Film Library 2014

in 2014, ASFF curated films that contained memorable images, retaining an unprecedented visual and emotive impact in an age of digital media, video circulation and accessible platforms. Attracting thousands of entries, the festival connected filmmakers and attendees through the collective power of cinema.


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Hine

Dir. Damien elroy Vignaux
Tane creates the world by giving the impulse of movement, and inhabits this world with a beautiful woman, Hine, the living link between the gods and the people. Movement and rhythm is life.

Le Sirenuse

Dir. Poppy De Villenueve
An advertising film documenting a couple’s stay at the sea-perched Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano, Italy, which was shot on the proviso that the place itself should inspire the narrative.

Shadow Dancer

Dir. James Copeman
Noya, navigating her way through her tricky teenage years gets inevitably lost in the wrong crowd. One day, by accident, she meets Nadiv, who represents everything her friends aren’t.


Animation

Coda

Dir. Alan Holly
A lost and lifeless soul stumbles drunkenly through the city, where Death finds him and shows him many things. A hand-drawn film voiced by Brian Gleeson and Orla Fitzgerald.

John and Iris

Dir. Oscar Lewis
A short animation inspired by an interview conducted with an elderly couple – married for 61 years – which briefly reminisces on the moments of their lives together.

Le Gouffre

Dir. Carl Beauchemin, David Forest and Thomas Chretien
Two travellers undertake the construction of a gigantic bridge in order to cross a gulf blocking their way, inspiring a rural community nearby.

Lost Property

Dir. Åsa Lucander
When you lose something dear to your heart, there is only one place it can be found. The Lost Property office. The film looks into the idea of memory loss and the inevitable and lengthy aging process.

Over Dinner

Dir. Marcus Armitage
As a family meet for their last dinner before their son leaves to join the Army, the reality of the situation begins to break in through the four surrounding walls.

Tears of Inge

Dir. Alisi Telengut
A profound human-animal and human-nature relationship is represented by a painted world filled with a camel’s emotions, based on a real Mongolian nomadic story.

The Bigger Picture

Dir. Daisy Jacobs
Using seven-foot-tall characters performing on life- size sets, The Bigger Picture tells a stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent and the pressures that are faced.

The Missing Scarf

Dir. Eoin Duffy
A black comedy exploring some of life’s most common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection, unhappiness and finally the fear of death. Narrated by George Takei.


Artists’ Film

Anatomy of a Poem

Dir. Rebecca Ruige Xu
Utilising computer graphics and sound synthesising, this work depicts a the poem Drinking Alone by Moonlight from the ancient East by translating its rhyme and tonal prosody.

Dust

Dir. Thanasis Tsimpinis
A girl, locked in a room, creates a magical portal to escape reality. Meanwhile, her domineering mother makes a birthday cake for her. Little do they know, their worlds are about to be crushed.

Hatched

Dir. Disa Krosness
To be a woman; eggs inside and outside. To be locked in a shell with beauty, innocence and vulnerability painted on the surface. Let’s smash it open and let the insides out.

Merge

Dir. Erin Coates
In Merge the confined space of a mindlessly generic sedan interior is slowly consumed and eventually merged – through violent rupture – to the outside.

Monsters

Dir. Toby Tatum
A monstrous garden, where stone dinosaurs are enlivened by rampant foliage and gargantuan flowers, invites you into a new and uncharted world. Monsters is directed by Toby Tatum.

Queens

Dir. Gudrun Kemsa
A dynamic camera ride in two temporally displaced projections shows the route of the N-Train in Queens between Astoria Boulevard and Broadway.

The Column

Dir. Adrian Paci
The Column was born from the frustrations at an economic strategy whereby time must be condensed to the point at which delivery coincides with production. Find out more in this short.

Vampire Times

Dir. Irene Reiserer
Who is the villain and who is the prey? One must find out. Human skin, glasses of blood and beasts in the forest. A hypnotic and eery piece, shot on 8mm and archaic as humans.


Comedy

Bad Day At The Office

Dir. Nick Scott
Wallace D. Popple’s working day delivers a series of painful mishaps. Yet, within this off-kilter tale about happiness, there lies a twist for the twisted. Find out more in this short.

Command-Option-Dump

Dir. Jonathan Flint
An elaborate plot to break up with his girlfriend has dire consequences for Mark, in this dark comedy which highlights everyone’s reluctance to be the bearer of bad news. Directed by John Flint.

Dogging

Dir. Matthew Reed & Sam Turk
Keith and Val are going dogging. Years of constant sniping have taken their toll on their marriage, so they’re trying something new.

Happy Birthday Cindy Wei

Dir. Tsveta Lozanova
Happy Birthday Cindy Wei follows school underdog Cindy Wei as she builds up her character and confidence through discovering the flamboyant world of her cross-dressing cousin.

Mark & Alan

Dir. Rob Reed
Mark likes Karen, a lot. He met in her in a cafe on a random afternoon. So while out in the car with Alan he tries to give her a call… but things don’t always go as planned for Mark sadly.

Mémorable Moi

Dir. Jean-François Asselin
Mathieu seeks all ways to attract attention to himself. It is a matter of extreme endurance: you think of me so I exist. A dark and sinister look into one man’s quest for survival.

The Misbehaviour of Polly Papercut

Dir. Bryan M. Ferguson
A bored Hispanic comic-book obsessive turns masked sociopath with a thirst for mischief when she submerges herself into a warped world of candy coloured nihilism.

Valentine

Dir. Kate Herron
On Valentine’s Day, a hopeless romantic and a cynic realise that love is right in front of them. Co-written by filmmaker Kate Herron with the comedy troupe Birthday Girls, who also star.


Dance

Vanishing Points

Dir. Marites Carino
Sucked into a choreographic time warp, conceptual hip-hop dancers share fleeting moments of intimate synchronicity as viewers slowly realise things are not always as they seem…

Viviente

Dir. Ivalo Frank
Viviente is a music video that explores the issue of identity through modern dance, lyrics and music. It highlights how body language and music can overcome all cultural barriers.

Y20

Dir. Dominique T Skoltz
Y20 navigates troubled waters; between suffocation and exaltation, consummation and relinquishment, yes and no, from both under the skin and from on its surface.


Documentary

Dissonance

Dir. Theis Mølstrøm Christensen
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.

Here We’m Be Together

Dir. Rob Curry
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.

Next Stop: Reset

Dir. Alexandra Wedenig
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?

Powder Rooms of the Female Kind

Dir. Tash Horton
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.

Somewhere Else

Dir. Tom German
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.

Viva

Dir. Amanda Bluglass
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.


Drama

Crazy Like Me

Dir. Leah McKissock
After college, a depressed young woman has a quarter-life crisis. Between her degrading job at a restaurant and her failed relationships with family and men, she starts seeing a therapist.

Eldorado

Dir. Wendy Pillonel
On Novgor, everybody works in the Cendrars-Mines. One day, the company organises a raffle. Five lucky ones will be able to leave the dark dust of Novgor for a golden planet: Eldorado.

For His Sake

Dir. Louis Lagayette
Jennifer is a teenage mother living in Liverpool with her son Tommy. They struggle to survive, but receive the help a social worker, who realises that Jennifer is hiding something.

I Don’t Care

Dir. Carolina Giammetta
A young mum-to-be faces her worst nightmare. She takes on a gardening job and develops a friendship with a young girl which challenges her ability to deal with difference.

Koumiko

Dir. Nic Wassell
A metaphysical time-travel mystery: a Japanese woman comes home to a discovery that turns her world upside-down and catapults her into her own past. What will she learn and uncover?

Last Call

Dir. Camille Delamarre
He hears the ‘click’. Lowers his head. Damn. He is standing on a mine. If he moves, it will explode. How will he get through this? He doesn’t have much time left… It’s time for the last call.

Our Lad

Dir. Rachna Suri
Ali is one of the few British Muslims in the Army. When he returns home from Afghanistan unexpectedly, he faces renewed and past tensions from his family, friends and community.

The Ringer

Dir. Chris Shepherd
After a life time apart, a son finally meets his father. The son wants to know about his history, where he came from and how he came to be, but his dad gives him a surprise that will leave him confused.


Experimental

Alma

Dir. Andre? Braz
A young man has lost himself and his identity. Life has led him through paths making him become someone he doesn’t identify with – until his father’s death leads him to unbury a box.

Humor

Dir. Tal Zagreba
A street artist tries to make people smile without success, but when his frustration explodes, it becomes a hit. The tragedy is that the artist isn’t aware of the impact he’s made.

Memorybox

Dir. Toby Andris
A “blank” is sent to a deserted planet to retrieve a memory box. The blank ignores its instructions and plugs in, uploading a lifetime of memories, and ultimately, an identity.

Night Before The Morning Sun

Dir. Marc Grey
Suzanne is waking up. In those fleeting moments before she forgets her dreams, she searches her subconscious for answers – but can she learn to break free and find the answers?

On Loop

Dir. Christine Hooper
Four in the morning, crapped out, yawning. Experience a comic portrayal of the tedious insanity of insomnia. With an aesthetic inspired by David Hockney’s photomontages.

Stay The Same

Dir. Sam Firth
Recorded every day for a year at exactly the same time, in the same place, Stay the Same is about our relationship with time and the desire to capture experience. This short is directed by Sam Firth.

The Rinsing

Dir. Simone Smith
Unattractive? Unloved? Unhappy? Unsatisfied? Sign up for The Rinsing today. A program that will bring you face-to-face with the new, improved you. Watch this short to find out more.


Fashion

Arcade

Dir. Clive Will
A commercialised depiction of Kirsten Goss’ jewellery collection Arcade, the film mixes high speed videography, with colourful props for an onslaught of arresting images.

Concrete Love

Dir. Joseph Ghaleb
Concrete Love observes a woman dreaming under the pillars and shapes of a romance that she misses, but perhaps never had. The question is, will she ever find what she’s looking for?

Red Shoes

Dir. Lorna Tucker
Inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution, Red Shoes is a journey through a dark, enchanted space where death, decay and opulence sit side by side. Directed by Lorna Tucker.

River Island x Joseph Turvey

Dir. Alex Turvey
Inspired by Joseph Turvey’s streetwear aesthetic and documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz, Alex Turvey’s short film centres around the model collective Justanorm.

Sharp Reality?

Dir. Amanda Wong
The reality of a creature and a landscape is both distorted and revealed through the filmmaker’s use of reflection, refraction and perspective. Learn more about this process by watching this short.

Split

Dir. Zinka Bejtic
The Fashion film questions the complicated relationship between elements that are associated with positive and negative, light and dark, good and evil, ugly and beautiful.


Music Video

Apple Jelly: //Control//

Dir. Jeremi Durand
Don’t we all have our own way to say “stop”? In this promo for the French electro band, Petru keeps control over his daily life through his own kind of dancing ritual. Directed by Jeremi Durand.

Ghost Culture: Giudecca

Dir. Lewis Lloyd
A longing vision of past summer romance, seen through a kaleidoscope of faded celluloid memories. An inner journey into the intangible nature of love, affection, feeling and emotion.

Kaja Gunnufsen: Faen Ta

Dir. Thea Hvistendahl
The music video Faen Ta is put together from the visual personal ads of six people, who all introduce us to their environment amid lonely everyday scenes. Find out more in this short.

London Grammar: Hey Now

Dir. Chris Ullens
A forest comes alive at night courtesy of enigmatic stop-frame animation, with mysterious characters meeting and a stunning display of animated strings, in a hand-crafted, playful ballet.

Marbert Rocel: The Temple

Dir. Dirk Rauscher
The Temple is a story about a metaphorical temple, built by “her”, in which she is waiting for “him”, brought to life in an artificial construct of symbolic memories and fragments.

The Last Skeptik: Pick Your Battles

Dir. Jeff Metal
Taken from his album Thanks For Trying, Skeptik stars in this epic, beautifully shot, Peak District-based tale of a “bear”. This short contains friendship, and a frightening twist.


Thriller

Black and White

Dir. Richard Williamson
Surviving a surprise sex party with your soul intact is tough in this wickedly dark psychological short. Welcome to the Black and White midnight party- what other surprises will occur?

Dawn

Dir. Caleb Wissun-Bhide
An urban relationship drama with a supernatural subtext. Leroy returns home late one night to find his wife Becca has locked him out. Can he make amends before the sun comes up?

Fibs

Dir. James Sharpe
Fibs is the subtle and nuanced tale of Naomi, a teenage girl who is lost in a fantasy, and who will say anything as she attempts to win back her older ex-boyfriend. However, will her plan succeed?

Former Things

Dir. Adam R. Brown
Alex, a travel-worn survivor in a desolate world, returns to his childhood home to find not only artefacts of his youth, but also the plague-ridden body of his recently deceased father.

Naïve

Dir. Marie Enthoven
Emma discovers her life is a lie and her mother holds the strings. Her lover, her friends, all seem to be paid to surround her, as she struggles to distinguish truth from paranoia.

Status

Dir. Richard Williamson
In the near future, social networking has moved out of the virtual world and into the physical. A confronting portrait of a world we may soon know too well.

Woodwoo

Dir. Jonny Phillips
Sometimes you can’t see the woods for the trees… An ancient oak tree awakens a jaded tree surgeon to the intensity of life, when a routine job suddenly turns out to be anything but.