Off Competition (UK) Series 1

  • shorts
  • 20 Episodes

Episodes

25m
(The Lost Found) Boy Man Bunny

Director: Daniel Ifans | United Kingdom | 2021 | World Premiere

You look to the sky and you see a claw. It comes down and takes a child – never to be seen again.” What happens when a Brazilian street kid from the favelas of Salvador, is dropped into privileged English society? Three decades later, Pablo is still trying to figure things out.

Cast: Pablo Woodward Writer: Louise Acford | Producer: Sophie Robehmed | Director of Photography: Harry Osborne | Editor: Harry Osborne, Fred Osborne | Music: Lobo Loco

3m
#Bwgan

Director: Craig Fisher, Roxanne Guard, Tim Stokes | United Kingdom | 20221 | World Premiere

Winning second place at the BIFA DIY Horror Film Competition, which was judged by the filmmakers of 2021’s Host, and filmed during the UK’s lockdown, #Bwgan (the Welsh word for ghost) sees paranormal investigator ParaRoxy livestreaming her terrifying ordeal after a vicious entity follows her home…

Cast: Craig Fisher, Roxanne Guard, Tim Stokes Writer: Craig Fisher, Roxanne Guard, Tim Stokes | Producer: Craig Fisher, Roxanne Guard, Tim Stokes | Director of Photography: Craig Fisher, Roxanne Guard, Tim Stokes | Editor: Craig Fisher, Roxanne Guard, Tim Stokes | Music: Craig Fisher, Roxanne Guard, Tim Stokes

5m
2:15

Director: Matteo Valentini | United Kingdom | 2021

A girl running for her life finds out that the monster she is escaping from could be closer than she thinks. A survival movie that navigates between real and surreal. A revenge story that makes us understand that the victim can become the killer in a blink of an eye.

Cast: Christian King, Hollie Freeman Writer: Matteo Valentini | Producer: Matteo Valentini | Director of Photography: Charlie Relph | Editor: Matteo Valentini | Music: Jaakko Metsäpelto, Lorenzo Ceci

5m
Dance With Me

Director: Simon Lex | United Kingdom | 2021

The global situation has put a strain on Nicole and Dan’s relationship. Attempting to rekindle their intimacy, Nicole has signed them up to an online ecstatic dance. Her efforts appear to backfire, bringing their relationship to an unintended crisis point. Will Nicole’s genuine desire to reconnect push them apart forever?

Cast: Celine Abrahams, Simon Haines. Writer: Celine Abrahams | Producer: Celine Abrahams, Simon Haines, Simon Lex | Director of Photography: Horia Cojan | Editor: Simon Lex | Music: J. J. Hathaway

1m
Foresight

Director: David Yorke | United Kingdom | 2021 | World Premiere

After a tragic loss, Tessa is left with the emotional task of clearing out her grandmother’s house. While sorting through her things, Tessa discovers a mysterious wooden box. Curiosity gets the better of her and she opens it, uncovering an item that will change her life forever.

Cast: Rachel Lin Writer: Jake Mackintosh | Producer: David Yorke | Director of Photography: Edmund Curtis | Editor: Aideen Johnston | Music: Andrew Reynolds

15m
How To Cope with Oliver Pope

Director: Alex Di Cuffa | United Kingdom | 2021 | World Premiere

How To Cope with Oliver Pope is the story of spouses Hannah and Jessica who kidnap and torture their local Member of Parliament in the hope of changing his ways after he opposed an upskirting bill and many other progressive bills that would have protected them from assault.

Cast: Devora Wilde, Julie Rose Smith, Rupert Fawcett, Kerry Boyne Writer: Tom Hartwell | Producer: Alex Di Cuffa, James Fuller, Mayed Al Qasimi | Director of Photography: Lorene Desportes | Editor: Michal Zak

2m
In Memoriam Dr. H.G.K.

Director: Ed Hughes | United Kingdom | 2021 | World Premiere

The first English language film of the famous short story written by the celebrated Hungarian writer István Örkény. Örkény’s short stories provide an authentic introduction to the Hungarian mentality and culture; witty, well-observed and profoundly philosophical, they are windows into significant moments in the country’s history.

Cast: Jon Tarcy, Ian Pirie Writer: István Örkény, Judith Sollosy | Producer: Jon Tarcy, Hungarian Cultural Centre | Director of Photography: Laura Seward | Editor: Gabriel Owen

2m
Inquiry Into the State Of My Health

Director: James Corrigan | United Kingdom | 2021 | World Premiere

The first English language film of the famous short story written by the celebrated Hungarian writer István Örkény. Örkény’s short stories provide an authentic introduction to the Hungarian mentality and culture; witty, well-observed and profoundly philosophical, they are windows into significant moments in the country’s history.

Cast: Joe Bannister, Shazia Nicholls Writer: István Örkény | Producer: Jon Tarcy, Hungarian Cultural Centre | Director of Photography: Laura Seward | Editor: Gabriel Owen | Music: Mustafa Ozen

11m
Life's a Show

Director: Harvey Puttock | United Kingdom | 2021

After Matt’s play is cancelled, he realises his life lacks direction. Taking this thought all too literally, he decides to hire a director to help guide him through his everyday life over the internet via video call. Matt soon realises that no performance is complete without a worthy audience…

Cast: Jon Tarcy, Dusan Mrden, Lucy Hilton-Jones Writer: Harvey Puttock | Producer: Dusan Mrden, Joseph Supple-Turnham | Director of Photography: Lexy Anderson | Editor: Harvey Puttock

1m
Love Connection

Harms | United Kingdom | 2021

When a couple who have been maintaining a relationship over the internet finally meet up for the first time since lockdown, they suddenly find themselves experiencing the same issues in real life as they faced online… This charming little comedy explores the relatable pitfalls and frustrations of lockdown dating.

Cast: Fabienne Piolini-Castle, Anna Antoniades Writer: Hendrik Harms | Producer: Hendrik Harms, Ella-Rae Smith | Director of Photography: Elliot Wallis | Editor: Hendrik Harms | Music: Joss Gallanagh-Edwards

1m
Remind Me Yesterday

Director: Aleksandra Czenczek | United Kingdom | 2021 | International Premiere

The world was once a beautiful place but all that’s left is a memory of an idyllic past. Through a mosaic of rich, sensory images we explore the mind of a woman who witnesses a natural disaster and desperately wants to bring the perished nature back to life.

Cast: Naomi Westerman Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury | Producer: Steven Jeram | Director of Photography: Colin Coomber | Editor: Monika Radwanska | Music: Jonathan Vincent

3m
Roulette

Director: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, Neil Ely, Sam Retford | United Kingdom | 2021 | World Premiere

A young girl is thrust into a night filled with horror when she stumbles across a demonic force on Chat Roulette. Now she must survive as the digital evil force tries to take her soul. Winner of the BIFA short horror competition judged by the Host filmmakers.

Cast: Poppy O’Brien Writer: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, Neil Ely, Sam Retford | Producer: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, Neil Ely, Sam Retford | Director of Photography: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, Neil Ely, Sam Retford | Editor: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, Neil Ely, Sam Retford | Music: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, Neil Ely, Sam Retford

2m
Siren

Director: Dale Saxton | United Kingdom | 2021

In the dead of night, a couple driving in the countryside spot something at the side of the road. Siren is one of three short horror films picked by Douglas Cox, Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd, the makers of Host, as part of the BIFA Short Film Competition.

Cast: Josh Fox, Emma Newell, Dale Saxton Writer: Dale Saxton | Producer: Emma Newell, Joshua Fox | Director of Photography: Emma Newell | Editor: Dale Saxton

20m
The Social Doctor

Director: Matteo Valentini | United Kingdom | 2021

In a dystopian world where people react to things happening in real life like we do on the social networks, a group of wannabe influencers queue to meet “The Social Doctor”, an internet guru specialised in prescribing specific remedies to become a Social Media Star.

Cast: Nenad Petrovic, Hollie Freeman, Emma Cavell, Christian King, Matteo Valentini & Veronica Osimani Writer: Matteo Valentini | Producer: Matteo Valentini | Director of Photography: Charlie Relph | Editor: Charlie Relph | Music: Matthew Motte

1m
Turning Tide

Director: Robert Campbell | United Kingdom | 2021

A world-weary centurion looks out across the vast ocean, preparing to do battle against his rebellious son before the ideals of his generation are relegated to the sands of time. However, before too long it becomes clear that everything is rather different than first expected.

Cast: Nick Bright, Alfie Brown Writer: Rory Frederick Joscelyne | Producer: Robert Campbell | Director of Photography: Robert Campbell | Editor: Robert Campbell

4m
Worse Off

Director: Terry Scotchmer | United Kingdom | 2021 | International Premiere

Worse Off is a film about not rationalising your feelings towards situations or people whose circumstances are worse than your own. The customer in the taxi is going through a tough situation, but rationalising his feelings doesn’t allow himself the right to express them. Can the driver change his energy?

Cast: Leigh Kelly, Terry Scotchmer Writer: Terry Scotchmer | Producer: Terry Scotchmer | Director of Photography: Mimi Newby | Editor: Terry Scotchmer | Music: My Life

8m
Hope

Director: Ufuk Gokkaya | United Kingdom | 2021 | World Premiere

Jay is a survivor in a post-apocalyptic London, after a deadly virus outbreak. He has been testing potential vaccines on the zombies that roam the derelict streets, with the hope of finding a cure, and it becomes apparent that there is more at stake than just his own life.

Cast: Cain Magee, Ilaria Schaeren, Roger Bennet

Writer: Ufuk Gokkaya | Producer: Ufuk Gokkaya | Director of Photography: Ufuk Gokkaya | Editor: Ufuk Gokkaya | Music: Cinetools

1m
Trespass

Directed by Nathan Cowley

Have you ever had to rely on bluetooth to save your life? “Kat” has to when faced with the nightmarish folklore monster known as the “Wendigo”.

1m
Masquerade

Directed by Nick Ceulemans

A trespasser taking shelter from a storm makes a shocking discovery…

1m
Wendigo

Directed by Wells Watson

When a woman locks her biggest fear in the basement, it comes to haunt her and she discovers her true fear…