Film Library 2016

Demonstrating the power of film as a mechanism, a tool and a connective art form, the 2016 edition celebrates the power of cinema to reach out on many levels. Discussing a variety of themes from the migrant crisis to tales of love and loss, experience handpicked short film with our festival favourites.


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Fendi – By the Way

Dir. John Wright
Meet Fendi’s latest symbol of restrained elegance: the four-in-one By The Way bag. Alongside the original soundtrack, a futuristic approach presents an inspirational practical item.

From Lancome With Love

Dir. John Wright
From Lancôme With Love is a digital film campaign for leading cosmetics brand Lancôme, advertising the launch of the fun-loving Lancôme Spring cosmetics collection. Find out more here.

Morning Rituals

Dir. Bruno Simões
A family goes through their usual morning rituals – the patterns of everyday existence that we all go through – but this time there’s something different about them, what has changed?

Never Ending Story

Dir. Metz+Racine
Never Ending Story tracks the journey of French fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton, founded in 1854 and quickly becoming the symbol of glamour, luxury and everything expensive.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Dir. Remo Camerota
Set in the future, a beautiful car is spotted by a space craft, silently running along the surface of an unknown planet. The Toyota hybrid glides with precision, power and silence.


Animation

(Otto)

Dir. Joris Oprins, Marieke Blaauw & Job Roggeveen
A woman who can’t have children steals a little girl’s imaginary friend. While at first this creates a rift, imagination brings everyone together.

Apocalypse Rhyme

Dir. Oliver Harrison
A black and white, multi-layered, hyper-kinetic, typographical poem. Using the letters of the word apocalypse, each line explores areas of our lives and experiences eroded by recent events.

Bound

Dir. Dann Parry
Struggling to escape a desolate forest of his own making, a man is being followed by the creature he is bound to. Quirky and introspective short that explores the self, identity and everyday challenges.

Fall

Dir. Ollie Magee
A falling man finds peace in his fate as he learns to let go of emotion, sensation and his physical body. His impact on the city and people below is felt, if only for a brief moment.

Little Elephant

Dir. Kate Jessop
Little Elephant is about the estranged relationship between a father and his gay daughter, now a young mother. Both characters reflect upon past memories and lost connections.

No Place Like Home

Dir. Cat Bruce
Sona enjoys a simple self-sufficient life in her ramshackle countryside home. But now her neighbours are being forced to move, and industrial constructions emerge on the horizon.

Seven Seven

Dir. Georgina Ferguson & Eduarda Lima
Following the events on 7 July 2005, in which a train was bombed in King’s Cross killing 26 people. The story reflects upon a stranger’s kindness and life after disaster strikes in their lives.

There Is Still Life

Dir. Thibault Houdon & Maxime Roz
In a museum, a night guard is doing his watch. A glimpse of light draws us into a remote space. Suddenly, a noise is heard and suddenly starts a series of unsuspected events.


Artists’ Film

Figures in a Landscape

Dir. Rory Menage
Rory Menage responds to the rural landscape of Yorkshire, bringing his sculptures into the geography as a visual tribute to Barbara Hepworth’s film Figures in a Landscape (1953).

Simulacra

Dir. Theo Tagholm
Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. Simulacra explores the hyperreal.

Solo Damas

Dir. Callum Hill
A fragmented journey through the dark canal ways on the outskirts of Mexico City. The female protagonist attempts to reconcile with the past through an unsettling pilgrimage.

The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves

Dir. Toby Tatum
Enter an undiscovered landscape of curious and subtle enchantment, where sentient shadows brood and magic shines resplendent within the many streams of illuminated water.

True Songs

Dir. Francesca Allfrey
Maria Giugliano tells rich and eclectic stories filled with the universality of life. The narratives span all of time, space, and a diversity of international languages.

Wrecking Machine

Dir. Robert Francis Müller
Wrecking Machine explores the connection between self-doubt and self-destruction through an existential take on mental health. Bridging the gap between truth, fact and fiction.


Comedy

Allhallowtide

Dir. Tia Salisbury
It’s an important night for Molly, but her feckless housemate has forgotten. She does everything in her power to remind him, but it’s not easy when you’ve been dead for 180 years.

City Lights

Dir. Ed Wiles
The anonymous night security guard in a London office tower finds a unique way to attract the attention of an equally anonymous cleaner based in an opposite tower. What does he want?

Headless: The Ed Shales Story

Dir. Yousef Thami
Since his tragic childhood accident, Ed has had to live with his head detached but still fully functional. This film catches up with Ed years later, dealing with the stresses of adult life.

Help! I’m Trapped In A Movie

Dir. Riley Madincea
A man wakes up within his own dream of becoming a Hollywood star in his very own feature, but it quickly becomes a nightmare when he can no longer be in control of the plot.

Standing Still

Dir. Chris Mcgill
A living statue of one of Shakespeare’s most famous dramatic figures, Hamlet works in Stratford upon Avon, but is beginning to have second thoughts about his career choice.

Venice

Dir. Venetia Taylor
Josh is in Venice, Mum is in Sydney. Josh doesn’t understand backpacking, Mum doesn’t understand Skype. A hilarious clash of generations, desires, needs and technological age gaps.

We Are Happy

Dir. Matt Winn
Sarah and Paul’s favourite couple tell them that they’re getting divorced. Unable to understand why, Sarah and Paul start to analyse their own marriage, with disastrous consequences.


Dance

Bound

Dir. Monica Thomas
A dance film in three parts, Bound explores physical relationships to books, and metaphors that inevitably emerge from stockpiling different narratives within the same space.

Intrusion

Dir. Nick White
Along the deserted highwalks of the Barbican estate, a strange presence follows a group of performers as they fill the empty space with dance, until the unknown takes over the screens.

Shift

Dir. Rachael Lincoln & Amelia Rudolph
Featuring Bay Area vertical dance company Bandaloop as they journey across the Sierra, the film challenges the boundaries of site-specific performance and where it can be.

This Idea Of Us

Dir. Geej Ower (C/O Greatcoat Films)
Following one man’s psychological torment as he battles with the memory of a past relationship. An emotional and physical story of a character attempting to rid himself from his past.


Documentary

Barbie Beach

Dir. Courtney Dixon
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.

Elders

Dir. Glen Milner
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.

Irregulars

Dir. Fabio Palmieri
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.

The Artist and the Machine

Dir. Reuben Armstrong & Jamie Neale
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.

The Making of Latex 101

Dir. Hayley Evans
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.

War and Cheese

Dir. Ben Garfield
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.


Drama

A Girl and Her Gun

Dir. Paul Holbrook & Sam Dawe
A tormented and neglected 12-year-old finds solace watching violent Western movies. When she finds a gun in her late father’s loft, she stands up to her tormentors just like the films.

Breathe

Dir. James Doherty
A hardy traveller becomes increasingly concerned by his young son’s feminine nature until, in an inconsolable state of unsettlement, he sets about trying to toughen him up.

Bricks

Dir. Neville Pierce
When a stockbroker hires a builder to renovate his wine cellar, the two men fall out with violent consequences. A modern retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado.

Chaste

Dir. Mike Jones
Chaste centres on one turbulent night but deals with a lifetime of regret. Gabrielle’s life is beige. All she wanted was a home full of love, but all she’s created is her own mausoleum.

Mikelis

Dir. Marc Bethke
Mikelis, a mathematician working for the European Union, is sitting in a hotel room in Brussels one day after his retirement. He is waiting for what he knows will be his last visitor, Carl.

Pêcheurs

Dir. Yoann Garel
Two young brothers set off on an expedition to go fishing by a lake. Little do they know that while out, they’ll run into a man, mysteriously out fishing all on his own. What will happen to the boys?

Pool

Dir. Benjamin Lussier
Pool follows the story of Willem, a young man from Norway, on an existential quest. After suffering from selective mutism, a form of social anxiety, he sets out to engage with the world.

The Idyll

Dir. Justin Anderson
A modern adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s short story about a man (Dougray Scott) and a woman (Emma de Caunes) sharing an unexpected and awkward encounter on a train.


Experimental

A Place I’ve Never Been

Dir. Adrian Flury
Sourcing multiple digital images of the same place, this experiment makes use of frame-by-frame montages to discover hidden forms and patterns to find new meanings.

Aymara

Dir. Michele Benigna
Aymara is a period/sci-fi short film shot in Infrared black and white. Surreal images tell a simple story of a domestic life in a coastal cabin suspended inbetween the past and future time-zones.

City Crush

Dir. Mia Forrest
A decadent thug poaches an exotic young trophy-boy and smuggles him into City Crush. When he escapes he must navigate the desolation and deviant lust of the locals grasp.

Machina

Dir. Apollo Thomas
One room, one residential area, one parking lot and one lobby with escalators. Clarence is obsessed with the visions of a woman he thinks he loves, and tries to re-assemble romance.

Made of Sugar

Dir. Kevin Rios
A nostalgic portrait of a Cuban-American family as their cultural heritage is inevitably up for change, Made of Sugar charts an intimate exposure of family, bloodlines and identity.

Man on the Hill

Dir. Daisy Dickinson
Transcending the sounds and visuals of the drum, elements of fire and water act as catalysts for destruction – creating an atmospheric piece of raw, ritualistic, drumming phenomena.


Fashion

Becco di Rame

Dir. Melany
Loosely based on the real life events of Becco Di Rame (“copper beak”), this is the true story of Ottorino, a courageous goose who lost his beak fighting bravely against a hungry fox.

Cycle III

Dir. Dan Gianini
A girl walks into a launderette. She starts loading the washing machine, sits and waits for its cycle to begin. Slowly, all the sounds build into a uniform beat and she falls into a daydream.

Ethetics: AKJP

Dir. Amber Moelter & Luis Barreto Carrillo
Ethetics is an ethical film series which features products that cause the least damage to the planet, whilst still giving the consumer an aesthetic satisfaction. Find out more in this short.

Gun

Dir. Javiera Eyzaguirre
GUN means shooting what we don’t want to be. Our character is at war with a part of himself. He can’t even recognise his own image in the mirror. His instability is causing him to lose himself.

The Seven Voices In Amber

Dir. Hung-Chun Wang
This short film is an experimentation into a new cinematic expression of fashion film, transforming the aesthetics into scenes of intense intimacy, addiction, seizing, occupy and futility.


Music Video

Beardyman – Mountainside

Dir. Lewis Rose
Unique music video for UK Beatbox champion and musical chameleon Beardyman. The unexpected story follows a funny and simultaneously bittersweet tale of lost raver love.

Branches of Life

Dir. Katerina Athanasopoulou
A woman is under sedation for a lung operation and she sinks inside her own unconscious. The film starts at that dreamy beginning of anaesthesia where your mind drifts helplessly.

Nao – Bad Blood

Dir. Ian Pons Jewell
A mysterious woman with supernatural powers strolls the remains of a derelict world. As time goes on we continue to question whether she is an angel of revenge or a messenger of redemption.

Raheem Bakare – Ups & Downs

Dir. Remi Laudat
Based around lovers who push their relationship to the extremes of romance, we follow Raheem retracing his steps through areas where past memories took place, whilst questioning himself.

Rio Wolta – Through My Street

Dir. Piet Baumgartner
Meditative film featuring the everyday motions of two diggers transformed into synchronised and romanticised performance. Captivating and satisfying intense visuals throughout.

Victoria+Jean – Härligt Sverige

Dir. Corentin Kopp
Shot in Malmö, Sweden, Härligt Sverige is a Film Noir for Belgo- Swedish avant-pop band Victoria+Jean. This intense rumble of a track was produced by John Parrish (PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp.)


Thriller

Cerberus

Dir. Remy Bazerque
A modern take on mythological punishments that last an eternity, Cerberus is the tale of two brothers who torment each other time and again in a scenario they can never escape.

Eat

Dir. Carl Shanahan
An unsettling look at the ritualistic nature of dinner. Four children hope to make it through one family meal by adhering to their intimidating mother. But what’s being served?

Listen to Me

Dir. Rob Ayling
A musicologist moves into an apartment just before New Year’s Eve. A few nights later she is woken by an argument coming from next door and records the sounds – tragedy ensues.

Lock In

Dir. Neville Pierce
When a menacing stranger traps a landlord and his pregnant daughter in their pub, a game of cat and mouse begins. Funded through BFI/Creative England’s iShorts initiative.

The Sticks

Dir. Jamie Delaney & Russell Davidson
The short film is a re-telling of classic Celtic mythological themes. All is not what it seems at all and that which seems certain can change rapidly into something unexpected and dark.