Five Minute Shorts Showcase. 26 January 2020, 6pm. These five minute (or less) short films were all shot in less than three days, in less than three locations, with a maximum of three key actors. 
  • 15 Minute Thesis Film Showcase. 27 January 2020, 6pm. These 15 minute (or less) short films are the triumph of our 2020 film production graduates. Tune in with a bag of popcorn and a glass of bubbly to toast their achievement. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers following the event.


Paus will send the streaming link to ticket holders on the day of each event.

It is hoped the rest of the festival programme will take place in Spring 2021. Events already in place include a Kodak 16mm camera test, a Q&A  with Isabelle Croissant of HOME’s Filmed Up North screenings, discussions with the curators of Indie Flicks, camera masterclasses and workshops with Canon, Cooke, Panasonic and Red, a BAME filmmakers panel and an LGBTQ filmmakers panel.

The Festival of Short Film prides itself on being a student run and led festival. 

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