Lincoln Shorts to showcase video talent

The Lincoln Drill Hall will be showcasing films and videos made in Lincolnshire.

The Lincoln Shorts night has been organised by BBC Lincolnshire journalist Tim Johns after he decided to bring together all the film makers in Lincolnshire.

Johns, who has made a number of short films himself, decided to look for venues in Lincolnshire to screen films, but found this a lot harder than he originally thought: “I found that there wasn’t a place in Lincolnshire to screen stuff easily, where you could get a tiny piece of video screened.

“So I thought I would try and set one up. I know a lot of other cities have, especially comedy nights, that do that kind of thing but we didn’t seem to have one here.”

Now that Johns has started looking for videos to screen at the Drill Hall on July 21, he has found films from university students, community projects and production companies all from around Lincolnshire.

Johns says: “As soon as you start digging, as I have done, you find there’s a lot of production companies, community projects, video bloggers and you know people who sit in their room and make little videos like me.

“Once I started looking around I had videos coming out my ears now in a way.”

The idea came from when Johns started to make his own videos, such as NEIGHbours: The horse soap opera, as a way to teach himself how to edit videos: “I am quite good at sound editing but I just think these days, this multimedia environment we live in, I thought video editing would be a really useful skill to have.

“I borrowed a camcorder and made a video for this comedy rap song I’d done to try to teach myself how to edit video. I just really enjoyed it and I got myself a DSLR and it reminded me of when I was a student doing student radio making lots of short radio comedy features.”

On the night as well as showcasing local video creations there will be also be live music from Lincolnshire artists Elliot Morris and Changing Horses.

Johns said: “I want to keep it a family friendly night, that’s important. I’d give it a 12A rating and the key is that everything will be locally made; it will have been vetted for entertainment be that because people will find it interesting, they’ll love it or they’ll hate it. We’ll try not to screen anything bland.”

Lincoln Shorts takes place at the Drill Hall on July 21, for more information or to submit your own video then visit the Lincoln Shorts website.