We’ve gaslighting and online grooming, urban paranoia and religious mania, a family funeral and a moral dilemma, the high price of ambition and the bitter cost of fame, a Kafkaesque film noir nightmare and two women caught in very different time loops in this first selection from the next generation of filmmakers.
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A SEASON OF LOVE (World Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Luna Mao, Prod: Alix Lee
UK, 2019, 7 min 08 sec, Cert 12A (FFF Rating)
One girl’s romantic journey proves to be a constant loop.
CRESCENT (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir: Connor Mckee, Wri: Wesley Burgess, Prod: Edward Heredia
UK, 2019, 7 min 39 sec, Cert PG
Moving into a new home, Celina Smith struggles to cope with her daily life. As her concept of time becomes elusive, she begins to fear for her sanity.
MEZZANINE (England Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Abigail Porter, Prod: Siqi Wang
UK, 2019, 10 min 26 sec, Cert 15 (FFF Rating)
A woman enters her flat, accidentally leaving the door open behind her. Increasingly paranoid, she arms herself with a kitchen knife, and searches for an intruder.
THE DEVIL’S LAMP (European Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Chetna Vaidyanathan
UK, 2019, 6 mins 18 sec, Cert PG (F Rating)
A priest is beset by increasingly psychotic delusions. Fear and obsession lead him down a dark path, an interplay in his mind between God and the Devil.
THE PACKAGE (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Leo Astudillo, Prod: Thomas Warburton
UK, 2018, 10 min 38 sec, Cert 15
James and his partner John have been transporting illegal goods for a while, but their morality is put to the test when a “package” they must transport turns out to be an underage girl.
MY FRIEND FRANK (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Joel Caborn, Prod: Keith Allott
UK, 2018, 5 min 22 sec, Cert PG
Charlie loves his mum but she doesn’t look after him properly, and sometimes she hurts him. He doesn’t have friends at school but since inheriting a games console, he does online. Frank is Charlie’s best friend but is he who he says he is?
LUCA (Regional Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Gethin Dibowski, Prod: Govind Chandran
(UK, 14 min 15 sec), Cert 12A
A young woman gets stuck in a 24-hour time loop when trying to reconnect with her estranged mother after a decade of no contact.
QUIZELITE (World Premiere)
Dir: Freddy Barouh, Dir / Wri: Christian Dametto, Wri: Dilma Leitao, Wri / Prod: Nee Edwards-Byfield,
UK, 2019, 10 min 37 sec, Cert 18
Quizelite is a yearly quiz that takes place on a mobile app, promising fame and wealth to the top six contestants. Tessie desperately wants to win, but what price is she ready to pay to change her life?
ALVA (UK Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Sam Brown, Prod: Scott Larson
USA, 2019, 3 min, Cert PG
A family says goodbye to a much loved pet.
PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Joseph Daly, Prod: Xanvier Allison, Cast: Claire Ibbitson
UK, 2018, 7 min 53 sec, Cert 15
Judy is all set to play a munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz”, but her time in Hollywood slowly descends into madness as a mysterious figure leads her to Miss Garland.
KILL (European Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Quentin Guobadia
USA, 2019. 13 min 30 sec, Cert 12A
A young man struggles to be heard and understood amid a tangled web of baseless accusations from an authoritative magistrate and a stalwart investigator.
TRT: 96 min 46 sec