Creative England's shortFLIX to air on Sky Arts
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Creative England has announced the final five short films chosen for this year's shortFLIX competition, including one directed by a former National Student writer Ben Robins. The initiative, currently in its second year, is open to any filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 25 who are not in full-time education or employment. In the final five are Dior Clarke and Blain Ho-Shing's Batty Boy; Abena Taylor-Smith's lesbian drama Ladies Day; former National Student writer Ben Robins' Losing It; Luna Carmoon's Nosebleed; and Henry Gale's Together, They Smoke. Read more about the selections here. Among shortFLIX's ambassadors are Doctor Who's Noel Clarke, Game of Thrones' Ella Kendrick, and Four Lions' Riz Ahmed. Ahmed enthused that the shortFLIX initiative is "exactly what we need right now as an industry and as a society - fresh voices and fresh stories that open up the conversation about who we are." Clarke and Kendrick both praised the competition for making it easier for young filmmakers to get into the otherwise-difficult industry. The shortFLIX final selection will air on Sky Arts on May 24th at 10:30pm, and will be available on Sky Arts demand after the air date.
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