Catfish Shorts! Short Film Festival is a festival platform created to encourage films featuring female talent from around the globe.
Catfish Shorts is the collaborative vision of Courtney Harmstone and Melissa Woodside and aims to promote and support women in the film industry and across all creative industries. The festival has a very international outlook and team of judges and is founded upon their observation that they would like to see more European films in North America, and vice versa. The mandate is to continue to provide a platform for, and circulate international shorts across the pond.
Catfish Shorts hosted its inaugural event in February 2017 at The Tribeca Screening Room and Soho House and has since continued to promote events and collaborations throughout the year. Our key events have included a "pre-Cannes" networking event, a screening and art evening in Vancouver and two festivals in Brixton at The Whirled Cinema.
Our upcoming festival will be in February 2020 and is taking place again at the fantastic Whirled Cinema, an independent cinema located in Brixton.
Winners of the following categories will receive a congratulatory certificate, as well as a free pass to the festival the following year:
Best Original Screenplay
Best Genre Film
The winner of "best picture" will receive a prize!
Films must have AT LEAST TWO female Heads of Departments: Producer, Writer, Lead Actress, Editor, Cinematographer, and/or Director. It is encouraged to have more and from various ethnic backgrounds.