A little bit funny and a little bit scary, Calving is a short film about an English vet working in Ireland who’s called to an odd calving in a rural village. To his surprise, on arrival he’s treated less like the local vet and more like… a suspect.
Cast: Steven Mackintosh, Liz Fitzgibbon, Philip O’Sullivan, Gerry O’Brien
Writer: Louis Bhose | Producer: Hayley Williams | Director of Photography: Murren Tullett | Editor: Jack Williams | Music: Tom Jenkins
Director: Haukur Björgvinsson | Iceland | 2021
Young couple Anna and Gunnar are deeply in love but they live in a society where people are assigned a new spouse by lottery every seven years. As their final day together approaches, they grapple with the nightmare of being torn apart and facing life with another partner.
Cast: Bríet Ísis Elfar, Jóhann Kristófer Stefánsson, Ísar Máni Birkisson, Ólafur Egilsson, Guðrún Gísladóttir
Writer: Haukur Björgvinsson | Producer: Tinna Proppé, Haukur Björgvinsson | Director of Photography: Ásgrímur Guðbjartsson | Editor: Úlfur Teitur Traustason | Music: Herdís Stefánsdóttir
Director: Clemente Lohr | United Kingdom | 2020 | World Premiere
Best UK Short Nominee
Haunted and lost, a young Victorian runaway searches the mudlands for a mysterious light. Is this liminal world trying to tell her that true salvation comes from within? Or is this landscape a figment of her imagination? Ignoring the call, she heads further into the darkness.
Cast: Emily Dyble, Helen Grady
Writer: Tom Arensen | Producer: Toby Elwes | Director of Photography: Toby Elwes | Editor: Toby Elwes | Music: Maddie Ashman
Director: Joël Duinkerke | The Netherlands | 2020 | International Premiere
As Adriana lies on her deathbed, a young girl appears before her. Together they wander through the Dutch landscape of Zeeland while Adriana tries to make peace with her past. Although her life has been largely dominated by men, Sober shows a brighter future for the next generations of women.
Cast: Julia van de Graaff, Liv van Kollenburg
Writer: Julia van de Graaff, Joël Duinkerke, Paul Pourveur | Producer: Julia van de Graaff, Zeelandia | Director of Photography: Rieks Soepenberg | Editor: Max Vonk | Music: Erik de Reus
The Killing of a Child
Director: Kim Kokosky Deforchaux | The Netherlands | 2019 | UK Premiere
In the gloomy Dutch countryside of the 1950s, a lonely eight-year-old boy drags himself to school and back every day. He lets out his frustration on the same wooden pole every time he passes it, until one day he runs into another boy doing the exact same thing.
Cast: Lucas van der Pot, Viggo Lingen
Writer: Kim Kokosky Deforchaux | Producer: Kim Kokosky Deforchaux, Titus Kokosky Deforchaux | Director of Photography: Christiaan van Leeuwen | Editor: Tobias Cornelissen | Music: Olmo van Straalen
Three Meetings of The Extraordinary Committee
Director: Michael Woodward, Max Barron | United Kingdom / Bulgaria | 2020 | UK Premiere
Best UK Short Nominee
The citizens of Dobre, a small farming village, vote to acquire a Unicow – a revolutionary new cow that promises the same output as 10,000 normal cows. When issues arise around delivery, the Extraordinary Committee must decide whether to pursue the democratic will of the people, or face reality.
Cast: Martin Hristov, Stefan Kashev, Valentin Goshev, Vasil Draganov, Ivan Nesterov, Dimitar Selensky
Writer: Michael Woodward, Max Barron | Producer: Daniel Wheldon | Director of Photography: Krum Rodriguez | Editor: Michael Woodward, Max Barron | Music: Audio Network