VAULT Film Festival

Shorts:
Sat & Sun at 1pm

Features:
Sat & Sun at 2:30pm

Back for it’s second year, the VAULT Film Festival explodes across twenty different screenings between January 25th and March 5th 2017.

Our eclectic programme of shorts and features is curated and selected by Niger Asije, editor of the New Current.

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the festival, we’ll host one or more Features and a selection of Shorts. Tickets to screenings are only £5 – and if you come to both the Feature and the Shorts on the same day, you’ll save £2!

Browse each screening’s content below or Book Now!

Jump To Date: Jan 28th | 29th | Feb 4th | 5th | 11th | 12th | 18th | 19th | 25th | 26th | Mar 4th | 5th

28th January

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

Seat 25

Dir. Nicholas Agnew | World Premiere | Sci-Fi/Drama | 83 Min | UK

It is five years after NASA found liquid water on the surface of Mars. The Martian atmosphere has changed. All contact has been lost with the planet. On Earth, entrepreneur Michael Macmillan is preparing the first manned mission to the Red Planet, with a seat reserved for an ordinary person willing to do something extraordinary.

Monica | Dir. Dimitris Argyriou | Documentary/Human Rights | 5 Min | Germany

Blessings | Dir. Lisa Myllymäki | UK Premiere | Documentary/Student | 13:08’ | Finland

Besieged Bread / Khobz El Hissar | Dir. Soudade Kaadan | London Premiere | Fiction | 12’ | Syria

The Way of Tea / Les Frémissements du thé | Dir. Marc Fouchard | Drama | 20:40’ | France | ÉCU Alumni

TOLERANCIA CERO / Zero Tolerance | Arturo Salmeró | Fiction | 9’ | Spain

An Heroic Death / Une Mort Heroique | Dir. Ryan Kiggell & Olivia Rose | London Premiere | Experimental/Micro short | 2:52’ | UK & France

And Around… And Around… And Around… | Dir. Carlos Coelho Costa | World Premiere | Art/Experimental | 3’ | Portugal

Refugees | Dir. Eduardo Hernandez | Experimental/Documentary | 6:38 | Netherland | ÉCU Alumni

Monica | Dir. Dimitris Argyriou | Documentary/Human Rights | 5 Min | Germany

Monica wanted to become hair dresser, when she was young…Things went wrong…This is her story… (Based on a real interview with a human trafficking victim.)

Blessings | Dir. Lisa Myllymäki | UK Premiere | Documentary/Student | 13:08’ | Finland

Blessings tells a story of one person who could easily be anyone of us in these days. It is a glimpse of reality that’s reflected in the life of a sixteen-year-old girl and how things are at the moment.

Besieged Bread / Khobz El Hissar | Dir. Soudade Kaadan | London Premiere | Fiction | 12’ | Syria

Syria 2015,it’s a long day of smuggling bread to the besieged area. A standing tree is her only shelter. He runs away leaving everything behind him. They both know there is no es-cape.

The Way of Tea / Les Frémissements du thé | Dir. Marc Fouchard | Drama | 20:40’ | France | ÉCU Alumni

A small town in Northern France, Alex, a young skinhead, enters Malik’s grocery store.

TOLERANCIA CERO / Zero Tolerance | Arturo Salmeró | Fiction | 9’ | Spain

“There are enemies, lethal enemies and party fellows”. Konrad Adenauer, German Chancellor.

An Heroic Death / Une Mort Heroique | Dir. Ryan Kiggell & Olivia Rose | London Premiere | Experimental/Micro short | 2:52’ | UK & France

A fool, marked to die by a capricious king, is made to perform for the last time. A re- working of the prose poem by Charles Baudelaire; a modern parable on the place of art within the landscape of power and wealth. Both film and theatre, the piece was devised and filmed on a single evening in a public square in Paris.

And Around… And Around… And Around… | Dir. Carlos Coelho Costa | World Premiere | Art/Experimental | 3’ | Portugal

Passing, whether physically or virtually, through space, is a process of the construction of knowledge, whose movements can be recognised as a practice of intertwining – performative movements that foster, in a certain space-time, the becoming of new orders; movements that are perceived as forms of territorialisation, de-territorialisation, re-territorialisation.

Refugees | Dir. Eduardo Hernandez | Experimental/Documentary | 6:38 | Netherland | ÉCU Alumni

Refugees is a documentary about the tragedy of thousands of people who put their lives at risk by traveling in a plastic boat from Turkey to Lesbos (Greece) and their journey once on the island, since their arrival until they take the ferry to mainland Greece.

Total Running Time | 70:10

29th January

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

El Debut / The Debut

Dir. Gabriel Olivares | London Premiere | Doc | 63 | SPAIN

A group of actors gather in a workshop performance. Its aim is to research, create and develop the drama of a future film. With an unfinished script, a story of love and bullfighting background, the TeatroLab actors with director Gabriel Olivares, we are immersed in the passion for the craft of storytelling from the emotion and truth.

Screening Includes Short Film:

NINI

Dir. David Moreno | Fiction | 18’ | Spain

Between success and jail there is only a hole in the floor…

Kaleido | Dir. Felipe Salvador | World Premiere | Drama/Micro Short | 2’ | Spain

Working Late | Dir. David Gilbank | London Premiere | 4:57’ | UK

dark_net | Dir. Tom Marshall | Dark Comedy/Triller/Action | 12:30’ | UK

Horseface | Dir. Marc Martínez | London Premiere | Horror/Comedy/Sci-fi/Drama | 9’ | Spain | ÉCU Alumni

EL HOMBRE DE HOJALATA / The Tin Man | Dir. Adrián Climent | Fiction | 10’ | Spain

Sound of London | Daniel Marc Janes | World Premiere | Drama/Triller | 11’ | UK

For One | Dir. Mathieu Rivolier | UK Premiere | Comedy/Thriller | 8’ | France

LA LLORONA / The Cry-baby | Dir. Ernesto Martín | Fiction | 19’ | Spain

Kaleido | Dir. Felipe Salvador | World Premiere | Drama/Micro Short | 2’ | Spain

A movie about nostalgia.

Working Late | Dir. David Gilbank | London Premiere | 4:57’ | UK

A suspicious wife confronts her husband when he arrives home late. He offers a litany of increasing outlandish excuses to explain his tardiness, none of which are believed. Tired of his lies, she accuses him of working late at the office and throws him out of the house.

dark_net | Dir. Tom Marshall | Dark Comedy/Triller/Action | 12:30’ | UK

Alan (Johnny Vegas) searches for answers in all of the wrong places and this time he thinks he’s found them…on the internet in the form of a highly trained deadly assassin. However, he’s about to learn the true price of entering the ‘dark_net’.

Horseface | Dir. Marc Martínez | London Premiere | Horror/Comedy/Sci-fi/Drama | 9’ | Spain | ÉCU Alumni

A 20€ budget Comedy-Horror-Science fiction-thriller-Animal-Drama short-film starring my grandmother and me.

EL HOMBRE DE HOJALATA / The Tin Man | Dir. Adrián Climent | Fiction | 10’ | Spain

A big man meets a tiny woman every Tuesday night in a hotel room.

Sound of London | Daniel Marc Janes | World Premiere | Drama/Triller | 11’ | UK

What sound does London make? Struggling sound recordist Jason Emerick (Christopher Tester) has 48 hours to capture ‘the sound of London’ in a bottle. Inspired by the work of David Byrne and the London Sound Survey, The Sound of London is at once a love letter to a city, an affectionate tribute to Britain’s heritage of sound pioneers and a thriller with a gripping narrative premise.

For One | Dir. Mathieu Rivolier | UK Premiere | Comedy/Thriller | 8’ | France

Two employees of a pirate bank subtly plan their revenge against their client, a pretentious and unscrupulous man. But things don’t go as planned…

LA LLORONA / The Cry-baby | Dir. Ernesto Martín | Fiction | 19’ | Spain

A mother waits awake for her daughter on a Saturday’s night. When she arrives, they will hold a conversation that will lead to an unexpected revelation.

Total Running Time | 76:92

4th February

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

The Cult of JT Leroy

Dir. Marjorie Sturm | London Premiere | Documentary | 91 | US

Ethically charged, controversial, and confusing, JT’s life and death sprang open a Pandora’s box of powerful questions about literature and culture, identity and celebrity, and the reality of the society we live in. Fraud? Art? Sociopathy? Complicity? The Cult of JT Leroy is a testament to this bizarre and elaborate story that has captured the attention and fascination of the world’s media, and perplexes to this day.

the sex lives of eels | Dir. Luke Rollason | World Premiere | Student Short/ Experimental Narrative | 5’ | UK

boat | Dir. Daniel McGowan | London Premiere | Dark Comedy | 12:57’ | Wales

Pat and Penelope | Dir. Adriana DeGirolami | World Premiere | Drama | 9’ | USA

Spectacle | Jay Robertson | World Premiere | Drama/Comedy | 9:04’ | Scotland

EL ÚLTIMO BUS | The last bus | Dir. Arantxa Echevarría | Fiction | 17’ | Spain

SPANK IT | Dir. Danika Uskert | World Premiere | Experimental/Music Video | 3:27’ | USA

Abandoned Adopted Here | Dir. Lucy Sheen | London Premiere | Doc | 20:27’ | UK

the sex lives of eels | Dir. Luke Rollason | World Premiere | Student Short/ Experimental Narrative | 5’ | UK

“Eels swim 4000 miles to find a mate. Amy hasn’t left the house in months. Her friends think she needs help. She just needs to get clean. the sex lives of eels” examines how even those closest to us can not know us at all.

boat | Dir. Daniel McGowan | London Premiere | Dark Comedy | 12:57’ | Wales

On a boat on a lonely river lives an old man. He has shunned the world for years… until a stranger arrives, shattering his determined isolation. Chasing the garish visitor off his boat, the old man is forced to confront the awful reason for his sudden appearance. And it is something they’d both rather not admit…

Pat and Penelope | Dir. Adriana DeGirolami | World Premiere | Drama | 9’ | USA

Measured and tactical Patricia is throwing an after party at her home following a lacklustre opening night exhibit of her work. Seething at having not been invited, her on-again/off-again lover and protege, Penelope, crashes the party to confront Pat about the state of their volatile relationship, accusing her once more of an infidelity involving Pat’s former assistant. When wildly passionate Penelope suspects Patricia of lying, she’ll stop at nothing to force Patricia to admit the truth, no matter the cost.

Spectacle | Jay Robertson | World Premiere | Drama/Comedy | 9:04’ | Scotland

A young woman searches for meaning in a world of magic glasses and talking dogs.

EL ÚLTIMO BUS | The last bus | Dir. Arantxa Echevarría | Fiction | 17’ | Spain

A girl lost the last bus back home. In the street, a man tries to steal her bag and in the struggle, he stabs her. Angela is wounded in an alley, hidden behind some garbage cans, just two meters from a busy street. Different characters, the last night owls returning home, pass by without seeing her, immersed in their own parallel stories. As the minutes passed, her anxiety is bigger. Especially when he discovers his only companion is the man who stabbed her.

SPANK IT | Dir. Danika Uskert | World Premiere | Experimental/Music Video | 3:27’ | USA

An entrancing, hallucinatory depiction of the pains and pleasures of a shibari session.

Abandoned Adopted Here | Dir. Lucy Sheen | London Premiere | Doc | 20:27’ | UK

Identity, many of us take for granted. We see ourselves reflected back as we gaze into the eyes of our parents. What if your image isn’t the same? What then? An independent documentary looking at identity, adoption, transracial adoption and being British-Chinese.

Total Running Time | 76:55’

5th February

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

Film To Be Announced Soon

The Darkness Keeper | Dir. Rodrigo Atiénzar Jiménez | Fiction | 18’ | Spain

Peony Pavilion | Dir. Sido Yao Lu | World Premiere | Drama | 17’ | China | ÉCU Alumni

112 | Dir. Wenceslao Scyzoryk | Drama | 5:40’ | Spain

The Ferry / Lautta | Dir. Aija Ronkainen | UK Premiere | Student Short / Experimental/ Documentary | 8:13’ | Finland

Shed | Dir. Jalapathy Sri | World Premiere | Student Short/Drama | 12:46’ | UK

Take Away | Dir. Geórg Cantos | Fiction | 14’ | Spain

The Darkness Keeper | Dir. Rodrigo Atiénzar Jiménez | Fiction | 18’ | Spain

May is afraid of the dark and she has a plan to catch it. But she’s forgetting a small detail: when night falls, darkness is everywhere…

Peony Pavilion | Dir. Sido Yao Lu | World Premiere | Drama | 17’ | China | ÉCU Alumni

In the city of Shanghai, a young male escort Chen Xing falls in love with a Kun Qu Opera student Yuan Siqi. Yearning for build a new life together with her, Chen lies to Yuan about his past, breaks up with his supporter Huang Bei, and gets a job as a service boy. But the shortage of money, the anger from Huang and load of struggling to service in a metropolitan of Shanghai push him into a corner. At the same time, in order to become the leading actress in the Kun Qu show of Peony Pavilion, Yuan needs to understand what love is…

112 | Dir. Wenceslao Scyzoryk | Drama | 5:40’ | Spain

A Christmas story inspired by a true story.

The Ferry / Lautta | Dir. Aija Ronkainen | UK Premiere | Student Short / Experimental/ Documentary | 8:13’ | Finland

Following the everyday journey of the public ferry riding in Helsinki. We take a closer look at the passengers and the ferries themselves as we float in to the meditative mind state of a familiar route.

Shed | Dir. Jalapathy Sri | World Premiere | Student Short/Drama | 12:46’ | UK

When the kids grow up it’s time to relax and wane into those Golden years. To many those years are something to be feared, set in an allotment the story of a man plagued by the future unfolds into a choice of Biblical Repercussion affecting the fabric of his family.

Take Away | Dir. Geórg Cantos | Fiction | 14’ | Spain

A Burger King late at night. Five friends with a knot in their stomachs. Twenty seven Whoppers to go.

Total Running Time | 75:39

11th February

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides

Dir. Euros Lyn | London Premiere | 88 | WALES

The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell), the debut feature from award-winning director Euros Lyn, and based on Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel Y Llyfrgell, is an offbeat thriller, set in the National Library of Wales, and explores the secrets and lies at the heart of storytelling, and asks who has the right to tell the story. The cast stars Catrin Stewart as the twins (Stella, Doctor Who), and includes Ryland Teifi (35 Diwrnod, Tir), Dyfan Dw (Pride, Y Gwyll/ Hinterland) and Sharon Morgan (Resistance, Torchwood).

Jump to: Today’s Shorts

disgruntled: a political interlude | Dir. Danica Uskert | World Premiere | Music Video | 3:10’ | USA

WYRDOES | Dir. Nat Luurtsema | Comedy | 15:29’ | UK

Women in Agony | Dir. Eliza Soroga | London Premiere | Video Art/Micro Short | 2:14’ | UK

VIDA EN MARTE / Live On Mars | Dir. Jose Manuel Carrasco | Fiction | 16’ | Spain

Split Costs | Dir. Jeffery Palmer | London Premiere | Drama | 24:10’ | USA

Preisoep / Leek Soup | Dir. Jef Staut | Animated Short/Comedy | 3:19’ | Belgium

free association | Dir. Danica Uskert | UK Premiere | Experimental/Student, Animation | 6:43’ | USA

disgruntled: a political interlude | Dir. Danica Uskert | World Premiere | Music Video | 3:10’ | USA

Dominatrix unleashes her suppressed outrage during the 2016 election period in the US.

WYRDOES | Dir. Nat Luurtsema | Comedy | 15:29’ | UK

WYRDOES is a comedy inspired by ‘Macbeth’ and The Everyday Sexism Project. Three sisters – Elsab, Magrit and Merope – battle through poverty and rumours that they’re witches just be- cause they’re a little ‘wyrd’. Through accidental tragedy, murder and war, the downtrodden Wyrdoes finally fight back.

Women in Agony | Dir. Eliza Soroga | London Premiere | Video Art/Micro Short | 2:14’ | UK

A comment on urban alienation, neurosis, uniformity and consumerism. Sixteen women gathered in the middle of the pavement amongst fashion victims in rush hour and simultaneously screamed in the Europe’s most commercial street, Oxford Circus.

VIDA EN MARTE / Live On Mars | Dir. Jose Manuel Carrasco | Fiction | 16’ | Spain

What do you think is the desire of every human being think?

Split Costs | Dir. Jeffery Palmer | London Premiere | Drama | 24:10’ | USA

Two young women from disparate backgrounds share a ride to western Massachusetts in this award-winning story of unexpected friends navigating life’s bumpy roads and moving forward with hope.

Preisoep / Leek Soup | Dir. Jef Staut | Animated Short/Comedy | 3:19’ | Belgium

Growing leek is not that easy.

free association | Dir. Danica Uskert | UK Premiere | Experimental/Student, Animation | 6:43’ | USA

A hybrid performance art, animation, and video art piece that focuses on common stereotypes, archetypes, and labels ascribed to women. “free association” is a primer into my body of work, which deals with the aforementioned themes of negotiating identity within a milieu of constant objectification and projection. The soundtrack to this piece is comprised of several interviews with friends and family, all of which deal with the theme of stereotypes.

Total Running Time | 71:05

12th February

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

Bad Caller

Dir. Al Carretta | London Premiere | 75 | UK

With Super Bowl 50 stealing the attention of regular late night fans, Taryn Spring, a sassy English live call show host is harassed by a ‘bad caller’. A hostage in her own studio, the only way to get help is to get people watching…

Everybody’s Luck | Dir. James Arden | Music Video | 3:10’ | UK

Cops and Monsters | Dir. Fraser Coull | London Premiere | Web-Series/Sci-Fi | 6:44’ |Scotland

From Busk Till Dawn | Dir. Joseph Brett | World Premiere | Experimental /Comedy |8’ | UK

AÑADIR CONTACTO / Add Contact | Dir. David Oeo | Animation | 3’ | Spain

No Help | Dir. Caleb Quinn | UK Premiere | Student Short / Dark Comedy | 9:35’ | USA

The Truants | Dir. Aaron Dunleavy | Special Screening | Student Short/Drama | 13’ | UK

Throw Me To The Dogs | Dir. Aaron Dunleavy | Special Screening | Student Short/ Drama | 13’ | UK

Red | Branko Tomovic | Special Screening | Crime/Drama/Triller | 20’ | UK

Everybody’s Luck | Dir. James Arden | Music Video | 3:10’ | UK

A shy young man takes a beautiful girl on a date to the seaside, but everybody’s luck runs out eventually.

Cops and Monsters | Dir. Fraser Coull | London Premiere | Web-Series/Sci-Fi | 6:44’ |Scotland

In a near future Scotland, vampires, werewolves and zombies are now part of everyday society. The government decide to police and protect the peace treaty between humans and supernatural beings and forms the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland (PITS).

From Busk Till Dawn | Dir. Joseph Brett | World Premiere | Experimental /Comedy |8’ | UK

A lone busker plays to an empty street, dejected until a stranger arrives and tries to help out. But somewhere in the night, a menace lurks…

AÑADIR CONTACTO / Add Contact | Dir. David Oeo | Animation | 3’ | Spain

Like every weekend, Jaime returns home after a party, but this time, it will take a little longer to get…

No Help | Dir. Caleb Quinn | UK Premiere | Student Short / Dark Comedy | 9:35’ | USA

For two petty criminals things go from bad to worse.

The Truants | Dir. Aaron Dunleavy | Special Screening | Student Short/Drama | 13’ | UK

Two teenage boys break free from school to embark on a dangerous adventure, as they truant their way across the threatening industrial landscape which surrounds them.

Throw Me To The Dogs | Dir. Aaron Dunleavy | Special Screening | Student Short/ Drama | 13’ | UK

A troubled teenage boy, growing up in a dreamless wilderness, is stripped of his dignity as his father abandons him for the outside world which he is trying to retreat from.

Red | Branko Tomovic | Special Screening | Crime/Drama/Triller | 20’ | UK

Niklas, a surgeon who lives a life of solitude and is tormented by self hatred, performs regular illegal surgeries for the red market. He works together with Mia, a young prostitute who lures her clients in and drugs them. Niklas is looking for a way out of this dark world, but owes his life to their violent crime boss Ed, who would rather kill him then let him go.

Total Running Time | 76:29

18th February

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

Kidnap Capital

Dir. Felipe Rodriguez | London Premiere | 93 | CANADA

A suburban house in Phoenix, Arizona (the kidnap capital of the title), hides a grim secret; locked into a room/homemade prison cell, a group of half-naked immigrants are held hostage. Having been smuggled into the U.S.A., these illegal immigrants face a final bloody hurdle; they have to pay for their freedom.

Mother’s Milk and Cookies | Dir. Conan McIvor | London Premiere | LGBTQ / Drama | 7:25’ | Ireland

O TREMOR | The tremor | Dir. Oscar Vincentelli | Documentary | 22’ | Spain

Celebrating Ageing | Dir. James McColl | London Premiere | Experimental Documentary | 20:00’ | UK

Inventándome / Inventing Myself | Dir. Pascui Rivas | UK Premiere | Music Videos | 7’ | Colombia | ÉCU Alumni

Marceline Blurr | Nadia Mata Portillo | Fiction | 15’ | Spain

She Left | Dir. Henry Drayton | UK Premiere | Music Video/Comedy | 2:34’ | USA

Mother’s Milk and Cookies | Dir. Conan McIvor | London Premiere | LGBTQ / Drama | 7:25’ | Ireland

A middle-aged gay couple struggle with coming out.

O TREMOR | The tremor | Dir. Oscar Vincentelli | Documentary | 22’ | Spain

In a coal mine in Spain, our gaze focuses on the hypnotic cadence of work revealing the continuous movement of the machinery devouring workers: the very last gestures of the mythical mining labor slowly disappearing. Perhaps it is one of the last active coal mines in Europe. We do not know, but the miners are still trying to salvage the unstoppable.

Celebrating Ageing | Dir. James McColl | London Premiere | Experimental Documentary | 20:00’ | UK

Video artist James McColl wants to tell you about his nan. He wants to show you the life of this strong, self-reliant, eighty-six year old woman. He wants to celebrate age.

Inventándome / Inventing Myself | Dir. Pascui Rivas | UK Premiere | Music Videos | 7’ | Colombia | ÉCU Alumni

A male ‘Observer’ experiences the benefits and psychological consequences of exploring other people’s lives.

Marceline Blurr | Nadia Mata Portillo | Fiction | 15’ | Spain

Inspired by the movies of the French New Wave, Marceline Blurr is the story of a young woman who was born with a vision impairment extremely out of the ordinary. For her the world is a magical place. A big unfinished tableau upon which she finds it not only amusing but absolutely essential to paint.

She Left | Dir. Henry Drayton | UK Premiere | Music Video/Comedy | 2:34’ | USA

This comedic music video begins with what seems like a strange breakup song between a young man and an older woman. As he sings about his heartbreak, it is slowly revealed that the women is in fact his mother, and he isn’t upset about love, but because she forgot to pick him up from soccer practice.

Total Running Time | 75:10’

19th February

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

La Valle Du Sel / The Valley of Salt

Dir. Christophe M. Saber | UK Premiere | Documentary | 62 | SWITZERLAND

In the midst of Egypt’s worst political time, a young filmmaker returns home, to Cairo, for the first time since the start of the revolution. Before leaving Switzerland, his parents warn him that they are receiving death threats as a result of their work amongst christian communities. For two weeks, a son watches his parents face a situation that will shake their faith and question their presence in their own country.

Screening Includes Short Film:

The Dog and The Elephant

Dir. Mike Sharpe | UK Premiere | Drama | 24’ | UK

Set in the violent world of Victorian Boxing and the honour code of the Romany Gypsies. The film tells the compelling story of bare- knuckle boxer Bendigo Barlow (Jack Johns) whose fractured life leads him on a brutal journey of destruction, retribution and ultimately revenge.

The Stomach | Dir Ben Steiner | Horror/Thriller | 15:00 | UK | ÉCU Alumni

Give Into The Night | Dir. Sonejuhi Sinha | London Premiere | 10’ | USA-INDIA

LOVE COMES LATER | Dir. Sonejuhi Sinha | London Premiere | 10’ | USA-INDIA

MILKSHAKE EXPRESS | Dir. Miguel Casanova | Fiction | 20’ | Spain

Polterheist | Dir. David Gilbank | London Premiere | Horror | 18:45’ | UK

The Stomach | Dir Ben Steiner | Horror/Thriller | 15:00 | UK | ÉCU Alumni

Frank’s had enough. A spirit medium whose unique and grotesque method of channeling the dead is putting his own life at risk. He wants out… but others, in this world and the next, have plans of their own. Part body horror, part crime thriller, part ghost story, The Stomach is a unique tale of Supernatural Noir.

Give Into The Night | Dir. Sonejuhi Sinha | London Premiere | 10’ | USA-INDIA

Give into the Night is a film about grief, isolation, companionship and the immigrant experience in America. The story begins when the recently widowed Anand moves to the US from India to live with his daughter and granddaughter, who is suffering from a recent illness.

LOVE COMES LATER | Dir. Sonejuhi Sinha | London Premiere | 10’ | USA-INDIA

An unexpected discovery forces an undocumented motel employee to make a life changing decision. Starring ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK-actress Diane Guerrero, and HOMELAND actress Sarita Choudhury, the second short of award-winning director Sonejuhi Sinha had its world premiere in Cannes at the Shorts Critics Week 2015.

MILKSHAKE EXPRESS | Dir. Miguel Casanova | Fiction | 20’ | Spain

Follows the last day of the campaign of the PNC (New Change Party), the favourite one to win next Spanish general elections, and its charismatic leader, Valentina Garrido.

Polterheist | Dir. David Gilbank | London Premiere | Horror | 18:45’ | UK

In a bleak northern city, two small-time gangsters – TARIQ & BOXY – kidnap a psychic medium – ALICE. They hope to discover the whereabouts of a stash of cash, hidden by their murdered boss – FRANK. Abducting Alice and forcing her make contact with Frank’s spirit, is their last, desperate roll of the dice.

Total Running Time | 75.45’

25th February

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

L’achipel / The Archipelago

Dir. Benoit Maestre | UK Premiere | Dramatic Fantasy | 83 | FRANCE

Martin never wakes up where he falls asleep. Eva meets a man she knew on the internet, a dangerous date. The roamer leaves his life and town and looses himself into the wild. They’ll have to deal with the silent warrior that bloods this archipelago…

THE CHOP | Dir. Lewis Rose | Comedy | 17′ | UK

III | Dir. Silas Elliot | UK Premiere | Sci-Fi | 3:16’ | USA

SUSPENDU | Dir. Elie Grappe | London Premiere | 15′ | Switzerland

23 DE MAYO – 23rd of May | Dir. David Martín de los Santos | Documentary | 16 min

MADE IN SPAIN  | Dir. Coke Riobóo | Animation | 11’ | Spain

SIN TU LATIDO | Without your heartbeat | Dir. Maria Posada & Adrián Iglesias | Fiction | 8’ | Spain

THE CHOP | Dir. Lewis Rose | Comedy | 17′ | UK

‘The Chop’ is a comedy about Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher who loses his job, cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, and therefore decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butchers.

III | Dir. Silas Elliot | UK Premiere | Sci-Fi | 3:16’ | USA

The cosmos has navigated humans for thousands of years. When those closest are taken from us, we look to the stars for guidance. ‘III’ is an atmospheric micro film and landscape art, expressing story without a linear narrative.

SUSPENDU | Dir. Elie Grappe | London Premiere | 15′ | Switzerland

At dawn, in a great classical dance conservatory, a boy falls while rehearsing some movements. Something breaks in his foot, causing sharp pain. But it’s exams day and the boy refuses to quit: he tries to face his dance partner and classmates, convincing himself his body has no limits.

23 DE MAYO – 23rd of May | Dir. David Martín de los Santos | Documentary | 16 min

The voices of two women and the remains of a house stuck in time, rescue the memory of those who lived there, while we are witnesses of the transformation of the property.

MADE IN SPAIN | Made in Spain | Dir. Coke Riobóo | Animation | 11’ | Spain

Una retrato surrealista en miniatura de dimensiones épicas se desarrolla en una soleada playa española. Cortometraje stop motion con figuras miniatura a escala H0.

SIN TU LATIDO | Without your heartbeat | Dir. Maria Posada & Adrián Iglesias | Fiction | 8’ | Spain

A taxi driver kidnaps singer Luis Eduardo Aute so that he sings to his dying wife.

Total Running Time | 70:06’

26th February

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

Frosted Glass

Dir. Ben Cole | World Premiere | Romantic Drama | 53 | UK

Poet Daniel Lacon has Aspergers Syndrome. He has a book of poems published; poems he wrote initially as a way of coping with his condition. He’s interviewed by journalist Jenny, who at first appears to be somewhat ignorant of his situation that cause friction between them.

Cheleye Derakhtane Kaj / Forty Days of Pines

Dir. Atieh Attarzadeh | UK Premiere | Documentary | 46 | IRAN

The filmmaker, who eight years ago brought a loved one to Tehran’s Aminabad mental hospital but never had the courage to visit him there, now returns to the hospital and hands the camera to the patients to film their daily lives.

Gimp Tiger | Dir. Sean Gallen | UK Premiere | Drama | 24’ | UK/Germany

BRUNO  | Dir. Marina Siero | Fiction | 11’ | Spain

Fan’s Labyrinth | Dir. Silas Elliot & Luke Rollason| UK Premiere | Micro | 3:12’ | USA

ENGLISH | Dirs. James Blood & Brett Scieczka | UK Premiere | Drama | 17:12’ | USA

After I Saw You | Dir. Yolanda Barker | Animated Short | 3:40’ | UK

ENCUENTROS EN LA TERCERA EDAD | Close Encounters of the Old Age | Dir. Víctor Ruiz Junquera | Fiction | 6’ | Spain

Viriato | Dir. Gabriel Stanger | Documentary | 10’ |Spain

Gimp Tiger | Dir. Sean Gallen | UK Premiere | Drama | 24’ | UK/Germany

Unannounced, Matilda comes out with a secret: she has written a play. Charlie, her boyfriend and the owner of a successful theatre, is not impressed. By his account, Gimp Tiger throw taste to the wind and will drag his good name through the mud.

BRUNO  | Dir. Marina Siero | Fiction | 11’ | Spain

A couple has just abandoned their dog. Now they are going to get it back home.

Fan’s Labyrinth | Dir. Silas Elliot & Luke Rollason| UK Premiere | Micro | 3:12’ | USA

A collaboration with a fictional blogger in a moral maze. How do we mourn when our grief is public property?

ENGLISH | Dirs. James Blood & Brett Scieczka | UK Premiere | Drama | 17:12’ | USA

English is the story of a social gathering gone horribly awry, where booze flows and barbs fly as a college student and his girlfriend visit with a duplicitous professor. The arrival of a mysterious stranger leads to revelations of betrayal and revenge. The film was shot on the RED Scarlet at Bravo Studios in New York. Artist Jim Campbell has illustrated the backgrounds, giving the film an added level of visual sophistication and uniqueness.

After I Saw You | Dir. Yolanda Barker | Animated Short | 3:40’ | UK

A true story about love, letting go, and the bitter-sweet nature of relationships. This visual poem is a film adaptation of the Dharma Comics strip.

ENCUENTROS EN LA TERCERA EDAD | Close Encounters of the Old Age | Dir. Víctor Ruiz Junquera | Fiction | 6’ | Spain

Petanque, parchisi and preventing exercises end for Aurelio when his friends begin to dis-appear under strange circumstances. Something is wrong. They are here.

Viriato | Dir. Gabriel Stanger | Documentary | 10’ |Spain

A portrait of the Spanish society and of a culture that has been taken down and it couldn’t get up anymore, living generation after generation, the weights put against them.

Total Running Time | 75:04’

4th March

Shorts 1pm, Feature 2.30pm | Book Now

Vanitas

Dir. Oscar Spierenburg | UK Premiere | Thriller | 82 | Belgium

During an internship in Paris, Sarah encounters a large-scale network around art forgery. To escape this, she takes a renovating job in Belgium. She tells her best friend Valerie everything and together they start to investigate the motives. With help from an unexpected source, they reveal one of the best kept secrets in the history of art: the Vanitas Project.

HOSTAL EDEN | Eden Hostel | Dir. Gonzaga Manso | Fiction | 14’ | Spain

Rainbow Party / Regnbogapartý | Dir. Eva Sigurdardottir | Drama| 15:58’ | Iceland/ UK

UKA | Dir. Valle Comba Canales | Animation | 3’ | Spain

The Technician | Dir. James Arden | Student Short | 15:00’ | UK

TO THE TOP | Dir. Tizian Büchi | London Premiere | Drama/LGBT | 17’ | Switzerland

Breakfast on London Bridge | Dirs. Eliza Soroga & B Hanusova | London Premiere | Micro Short | 2’ | UK

The Business: Ep. 1 – “The Catch Up” | Dirs. Danica Uskert & Tyrone Taylor | World Premiere | Web Series Pilot/Comedy Drama | 11:13’ | USA

HOSTAL EDEN | Eden Hostel | Dir. Gonzaga Manso | Fiction | 14’ | Spain

The Eden Hostel is a humble and dirty place run by an elderly couple. Hanging from the wall of one of its rooms there?s a statue of the Virgin Mary who narrates, from her peculiar point of view, the stories of the various guests who stayed there through the years. One of those stories, the one of Yolanda and Felix, will make a huge impact on her.

Rainbow Party / Regnbogapartý | Dir. Eva Sigurdardottir | Drama| 15:58’ | Iceland/ UK

In a tale of twisted innocence, 14-year-old outcast Sofia is offered the chance to join the popular group at school, but doing so requires making serious sacrifices. Whoever said that teenage girls were pure and innocent?

UKA | Dir. Valle Comba Canales | Animation | 3’ | Spain

Uka is a little girl who lives in a grey abandoned factory. While she’s painting of of her canvas, she finds a way of changing how she sees the world.

The Technician | Dir. James Arden | Student Short | 15:00’ | UK

A prying I.T. technician who steals private files from his clients’ computers uncovers something best left hidden.

TO THE TOP | Dir. Tizian Büchi | London Premiere | Drama/LGBT | 17’ | Switzerland

Anna and Maxime are sitting in facing seats in a carriage on a train. They observe the countryside passing by. Not talking, hardly exchanging a glance, their movements and gestures reveal a faltering affection between them. They have chosen to hike up the mountain, re-igniting memories of previous summers, those summers when they were simply full of the joys of love.

Breakfast on London Bridge | Dirs. Eliza Soroga & B Hanusova | London Premiere | Micro Short | 2’ | UK

Breakfast on London Bridge is a simple rhythm juxtaposition of how a slow-pace everyday action of having breakfast blends in with the quick-pace of a rush hour on a Monday morn-ing (duration, 6 hours), an attempt to revolutionise time horizons.

The Business: Ep. 1 – “The Catch Up” | Dirs. Danica Uskert & Tyrone Taylor | World Premiere | Web Series Pilot/Comedy Drama | 11:13’ | USA

“The Business” episode 1 “The Catch Up” is an introduction to Donna (Danica Uskert), a disabled, broke sex worker in her 30s suffering through an unhappy marriage to a techie Dean (Caleb Quinn). In this episode, we find her seeking comfort in the arms of a friend, Jamie (Jamie Sharp), after an argument with her husband.

Total Running Time | 78:00’

5th March

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Ad Ventum / Towards The Wind

Dir. Bárbara Mateos | UK Premiere | Doc | SPAIN/PORTUGAL

In the mountains of Brejeira (Portugal), where suicide is very present, old locals coexist with the current waves of foreigners fleeing from the big cities. Each of them lost in their own solitude. For some people this place find their personal paradise. For others, it’s the end of their life.

The Hot Tub / Heiti potturinn | Dir. Harpa Fönn Sigurjónsdóttir | UK Premiere | Documentary | 22:24’ | Iceland

 

STALINGRADO / Stalingrado | Dir. Anyora Sánchez | Fiction | 12’ | Spain

FIRAQ | Dir. Kalli Zifou | UK Premiere | Experimental | 10:10’ | UK

Fragments | Dir. Jade Jackson | Student Short/Documentary | 15’ | UK

Las Rubias / The Blondes | Dir. Carlota Martínez Pereda | Spain | 2016 | Fiction | ’17

The Hot Tub / Heiti potturinn | Dir. Harpa Fönn Sigurjónsdóttir | UK Premiere | Documentary | 22:24’ | Iceland

The Hot Tub is a short documentary which explores the unique hot tub culture in Iceland’s public swimming pools.

STALINGRADO / Stalingrado | Dir. Anyora Sánchez | Fiction | 12’ | Spain

Tatiana is a Russian girl in love with Antonio, shepherd from La Mancha with an oedipal relation towards his mother Antonia. Due to causes of force majeure, Tatiana must go and live temporarily in her boyfriend’s mother house deep inland of La Mancha region. Antonio will try by any means to make Tatiana acceptable to his mother, but the mother is going to make it hard for him.

FIRAQ | Dir. Kalli Zifou | UK Premiere | Experimental | 10:10’ | UK

A Syrian couple during their final moments together as they cannot both afford to seek for refuge.

Fragments | Dir. Jade Jackson | Student Short/Documentary | 15’ | UK

Jade Jackman is a young writer and filmmaker who’s work explores the boundary between documentary and art.

Las Rubias / The Blondes | Dir. Carlota Martínez Pereda | Spain | 2016 | Fiction | ’17

Blonde, stunning, criminals, nothing gets between Marta and Pepa and their goal… Except another blonde. Based on a true story.

Total Running Time | 72:14’

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