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A Past Tense

dir: Daniel Alexander  13 mins

 

A man must put himself through an uncomfortable situation in order to get his drug addicted sister through rehab.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

A Sight for Sore Eyes

dir: Leonard Corfu  18 mins

 

Once broken into a mansion, a thief's intention shifts as he is about to discover something more than just jewels and cash. The story follows a thief that once broken into a mansion, gets caught off guard by someone living there – a blind boy that mistakes him for a friend of his father’s who was supposed to turn up at the same time with him. Eventually, a bond develops between the two, but everything is cut short due to a shocking discovery.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film, Best First Time Filmmaker.

 

 

A Social Media Nightmare

dir: Rebek Bear  5 mins

 

Our protagonist falls asleep while using her phone and wakes up in a board room filled with social media personalities (Miss Instagram, Mr Tinder etc.) who begin to critique her social media. A funny and hopefully thought provoking tale on the pitfalls of social media.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

Acceptance

dir: Mark Hampton  14 mins

 

On the night of his election victory a US politician receives some tragic news moments before making his acceptance speech and reveals the truth about himself, his campaign and American politics.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film.

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Accolade

dir: Theo Quantick  6 mins

 

A Recipient wins an award she doesn't want and can't shake. Tension and desperation ensue.

 

Nominations: Best Young Filmmaker.

 

 

Alexiss

dir: Kitty Harper  4 mins

 

A short supernatural thriller.  Ryan receives a mysterious gadget on his birthday but underestimates its service abilities.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

 

 

Alina

dir: Rami Kodeih  25 mins

 

As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend's three-month-old baby to safety. Inspired by true events. Starring Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH PARTY), Edin Gali (MAD MEN), Rebeca Robles (BETTER THINGS), Erika Soto (VIDA), and Mark McCullough (LOGAN LUCKY).

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Costume, Best Hair and Make Up. 

 

Antique

dir: Ross Berkeley Simpson  10 mins

 

Maia (late twenties) wakes in an empty room.  She has been kidnapped, and her captor is toying with her – withholding food and water, bringing in items for her to use at certain times and even, for a short time, bringing her someone to talk to. Maia cannot work out why her captor is doing this. When she finally learns the shocking truth, she realises that her life, and the lives of all humans will be changed forever. 

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

 

 

Appetite

dir: Xuemeng Li, Katrin Larissa Kasper  15 mins

 

Steph is a predatory dater. She always insists on paying. When a large bill arrives, she’s nowhere to be seen, for Steph is a serial dine-and-dasher. Wearing elaborate guises, she believes she can slip away from the table and not suffer the consequences. But everyone has to pay the bill in the end.

 

Nominations: Best First Time Filmmaker.

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Ariella

dir: Michael Jobling, Jack Jobling  25 mins

 

A seemingly innocent waitress is told to keep an eye on two thugs hiding out in her cafe, but her own motives get in the way of her professionalism.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Female Actor - HANNAJ BANG BENZ

 

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Awake

dir: Finn Thomas  17 mins

 

Ashley is just an average girl who is trying to make a living in the daunting world of work. However, she has been suffering with chronic nightmares that she cannot seem to get rid of, no matter how much she wants to. As the days go on, these dreams become more real and there is a recurring character that seems to know Ashley’s movements better than she does. Luckily, Ashley is not completely alone as she struggles with the sleepless nights because she has her closest friend, and big brother, James Tanner to help keep her mind at ease. Having gone through the system together as orphans, to now working side by side, the pair always have to look out for one another in this deceitful world. Ashley faces many psychological decisions that no person should have to go through; she must decide who and what is real as she fights to regain control of her own mind and life before it’s too late.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film, Best First Time Filmmaker.

 

Black Bear

dir: Peter Paton  11 mins

 

After a traumatic experience we follow Riley through his trials and tribulations living with OCD.  Black Bear aims to challenge the stereotypes and educate audiences on the symptoms and struggles of OCD through our protagonist Riley, and his road to recovery.  Riley is robbed at the start of the film which triggers his OCD. He is struggling to live with the anxiety and how it affects his daily life, work, and relationships. Riley is suggested therapy sessions at the local church by his friend Shane, where a member Jeffrey tells a fable about dealing with mental health, a little at a time, day by day. This is the moving story of a man’s battle with his mental illness.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Male Actor - ANDREW JOSHI Best Local Film,

Best First Time Filmmaker, Best Editing, Best Cinematography.

Blanket

dir: Marina Moshkova  6 mins

 

In the far far North lives a very very grumpy Polar Bear. One day he receives an unexpected visitor...

 

Nominations: Best International Film, Best Animation.

 

Blue

dir: Megan Devaney  8 mins

 

Feelings can be hard for a six year old to understand, luckily Katie has her best friends Barry and Betty to help her out.  When the stress of everyday life gets a bit too much for Katie’s Mum and it all comes to a head on the morning school run Katie is faced with seeing her Mum “feeling blue”.

 

Nominations: Best International Film.

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Bodies | A Davy Lazare Film

dir: Brandon Lawrence  4 mins

 

Dance expression driven by spoken word Poetry, reflecting the nightmares of today’s world on racism and hate.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

 

 

Canal

dir: Piers Hunt, Michael Jinks  18 mins

 

Marnie's journey home takes an unusual turn

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Local Film.

 

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Choker

dir: Orson Cornick  4 mins

 

As a girl drops from the sky onto a crowded beach, a mysterious man drives at breakneck speed towards her.  CHOKER is a unique narrative take on one of the biggest challenges facing our planet. Due to its 'no dialogue' nature, it is a film that we hope will resonate with audiences around the world. 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

 

 

Colleagues

dir: Aleix Massot  13 mins

 

A clandestine meeting is taking place between a man and a woman in a dimly lit bar. Their identities and the nature of their meeting is unknown. Although after everything is revealed; this nebulous meeting turns into a dance between good and evil. The quintessential protagonist and Antagonist vie for control in this outlandish short film. Colleagues unapologetically pushes the limits and delivers a unique comedic punch.

 

Nominations: Best International Film.

 

 

Colourblind

dir: The Bashford Twins  8 mins

 

Based on true events. The story follows Amber's life falling for the wrong man who manipulates her over the years. From what appears to be a loving relationship quickly unfolds the reality of a victim unable to escape from domestic abuse. Supported by SafeLives charity.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film.

 

Connor's Brick Wall

dir: Ewan Pipe  9 mins

 

In this all-new drama, Connor, a twelve-year-old boy, is being bullied by his peers. He is depressed and lonely and no one will listen to him. Suddenly, Connor hits tragedy and his world turns upside down.  Can Connor resolve the situation? And what is it that causes Connor so much pain?

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Young Male Actor - Ewan Pipe Best Young Filmmaker.

 

 

 

Damn Good Pie

dir: Lewis Clements  8 mins

 

A family gather to share a bountiful meal in a piecentric world where not everything is as it seems. As grace begins at the table, the family share peculiar conversations which spiral into a dark discovery…

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

 

 

Dead Air

dir: Jordan Dean  14 mins

 

Lester is going through the motions. He's been stuck with the graveyard shift on a local radio station for 7 years. Between his average listenership of 4 and his pre-recorded phone calls, Lester has next to no involvement with the outside world until he receives his first caller in years. This phone call thrusts Lester into the spotlight and might just rejuvenate his love for radio whilst the world falls apart around him.

 

Nominations: Best Editing.

Dear Friends and Family

dir: Barbara Toschi  7 mins

 

In an emotional letter, Anastacia points out everyone’s attitude that directly or indirectly allowed her to be sexually assaulted. Now, she takes the final step to fight against it.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film.

 

 

Designation: Limbo

dir: Callum John  23 mins

 

During the early days of the Cold War, an academic, sits in an interrogation, trying to prove his innocence to a stoic British Intelligence Officer, despite all the evidence pointing to him as a traitor of his country.

 

Nominations: Best Production Design.

 

 

Double Word Score

dir: Keith Allott  2 mins

 

Lockdown boredom leads to a flirtatious game of Scrabble between neighbours Jamie and Ashley, but does Jamie have what it takes to make the next move?

 

Nominations: Best Project: Lockdown Film 

 

 

Elenore

dir: Niklas Straub  35 mins

 

Elenore’s boyfriend, Danny, plays a wrong game with her and tries to drive her into prostitution by using the lover boy scheme.

 

Nominations: Best Female Actor - FARINA FLEBBE Best International Film,

Best First Time Filmmaker.

 

 

Faulty Roots

dir: Ella Greenwood  11 mins

 

Two teens with different genetic conditions are forced to form a friendship.

 

Nominations: Best First Time Filmmaker.

 

 

 

Film

dir: Liam Boland  12 mins

 

A group of adolescents go on a journey as they set out to make their first film

 

Nominations: Best Young Filmmaker, Best Ensemble Cast.

 

Find Your Soul

dir: Germain lalot  2 mins

 

An inner journey told by the famous Chinese artist Zhang Huan who never stops searching for inspiration.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

 

 

 

Fire and Water

dir: Robert Brown  2 mins

 

Opposites attract but the path to true love is never plain sailing.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film, Best Animation.

 

 

 

Flight: Vol1

dir: Kobi Alexander  7 mins

 

Can a black man fly?

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

 

 

Fright

dir: Kit Prosser  11 mins

 

"Drops of ink can create worlds..."  Fright is a story that follows imaginary characters through a deteriorating world, where they must do anything they can to continue to exist.

 

Nominations: Best Special Effects, Best Score.

 

 

Going Country

dir: Philip Stevens  17 mins

 

A teenage girl pursues her missing friend into the dangerous world of 'county lines' drug trafficking and child exploitation in the isolated East Midlands fens.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Young Female Actor - DUAA KARIM 

 

 

Good Morning Mr.Kenley

dir: Steven Lancefield  9 mins

 

A bittersweet drama about the eccentric Mr. Kenley, who visits the same seaside hotel every Christmas without fail.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film.

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Grandma

dir: Noah Chebouli  6 mins

 

The real life events, surrounding the passing of a Grandmother during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film.

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Hacked

dir: Uldouz Wallace  13 mins

 

In 2014 a hack of over 100 women was spread across the worldwide web by a sadistic digital rapist, Tyler Fuller. These women in the public eye, were violated of their basic human rights and privacy and Mr. Fuller was given a mere slap on the wrist, serving only 18 months in a federal prison for ruining over a hundred women's lives forever. We've all seen the headlines and the images of the graphic theft of the innocence and purity of these women, but until now, nobody has seen the extreme damage that it has truly caused.

 

Nominations: Best International Film.

 

Hamartia

dir: Lucas Mass  12 mins

 

A man struggles to cover up his perceived imperfections in a world that won't take notice of his existence.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Editing.

 

Have You Seen Buster?

dir: Emmanuel Li  6 mins

 

Spirited, determined 12-year-old Jacob embarks on a search for missing dog Buster, encountering wacky townsfolk along the way. A fun, bittersweet comedy with an unexpectedly heartfelt ending.

 

Nominations: Best Young Male Actor - WILL JACOBS Best Young Filmmaker, Best Score.

 

 

Home Time

dir: Bhulla Beghal  4 mins

 

Made during the CV19 lockdown and commissioned by Multistory as part of their project, Stories in Isolation, Home Time tells a child’s simple point of view during a congested and manic period. In the midst of a nationwide lockdown, a school-boy is just a boy. Now that school is been taken from him, his realisation of how much he loved his teachers, classmates and the routine arises and he poetically awaits the day he can return.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

 

 

Household Demons

dir: John Gray  10 mins

 

A young boy is forced to deal with the entity that possesses his mother.

 

Nominations: Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography.

 

How To Fix A Motorbike

dir: Chrissie Chanel  8 mins

 

When a motorbike loses her Mum, it takes all of her strength to rebuild herself again, with a little help from a new friend. Animation designed to support those suffering from loss, grief and mental health issues.

 

Nominations: Best Animation.

 

 

I Am

dir: Andrew Webber  3 mins

 

An ex-prisoner, tormented by his past, takes it upon himself to pursue the one thing he needs most... Closure.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

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Insiders

dir: Roshni "Rush" Bhatia  5 mins

 

Four college best friends must confront reality when they’re sent back to their home countries in the midst of a global shutdown.

 

Nominations: Best Project: Lockdown Film 

 

 

Into The Ripple

dir: Shane Lim  12 mins

 

Sarah shares her inspiring journey of how she left her career as a professional dancer behind and turned to lifestyle coaching after a successful battle with cancer, but as her story develops, things are not quite as they seem.  'Into the Ripple' is a docufiction film about Sarah, a professional dancer turned lifestyle coach after a successful battle with cancer.  The film serves as a comment on the "influencer" in the social media landscape; its title a reference to the myth of Narcissus. Through blurring the lines between fact and fiction, the film seeks to question how we engage with social media today.

 

Nominations: Best Student Film.

 

Iolyn

dir: Glen Gair  15 mins

 

Fearing her marriage is coming to an end, Lucy manipulates a much younger admirer Iolyn into kidnapping her in the hope that her husband, Carwyn, will be forced to finally confirm her suspicions of an affair. Could this be Iolyn’s chance to capitalise on Lucy’s failing marriage?

 

Nominations: Best Male Actor - MORGAN LLEWELYN-JONES  Best Student Film.

 

 

Isolation Home work

dir: Enzo Iantosa  4 mins

 

A short film during the time of Covid 19. Martha receives a phone call from her boss instructing her to work from home which is to Martha's displeasure. Martha's has to now deal with her husbands relaxed method of home working, Bill who seems to get in the way of everything.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

 

 

It's Going to be Okay

dir: Mykea Perry  10 mins

 

A couple's attempt at dealing with their grief.

 

Nominations: Best Student Film.

 

It's Just a boy

dir: Jane Webb  18 mins

 

Teenager Amy lives in a small suburb with over protective mum Penny, Dad Dan and younger sister Sophia.  When Amy begins receiving online messages from a cute looking boy 'Olly' showering her with compliments, she devises a plan to meet up with him, telling Penny she’s at a friends house. 'It's just a boy' is based on true events and is intended to spread awareness of the risks of children and teenagers communicating with strangers on social media.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Female Actor - SARAH EASTWOOD,

Best First Time Filmmaker.

 

It’s a wrap!

dir: Brian Unwin  4 mins

 

It’s Christmas Eve and his wife is nearly home. He had one job. He’s out of tape, out of paper, out of time!  This short film explores the consequences of leaving present wrapping until the last minute. When our protagonist runs out of tape and wrapping paper on Christmas Eve, he resorts to increasingly creative means to get the job done before his wife arrives home.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

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Journey

dir: Hock Wong  11 mins

 

"Journey", a Taiwanese language short is based on the true story of a young Taiwanese painter, set in the 1930s. The Artist, Kuo Hsueh-Hu struggled to become an artist, at a time where the artistic profession was less respected and impractical. With support from his mother, a single parent, went against all odds, worked diligently, finally getting recognition for his work.

Nominations: Best Animation, Best Score

 

 

 

Lavender

dir: Andrew Ball-Shaw  24 mins

 

Emotional drama short film looking at how the lives of mother and daughter are affected by the mother's declining health, as a person living with dementia.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film.

 

 

Leap

dir: Louise Osbourne, Esther Stanford, Jon Pegg   20 mins

 

When 16 year old Jess's world was turned upside down she attempted to take her own life. Now she's back home with her family, as they pick up the pieces and Jess tries to love herself again.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Local Film.

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Leopard

dir: James Arden  18 mins

 

Rocky, a born-and-bred London teenager, begins to question the strict routine set by her father - as well as deeper feelings about her own identity - after meeting a free-spirited girl in a local launderette.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Young Female Actor - Elisha Applebaum,

Best First Time Filmmaker.

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Letters To Helga

dir: Harry Tye  23 mins

 

All Boys become men. Not all become villains.  The film explores the human side of war no matter the side.  People who are usually vilified are shown to be human. ​ Set in 1945 in the Rhinelands. Friedrich is a distinguished corporal longs for the war to be over. The war has taken its toll and his mental health begins to deteriorate. His emotions and journey are chronicled in his letters to Helga. His honour and discipline is why he remains. With the mounting pressure of the US infantry and a growing desperation he hatches a plan to find and surrender in order to survive and see his wife once more. 

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Costume.

 

Lost Identity

dir: Ruth Holder  6 mins

 

Lost Identity is a short, experimental dance film that explores how we change ourselves, altering our appearance and behaviour in order to please other people and the emotional and mental impact that has on us.

 

Nominations: Best Score.

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Luther, Michael and Her

dir: Penelope Yeulet  19 mins

 

Two old friends become unintentionally reacquainted as they both hideout from the funeral gathering downstairs. The confined space and awkward tension forces them to confront each other and the collapse of their relationship.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Female Actor - PENELOPE YEULET,

Best First Time Filmmaker.

 

Moonshine

dir: Tom Sands  13 mins

 

In spite of repeated transgressions, an alcoholic denies she has a problem. So her family and friends stage an intervention, but it does not go according to plan.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Ensemble Cast.

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Ms. Rossi

dir: Pat Battistini  5 mins

 

While on her way to a business meeting, Ms. Rossi takes an interesting detour.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

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Number 3

dir: Michael B Clifford  8 mins

 

Leanne, a newly recruited 'Jehovah', and her veteran colleague Carol make a routine house visit that quickly turns sinister.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Local Film.

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On

dir: Jelena Sinik  2 mins

 

In our age of attention scarcity, ‘On’ explores just where our gaze is falling. Take a curious and playful glimpse into both the connectedness and enduring loneliness of the modern condition, through this intimate and unexamined lens.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

 

On In 15

dir: Joseph Archer, Jack Archer  15 mins

 

A knockout show ... with a knocked out frontman  A band are about to perform at the biggest gig of their lives, except a monumental problem hits them 15 minutes before they go on stage, can they fix it time?  The comedy short film, set in the 1990s 'Cool Britannia' era, is filmed in one 15-minute continuous shot.

 

Nominations: Best Ensemble Cast.

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Paid For With Love

dir: Jonathan Hill  21 mins

 

Out of work, out of money, and out of luck - Seth resorts to desperate measures to scrape together enough money to buy a card for his beloved mum on Mothers Day. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Nominations: Best Short Film.

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Passion

dir: Simon Peecock  11 mins

 

Following a breakdown in both verbal and physical communication, Rhia’s passion for her partner Kay descends into suspicion, as she silently observes the woman she loves.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing.

 

 

 

Peter the Penguin

dir: Andrew Rutter  10 mins

 

Nigel is on his way to meet his partner's daughter Emily for the first time. With high expectations in tow, he's hoping to make a great impression.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

 

 

Place to be

dir: Bartłomiej Skupień  23 mins

 

A romance novelist hopes that a meeting at a country inn with friends will give her ideas for her next book, but the arrival of a seemingly perfect old couple instead leaves her with a mystery to solve.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best International Film, Best Ensemble Cast.

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Powerless

dir: Nicole Pott  19 mins

 

A young female boxer on the run up to her most pivotal fight, is struck by tragedy and has to come to terms with her loss.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Female Actor - KATIE MARIE CARTER.

 

 

Red

dir: David Newton  19 mins

 

When Daniel, an ex soldier, makes a dangerous choice to find his little sister a matching organ through unofficial channels, he awakes in a bath of ice, missing one of his own kidneys. Discovering he's trapped in the 'Organ Harvesting Den' in the middle of nowhere, he must now fight for survival long enough to find his missing sister.

 

Nominations: Best Stunt.

 

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RedYellowBlue

dir: Jamie Reeves  13 mins

 

A young man faces conflicting emotions after being offered a life-changing job interview.

 

Nominations: Best First Time Filmmaker.

 

 

Reminiscence

dir: Tomek Zontek  14 mins

 

A short drama about a passionate saxophonist taking revenge on his friend.

 

Nominations: Best Student Film.

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Rumour Has It

dir: Enzo Iantosca  11 mins

 

When a mysterious chest is discovered at a museum the employees become overly curious of its contents. Instructed to wait until an archaeologist examines it leaves each person further intrigued to find out more about it. What becomes a standard night shift may end up being every person for themselves.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

 

Run Rabbit

dir: Solomon Smith  7 mins

 

On a post apocalyptic island, in the northern hemisphere, a small group of three try to survive. 

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Young Male Actor - Lucien Smith,

Best Young Female Actor - Amarinda Smith, Best Local Film, Best Student Film.

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Scarlet Storm

dir: Mitchell Kendall Smith  29 mins

 

A captive young man.  A tormented victim on a mission.  Legacy, power and vengeance unleash a storm of violent devastation that may lead to a descent into darkness.

 

Nominations: Best Stunt, Best Special Effects.

 

 

Shimmery

dir: TzuYi Yang  4 mins

 

Shimmery is a surreal, narrative animation whose style combines 3D and 2D graphic elements. A gentle beast searches for light in a dark forest taking the audience on an exploration of addiction at its essence.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film, Best Animation.

 

 

Smoking Kills

dir: Jacob Gates Orgill  5 mins

 

A recently quit smoker battles his inner demons when he finds himself surrounded by smokers in his local cafe.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

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Speak to Me, Jack

dir: Bob Sanderson  11 mins

 

Linda, a woman in her sixties enters with a social worker. She begins to speak to her husband who is seated in silence at the kitchen table. It appears that she is trying to get him to speak to her as they await transport to a care home. The man is in apparent emotional lock down and the woman speaks to him about the good times, constantly addressing him as Bill. The social worker comforts the woman as naturally this is an emotional and distressing time. It looks as if the husband, due to his distant and vacant demeanour, is the one due to go into the home.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

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Stand Still

dir: Isabella Wing-Davey  17 mins

 

The darkness of postnatal depression threatens to overwhelm Susannah, but a chance encounter with Rupa might be the help she needs.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Female Actor - ZOË TAPPER.

 

Stay At Home

dir: Vahid Keshavarz  3 mins

 

A short film while is Isolation, lest share some positive energy with each other these days and focus on all the good things that surrounded us.  This film was made at home with iPhone XR- no professional types of equipment been used.

 

Nominations: Best Project: Lockdown Film 

 

 

Stockholm Syndrome

dir: Ben Marshall  3 mins

 

A seemingly innocent phone call between a young woman and her Swedish mother slowly reveals chilling secrets that don't bode well for her Tech-Deck obsessed partner.  This snappy black comedy was written, shot and edited in London’s lockdown and has gone on to gain some amazing accolades which include; winning the international Lockdown Film Festival, being showcased online by the BFI and gaining official selection status at multiple festivals worldwide.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

 

 

Stranded

dir: Tenisha White  38 mins

 

A short comedy following two friends who struggle to get back to the suburbs after a night out in Birmingham.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

 

 

Strife In Sunny Homes

dir: Clive Davis  9 mins

 

Greed takes over Sunny Homes when one resident has something they'd waited their whole lives for.

 

Nominations: Best Student Film.

 

Swiped

dir: Luke J. Collins  5 mins

 

A dating app in the near future promises to bring people together, but old habits die hard.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

 

 

 

Symphony of The City

dir: Joel Foster Finn  2 mins

 

A lone conductor finds music in the mundane.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film, Best Microshort Film.

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Thank You for Coming...

dir: Khyle Manby-Evans, Rosie Tudor  5 mins

 

"Harold really can't catch a break... an aspiring albeit useless screenwriter tries to devise a useable idea for the film festival circuit to hopefully bring him success & glory... with some questionable assistance."

 

Nominations: Best Project: Lockdown Film 

The Cancer Monster

dir: Michael Costello  15 mins

 

A girl in a cancer ward is forced to confront her deepest fears - real or imaginary. At stake is life itself.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Young Female Actor - Eva Morris.

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The Fire Within

dir: Neil Parmar  8 mins

 

Facing the harsh realities of life, a women’s mental stability is tested when she finds out the truth about her husband’s lies and betrayal. As he tries to justify his actions, the emotional and physical abuse of their relationship has left his wife tormented as she tries to battle with the thoughts and demons of her mind. With choices limited, her resolution leaves her husband in a state of panic.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

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The Gesture And The Word

dir: Helen Alexis Yonov  23 mins

 

A lonely postman (Gilbert) secretly recreates postcards for a woman (Aurore) on his postal route when her boyfriend's homemade postcards stop arriving from his travels around the world. With the help of his friend Mr. Rostalle, (Paul Dooley) a blind widower and retired literary professor/poet, Gilbert (James Michael Tyler) learns to open himself up to the prospect of love, and in the process of trying to bring someone else happiness, discovers it for himself.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Male Actor - JAMES MICHAEL TYLER.

Best International Film.

The Hat

dir: Darren Strowger  6 mins

 

A young man wanders into the middle of a barren field, and just as he's enjoying the peace of it all, a mystery assailant comes running out of the trees towards him. But some things you can't outrun.  The Hat is the first in a planned series of shorts that will form the foundation for a new filmmaking model created by Darren Strowger and will be supporting Teen Cancer America.

 

Nominations: Best Editing.

 

 

The Last Chord

dir: Franciszek Siwko  15 mins

 

"The last Chord” is a family story about dreams and unhealthy parenthood. Tomas (20), is an outstanding piano musician, who lives in the shadow of his mother, an unfulfilled pianist of classical music. She, wants her sacrifices to bear fruit. Watching her son, who like her, has exceptional talent and musical hearing, becomes perfect candidate to continue her abandoned career. 

 

Nominations: Best Young Filmmaker, Best Cinematography.

 

 

The Little Giant

dir: Lee Cogswell  12 mins

 

With a script by celebrated tenor saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett, ‘THE LITTLE GIANT‘ details a few days in the life of perhaps the UK’s finest jazzer, Tubby Hayes. We find him in 1967, now struggling after a few years of unrivalled success running from the late 1950s to the early/mid 1960s. Our film documents a week in the life of Tubby and sheds light on his troubles.

Language some might find offensive and mild sexual content.

 

Nominations: Best Score.

 

 

 

The Making of Alex

dir: Jessica Fay, Velton Lishke  30 mins

 

When Roxy discovers Alex’s secret an unwavering bond is formed. As Alex struggles with feelings of fear and rejection Roxy is determined to make the whole world accept her brother. Armed with a makeup brush and her furry friend Steve a plan is hatched and Miss Alexa is born.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Young Male Actor - EVAN CLARKE.

Best Young Female Actor - JESSICA FAY. Best Young Filmmaker.

 

The Maroon Jumper

dir: Philip Pugh  2 mins

 

Filmed remotely and made during lockdown.  Friendships and relationships are put to the test as the mystery surrounding the ownership of an ugly maroon jumper slowly unravels when a group of friends and acquaintances come together over a series of revealing, hilarious and snide FaceTime video calls.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film.

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The Moon Lamp

dir: Alsie  10 mins

 

The boy “Bles” stole his father's money while father was taking a nap, and when the father tries to buy him a birthday's present, he realizes that his money missed. What does the father do with his children? Will Bles admit his mistake?

 

Nominations: Best Student Film.

 

 

The Stop

dir: Bartosz Reetz  15 mins

 

Jakub takes his last bus to school in the nearby town to get the results of the secondary school leaving exam. His ultimate visit to school marks the end of one stage in his life and the beginning of another.

 

Nominations: Best International Film, Best Cinematography.

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The Tenancy

dir: Clifford Milner  5 mins

 

Hannah's grandmother's house is now home to a group of university students. Today it's time for an inspection and things aren't going to be easy. A comedy about student living, social media and short attention spans.  Produced by The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University)

 

Nominations: Best Ensemble Cast.

 

 

 

The Warstone Chronicles

dir: Mark Pressdee  12 mins

 

Four young friends meet 'The Gatekeeper' who claims his ancestors were the town's Gallows keeper. He is known for his historical Ghost Walks around Birmingham City. Intrigued, the four friends venture on a tour with the Gatekeeper that could change all their lives for ever!

Nominations: Best Student Film, Best Ensemble Cast.

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The Wick

dir: Sabine Crossen  15 mins

 

'A disturbing tale of deceit and persecution of a woman who fights for justice against a lawless witch hunter.'  A dark, period drama, set in the early 1800's in rural England, seventy-three years after witch hunts were banned. When Esther, a local herbal healer, witnesses her sister's murder at the hands of a lawless but influential religious leader, she realizes only she can put an end to the deceit, blind ignorance and barbarity of these outdated beliefs for good.

 

Nominations: Best First Time Filmmaker, Best Costume, Best Hair and Make Up.

 

This Camera is Broken

dir: Joshua Hext  9 mins

 

“This Camera is Broken” follows an ageing director as she makes her final film; one delving into her past. Face to face with the embodiment of her younger self, the line between her present reality and the film’s blur.

 

Nominations: Best Production Design, Best Costume.

 

 

 

Toffee

dir: Eden Quine-Taylor  13 mins

 

A short film set in a beautiful Welsh town about a young boy called Noah struggling to find friendship. After witnessing an upsetting event, Noah finds himself face to face with a new companion who helps him discover what friendship is all about.

 

Nominations: Best Young Male Actor - LAWRENCE KEMBLE, Best Young Filmmaker.

Toppy

dir: Howard Smith  11 mins

 

Young Freya has a sinister imaginary friend and her mother has every reason to be worried...

 

Nominations: Best Young Female Actor - SOPHIE BULLOCK, Best Local Film.

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Tyrannosaur and The Secret Garden

dir: Joey Lever  28 mins

 

An adventure of self-discovery and battling inner turmoil.

 

Nominations: Best Special Effects.

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Vestige

dir: Anthony Thornton-Hopwood  9 mins

 

Sam must face his actions and find out the true cost of redemption.

 

Nominations: Best Local Film.

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Waiting For Nicko

dir: Howard Perry  20 mins

 

Contemporary Thriller.  Nicko is late.  Is he too late?

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Production Design.

 

 

White Feather

dir: Daniel Arbon  9 mins

 

1919, the Great War is over, a young man is trying to rebuild his life. When he is handed a white feather for being a “Conscientious Objector” memories of the last three years coming flooding back.

 

Nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Costume.

 

 

Winter Coat

dir: Werner Vivier  11 mins

 

While out on a day of errands, an act of petty crime gives a glimpse of the unique bond between Nathalie and Wayne, revealing the subtle intricacies of connection and family.

 

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Young Male Actor - BUDDY SKELTON,

Best First Time Filmmaker 

 

Wither

dir: Nicolette Axiak  4 mins

 

After suffering a loss, the inundating sympathy flowers echo a young woman's emotional passage.

 

Nominations: Best Microshort Film, Best Animation.

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