MONUMENTING - EUROPEAN PREMIÈRE
Director: Kadri Koop
Mark Fontana is a third-generation gravestone maker in a small cemetery town where the population of the dead outnumbers the living. For the past 90 years, the Fontana's have monumented the lives of the Bay Area people. Surrounded by the work of his father and grandfather, Mark reflects on his family history and the idea of legacy. A lasting short film that is nostalgic and acutely observant.
IMPRISONED - WORLD PREMIÈRE
Director: Elise Vout
A neo-noir psychological thriller about an innocent man who finds himself imprisoned with a convicted criminal. An impressive and intelligent take on inner truths and confinement, Elise Vout is a filmmaker to look out for.
OPEN 24 HOURS - UK PREMIÈRE
Director: Henry Chaisson
A contract killer gets more than he bargained for after a pit-stop at the convenience store. Superbly executed, intense, gripping and delivered with the right dosage of wit. A real gem find in student filmmaking.
DARK WAS THE NIGHT - WORLD PREMIÈRE
Director: Sam McMullen
A teenage daughter, VIK, and her father, WYATT, eke out trapped lives aboard a crashed spaceship, separated from each other by a pane of glass. But Vik's beginning to get cryptic messages through her radio, messages that sound like they're coming from her mother, long thought dead in the crash. As her relationship with her caring but domineering father deteriorates, the messages increase in urgency, telling Vik to come outside. Soon, she'll have to make a choice she never wanted to - to step outside onto the planet's mysterious, dark surface. A riveting and well executed mystery that has you guessing and intrigued another film that will not disappoint.
INBETWEEN FRAMES - WORLD PREMIÈRE
Director Mariam Eqbal
In-Between Frames is a part of a series of works that are experimental and explore the fundamentals of animated motion through repetition. The work is an inquiry into the unlimited in-betweens of movement as it courses through time and space. I’m interested in repetition as the simple rule fundamental to the process through which complexity arises.
HORIZON - INTERNATIONAL PREMIÈRE
Director: Stephanie Barber
A brief poetic collage of 16mm home movie footage from Egypt in the 1950s, elements of Capra's "Lost Horizon" soundtrack and a small and frustrated boy. There is so much to say about Shangri-La. It is, like the horizon, always present, always out of reach. “You need not attach whistles to the wings of birds to locate it. It is right over there. Look”.
DESCENT - WORLD PREMIÈRE
Directors: Antoine Marc, Drew Cox
A man crawls to his death. Spilling out the essence of life, he envisions vivid memories to accompany his decline. A breath-taking delivery of movement within a powerful story.
SING THE SAND INTO PEARLS
Director: Raquel Claudino
Embraced in a dance of rebellion, ‘Sing The Sand Into Pearls’ tells the story of three women who escape from a self-centered society and celebrate genuinity in a hideaway ritual. Raquel Claudino debuts in a contemporary dance film, exploring the raw beauty of the performers across a city charged with history and mysticism. Set in Lisbon, a metropolis with flaws, they narrate their journey through a delicate dance that brings us all to a parallel sphere. An experimental project where international artists collaborate with the director to create a subtle but nonetheless daring narrative.
EMPEROR OF NOWHERE
Director: Gotti Sigurdarson
The video for Emperor Of Nowhere is powerful and eye-catching. Directed by Icelandic artist and director Gotti Sigurdarson, Norwegian artist Kate Havnevik’s long-term collaborator. Emperor Of Nowhere treads a dark path and is a beautifully sinister track with a matching video to go with it. Using uv-lights, uv-bodypaint and stop animation technique the singer morphs into different looks, and in the end she melts into the background as a part of an overgrown sinister tree. Emperor Of Nowhere and its inhabitant is engaging in an eerie way. “You're the emperor of nowhere and no one gets out alive from here”.
Director: Gueret Emilie
A darkly portrayed fairy tale adapted to the modern world. Uneasy and affecting music video that mixes quirky visuals and striking sounds in equal measures.
FRACTURES- 'IT'S ALRIGHT'
Director: Matthew Chuang
A man returns to a place he once called home. Nature and decay have taken over but the memories are still strong. He brings life back to Pripyat, Chernobyl - hoping to capture how it was and how it could have been. Haunting and mesmerising throughout this is a music video that needs to be seen.
4.32 minsDirectors: Double Ninja
Featuring music from ‘Brandy’ and ‘Niles Rodgers’ ‘Magic’ tells an exuberant visual story of the meeting between a gold queen and a silver king in a Baroque and Sci-fi universe.