UK-based experimental initiative Ctrl. Alt. Shift hosted a film premiere at Shoreditch Studios last week as the result of a short film competition aimed at the new media generation. The competition, launched in June 2008, set about to encourage budding filmmakers to write a short piece based around a choice of three issues: War + Peace, Gender + Power, and HIV + Stigma. The winning five were given an dream-come-true opportunity to bring their work to life with the help of some of the country’s most famed directors - Aoife McArdle, Chris Harding from Shynola, Kinga Burza, Paul Andrew Williams and Jim Threapleton. The five winners (announced in January 2009) are Joe Patrick & Tim Woodall, Tim Travers Hawkins, Fern Berresford, Ben Newman and Shelia Menon & Alex Monro.. Ctrl. Alt. Shift’s evening of music of film was a chance to bring these films to the big screen. Each film was supported by a ‘soundtrack’ written by an up-and-coming artist – including Metronomy, The Thirst and Chipmunk to name a few – who were to provide our entertainment a little bit later in the evening. Prior to the film showing, American singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, of whom Tom Waits is a fan, provided a short set of songs. Next up, TV personality Mark Dolan took to the stage to tell some really bad jokes and introduce each short: ‘A Thousand Voices’, ‘HIV: The Musical’, ‘Man Made’, ‘No Way Through’ & ‘War School’ which featured names from UK film and television such as Julian Barratt (Mighty Boosh) and Martin Freeman (The Office). Engaging and thought-provoking, the films provided serious food for thought, which is what of Ctrl. Alt. Shift. aims to do. After the five winning films were shown, it was time for music and a chance to discuss each engaging piece. The Thirst provided an energetic set, living up to their name as one of the most exciting live bands gigging the circuit at the moment. Tracks included Sail Away, X-Men – their soundtrack song, and On The Brink, before an encore of their new song Could It Be Real? Next up was newcomer Chipmunk (of Tiny Dancer fame) who was celebrating a signing to SonyBMG, as well a mix of DJs and other artists and their featured soundtracks. All-in-all, an excellent evening raising awareness for excellent causes, whilst fuelling inspiration and encouragement for producers of the future.