Best Thriller 2017

Gridlock is a thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road. When a little girl goes missing from one of the cars, her father forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect.

Ian Hunt Duffy is the winner of our 2017 Thriller Category. He notes: “I’m absolutely delighted to win the award for Best Thriller at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. This was our UK mainland premiere of Gridlock, so it’s great that it has been so well received. I love high-concept thrillers that are set in a single location and I always wanted to do my own version. One day I was stuck in traffic and I thought it would be interesting to set a thriller entirely during a traffic jam and see what kind of suspense you could create in that restricted environment and so that was the jumping off point for Gridlock. Myself and writer Darach McGarrigle are both fans of old television shows like The Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents shows that managed to fit a huge amount of tension and suspense into a 20-minute episode – so we wanted to see if we could achieve that with a short film and create an exciting mystery for an audience to solve. So thank you again to the Jury for the honour, I’m thrilled you all enjoyed it (pardon the pun!)

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1. Trailer for Ian Hunt Duffy’s Gridlock. Courtesy of Vimeo.