These mini-masterpieces from around the globe showcase the work of up and coming directors. From drama to documentary, it's all here. Several short films will also be shown along main features.
Space Travel According To John and International Shorts: Childproof
24 Frames Per Second
(Country: US; Year: 1977; Director: Shirley Clarke)
A short, experimental film exploring mystical imagery.
Black Box Shorts
(Year: 2008; Director: See individual reviews)
Experimental short film showcase.
(Country: UK, Northern Ireland; Year: 2007; Director: John McCloskey; Writer: John McCloskey; Stars: Narrated by Bernard Hill)
Half-remembered charcoal dreams from childhood.
Dance In The Sun
(Country: US; Year: 1953; Director: Shirley Clarke; Stars: Daniel Negrin)
A dancer explores the forces of nature.
Glimpses of the weird and wonderful, the heartbreaking and hilarious, from real lives all over the world. Featuring: Bergeronnettes (Alicia Van Assche), Bullet Proof Vest (May Lin Au Yong)
I Shot The Mayor (or: Plan B) (Astrid Bussink), Kredens (Jacob Dammas), Living On The Landing (Podestleben) (Sandra Budesheim, Sabine Zimmer), Plane Days (Benjamin Kracun, Ewan McNicol), Pull, The (Andy Blubaugh), Valley of the Goats (Leon Dean).
Tongues and Half Way Home
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Firman Machda; Writer: Firman Machda)
A construction worker tries to escape from reality.
Fear(s) Of The Dark (Peur(s) Du Noir)
(Country: France; Year: 2007; Director: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Callou, Richard McGuire, Pierre Di Sciullio, Lorenzo Mattotti Screenwriters: Jerry Kramsky, Pirus, Romaine Slocombe, Etienne Robial)
Ten animations from the dark side.
Geriatrics: The Musical
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: John Douglas Dodds; Writer: John Douglas Dodds, Brian Ramage; Stars: Brian Ramage)
Stop-motion claymation musical about four geriatrics in a ward.
Hamdi And Maria (Hamdi & Maria)
(Country: Israel; Year: 2007; Director: Timor Britva)
The story of two ordinary people whose lives were irrevocably transformed by the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.
Last Time In Clerkenwell and Hamdi And Maria
Half Way Home
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Paul Gray)
Portrait of a girl with auto-immune disease.
International Animation 1
Cutting edge films, showcasing the latest animation techniques. Featuring: Bendito Machine (Jossie Malis), The Cable Car (Die Seilbahn) (Claudius Gentinetta, Frank
Braun), [film]The Crumblegiant[/film] (John McCloskey), Le Grand Content (Clemens Kogler, Karo Szmit),
Lullaby (Kolibelnaya) (Andrey Zolotukhin), [film]Madame Tutli-Putli[/film] (Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski), The Mouse Trap (Gee-dut) (Woon Han),
Wolfie the Pianist (Toshiki Iwahori, Yasuyuki Shimuzu)
International Animation 2
Second showcase of cutting edge work by animators from around the world. Features: Air (Konstantin Biryukov), The Bedwetter (Der Bettnässer) (Ingo Schiller, Stephan Müller),
Blind Man’s Eye (Matthew Talbot-Kelly), Boxhead And Roundhead - The Power Of Flight (Elliot Cowan), The Bridge (Le Pont) (Vincent Bierrewaerts), Burley! (Dave Edwardz, Gareth Cowen)
Earlybird, The (Trace Balla), Girl And Robot (Mads Dam Jakobsen), [film]Last Time In Clerkenwell[/film] (Alex Budovsky), Orgesticulanismus (Mathieu Labaye), Power House (Casa De Máquinas) (Maria Leite, Daniel Herthel), Zoologic (Nicole Mitchell).
International Shorts: Childproof
(Year: 2008; Director: See individual reviews; Writer: See individual reviews; Stars: See individual reviews)
A look at life from youngsters' perspectives.
International Shorts: Idle Hands
From Australia, France, Israel and Turkey, a quartet of films about men whose lives are governed by the jobs they do, have done, or dream of doing. Featuring: Between Dogs and Wolves (Entre chiens et loups) (Jean-Gabriel Périot), Hero (Adrian Van De Velde), Shred of Hope (Petach Tikva) (Tom Shoval), Slope, The (Yokus) (Mehmet Can Mertoglu).
Skeins and Savage/Love
International Shorts: Love Bites
From Germany, New Zealand, Romania, Switzerland and the US come five films about the bitter aftertaste of love. Featuring: Alexandra (Radu Jude), [film]Sick Sex[/film] (Justin Nowell), The Suitcase (La Valise) (Kaveh Bakhtiari), This Is Her (Katie Wolfe), Waltz (Walzer) (Miriam Bliese).
International Shorts: Mexico
The common themes linking the films in this selection are movement and stasis... and, of course, the fact that all the films are from Mexico. Featuring: 5:55 (Javier Aguilera, Jorge Aguilera), At the End (Al Fin) (Juan Manuel González), End Of The Line (Fin de Trayecto) (Acán Coen), Fish Soup (Sopa de Pescado) (Nuria Ibáñez), In Transit (En Tránsito) (Isabel Munoz Cota Callejas), Paloma (Roberto Fiesco), Paradise Café (Café Paraíso ) (Alonso Ruizpalacios).
(Country: Canada; Year: 2007; Director: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski; Writer: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski), Official Site
A woman boards a train with all her worldly goods.
Shirley Clarke: Early Works 1 and Outcasts
McLaren Animation 1
Named after Scotland's greatest animator and one of our most internationally celebrated filmmakers,the McLaren Award for New British Animation is now in its 19th year. The prize of £1000 is decided by an audience vote. Featuring: A-Z (Sally Arthur), And Life Went On (Maryam Mohajer), Cyren (Tom Mead), Don't Let it All Unravel (Sarah Cox), It, God (Michael Zauner), Josie's Lalaland (Eb Hu), Landing Lights (Graham Young), The Life Size Zoetrope (Mark Simon Hewis), Mikky & Me (Chris Halls), Pecatum Parvum (Asya Lukin), Siu Siu (Matthew Cooper), [film]Space Travel According to John[/film] (Jamie Stone, Anders Jedenfors)
The Weatherman (Will Becher), What's Fufu? (Greg Villalobos).
McLaren Animation 2
Named after Scotland's greatest animator and one of our most internationally celebrated filmmakers,the McLaren Award for New British Animation is now in its 19th year. The prize of £1000 is decided by an audience vote. Featuring: Bill’s Visitors (Simon Deshorn)
JAB (Keith Lawes), Magnetic Movie (Semiconductor: Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), Operator (Matthew Walker), Out of Ashes (Sharlene Wallis), Procrastination (Johnny Kelly),
Shaun The Sheep “Still Life” (Richard Goleszowski, Christopher Sadler), Stand Up (Joseph Pierce), Styx (Robert Robinson), Sun In The Night Time (Anne Wilkins), Time Is Running Out (Marc Reisbig).
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Ian Clark; Writer: Simon Brooke, Ian Clark, Megan Stuart Wallace; Stars: Jamie Beddard, Cerrie Burnell, Jennifer-Jay Ellison, Ben Goffe, Kier Mills)
Disabled misfits kidnap a singer.
Scottish Short Film Showcase
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: See individual reviews; Writer: See individual reviews)
Four Scottish shorts, shown at the EIFF.
Black Box Shorts and Sick Sex
Shirley Clarke: Early Works 2
Retrospective screening of early works by Shirley Clarke. Featuring: [film]Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel With The World[/film] (Shirley Clarke), [film]Skyscraper[/film] (Shirley Clarke, Willard van Dyke).
Shirley Clarke: Late Works
A selection of the pioneering filmmaker's work from the 1970s and 1980s. Featuring: [film]24 Frames Per Second[/film] (Shirley Clarke), [film]Four Journeys into Mystic Time[/film] (Shirley Clarke),
[film]Savage/Love[/film] (Shirley Clarke), [film]Teepee VideoSpace Troupe: The First Years[/film] (Shirley Clarke), [film]Tongues[/film] (Shirley Clarke).
(Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Justin Nowell; Writer: Justin Nowell, Tommy Nowell; Stars: Ken Forman, Amanda Gruss)
The libido blues for an ill girl.
Space Travel According To John
(Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Jamie Stone, Anders Jedenfors)
A ten year old boy explains his space travel plans in this award winning animated film
The Crumblegiant and TeePee VideoSpace Troupe: The First Years
(Country: US; Year: 1981; Director: Shirley Clarke; Writer: Sam Shepard; Stars: Joseph Chaikin)
An actor tries to please his unseen lover.
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Paul Gray)
The popularity of a pub's knitting circle.
A dynamic showcase of film work from the UK's seven Skillset Screen Academies, featuring the work of our 2008 Trailblazers. Featuring: [film]Empty Space[/film] (Firman Machda), [film]Geriatrics: The Musical[/film] (John Douglas Dodds), In The Spotlight (Stacey Bradshaw), [film]Keith Reynolds Can’t Make It Tonight[/film] (Felix Massie), Mari (Yiorgos Moustakis), Open Skies (Rob Brown), [film]Outcasts[/film] (Ian Clark), The Problem With Pets (Catriona Craig), A Riff For Lázaro (Un Riff Para Lázaro) (Rémi Borgeaud), Wings Of Blue Angels (Ong Chantarangkul).
TeePee VideoSpace Troupe: The First Years
(Country: US; Year: 1971; Director: Shirley Clarke; Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Jack Nicholson, Arthur C Clarke, Alan Watts)
Video segments from Shirley Clarke.
(Country: US; Year: 1982; Director: Shirley Clarke; Writer: Sam Shepard; Stars: Joseph Chaikin)
An experimental film about dying.
Geriatrics: The Musical and Fear(s) Of The Dark
UKFC Completion Fund Shorts
A programme of eclectic shorts, made by entrepreneurial filmmaking talent and managed and delivered by Maya Vision International. The Completion Fund was developed to support filmmakers who need to secure vital funds for the completion of short films. Featuring: Domestics (Rob Curry), Hatemail (Frazer Churchill), Hero’s Journey, The (Jack Herbert), Ralph (Alex Winckler), Unborn (Justin Trefgarne), Dead Dog (Edward Jeffreys).
Competing for the best short film award are: First (Tinge Krishnan), K (Piers Thompson),
One in Four (Matti Harju), Slapper (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Son (Daniel Mulloy), Wish (Matt Day).
Web Site Story
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Jason Benesh)
Screening with Blood Car at EIFF 2008, this is a musical about deceptive internet seduction.