With submissions closed for entries and the festival itself less than two months away, the Sunderland Shorts team are working really hard to make our very first festival a real success.
As we’ve quickly learnt, there’s lots to take care of! From selecting the venues, programming the films, and designing the posters, through to organising awards, acquiring the necessary technical equipment, and building a strong team of volunteers, we’ve certainly got our hands full.
We’ll have plenty of updates over the coming weeks about venues, tickets, and showings, but first we thought we’d introduce you to the team behind the festival…
Sunderland Shorts is being run by a team of film, media, design, and management professionals. Whilst we all work together to make key decisions and ensure that the festival runs smoothly, each member of the team has been allocated key responsibilities.
Festival Director – Anne Tye
Festival Manager – Rebecca Burdon
As the titles suggest, these two ladies are responsible for leading, managing and overseeing the running of the festival as a whole. Rebecca and Anne work together to ensure that key decisions are made and vital deadlines are met; Rebecca concentrates on logistics and Anne is responsible for keeping track of the budget and ensuring that we comply with all of the necessary regulations.
It’s an important, and often stressful job but, with these two ladies in charge, we’re in capable hands!
Programming Team – Jerome Vyland and Aman Sharma (Northern Bear Films) and Wojtek Bozyk
Jerome, Aman and Wojtek are currently hard at work making sure that all submissions are reviewed and the successful films are selected. They will then lead the team in programming the chosen films into a number of screenings.
Volunteer Co-ordinater – Hannah Matterson
We wouldn’t be able to run our festival without a friendly bunch of volunteers, and it’s Hannah’s job to manage the recruitment, allocation and supervision of the helpful team.
Graphic Design – Matthew Tye & Beth Dowd (Bureau)
It’s thanks to Matthew & Beth that our website, posters, and branding all look so good! From designing our logo, creating adverts, and making all of our documents look great, to creating our website, arranging ticket sales, and setting up our online submissions page, we can always rely on Bureau to ensure that we’re looking and performing at our very best.
PR – Amy Armstrong and Marie Donnelly (M.A.D Communications)
Amy and Marie handle our social media accounts, make sure that people are talking about the festival, and take care of most of our copywriting. They also deal with the press and will be generating lots of stories in the lead up to the events – keep your eyes peeled for them!