Film Library 2018

The 2018 programme was the largest and most diverse to date, expanding across 12 short-form genres, as well as feature and VR films. Indulge in a selection and curate your own experience of independent cinema.


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Free Your Mind – Nike

Dir. Anthony Capristo
Millenials from different subcultures question the nature of reality and the present. They free their minds, establish their own rules, break physical laws of nature and create a new landscape.

Punk IPA – BrewDog

Dir. Greg Ferro
BrewDog’s flagship beverage – Punk IPA – is celebrated in this visually compelling short, highlighting the craft beer revolution whilst establishing a bold sense of identity.

Rhabarber Spritz

Dir. Konstantin Enste & Bianca Büdenbender
Rhabarber Spritz is a well thought out commercial for a winery – not as sweet as you think. It is the graduation movie of Bianca Büdenbender (DOP) at Hochschule Mainz, Germany.

Start The Buzz

Dir. Giacomo Boeri & Matteo Grimaldi
Start the Buzz is the latest film commissioned by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana to celebrate Milano Fashion Week A/W 2018/19. The short is directed by Giacomo Boeri and Matteo Grimaldi.

Stay – Knarli

Dir. Charlie Delaney
Stay is a brand video for Knarli, an upstart UK streetwear company. The film dwells in a concrete utopia of setting suns and slow shutter speeds. There is a sense of freedom and calm throughout.

The Mini Factory – Petit Bateau

Dir. Patrick Daughters
In a colourful and vibrant secret factory, an energetic little boy uses his creative imagination to submit several Petit Bateau items to resourceful torture-tests, thanks to great inventions.


Animation

Adina E – Changing

Dir. Yoni Goodman
A young girl runs away from home, feeling the need to escape the pain she is experiencing in her world. Not knowing where her path will take her, she heads out on a journey of self discovery.

Double Portrait

Dir. Ian Bruce
Double Portrait is a hand-painted animation which portrays the ill-fated relationship between Geraldine Peacock and Bob Gannicott. Created using frame by frame techniques.

Facing It

Dir. Sam Gainsborough
As a man anxiously awaits a meeting in the local pub, he is forced to explore his relationships, emotions and beliefs in an evening that will leave him changed indefinitely.

Leave a Print

Dir. Christina S. Nerland
A family of arctic foxes learns to cope with the fact that one of them is fading away. A story about learning to live with loss and accepting the memories that we carry with us.

Lynx & Birds

Dir. Francesco Mazza & Simone Giampaolo
In a narrative about love triumphing over fear, Lynx & Birds follows the story of two birds in an Attenborough-esque mockumentary that reveals a chink in the food chain. Find out more in this short.

Mamoon

Dir. Ben Steer
Mamoon follows the story of a mother and her infant child who are forced to leave their home when mysterious, dark shadows envelop the light in which they exist. Will they make it out safely?

Weird

Dir. Fausto Montanari
A short about identity and learning to accept yourself for who you are, instead of who you’re not. It recounts the tale of a girl who is judged for being different, but finds out she’s not so weird after all.

When

Dir. Deanna Crisbacher
When discusses Crisbacher’s experience with mental illness and how it has impacted her perception of the world. Using CGI as a deeply expressive and communicative medium.


Artists’ Film

Dead. Tissue. Love.

Dir. Natasha Austin-Green
Dead Tissue Love is an intimate experimental documentary examining the individual character of a female necrophile as she journeys and recounts her life in all its facets.

Drop Out Bodies

Dir. Ludivine Large-Bessette
As the camera moves amongst a group, they fall, one by one, in a random pattern. The film questions the inevitable fatality of the human body and the collective experience.

Johnny Thinks

Dir. Malcolm Rumbles
A poem about a woman called Johnny. She is a woman who is longingly trying to fit into a society, which rejects her. This detachment leads to further rejection, substance abuse and suicide.

Murmurs of a Macrocosm

Dir. Adam Azmy
Using NASA recordings from the famous Apollo missions and sounds of the universe recorded by satellites in space, we travel through a microscopic and ingenious world.

My Turtle Dove

Dir. Ralph Briscoe & Jay Stephen
A patriotic film celebrating diversity in modern day Britain. My Turtle Dove is a love letter to acceptance, presenting a sociopolitical experimentation of contemporary tolerance.

Rebirth is Necessary

Dir. Jenn Nkiru
This film explores the magic and dynamism of emptiness in a realm where time and space are altered. Past, present and future are considered in the gaps inbetween. Directed by Jenn Nkiru.

The Interpreter

Dir. Noriko Okaku
Adopting the structure of MajorArcana – taken from the Tarot Card – the film includes 22 mystical scenes based on Derbyshire’s history, mythology and regional folklore. Directed by Noriko Okaku.


Comedy

Fern

Dir. Johnny Kelly
A woman loses her husband, but in the process, finds friendship in a houseplant. An unlikely friendship forms between flora and human, but it all starts to turn disastrously ugly.

Five Star Fouad

Dir. Ollie Wolf
Imagine robbing a bank and booking yourself an Uber as the getaway car. Gary did just that. Through the sage advice of his driver, he catches a glimpse of a more positive yet reckless lifestyle.

Goodbye, Brooklyn

Dir. Daniel Jaffe
Goodbye, Brooklyn is directed by Daniel Jaffe. Struggling with New York living, Dana Schapiro decides to move, saying goodbye to a neighbourhood that can’t remember who she is.

It’s Complicated

Dir. Grant De Sousa
When lonely singleton Andy invites a girl he met online to his apartment, he falls head-over-heels despite flatmate Nigel’s repeated attempts to point out her obvious flaw.

Masterpiece

Dir. Runyararo Mapfumo
Four young men attend an exhibition preview to celebrate their friend’s academic success in. They find Simbai’s prizewinning masterpiece and are left to observe, but what must they do next?

Midnight Confession

Dir. Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
West Berlin, 1989. Manny Jumpcannon prowls around his dingy apartment, phoning people from his past and hoping for vindication, but the conversations only reveal his deceit.

Taking Stock

Dir. Duncan Cowles
Reflecting upon his failed attempts at creating profitable stock footage, a filmmaker reflects on the mundane and lonely sides of being trapped inside of your own head as a freelancer and creator.

The Hole

Dir. Emma Sullivan
Deep in the forest, something truly terrible has happened to Pyotr. A nightmarish and deeply human comedy sure to connect audiences in the absurdity of the human condition.


Dance

Back2Zero

Dir. Rain Kencana
Urban nomads are on the hunt for inspiration. They seek solace in forgotten places, marrying organic lands with the metropolitan ideal. How can we exist in transience? Directed by Rain Kencana.

Dances with Circles

Dir. Paul McLean
Paul Mclean directs the story of Rachel Sullivan and her journey from loneliness to reclaimed freedom. Dances with Circles is a cyclical tale of humanity within overwhelming environments.

Hydra

Dir. Erin S Murray
Wandering a vast landscape alone, a child is consumed by a militaristic lineup that transforms her into a woman. She must choose to be with the group or she must choose her independence.

Midnight Bloom

Dir. Derryck Menere
At the intersection between fashion and dance, Midnight Bloom delivers a compelling visual composition that flows between light and darkness, depicting female resilience.

Reach

Dir. Billy Boyd Cape
Billy Boyd Cape collaborates with hip-hop collective Far From The Norm to explore abandonment and fatherhood in an dynamic and emotional struggle of mind versus soul.

The Wayward Wind

Dir. Monica Thomas & Steve Delahoyde
The Wayward Wind is a story told with humour and movement, The Wayward Wind is a twist on the “rambling man” archetype, playing upon relationships with women found in the landscape.

Thubalethu

Dir. Suzanne Kim
Performance artist Thubalethu considers the possibilities of dance, cultivating an improvisational spirit in the vast salt pan of Lake Gairdner, located in South Australia.


Documentary


Believe That

Dir. Caleb Yule
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.

Black Sheep

Dir. Ed Perkins
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.

Little Brother

Dir. Dominique van Olm
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?

Little Pyongyang

Dir. Roxy Rezvany
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?

Mister Sunshine

Dir. Eldon Booth
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.

Teeth

Dir. Thomas Hogben
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.

The Horse Whisperer

Dir. Richard Mullane
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.


Drama

Black Spirit

Dir. Chakib Taleb-Bendiab
An old French archaeologist is convinced that he is finally on the trail of the legendary African Samurai clan. Is his mystic journey just a dream or a way to escape reality?

Fighter

Dir. Bugsy Steel
Ten minutes before a boxing match, a teenager with Down’s Syndrome fights for his right to get in the ring. A deeply personal story about overcoming obstacles and challenges that stand in the way.

Lefters

Dir. Luis Germano
Audiovisual piece shot in Moscow, dealing with the timely issue of homophobia through a real case of violence against a couple who were based in Russia in 2015. Lefters is directed by Luis Germano.

Little Bill’s Peep Show

Dir. Kevin Rios
After an intimate and unexpected moment is then shared online, Little Bill tries to cope with the consequences of being a homophobic bully. Digital drama that tackles the subject of homophobia.


Experimental

Parthenon

Dir. Frank Mosley
A naked body moves a stranger to empathy. PARTHENON is a slippery, dizzying provocation on art, control and perception, drawing attention to the human form.

Period.

Dir. Charli Whatley
Period. uses spoken word and unique visuals to highlight the stigma that surrounds menstruation, exposing the blood that causes women shame, normalising its image.

Somersault Pike

Dir. Kate Lefoe
Dark fears and high hopes drive a young competitive diver as she faces the ten-metre platform. Somersault Pike takes viewers from the top of the jump to the eventual plunge.


Fashion

#AREYOUTHERE

Dir. Shiouwen Hong
#AREYOUTHERE questions social media identities. The film drifts between digital and physical worlds, revealing the effects of comments, likes, tags and online profiles can have on an individual.

C 41 Magazine x Adidas Originals

Dir. Leone Balduzzi
C 41 Magazine x Adidas Originals is a story of a group of friends with different personalities, this film for Adidas Originals explores a contemporary need for authenticity from the mainstream.

Casamorati

Dir. Michele Bizzi
Inspired by Xerjoff’s nostalgic perfumes, Casamorati is set in an old Italian mansion, where Amanda is thrown into a surreal and imaginary world where different epochs blend with real life.

I Am An Individual

Dir. Luis Barreto Carrillo & Amber Moelter
Each chapter is an emotional true story, I Am An Individual celebrates unique human identities through five personal stories of love, appearance, friendship, empowerment and dreams.

The Greatest Luxury

Dir. Kathryn Ferguson
Commissioned by Hot Air, Selfridges’, this film explores the concept of luxury from the point of view of three diverse, radical creative talents. Directed by Kathryn Ferguson.

The Perfect One

Dir. Boldizsár CR
Perfect One is a psychological film inspired by the teenage experience of growing up and maturing. It raises poignant questions about living in today’s world, unearthing everyday societal pressures.


Music Video

Dewhorn – Tispur

Dir. Brandon Kapelow
Reflecting Tispur’s dreamy, nostalgic soundscapes, this film follows a young boy’s adventures in the natural world, evoking a sense of great freedom, past and childhood memories.

Hear My Pain Heal – Sevdaliza

Dir. Ian Pons Jewell
Sevdaliza mourns the death of her lover as we witness the final departure of his soul. Deeply cinematic, this effective piece offers dark, intriguing visuals that linger in the mind.

Lonely Souls – Strangelove ft. Bellatrix

Dir. Taz Tron Delix
This video for London-based rap trio Strangelove takes a surreal, nightmarish approach to depicting urban life, addressing larger ideas of alienation, disconnection and differences.

No White God – Oscar Worldpeace

Dir. Taz Tron Delix
No White God investigates issues of cultural oppression and established power structures, crafting a new narrative through dynamic aesthetics and distinctive imagery.

Soteria – Mt. Wolf

Dir. James Ayling
A life ruined by extreme events ends with a desperate act. Reflecting on an innocent youth, the main character is reminded of his burning passion which he uses to speed up his recovery.

Younger – Bastien Keb

Dir. Bailey Tom Bailey
Featuring the music of Bastien Keb, this short follows the steps of a teenage couple torn apart by the dark and dangerous influence of the city and a mysterious yet pervasive black liquid.


Thriller

A Doll Distorted

Dir. Niall Shukla
Jane suffers from haphephobia – the pathological fear of touch. Tormented by years of loneliness and isolation, she orders a synthetic love doll, with horrific consequences.

Be Uncertain

Dir. Jack Carrivick
Stuck in a stagnant routine, JD finally does the unexpected only to wish he hadn’t. Now full of uncertainty, he must try and regain control of his life, just like it was before.

Iphigenia’s Night

Dir. Albert Ventura
Driving home from the airport, Jie is forced onto a different path, where he runs into a stranger with a message from a mysterious organisation and embarks on a new assignment.