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2021

Bridging the Gap
Nina Ross, Meg Barrett, 2021

Age 18 Meg started hearing a voice. She tried ignoring it, didn’t tell a soul, yet the voice grew. More abusive,
more delusional and often out of her control. Eventually, her paranoia wore her down.
Disability, Health

2020

Wifi Rider
Roxy Rezvany, 2020
| Queer Palestinian teenager Shukri spends his days on the internet. Immersed in a world where Western popstars preach self-love and acceptance, he escapes from his lonely life in Jerusalem.
LGBTQ+, Internet culture
Faces
Patrick Taylor, 2020
| Faces is a short documentary in which several young people discuss the joys and challenges of being mixed race, whilst also being set against visuals of an interracial couple.
Identity
S.E.N?
Alfie Barker, 2020
| The current education system doesn’t work for everyone. Debris Stevenson shares her experience of being at school, where she was labelled as someone with dyslexia – as a failure.
Education, Disability
Somalinimo
Alice Aedy, 2020
| Four British-Somalians navigate being black, female and Muslim at one of Britain’s most traditional institutions: Cambridge University. Somalinimo explores what it means to belong.
Identity, Religion
Zef
Jessica Barclay Lawton, 2020
| Environmentalist, non-binary skimpy bar worker, and free spirit. Meet Zef – a 21-year-old on a mission to discover the truth in and amongst the noise. A snapshot of humanity’s desire for intimacy.
LGBTQ+

2019

A Sonic Pulse
Dorothy Allen-Pickard, 2019
| A Sonic Pulse explores deaf people’s experiences of electronic music from a visceral, communal and scientific perspective. Hear the world another way through this immersive and innovative doc.
Disability
Invasion
Michael Toledano, Sam Vinal, 2019
| Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. Invasion is about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the Wet’suwet’en Nation, who are standing up to the government.
Identity
72 hours in André Balazs’ Chateau Marmont with Kenneth Anger
Floria Sigismondi, 2019 | On LA’s iconic Sunset Boulevard, inside the glamorous rooms of Chateau Marmont, Floria Sigismondi shot Kenneth Anger for an additional special edition of the renowned System Magazine.
Stories
The Last Taboo
Chloe White, 2019
| Three women who made the decision to mother from afar tell their stories. When there’s growing acceptance for alternative family models, why does non-custodial motherhood shock and appall?
Family

2018

Borderlands
Simon Lane, 2018
| Mother Nature leaves a chilling message for her inhabitants in this visual poem traversing the Norwegian and Russian border towns of Kirkenes and Nikel. A study of urbanity and nature.
Nature
Wargames
Jessica Bishopp, 2018
| A creative documentary that charts the attendees of Britain’s longest running Wargames group. Investigating the complexity of combat and camaraderie from a psychologist’s perspective.
Gaming / Hobby
WYPIPO
Brian & Karl, Jean Paula, Florian Joahn, 2018
| Inspired by stories like #PermitPatty, a white woman who called the police on a black kid selling water, and #BarbecueBecky, a woman who reported black kids simply for cooking food.
BLM
Believe That
Caleb Yule, 2018
| Capturing the journey of Team Santos, three players from Brighton Table Tennis Club, as they prepare to represent their country at the Down’s Syndrome Championships. Directed by Caleb Yule.
Disability
Black Sheep
Ed Perkins, 2018
| Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on 27 November 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed in what became one of the UK’s most high-profile murder cases. Find out more in this short.
BLM
Little Brother
Dominique van Olm, 2018
| On the edge of adolescence, Dexter visits his sister for the first time. The two navigate their relationship and dynamic after having lived apart for the last few years. Will it work out for them?
Family
Little Pyongyang
Roxy Rezvany, 2018
| Joong-wha Choi, a former soldier in the DPRK, lives in a London suburb. Despite enjoying new found comforts of British life, he struggles to forget a land that betrayed him. How will he move on from this?
Origins, Culture / Identity

2017

Teeth
Thomas Hogben, 2017
| Every crooked lateral incisor or overzealous premolar tells a story. ‘Teeth’ explores the relationship we have with these dental companions and how they impact our lives.
Health
The Horse Whisperer
Richard Mullane, 2017
| The Horse Whisperer highlights the life of Jean François Pignon, a man from the south of France, who was at once captivated by Gazelle, a white horse. Directed by Richard Mullane.
Animals
Inhale
Sean Mullan, 2017
| Through horses, a man feels an irrepressible duty to move in harmony with his pain. A film exploring the infinite momentum of life via an energy never destroyed, only transformed.
Animals
Agents of Change
Alice Russell, 2017
| “Sometimes there are times to bomb a bank, or kidnap an autocrat, or have a peaceful demonstration. But sometimes, you party.” Ritual and metaphor on the streets of London.
Society
Flight
Laura Wadha, 2017
| Two young sisters who arrive in Sweden, having fled the war in Syria, are becoming teenagers in a new world. They try to hold onto the memories of their home and the lives they lived prior.
Identity
Ins Holz
Thomas Horat & Corina Schwingruber, 2017
| Snow, sweat, testosterone and the sound of chainsaws. Every four years, wood is cut on a steep mountain high above Lake Ägeri and prepared for log rafting. Find out more in this short.
Nature

2016

Mister Sunshine
Eldon Booth, 2016
| Never in a thousand years did Larry Woods believe he’d become a shoeshine man. In the 1980s, the flamboyant businessman was “made”, a chauffeur-driven millionaire. Directed by Eldon Booth.
Profile
A Million Waves
Daniel Ali & Louis Leeson, 2016
| Kadiatu Kamara is the only female surfer in Sierra Leone. When her father died two years ago, KK was left to face the Ebola epidemic alone, but does she find escape and hope in times of despair?.
Sports
The Ghost in the Machine
Sophie Hexter & Poppy Walker, 2016
| The Ghost in the Machine is a performative drawing by Jeremy Hawkes. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Hawkes suspends his medication, allowing the tremors to suffuse his work.
Disability
Elders
Glen Milner, 2016
| After leaving India for the industrial north of England in the 1960s, Karim and Katari Chand never imagined they would end up being married longer than anyone else in the world.
Old Age, Couple, Love, Age
Barbie Beach
Courtney Dixon, 2016
| This short documentary focuses on the tape-recorded sessions of an ageing couple, explaining an odd hobby that has riveted a small, rural town for 10 years. Directed by Courtney Dixon.
Couple, Love, History
The Artist and the Machine
Reuben Armstrong & Jamie Neale, 2016
| The Artist and The Machine follows the highs and lows of Hastings-based artist Lorna Hamilton-Brown and her creative process involved in producing knitted pieces of work.
Art, Business
The Making of Latex 101
Hayley Evans, 2016
| The Making of Latex 101 gives viewers insight into the makers of fetish clothing, based in West Lothian. Making everything from t-shirts to hoods with help from their cat Chuckie.
Clothing, Material
War and Cheese
Ben Garfield, 2016
| When Oleg Sirota discovered his native Russia was banning Western food imports, he quit his job, sold his house, took out a $100k loan and began building a factory in the wilderness.
DIY, Business

2015

Irregulars
Fabio Palmieri, 2015
| Each year 40,000 people try to enter Europe, fleeing from war and persecution. Since entrances by land have been denied, they board overloaded vessels, facing an often deadly voyage.
War, Immigration
Dear Araucaria
Matt Houghton, 2015
| Almost all people want to solve puzzles; it’s part of human nature. Shifting between imagination and reality, Dear Araucaria meets the man who has given his life to crosswords.
Hobby
A Deep Breath
Justin Spray, 2015
| Director Justin Spray finds beauty at the bottom of a municipal swimming pool as he follows a group of novice free-divers in their journey of experimentation and underwater discovery.
Hobby
Across Still Water
Ruth Grimberg, 2015
| Losing his sight to a heart-breaking, incurable disease, John considers his future and, guided by schoolboy Ben, casts his line for carp at the bottom of London’s mysterious hidden lakes.
Disability, Friendship

2014

Stillness Arises
Benjamin Dowie, 2014
| Shot in France over one week, Stillness Arises provides an insight into the mind of French adventurer and filmmaker, Mathieu Le Lay, and his connection with nature and the wild.
Nature
Dissonance
Theis Mølstrøm Christensen, 2014
| Søren and Malene fell in love playing music together. They had a child, but then were both diagnosed with cancer. This film allows them to once again find their common tune.
Health, Relationship, Love
Here We’m be Together
Rob Curry, 2014
| A documentary directed by Rob Curry. A field-recorded encounter with some of the folk rituals of the Norfolk Broads – as witnessed through the eyes of one homegrown fabulist.
Culture, History
Next Stop: Reset
Alexandra Wedenig, 2014
| In 1954 Franz Wedenig travels by train through Switzerland, France and Spain. In 2013 his granddaughters Alexandra and Elisabeth retrace his route, what do they find out along the way?
History, Origins
Powder Rooms of the Female Kind
Tash Horton, 2014
| A colourful exploration into the landscape of the female face, and a look into the minds of 12 young women living in a society that obsesses over physical appearance and beauty standards.
Feminism, Society
Somewhere Else
Tom German, 2014
| Somewhere Else is an observational film portrait of the life and experiences of John Eldridge. Exploring the crossover of surfing with motorbike customisation, it is a celebration of subcultures.
Technology, Vehicles
Viva
Amanda Bluglass, 2014
| A heart-warming portrait of rebellion, spirit, power and joie- de-vivre. Britain’s oldest punk, great-grandmother Viva Hamnell reflects on her experiences in Cornwall’s first punk band.
Culture, History

2013

Nirvana
Jack Bradley, 2013
| Set against the beautiful backdrop of Burma, Dr. Dhammasami reveals that to achieve Nirvana, we must be physically and mentally free.
Spirituality
Danger Overhead Powerlines
Mia Mullarkey, 2013
| A modern-day David and Goliath tale, Danger Overhead Powerlines follows a 65-year-old who is imprisoned when she tries to protect many trees.
Nature, Environmental
The Other Side of the Road
Pippa Riddick, 2013
| 40 years after that band took that photo, the realities of living on Abbey Road are uncovered. A one-off portrait that highlights a ridiculous legacy.
Culture, Urban
The Port
Rory Alexander Stewart, 2013
| As an intimate study of The Port O’Leith, Edinburgh’s infamous pub, The Port examines its history and tradition, fuelled by many stories.
Business, Work
Urbex
Stephen McLean, 2013
| Weaving through Sheffield’s forgotten buildings, explorers from “urbexing” share their experiences and passion for these derelict artefacts.
Exploration, Buildings

2012

Treasure
Oliver Murray, 2012
| 40 years and many objects later, a man pauses to reflect on how treasure hunting moved from a hobby to an obsession that took over his life.
Hobby
Blind Encounter
Kevin Andrews, 2012
| A blind Greek busker has some inspiring views on the world and environment around him. Watch the short, Blind Encounter, to find out more.
Disability
Crossing Over: The Art of Jeremy Down
Mike Bernard, 2012
| An artist nearly drowns and is saved by two eagles. Learn how the artist overcame and understood his near death experience and how he was saved.
Death, Life, Art, Perspective
Home
Thomas Gleeson, 2012
| What is it that makes a house a home?Thomas Gleeson’s moving documentary investigates domestic spaces, exploring what they mean to us.
Homes, Family
Sid Burnard: Free Spirit
Alex J. Wright, 2012
| Sid Burnard welcomes us into his weird and wonderful world of beachcombing. Watch this short directed by Alex J. Wright.
Hobby, Lifestyle
The Sugar Bowl
Shasha Nakhai / Richard Williamson, 2012
| The Sugar Bowl looks at the rise and fall of a Philippine island’s sugarcane industry. Watch this short to learn more about the sugar cane industry.
Work

2011 – 2009

The Fisherman
Tom Burke, 2011
| Pat climbs the hill of Bull na Mór to honour his father’s memory, he contemplates a life spent at sea. This short explores family issues.
Family
Alec: Urban Nomad
Octavia Hartland, 2011
| Alec is 21 years old. He has built himself a micro-house out of plywood. But is it possible to live in it? Directed by Octavia Hartland.
Home, Society
Be Linen Movie
Benoit Millot, 2011
| Linen is a link between the past and the present – from the fields to the shelves; it thrives. Learn more about the link by watching the short.
Past and Present
Welcome to Romford
Simon Smith, 2011
| On a Friday night, the drivers of A1 Taxis get all sorts of people in the back of their cabs. This short looks at an average night for a taxi driver.
Work
River Dog
James Muir / Daniel Hunter, 2010
| A look into a lone farmer’s life, and the struggle he endures physically on his own but also mentally. Directed by James Muir and Daniel Hunter.
Loneliness, Work, Life, Health
ForGive
Tara Mahoney, 2009
| Canadian National Chief seeks public recognition from Pope Benedict XVI for damages. Watch the short to find out about the damages that occurred.
Culture, Religion