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Robert De Niro's theatre to be used by west London actress to launch New York film festival

Melissa Jean Woodside's film production company is putting on the event at the Tribeca Film Center in Manhattan

Melissa Jean Woodside(Image: UGC TMS)

A promising actress from Earl’s Court is putting on a film festival at Robert De Niro’s theatre in New York.

Melissa Jean Woodside is the founder of the UK-US film production company, Sublime Universal, which is putting on the "female-driven" short film night at the Tribeca Film Center, in Manhattan, on Wednesday (February 8).

The new biannual event, which is the brainchild of the west London film actress, director and writer, will feature a collection of specially selected films from the UK, US and Canada that have “strong female involvement in key roles”.

Earl's Court actress, director and writer Melissa Jean Woodside is using Robert De Niro's theatre for her film festival(Image: UGC TMS)

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Melissa, who last year shared ideas with Twilight star Kristen Stewart is looking forward to the event, which has been playfully titled "Catfish Shorts...Look What the Cat Brought In".

She said: “Many of the selected short films are comedies.

“They are female-driven in terms of production and casting, with special consideration for LGBT and under-represented minorities.

The festival will be held at Robert De Niro's theatre (Pic: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

“The main aim of our film night is to provide a platform for emerging film acting and production talent.

"My hope is that attendees can forge transatlantic working relationships with each other and that short films are recognised as a valid cinematic medium.”

Earl's Court actress Melissa Jean Woodside discussed the film industry with Twilight actress Kristen Stewart when they met last year

The event will also include special guests and talks by notable filmmakers.

In addition, the west London actress will present exclusive trailers of her own short films, including "Green Sweater Guy" and royal romcom, "Podsnappery: A Question of Conception".

Podsnappery was last year presented at a cast and crew party held at the Eurythmics star Dave Stewart’s private members club, The Hospital Club, in London.

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