2019 Official Selection

We are proud to present the Official Selection for our 2019 programme, the largest and most diverse selection we have ever included in the Expo. We have multiple genre for you to enjoy; Animation, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Fiction: Comedy, Fiction: Drama/other and Music Video.

The selection includes films from over twenty countries around the world with more filmmakers from minority backgrounds represented than ever before.


ANIMATION

Animation offers a new way of looking at the world around us, exploring new techniques, gripping narratives and individual perspectives.

Sherman McGoat
Kate Muldowney
UK, 2018, 5:13

With help from his wise mole neighbour, Sherman McGoat goes on a journey of self discovery. Stepping out of his comfortable field, following his nose into the unknown.

Kokosmos
Anna Radchenko
Russia, 2018, 2:00

Kokosmos is a tribute to Russia’s infatuation with space. It embraces reality and extends it through magical realism by visually answering the question: what if?

Temptation of Saint Francis
Johnnie Semerad
USA, 2018, 6:02

Two ill matched garden statues fall in love in this animated exploration of the battle between spiritual enlightenment and physical desires that we all go through.

A Scribbled Memory
Bhulla Beghal
UK, 2018, 1:00

We all have demons following us around. In the case of this anonymous individual, his demon is a lack of emotion.This serves as a visual element to him and the story – messy, tangled and abstract.

iRony
Radheya Jegatheva
Australia, 2018, 7:53

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.

Blue and Curt
Jesse Cote
Canada, 2019, 1:16

A stubborn little monster named Curt receives some advice from a clever little bird named Blue.

Cazando Gamusinos
Silvia Mañes Velasco
Spain, 2019, 5:27

Humans possess a totem that gives them control of their imagination. When a gamusino steals Ruben’s totem, his son Hugo goes on a quest and will confront the creature to restore his father’s vitality.

Light in Deep
Sunyoung Du
UK, 2019, 4:15

Inspired by a true story, there is a girl who has a trauma from the memory of her past. She is on board to follow her friend through where she lost her, the deep sea.

Icons
Ronnie Cramer
USA, 2018, 5:10

Five hundred years of world art in five minutes, featuring three dozen iconic works rendered with nylon-tip pen and animated old school style. Made up of 2,500 individual drawings, with a musical soundtrack created by the artist.

The Velvet Abstract
James Hughes
UK, 2017, 7:04

A short film about the environmental age from a team spanning six continents. Edited by Academy Award nominee Patrick J Don Vito


Documentary/Non-Fiction

From stories on a global scale to a local stage, documentaries have the power to change the world.

Documentary/Non Fiction – Set 1

Mointal Ranger
Ansiqi Li
China, 2019, 16:09

The story of a Chinese Russian ranger who is using his lifetime to guard the forest in the frontier of China and Kazakhstan.

Plant Some Trees and Go From There
Thomas Regnault
France, 2019, 2:58

Forest-gardening through the work of Martin Crawford makes the case for resilient food production systems based on trees and other perennial plants.

Humanitarian
Erick Fix
Jordan, 2018, 30:00

We follow Julia and Hassan, Jordanian aid workers who have beenworking with Syrian refugees since the beginning of the crisis.

Saved – Escape from Kim’s Regime
Thea Elisabeth Haavet
Norway, 2019, 19:33

We follow the stories of refugees from North Korea as well as the human rights activist Tim Peters – who for two decades has worked to save as many escapees as possible through the Underground Railroad.

Portraits of Zanzibari Women
Deniz Bagriacik
Turkey, 2019, 13:43

A documentary about 7 mothers from Zanzibar who sent their kids to an orphanage in Dar es Salaam due to financial and educational deficiencies.


Documentary/Non-Fiction – Set 2

The Mentor
Daniel Holz
USA, 2019, 11:34

In an emotional and powerful act of closure, professional climber Marcus Garcia reflects on the accident that took him a decade to talk about—and climbs the route that took his mentor’s life.

Montana’s Monastery – Contemplative by Nature
Julie McElmurry
USA, 2019, 23:20

In Great Falls, Montana is a small community of women living in the 800 year old tradition of St. Clare of Assisi.

Bunny
Hunter Ray Barker
USA, 2019, 13:30

She’s an actress, she’s a sex symbol, she’s a superstar, she’s my mother. Sandie “The Goddess Bunny” Crisp is the last truly glamorous star left in Hollywood…

Benjy
Andrius Zukas
UK, 2019, 7:20

This film focuses on a quirky character – Benjy. He loves rock climbing and being in nature. He was brought to it since he was a child, and now it’s part of his job as a member of RSPB.

A Passion of Gold and Fire
Pins Sèbastien
Belgium, 2016, 6:05

A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. A passion of gold and fire which definitely helps our environment to keep on living.


Documentary/Non-Fiction – Set 3

Butchers Kill Lambs
Paul O’Brien
UK, 2019, 6:03

The story of John Breads’ attempted murder of James Lamb in Rye in 1742. Locals recount from memory, with some prompting, this tale of mistaken identity by playing out the infamous scenes.

Creation
Marcelle Abela
USA, 2019, 6:48

Award-winning poetic experimental short film about the conflicting nature of creation.

The Childhood Home
Roland Peterson
Sweden, 2018, 23:40

Our memories of someone fade with time. If no one keep those memories alive, we lose a part of ourselves. Arne was born in 1925 in a small farm house. He was never famous and soon he will be forgotten.

Occupying the Hulme Hippodrome
Dean Cooper (aka vj decoder)
UK, 2019, 12:06

A short film about an old abandoned Music Hall Theatre in Hulme Manchester, a building thats recent history is just as fascinating as its distant past.

African Divers “Lion Lights Story”
Hector Salgado
Mexico, 2019, 25:00

This Documentary talks about the Maasais community and a 13 year old boy inventor of Lion lights, how he change the effort to conserve the wildlife and the landscape.


Fiction: Comedy

Everyone likes a good laugh, whether it is slapstick is your thing or pitch-black humour this genre really has something for everyone.

Fiction: Comedy – Set 1

How it Feels to be Hungover
Viktor Hertz
Sweden, 2018, 10:00

A man wakes up at a clinic specialised in malignant hangovers. The doctor prescribes 600 ml of ice cream and two action comedies, but also shares some news, which doesn’t make him feel any better…

For the Love of the Drub
Indus Alelia
USA, 2018, 7:27

Priscilla and Chester prepare for a big match in an unusual sport.

Bestie
Leila Ben-Abdallah
USA, 2019, 14:30

Sometimes all you need is The One.

Lysistrata 2.0
Kai Soremekun
USA, 2019, 3:53

It’s time for a revolution! In the bedroom and at the polls. When low voter turnout threatens to weaken democracy, women everywhere take matters into their own hands and go on a sex strike.

I’ve Had Enough!
John M. Keller
France, 2019, 24:59

In an era of yellow vests (les gilets jaunes), a prominent TV journalist quits live on air. She retreats to an abandoned village in Southern France where she joins a strange workshop full of people all learning how to protest, French-style.


Fiction: Comedy – Set 2

Flatshare
Grant Taylor
UK, 2019, 15:00

LGBTQ+ comedy drama following the complicated lives of four housemates living in a rented apartment in Peckham.

Ham on White
Zachary Warner
USA, 2019, 4:10

To win back his ex, a man spends his day at a deli shop ordering ham on white sandwiches.

The Bee
Sam Rocco
USA, 2019, 13:35

Fed up with the violence and bullying in her city, Sydney dresses up like a bee to fight crime, but to reach her full potential she must first overcome a tragic event from her past.

Diane Keaton
Georgia Michailidi
Greece, 2019, 16:31

Anastasia works. She works hard. Odysseas is trying to become a writer. He is hardly trying. When Odysseas refuses to fix the leaking sink Anastasia will have one more reason to rethink their relationship.

Press 1 for Redemption
Max Ward
UK, 2019, 18:00

Jack has only one day left to return a gift from his ex-girlfriend, but customer service won’t back down without a fight.


Fiction: Drama/Other

This category encompasses every other genre, short films to take us away to another time or place and get lost in the world that has been created.

Fiction: Drama/Other – Set 1

THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME
Marc Saez
France, 2019, 13:56

A man, a woman, a payback.

The Burning Red
Fabrizio Ancillai
Italy, 2019, 15:00

The thematics of violence against women and its different facets and implications through the love story of two people who, separately and each one from its own point of view, tell us their last evening together. 

Exposure
J.D. Funari
USA, 2018, 17:57

As a young couple fights for survival in the harsh California desert, they confront the choices that brought them to a crossroads in their relationship.

Non è vero
Sergiy Pudich
Ukraine, 2019, 7:12

A small girl bored while staying alone with her busy Grandpa in his house. She tries in any possible ways to grab his attention, but something goes wrong…

A Medicine for the Mind
David Xarach
USA, 2019, 14:06

A new experimental drug for Alzheimer’s, gifts 65 year old Sandra Carter, a new opportunity in life – and unexpected new abilities. Starring Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland


Fiction: Drama/Other – Set 2

No Getting Away
Dan Wells
Australia, 2019, 13:45

Two weary parents take a weekend break in the country with their newborn. They soon find that getting away from it all is not going to be easy when one of them vanish.

Intimate Fears
Tina Korki
Canada, 2018, 14:46

Having difficulty maintaining sexual relationships, Eve lets her best friend connect her with a newly certified sex coach. In the sessions that follow, Eve is forced to confront her dark and secretive past.

Dead Air
Matt Sullivan
USA, 2019, 15:49

It’s Halloween night at WRXN 101.5FM and DJ Mickey Monstro has some tricks up his sleeve for his ghoulish listeners. Turn on. Tune in. Drop dead.

Stragglers
Steven Hutchinson
UK, 2019, 19:59

During a modern civil war in the United Kingdom, a small group of refugees, nicknamed ‘stragglers’ journey across the country to escape the war led by Howell, a frustrated and bitter people smuggler. 

TRISKELION
Stuart T Birchall
UK, 2019, 13:31

Three realities spiral as a woman sacrifices everything attempting to escape the labyrinth, fighting to become the master of her consciousness.


Fiction: Drama/Other – Set 3

Magic Paper Man
Bryan Corteen
UK, 2019, 10:00

Two lonely souls; a homeless man and a widowed librarian embark on an unlikely friendship with a little help from a paper swan, a Jammie Dodger and a Pam Ayres poem.

Flamboyanes
Javier Montes d’Arce
Mexico, 2019, 7:43

Mateo, an 83-year-old man lives in a town and has refused to speak. Immersed in his silence and isolated from the world he navigates between reality and fantasy, mixing stories stored in the memory of the heart with the person with whom he has shared his life.

MIRROR IMAGE
Linda Shayne
USA, 2019, 9:01

Identical twins, recruited for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), must first overcome an unexpected challenge set forth by the Special Agent in charge and yet, something more dangerous will ultimately occur.

ONE NINE THREE
Ashley Price
UK, 2019, 8:46

An alcoholic actor struggles with his sobriety when a bottle is left in his dressing room.

White Pebble
Dilip V. Sood
India, 2019, 19:35

In a remote village, every weekend 6 year old ‘Titli’ waits for her friend ‘Bishnu’ who travels with his father from a city far away, to come to the village where they have a home. 


Fiction: Drama/Other – Set 4

Two Sides
Michael Gamarano Singleton
UK, 2018, 9:57

Two Sides explores the lives of Ali, an emerging property developer, and Ryan, a struggling electrician fallen on hard times. When their worlds intertwine, Ali is left with a new perspective.

Burying Mitchell
Sam Williamson
USA, 2018, 22:37

Having loved and lost the same man, two women meet at the funeral of their ex-husband for the first time to settle a $1M life insurance policy. Working together they put their past in the ground once and for all.

OPEN
Victor Solé
Spain, 2019, 14:13

A couple’s tranquil weariness is broken when they receive some videos via the internet in which they end up playing the lead roles.

Sunder
Spencer Hetherington
Canada, 2019, 3:45

Torn in two, a young man struggles to reconcile his doubt with his faith.

AZADEH
Mirabbas Khosravinezhad
Iran, 2019, 9:30

Azadeh living in the village with her family, she want go to city for visit her father for the last time, but her mother and brother doesn’t allow her… 


Fiction: Drama/Other – Set 4

Genesis
Austin DeShayes
USA, 2018, 7:37

A Native American priestess searches for purpose on her coming-of-age spirit quest. Along her journey, she discovers the ruins of human civilization – and what lives inside.

Gift
Lili Vajda
Hungary, 2019, 11:00

A young woman is seen approaching a house. The clock chimes six, and the house’s occupant stands to look out the window. She spots a woman watching her. What unfolds next, no-one could have predicted…

The Road Less Traveled
Lindsay Barrasse
USA, 2018, 12:00

On a lonely country Road a classic muscle car screeches down blacktop to an unknown destination. A man drives along, carefree and on hurried… If only his passenger felt the same way.

Chateau Sauvignon: terroir
D.M. Night Maire
USA, 2015, 13:10

The story of an isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further.

Still Young
Marcos Spalding
UK, 2019, 28:09

Corporal James Shepard returns from Iraq, riddled with guilt from the death of his life long friend. He meets Ruben, the son of his departed friend but tensions rise when Ruben begins to resent James for withholding the true nature of his father’s death.


Music Video

An intensely collaborative effort, involving every aspect of picture-making but with the volume turned up!

KISS ME MALIBU
Mikel Arraiz
Spain, 2019, 4:18

Horror-comedy film about the insecurities and overthinking that TV shows, religion, culture and belief systems create in us during male-female relationships and in courtship.

Discothoughts (Discogedanken)
Jonas Baumann
Switzerland, 2018, 5:03

Animated Music Video For Klaus Johann Grobe

Falling Through the Cracks
Valerie Rinder
USA, 2019, 3:00

A music video from Valerie Rinder

OPIUM
Ashok Meena
India, 2019, 5:03

An eccentric mix of fear, love, faith, anger, laughter, happiness and sadness is all brought together through interplay of stories and the make believe world of their fabled characters.

Caribù
Luca Brusca
Italy, 2019, 3:10

Streams of sensations and memories in movement. Music video of Kajar project.

Tudo Bom
Carlos Lopez Estrada
Israel, 2019, 4:17

A young boy teaches Static & Ben’el how to spread their music across the world and universe.

Little Lamb
Daniele Gangemi
Italy, 2019, 3:22

A music video by Daniele Gangemi.

OUTSIDE
Jeffrey Palmer
USA, 2019, 4:30

Touching on salient themes of gun violence, psychological trauma, and racial identity, OUTSIDE is a “nightmarish mirror reflecting our troubled times.”

LINOLEUM
Niki Noves
France, 2019, 5:50

In a dark room, we find two men forehead to forehead, sitting on the floor, heads connected by a helmet with an organic look. In parallel in a sanitised white space, these two men face each other at a distance.

ANEMONIA
Peter Pahor
UK, 2019, 5:06

Two old friends meet in a rehearsal room to play together one last time while an old millennial instagram influencer releases an interview about how she used the social media in her young age.