Screenings will centre around the Curzon Soho and highlights will include Medb Films producer Elaine Wickham's directorial debut My Mother, with a soundtrack by Requiem For A Dream's composer Clint Mansell; Trevor de Silva's Would Like To Meet which stars actress Maxine Peake; Steve Rainbow's documentary charting his search for the hottest curry in the world, Quest For Fire; and Janine Finlay's The Scavengers which looks at the Mexicans who are barely surviving on the Xochiaca junkyard.
Ollie Madden VP of Production, Warner Bros, Julia Short of Verve Pictures, Claire Cook of the BBC Film Network and Simon Trewin of PFD are amongst the judging panel for the awards, which will be presented Aug 2. Last year's winner was Screen International Star of Tomorrow Tom Harper with his short Cubs. Special guests to attend include Daisy Lowe, actress Miranda Richardson, TV presenter Gail Porter, actor Will Mellor and actress Rita Tushingham.
The London Film Academy will be hosting a pitching masterclass giving film makers the opportunity to share their ideas with representatives from Myspace and Lifesize Pictures, and a seminar with special effects expert Alan Marques, who will be outlining ways of getting impressive post production visual effects on a low budget.
Sony will be hosting tutorials in the creative and technical opportunities granted by HD film making. Shooting People will arrange FreeShooting People, a panel discussion, offering information on sales, acquisitions and the commissioning process.
Selection screenings and other events, including a networking night and open-access music video viewing night, will be arranged by short film distributors, backers, and talent scouts, Straight8, Shorts International, BBC Film Network, Dazzle Short Film Label and Halloween Film Festival.
This year's spokespeople Nick Broomfield, documentary film maker, and actress Geraldine James have given their support to the festival and its objectives to seek out and introduce emerging film making talent.
The festival has teamed up with Internet TV company Babelgum to stream all the festival shorts online.