MON 4 DECEMBER 2022
This screening session features 13 short films (see below). All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
BFI Stephen Street
21 Stephen Street
Pre-reservations have ended, but some more free tickets are available at the cinema 15 minutes before the screening begins. Thanks to our sponsors, we also offer a free drink after the screening at the Close-Up Cinema café!
ONCE THERE WAS III (USA) BY NINA MCNEELY
Synopsis: 3 women bound to a shared soul oscillating between the throes of brutality and piety. A visceral display of true sisterhood- they suffer together, thrive together and bleed together. Running time: 00:06:34.
Selections/awards: Boston Short FF (Best Music Video), Brussels Independent FF, and more.
CABIN BAN (NORWAY) BY FINN WALTHER
Synopsis: To battle the Covid-19 outbreak the Norwegian government bans people from traveling to their countryside cabins. This gives a burglar the perfect opportunity. Running time: 00:01:09.
Selections/awards: South London FF (Winner Covid-19-inspired Short), Night of Comedy Shorts (Best Comedy), Boston Short FF, Verona IFF.
DEAR DOCTOR, (UK) BY JASMINA SALEH
Synopsis: A visual poem about the pain and misdiagnosis of Endometriosis - utilising striking imagery and raw words to combine an effective and poignant piece. Running time: 00:03:45.
RESURFACE (NORWAY) BY JENNY ANDERSEN
Synopsis: A lot changed after Jenny survived the terrorist attack on Utøya, but nature was the same as ever. When she is trapped in memories and bad feelings, it helps to get out into nature and feel that life goes on. On the skateboard, she almost flies through the landscapes, and the bad feelings are replaced with peace and a feeling of freedom. Resurface is the first short in the series Outbound, where people with different backgrounds tell us about how they use nature to cope with everyday stress and mental challenges. In Resurface the director, Jenny, tells her own story. Running time: 00:07:00.
Selections/awards: Tromsø Internasjonale FF.
TAKE ME (UK) BY LUCA ASTA
Synopsis: Take me' is a queer ode to sweaty basements down Kindsland Road during lockdown. Running time: 00:03:33.
THE ELECTRICITY IN ME (UK) BY MAT SHELDON
Synopsis: Years after giving up her newborn son for adoption, a woman confronts her trauma and memories of the man she calls 'my monster’. Running time: 00:10:25.
Selections/awards: BAFTA, BIFA, Canada Screen Award, HollyShorts, New Hampshire FF, Leeds FF, Norwich FF, Cinefest (Sudbury), and more.
THE HARDEST FIGHT OF MY LIFE (UK) BY OWAIN ASTLES
Synopsis: Sitting in an interview studio, a boxer attempts to come to terms with his history of depression. 'The Hardest Fight of My Life' is a docudrama constructed from interviews with boxers around the UK who have experienced struggles with their mental health, and explores how boxing can be used as a means to fight against mental ill-health. Running time: 00:04:00.
THE PRISONER (POLAND) BY ŁUKASZ GIERAŃCZYK, FILIP DRZEWIECKI
Synopsis: One night with an ex-convict on the streets of Vancouver. Inspired by cinéma-vérité. Running time: 00:14:24.Selections/awards: MakeDox Creative Documentary FF, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, Int. Short FF of Cyprus, and more.
LEAP OF FAITH (UK) BY PETER PALMER
Synopsis: Jack attempts to persuade his partner Rosie that he is capable of performing supernatural feats. Running time: 00:02:58.
VOCE (UK) BY EMILY MAY SMITH
Synopsis: An inhibited young woman is tasked to deliver news to her estranged Nonna. Voce is a lyrical coming of age story set in southern Italy. Running time: 15:00.
Selections/awards: Flickers' Rhode Island IFF, Austin FF, Cambridge FF, Foyle FF.
MONSTER MAYHEM (CANADA) BY PAUL CONSTANTAKIS
Synopsis: Three remaining survivors of the zombie apocalypse find themselves on the brink of annihilation when the film's storyline is hijacked for a greater purpose. Running time: 00:02:00.
Selections/awards: Venice Shorts FF (Best Comedy), Tokyo Film Awards (Best VFX), Atlanta Comedy FF, LA Lift-Off FF, Le Festival du Film Fantastique de France, Chicago Indie Film Awards, Montreal Independent FF.
STUPID ANIMAL (UK) BY ALEX HEIN
Synopsis: An animal activist is struggling with finding the balance between being human and fighting for a good cause. In the streets of London, he is proclaiming his beliefs which results in a violent confrontation. He brings home this conduct to the person who loves him the most though she is struggling with understanding his disputes. Running time: 00:06:02.
FREE FALL (FRANCE) BY EMMANUEL TENENBAUM
Synopsis: Tom is a young trader in a London bank, whose recent performance has put his job on the line. When the first plane hits the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11th 2001, Tom jumps into the biggest trade of his life. Inspired by a true story. Running time: 00:19:28.
Selections/awards: Festival Regard (Grand Prize), Flicker's Rhode Island IFF (Best Director), European FF of Lille (Audience Award), Hollyshorts, Shortcutz Amsterdam (Best Film / Best Director / Best Screenplay / Best Editing / International Audience Award), and more.