Dir. Ed Perkins | UK, 2018
Documentarian Ed Perkins has perfectly captured a truly dark yet undeniably important story. This emotive account was deserving of a triple win at the 2018 Aesthetica Short Film Festival receiving the Award for Best Documentary, The Northern Film School Award and the Best of Festival Award.
Dir. Jeremy Comte | Canada, 2018
Set in an isolated surface mining complex, two boys compete in a power game, tricking one another. But when the bluff becomes a dark reality, panic ensues, and the pair are plunged into a race for survival. Memorising yet uncomfortable, highly accomplished cinematography captures stunning, open environments is complimented by the superb and emotional performances of its two child actors.
Dir. Barnaby Blackburn | UK / USA, 2018
But as his new opportunity unfolds, it quickly transpires that the stranger’s intentions are not quite as they seemed and Wale is plunged in to a sinister plot, framed for a unimaginable crime, painting a vivid, unfortunately realistic and all too common portrait of modern day racism and racial profiling.
Winner of Best Thriller at this year’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Barnaby Blackburn bluntly tackles the subject of discrimination and scapegoating in his engaging and gripping film Wale.
Dir. Louise Bagnell | Ireland, 2017
In Louise Bagnells powerful short film, we witness an elderly lady’s struggle to recollect her life as she slowly tries to piece together the happy memories of a long and full life. Late Afternoon is a story of love and loss, exuding a strong sense of personal attachment that resonates with audiences of all ages.
Dir. Nicholas Boucart | Belgium, 2017
On a small, isolated island, crowned by cliffs, a tormented and unhinged inventor chases his dreams to fly like a bird. Using bizarre and rudimentary contraptions, he trains young subjects in preparation to take flight from the unforgiving coastline. But his efforts come at a severe cost. Capturing a powerful and unrelenting environment in the middle of a fierce sea, director Nicholas Boucart brings a fantastically ominous vision to life, inspired by the lengths of human ambition.