The Norwich Film Festival 2017 Official Selection
After months of judging some of the best short films from local, national and international filmmakers we are absolutely delighted to share our 2017 Officially Selected Films.
A Father’s Day
Director: Mat Johns, UK, 10 mins, #Short
Unexpectedly reunited with his daughter amongst the ruins of the world as they knew it, a father is determined to make this day special, even if they are already dead.
Director: Anushka Naanayakkara, UK, 7 mins, #Student #Animation
A powerful tale about love faced with darkness.
Director: Daniel Ali & Louis Leeson, UK, 8 mins, #Documentary
'A Million Waves' is about Kadiatu Kamara, or KK, the only female surfer in Sierra Leone at just 19-years-old. When her father died 2 years ago she was left to face the Ebola epidemic alone, but she found her escape and hope in the surfing community of Bureh Beach.
Director: Jonny Phillips, UK, 11 mins, #Short
While being interviewed for a television programme, an eminent neuroscientist falls down a rabbit hole of his own memory and rediscovers a traumatic and long-suppressed event from his childhood.
Director: Lee Squires, UK, 7 mins, #Documentary
Three intimate and touching stories from people who love working early in the morning.
Director: Or Sinai, Israel, 24 mins, #Student
It's the hottest day of the summer, and for the first in years Anna unexpectedly finds herself alone, with her son. She sets out for the day, roaming the streets of her small desert town, looking for a man who can touch her, even for just one brief moment.
Director: Milda Baginskaite, UK, 18 mins, #EastAnglia #Student
When a young village misfit starts a job at the local apple orchard, the already cold relationship with his grandfather is challenged.
Director: Toby Fell-Holden, UK, 17 mins, #Short
Tina a troubled teenage girl, is attracted to Dana, an Afghani girl, whom Tina tells us is oppressively victimised by her substance abusing father, Karim. Initially, we trust Tina and admire her protectiveness of Dana from the kids at school, but as we watch their friendship blossom we come to suspect something is off.
Belle and Bamber
Director: Alex Forbes, UK, 15 mins, #Short
Belle and Bamber are inseparable friends. She, a 10 year old girl with a thirst for adventure; he, an imaginary blue monster. They while away their youth exploring and getting into mischief, however, when Belle’s Mother tires of Bamber’s influence, she pressures her to grow up and forget him. Unfortunately, he isn’t planning on going anywhere. Belle and Bamber is a dark comedy about a child afraid of growing up and the dangers of psychotic imaginary friends.
Director: Daniel Greaves, UK, 2 mins, #Short
An object lesson of when life weighs you down.
Director: Tim Fywell, UK, 22 mins, #Short
Set in a seaside town in the North of England, Black Road explores the relationship between two strangers, Maggie (Michelle Collins) and Lilli, which develops out of a broken promise that Maggie made to herself in order to help and protect Lilli.
Blood and Stones
Director: Joshua Carver, UK, 15 mins, #EastAnglia
Ruby is collecting pebbles, but Robby doesn't feel very well. A day out at the beach leads to some tension for the young couple, but perhaps not how they expected. A gentle little film from the Norfolk Coast that nevertheless deals with some adult themes - with just a hint of blood. And lots of stones.
Director: Alex Withers, UK, 16 mins, #Short
16 year-old swimmer Jane suffers the return of her epilepsy before a crucial competition. With her swimming career on hold and her quality of life under threat, she must decide just where her priorities lie - before it's too late.
Director: Brit Raes, Spain, 12 mins, #Animation
Catherine loves pets! But most of all, she lovers her cat. As she grows up, she can not connect with people. Her cat is her life, but will this crazy cat lady ever find friendship or love?
Director: Will Herbert, UK, 14 mins, #Short
An ordinary Friday night and as usual the Railton sisters are having their traditional Chippy Tea – Secrets boiling under the surface and an unwanted guest mean that the usual Friday supper is turned on its head and things emerge that will change lives forever.
Director: Nick Flugge, UK, 12 mins, #Short
A private detective (Mike Wozniak) has a routine stake-out ruined by his sister intent on fixing his life.
Director: Jessica Wright, UK, 5 mins, #Short
A young man checks into a bespoke institution, hoping to be cured of his inability to stop dancing.
Director: Laura Spini & Laurence Brook, UK, 8 mins, #Short
Snack-addicted bedroom-musician Lewis Bewlis is visited by a mysterious stranger, tasked with turning his life around.
Director: Christian Cooke, UK, 15 mins, #Short
Edith explores how we move on from bereavements. How we make peace with our past and find something worth living for. This film features stand out performances from Peter Mullen (War Horse, Tyrannosaur), Michelle Fairley (Games of Thrones, Harry Potter, Suits) and supporting roles from Elliot Tittensor (Shameless) and Sia Bennett (Mr Selfridge).
Edmund The Magnificent
Director: Ben Ockrent, UK, 13 mins, #EastAnglia #Short
When news breaks that the county pig fete's being revived, the once-legendary Farmer (David Bradley, Harry Potter, Games of Thrones) decides to make one final roll of the dice - and invest his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet with which to breed new life back into his now dilapidated farm. But when he puts young Edmund out to breed and the lad abstains, the Farmer's forced on a journey that will challenge everything he thought he knew about pigs, love and the true value of life... This short is narrated by Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men).
Director: Michael Finn, USA, 1 min, #OMM
What could possibly go wrong if you get a flat tyre on the side of the road?
Director: Laura Wadha, UK, 11 mins, #Documentary #Student
Two young sisters are forced to grow up quickly when their family flee the war in Syria and make the dangerous journey to Sweden. As they begin to settle they are faced with new difficulties – they are becoming teenagers in a new world and long for the Syria that once was. They try to hold on to memories of their once beautiful home while struggling to deal with the repercussions of growing up surrounded by conflict.
Director: Christina Lenna, Canada, 5 mins, #Documentary
Handmade film is a rarely practiced craft in today's film industry. Lindsay McIntyre spends three days making the film emulsion she shoots on than develops herself.
Director: Per Sundstrom, Sweden, 22 mins, #Short
A teenage Video blogger with suspected self-harm behaviour uses the school auditorium alone to record a video but after strange events and threats he has to gain control of both his mind and own destiny.
Director: Sinéad O'Loughlin, Ireland, 14 Mins #Shorts
In Homecoming, we meet two young Irish people who for many different reasons (and some similar), chose to leave Ireland. Together again, even briefly, they are both forced to confront their shared history, their relationship with “home” and their differing paths in life since a devastating past experience that wounded them both deeply.
Director: Catriona MacInnes, UK, 16 mins, #Short
A young mum runs away with her fragile son to a woodland hut community in Scotland and door steps a random boy she has recently met. When hope of acceptance in his community quickly fades, she loses control, whilst her son finds solace in a mysterious wolf
Hunger Keeps Walking
Director: Giulia Canella, Italy, 17 mins, #Student
Charles is a complicated guy. He feels so lonely that every night he calls an erotic hotline, asking only for one person: Bijou. The call-girl makes Charles forget his solitude for a while, but one night he wants more and asks Bijou to go out for a date. The woman doesn’t say yes or no, but Charles starts preparing for this unusual meeting. At the end, Charles’ self doubts will point out his difficult relationship with his body and food.
I am Dyslexic
Director: Mads Johan Øgaard, Norway, 6 mins, #Student #Animation
The animated short film I AM DYSLEXIC expresses what it feels like to have a learning difference in our current school system. The film uses strong metaphors to portray these emotions, as we follow a little boy in his journey to climb a mountain in a world made of books.
Director: Christian Vogeler, UK, 11 Mins #Short
In a city where everyone's got an angle, how does you survive? After an NYC first-timer befriends a savvy street girl on the train, she takes him on a fantastical ride through all the city's pitfalls. But nothing's free in this town, so tighten up your hustle or you might just get hustled yourself.
Director: Connor O'Hara, UK, 15 mins, #Short
In his last months alive, a young man (George McKay) calls upon his four closest friends to make his existence infinite, through the assembly of five key elements from his life.
Director: Florent Sabatier, France, 1 min, #OMM
If you we could pay for another reality, during a dream, a memory... what reality would become ours ?
Director: Helena Middleton, UK, 15 mins, #Short
Kin tells a story about the relationship between two brothers raised in the children's care system, and the turning point they face when told their application for a kinship care arrangement has been denied.
Director: Pedro Paulo de Andrade, Brazil, 18 mins #Short
A night at an unusual hospital reveals secrets, sorrows and memories.
Director: Miles Fleet, UK, 1 min, #OMM
Two astronauts watch the destruction of the earth from far away.
Director: Phil Hardy, UK, 14 mins, #Short
In a rural English village plagued by rats, an other-worldly new Doctor arrives for his first day at work.
Director: Rob Whitworth, UK, 2 mins, #EastAnglia
An exciting look at the stunning cathedral in Norwich and its wonderful surroundings.
One, Two, Three
Director: Ethan Roberts, UK, 10 mins, #Student
A short music documentary that explores the ideas of career,
happiness and success through the thoughts and opinions of three individual musicians. It answers the question can and should your passions become your career
Director: Kate V Lewis, UK, 7mins #Documentary
The Barber P.G.R. has been living and cutting hair for the homeless in Dalston, London, for 22 years. As part of his philosophy of 'Oneness' – that "all humans are equal, 100% individual" – he has created a space for the homeless who have nowhere else to go: cutting their hair for free, and making them tea and sandwiches. But with a shortage of paying customers, rising housing prices, and an increasingly rundown shop, his future there is precarious.
Director: James Ivett, UK, 4 mins, #EastAnglia
A young girl wakes to find herself surrounded by floating screens, visualising the outcomes of every thought she has as she gets lost in a surreal world of missed opportunities.
Director: Liam Harris, UK, 10 mins, #Student #Animation
Hamish Fint, a crotchety old man used to a life of seclusion inside his submarine balanced precariously atop a mountain, struggles to maintain equilibrium when an unwelcome visiting seagull rocks his world.
Director: Roman Gubin, Canada, 1 min, #OMM
A young girl's internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.
Director: Henry Scriven, UK, 1 min, #OMM
A bike thief instantly regrets his actions.
Director: Cameo Wood, USA, 12 Min, #Short
Against all odds, Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios -- who’d have thought a fan edit of one of their hit films could land her a shot at a job? But when she meets arch, mysterious executive Anne Palladon, she soon learns all is not as she expects behind the curtain. Every instinct Sophia has ever had about art in filmmaking is about to be challenged.
Director: Emma Wheeler, UK, 15 mins #Documentary
‘Right of Passage’ is a personal look at three LGBT refugees resettling in Germany: Ibrahim, Hamid, and Ali. As they share details of the struggles they have faced, both in their countries of origin and now in Germany, we learn about the extraordinary circumstances behind why they decided to seek asylum and what their future holds for them.
Director: Tal Amiran, UK, 14 mins, #Documentary
Neculai, Aurel and Raj all left their homes in Romania for the same reason - to seek a better life for their family. Now, in Britain, with their loved ones depending on them, they survive by creating sand sculptures on London’s streets. They try to find hope in the hardships they endure, while thoughts of their children's futures keep them going.
Sin Bin of The City
Director: James Armstrong, UK, 17 mins, #Documentary
Sin Bin of the City uses a rich tapestry of archive and testimony to delve into the political and social upheaval of Liverpool’s black community in the summer of 1981. Unravelling the events and cutting through the noise to the voices at the centre of the conflict, Sin Bin of the City asks what, if anything, has changed in the community today.
Director: James Dunstan, UK, 23 mins, #Short
An unrequited love story between two teens leading up to the night of their prom as they begin to understand the differences and similarities of love, sex and gender.
Sweet Maddie Stone
Director: Brady Hood, UK, 24 mins, #Student #Short
15-year-old Maddie Stone rules her school yard under the protection of her family name. But after discovering her notorious father has been arrested, she has to make his bail money or lose the yard. The more Maddie fights, the more her world spirals out of control--and the closer she gets to becoming the man she's trying to save.
Director: Miranda Howard-Williams, UK, 17 mins, #Short
“The Backseat” tells the story of a lonely but upbeat girl called Shelby who rides the local buses in an attempt to keep warm and find meaningful connections with her fellow passengers - in a world that all too often looks the other way.
The Beast Underneath
Director: Anaelle Morf, Switzerland, 13 mins, #Short
On the 27th of February 2016, in the city of La Baie, Quebec, the famous fisherman Marc Gagnon discovered a new species of halibut that could reach several meters. Because the man is always looking for controlling the nature. How far his megalomania is going to take him?
Director: Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton, UK, 5 mins, #EastAnglia
A bullied teenager, fearing for his life, turns to an ancient creature of the forest for protection... and revenge.
Director: Jack King, UK, 15 mins, #Short
Battling infertility and failing to cope with the breakup of his relationship, Terry is plagued by recurring nightmares and a profound uncertainty about his future. When a chance encounter with his ex-reveals he's been permanently left behind, Terry is forced to confront his anxieties head on.
The Dog and The Elephant
Director: Michael Sharpe, UK, 25 mins, #Short
Set in the violent world of Victorian boxing and the honour code of the Romany Gipsies, 'The Dog & The Elephant' is the compelling story of the unlikely kinship between young boxer Bendigo Barlow and 'Ina', an elephant from a travelling menagerie. Bendigo's struggle to live with Tourette’s syndrome is made all the more difficult by fear and ignorance as he is violently shunned by those who simply don’t understand. Bendigo's fractured life leads him on a brutal journey of destruction, retribution and ultimately revenge.
The Driving Seat
Director: Phil Lowe, UK, 9 Mins, #Short
One Saturday morning, a middle aged couple decide to make love in their car in the driveway to put a spark back in their marriage – only to find it has rather the opposite effect..
Director: Henry Scriven, UK, 9 mins, #Short
Hot on the heels of a wanted thief nicknamed The Fox, the London Police force set up undercover agents across the city. But the elusive thief is not deterred and proceeds with what he thinks should be a straight forward robbery.
The Full Story
Director: Daisy Jacobs, UK, 8 mins, #Animation #Short
When the dad next-door walks out, five-year-old Toby discovers that parents leave. As the shock hits, the entire room catapults skywards, morphs in mid-air and lands as a different space. The rooms keep pace with Toby's volatile emotions as home life spirals out of control in the divorce boom of the 1970s and 80s. Forty years on, kaleidoscopic scraps of memory still cling to the walls; and Toby clings to these fragments, trying to piece together the full story.
Director: Tom Shrapnel, UK, 18mins, #EastAnglia
A contemporary Western set in the heart of rural East Anglia, The Knackerman tells the story of Ron - an aging Knacker who is responsible the disposal of ill horses. When his own horse falls ill, Ron must decide it's fate and in doing so, face his own mortality. Starring Donald Sumpter (Game Of Thrones, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Adam Long (Happy Valley).
Director: Radford Nicholls, UK, 7 mins #Short
Jim finds the courage to tell his girlfriend, Tabby that he is ready to start a family. But is she?
The Other Side
Director: Griselda San Martin, USA, 6 mins, #Documentary
The Other Side is the story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.
Director: Chloe Wicks, UK, 20 mins, #Short
In 7th century England, a pagan community are hit by plague, forcing a young woman to make an impossible sacrifice for the greater good.
Director: Saeed Taji Farouky, UK, 4 Mins
“They Live in Forests, They Are Extremely Shy” tells the fictionalised story of an Indigenous Australian man invited to London for the Colonial Exhibition of 1886. He's a reluctant ambassador, negotiating for the safety of his people and ancestral land as the British Empire continues to colonise and brutalise indigenous Australians. He plays the "good native", until a chance encounter forces him to decide whether to live his life with diplomacy or authenticity.
To Be A Tree
Director: Xin Sun, Germany, 6 mins, #Animation
If there is rebirth after death, wish to become a tree, stand for eternity, no postures for grief and joy. Half reposing in the dust, half soaring in the wind; half spattering the shade, half basking in the sun. Greatly prideful, greatly taciturn, never to cling, never to seek.
To Build A Fire
Director: Fx Goby, France, 13 mins, #Animation
To Build a Fire is an animated short film in 4K Cinemascope that tells the tragic tale of a man and his dog trying to survive in the overwhelmingly freezing and hostile nature of the Yukon Territory.
Director: Meloni Poole, UK, 16 mins, #Short
She’d rather not speak and prefers life as a horse, but the girls at school just won’t leave her alone.
Director: Nikita Diakur, Germany, 12 mins, #Animation
An ugly cat struggles to make friends in an evil neighbourhood, but finds a soulmate in a Native American chief who helps it on its journey to restore balance within the world.
What We Loose
Director: Jakob Valdemar Mørk, Denmark, 12 mins, #Short
Vagn, an old school, conservative primary school teacher who lives a simple, safe and structured everyday life is forced to deal with the insecurities of life, when he is faced with challenges both in his professional and personal life.
Director: Emily George, UK, 12 Mins #Documentary
The Whale Bowl is a short documentary about Lolita- the world's loneliest orca. Through a combination of animation, archive and live footage, the film explores Lolita's history and the people fighting to set her free.
Whoever Was Using This Bed
Director: Andrew Kotatko, Australia, 20 mins, #Short
A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman), This short psychological drama starring Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) and Jane Birkin (Blow Up).
Director: Peter Naylor, UK, 3 mins, #EastAnglia
A short craft film about the love of canoeing told by canoe builder Nick Hannington. Based just outside of Norwich, Nick hand crafts beautiful wooden boats which are the perfect vehicle to explore the UK's wild waterways.
Director: Venetia Taylor, Australia, 4 mins, #Short
Josh is in Venice, Mum is in Sydney. Josh doesn't understand backpacking, Mum doesn't understand Skype.
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Above The Fold (Josh Trett, UK, 15m)
A journalist working for a tabloid paper poses a threat to a newly created political party. When the head of the party is confronted by the journalist, he puts a call out to silence him once and for all.
All The World’s A Stage (Hannes Rall, Germany, 2m)
An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem “All The World’s A Stage” narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West. The German Film Assessment Board Wiesbaden (FBW) has awarded its highest distinction “Seal of Approval: Highly Recommended” and says: “With ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE Hannes Rall has fully succeeded in creating a congenial adaptation of one of the most famous monologues from the history of theatre. A pleasure for eye and ear!”
Arcade (Megan Chambers, Australia, 10m)
Maggie is stuck in a dead-end job, supervising old games in a run-down arcade. She’s an avid reader of how-to books, but struggles to put theory into action. On a fateful bus trip she meets Ferdinand, a free-spirited and eccentric retiree, who teaches her that there’s no how-to book for life.
Blue Streets (Vincent Jaramillo, USA, 10m)
Blue Streets is a short documentary focused on post-Katrina street musicians struggling to keep the “traditions of New Orleans alive.” Set against the backdrop of the French Quarter to the 9th Ward, people from diverse backgrounds share the struggles and hopes of being a successful musician on Bourbon Street. Native residents, professional musicians, struggling performers, and international immigrants reflect on the revitalization of the NoLa music scene, survival, art, and life. “Some people don’t know they have the blues until they hear the blues”
Break (Nicholas Moss, UK, 21m)
An elderly couple befriend a young family following a shaky encounter. This is a deeply affecting and beautiful drama starring multi award winning, and twice Oscar nominated actor Sir John Hurt, which deals with difficult and pertinent issues. Not without wry humour, this uniquely lyrical drama is bound to move it’s audience in a profound and visceral way, across all generations, as it’s themes resonate equally with both young adults and those in the twilight of their lives. A wonderfully human film with a huge heart.
Breathe (James Doherty, UK, 15m)
Breathe follows Patrick (29), a bare knuckle fighting Traveller (JOHN CONNORS) who becomes increasingly concerned with his young son Francie’s femininity. The film questions how far a man is willing to defend his family name when the one threatening his legacy is his own son. Does he have the capacity to change and accept him?
Breathe (Paul Kowalski, USA, 23m)
Dr. Filip Kardel is an ambitious Polish neurosurgeon working in America, struggling to cope with the loss of his wife, Ania. As the memories of her untimely death and his neglecting her in favor of his career continue to haunt him, will he be able to escape the prison of his grief and guilt, or will it destroy him?
Busker (Trevor Hardy, UK, 1m)
A little busker gets more from a stranger than money. This lovely little stopmotion animation is from multi award winning animator, Trevor Hardy.
Cage (Pengpeng Du, China, 5m)
Life is liberty in a CAGE. CAGE represents a situation that is filled with a lot of constraints, or a habit or an addiction that is hard to get rid of. This project is to present a Chinese cultural and traditional visual style to audiences. On the other hand, CAGE tries to inspire them to recall their memory and consider what is the meaning of life to them individually.
Charlie Cloudhead (Rupert Cresswell, UK, 8m)
A risk averse man bottles up his problems into a cloud floating permanently above his head. A tense birthday dinner with his wife finally forces him to confront his issues – with spectacular results.
Contempt (Esmée Walker, UK, 6m)
As a Muslim girl takes photos in picturesque locations, she is unable to avoid the hate spread by ignorance.
Däwit (David Jansen, Germany, 15m)
Däwit is rescued from his violent father and grows up far away from his family among wolves.
Eddie (John Lynch, UK, 15m)
Alone in an underground facility deep below the mountains, a tired researcher performs endless tests on Eddie, his desperate, mute test subject. With no response from his employers, he juggles running the facility and keeping his sanity whilst all the while doing his best to ignore the ever-growing list of questions in the back of his mind.
Just what is wrong with Eddie anyway? How long does he have to stay down there? And why won’t his employer return his messages? A suspense drama with a black comic streak, dealing with the terrifying and extraordinary in a uniquely British way – not so much ‘guns blazing’ as ‘putting the kettle on, and pretending none of this is happening’
Egg (Alice Trueman, UK, 5m)
‘Egg’ is an absurd comedy about friendship and expecting the unexpected. Ivy and Margaret meet for tea, same time, same place, everyday. But today Ivy has some important news
Ernest (Henning M. Lederer, Germany, 1m)
Please welcome Ernest!
Ferguson, Missouri (James A. Armstrong, UK, 1m)
‘Ferguson, Missouri’ is a one-minute film highlighting the social unrest after the death of Michael Brown in 2014. It focusses on the Police mishandling and how social media brought the local community together in protest.
Fourfathers (Joe Skillington, UK, 2m)
Four generations of the same family tell us what makes a good father and what it means to be a good son. Duke, Sam, Paul and Barry may have the same blood but, with a 75 year age gap, do they hold the same opinions?
Holy Thursday (Moin Hussain, UK, 5m)
15-year-old paperboy Jack has just been told he no longer has a job. Alone, disengaged and naive he sets across the flatlands of Eastern England on a morning that could define the rest of his life. He meets Robin, a friendly and charismatic stranger labouring at the roadside, but as they bond and guards are dropped, Robin’s true intentions come to the fore. As Jack embarks on his final paper-round, we begin to understand who he is, where he has come from and where his future may lie.
If The Cuckoo Don’t Crow (Steve Kirby, UK, 2m)
“If the cuckoo don’t crow, then you know there’s wind coming…” Brian from Melton recounts how his mother, Doris, was the woman who famously predicted the October 1987 hurricane and phoned the BBC, but was told not to be so daft. This very short animation was created in response to a recording of Brian’s phone-in to a Suffolk local radio show hosted by Nick Pandolfi in 2012.
Instructions for Singing (Adrián Suarez, Colombia, 1m)
A particular interpretation of Instruction for singing poem by Julio Cortázar with a plastic language.
The Journey of a Stateless Man (Daniel Ali, UK, 7m)
‘The Journey Of A Stateless Man’, it is about an individual’s struggle to find asylum, told against the backdrop of Calais’ infamous Jungle refugee camp and surrounding areas. Talal journeys from Kuwait in search of finding a country that will accept him and offer safe haven for him and his family.
Juggler (Phil Dunn, UK, 4m)
A short documentary looking at the life of William – a street performer working in the heart of Chelsea, London.
The King (Frederic Casella, UK, 13m)
An ambitious kid sets up his first drug deal, but his plans are derailed by a chance encounter with a storytelling stranger in a launderette.
The Land Of Exodus (Skinner Myers, USA, 11m)
Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border.
Last Base (Aslak Danbolt, UK, 15m)
Joachim is retiring from base-jumping to become a father for the first time, but first he goes on one last adventure with his best-friend Øyvind. When a storm approaches their friendship is put to the test; Øyvind want’s to turn back, but Joachim will apparently stop at nothing to pull off his very last jump.
Love at First Light (Caroline Grace-Cassidy, Ireland, 1m)
The morning after the night before reveals itself.
Lucky Chicken (Gulliver Moore, UK, 12m)
Lucky Chicken by Matthew Stallworthy is an IdeasTap award winning script telling the story of a down on his luck Baker whose fortunes are turned around when a magic chicken stumbles into his shop, laying eggs that help the baker’s cakes become the talk of the town… And attract the attention of the jealous butcher over the road…
Manoman (Simon Cartwright, UK, 11m)
Glen is barely a man. In a desperate attempt to tap into his masculinity he attends a primal scream therapy session, surrounded by wailing men he cannot even make a sound. When another member of the class pushes Glen too far he finally lets something out- a miniature version of himself which does whatever it wants, regardless of the consequences.
Mary No More (Joshua Carver, UK, 24m)
A contemplative coming of age drama. With her grandmother’s impending death, 18 year old Mary finds it difficult to connect, instead growing ever closer to her cousin Cameron. “‘Mary No More’ is an eloquently composed character study, with fine acting and gentle pacing, a quietly challenging meditation on maturity and the spell of time.” – Culturedarm.com
Mast Qalandar (Divij Roopchand, UK, 15m)
Montek wants to do something for his thirteenth birthday. If he tells his mother what, she won’t let him.
A Monster Called Charles (Richard P. Wilson, UK, 16m)
The story of a Boy who lives in a caravan park with his Mother, and a Monster who lives in a nearby woods…
The Mother (Paolo Monico, USA, 12m)
When a hardened widow receives an unexpected visit, she is given the chance to shed light on her husband’s death
Mu Arae C (Jorju Latorre, Spain, 1m)
He watches her everyday from a distance, but He still find it hard to understand what he sees.
Muck (Sonya Quayle, UK, 16m)
Murray and Babs live on an isolated farm. Their sheep graze the surrounding wind-bleached moors. They have a long, if not completely happy marriage, which 21 years ago produced Billy.
Billy is autistic and it’s the 1950s. To most people Billy is a child trapped in a man’s body. Murray, like the doctors, doesn’t really understand him. While Billy can help with manual jobs, he requires regular attention. For Murray, the time has come for Billy to move on. Babs is aghast and Billy grows anxious at the prospect of leaving the farm, family and pet pig he is so attached to. As Murray prepares the pig to go to market, a horrific incident forces Babs into a terrible life changing choice – husband or son.
Murmur (Aurora Fernley, UK, 8m)
A young woman passes the border of safety, but can she convince another to join her break for freedom?
Obscurum (Frederic Garçon, Belgium, 9m)
A young woman awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure, performed in an attempt to make her look ‘normal’.
Panic Attack! (Eileen O’Meara, USA, 4m)
You know the nagging thoughts that start with “did I leave the coffee on?” and turn in to “what if I give birth to Satan’s baby?” This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.
Pep Mask (William Marler, UK, 5m)
hysiotherapy is a daily task for the director/writer of this film and although second nature to him; it was something he hated to do as a child. This film, explores patterns, shapes, lines, and colours – alongside his physiotherapy routine and how important this had become for his life.
Pint Puller (Jake Balfour-Lynn, UK, 1m)
A man walks into a bar..
The Present (Jacob Frey, Germany, 5m)
Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.
Seven Days a Week (Tal Amiran, UK, 10m)
For the last 36 years, Paul has opened his North London paper stall at 4.40am, seven days a week, every week of the year. Now 66, and with his time selling papers nearing an end, Paul reflects on his life in the paper booth and what the future holds for the stall he inherited from his father.
Signs of Silence (R. M. Moses, UK, 20m)
Born into a world of silence, Eli finds himself not able to communicate well with people. Mainly because not everyone understands sign language. This has impacted his self-esteem and confidence. This is Eli’s story of how difficult life can be when you aren’t being heard.
A Six and Two Threes (Andy Berriman, UK, 13m)
A Six and Two Threes is a short film about two boys from different sides of the tracks who meet when one goes in search of his real father. Shot on location in Stockton on Tees, the film was part of the Creative England iShorts 2 scheme.
Smog (Rafael Gibbons, UK, 13m)
A short fantasy film with an environmental message. In London a giant smog cloud has blocked out the sun. So schoolgirl Molly and her grandfather come up with a plan to bring the sunshine back.
Stereotype (Jordan McGibney, UK, 11m)
A bullied teenage boy journeys into the night wanting to avenge his brothers death, only to find himself locked in a moral dilemma that will change his life forever.
Strange Weather (Tom Shrapnel, UK, 19m)
Two people witness a natural phenomenon that reawakens their senses and draws their empty lives together.
Test Drive (Ryan Enever, UK, 1m)
How hard is it to sell a car these days? One man shows that it’s just a matter of a little persuasion, and the right selling technique to clinch that final sale.
Three Minute Warning (Iqbal Mohammed, UK, 12m)
In Palestine, a 14 year old girl called Mariam cares for her disabled mother. One night, an Israeli “knock-on-roof” bomb is dropped onto their building allowing them only three minutes to escape before it is demolished. This emotional 11 minute drama depicts the reality of civilians in Gaza, Palestine.
Today Is the Day (Betsy H. Hershey, USA, 16m)
Deep in Mexico, Carlos, an indigenous Tarahumara who left his community to be trained as a nurse, has returned to his homeland to try to save babies and mothers who have been dying at a high rate during childbirth. These deaths (far too common in indigenous groups worldwide) further threaten an already dwindling population and its dying culture.
Whisper (Jo Lewis, UK, 11m)
A young woman travels to a remote beachside cabin in an attempt to finally quit her heroin habit. While there she accidentally sets in motion a chain of sinister events. Hauntingly beautiful, Whisper is a modern day ghost story that will keep you gripped from start to spine-chilling finish.
wHole (V. Klinger & R. Banning, Germany, 8m)
A relationship is put to the test, as a husband makes a drastic sacrifice for his wife.
You Are Whole (Laura Spini, UK, 16m)
Norman Pugg arrives in a sleepy British seaside town with a mission: to spread the word of The Children of the Mountain of the Star. However it seems that the local residents may have bigger problems than battling their spiritual confusions as Norman discovers a number of his prospective clients dismembered in their own homes. Mistaken for the serial killer and hounded by the police, Norman must persevere in order to bring wellbeing and clarity to a world where everything has stopped making sense.
The Norwich Film Festival 2015 Official Selection
25 Frames per Second (Kerrin Kokot, 1m, South Africa)
A Good Book Has No Ending (Luke Graham, 7m, UK)
A Problem Shared (Ed Cripps, 13m, UK)
A Shot in the Dark (Josh McKamie & Andy Swanson, 1m, USA)
Alien Communications (Kurtis Theorin & Kris Theorin, 9m, Chile)
Alien Communications (Kurtis Theorin) Best Short Screenplay Nominee
Alouette (Michaela Kurimsky, 13m, Serbia)
A Tell-Tale Heart (Stephen Hunt) Best Short Screenplay Nominee
B-Flat (Mariana Youssef, 24m, Brazil)
Bill (Oscar Nobi, 7m, UK) Best Short Nominee
Black Cloud (Ross Hendrick, 1m, Australia)
Bomb (Sam Brewster, 1m, UK)
Brit.i.am (Andi Osho & Adam Recht, 5m, UK)
Bye Bye Chance (Sylvia Borges, 1m, Argentina)
Bye Bye Dandelion (Isabel Garrett, 3m, UK)
Carry On (Yatao Li, 16m, Italy) Best Student Film Nominee
Confined (Tim Mattson, 1m, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Connection (Ira Elshansky, 1m, Japan)
Cortez (Jagroop Singh, 11m, Argentina)
Destroyer (Kerrin Kokot, 1m, South Africa)
Force (Phillip Whiteman & Danny Gomez, 1m, India)
Gentlemen (Grace Plimpton-Sims, 4m, USA)
Grimace (Levi Caleb Smith, 1m, Canada)
Help Point (Andrew Margetson, 13m, UK) Best Short Nominee
I Owe You (Mike McNeese, 13m, USA)
Knock Knock (Jeff Betancourt, 13m, Portugal)
Letters (Anthony Hett, 9m, UK) Best Short Nominee
Lonely Hearts (Leon Chambers, 11m, Spain) Best Short Nominee
Mean Teddies (Tyler Novo, 2m, Serbia)
Money Box (Muzappar Osman, 5m, USA) Best Student Film Nominee
Mr Plastimime (Daniel Greaves, 10m, UK) Audience Choice Award, Best Animated Film Nominee
Nayan and the Evil Eye (Shaleen Sangha, 8m, Israel)
Nightmare on Cork Street (Lucas Paio, 1m, Brazil & Germany)
Nine (Wanichaya Phraejunya, 9m, Thailand) Best Animated Film Nominee
No Love Lost (Shekhar Bassi, 15m, France)
Scarlet Says (Marley Grenville, 9m, UK)
Schrödinger's Bed (Michael Murnau, 1m, Russian Federation)
Something To Regret In The Morning (Philip T Brewster) Best Short Screenplay Nominee
Spamorama (Mondo Ghulam, 3m, UK) Best Animated Film Nominee
Sugar Rush (Yvonne Zacharias, 1m, Germany)
Sumer (Alvaro Garcia, 10m, Spain & UK) Best Animated Film Nominee
Supersnackers (Rahdy Elwan, 1m, UK)
That’s Not Me (Daniel Harding, 10m, Spain)
The Backseat (Teresa Burns) Best Short Screenplay Nominee
The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs, 8m, UK) Best Animated Film Winner, Best Student Film Nominee
The Deal (Edward Howes, 3m, UK) Best Student Film Nominee
The Disappeared (Tom Canning) Best Short Screenplay Winner
The Generous Mugger (Patrick Parkinson, 1m, USA)
The Hedgehog (Chris Lee, 7m, UK)
The Jigsaw (Rashad Al-Safar, 9m, Portugal & UK) Best Short Nominee
The Tale of the Day (Ying-Fang Shen, 15m, UK)
The Taste of Korea (Jaebin Han, 1m, Republic of Korea)
Tinker (Lou Ward, 4m, USA)
To Live For (Philip Pugh, 1m, USA)
Trial by Fire (Drew McDonnell, 22m, UK)
Tuck Me In (Ignacio F. Rodó, 1m, Chile)
Undressed (Rahdy Elwan, 15m, UK)
Wax (James Ballard & Paul Henri, 2m, UK)