Joyce and Frances work at 1-800-D-Direct, the latest and greatest Dishwasher sales company in 1960’s Manhattan. But when a customer is given the wrong data, the women must navigate her out of a life or death situation.
Brian Eno narrates this fictional documentary set in the year 2025, interviewing Londoners about their first Christmas heatwave.
Inspired by a true story, Omar is a young Black man trying to support his family and his newly pregnant girlfriend. Carlos is an overworked cop with a dark past weighing him down.
The two couldn’t be more different, but through the course of a day not only will their similarities be spotlighted, but the two will cross paths in a tragic way
An Actor spends 40 magical weeks with the Iconic Director Federico Fellini on the set of Roma.
Severine wants to adopt a dog. However, she hesitates to make decision for some reason.
"I see them and look them away ... see stinger-ray hide in bush ... climb for a better view ... afraid of spider-snake-lizard ... we watched them watched us ... "
An after-image is the residual image you see if you look away having stared at a brightly lit scene. It is a negative of the original and gradually fades away... something like a ghost.
An experienced Silicon Valley engineer who has dedicated his life to Artificial Intelligence (AI) for over a decade felt confused and concerned about his future after realizing the rapid evolution of AI. Therefore, in order to find his potential in nature, he joined an international trekking expedition through the mysterious Caucasus region. Being inspired and protected by Natural Intelligence, he started a new AI journey exploring China, the UK, and the USA.
The most honest film I've ever made.
A bi-racial teenager discovers dark secrets about her father and must reconcile herself with the father she thought she knew and the man he may actually be.
In a deprived area of England's industrial north, a young mother is hit by a forklift truck at work and loses her leg. Based on the true story of Lisa Ramos, Amputee follows the first year of mental and physical recovery from a limb amputation. The consequences for Lisa's mental health, her family and her relationship with her son are far more severe than the physical loss of a limb. Amputee is the story of one family's struggle to adjust to a new reality, told from the perspective of those who are brought closer together and those who get left behind.
A young mother struggles to balance the juxtaposition of intense maternal love and its repetitive frustrations.
Depressed Army Veteran, Joel, struggles to fit in with modern day society. When the COVID-19 lockdown hits, he worries for his health. Whilst he laments on the idea of suicide, he is suddenly distracted by a strange note he receives from an anonymous person. Whilst Joel seeks out his stalker, he learns of the community around him, who are struggling as much as he is. Meanwhile he exchanges notes with the stalker, getting no further in finding out who it is. Through the process of this, and the challenge of the covid lockdown, Joel eventually comes to terms with his guilt and his suffering, and accepting his illness, and is willing to heal. To help himself, he must help others. Only then does Joel realise that he was writing to himself the whole time.
When party girl April wakes up after a rowdy New Year’s eve with a lot more than just a hangover, she calls her partner in crime, Lola, to try to fill in the blanks. But the truth is uglier than April
When tree surgeon Laura discovers her twin sister’s commemorative oak is dying, she returns to their childhood home seeking the threads of connection. Here she must repair broken bonds with her estranged brother Joe before she can say goodbye to Eloise.
Are You Numb Yet?
Set in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic, This story is told through a potent mix of poetry, dance, theatre, and music. Full of suppressed anger and fear, we watch Dre as he implodes from the traumatic effects of dealing with two pandemics.
Barney Lee, a 19 year old man, was diagnosed with a relatively unknown condition called Hereditary Neuropathy with liability to Pressure Palsies (HNPP). The condition leaves Barney in regular states of paralysis and meant he has been unable to work. To raise funds and awareness, Barney decided to walk the entire coastline of Great Britain.
Our film follows the stories of two resilient Welsh families, as they seek to put a challenging year behind them by running in the first-ever 'virtual' Nos Galan Road Race. But, without the crowds there to cheer them on this year, they’ll have to dig deep and remember their reasons for running if they hope to finish the race and add their names to the Nos Galan legend.
A wheelchair dreams of one day being fast like a racing car. One night, the wheelchair decides to do its own race in the hospital hallway.
An Afro-Surrealist story about a giant woman and a tiny man who through the power of touch, experience an unexpected transformation.
Jessica runs a stalking support group, she offers help to victims who have been through situations of trauma relating to stalking. Jessica believes everyone’s experiences are different, she becomes friends with Faye, who struggles with her feelings of guilt and blame.
The blue candle of the title is a metaphor for Earth, with the flame representing the fragility of humanity resting on the planet. The best thing to do with a candle flame in danger of blowing out is to use it to light another while there is still time. Hopefully the flickering flame of humanity will burn bright through the universe before it can no longer burn on Earth.
One night in the Welsh Valleys Joe etches a piece of artwork and recalls his recent past. Diagnosed to soon turn totally blind, rejected to study Fine Art; Joe's life is crumbling around him. He finds himself lost up the mountains of his hometown, stumbling upon a beautiful bluebell wood. An epiphany. He captures the scene, but closes his eyes and paints from a new perspective.
Border-Ball chronicles Joel Tauber’s 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. - Mexico border. He walks, repeatedly, from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, along the Border Wall, to the Otay Mesa Detention Center—and back. People share their thoughts and stories. They play catch. They hug. And Tauber continues walking, praying that things will change.
Through his tumultuous relationship with his younger brother, a young man begins to understand the troubled past that was running his life and has a chance to end a generational cycle of abuse and pain.
Bryn's week goes from bad to worse, when her latest babysitting gig turns out to be a grown man. Kyle is terminally ill, and wants company for the last hours of his life - he intends to kill himself by the end of the evening.
2019 in the Rhymney Valley, South Wales. An imaginative team of eight-year-old boys rewrite the ancient welsh legend of King Arthur. Drawing inspiration from their own lives, theirs is a distinctive and playful take on this timeless tale of self- discovery.
Essex, present day. Hugh Millais (Joerg Stadler) is a middle aged farmhand who finds himself caught amidst a flurry of accusations sparked by an encounter with two young boys near his caravan. The allegations cause him to lose his job and get banned from the local pub. In a desperate plea to clear his name, he confronts their mother about the rumors.
Carlo is a recovering heroin addict who works odd hours at a guitar shop sanding bodies. The temptation to relapse is weighing him down.
A young, visually impaired woman — accompanied only by her guide dog — sits in a café, reading a novel as she waits for the next bus. Suddenly, a pay phone begins to ring loudly outside. Led by her trusty friend, the young woman then experiences something that can only be described as magical.
One young man is thrust into a strange and colourful world full of animated male nudity on a journey of uncertainty and self discovery.
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2021 has been a wondaful festival, featuring over 300 films from Wales and around the world. As the festival comes to a close it is time to announce the Awards for each of our 15 categories.
Late at night after a boozy dinner, two couples get into a heated discussion over what 'cheating' means to each of them and to their horror discover that they all have a different understanding of the word.
Set in an American coastal town, Alice Featherston is having a hard time asking her crush, Dave, to be her high school prom date. That changes, however, when she meets a traveling circus clown, Sam. The two strike up a unique rapport.
Alice discovers that Sam is mute and can only communicate through writing poetry. He also possesses the unique ability to create illustrations that come to life. With his help and guidance, Alice gains the courage to speak to Dave at school. Even when things don’t go quite according to plan, Sam helps navigate Alice through her disappointments.
A coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her confidence, made only possible by the friendship with a magical, mystical but kind-hearted stranger.
Martin ventures inside a laundrette to wash some clothes. However, after falling asleep inside, he awakens to discover his clothes have gone, and everybody inside has disappeared...
Ex Military man Tom Sullivan is at a turning point in his life where he is holding on to past glories and is finding it hard to find his place in the world.
Haunted by failure to save a friend and pushing out the love of his life, Sullivan faces a cross roads where his actions will change his life forever.
Inspired by true incidents.
Two brothers, (4 and 2) must put aside their long standing feud to gain the ultimate treasure. Cookies! But one thing stands in their way. Daddy. Can they bury the issues of their past? Can they find a way to work together? Can they outsmart Daddy? Can they get the cookies from the top of the fridge?
A young photographer buys a film camera, after he develops the film left inside the camera he finds out a monstery image the previous owner captured 30 years ago.
The sequel to Daipool, sees Daipool befriend an actual superhero.
Young Danni isn’t like the other girls in town. She’d rather be watching drag races down at the airport or tearing about behind the wheel of her brother’s car, Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes blasting on the stereo. Bored of her life on the island and stifled by her passive-aggressive parents, she dreams of hitting the road and showing everyone what she can do. A powerful short from writer Iain Finlay Macleod, starring Francesca Taylor Coleman and directed by Laura Cameron-Lewis.
Produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project, An Lanntair and Studio Fir Chlis with support from Hopscotch Films.
When a young woman’s depression drives her to despair, only the Father’s love can help her overcome the dark places.
This is a political documentary that joins forces with Activist Jeremy Ornstein to document a new voice in America's youth movement.
Stefano & Laura invite five prominent activists to New York City. Each has a unique, diverse, personal connection to recent national events such as the school shootings in Parkland, Florida to Black Lives Matter in America to the Green New Deal.
“The day I met Joshua” portrays Reena, a social media influencer who encounters an unusual moment in the desert, she gets a glimpse, she experiences a moment that opens doors to a long path of self-discovery.The film has a contemporary theme of “connectedness” in the age of the Internet.It’s a powerful story of a woman’s self-realization, with a stellar performance by the very
James is on his own for the night, as his girlfriend is away. He orders pizza, which is delivered by a cheery delivery man named Gee. When a delivery mix-up means Gee gets fired, James takes pity on him and invites him in. But when James asks Gee what his real name actually is, he gets a response he really wasn't expecting...
In the year 2085, earth has become all but uninhabitable, and an irresolute housewife is faced
with news that her closest friends have decided to emigrate to Mars. When they ask her to join
them, she begins to challenge her husband's idealism about the decaying Earth and must
ultimately decide what she is willing to leave behind.
A twisted fairy tale with a hint of Edgar Allan Poe and a dash of Edward Gorey featuring the vocal talents of Claire Foy as the narrator.
Made during the lockdown of 2020. From the corners of a small room, comes the story of Derek and his Brick.
Derek is Isolated and torn between the love of his pigeon and a beautiful damsel. What is a hermit bachelor to do?
Diminuendo visualizes the detrimental effects plastic waste has on marine life and the environment from an emotional point of view. Through visual metaphors, the viewer is guided through sceneries that get more and more covered by plastic. To emphasize the contrast between the natural world and the plastic world, the animation is done entirely with ink on paper, except for the plastic, which stands apart from the oceanic life in bright digital yellow. The two parts are united through the pulsing paper texture that shines through the semi-opaque yellow as a constant reminder of the underlying life it covers. But there is room for change. In the end, it is never too late for a helping hand.
An elderly widower suffering through loneliness, and grappling with a lack of purpose after a career on stage, is prompted into making a major life decision that will, ultimately, take him down a unique path.
Walkers Jon and Val have always played it safe in life, but a life threatening illness makes them throw caution to the wind - with devastating results.
Stranded on a university campus, a Greek and an English student suddenly find themselves living together during the pandemic in an intimate bubble of surrealism, tension and dreams.
In East London Jacob finds himself between a looming drug deal and commitments to his family. He must decide whether to face danger in order to make money for his mother and sister, or leave it all behind and risk his life for walking away.
Elegy for Unfinished Lives
A ghost poem film. Directed, written, filmed, edited, read, and produced by Adam E. Stone. Ghost woman paintings by Saribenne Evesong (1931-2009).
Jaq is angry. But she also wants to have sex. This should be straightforward - angry sex is one of the pre-approved genres for copulation. But her body is out to sabotage her coitus in the worst way.... endometriosis.
Two brothers must come to terms with the dark past of their father. The younger brother, about to deliver the eulogy at the funeral, is set to spill the secrets of his father's troubled character. The older brother sees things very differently. With the family and relatives gathered they have only minutes to resolve the crisis.
The human connection and impact someone can have on our lives, even when they are no longer with us.
When Soren calls an otherworldly hotline to vent his frustrations about the state of the planet, he is greeted by Simone. If he thought he had problems before, just wait until he's finished talking with her...
Two teens with different genetic conditions are forced to form a friendship.
"this time, this place... beyond open circulation closed reciprocity... closed hydration spheres wrought cast smithed... this is what we are what we eat ... "
Iron is the most common metal on earth. Indeed, it forms much of the molten core of the planet which in turn generates the earth’s magnetic poles. The red soils of the world are due to iron. At a biochemical level, iron is essential for human life, amongst other things, making our blood red. In the societal domain, iron is essential for manufacturing, electricity generation, and much more. Certain bacteria can derive energy for life directly from dissolved iron compounds (“rust”) rather than from oxygen as we do. Perhaps, at some time in the future, we, our descendants, the Ferrovores, may need to do the same.
Directed by the french painter and film director Ariel Neo, Firefalls explores the reality of the world we live in today and depicts the devastation caused by humans on Earth. As an artist working for the cause of nature and wildlife conservation, Neo’s unique storytelling aims to blur the boundaries between man, nature and art while hoping to once again align them together. Ariel Neo wants to alert minds towards the urgent need to preserve our dying Earth and she uses both her powerful cinematography and paintings to illuminate an important question for her audience. How long can mankind run away from the apocalypse it birthed itself?
Firefalls is associated with the documentary "Behind the firefall" The 52 minute documentary allows the viewer to go the behind the scenes and to discover the creative process of a low-budget independent short-film.
‘Flicker’ is a character portrait of Danny (Peter Newington), a typical twenty-something, who finds himself struggling to accept the full extent of his injuries after an unprovoked assault.
Moving through the house-parties, nightclubs and bars of today’s Dublin, ‘Flicker’ explores the subtle pressures of contemporary Irish masculinity. It's a raw, visceral and intimate exploration of contemporary Irish youth culture, masculinity and trauma.
The film features a number of Ireland's most exciting up-and-coming actors: Peter Newington, Sean Doyle, Caoimhe Coburn Gray, Megan Bea-Tiernan, Tony Doyle and Robbie Dunne. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Luke Daly and Nathan Fagan. Produced by Aaron McEnaney, for Bold Puppy.
In the aftermath of a violent assault, twenty-something Danny struggles to accept the full extent of his injuries.
‘Flicker’ is a portrait of Danny (Peter Newington), a typical twenty-something Dubliner, who gets assaulted one night in a city centre nightclub. Escaping the incident with only minor injuries, Danny throws himself back into his old routine: early-morning classes, five-a-side football, late nights on the sesh with the lads.
Pretty soon, however, Danny begins to realise that the assault has affected him in more ways than one.
Set in contemporary Dublin, ‘Flicker’ tells the story of Danny, a typical twenty-something, who becomes the victim of an unprovoked assault in a downtown nightclub. Walking away with only minor physical injuries, Danny launches himself back into his busy social life and his regular routine. As time goes on, however, the true impact of the assault begins to become clear.
Attempting to ignore the warning signs and to simply return to the party-hopping life he led before the assault, Danny begins to gradually unravel. Finally, at a hectic underground rave on the outskirts of Dublin, Danny’s internal crisis reaches its crescendo - and he finds himself acting in ways that will surprise even himself.
The film explores the ways in which young Irish men navigate and discuss trauma, mental health and emotional vulnerability. At its core, however, ‘Flicker’ is a portrait of a young man whose own internalized image of masculinity prevents him from acknowledging that he’s been hurt.
February 2020 was the wettest month ever recorded in the UK. What happens to whole communities that have been flooded and families left homeless when all the news cameras leave? We delve into life in the aftermath of a flood through the lens of a global pandemic. As climate change makes flash flooding like this more frequent, what does the future hold for these people?
A poor prospector stumbles upon extreme wealth but finds out quickly that grand riches can sometimes complicate things.
Frankie is unwell. Borderline schizophrenic, manic depression and alcoholism. Unemployed and living in a bedsit in east London, he goes drinking on a random day with his best friend, where throughout, his mental state becomes increasingly and visibly clearer, creating an already intense situation and resulting in a sudden deadly climax.
A reflection on a Cornishman's connection to Cornwall; the beauty and brutality of land & sea.
"Freeze Your Brain" is a poetry film that asks who are we really? Is it who we project ourselves to be or what is expected of us to be? A group of strangers go on an journey to find their true selves.
Garden Shark breaks through the hopelessness and loss of a dementia diagnosis by giving people living with dementia and their caregivers a new way to connect and find joy. It explores improv’s ability to teach people to live in the moment, communicate, and learn to laugh in spite of their struggles. Garden Shark highlights couples’ individual experiences and shows how beautifully partners living with dementia respond to the risk free, playful and hilarious environment created by Inside Out Theatre’s Village Improv for Alzheimer’s program.
The United Kingdom, about ten years in the future. Jennifer, a senior intelligence officer, is briefing her deputy Kate about a new detainee who has been arrested for crimes against the state. But there is something different about this prisoner...
As Kate conducts a ruthless interrogation, Jennifer, faced with her sense of duty on one side and her conscience on the other, must make an impossible choice.
One morning when Jesus hears a news broadcast about a groundbreaking archaeological discovery, the purpose of his existence is suddenly called in to question. Whilst Joseph encourages his son to get a job, Jesus defies his father’s orders and fights to continue his divine mission. However, he quickly finds himself consumed by the dark reality of a nihilistic existence.
Things go from bad to worse for over-looked middle child, Abi, when the family car breaks down on a secluded mountain road, on-rout to her graduation ceremony. Forced to seek help on foot, the group must reevaluate what it means to be a family if they're to have any chance of making it back to civilization.
'A Greenlander' follows Pierre Auzias (66) a French Painter fully integrated in Uummaanaq, a settlement 450 miles north of the arctic circle in Greenland.
Pierre speaks Greenlandic, travels by dog sled and teaches art therapy to neglected children.
After 14 years in Greenland, Annie, Pierre's partner, retires from her position as the town Doctor and returns to France. Pierre then spends an agonising 9 months in limbo, waiting to find out if the Danish Authorities will grant him citizenship.
The documentary ‘Harbour Lights’ tells the remarkable story of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild and the lives of seafarers at a time when the maritime industry was the lifeblood of global connection. It focusses on Melbourne’s iconic Mission to Seafarers building, its connection to the First World War and to a unique community of ships crew and volunteers.
No longer girlie enough for her girlfriends and starting to become too girlie for her guy friends, and eager to grow up, Nika a 14 year old tomboy, is just trying to figure out her place in the adolescent world. When she hears a rumor that her mother is a stripper, she decides to investigate, changing her relationship with her mother forever, and Nika is ushered into adulthood.
Walked-all-over Larry finds himself stuck in the car with a hitchhiker. Dots connect and Larry begins to realise that he may very well be trapped in there with an armed criminal. Trying- and failing- to find help in the middle of Wales, Larry has no way out. Then again, neither does the hitchhiker.
A man digs a hole, people watch him do it.
A skilled workman digs a perfect hole in a cracked earthen plain in an endless warehouse, a series of well-dressed people come and sit on comfortable couches offering contradictory opinions, and the job gradually unravels.
Lily has been homeless for a year and a half. We gave her a phone to tell us her story.
Made during the CV19 lockdown and commissioned by Multistory as part of their project, Stories in Isolation, Home Time tells a child’s simple point of view during a congested and manic period. In the midst of a nationwide lockdown, a school-boy is just a boy. Now that school is been taken from him, his realisation of how much he loved his teachers, classmates and the routine arises and he poetically awaits the day he can return.
Faced with a split custody break up, a family’s older daughter kidnaps her hostile sister to embark on a journey to reconnect before they part.
A floating two-ton elephant named Edna rescues the world's water with an unlikely ally in this absurd experimental FilmPoem.
Water, water, everywhere...now it’s time to think.
Based on a true story.
Trapped in a life of endless fear, one girl tries to explain a life caught in County Lines crime. Exploited by the people who befriended and too scared to tell the ones who love her.
“I Want to Breathe Sweet Air,” with acclaimed poet Lucy English, is a visual and aural indictment of careless land development and the impact of climate change on the natural environment, incorporating footage shot specifically for this project, as well as a vast library accumulated by Outlier Moving Pictures during seven years of documenting environmental destruction.
Close to graduating his twelve month rehab stay, Andrew gives his testimony to churchgoers. When the congregation seem to judge him harshly, a shattered Andrew makes plans to slip away from the residential rehab and back to drugs.
But Rob, the teenager assigned to Andrew's care, uncovers his best friend's ruinous plan and stages a frightening coup to save Andrew.
In Memory of those lost to COVID19, A fully computer generated fashion film set in a CGI version of Venice's Piazza San Marco. This film is fully realised in VR 3D, Ai, CGI.
The film features sustainably conscious efforts, and a VR Vogue ball in the afterlife...
No human was harmed in the making of this film...
Please note, VR goggles allow you to interact with Immortal.
Tilly and Vic are waiting for Tilly’s parents to join them on a video call so that they can break some difficult news to them. But, as so often happens when family gets together, the conversation is quickly derailed by passive aggression, an uninvited visitor and, of course, dodgy internet connection.
A tender two moments of reflection by writer Lois Norman, as she keeps her 95 year Father close and safe at home, during Lockdown. Inside, the 'feminine’ nurtures, protects and holds the memory of loved ones in our hearts. It reclaims the strength of 'family' and the power of Love to sustain us all.
The first ever documentary exploring the interconnectedness of fashion and interior design. Interior Motives delves into the exclusive industries and prominent minds of today’s most influential figures in fashion and design melding the industries into one core expression.
Timo, the youngest of a Greek community of Funfair workers, will have to face the hardest winter together with his loved ones.
I want to live freely like a stray cat. I want to sleep like a cat. But my human bed is made up of sturdy buildings. When I'm full of cats, I sleep there. If possible, Bill should be as soft as their tails.
To help fund his education and pay his rent Daniel (Merton, UK based Daniel Braimah) has started a new job as an on demand takeaway rider. It's a lonely job and he struggles to connect with people, especially as he takes his work so seriously. With his head down he doesn’t notice the keen eye of Kelly (Maia Watkins) in the local chip shop - is she going to have to spell it out to him that she’s interested?
Just Delivered is a universal story and community short film project set in Merton (South London), created by Rosie Gaunt-Mathieson commissioned by Film Merton and Digital Drama. It’s a scripted romantic comedy-drama starring and based on local people (many featured are non actors), businesses and locations that celebrates the community, its diversity and vibrancy.
How Keith Eldred came to own a former nuclear weapons storage site in East Anglia.
Jill suffers a serious hand injury while refurbishing her new home. That night she is awoken by a masked burglar atop her, a kettle at her eye, threatening violence if she doesn’t give up her valuables, and threatening to return if the police are called. In the wake of this traumatic burglary Jill begins to spiral, paranoid that he may return while trying to resume her life.
A touching and hopeful film about a medevac helicopter pilot who found peace within himself and with his mortal enemies when he tries to build a peace garden at the Khe Sanh Combat Base where he stationed during the Viet Nam war.
Lairs, layers, liars: In this poetry film, hatred insidiously supplants a couple's love.
The only surviving soldier of an eco-security force must overcome his inexperience and complete an important mission that will save his future in more ways than one.
This 90-second film was shot during the lockdown of 2020 using what resources were on offer. The crew were randomly selected from the BFI Network and BAFTA Crew initiative. None of the crew have yet met.
An off-the-grid, idiosyncratic hired knife goes about his business any other hitman would, except he eliminates his victims' remains by giving them the rightful last rites per their religion. This, until he encounters his final victim - a registered organ donor.
The Godfather meets The Office. Last Rites is an epic mosaic of interconnected characters, seeking love, redemption or just a way out in the cut-throat criminal underbelly of Basley.
You’ve heard of John Wick, now meet the people who clean up after him.
Last Rites is a light hearted mockumentary in which we explore the world of Sara and her ragtag friends, filming them dispose of dead bodies isn’t what Simon was expecting when he agreed to follow them for his show: ‘Tough Women, Dirty Jobs’. But 1 crime queen, 2 corrupt cops and 3 deadly assassins later he’s finding himself IN a lot deeper than he thought he’d be.
Will he save Sarah and himself from the morality of their actions, or is this one mess that can’t be cleaned?
With their parental income cut off and only one spliff left, Full-Time Stoners/Part- Time aspiring actors Khadija, Alex, and Corrie need to make some cash - fast! All this fake kidnapping needs is a rehearsal, because practise makes perfect. Right?
Life Before Life
Life Skills tells the story of Nathan, a former soldier who is struggling with life after serving in the armed forces. When Nathan’s world is collapsing and he is at his lowest point, he seeks respite by taking a unique path to try to overcome his problems.
This films follows Andrew Paddison, a Thalidomider born with no right leg and with a remarkable positive outlook on life, challenge himself by handcycling around the north coast of Scotland in order to raise awareness and money for SafeLives, a domestic abuse charity, while spreading the message that limitations shouldn't stop you doing anything in life.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020, two self-isolating office workers, both lonely in their own way, connect via a series of progress reports. Each becoming the other's lifeline to a world beyond quarantine.
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Escaping from a violent lover, Natasha is drawn into a child’s sinister plot. But is it true, or a cruel game with Natasha the plaything?
Escaping from a violent lover to a country manor hotel, Natasha becomes the unwilling confidant of Amelia, a young child, in a family secret. Could Amelia's secret be true, or is it a cruel game and Natasha her plaything?
A lonely Prince, drowning in melancholy, invites a Sculptor to his court to create a piece of art just for him. As the Sculptor spends his days chiselling away on a block of marble, the Prince too discovers a new side of himself, for a brief moment forgetting the world of solitude that surrounds him.
During the winter of 1947, the once prosperous, yet now forgotten British seaside town of Hastings bode farewell to one of its most notorious residents: the Occultist, Aleister Crowley (known internationally as 'the Wickedest Man in the World’). Having travelled far and wide, he returned to Hastings. During his final days with his health failing he cast one final spell over the town: cursing the people born there from ever being able to escape.
Lost Ones explores this history through an ode to youth set in the present day; a time where opportunities outside of London are hard to come by; rural pipe dreams aplenty, abundance & prospects scarce. This is a poignant ‘coming of age’ film of teenage banality in all its heady, mysterious and sometimes violent detail.
During the time when another summer comes to an end, a tight-knit group of youths chase their drum n bass music dreams. It's the beginning of the divide between the anywheres and the somewheres, as leader Alfie Field struggles at a personal crossroads, with an opportunity his first love cannot watch him pass….
Cal and his friend Grace explore Cal’s past using a special ring of keys. Each key represents a meaningful person to Cal, like his parents or his friends... and when he uses a key on a door, he can walk into a living memory he’s shared with that person. Together, Cal and Grace traverse through Cal's memories to better understand why he had a falling out with his best friend Finn, and by looking through the past they hope to fix the present.
Where can we get together? Set amid a societal crisis, 'Lucid Dreams' is a six-minute Greek epic from a second-person point of view about democracy, the importance of human connection, and the capability of change. The main characters are virtually somewhere between New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin.
Machines of War are reassigned for a more meaningful task than destruction: Dancing the CanCan.
A group of T54 Main Battle tanks lets the hair down and get into some serious track-shaking, cannon-spinning and turret-twerking.
Having worked hard to overcome addiction Mairi is now ready to be a mother to her estranged daughter Theresa, but can a mother and daughter’s bond really survive fourteen years apart or are they now simply strangers.
A butterfly is resurrected from a rare specimen collection and explores the ruins of an ancient civilization that leads to a mysterious underground frozen cave. In the cave, the butterfly meets the Butterfly Man, who is an amalgamation of many other butterflies. The two dance and transform between the human and butterfly shapes. The frozen environment gradually melts, plants and organisms begin to wake up around them. Eventually, the butterfly man is blown away by the wind and becomes part of the natural environment. Metamorphosis reflects my concerns about human memory of lost time. The film explores philosophical ideas about life forms decomposing and then transforming into new organisms, between dreams and reality, and between humans and creatures.
Moorhens: A Survival Story follows one of Britain's most common wetland birds, the Moorhen. Focusing on a single Moorhen family and their struggles to raise chicks in a diminishing environment.
The British Crown Jewels contain an infamous diamond - Originating from India, the famed 'Kohinoor' or 'Mountain Of Light' is now the thing of legend. But a group of British Asian thieves wants it back.
Muscle Warriors is an informative and inspiring documentary that demonstrates how living with Muscular Dystrophy can affect an individual’s mental health. However, the film highlights that playing powerchair football supports the players' well-being, by helping to build friendships, confidence and enabling the players to achieve through an inclusive sport.
The film about people who defeated fascism and saved our lives
"Beautiful on every level. A tremendously powerful and moving hymn to a people’s determination to survive” - Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil, 12 Monkeys, The Fisher King)
"This fearless film - a bracing, haunting experience ... beautiful and profound - essential viewing, demanding to be watched" - PORT Magazine UK
"Masterpiece" - Scénema
“A charismatic young indigenous rapper is the moral center of this searing movie. Haunting music. Powerful images. An amazing piece of work. This is courageous movie-making. See it!”
(dir: Little Shop Of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Indian in the Cupboard)
In the middle of an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe a young poet raps in the forest.
My Blood Is Red is a music documentary with a very dark heart. It follows the fortunes of a young indigenous rapper as he tries to make sense of the violence being meted out against his people. His name is Werá and his lyrics are fuelled by the anger and sadness he feels, confronted by the state-condoned genocide of the disenfranchised indigenous of Brazil. On his journey he is adopted by Criolo – one of Brazil’s most famous music artists and godfather of Brazilian hip-hop. He’s also comforted and counselled by Sonia Guajajara, the internationally recognised indigenous leader and charismatic figurehead of the indigenous struggle.
Driven by beats and lyrics we descend into a world of official violence and end up at the largest assembly of indigenous people in Brazil – a demonstration against the government’s barbaric policy of arming farmers, loggers and miners. Thousands of painted and feathered indigenous people – men, women and children – hurl coffins at the Senate building and are repelled with tear gas and rubber bullets.
So actually, this is a film about genocide. And one young artist's response to it.
Because we present as a music documentary we are able to carry this message of the indigenous struggle to commercial and world-music audiences that otherwise might never hear of it. That is the power and the duty of the documentary form – to take an audience on an emotional journey that leaves them with a deeper understanding of the variety, and yet also the shared space of the human experience.
Like Werá says: “We are all Guarani Kaiowa”.
He’s still rapping in the forest today …
As it burns down around him.
What does it mean to live a good life? This elegant, meditative animation – narrated by Yale University’s Miroslav Volf – asks this crucial question as we follow a young woman who, as she pursues her dreams, risks becoming detached from the world around her.
As last-minute plans for a babysitter fall apart, eight-year-old Brandon is left alone to oversee his younger brother Mason.
Irish American Poet Merv Nickleman and his good buddy Denisa Formánková discuss her experience and insights as a Bee Keeper while watching her fascinating, close up Bee footage. We are calling this our "bee on the hive" documentary rather than a fly on the wall documentary! The lovely Denisa is the inspiration for his poem My Honeysuckle Beekeeper which Merv also reads. Filmed entirely on Smartphones, HUAWEI P20 Pro smartphone.
An accidental video call from Margaret to Juliet brings an unexpected moment of precious happiness.
I'm a wedding videographer, my Nan was a registrar for the majority of her working life.
So, I sat down with her one afternoon, asked her some questions about her career, her thoughts on marriage itself, and for a retelling of some standout memories.
People in south west England are complaining about noise pollution from a shadowy helicopter training academy. Declassified UK investigates who is learning to fly in Cornwall, and finds a disturbing connection with human rights abuses in Nigeria.
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Robbie and her close friend ’T’ drive out to a secluded forest and experiment with self-hypnotism. The name of an estranged friend arises and triggers memories and serpentine hallucinations.
When a classy elderly woman of standing has had her fill of life, she turns to an able man in need to help her reach the end, but the long conversation shift their view on living.
Not Worth Killing is a documentary short that tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Sister Lillian Oliver, IHM, and Mitchell Rutledge, a convicted murderer serving life without parole in an Alabama state penitentiary. It is a story of one man's transformation and the immense impact and influence one person can have on another's life.
Lauren, an exhausted young nurse, finds herself in charge of a critical patient. In a race against time, she must battle through the pressures of a crumbing health system and choose between his well being or her own.
A knockout show ... with a knocked out frontman
A band are about to perform at the biggest gig of their lives, except a monumental problem hits them 15 minutes before they go on stage, can they fix it time?
The comedy short film, set in the 1990s 'Cool Britannia' era, is filmed in one 15-minute continuous shot.
A journey through grief, loss and the unbreakable bond between a Mother and child.
For years, Ceri saw the coastal defences of her Welsh hometown crumble under the ever-rising sea - until the government finally announced the community’s permanent evacuation. On their last day, Ceri’s grown daughter Erin has come to help her mother pack up her life: her home, her business, and her family’s history that is deeply rooted in the place she is about to lose.
Andrew is an isolated person in his mid 30’s living a fantastical existence in a European city; in his apartment... on his own. With a zest for life far greater than the four walls that surround him, he curates his days. Featuring a cast of many, Andrew's curiosity leads him to new places, memories and adventures through the view from his window.
A young girl and her Gran tackle plastic waste on their local beach on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales.
When doctor FOX crashes into an oxygen-free and hostile planet, she has to survive with one oxygen tank.
On this planet live BOBTORS. These are small creatures with an organic and luminous bubble around their bodies.
Will Fox steal the oxygen and life of the Bobtors in order to survive or will she sacrifice herself?
A heart breaking tale told entirely through feet. When smart and uptight Brogues falls in love with colourful fun and playful Sparkly Toes, she feels complete. but like any couple the two have their ups and downs, their highs and their lows. When tragedy strikes and Brogues finds herself alone again, she must find a way to keep on moving while keeping Sparkly Toes with her always.
In the middle of the night… Sarah wakes up as she wants to go to the bathroom.
As she leaves her room, she finds herself alone in the dark hallway, and it is really creepy.
Even the toys she left out look totally different from how they looked during the day.
Sarah finally pulls herself together and starts to move forward, with her animal doll friend named Steven, who’s got a shiny nose to show her way, but – she trips!
When she picks herself up off the ground, she finds herself in a creepy forest with a tall toilet tower in the distance…
It must be an imaginary world born from her fear.
Can she make it to the bathroom with help from Steven??
This is an adventure story familiar to all of us, to overcome your fear of the dark when nature calls!
Amy, a teenager with Aspergers, is afraid to speak because she doesn't know what will happen to her if she does. Help is dangerous. Over the course of a therapy session, Amy unravels.
Prudence and Roger meet for the first time. After asking him a series of unusual qualifying questions, we see them begin a temporary "relationship”, leading to the saving of a life and the ending of another. Pete’s Valve is a kooky, dark comedy about duty under duress, missed connections, and the metaphorical, as well as physical placement of the human heart.
A newly-wed couple struggle to have children. They give up their jobs in London and move to the countryside, hoping to fulfil their dreams. Few years later a very special baby is born, one who can turn himself into a piglet!
How will the parents cope with a reality that is nothing short of a miracle?
And what if a terrible fate awaited the kid?
A delivery driver makes it to his final drop despite a city-wide blackout and meets a group of intolerable twenty-somethings. Whilst they manically hunt for loose change to pay, the driver is forced to watch helplessly as tensions rise and everything around him spirals out of control.
A man rents a room for a few days, however the apartment is not so welcoming to new tenants.
A glimpse into the mind of a young dancer as she navigates Manhattan to get to an important audition.
Rhetta, an industrious model, sets up a shoot with a predatory photographer. However, little does he realise that Rhetta has orchestrated this meeting as a sting to expose his inappropriate behaviour on an online video live stream.
A tense drama built on research from interviews with 21 models about their experiences overcoming the abuse of power in the photography world.
A mysterious asteroid prospector searches the universe for his fortune. This journey takes the prospector to a place where he has to look directly at his soul and decide what he is willing to sacrifice to achieve his ambitions. Portland Oregon rock band, The Shivas narrate the prospector’s journey with a foreboding 60’s surf rock soundtrack.
Que Sera Sera is a story of two strangers meeting on a their last day in mumbai. Shot entirely on Iphone 7 in and around Mumbai, its the story of
Kabir the poet and Lucia the ballerina finding comfort in each other's company as they explore the city together. What will become of them - Que Sera Sera ..
A young lady seeking her dream after work fails with disappointment, bumps into another wandering soul, tastes the bittersweet of life, and returns back to her daily life.
A spoken word short film.
Emily has been asking Adrien to accompany her for her big upcoming recital. After constantly asking, he decides to come, but his expectations are different than hers. They get lost on their way to the practice room, but when they finally find it, Adrien finds out that she's got a bigger ask that he doesn't know about.
A group of friends show concern when another friend goes AWOL after some bizarre text messages. Through a string of video calls, a friendship that had waned begins to show the embers of something more meaningful.
A tribute to the artist Ilyas Kassam, capturing the visceral and meditative process of creation. Known for his large, sculptural works, filmmaker Daniel Fazio is invited to witness Ilyas in the studio environment.
We see Ilyas express his physicality onto the canvas, drawing inspiration from the organic movements typified by Isadora Duncan. Ilyas also recites one of his own poems over the visuals, reinforcing the omniscience of the written word and the importance it has as a figurative symbol in his work.
As he moves in and around the canvas, the camera joins him, filling the negative space. Eventually camera and artist move as one, with the filmic qualities mirroring the artist and his movements. The camera becomes part of the performance, the medium of the interplay between these two visual artists, tangled in a creative embrace.
"requiem" honors the passing of a single word from the heart of the poet, to the poet's lips, then to the audience and its fleeting life suspended in air. A tragic death or does that word find new life in memory?
This Experimental FilmPoem conjures a cortège for a spoken word.
In the year 2143, a young woman confronts her childhood trauma within a virtual reality therapy session, only to discover her inner demons are real.
Logline: ‘RISS’ is a candid, mixed media exploration into the life of newly-Olympic pro surfer Carissa Moore, peeling back the layers and exploring her sense of purpose.
Synopsis: In his new film ‘RISS’, Hamblin captures an animated vignette of pro-surfer Carissa Moore. She was the youngest ever World Champion and a talent that has gone on to win four world titles. Her success has met challenges along the way, which forced her to reassess her goals and understand what truly makes her happy. At her core, she is driven by love; to give and receive love, which she defines as Moore Aloha (more love). He captures a raw and electric look behind the curtain of a high-class competitive surfer. This film hangs out with Carissa during her 2019 competitive year, where for the first time in three years she is back in the title race, happy and focused.
Hamblin’s drive for both style and substance has set his work apart from most sport documentaries, which often include archive footage on repeat. Hamblin uses mixed-media to not only inform but entertain even the non-surfers of the world. It’s about telling a story, be it real or fiction, in a revolutionary, thrilling and visual way.
Grumpy Welshman Derw Derw is late for an interview so the last thing he needs is to get sucked into a vortex.
A young reindeer in the North Pole gets a valuable lesson about the Golden Rule.
Ryori (Cuisine in Japanese) is a Stop Motion Animated Film that depicts an Ojizo San Statue (guardian of the wayside) coming from within the forest to have a Shojin Ryori meal. Shojin Ryori is the traditional dining style of Buddhist Monks in Japan, the cuisine is made without meat, fish or other animal products. The film animates the process of cooking with elements of change in nature. So as to highlight the interconnectedness between cuisine and the environment. The components of a Shojin Ryori meal are based on the idea of balance. The rule of five is created between five colors and flavors in a meal; green, yellow, red, black and white as well as sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. This balance in color and flavor is believed to provide nutritional balance while also bringing the body into balance with the seasons.
This film was taken in solitude on mountain roads which had been inherited secretly from a distant past by mountain worship in Japan.
The images are presented along with haikus from 400 years ago, Edo period in Japan-, which were written along almost precisely the same mountain path as in the film.
Seven political activists meet online in secret to celebrate their 3 years together. Then a doorbell rings...
Tom is anxious, he holds a secret in his human heart, a wing beat and a flutter and its bursting to take flight.
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot is a tale of magical realism to be witnessed and shared. It is a tale of healing revealing how we can learn to live with the secrets of our more than human hearts.
Tom Lightfoot works as a calls operator for ‘We have the Answers’.
A call centre, which answers anybody’s questions about absolutely anything. Tom, is secretly studying for a PHD in bird migration but this is not Tom’s secret life, his secret is inside of him
This film is part of a series of films ‘Secret Lives’ combining the artistry and experiences of UK learning disability group ‘Arty Party, the film direction of Ray Jacobs and the writings of NYT best selling fantasy author Jeff Vandermeer.
Self Isolation follows the day to day struggle of a young woman during the first few weeks of Melbourne's stage 3 lockdown. The boredom and loneliness soon get to her and she begins to lose her grip on reality. Between her neighbours' constant fighting and the possibility of the Coronavirus living in her closet, it all becomes too much.
Yasmin, an impressionable South Asian teen, finds herself trapped between her strict, traditional family and the man she is in love with. One night, when Yasmin sneaks out to a party, she inadvertently starts a chain of events that changes her life forever.
Zak, a lonely troubled boy is on the slippery slope towards a life of crime, until Tony, a former con himself, helps turn Zac’s life around with nothing more than a few simple words of wisdom.
In an isolated coastal town, where everyone knows everyone, Eliza works shifts at the local fish factory while her fisherman dad goes out to sea. When an apparent accident happens, rumours start spreading and Eliza's relationship with her father is put to the test.
Bryn’s week goes from bad to worse, when her latest babysitting gig turns out to be a grown man. Kyle is terminally ill, and wants company for the last hours of his life - he intends to kill himself by the end of the evening.
Mr. Li's brother-in-law-to-be, Mr. Chang, is sent to the hospital because of a stage four cancer. The doctor couldn't operate until Li's sister arrives. The same day Li's niece has a huge fight with Li's sister over her marriying a nearly dead man. That night Li's brother-in-law-to-be commits suicide. Mr. Li is devastated, because Chang is actually his lover.
A woman from the city has a brief but life-changing connection with a hill farmer and the landscape in remote Mid Wales. ‘Staying (Aros Mae)’ features real-life members of a traditional hill farming community in Radnorshire, Mid Wales, whose historic way of life is threatened by climate crisis, Brexit and the UK economy.
Student Bethany is thrust into a difficult situation after boyfriend Aaron finds out her future plans which then leads to an altercation that will change her life forever.
Three pianists take centre stage as their Maestro takes leave and sends them into the world to make a life for themselves with talents they have gained.
As we follow Chris, one of our musicians, things don’t end up going the way he expected…
During the course of an overnight visit, Sasha and Rae grapple to return to an emotional place that’s just beyond reach. Navigating their connection, the couple falter in their attempts to communicate feelings within a space that once felt so different.
After moving to the US to become an illustrative artist, Laura gets sidetracked with meaningless jobs and vapid friendships. She searches for unhealthy ways to cope with the lack of real connections with people, as well as discouragement when it comes to her dreams.
By chance, she meets a stranger that reminds her of the potential she always carried within.
TEMPEST DESERT is about the feeling of not belonging and the struggle to stay real to yourself at a place of discomfort.
Is criticism of the opportunist mentality prevalent in big cities and an exploration on how vulnerable people tend to get treated. It also touches on dealing with depression and anxiety. Despite delving into darker topics.
A bomb squad has only three minutes to protect the public from an explosive device planted by a terrorist cell in a city car park. With the limited time and back-up far away, it comes down to the experience of one man to save the lives of countless others.
An ageing director is making her final film: one delving into her past. Face to face with the embodiment of her younger self, the line between her present reality and the film's blur.
“I never normally ask for help” – a short film how a social media plea helped a small Welsh business survive lockdown.
A strange kind of love letter...
The moon, personified as a koi fish, meets the sun, personified as a dragon, in a celestial dance of movements. Together, they form an eclipse in a moment of majestic beauty.
Tower Memory Arcade Video shares the memories of people who attended, supported and enjoyed the Tower Ballroom in Birmingham.
The video features graphics, photographs and footage in an experimental arcade style format. By passing from level to level, the audience gets to experience a time vortex of feelings, events and emotions from the Tower Ballroom, past and present.
Alice, a grieving and disconnected pharmacist struggles with the knowledge that her husband was having an affair before his death. When she encounters ‘the other woman’ mourning her husband’s ghost-bike it forces Alice to confront her detachment, accepting compassion and understanding in the unlikely form of her trifle-loving methadone patient.
Three interwoven stories
explore the mysterious
nature of space-time: a
weary traveler named
Andy searches for the
Bridge; a trapped artist
named Lyssa struggles to create the perfect galaxy; and an antiquities investigator named Diana inspects a dangerous work of art that infects the minds of its viewers.
Tweaks is an award winning black comedy drama about Berry, an undercover life coach, who visits his mentor and godfather Morgan, for some advice on his toughest case yet - an assisted suicide client, Griff, a happily married father of three who wants to fake his natural death.
Fata Morgana is a spirit of water that creates a mirage. A mirage is a phenomenon in which an object is visible in the air due to the reflection of light, which is a faint scene bordering on the existence and perception. I would like to remember the perceived world that seems to exist in this world but cannot be approached closely and exists fiercely but may disappear.
A comedic exploration of the disconnect between people and their food. Two extremist vegans accidentally kill an animal after being attacked by it. They realise they have acquired a secret passion for the thrill of the kill. A story flipping the steak on traditional veganism, asking; 'is it more humane to die becoming art than to die and be eaten?'
A chilling spoken word film, inspired by the old negro spiritual 'Wade in the Water'. It is told through the eyes of three men unveiling their struggle and fear of being a black man in America.
I sang, produced and directed this video of Peter's Gabriel's "Washing of the Water." I shot this during the pandemic, in an RV exploring northern California with my family.
It gave me joy and delight to capture Nature in all her majesty, always healing and loving to the soul. I hope it brings comfort and ease to anyone watching.
The film records a day of Akebaierjiang, an Uyghur young man living in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, China, whose life shifts between a passionate popping dancer and an ER doctor. This film aims to present the struggle and balance between being responsible for a steady job in a real life and pursuing a dream.
When a friend suffers from an illness, it opens the door for people round him to be able to talk about their own life's struggles. Transported from the confines of the home to a dreamlike outdoors, two dancers represent Thalissa Teixeira and her friend and how they react and reflect on his mental illness following a letter. When words are too hard, music takes its place. When that is too hard, movement takes hold. Together, they heal.
The Welshman is the story of an impassioned young man who, frustrated by the impending building of a reservoir to serve the industry of Merseyside, finally decides to take action when the construction threatens the loss of a small mountain community.
A young and successful lawyer from Chicago is questioning if what he does is meaningful enough. He decides to follow his internal call and try to become a priest. Only then he discovers what his true purpose in this world is.
Chickens flock in the comic, but often fatal, world of Doublespeak.
Finalist: New Wave International Short Festival Munich
Finalist: Seoul International Short Film Festival
Finalist: Roma Short Film Festival
Finalist: Tokyo International Short Film Festival
Official Selection: New York Tri-State International Film Festival
Official Selection: Indie Shorts Awards Buenos Aires
Official Selection: Golden State Film Festival
Official Selection: Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (Wales)
As Lamia sleeps, she is once again haunted by her subconscious. As she struggles to fight back, she realises that all isn't as it seems. Rooted in/inspired by the Greek Mythology tale of Lamia and Hera.
Who won the war is a short documentary weaving interview, archive and animation to tell the remarkable story of a Hiroshima survivor.
In 1956, orphaned and partially blind, Takashi was invited by the American Government to the United States to “regain his health”. A second grader when the atomic bomb dropped, with six members of his family dead of radiation poisoning, Takashi embarked for the U.S. at 18.
As soon as he landed in California, Takashi realized that he had been identified as an eligible subject for experimentation undertaken by the ABCC (Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission) to understand the effects of intense radioactive energy on the human body.
Takashi's story is different from many other Hiroshima survivors. It is the journey of an angry young man whose misfortunes begin right after the Hiroshima bombing. It's a story of revenge, and acceptance of the past.
Sara is in bed with her lover when her husband calls. When he asks for something in his sock drawer, she runs home, stalling for time, asking endless questions about Wichita, Kansas.
Bill Clinton’s strange legacy as President of the United States and ringmaster of the 1990s is a confounding mess of public amnesia, nostalgia, and scorn. WILLIAM JEFFERSON WILDERNESS is a personal exploration that legacy, and of the tangled process of consigning a former political hero to history.
A natural visitor to a forest reflects on their unique relationship.
Yesterday's wardrobe is an animated Love Poem. It portrays life's journey through a series of ordinary reminiscences.