Film fans, don’t miss out on the Short Cinema taking place this week, as it once again shines a light on extraordinary filmmaking from both the Midlands and around the world.

From its origins as a pop-up, one night event held in a local pub, the Short Cinema has grown into a renowned six-day festival, held annually at the Phoenix. The festival gives new and established filmmakers an opportunity to see their work on the big screen, and introduces audiences to new talent and stories that they might not otherwise have a chance to experience.

The festival’s closing gala – which this year will be on Saturday 24 August – continues to showcase regional talent, with films from around the Midlands competing for the “Best in Festival” award.

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But this year’s six-day festival is the biggest yet, featuring film premieres, such as Leicestershire-born filmmaker Thomas Whitworth’s Kenyan-shot Poacher; and experimental films like Alex Rühl’s VR short Keyed Alike; alongside plenty of other screenings covering a range of themes and genres, with family films, horror shorts and films representing the best of British talent.

The programme also features a selection of award-winning LGBTQ+ films and shorts made by talent with learning disabilities, highlighting stories that are less often told.

Not just about the screenings those, for those already in the industry or hoping to break into it, there are opportunities to learn more about how to access and apply for film funding, with events held by BFI NETWORK.

The Short Cinema takes place from 20 – 24 August. Tickets can be purchased and full information can be found via the Phoenix website.