Nine Vie for Title in Soho House's House Shorts Contest
Soho House has picked nine finalists for its House Shorts film competition, designed to help discover the next generation of filmmakers from the U.S., U.K. and Germany.
The finalists were awarded funding to produce their shorts and will face a panel of judges, including Harvey Weinstein, Paul Haggis, Jessica Chastain and Janice Min, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter.
The other judges are Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright; director-writer-producer Paul Greengrass; Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon; Oliver Berben of Germany's Constantin Film Productions; Maike Mia Höhne, short-film programmer at the Berlin Film Festival; and previous House Shorts winner Sean Gray. Gray has been working on the HBO series Veep, the new season of the hit U.K. show In the Thick of It and his own BBC radio show iGod.
This year's winner will be announced at a reception Nov. 13 at Soho House New York.
The theme for this year’s films is "Imagination." Aspiring filmmakers had to submit a 400-word pitch for a two-minute film set in one of the Soho Houses around the world.
The winner of House Shorts, launched in 2010 under the moniker Electric Shorts, will receive a series of private mentoring sessions with each of the judges and a full international Soho House membership. Their film will be screened across all Soho House cinemas and screening rooms worldwide.
The Hollywood Reporter is the exclusive media partner of House Shorts.
This year's finalists are Andrew Coats, who shot his film at Soho House London featuring David Yelland (Chariots of Fire & Coriolanus); Nic Alderton, the son of John Alderton and Pauline Collins (Upstairs Downstairs), who produced his film at Shoreditch House; and London-born James Kibbey.
Human Centipede II star Lucas Hansen plays the killer in finalist's James Fisher’s short; while Isabel Anderton cast up-and-coming actress Maria Dunulescu from L.A. in her film.
Andrew Harrison is a finalist who produced his film at Soho House New York, while David Yaffe shot at Soho Beach House Miami. Jordan Sommers based his film at Soho House West Hollywood.
Mark Hendrikx was picked to make his short at Soho House Berlin.
“House Shorts is a really exciting project for us. It brings to life what we do as a club -- nurturing creative talent," said SoHo House founder Nick Jones. The other sponsors of the competition are BAFTA and Bombay Sapphire.
Soho House was founded in London in 1995 as a private members’ club for those in the film, media and creative industries.