In honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the international celebration which marks 60 years of The Queen’s reign, ShortsTV., the world’s only TV network dedicated to short movies, is teaming up with the British Film Institute (BFI) to world premiere Vintage Jubilee Shorts, a series of vintage short films and documentaries from the prestigious BFI national archive film vaults. The ShortsTV. Vintage Jubilee Shorts promotion kicks off on the network on June 4 and 5 surrounding the actual dates of the Queen¡¦s Jubilee celebrations and will feature vintage docs about the Queen and Britain during her era.
To commemorate the special, ShortsTV™ is also announcing today that it will honor the BFI by presenting the organization a special ‘Shorts Award’ for significant contributions to the ‘Preservation of Short Film’ during the London BFI Film Festival in October (10-25, 2012).
Vintage Jubilee Shorts is a series of fascinating short vintage documentaries from the vaults of the British Film Institute¡¦s national archive. A collection of memorable and influential shorts made in Britain between the 1930’s and 1970s, the films in the series all emerged from a vibrant public service tradition of filmmaking that started with pre-war General Post Office (GPO) and culminated in the vast post-war output of the Central Office of Information (COI). These films informed audiences in Britain and abroad about a range of issues from health and education at home to the UK’s role at large with skill, imagination and filmmaking brilliance.
The June 4 and 5 ShortsTV. Vintage Jubilee Shorts special schedule will run as follows:
• ‘Daily Zone’ – Weekend Premiers and Weekday Repeats:
• @1pm EST / 10am PST
• @5pm EST / 2pm PST
‘We are delighted to be premiering these vintage short films and docs in celebration of The Queen¡¦s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, no other channel has anything like them on TV,¨ said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of ShortsTV..’ These authentic shorts have a tremendous amount of British historical appeal and it’s exciting to share with our viewers this great content from the BFI’s vaults. We also look forward to honoring the organization for its outstanding achievements in preserving film history at this year’s London BFI Festival.¨
Marking 60 years of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will take place June 2-5. The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. She is today queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign.
About the BFI
The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
• Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
• Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
• Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
• Promoting British film and talent to the world
• Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences