Always listen to your mother, stand up purgatory, one man and his strike, new age diagnosis, all about a fish, sheep on a bus, and driving miss celebrity are the stories to blow your mind in shorts session 1.

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Directed by Paul Hendy

UK

Staring - Bob Golding, Damian Williams, Simon Cartwright.

19 minutes

English language

Part of our Rising Star strand

'The Laugh Laugh' sees three iconic, British comedians, Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecambe and Bob Monkhouse sitting in a dressing room discussing the secret of comedy. 

We see the lightening wit and quick-fire quips which made these comedians great. But as the film scratches a little deeper, we catch a glimpse of their insecurities: the niggling doubt of whether a joke is funny enough and how the fear of ‘dying’ drives them on a never-ending quest for that next big laugh. 

Warm, funny, affectionate and moving, ‘The Last Laugh’ explores what it means to be funny and what happens when the laughter stops…

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Directed by Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor

United Kingdom

Runtime - 8 Minutes

English Language

Plays as part of Shorts Session 1 Friday 3rd March at 6pm in the City Suites Screen

A bizarre incident as a young boy left Aaron with an unusual facial disfigurement that has plagued him all his life. Isolated and vulnerable, Aaron seeks comfort in the friendship and understanding of an unexpected group of outcasts.

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Directed by BRIAN PETSOS

USA

Runtime - 19 minutes

Starring - Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina, Star Wars - The Force Awakens).

English language

Part of our Be Who You Are Say What You Feel strand

Playing as part of Shorts Sessions 1 on Friday 3rd March at 6pm in the City Suites Screen

An origin story, of sorts—Lightningface stars Oscar Isaac as Basil Stitt, who in the aftermath of an inexplicable incident, decides to sequester himself inside his apartment, setting the stage for a profound transformation.

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Directed by Ryan West

United Kingdom

Runtime - 16 minutes

English Language

Part of our Be Who You Are Say What You Feel strand

Being a twat has been recognised as a legitimate medical condition. Twat Clinical follows Terry Hudson as he follows the lives of a handful of people who have recently been diagnosed with twat syndrome.

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irected by Slimane BOUNIA

UK PREMIERE

France

Starring - Rachid Hadid, Sabrina Ouazani, Salim Kechiouche

Runtime - 18 minutes

French language with English subtitles.

Part of our Rising Star strand

Burning is a tangled story of Algerians today who are struggling, much like this frozen fish that passes from hand to hand from the Kabyle mountains to the fishing coast and then ends up by coming back to life and dive in the endless waters of possibility.

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Directed by Gail Gilbert

USA

Runtime – 8 mins

English language

Part of our Women In Film strand

This action drama forces us to think about the dangers of a democratic system within America. A lady prepared to take desperate measures to reach her fleeing husband encourages the community to come together and help. Will it be the ending they are all hoping for?

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Directed by Nate Camponi

United Kingdom

Starring - Charlie Gardner, Joni Kamen

WORLD PREMIERE

Runtime - 6 minutes

Part of our Be Who You Are Say What You Feel strand

After fleeing a live TV show, Hollywood starlet Chloe Koera jumps into a waiting chauffeur car driven by a mysterious driver named John. As they cruise the streets, Chloe's fame-twisted behaviour becomes ever more surreal until her horrifying true colours are revealed.

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