BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival Thriller Winners 2011-2014

The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2015 is currently open for entries for its festival running 5-8 November 2015. Screening short films across all genres, it celebrates the very best in short filmmaking and champions both established filmmakers and those making a big impact upon the industry for the first time. We look back over the past four years in anticipation of ASFF’s fifth edition, and highlight winning thriller films which grip the imagination with compelling drama and frightening twists.

Thomas Guerrier, Cleaning Up (2011 Winner)
Big Finish Productions/Dead Dog Films
Featuring Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock) as hitman Mr Jackson with Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, Doc Martin) as Mrs Pellman, the flirty owner of a B&B, the short was shot over three days in south London. The concluding thriller is intelligently directed, stylish and at times, surprising. The supporting cast includes Tracy-Ann Oberman (The Infidel, Friday Night Dinner), award-winning comedian Tom Allen and Nicholas Briggs – voice of the Daleks.

Martin Bargiel, Augenblicke (2012 Winner)
Hannover University of Applied Science & Arts
In the middle of the night a fight between Schenker’s neighbors won’t let him rest. Half asleep his mind is playing tricks on him: constantly he awakes in different places. He tries to put himself back to sleep by smoking one cigarette after another. But soon he runs out of matches and takes a walk to the 24/7 market next door. Accompanied by heavy rain and rumbling thunder he awakes again. But this time not in his bedroom, not in his bathroom nor in the 24/7 market. This time he finds himself in an interrogation room, and he has to face questioning by an inspector about a dead woman. Now his real nightmare begins.

Karim Ouaret, Lapsus (2013 Winner)
Come On Productions
This multi-award winning short tells the tale of Terry, a psychologically disturbed predator whose sinister playground is a laundromat. Terry thinks he is the hero of a comic gangster that is reading Terry Laurence, Gentleman Gangster. That is when his memory playing tricks on him. Terry is a victim of an unknown phenomena that literature considers as a Lapsus memoriae: a slip of memory.

Michael Pearce, Keeping Up With The Joneses (2014 Winner)
Incendiary Pictures / Agile Films
Michael Pearce’s 28 minute short, follows Celia, an MP’s wife, who discovers her husband’s true colours when she is taken hostage by his criminal business associates. Produced by Incendiary Pictures & Agile Films, the film was nominated for a BAFTA in 2014 and features outstanding performances from Maxine Peake, Geoff Bell, Adeel Akhtar, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Anamaria Marinca.

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1. Michael Pearce, Keeping Up With The Joneses