- Sky Arts joins with Coventry City of Culture to support the region’s up and coming talent
- Coventry artists bring their stories to national audiences
- Films screened on Sky Arts (Freeview Channel 11) on 16th and 23rd May at 11pm
On consecutive Monday evenings later this month, Sky Arts will screen Unlocked, a new series of ten short films, featuring Coventry’s brightest talents.
Late last year, following a tumultuous time of lockdowns and reduced experiences, Sky Arts awarded commissions to ten artists, to create a new series of short films on the subject of freedom. Now, the ten new films, encompassing drama, dance, poetry, love, despair, imprisonment, freedom and celebration are to be seen on screen for the first time.
In a unique collaboration, and in recognition of Coventry’s year as the UK’s City of Culture, Sky Arts partnered with Arts Council England, Coventry City of Culture Trust, The Space and the city’s emerging artist platform, Shoot Festival, to discover and unlock the potential of ten diverse Coventry artists, providing them with an opportunity to tell, to national audiences, new, insightful stories about the world in which we live.
Unlocked brings the observations and preoccupations of a wide range of Coventry artists to our homes. The concept of ‘freedom’ being one of the City of Culture’s main themes, each artist was invited to submit their ideas for short films responding to the question ‘what does it mean to be free?’ Chosen from an open-call, each successful artist received bespoke mentoring and support from industry professionals, helping them to create new digital broadcast content.
Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts said: “We really have been impressed by the films, they’re all so rich in narrative and diverse in nature. From spoken word that examines masculinity and self-expression to poignant dramas that move between despair, humour and love, the films truly have unlocked an enormous amount of creative talent from across the Coventry region. I’m delighted that Sky Arts is able to provide a platform on which we can showcase and celebrate their stories.”
Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of the Coventry City of Culture Trust said: “This selection of new short films represent many different voices and views of the world, from a range of Coventry based creatives - stories that are local but global in their resonance. Full of heart, they reveal the soul of our city. I am thrilled to have collaborated with Sky Arts, Shoot and The Space as we continue to test the future of storytelling for TV in Coventry and unlock so much rich talent from our city.”
Shoot Festival Co-Artistic Directors Jen Davis and Paul O’Donnell said: “We have always proudly championed the artists who call Coventry and Warwickshire home and it is enormously exciting to be supporting these creatives as they showcase their extraordinary talents on an incredible national platform.”