Wednesday 24 November - Close-Up Cinema, Shoreditch

7pm SHORT FILMS 1 & NETWORKING EVENT

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PLANET EARTH – A BRIEF HISTORY by Bruce Currie (Australia)
There are now thought to have been at least 8 mass extinction events – An evolutionary history of life on Earth.

THE LETTER ROOM by Elvira Lind (USA)
When a kind-hearted prison officer (Oscar Isaac) is transferred to the letter room, he mistakenly thinks he can help one of the inmates.

SOMETHING BORROWED by Micky Wozny (UK)
An old woman struggling to write a card, lends her pen to an apparent stranger. The ensuing chase to get it back reveals more than words can say.

THE MOOGAI by Jon Bell (Australia)
An Aboriginal psychological horror.

TRUE MOTHER by Rotem Gabay (Israel)
Despite losing custody to her ex-wife, Maya won’t give up on her daughter.

BLINDED BY LOVE by Yige Yang (UK)
A man goes the extra mile to protect a vulnerable seedling.

HANGING ON by Alfie Barker (UK)
A creative documentary spotlighting the strength of community when faced with eviction. (Photo by Anastasia Arsentyeva)

COLOR ME JANE by Mary Darling (Canada)
At a wedding, a handsome stranger (Penn Badgley) flirts with the best friend of the bride. But is romance really in the air?

A LITTLE PRANK by Jordi Funtanet (Mexico)
How far can a prank about winning the lottery go?

DINO BONE by Jordan Powers and Sam Durkin (USA)
After seeing a suggestive fossil of two dinosaurs “getting it on”, an anxious father tells his curious son a series of little white lies to avoid having “The Talk”.
Thursday 25 November - Close-Up Cinema, Shoreditch

8:15pm DOCUMENTARIES & NETWORKING EVENT

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THE FELL RUNNER by Alex Simpson and Phillip Suddick (UK)
A portrait of Calum from Cumbria – a new school fell runner but with his feet firmly in the old school.

EVA-MARIA by Lukas Ladner (Austria)
Eva-Maria longs for a child. The fact that she has been in a wheelchair since childhood is no reason for her to give up on her dream.
Friday 26 November - The Soho Hotel Cinema, Screen 2

7pm SHORT FILMS 2 & NETWORKING EVENT

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AL-SIT by Suzannah Mirghani (Sudan)
15 year old Nafisa faces an arranged marriage in a cotton-farming village in Sudan. Is there a way out?

EYELASH by Jesse Lewis-Reece (UK)
Extreme and intense desire feels like heaven. But is it healthy?

GOD’S DAUGHTER DANCES by Sungbin Byun (South Korea)
A transgender female dancer, Shin-mi is forced to attend a Military Service Examination. They are expecting a man.


GOOD THANKS, YOU? by Molly Manning Walker (UK)
Wedged between overwhelming red-tape and the harsh incapacity to speak or stay quiet, Amy, a victim of sexual assault must deal with the aftermath.

WE’RE NOT ANIMALS by Noe Debre (France)
Igor’s ex-partner Marie has become an Instagram star in an activist group about female orgasm. Chaos ensues when Igor heads to Marie’s place hoping to set the record straight.


ZONDER MEER by Meltse Van Coillie (Netherlands)
The presumed drowning of a boy at a campsite leads five-year-old Lucie to question the boundaries between life and death.


THE LONG GOODBYE by Aneil Karia (UK)
A sobering and powerful watch imagining a dystopian future that sees Riz unpack his feelings towards his country.


SWIMMER by Jonatan Etzler (Sweden)
Based on a real event – the humorous tale of police at a swimming pool, trying to arrest a man who refuses to come out of the water. A situation arises that no one could have predicted…

 
 

Saturday 27 November - The Soho Hotel Cinema, Screen 2

7pm CENSOR (FEATURE FILM) & NETWORKING EVENT

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7:00 pm CENSOR – A psychological horror by Prano Bailey-Bond (UK)
After viewing a strangely familiar video nasty, Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister’s disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality.

8:30pm Q&A with the director and AWARDS CEREMONY

Online Festival Tuesday 23 November - Sunday 28 November

FEATURES

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THE SHUROO PROCESS by Emrhys Cooper (USA and UK)
When a NYC journalist’s life crashes and burns, she becomes infatuated with a celebrity guru, taking her on a wild journey of love and grand larceny.

EVERYTHING OF VALUE by Stanley Kolk (Netherlands)
A filmmaker and a detective try to uncover the truth behind an assault on two gay men at a church. Why do the victims refuse to file a report and why are they protecting this religious community.

PUPPET by Dai Yilin (China)
An epic action adventure of love, betrayal and revenge.

ABSOLUTE POWER: NASDAQ EXPOSED by Bryan O’Connell (USA)
After costing investors billions of dollars by listing fraudulent companies from China on their exchange, Nasdaq turns on longtime ally and Chinese born consultant, Benjamin Wey, in an attempted scapegoating and racially charged vendetta.
Online Festival Tuesday 23 November - Sunday 28 November

SHORT ADVENTURES (SUPER SHORTS, LOCKDOWN FILMS & MUSIC VIDEOS)

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SPACE by Lilee Neururer and Tanja Eva (Austria)
Deja vu all over again? Through ukulele sounds and expressive animation – a beautiful reminder that our body belongs to us.


REBORN by Dasha Si (Latvia)
A dance about lost love, memories and pain – but a chance to be reborn.


SILENT LEE IN… THE SELF-TAPE! by Lee Brace (UK)
1920’s actor self-tape discovered… !


GOT TO MOVE by Oltscho (Germany)
A man sits at a sushi bar, snacking on the world’s consumer comforts as they pass by, when he starts to get a bad case of indigestion…


THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT by Mole Hill (UK)
On their journey they learn nothing and lose everything – except each other.


KILO by Filip Zaluska (Poland)
A story of love that was, or perhaps it only seemed so.


LIKE I SAID by Jolyon White (UK)
A man tries to cancel his broadband only to discover that the call centre has other plans.


ANAVITÓRIA “CALENDÁRIO” by The Fridman Sisters (Brazil)
Two girls wander into a mysterious world in the search of each other.


HOW CAN I REACH YOU? by Peter Davenport (USA)
Months of quarantine confinement strains the connections within a family as each member attempts to carve out his own space while never leaving each other’s company or the stifling boundaries of their New York City apartment.


JARRED by Hussam Mkheiber (Lebanon)
Lockdown in Lebanon. Do you think that I asked for this life?


THE ROLLING PIN by Trilby Jeeves (Canada)
Grief, bullying and baking. Who knew this combination would make a good pie?

 

Online Festival Tuesday 23 November - Sunday 28 November

SHORT DOCS

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ELEPHANT FOOD IS FOR THE STRONGEST TEETH by Michael Kinsella-Perks and Will McBain (UK)
A revelatory, up-close portrayal of Nigeria’s ancient martial art of Dambe, told through the bitter rivalry between Kano City heroes, Ebola and Ali. It’s a celebration of community and conflict, faith and superstition, beauty and brutality.

ENDLESS RETURN by Andrea Bersani (Italy)
An artist works on a surreal sculpture that rewrites all human knowledge. His chisel is a living swarm of bees.