Short Cuts Film Festival 2012

Welcome to the Short Cuts Film Festival

As proud hosts of Buckinghamshire’s very own short film festival, we are delighted to announce the winners from the 2012 festival.

The festival took place on Saturday 12th May 2012 which was a day chock-full of mini cinematic wonderment. The festival launched with a special event to showcase animations made by Bucks based school children and an awards ceremony for everyone who took part, from Bucks Young Carers, Ash Hill, Furze Down and Ashmead Schools. Free animation workshops gave people a chance to experience stop frame animation too!

The festival was attended by 220 people and the event wrapped with the undisputed highlight of the festival, the competition screening.

Darren Cliff, the festival director comments, “I am absolutely delighted with the festival. The festival team at Cliff Productions is very small, however, we managed to give the public and filmmakers a festival that Buckinghamshire can be proud of. The atmosphere after the competition screening was fantastic!”

‘Wavelengths’ wins Best Film Award

Wavelengths Crew

‘Invisible’ wins Audience Award

Invisible Crew

Cliff Productions are pleased to announce that ‘Wavelengths’ directed by Matt Houghton and James Spinneyis crowned Best Film in the Short Cuts Film Festival 2012.

‘Wavelengths’ is an emotional film about Graham Conway, who following an accident has been living under the delusion that he is a local radio DJ. With Valentine’s Day approaching, Sarah tries one last time to reach out to the man she loves – afraid that if she doesn’t, she will lose him forever. The jury voted unanimously that this was a well-crafted film that takes you on an emotional journey; with laughter, tears and affection for the characters.

For the first time, members of the audience were given the chance to nominate their favourite film and the ‘Audience Award’ went to Harry & David Chapman’s powerful drama, called ‘Invisible’.

Writer and Director Harry Chapman said “Thanks to Darren and his team for putting on such a great day! There was a really good and inclusive atmosphere to proceedings. Getting the Audience Award was an unexpected delight!”

2012 Festival Jury

This year’s festival jury included festival director Darren Cliff, Vicky Hope-Walker from Creative Enterprise Bucks, top UK film producer Nik Powell and the winner of the last Short Cuts festival, Mat Lloyd.


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2012 Films In Competition

The following films were successfully shortlisted for the Short Cuts Competition, this means they were made by filmmakers from Bucks and the surrounding counties. Congratulations to all our local filmmakers.

Title Filmmakers
a priori Luke Ibbestson, Kyle Chase and Vegard Lien
A Question of Time Radoslaw Sienski
Haddon Street Olympic Special Haddon Projects
Heavens Secret Ed Wiles
Invisible Harold Chapman and David Chapman
Perplexed Rules David Walsh
Refrigeration Matt Waruszynski
The High Price of Gold Ross Domoney and Diane Taylor
The Portwine Stain Mick Foley and Lesley Brandon
The Utopians Charlie Masters
War Torn Sander Aben and Danny Albury
Wavelengths Matt Houghton, James Spinney, Oliver Stevens,
Matt Zeqiri and Peter Middleton

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Watch our previous festival winner!

Renowned performer poet Mat Lloyd, from Hemel Hempstead, won Best Film at Short Cuts 2009 for his poignant animation called Blokes. Based on a true story, it’s a funny yet harrowing tale of young male bravado in a time of crisis. The story, Mat’s delivery of the poem and the creativity of the animation blew the jury away. It’s such a meaningful piece of work that is so relevant to our society in Britain today. It’s a fantastic example of how a powerful film can be created from a poem with the right creative talent. Blokes is an outstanding film and a fitting winner of the Short Cuts Film Festival.

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