House Shorts


In November James Kibbey was crowned the 2012 winner at a screening and announcement at Soho House New York, attended by the nine finalists and judging panelist Jessica Chastain.

James Kibbey’s film House Cocktail shot at Little House tells the story of an attempt by the film’s hero to win over the beautiful woman. Chastain said of the film, “I picked House Cocktail because of the playfulness, creativity and relationships established in the short.


  • Bombay
  • Bafta
  • Hollywood

Out of all the House Shorts entries we selected the nine finalists below. James Kibbey was announced as the House Shorts 2012 winner.



Hosted in collaboration with Bombay Sapphire, BAFTA and The Hollywood Reporter, House Shorts is an international competition open to entrants in the UK, USA and Germany.

The conditions of the competition are simple. Submissions must be set (and subsequently filmed) in one of the ten Soho House clubs, and based around this year’s theme of imagination. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the winners’ screening event, which takes place in New York City this November.

Winners Prize

  • Mentoring by all 10 judges
  • Soho House membership
  • Winners coverage in The Hollywood Reporter
  • A year’s subscription to The Hollywood Reporter
  • Profile and winning short featured on BAFTA Guru website
  • Invitation to a number of BAFTA industry events in 2013
  • Travel to the announcement event in NYC


Following film entry submissions, a short list of ten finalists will be chosen by a committee formed of Soho House, BAFTA, The Hollywood Reporter and esteemed industry friends including:

Will Clarke, Altitude Entertainment
Jess Search, Britdoc
Maurice Galway, Dingle Film Festival
Johanna von Fischer, BIFA
Hamish Moseley, Momentum
Alison Meese, Studio Canal
Mia Bays, Microwave
Philip Ilson, London Short Film Festival
Rebeka Gilbertson, Rainy Day Films
Kate Ogborn, Fly Film
Nik Powell, National Film & Television School
Peter Heinzemann, Senator Entertainment
Marc Schmidheiny, DCM productions
Corey Rogers, Original iPhone Film Festival
Franklin Leonard, The Black List
Catharine Des Forges, ICO
Verena von Stackelberg, Berlinale



Soho House would like to give warm thanks to this year’s House Shorts partners; Bombay Sapphire, BAFTA, and The Hollywood Reporter.


BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® is the fastest growing premium gin in the world and world’s number one premium gin by value.  BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is created with a unique combination of ten hand-selected botanicals, sourced from around the globe.  Infused with Imagination, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is a symbol of the exploration of worldly and sophisticated lifestyles.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) supports, promotes and develops the art forms of the moving image; film, television and video games, identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.


The Hollywood Reporter is the definitive interpretive voice of the entertainment industry. Informing, engaging and empowering content is delivered across a multimedia platform that includes: a weekly magazine, bi-monthly special reports, quarterly glossies, a Website, a daily news PDF, iPad app and events.


Previous Winner

Sean Gray

Winner of House Shorts previous incarnation ‘Electric Shorts’ in 2010, Sean Gray is a British comedy writer and director. His short ‘Bistro’ starred Peter Capaldi and Alex Macqueen and was shot in High Road House.

He is a member of the writing team of the Armando Iannucci created TV series The Thick of It and Time Trumpet and the radio series Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive. Gray was also the researcher on Iannucci’s Oscar-nominated film In The Loop and creator of Radio 4 comedy series ‘iGod’.