Our Opening Night Show is a mix of award-winning short films from around the world – comedy, fiction, and animation – and just a bit of experimentation!
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Joanna Quinn / United Kingdom, Canada / 2021 / 16 mins
Beryl shares her own obsession with drawing while exposing the addictions of her eccentric family, which include pickling, screw threads and pet taxidermy. Aspen Shortfest, Best Comedy 2021. Annecy Animation Film Festival , Special Distinction Direction 2021.
Her Violet Kiss
Bill Morrison / USA / 2021 / 5 mins
Made from decaying nitrate films from the 1920s, the legendary Bill Morrison builds this short film around a large party scene where a woman finally meets a mysterious guest.
Adam Patterson, Declan Lawn / Ireland / 2021 / 13 mins
A death-sentence. A dog. A decision. In post-conflict Northern Ireland, paramilitaries have evolved into gangs who enforce their own brutal street justice in the form of ‘punishment’ attacks. Best Irish Short Film 2021, Irish Film and Television Academy.
Soetkin Verstegen / Belgium, Germany / 2020 / 5 mins
Identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice. The repetitive movements reanimate the animals captured inside. The most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image.
Samir Karahoda / Kosovo / 2021 / 15 mins
In post-war Kosovo, driven by the ambition of keeping their beloved sport alive, two local players wander from one obscure location to another carrying with them the only possession of their club: the tables.
Orgiastic Hyper Plastic
Paul Bush / UK, Denmark / 2020 / 7 mins
An animated extravaganza of plastic. An elegy to a love affair that has gone sour. A fond farewell to that most beautiful material that has enslaved our planet – plastic.
Da Yie (Goodbye)
Anthony Nti / Ghana / 2020 / 20 mins
Young Matilda and Prince are taken on a life-changing trip by a stranger. Kids, gangsters and Ghana’s vibrant coast as you’ve never seen them. Grand Prix, Clermont Ferrand Film Festival 2020.
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