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This year's nominees for the UK's biggest short film competition - Virgin Media Shorts - have been announced.

From more than 800 entries, 13 emerging directors have been shortlisted for the Grand Prize - £30,000 of funding and support from the British Film Institute.

The finalists will have their work judged by a panel of industry heavyweights including BAFTA Award-winning director Shane Meadows ('This is England', 'Dead Man's Shoes'), actor David Tennant ('Dr Who') and director Mat Whitecross ('Spike Island').

Check out Homey, perhaps our favourite of the bunch, below:

Meadows commented that 2013's shortlist is "incredibly impressive", and it is "exciting" to see the type of talent attracted by the competition each year.

"Being able to give both the films and the people who created them the right type of exposure is fantastic," he stated.

Dana Strong, Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media, said the TV, phone and broadband provider is "extremely proud" to be supporting British film talent.

"The quality of this year’s entries is amazing and I can’t wait to see which of the films picks up our TiVo Award, voted by Virgin Media customers," she stated.

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