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Commission Premiere + Award Ceremony

Two Short Nights

Fri 01 Dec 2017


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Commission Premiere + Award Ceremony

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Two Short Nights Film Festival

Exeter Phoenix’s 16th annual Two Short Nights Film Festival is back with a jam-packed programme of screenings and events celebrating the world of short film. Enjoy incredible animation, stunning cinematography and exceptional storytelling with screenings of must-see films from around the globe, alongside emerging local talent.

Exeter Phoenix Commission Premiere + Award Ceremony

The festival finale and a chance to watch premieres of the five short films commissioned by Exeter Phoenix this year. The screening will be followed by a filmmakers discussion of the commissions process and the official opening of the 2018 Commissions.

We’ll be presenting awards for the festival’s Best Short Film Award, Best 48 Hour Film and the Audience Choice Award. Join in the celebrations at the Two Short Nights After Party in our Café Bar with special live music guests.



Charlie Coldfield, UK, 2017, 3mins
Microfilm Commission 2017

When Jorge is inexplicably unable to stop playing the drums, Maria develops increasingly creative methods to care for his everyday needs whilst dealing with the complaints of their neighbours.

Before I Go

Scott Stevens, UK, 2017, 10mins
Devon Short Film Commission 2017

Before I Go focuses on the struggle of one isolated man, Michael, as he comes to terms with his diagnosis of dementia. As Michael struggles to comprehend his future, he turns to his childhood imaginary friend to confide in and to help him accept his new future.

The Hardest Fight

Owain Astles, UK, 2017, 3mins
Microfilm Commission 2017

The Hardest Fight is a look into the mind of a boxer, struggling with depression. Taking words from real interviews, the film follows the boxer as he prepares for his first fight, displaying the parallels between fighting an opponent and fighting a mental illness.


Steve Wittingham, UK, 2017, 5mins
South West Animation Commission 2017

This experimental short film uses a blend of live action footage and rotoscope animation to tell the story of Heather, a young woman who finds a mysterious “Totem” in the forest.

Awards Ceremony

The following awards will be announced during the festival:

  • Best Short Film
  • Audience Choice Award
  • Best 48 Hour Film

Each winning filmmaker will receive: 

  • A glass award
  • One year’s Premium Membership for Production Base (RRP: £175) 
  • A free subscription to the journal Short Film Studies from Intellect
  • 2x cinema tickets to Studio 74
  • A week’s worth of free equipment hire from Exeter Phoenix or a place on one of our digital courses

Additional Awards:

  • The Best Short Film winner will also receive a Magic Bullet Suite from Red Giant
  • The Audience Choice Award winner also receive a Trapcode Suite from Red Giant 

Venue: Exeter Phoenix Auditorium


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