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Phoenix is Leicester’s centre for independent cinema, art and digital culture. It fulfils many functions:

As a cinema, it offers a carefully programmed mix of films and stage-on-screen performances, ranging from independent and world cinema to mainstream movies, in two welcoming and comfortable screens.

As an Arts Council flagship digital art centre, it provides a platform and exhibition space for some of the world’s most exciting new artists and emerging artistic techniques.

As an educational centre, it provides a wide range of fascinating courses for learners of all ages. For working creatives, it provides a hub for both cultural and commercial communication.

As a local charity, all of Phoenix’s earnings go back into developing its creative programmes, enabling Phoenix to continue its mission of making cinema and digital art accessible to all.

The Short Cinema

The Short Cinema is an annual short film festival held at Phoenix, Leicester showcasing established and emerging talent from across the world with a strong focus on Midlands makers.

Offering an exciting mix of films irrespective of genre, style or budget, The Short Cinema provides local writers, producers and directors with the opportunity to exhibit their work on the big screen to a discerning audience of film-lovers.

The festival also provides filmmakers with an opportunity to meet and discuss their work with their peers, strengthening bonds with the Midlands film-making community alongside public screenings curated by partners.

Over the last eleven years, The Short Cinema has grown from a small grassroots pop-up screening to a much bigger (still grass roots) festival. It's aim is to continue this growth, exploring and providing new opportunities for anyone involved in Midlands film to develop and exhibit their work, both in the region and around the world and celebrate short film as an art form in it's own right.