House Shorts contest aims to discover promising filmmakers in the U.S., U.K., Germany
The unique friendship between a painter and a boy. A couple who can’t agree where to go on vacation. A guy who wakes up after a night of hard drinking with no idea where he is or what he’s done.These are among the topics covered by the nine finalists in the House Shorts contest designed by the Soho House as a vehicle to discover promising filmmakers in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. The competition is supported by BAFTA and has a notable panel of judges that include Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastain and Paul Haggis. The contest is in its second year, having started in 2010 as Electric Shorts. The winner of the first contest, Sean Gray, has gone on to land writing gigs on HBO’s “Veep” and the BBC comedy “The Thick of It.” This time around, entries had to be set and filmed in one of the 10 Soho House locations and incorporate the theme of “imagination.” Soho House venues have expanded to Gotham, West Hollywood, Toronto, Miami and Berlin in the 17 years since the company was founded in London as a private club for bizzers in film, media and other creative industries. The ultimate victor will receive private mentoring sessions with each judge and a Soho House membership — perfect for the kind of schmoozing to further any career. Other perks include having their short being showcased on BAFTA’s website and invites to a range of BAFTA and other film biz events. The House Shorts winner will be unveiled Tuesday in Gotham at — where else? — Soho House.