Celebrating it’s sixth birthday, Virgin Media Shorts is one of the biggest film competitions in the UK. With a main aim to unearth undiscovered talent and help budding filmmakers to succeed in the competitive film industry. So what is up for grabs? 13 finalists will have their shorts screened in cinemas around the country and the overall winner will receive £30,000 of funding for their next film, along with some expert mentoring from the BFI!
The 13 finalists will be voting for by you, the general public! Via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. To vote, simply, write the name of the film you wish to vote for, followed by “#VMShortsVote” and “@VMShorts” Simples. But you have to be quick as voting ends on July 28th.
To see the full list of shorts, click here!
However, here at HTF we are supporting one film on its endeavour to succeed and that is Sebastian Solberg’s Modern Man!
“A comedy 102,014 years in the making”.
Modern Man follows the story of a young boy genius played by BBC Three’s Some Girls star Nathan Bryon, who builds a time machine. However, unlike Marty McFly in Back To The Future, the young boy travels way back to 100,000 BC where he is attacked by a cavewoman.
Fast forward 102,014 years later and Rupert (The Bible’s Sean Knopp) is planning a romantic meal for his girlfriend Rachel (Disney’s Love Bites Nicola Posener) in order to propose. But disaster strikes, as the neanderthal woman (Ramanique Ahluwalia) transports herself into the middle of the confused lad’s kitchen. But Rupert and the Cavewoman seem to share a very unexpected and unlikely bond, which could change the face of history as we know it!
To watch Modern Man, click here!
Directed and produced by Sebastian Solberg (who has directed over 40 short films, many of them winning outstanding awards), Modern Man has the involvement of some seriously talented people. Producer, Jassa Ahluwalia, star of BBC Three’s Some Girls and US epic series The Bible, made the bold decision to take a step back from acting and apply his industry knowledge behind the camera. An excellent decision! Modern Man takes the ever popular and very confusing time-travelling theme and makes it easily accessible for a wide audience… and all in 2 minutes and 20 seconds!
Written by Simon Guerrier, who has strong links with Doctor Who and choreographed by stunt coordinator Dani Biernat, who has worked on over 400 major productions including Thor: The Dark World, Children of Men and Skyfall, it is clear to see that Modern Man has a strong backing team to catapult it through to the final stages of the competition and ultimately win!
Hit The Floor are backing you all the way!
We will have a review for Modern Man and an exclusive interview with the crew coming very soon so keep your eyes peeled for some more Modern Man/VM Shorts goodies. In the meantime, check out the film’s Facebook page here!