LONDON – London’s Somerset House is being taken over this August! Organisers of one of the world’s biggest short film festivals, discover.film will occupy Somerset House’s East Wing to showcase some of best award-winning short films from around the world.
For one week, strap yourselves in to discover some of the world’s absolute best shorts. discover.film knows best, after all, they’ve spent plenty of time investing in analysis of large audience data sets to better match short films with viewers, and frequently provide short films to many of world’s largest airlines and transport services. Says discover.film Head of Content Jaine Green: “Audiences love short films because they are a fast, fun form of entertainment that easily fits into our busy lifestyles. People have a little time but a lot of choice, so they expect high-quality bite-sized entertainment as and when they want it.”
Besides the screenings, discover.film will also be hosting a series of informal discussions and talks lead by industry professionals, who will be on hand to give advice to film-makers and audiences alike. This marks the first steps as part of a wider initiative, as Somerset House hosts a series of week-long ‘Takeovers’, which will bring a range of arts and culture to their iconic East Wing. The film journalism pioneers, Little White Lies, musical activists #REALMUSICREBELS and champions of diversity and queer culture Accent Magazine will be part of these discover.film takeovers. Says Somerset House: “The East Wing Edit will provide visitors the chance to meet artists, collectives and organisations who are working collaboratively, testing new materials and making work which challenges boundaries. discover.film has been shaking up the entertainment establishment with cutting edge short film content and along the way has forged relationships with some of the finest story-tellers in the country.”
Other aspects of the Takeover include a ‘Saturday Drop-in’ and ‘Tuesday Talk’ , such as ‘Discover The Sound of Film’ on 11th August, where a day of informal discussions, screenings, demonstrations and live performances will explore the special relationship between image and sound, and include a special live performance from British singer and songwriter Sasha Keable and a discussion with UK Music Video Awards’ director of the year, Hector Dockrill. Meanwhile, on 14th August, the programme will feature ‘Discover Storytelling’, where a panel of creatives, headed by discover.film’s Head of Content Jaine Green, will reveal their secrets on creating a powerful narrative and answering audience questions.
Says Jaine: “We want people to drop in, fall in love with short film and leave knowing when it comes to film – it’s not all about the length.” Above all, whether you come to listen, learn, laugh or cry, discover.film wants its audiences to be entertained, so head down to Somerset House from 7th-14th of August to discover the magic of short film.
discover.film takes over London’s Somerset House (WC2R 1LA) from 7th – 14th August 2018. For more information and full lineup, visit their website here