We’ve animation and experimentation, music videos and mobile phone movies, documentary portraits and meditative memoirs, snappy sketches and satiric stingers, surrealism, silliness, and short sharp shocks, in this selection that demonstrates that brevity is often the soul of cinema.
THE GREEN MAN (Regional Premiere)
Dir: Nicolas Motte
UK, 2019, 4 min 35 sec, (Cert 12A
A delivery man with a deadline wants to cross a road. He’s in for a surprise.
TOO YOUNG FOR A MEMOIR (North West Premiere)
Dir: Case Jernigan
USA, 2019, 5 min, (Cert 15)
A man plunges into his reservoir of memory, nostalgia and regret.
H S K T (North West Premiere)
Dir: Hannah Congdon, Prod: Charlotte Vickers
UK, 2018, 1 min 25 sec, Cert 15 (FFF Rating)
The children’s song ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’ taken as a basis for de- and re-constructing the female body.
JACK THE RIPPER – THEN AND NOW (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir: Haemin Ko
UK, 2018, 2 min 23 sec, Cert 12A
Who was Jack then, and who is he now? What was abuse like then, and what is like now?
EXPEND (North West Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Bismark Fernandes
USA, 2018, 3 mins 50 sec, Cert PG
A man’s endless hunt for elusive energy sources in a decaying world.
24 (UK Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Brian Yulo Ng
USA, 2019, 2 min 40 sec, Cert 12A
Culture, memory and trauma through the lens of a person born between identities.
THE LAST DREAM OF KABUKI (UK Premiere)
Dir: Fini Maza, Dir / Cast: Wanderson Dos Santos, Prod: Daniel Merendoni
USA, 2019, 4 min 57 sec, Cert 15
A visual poem exploring inner struggle.
FURNACE OF THE BIRDS (North West Premiere)
Dir: Arsen Arzumanyan
USA, 2 min 40 sec, (Cert PG)
If birds had a religion, perhaps this would be their Creation Myth.
TWIN (World Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Richard Howe
UK, 2019, 3 min 31 sec, Cert 12A
A man travels to the Canary Islands to track down his twin, with savage consequences.
TUSCANY (North West Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Geoffrey Breton
UK, 2019, 2 min 27 sec, Cert 15
A couple are clearing plastic on the banks of the Thames, when she suddenly decides to take feminist action.
QUIET CARRIAGE (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Ben S. Hyland, Prod: Adam Gregory Smith,
UK, 2019, 5 min 28 sec, Cert 15
A man must decide whether to intervene and stop a casual commuting rule breaker, or live with a lifetime of regret.
HELLO ROBOT! (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Magnus Frediksson, Prod: Bortbyting AB
Sweden, 2019, 4 min, Cert PG
In a desolate world, a girl finds an abandoned robot in a cave. But luck is short since batteries are hard to come by.
PEARL (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Ester Sánchez
Spain, 2019, 4 min 20 sec, Cert 15 (FFF Rating)
A young woman struggles between freezing her emotional side or yielding to it.
Dir / Wri / Prod: Per Kasch
South Africa, 2019, 3 min 18 sec, Cert 12A
A coincidental discovery tears a broke private detective out of his daily routine and turns his life upside down.
EMBRACES AND THE TOUCH OF SKIN
Dir / Wri / Prod: Sara Koppel
Denmark, 2019, 2 min 42 sec, Cert PG (FFF Rating)
An animated poem about the vital need for embraces and contact with other beings.
EL REY (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Christopher Maudsley, Prod: Birch & Hail
UK, 2018, 3 min 59 sec, Cert 15
Two old friends argue over baby-names.
NO BODY (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir: Haemin Ko, Wri: Pedro A. Rothstein Pérez
UK, 2019, 4 min 33 sec, Cert PG (F Rating)
The immigrant experience in London, in three emotional chapters: Excitement, Frustration and Hope.
WATCH ME! (UK Premiere)
Dir: Reza Mehranfar, Wri: Mona Shahi, Gholamali Mikaeli, Prod: Maryam Sanei
Iran, 2018, 2 min 23 sec, Cert PG
A little boy lives in a world full of anxiety and fear.
IQBAL (North West Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Aneel Ahmad
UK, 2019, 6 mins 11 sec, Cert 12A
An eye witness account of the serial killer Javid Iqbal who murdered over 100 children in the early 1990s in Lahore, Pakistan.
PETTY THING (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Li Zexi
(China, 3 min 46 sec), Cert PG
It was a quiet summer afternoon until the kids found a replica pistol.
MAUSOLEUM (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Jamie Luke Milligan, Prod: Mikel Iriarte
UK, 2018, 5 min 36 sec, Cert 15
A woman realises that time is running out to resolve her mistakes and regain control of her life.
DET VIKTIGASTE NU ÄR ATT MÅ DÅLIGT – WHAT’S IMPORTANT NOW IS TO FEEL BAD
Dir / Wri / Prod: Björn Perborg
Sweden, 2018,4 min 41 sec, Cert PG
The truth behind unemployment.
Dir / Wri / Prod: Christine Jezior
Germany, 2018, 3 min 22 sec (FFF Rating), Cert PG
“Like shells on the beach“, John Cage has found his sounds.
Dir: Marcos Obregón, Wri: Renata Salcedo, Prod: Axel Torres
Mexico, 2018, 4 min 44 sec, Cert 12A
Walking home at night after yoga, Ana has a sudden sense that danger is coming ever closer.
A LETTER TO MYSELF AT 16 (North West Premiere)
Dir / Wri / Prod: Claire Tankersley
USA, 2019, 3 min 05 sec, Cert 12A (FFF Rating)
“I was sexually assaulted by a close friend at a party in high school. Five years later, there is so much that I wish I’d known when I woke up the next morning.”
98 min 59 sec.