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Fieldtrip
United Kingdom / Sci-Fi / 21 minutes

Director/Writer: Soren Bendt, Paul Arion

Producer: Soren Bendt, Paul Arion

Cast: Laurentiu Ciucur, Andrej Bicanski, Jakob Foged, Jamie Holmes, Fabian Nowak

FIELDTRIP is a 20 minutes science fiction short movie about a man in a robotic spacesuit, who crashes into his own minefield and has to navigate through it. A dark comedy about the ‘collaboration’ of man and machine.

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BabyDolls
United Kingdom / Drama / 10 minutes

Director/Writer: Calvin Demba

Producer: Pauline Glomaud-Murmann, Alice Raymond

Cast: Frankie Wilson, Saffron Hocking, Louisa Harland

BabyDolls is a dark comedy short that looks at fragile masculinity masked within alpha male bravado, paced to an original score and told through spoken word.

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Beyond the Lake
United Kingdom / Drama / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Simon Constantine

Producer: Henriette Mercedes-Spiering, Fredrik Gustafsson

Cast: Richard Easterbrook, Layla Burns, Cleo Slyvestre

Late in his life, a grumpy old timer finds himself lost on a lake accompanied by a young girl, who questions him about a name.

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Blurred Lines
United Kingdom / Drama / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Corry Raymond

Producer: Corry Raymond

Cast: Ryan Bown, Jonathan Taylor

As musician Robin Thicke reaches fame and critical acclaim for his hit record Blurred lines, he is sued by the Marvin Gaye family estate who claim he stole the song.

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Caterpillar (Sâu Bướm)
United Kingdom / Drama / 21 minutes

Director/Writer: Marcus Anthony Thomas

Producer: Johannes Schubert

In the aftermath of an attempt to escape modern-day slavery, a Vietnamese boy's relationship with his overseer becomes even more complicated.

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Confession Day
United Kingdom / Mystery / 19 minutes

Director: Ben Hooton

Writer: Zack Zupke

Producer: Matt Ashwell

Cast: Rhodri Miles, Nathalie Codsi, Huw Huckstep

In the valley of the Black Mountains, Aled must bury his father, and help his mother find peace. An outsider in a tight mining community, Bethan reveals what really happened the night Llewelyn died. The will of a father, fractured by the courage of a son.

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Harry The Hamster
United Kingdom / Animation / 7 minutes

Director/Writer: Lewis Reeves

Producer: Maeva Demurger

Cast: Karl Johnson,Teddy Walker, Joel Reeves

A young boys day out to see Grandad and Grandads beloved pet Harry the Hamster suddenly sours as a dramatic death and an unexpected revelation occurs.

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Lions
United Kingdom / Drama / 25 minutes

Director/Writer: Beru Tessema

Producer: Alexandre Gavras, Ama Ampadu

Cast: Melodie Wakivuamina, Ka-neileo Cope, Kurt Egyiawan, Morgan Watkins

Rosie is a young Congolese teenager, recently arrived in London to live with her older sister and her husband to take care of their son, she discovers the harshness of London life when a misunderstanding with two window cleaners turns into a violent fight.

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Musketeer
United Kingdom / Drama / 13 minutes

Director/Writer: Philip Shaw

Producer: Suzann Wade, Yu-Fai Suen, Santonio Terzio

Cast: Kevin McNally

It's 1660, weary Musketeer Porthos traveling to Paris to meet D'Artagnan with a letter vital to the destiny of France meets a young farm hand on the road. As they share supper the old man reminisces of adventurous days gone by when two bandits come upon them and trouble starts.
 

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Old Windows
United Kingdom / Drama / 17 minutes

Director: Paul Holbrook

Writer: Paul Holbrook, Laura Bayston

Producer: Laura Bayston, Jackie Howard

Cast: Laura Bayston, Larry Lamb

A struggling cafe owner is intrigued when a mysterious, elderly stranger takes an interest in her seemingly mundane life.

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Scar
United Kingdom / Drama / 16 minutes

Director: Gethin Anthony

Writer: Gethin Anthony, Nico Bourgeais

Producer: Sebastian Wegner, Nico Bourgeais

Cast: Nico Bourgeais, Daniela Norman, Josephine Samson, Dan Blacka

Based on a true story; SCAR follows NOAH, a stubborn young man, who is assaulted on his way home after a life-changing first date. The attack impacts his mental health and those closest to him. In denial of his condition but incited to seek help, he must learn to be vulnerable in order to find strength.

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Signal Dark
United Kingdom / Drama / 15 minutes

Director: Alex Murray, Max Murray

Writer: Alex Murray

Producer: James Carter Johnson

Cast: Greg Miller Burns

Lucas Anderson is an insular IT technician whose life is turned upside down when he stumbles across a mysterious email and its reality bending contents.

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So Far So Good
United Kingdom / Drama / 18 minutes

Director/Writer: Maria Pawlikowska

Producer: Rebecca Rainey

Cast: Boryana Manoilova, Genc Jakupi, Edward Davis

Recent immigrant Elena is hired by a small-time gangster to honeytrap a juror during a trial. When she finds herself falling for her target, she must decide whether or not to go through with the job.

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Take A Look At God's Face
United Kingdom / Drama / 8 minutes

Director/Writer: Jack Laurance

Producer: Clare Gibson

Cast: Andy Lucas

A short film about revenge, lost love and exotic animals.

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The Wilds
United Kingdom / Comedy / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Greig Johnson

Producer: Adam

Cast: Freya Parker, Nicola Bryant, Tom Bell, Vincent Franklin

Anna receives an urgent phone call from her desperate-sounding and somewhat estranged mother, Helen. Anna's troubled brother has returned to the family home; Helen needs Anna's help and it must be right now – definitely before tonight. The Wilds tells the story of the day Anna Wild finally reconnects with her family; all thanks to a lycanthropy-based emergency.

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Unreel
United Kingdom / Horror / 7 minutes

Director/Writer: Christopher Ian Smith

Producer: Simon Alexander

A young projectionist discovers that the strange terror she watches on screen… might just have invaded reality. Unreel is a short, disturbing horror film about the death of cinema.

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An Encounter
Ireland / Drama / 20 minutes

Director: Kelly Campbell

Writer: Mark O'Halloran

Producer: Claire Mc Cabe

Cast: Moses Murphy, Robert Carney, Gary Lydon

Freely adapted from the James Joyce short story, An Encounter, follows Stephen and Jay, (13), as they take a day mitching from School. Jay is a boy Stephen considers to be beneath him. Nervous of being detected, the pair stick to the margins, along the royal canal and through the anonymous docklands until the afternoon finds them on the grassy banks of the Irishtown shore. As they lay hidden in the grass, a strange man approaches. What unfolds with this man terrifies Stephen and will never be erased from his memory.

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Lady Betty
Ireland / Animation / 7 minutes

Director: Paul McGrath

Writer: Bobby Moloney

Producer: Leticia Agudo

Cast: Colm Meaney, David Pearse

In a cosy corner of a country pub, two old friends wile away the evening trading tall tales. Soon they begin telling the story of Lady Betty, the first and only female executioner in Ireland. As the men talk, we are zipped back to the late 1700s, to a lonely shack on the edge of town where Betty Sugrue – Lady Betty – and her son Padraic eke out a meagre existence. Told through Paddy and Mick’s… distinctive style of storytelling, which mostly involves constantly interrupting each other and arguing, we see and hear about the hard and twisted life of Lady Betty.

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Wireless
Ireland / Comedy / 8 minutes

Director/Writer: Brian Benjamin Dwyer

Producer: Darren O'Mahony, Sinead O'Riordan, Brian Benjamin Dwyer

Cast: Pat Nolan, Rose Henderson, Shane Casey

A short film about married couple Ziggy and Teddy, a fun-loving middle-aged couple, who lose the run of themselves on a secluded Cork island after they believe they are the only ones there.