A misunderstood wolf; a grandmother’s legacy; a serious case of grass-is-greener syndrome. Cute fish, bad bears. A guy in need of a change in perspective; an angry gnome with a creative way of dealing with Mother Nature. The comic, the touching, the silly and the sad. These are the stories of life, presented in these must-see shorts.
Please join us at Albert Square Chop House from 4pm on March 25th. Tickets £5/£4 (concession).
13&BLACK&WHITE (UK Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Darko Bakliza, Prod: Tihana Smitran
Croatia, 2018 1 min 30, Cert PG
BO is a problem solver whose problems are always on the funny side.
Dir / Wri: Matisse Gonzalez, Prod: Toufik Abdedaim, Matisse Gonzalez
Germany, 2019, 11 min, Cert PG
On her search for something to grab on to, Rosa learns that gravity is stronger than everybody else.
THE BEAR HUNTER (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir: Sayaka Hara, Wri: Kenji Miyazawa
UK / Japan, 2019, 7 min 27 sec, Cert PG (F Rating)
A hunter who lives in the mountain knows the bears well. One evening, when she is about to kill a bear, it speaks to her.
HOME SWEET HOME
Dir: Maria Robertson, Dir / Wri: Harry Pearson, Prod: Maddison Gould
UK, 2019, 1 min 44 sec, Cert PG (F Rating)
A group of discarded sweets try to make their way home.
IAN, A MOVING STORY (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir: Abel Goldfarb, Wri / Prod: Gastón Gorali, Prod: Mundoloco, Laura Plasencia
Argentina, 2019, 10 min, Cert PG
Ian was born with cerebral palsy. Like all kids, he wants to have friends, but discrimination and bullying keep him from his beloved playground. But Ian won’t give up easily.
URANUS WHISPERS (UK Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Frank Gresham
USA, 2019, 4 min, Cert 12A
Wiss and Krill, two self-absorbed extra-terrestrial buddies, complain vociferously about their Neptunian surroundings. They procure a rocket and attempt an escape to neighbouring planet Uranus.
THE LAST DAY OF AUTUMN
Wri / Dir: Marjolaine Perreten Production:
Switzerland, Belgium, France, 2019, 7 mins 20 sec, Cert PG
Forest animals secretly collect abandoned bike parts with the intention of building vehicles that fit their size. A great race is preparing. The last day of Autumn’s race.
STARVATION (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Zahra Rostampour,
Iran, 2018, 7 min 12 sec, Cert 12A (F Rating)
A hungry wolf gets stuck in stereotypes about being the big bad wolf of the story.
FUNNY FISH [DROLE DE POISSON]
Dir / Wri: Krishna Chandran A. Nair, Prod: Reginald de Guillebon (company: Folimage) Nicolas Burlet (company: Nadasdy Film).
France / Switzerland, 2017, 6 min 20 sec, Cert PG
In the middle of the ocean, a school of fish comes to the rescue of a red fish floating on the surface of the water, unaware that it is in fact a balloon.
THE EVENING THREAD (UK Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Iris Moore
Canada, 2019, 10 min 19 sec, Cert PG (FFF Rating)
An old woman prepares to die. Accompanied by her granddaughter, she reflects on the memories of her life, and on the profound experience of being human, before taking the next step into the unknown.
WITHIN A DROP
Dir: Tommy Cui
UK, 2018, 2 mins 30 sec, Cert PG
A man tries to take his own life, but in falling to his death, he sees something to change his mind.
THE RIBBON (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Polla-Ilariya Kozino, Prod: Jean Ahn, Arealous Kendrick
USA, 4 min 25 sec, Cert PG (FFF Rating)
A little girl wakes up in a magical world.
CLOUDY (North West Premiere)
Dir. Fillip Diviak, Zuzana Čupová
Czech Republic, 2019, 4 min 43 sec (Cert PG)
Cloudy takes place on a little island on one beautiful sunny day. Mr. Gnome wants to spend this splendid day by sunbathing. But little insidious cloud won’t let him enjoy his peace and settles himself right over the sun.
THE BEAUTY (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir: Pascal Schelbli, Prod: Tina Vest, Aleksandra Todorovic
Germany, 2019, 5 Min, Cert PG
A poetic journey through a fascinating underwater world, where plastic and nature become one