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Funding Boost for 15 Second Film Festival
05 Oct 2009 :
The 15 Second Film Festival has recently received substantial financial support from the ‘Creative Industries Innovation Fund‘, administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) to assist in the development and expansion of the organisation’s New-Media activities

The team have just been awarded £50,000 from the Arts Council's 'Creative Industries Innovation Fund' and £25,000 towards a touring vehicle from their 'Equipment Grant' award to develop the 15 Second Film Festival Production scheme, Touring New-Media Roadshow, online New-Media and Viral Distribution wing and the 15 Second Film School.

The core activities of the 15 Second Film Festival are the commissioning of new 15 Second Films through its yearly filmmaker-friendly Production Scheme; the Touring Festival & New-Media Roadshow (with and without ‘The Mini Mogul’ Cinema) with an aim of establishing new avenues of distribution and exhibition for the commercial exploitation of the product; and the development of creative talents in film and new-media education through the 15 Second Film School.

The '15 Second Film Festival Challenge' seeks to commission, produce, exhibit and distribute micro-short films. The success of the ‘Pilot Scheme’ has been expanding the content and touring to film, arts & music festivals. This touring multi-media piece combines performance art with new-media, filmmaking and art film content. Audiences experience a selection of 15 Second Films showcasing Irish and world filmmaking talent. The 15 Second Film Festival works with many local and international audio and visual artists in multi-disciplines from all backgrounds and skills levels.

In addition, The New-Media Roadshow is a hired-in event that snaps-on to an existing festival and not only delivers a showcase event with the 'Mini Mogul Cinema' (sporting the host festivals branding) complimented by multiple laptop workstations test-driving high-end filmmaking software, but the Roadshow also brings an arsenal of high-profile street-marketing tools - like the 'Tuc-Tuc Cinema' that tours the outskirts of the host festival's city at night projecting mini-blockbusters on walls and the 'Segway Cinema' that travels around the host festival's city centre during the day screening micro-shorts. Both devices show trailers & marketing messages for the host festival as well as distributing marketing material.

This project is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland & DCAL - the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure’s ‘Creative Industries Innovation Fund’, Queen’s University Belfast - Film & Visual Studies, Northern Ireland Screen, The Brian Friel Theatre at Queen's, Filmbase (Dublin), Raindance (London), the Queen’s Film Theatre at Queen's and Adobe Software.



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