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”.
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 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.”
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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