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  Susan Young

It Started With A Murder

3mins

2013

IT STARTED WITH A MURDER examines psychological trauma through the manipulation of legal documents generated in response to a personal experience. Implicit, dissociated and somatic elements of traumatic memory are explored through the juxtaposition of light, flesh, blood and text.

  Blaine Brothers

0507

2mins

2011

Sometimes modern technology makes your life that little bit harder…

  Max Hattler

1923 aka Heaven

2mins

2010

1923 aka Heaven is one of two animation loops directed by Max Hattler, inspired by the work of French outsider artist Augustin Lesage (1876-1954). 1923 is based on Lesage's painting A Symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World from 1923, below.

  Cheryl White

A Lighthouse In Breaking Waves

13mins

2016

When a young artist is killed in the Netherlands his mother travels to the last place he visited, a strange and magical work of art. Combining animation and real action, A Lighthouse In Breaking Waves tells the story of how, with the help of a gentle stranger, she comes to terms with her loss.

  Michael Flatley

A Little Bit Of Tear

12mins

2017

A homeless clown entertains on the streets but his drunken talent falls on deaf ears. Smitten by a beautiful girl, he follows her into a theatre and sees the show of a lifetime that changes his world, and fortune. 

An inspirational short film that proves nothing is impossible if you follow your dreams. Starring world-renowned dancer, artist and actor Michael Flatley, who wrote, produced and directed the film. 

  Max Hattler

AANAATT

5mins

2008

The ever-shifting shape of Analogue Futurism. 100% digital-effects free.

  Trunk Animation

Aftermath

3mins

2016

An adaptation of a war poem by Siegfried Sassoon. “Aftermath” was broadcast on every Armistice Day for many years after the war. 

  Spark! Charity

AGORAPHOBIA

14mins

2015

When an isolated, lonely teenager is bullied at school and misunderstood at home, his only place of refuge is the untamed wilderness of Hounslow Heath. Until an unexpected meeting with a mysterious girl changes everything. But is this new friend everything she seems?

  Iracundus Pictures

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away

20mins

2017

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away is a short film adapted from the Stephen King short story of the same name. In a lonely hotel room, a middle aged woman, Alice sets about making macabre and meticulous preparations to end her life. Whilst curating a flawless death she obsessively attempts to draft and then re-draft the perfect suicide note. In the process of trying to explain her motivations and sum-up her life she reveals a heartbreaking past and a conflicted present. Deep black comedy and heartbreaking tragedy intertwine with an extraordinary central performance from BAFTA-nominated actress Lesley Sharp, to take the audience inside the mind of someone as they prepare to destroy themselves.

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

Arlene

8mins

2014

Arlene Garrison collapsed with a brain tumour in London 2006. Following an operation to remove it, Arlene woke up to a very different world.

  Nathan Morris

At Dawn

14mins

2015

Jon is a self-medicating insomniac working nights delivering ice in London. Each night he watches a homeless girl and visits hospital patients, whilst at home he’s taunted by a shadow. He decides to make a difference and steps over the threshold into sleeping people’s rooms; to change lives forever.

  Ollie Wolf

At Dawn

15mins

2015

France, 1940. Based on a true story At Dawn follows WW2 British Royal Engineer Michael Nash. Fleeing from enemy gunfire he falls helplessly into a disused enemy trench - where upon waking he comes face to face with a lone armed German Soldier.

  Michele Benigna

AYMARA

10mins

2016

AYMARA is a period/sci-fi short film. One of very few around shot in InfraRed, resulting in a unique black and white look. Surreal images, telling a simple story suspended in time and space. Time is the main character: it relentlessly flows but memories last forever.

  Katie Goodwin

Bang Bang Series

4mins

2011

Guns evoke a paradoxical sense of dread and fascination in people. Bang Bang is a black & white silent animation created from 7 single frames of found film footage of muzzle flashes - the device used to portray gun fire in films. Like a fingerprint every muzzle flash differs.

  Lee Guilliland

Bedward Story

28mins

2015

A gang of thieves descend on the sleepy town of Bedward to steal all the children’s dreams. But one sweet dreamer remains at the top of a haunted house, each floor guarded by a playful creature from her dreams. What will be their fate?

  Sampsonic Media

Behind The Mirror

102mins

2015

Xavier (Matt Hopkins) is a traumatized writer who has recently moved to the town of New Rome with his wife, Sandra (Daniela Mastropietro), and their two children, for a new start in life. When the locals begin to harass him over his objections to the construction development on the riverbank, Xavier lashes out. The situation becomes aggravated when he meets a stranger, who lures him into a series of shamanic sessions involving hallucinogens, which force him to confront his demons. In the process a shadow self is born, whose influence Xavier has a hard time controlling. As the pressure from his surroundings mounts, Xavier spirals out of control, leading to a dramatic confrontation with the people around him.

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

Beyond The Blue

15mins

2015

Beyond the Blue reflects on the importance of childhood and the problem that these characters encounter in their lives: the absence of the father. A story about the unbreakable bond between two people whose life has changed forever.

  Walter Martyn Cabell

Blanche Dumas from B to Z

23mins

2014

Walter Martyn Cabell writes and directs, BLANCHE DUMAS FROM B TO Z, a homage to the B-Movie era and their fallen heroines. The film stars Hetty Baynes Russell and Simon Callow.

An Italian television crew is determined to make a documentary about disgraced Scream Queen Legend Blanche Dumas – of “Empire of the crabs” and “Weekend of Fear at the Castle of the Circular Saw” fame. What starts out as a straightforward assignment quickly becomes the chronicle of Ms Dumas’ descent into a vodka infused hell.

  Clearhead Ltd

Call To Action

8mins

2015

A fallen hero no longer has the desire to protect his people, but when the call to action is made a big decision is on the agenda.

  Chrome Productions Ltd

Canis Belli

10mins

2014

Chrome Productions Ltd came to us with their fantastically gripping war short CANIS BELLI. Featuring a poignant message about fear in the grips of war, and unexpected challenges, Schmidt & Medinger as writer // directors put you in the middle of it all.

The British 6th Division are on their knees, but one young and principled soldier decides the incessant howling of a wounded dog on the battlefield will cripple the remaining troops’ morale. He ventures out into no-mans land, only to find his beliefs challenged in a way he could never have expected.

  Phil Whelans

Clowntime is Over

11mins

2011

A debut short film written and directed by comedy stalwart Phil Whelans. A film combining slapstick, animation, and several genres.

  Luca Gabriel

Coffee Club

10mins

2016

Tim hates his job. He makes coffee, and apparently not very well since no-one remembers him. An Italian couple order, they’re staying in the hostel across the road. In a moment of spontaneity Tim books himself into the hostel... as an Italian. Soon his night becomes filled with new experiences and satisfies his frustrated wanderlust.

  Louisa Mayman

Come Clean

8mins

2012

This was Louisa’s first narrative drama starring Jennie Gruner and Andrew Hawley which went on to be screened at many festivals including: London Short Film Festival, Indie Spirit Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, Bornshorts, Festival Europeen du Film Court de Brest, Seattle True Independent Film Festival and many more.

  Peter Baynton

Cookie-Tin Banjo

2mins

2014

Peter Baynton came to us with two animated music videos he had created under his company Radish Pictures for singer//songwriter Benjamin Scheuer. Both different styles of animation, and both beautiful.
Cookie-Tin Banjo: A father makes a cookie-tin banjo to give to his son, and with it the gift of music.

  Counting Backwards

Counting Backwards

31mins

2014

This 30min emotional short features superb performances from Kate Ashfield, Hetti Bywater, Kathryn Prescott, Sarah Hoare, Wendy Albiston and more. COUNTING BACKWARDS, based on a true story, explores the impact of a vicious attack and the ripple it causes even after years have passed. One of the most impactful and sensitive portrayals of the issue of rape we’ve seen.

Brutally raped as a teenager, Sally has buried her scars deep inside, but they’re slowly seeping out, poisoning the relationship with her daughter, Kelly. To ease the guilt she feels for letting her down all those years ago, Sally’s lifelong friend, Jackie, tries to find a way to reconcile friend, mother and daughter.

  Rebecca Brand

Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

TBC

2016

Performance artist Bryony Kimmings started a social experiment to promote a new popstar role model for the tween generation which was created by her 9-year-old niece Taylor. Following them from inception through their epic journey, which included being played on Radio 1, gigging at Latitude, touring in Australia, was documentary filmmaker Rebecca Brand. Festival Formula founder, Katie McCullough, formulated the Kickstarter campaign and orchestrated it throughout to the successful end. Festival Formula Ltd also created a Festival Strategy for the completed film in 2016.

  Peter Baynton

Cure

3mins

2016

At the age of 28, Benjamin Scheuer was diagnosed with cancer - stage IV Hodgkins Lymphoma. He underwent a course of chemotherapy, “Cure” is about that treatment.

  Katie Goodwin

Dawn of the Rainbow

3mins

2011

Dawn of the Rainbow is the culmination of a residency at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle Upon Tyne. It is made from the film leader from the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" (one of the first technicolor films). The film starts with the drab real world in black and white and suddenly converts to colour as Dorothy finds herself in the land of Oz. This film is an attempt to celebrate and look back at that moment in cinematic history. It is also apt today at another juncture in cinematic technology as celluloid becomes obsolete to the pixel. It is animated to a rejected movie soundtrack by Wayne Urquhart, one of the first I have worked on with sound. It was first screened at Tyneside Cinema in December 2011 and is now showing in international film festivals.

  Casey Herbert

Dead Air

17mins

2014

DEAD AIR is a 17 minute digital animation combined with live-action actors, directed and animated by Robert Bradbrook, and produced by Casey Herbert.

Arriving on a small tranquil island, DJ Pete causes a stir with his fresh and irreverent radio show. Laura, an avid listener, welcomes the newcomer with open arms, whilst the rest of the island are a little more sceptical. The story unfolds through the interplay between the dynamic landscapes and Pete’s radio phone-ins. And like the island’s collapsing cliffs and shifting sands, we discover that communities are always evolving and no-one is immune to change.

  Merlyn Lear

Dead Man's Trade

8mins

2015

Merlyn Lear’s DEAD MAN’S TRADE shows his skill and flare in motion capture and 3D computer animation. Five years in the making, we’re submitting it onto the circuit to show off his work. A 3D animated fable about an old man who sells his granddaughter to Death in exchange for more years in his life.

  Blaine Brothers

Death Of The Revolution

6mins

2006

When Tony is told off for stealing a pencil, his ten year-old logic seethes at the injustice.

What course of action is open to him other than to inspire juvenile revolt? With thrust, justice and his comrade pupils marching by his side, what can possibly stop him…?

  George Taylor

Dog Days

12mins

2015

It’s the dog days of summer: the idle time at the height of summer, when the Romans used to say people are compelled to act strangely. The city sweats. On the hottest night of the year, two people from very different Londons meet - and go for a midnight swim.

Dress Rehersal

23mins

2014

A highly elegant produced short film featuring live singing from an Opera group. DRESS REHEARSAL, a 22min short, is being shared onto the festival circuit and shows off the skills of all involved. Produced by Sarastro Productions and Beyond Illusion Pictures Ltd.

Bella, Lionel, Kit & Steph are ‘The Overtones’; an operatic troupe, performing above a London pub. The dressing room is rife with tension and talent but the show must go on. Meanwhile, on the streets of London, Micky, a homeless man must battle his way through an unbearable evening only to discover ‘The Overtones’ and a once very special someone is performing. What will happen with their paths inevitably collide?

  Chris Amos

Dressed As A Girl

101mins

2015

London’s alternative East End drag phenomenon gets its moment in this fabulous account of six years in the lives of its most celebrated performers. See Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, Holestar, Scottee, Amber, Pia and Ma Butcher dazzle, surprise and outrage audiences with their antics on-stage and behind the scenes.

Following in the tradition of Paris Is Burning and The Cockettes, Dressed as a Girl paints a compelling London portrait that pulls audiences beyond the performances into a mesmerising and previously inaccessible underworld.

There is enough eye make-up and sequins on display to sink a battleship but at the heart of this surprisingly intimate portrait is the dark side of their lives. The relentless quest for glamorous originality often comes at a personal cost.

The film is both a record of a fascinating style of hyper-costumed performance and an insight into the fragile personal lives of these artists. This is truly the frockumentary of the year.

  Duncan MacInnes

Echo Road

12mins

2014

Echo Road centres around two brothers who embark on a journey from London to Yorkshire to meet their estranged Sister and scatter the ashes of a family member. The film tells the difficult story of coming to terms with losing a loved one and the strong connection between siblings.

  Anne Murat & David Bart

Feau, Eau, Air

14mins

2016

This art film portrays Ysabel de Maisonneuve, a sensitive creator and poet, for whom handicraft is primarily a spiritual art. She worked for theater masters like Peter Brook, Yoishi Oida and Ariane Mnouchkine as well as world fashion designers. She delivers her expertise and inspiration in her personal creations, from Japan to the Atlantic Ocean, revealing materials and colours, forging textile to create connections, and a sense of beauty. Inspired by Japan and natural elements, she understands handicraft gesture as a spiritual act.

  Katie Goodwin

FilmFan (1963-1983)

8mins

2012

Katie is a long-standing client (her previous titles listed further below) and we’re always intrigued by her projects. Lightness is her latest film, a 30min experimental documentary which combines her love of enigmatic visuals which she ties together with honest voiceovers.

Film Fan (1963-1983) 2012 is a collaborative film project with Alex March made using donated and found domestic 8mm film footage. The medium was popular during the 1960s to early 1980s and was superceded by video. The film provides an insight into family life in that era.

  Sami Abusamra

First Contact

12mins

2012

A plethora of comedy short films from writer/director Sami Abusamra.

  Blaine Brothers

Free Speech

5mins

2004

Bath time dirty-talk goes tits-up.

  Jacob Perlmutter

French Exchange

15mins

2016

Shy and charming, teenager Jack is forced into spending the day with his French teacher, the enigmatic Camille. Romantic tensions brew subtly over lunch with Camille’s family. Following an argument with her father, Jack comforts her and begins his dramatic transformation from boy to man.

  Tim Leandro

From Soup To Nuts

35mins

2012

A beautiful British documentary called From Soup To Nuts from BAFTA award winning director Tim Leandro.

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

Gift Of Life

9mins

2015

This film explores the diverse personal stories and points of view on the subject of Organ Transplantation. The purpose is to shed light on the issues surrounding organ failure and the significance of its life saving transplant surgery.

  RADA Films

Gloria

12mins

2016

Keen to put all the bad things she’s done behind her, Reena sets out to persuade her brother and his wife that she’s changed. But can Reena change or will she be tempted back to her old life?

  William Andrews

Gus and His Dirty Dead Dad

21mins

2013

A Team Wonderful production in association with Baby Cow Productions starring comedy favourites William Andrews, Tom Golding, Cariad Lloyd, Gareth Tunley, Charlotte Jo-Hanbury and Tony Way. Festival screenings include: London Comedy Film Festival, British Shorts Film Festival, Kansas City FilmFest and more.

  Blaine Brothers

Hallo Panda

30mins

2006

American zoologist Mark has fallen in love with London, with London’s drinking culture and with moth scientist Sarah – but could she ever love a man whose job it is to wank a panda? And will Panda’s relationship advice help or hinder his keeper?

  Rebecca Coley

Hard To Say

18 minutes

2011

Rebecca came to us with a variety of her shorts ranging in different lengths and genres. All of which went on to be screened at festivals including: London Short Film Festival, Bornshorts, Underwire Festival, Cannes In A Van, Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, Ad Arte Foundation and more.

  Sasha Ransome

Her Next Door

10mins

2012

This was a short film directorial debut from Sasha starring William Andrews, Rachel Stubbings, Ed Eales White and Lizzie Roper. It went on to screen at many festivals and win awards including: Austin Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival, Renderyard Short Film Festival, Winner of Best Super Short at Anchorage International Film Festival, Best Comedy at London Comedy Film Festival (LOCO), London Short Film Festival and many more.

  Wislocki Films Ltd

Homer

18mins

2016

The girl of your fantasies has arrived, the apartment is spotless, Champagne poured, sun setting over London. Nothing can spoil this perfect moment till Homer, a pigeon, flies in and craps all over your dreams. So begins a deadly but hilarious game of man versus bird, all for the love of the girl!

  RADA Films

IMPACT

13mins

2015

Set over the course of one night, an eager young policeman attempts to help his little sister out of trouble one last time, with disastrous consequences.

  Katie Goodwin

In Between Inception I & II

3mins

2012

In Between Inception I & In Between Inception II is a two part animation made from waste found footage from the 'cutting room floor' of Christopher Nolan's 2010 film Inception. The music is a reject soundtrack composed by Wayne Urquhart created for a film but this section was never used. It is a kind of ode to the unseen and the unheard. They are meant to be screened one after the other. One crazy fast, the other delicately slow.

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

In The Shadow Of The Mountain

15mins

2015

Looking for a house where to start a family, a couple arrives at an old tiny village hidden in the Catalonian Pyrenees. The sole inhabitants left there after the exodus of young people to the cities, effusively welcome the new guests. Now, the elder community needs to find new members, that willing to stay will bring the place to life again. They will have one last chance to change the tragic destiny of disappearing in the shadow of the mountain.

  LAMDA Films

In The Stream

15mins

2014

Three short films from the crop of MA graduation films which were commissioned by the school, written and directed by industry professionals, and acted by the students. Directors included: Tim Leandro, AJ Quinn, and Ben Morris.

  Joseph Dives

Irons in the Fire

25 minutes

2014

'Irons in the Fire' is a short documentary calling for more creative opportunities for London's 'at-risk' youth to transform their lives. The film celebrates 5 young people, and the 5 organisations who have helped them discover a passion that will shape their lives. The film is narrated by the amazing Idris Elba, and features the poetry of rising-star George the Poet, a remarkable young man with BRIT award nominations and featured on the prestigious BBC sound list for 2015. The film has been licensed to Sky and has been screening on Sky 3D and Sky Arts 2.

  Baby Elephant Films Ltd

Just Desserts

15mins

2015

Loosely based on a true story, ‘Just Desserts’ is a dark comedy about a compulsive lottery player, Dennis, on a meal out with his wife and friends. The night turns when a practical joke they play on him backfires horribly. Featuring an ensemble cast of British talent including Alex Macqueen, (The Thick of it) and David Schaal (The Inbetweeners).

  Richard Higson

King is Dead

9mins

2013

There’s a mole in the organisation, and Lionel doesn’t like moles. So he’s brought his right hand men Nicky and Frank together, and he’s going to find out just who has a loose tongue, whatever it takes… A short film starring David Schaal, Danny Webb, Russell Tovey and Martha Cope.

  Blaine Brothers

Kitty, Kitty Romford

2mins

2010

Kitty, Kitty Romford is having a tough day, she’s just an ordinary dame, but her boss won’t get off her back and she’s inner monologuing out loud again… A short made for instant Internet sharing starring Adam Riches and Cariad Lloyd.

  Sarah-Louise Clift

La Madre Buena

6mins

2016

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find her son’s birthday request - a Donald Trump piñata. Initially unsuccessful, she takes to her motorbike and travels though the heart of Mexico to find the elusive effigy. Strapped to the back of the motorbike, the Trump piñata is immersed in the Mexican countryside, wind whistling through it’s hair, racing back towards the big birthday bash...

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

Leaves In Fall

17mins

2015

 

9-year-old Hannah goes on holiday for the first time with her father and new Dutch stepmother, Christina. When she finally decides to accept the new family situation, new changes arise and she has to adapt to a whole new family situation again.

 

  Katie Goodwin

Lightness

30mins

2015

Lightness explores the wonders of the night sky and the challenges of seeking such wonders due to light pollution. Lightness was shot in 16mm on location in Greenwich, London and in the remote village of Glenelg, Scotland, a community trying to attain Dark Skies status. Lightness portrays the struggle between our modern urban life of safety and compartmentalisation and our inherent need to connect with nature and experience magical moments that stay with us forever. An at times philosophical and poetic view of the world told by the Royal Observatory astronomers is interwoven with stories of the Glenachulish ferry crew.

  Brett Chapman // Dee Fifteen

Lilly

28mins

2014

Lilly is a short film that looks at what it means to be old and overlooked. The story follows the elderly Lilly as she speaks to the various family members and carers that pass through her home. Lilly is a proud woman but her days are filled with fragmented contemplation and repetition – her words are only half heard as she runs her life backwards and forwards for her visitors. As her mental and physical state fluctuates she begins to question whether it’s too late to make a change and start living again.

  Treehouse Digital // Mighty Atom Entertainment

Litterbugs

15mins

2016

Helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, a young inventor and a pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies and find an unexpected friendship. 

 

  Tom Lorcan

Love Me Tinder

11mins

2014

Love Me Tinder is a tragicomedy from director Sami Abusamra and writer Alistair Donegan, starring Tom Lorcan and Caroline Quentin as two lonely strangers. An older woman and a younger man spend an awkward evening together after meeting on a dating app. The film received it’s World Premiere at Leeds International Film Festival.

  Sami Abusamra

Love Nest

4mins

2010

Married life is a strain for this pair of robins. Especially when reliving past glories gets in the way of good parenting.

  Katie Goodwin

Magic Spell

3mins

2011

Katie is a long-standing client (her previous titles listed further below) and we’re always intrigued by her projects. Lightness is her latest film, a 30min experimental documentary which combines her love of enigmatic visuals which she ties together with honest voiceovers.

"A playful animation made for the first public unveiling of the beautiful screenprint of the same name, I made as part of Jealous Print Prize using 15 found animation frames used to depict a wand spell explosion in a well known wizarding film series. I wanted to use the language and tools of contemporary cinema to make something that was not there more than there." - Katie Goodwin

  Natalie Beer

Man Made Epidemic

83mins

2015

Filmmaker Natalie Beer sets off on a journey around the world speaking to leading doctors, scientists, and families to find out the truth about the autism epidemic and whether or not vaccines have a role to play. The film explores the common misconception that autism is solely genetic and looks into scientists concerns over recent years about environmental factors such a medication, pesticides and pollution which continue to leave our children with physical and neurological damage.

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

Man Of The House

16mins

2015

A story about loss, desolation, sorrow and the strength found in innocence. Ben is a 12-year-old boy who has to deal with the decay of his family. He will have to find the strength within to transcend the role of a child – to carry responsibility and become an adult – through his pain and grief.

  Bunny Schendler

Men Talk About Mother

8min

2016

Three sons reflect on the life and death of their mothers in this short animated documentary. Through interwoven monologues and hand drawn animation, each struggles to understand her place in their lives as memories flow. Their reflection is vivid and moving, infused with both humour and yearning, Perhaps nobody can ever really know their own mother, but through these stories we come to connect with a universal experience.

  LAMDA Films

Mermaids Singing

15mins

2013

If you had the choice, would you make the best one? A group of friends and family spend the night in a large house by the sea for Christmas celebrations. As their individual traditions spill into each other's lives, Laura discovers her brother's secret - his terminal illness and decision to end it all.

  Kev Cahill

More Than God

9mins

2015

A short comedy set in modern Ireland that follows the attempts of a religious doctor to uncover his wife's suspected affair, but instead is confronted by the rigidity of his religion, the boundaries of his love for his daughter, and his obligation to resuscitate her lover's husband.

  Max Hattler

Mount Allen

4mins

2007

We went down, we went down – how far who knows. Foot loose meets head loose, one frame at a time. Mount Allen continues the legend of Yellow Kudra, embodied by Johannes Ender. His performance started out as a frame-by-frame recreation of Kevin Bacon's Foot Loose warehouse dance. But something went wrong along the way. A music video for Economy Wolf by Max Hattler.

  Kieran O’Brien

Mr Invisible

14mins

2013

With a stellar cast including Julian Glover and Omid Djalili, Mr Invisible racked up prestigious festival screenings on its festival circuit journey. The film won several awards and nominations including Top 10 Best of The Fest (Palm Springs International Shortfest), Best Narrative Audience Award (Austin Film Festival), Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award Choice (Seattle Shorts), World Cinema Short Award (Phoenix Film Festival), Special Jury Recognition & Special Audience Award (Aspen Shortsfest) and was longlisted for the BAFTA Shorts category in 2014.

  Ali Alvarez

Muerte es Vida (Death is Life)

68mins

2015

MUERTE ES VIDA is a meditation on death as a part of nature. The film captures a bold and colourful look at Mexico ­ both the natural world and the vibrant culture ­ creating an atmospheric exploration of the relationship between the mystical journey of the Monarch butterfly, the deaths of individual people and the celebration of the Day of the Dead. It suggests a symbolic, rich, and inexplicable bond between man and nature. 

 

  Richard Higson

Night Shift

13mins

2014

An easy kidnap in the country’, they said.’ Lenny and Chris are on their way to a job. But it gets complicated. Very complicated. And they haven’t reckoned on just who they’re there to kidnap, and who else might have had the same idea…

A new short film from Richard Higson starring Tom Bennett, Catrin Stewart, David Schaal, Don Warrington and Daniel Hawksford.

  Adam McNicol

Old Sea Dog

6mins

2012

Have you met Old Sea Dog? Another sketch from Invisible Films and Brainwrap Comedy.

  Rebecca Coley

Pants

3mns

2012

Story about a chance meeting between a boy and a girl in a launderette, inspired by an old Levi's advert.

  Sarah Cockings & Harriet Fleuriot

Plasma Vista

8mins

2016

Plasma Vista allowed us to explore themes of economics, production, creativity and collaboration. Objects and devices become bodily and manipulative. The magician is a composed cartoon machine repeating tricks and equations. When products become prosthetics does the accessory take some emotional control? A creative trance. A collaborative force. A playful duplication of the self with greater consequence that first suspected. A filmic exhibit and retail site that morphed into an experimental piece of moving image occupying the dual space between utility and art.

  Elena Andreicheva

Polish Go Home

30mins

2016

"Polish Go Home" is an unorthodox migration story about a troubled character trying to find his place in the world. Sleeping rough in London, sometime Polish jobseeker Kuba is running away from the responsibility of family life in Poland - and a difficult past. This documentary follows his journey back to Poland to face the problems he left behind, in search of an elusive place to call home. 

 

  Noon Multimedia

Poppy

11mins

2016

When Poppy starts to see things out of the corner of her eye, the family dismiss her until a news report on the TV becomes shockingly real.

  Rebecca Coley

Pretty Bitch

8mins

2014

A short film about she, him & her... A story of revenge. When being pretty is all you have to go on, it's also the only thing you can destroy. Based on a true story.

  LAMDA Films

Pushaway

15mins

2014

A story of deception, forbidden love, and a close-knit gang of friends. A young couple, Lev and Samantha, depart to join the army the next day, leaving behind their friends. But Lev has fallen for his best friend Anton, something no one suspects. When their tryst is discovered, one bold action has disastrous consequences on all of the friends.

  Max Hattler

RE:AX aka Peace Starts With Me

2mins

2011

Exploring mirroring and feedback through abstract shapes, RE:AX takes us on a journey of action and reaction.

  Kate Herron

Rest Stop

11mins

2014

Everything changes one night for Meredith, a young backpacker desperate to find meaning in her life, when she meets a mysterious stranger in a dingy British service station…claiming to know her.

Rest Stop was made on the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival with Sky Comedy mentor scheme. The scheme is aimed at developing the next generation of comedy filmmakers and giving close access to industry experts and mentoring from Sky’s comedy commissioning team on a short film project. The film stars Ben Willbond and Cari Leslie. 

  Pearly Oyster Productions

Roger Ballen's Theatre of Apparitions

5mins

2016

Roger Ballen’s famous photographic work has been concerned with the interior architecture of standing structures, playing on the metaphor of the mind as a house of secrets and buried narratives. He has created a series of images inspired by the drawings and marks which people make on their environment that link his unique aesthetic to theatrical performance. Emma Calder and Ged Haney have used 2d computer animation and a brilliant music score by composer John Webb to turn these images into a film reminiscent of an old music hall or circus. In the theatre dismembered people, beasts and ghosts, dance, tumble, make love and tear themselves apart, plunging the audience into the nightmarish world of Roger Ballen’s subconscious.

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

Safiyah Flies Across The Ocean

14mins

2015

Safiyah (8, British Egyptian) wants to know when her father will come home. As her mother refuses to contact him, Safiyah decides to take things into her own hands: with the help of her neighbour and his toy helicopter, she embarks on an adventure to find Egypt and fly the letter there herself...

  Bluebird Productions

Sarah Chong Is Going To Kill Herself

16mins

2016

The urban legend of Sarah Chong - the administrative revolutionary who, sensing a fracture in her beloved workplace, decides to take matters into her own hands... hands which may well contain grenades.

  Ted Byron Baybutt // Chasing The Bear

SexLife

15mins

2014

SexLife is based on the critically acclaimed play by Kefi Chadwick, directed by Stefan Georgiou and produced by Ted Byron Baybutt. A heart-warming and humorous look at a couple as they try to inject the sex and love back into their relationship after the arrival of their newborn. Starring Jemima Rooper and Dylan Edwards. The film received its World Premiere at the Leeds International Film Festival (2014), and its New York Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival (2015).

Dan and Mia haven't had sex since before the birth of their son. Three months on, Dan feels forced to take extreme action and makes the decision to dress as Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a ham-fisted attempt to get Mia back in the mood. Not getting the reaction he expected it sparks off a comedic and revealing conversation about the most intimate parts of their relationship.

  Max Hattler

Shift

3mins

2012

Using the New Age idea of a 'dimensional shift' as inspiration, Shift combines science fiction themes through abstract, stop motion animation of objects and colour.

  Katie Goodwin

Small Wonders

14mins

2013

Katie is a long-standing client (her previous titles listed further below) and we’re always intrigued by her projects. Lightness is her latest film, a 30min experimental documentary which combines her love of enigmatic visuals which she ties together with honest voiceovers.

Small Wonders follows microbiologist Terence Preston’s 50 year journey into discovering how single-celled organisms move. The film provides a charming and often funny insight into this hidden amoebae world juxtaposing their alien existence to our human experience. The film uses a hypnotic 16mm film of a ground breaking experiment shot through a microscope by Preston in 1972, combined with cine footage from the family archive of late filmmaker Ivor Beddoes.

  Dan Gage

Souls

8mins

2016

When Barrie goes to scatter his husband’s ashes at their favourite mountain peak, he is confronted with the sight of a man about to jump to his death from the cliff edge.

 

  Mondo Ghulam

Spamorama

3mins

2014

The internet hits back when spam becomes spurned, for our dubious hero Cedric. Lampooning the scourge of inboxes the world over, Cedric and his video game-obsessed pal Godric learn a painful lesson.

  Max Hattler

Spin

4mins

2010

When conflict becomes a spectacle, the lines between destruction and entertainment get blurred…

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

SPYK

9mins

2015

’Papa Spyk’ recalls his colourful life journey in ‘SPYK’. ‘Papa Spyk’, an ex- professional rugby player, top international model, actor and stuntman, lived life on the edge until he suffered a near death experience.

  McGibney Productions

Stereotype

10mins

2015

A bullied teenage boy journeys into the night wanting to avenge his brothers death, only to find himself locked in a moral dilemma that will change his life forever.

  Umut Gunduz

Stevie G

58mins

2014

STEVIE G is a debut documentary by director Umut Gunduz which utilises homemade film footage shot by his father from his childhood, talking heads, and also places a camera in his brother’s hand, the aforementioned Stevie. During the winter months of 2010, whilst Stevie served his last prison sentence to date, the two made contact through written letters. It wasn’t long before they both began to talk of their misguided choices and their childhoods, expressing brutal honesty about their feelings to certain situations and telling their two separate viewpoints of the same moments in time. It was then that Umut suggested the making of a film about Stevie.  A heartfelt and humorous exploration of how their lives differed growing up in the same family.

  Hazel Hayes

Super Brainy Zombies

22mins

2014

While filming a poorly scripted, low budget zombie film in the woods, a group of YouTubers are attacked by real zombies. Will they survive the zombie apocalypse and what will they sacrifice along the way? Super Brainy Zombies is a zombie film with a post-modern twist. Created by the very people it pokes fun at, this film touches on themes of fame, feminism and morality, but with a tongue-in-cheek tone, and a lot of fake blood! From the brains of Hazel Hayes and Alan Flanagan.

  Clemens Bros

Surgery

11mins

2015

Kidnapped and suffering the diabolical torturous ways of ‘The Crude Surgeon’ for no known reason, Michael slips in and out of consciousness until he finds himself in safe hands...

  Cannibal Films Ltd

Tear Me Apart

85mins

2015

Set in a post-apocalyptic Cornish landscape, two young brothers turn to cannibalism to survive, only to fall for their prey, a teenage girl... and possibly the last girl alive. A stunning debut from the team at Cannibal Films Ltd.

  Sam Peter Jackson

The Bathroom

10mins

2014

When a juvenile prank at her daughter’s 18th birthday party leaves freshly divorced Valerie (Janie Dee) locked in the bathroom with over-eager teenager Andrew (Reece Noi), a desired moment of tranquility quickly turns into a clumsy mess, until an unexpected bond develops between the two strangers.

Starring double Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee and Game of Thrones’ Reece Noi, The Bathroom is a short film comedy by award-winning writer/director Sam Peter Jackson, with music by Grammy-winning composer David Arnold.

  Susan Young

The Betrayal

6mins

2015

A woman trusts her psychiatrist, but becomes enmeshed in his prescriptive web. At its dark heart, The Betrayal is a twisted, deadly love affair.

  DEERHEAD

The Buzzer

18mins

2012

An experimental arthouse film created to coincide with an album release.
 

  Gabrielle Menezes

The Cure for Homesickness

19mins

2014

Like many Zimbabweans, the Menezes family had to leave the economically and politically unstable African country. They moved to Europe, but the pain of losing their home has always remained with them. Gabi Menezes explores the themes of memory, childhood, and identity in going back to Zimbabwe after leaving the country over ten years ago. The Cure for Homesickness is a poetic and moving documentary about the search for identity and belonging. The film was shot in Portugal, Zimbabwe, Haiti, and Mali. It also uses rare archive footage of Zimbabwe dating back to the 1980s.

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

The Cycle Of Life

9mins

2015

The Cycle of Life tells the incredible Story of Sam Khazaei who shattered his right leg in a car accident when trying to save his sister, 15 years ago. After several operations and many years of recovery and facing permanent disability in such a dramatic way he now wants to pursue his dream of becoming a professional cyclist.

  RADA Films

The Final Frolic

12mins

2016

Three young chaps set out on one last big night out before signing up to fight Hitler. A farcical attempted roll-in-the-hay, a spontaneous jaunt in a boat and a few too many ales leads these young lads’ final frolic down an unexpected, life-changing path.

  Substantial Films

The Holly Kane Experiment

102mins

2016

Holly Kane is an experimental psychologist, whose research into mind-control techniques is driven by a fear of insanity. As she experiments with drug-fuelled subliminal programming, two very different men come into her life. One is young and handsome, the other old and powerful. But neither of them are telling her the whole truth. When Holly steps up her experiments on herself with more sophisticated equipment and more powerful drugs, she descends into paranoia and madness.

  People Show

The Jossers

15mins

2016

Broken, ill and dejected, four old men try to save their dying cabaret act and relive their glory years with disastrous results.

 

  Peter Baynton

The Lion

3mins

2013

The Lion: A true story (except the lion bit): the troubled and redemptive family history of the singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer is told using a pride of cardboard lions, and their friends.

Peter Baynton has come to us with many animated music videos he has created under his company Radish Pictures Ltd and in collaboration for singer//songwriter Benjamin Scheuer.

  Locked In Productions

The Lock-In

20mins

2016

After years of being pushed to the edge by vile customers, pub landlord Colin finally snaps and starts exacting his revenge. Just as he starts to get in the swing of things, Colin’s world is suddenly turned upside down with the arrival of the charming Jodie who applies for a job as a barmaid at the pub. Romance starts to blossom, but for how long can he keep his dark secret from her?

  Blaine Brothers

The Maestro

3mins

2011

In 1824, conductor Michael Umlauf prepared to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for its premiere – however he had worries about one of Beethoven’s new musical innovations…

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

The Seaside

8mins

2015

In a simple line animation, share the joy of an old man drinking tea at the beach. Identify with him as he experiences the joy of other people and recalls his memories of his life at the beach.

  Charlotte Colbert

The Silent Man

15mins

2016

A girl struggles to come to terms with the absence of a lost love. Isolated and totally cut off from the world – she orders a doll, in his exact likeness. Little does she realise, there’s another man just across the street who at the very same moment in time, is falling in love with her.

A film starring Sophie Kennedy Clark, Simon Amstell and Ben Miller.

  RADA Films

The Space

15mins

2015

Based on an Andy McNab short story, THE SPACE revolves around rookie soldier “Briggsy” on his first tour of Helmand Province. When he witnesses the death of his friend on his first night sortie, he finds help and solace through the advice of Medic, Emma Rankin. She takes him to a place outside the camp. She calls it “The Space”. Here Briggsy can heal and come to terms with his own personal trauma and grief.

  Cyrus Trafford

The Voice In The Head

12mins

2015

Psychologist David Rosenhan PhD, “If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?”

  Sam Peter Jackson

TRADEMARKED

10mins

2013

‘Trade Marked’ is a comedy mockumentary, which presents an alternative approach to the alien invasion. Karen Nightingale is a leader in Corporate Diversity, who is committed to ridding the business world of racism, sexism and homophobia with her out-of-the-box methods. However, since the recent announcement that aliens are coming to earth has catapulted the world into fear and hostility, she has branched out into a new form of training - Interplanetary Diversity. Karen is convinced that all our alien cousins need is to be treated like sophisticated consumers. After all, didn’t the world also fear “Rosa Parks, Stonewall and the Spice Girls” when they first emerged?

  Adam McNicol

Train

2mins

2013

Another short comedy film from Brainwrap Comedy.

  Spark! Charity

Trouble

19mins

2014

Returning home from intensive care, Alex must come face-to-face with the man he blames for his sisters death, her ex-boyfriend Shane. As a distraction he starts to build a memorial garden to his sister in the family front garden. When Shane and his gang keep loitering near his house, tensions rise when Alex befriends Shane’s sister, Rose, proving two can play at that game.

  Tidy Toys Pictures

Violet

8mins

2015

‘Violet’ is the dark, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection. A 2D animation voiced by Aidan Gillen.

  Northern Film School // Leeds Beckett University

WAR

5mins

2015

WAR is the story of Darryl, a young bi-racial teenager, who has been raised on a tough council estate and dreams of escaping from that world. However, when two rival gangs clash on the estate, no one could have predicted the outcome.

  Peter Baynton

Weather The Storm

5mins

2015

Dickie has run out of toothpaste, but Dot used to do the toiletries shopping. The latest music video collaboration between Radish Pictures’, Peter Baynton, and singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer.

  Laith Sami

White Cane

16mins

2015

Vanessa, a passionate would-be dancer, is blind. She meets Danielle who struggles to translate her love of dance into movement. As Vanessa learns to trust Danielle, she shares her rare gift of expression. This enriches her own world in ways she never expected, through the bonds of friendship.

  Blaine Brothers

Who Are You?

6mins

2015

Esme’s question splits open the very nature of reality for her mum, Peggy. Who are we, really? Who do we get to be? Who do we want to be? Who gets to decide?

This charming little head scratcher of a film stars Fiona O’Shaughnessy (“Nina Forever”, “Utopia”) and Christopher Simpson (“Brick Lane”, “Code 46”).

  Dog Ate Cake

Who Shall I Play With Now?

6mins

2013

A black and white short silent film featuring David Oakes and Guy Henry.

  Evy Barry

Winged Warriors

12mins

2014

Winged Warriors is a short film written and directed by Evy Barry. A story of war, fear, courage and leadership from the First World War front line when the survival of the last of a platoon of soldiers who reach the enemy trenches depends on their messenger pigeons.