Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010

A selection of bite-sized films from around the globe... a good place to spot the feature film directors of tomorrow.

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Rita Rita
Rita and Arnica
3 Hours (Country: UK, Jordan; Year: 2010; Director: Regan Hall; Writer: Sam Snape; Stars: Diana Adel, Mohammed Jawad, Nasser Mutar, Naseem Baha, Rafat Basel, Abdullah Amer, Hind Kamel), Official Site
Recreation of an incident in Iraq in which nine children were massacred by militants.
UKFC Completion Fund Shorts
Alibi (Country: Ireland; Year: 2009; Director: Darren Bolger, Caroline Campbell), Official Site
The truth behind an alibi that kept a killer from justice for 20 years.
Document 2: Reflections & Memories
Alice (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Marianne Elliott; Writer: Abi Morgan; Stars: Amelia Shelley, Maxine Peake, Luke Treadaway)
A young girl has a magical experience when taken to a theatrical performance of Alice In Wonderland.
UK Shorts 2
An Act of Love (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Edward Dick; Stars: Stephen Mangan, Gina McKee, Raquel Cassidy)
A man agrees to help his partner's sister have a baby.
UK Shorts 1
Arnica (Year: 2010; Director: Des Hamilton)
A young man tries to reconcile with his father through football.
Scottish Short Documentary Award Screening
The Cull The Cull
The Cull and 3 Hours
Ashura (Country: UK, Iran; Year: 2010; Director: Roxana Pope)
Film borne out of artist's residency with Edinburgh Mela.
Scottish Short Documentary Award Screening
Baby (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Daniel Mulloy; Stars: Arta Dobroshi, Daniel Kaluuya)
A young woman invites in a stranger who has followed her home.
Cinema Extreme
Barber's Dozen (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Tara Manandhar, David O'Neill), Official Site
The tales of people who frequent a barber's shop chair.
Document Shorts 1: Occupational Therapies
Battenberg (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Stewart Comrie; Writer: Stewart Comrie), Official Site, Trailer
Colliding with the dusty window of an abandoned guest-house, an unwitting bird fails to realise the curious horror lurking within.
Digicult, McLaren Animation 2
Behaviour (Country: Denmark; Year: 2009; Director: Daniel Joseph Borgman; Stars: Malou Reymann, Nicolei Faber, Nikolaj Dencker Schmidt, Hassan Preisler)
A first shift in a care home takes a sinister turn.
International Shorts 2: Little Earthquakes
Launderette Launderette
Launderette and The Mystery Of Flying Kicks
Birthday (Születésnap) (Country: Hungary; Year: 2010; Director: Sándor Csukás; Stars: Antal Cserna, Fanni Abonyi, Ágoston Csehi, Márton Csukás, Noé Barcza)
International Shorts 3: Discomfort Zone
The Bite (La morsure) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Joyce Nashawati; Writer: Joyce Nashawati; Stars: Agathe Bonitzer, Ulysse de Gregorio, Christophe Lemaire, Rubis Loyzance)
A woman is waiting for her lover. The little girl she is taking care of is playing. When the young man arrives, the little girl decides to explore the park.
International Shorts 2: Little Earthquakes
Blind Date (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Joe Rosen; Writer: Abigail Blackmore; Stars: Abigail Blackmore, Cavan Clerkin, Matthew Blackmore, Zeben Jameson), Official Site
A man's quiet night in the pub is interrupted when a girl arrives looking for her blind date.
UKFC Completion Fund Shorts
Bon Appetit (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Craig Knowles, David Ridges), Official Site
A little girl tries to get her ice-cream back from a hungry monster.
Family Shorts Programme, McLaren Animation 1
Boy (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Matthew Lenton; Writer: Ronan Blaney; Stars: Kate Binchy, Pauline Goldsmith, Jonathan Harden, Gerard McDonald, Fintan McKeown, Brian Milligan, Mark Ryder)
A boy who is locked in his room, escapes after finding a mouse and goes on an odyssey to find his new friend some cheese.
Coming Up Scheme
Baby Baby
Baby and Skip 11
The Cage (Colivia) (Country: Romania, Netherlands; Year: 2009; Director: Adrian Sitaru; Writer: Adrian Sitaru; Stars: Adrian Titieni, Clara Voda, Vlad Voda), Trailer
A son brings home an injured dove.
International Shorts 1: Strings Attached
Ciao mama (Country: Croatia; Year: 2009; Director: Goran Odvorcic; Writer: Matija Klukovic, Goran Odvorcic; Stars: Asja Jovanovic, Andrea Rumenjak), Official Site
Cocoon (Kokon) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Till Kleinert; Writer: Till Kleinert; Stars: Julius Kunze, Charlotte Wnendt)
A haircut promises to make a big difference to a teenager's life.
International Shorts 2: Little Earthquakes
Cowards And Monsters (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Tristan Goligher; Writer: Tristan Goligher; Stars: Luke Evans, Cara Horgan, Neve Faulkner)
One man, his cheating lover and a casual sexual encounter.
UKFC Completion Fund Shorts
Crook And The Highlandman (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Robert McKillop)
Factual film about the life of one of the members of mental health programme Stepping Stones.
Scottish Short Documentary Award Screening
The Veil The Veil
The Veil and Cocoon
The Cull (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Jonathan Harris; Writer: Andrew Walker; Stars: Steve Evets, Jennifer Hennessey, Jonathan Mason)
A boy clashes with his father as the older man tries to teach him about life on a remote Peak District farm.
UK Shorts 2
Dead Happy (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Nicky Lianos; Writer: David Lemon; Stars: Alice Lowe, Dario Bernal), Official Site
The grim reaper is bored... and trying to cope with unrequited love.
Defoe (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Ross Neil; Writer: Ross Neil; Stars: Glenn Doherty, Thom Glover), Official Site
Sci-fi short about a shipwrecked traveller, a strange desolate land and a fateful clash with the locals.
UK Shorts 1
Dip (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Lisa Gornick; Writer: Simon Lewis; Stars: Robert Sheehan, Said Mohamed), Official Site
A Somalian immigrant forms and unusual relationship with the man who steals his wallet.
Coming Up Scheme
Donde está Kim Basinger? (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Edouard Deluc; Writer: Edouard Deluc; Stars: Yvon Martin, Philippe Rebbot)
Antoine was recently dumped by the woman he loves and his brother Marcus is having a hard time cheering him up.
International Shorts 3: Discomfort Zone
Until The River Runs Red Until The River Runs Red
Until The River Runs Red and I'll Be Right Here
Dust (Country: UK, US; Year: 2010; Director: Ben Lavington Martin; Writer: Ben Lavington Martin, Jon Spira; Stars: William Hope)
The unexpected predicament of Apollo 18 astronaut Glen Gordon.
UK Shorts 2
Echo (Country: Poland; Year: 2008; Director: Magnus von Horn; Writer: Magnus von Horn; Stars: Radomir Rospondek, Marek Kossakowski, Piotr Skiba, Dorota Segda, Leon Charewicz, Kamila Sammler, Mariusz Siudzinski, Ewa Suchanek), Official Site, Trailer
Two boys are forced to face up to their crime.
International Shorts 2: Little Earthquakes
Eclipse (Year: 2010; Director: Michael Lennox; Stars: Zoe Tapper, Andrew Buchan)
A man is captivated by his friend but she just plays with his emotions... even after he has met her mirror image.
Coming Up Scheme
Electric Light Wonderland (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Susanna Wallin; Writer: Susanna Wallin; Stars: Nathan Etherington, Scott Etherington, Alan Jackson)
Three men unpack a mobile discotheque, quietly musing on what is to come.
UK Shorts 1
Envirometer (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Danny Robashkin)
Environmentalism and industry clash - the only device that can stop them? The Envirometer!
Family Shorts Programme
The Lucky Ones The Lucky Ones
The Lucky Ones and Turning
Ernesto in Soccerland (Ernesto no País do Futebol) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2009; Director: André Queiroz, Thaís Bologn)
Family Shorts Programme
Ever Here I Be (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Kate Burton; Stars: Tuppence Middleton, Christopher Simpson)
An exploration of the feelings of an impending break-up.
Franswa Sharl (Country: Australia; Year: 2009; Director: Hannah Hilliard; Writer: Hannah Hilliard, Greg Logan; Stars: Callan McAuliffe, John Batchelor, Diana Glenn, Steve Le Marquand, Pippa Grandison, Ivy Latimer, Tiarnie Coupland, Chum Ehelepola, Jay Ryan, Ben Ingram, Luke Hobbins, Greg Logan)
A 12-year-old boy disguises himself as a French girl while on a family holiday in Fiji.
Family Shorts Programme
The Future WAGs of Great Britain (Year: 2010; Director: Destiny Ekaragha; Writer: Abby Ajayi; Stars: Naana Agyei Ampadu, Bunmi Mojekwu, Ellen Thomas)
Two very different sisters go clubbing to make money from betting on footballer gossip.
Coming Up Scheme
Gypsy Cab (Country: Russia, UK, France; Year: 2009; Director: James Rogan), Official Site
The phenomenon of the 'gypsy cab' - Russian, spontaneous, unlicensed taxis.
Document Shorts 1: Occupational Therapies
The Bite The Bite
The Bite and Siberia
Half Term Report (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Sam Donovan; Writer: Geoff Bussetil; Stars: Terry Haywood, James Burrows, Faraz Ayub)
Two teenagers suspect one of their brothers of being a terrorist bomber.
Coming Up Scheme
Horsefingers 2: But I Am the Tiger (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Kirsten Kearse; Writer: Kirsten Kearse; Stars: Kirsten Kearse), Official Site
A silent, lyrical journey following the life cycle of the mythical Horsefingers.
Incident By A Bank (Händelse vid bank) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2009; Director: Ruben Östlund; Writer: Ruben Östlund; Stars: Bahador Foladi, Ramtin Parvaneh, Leif Edlund, Rasmus Lindgren, Lars Melin, Henrik Vikman, Per Olof Albrektsson, Maria Blad, Alice Edvardsson, Mats Edvardsson, Ylva Gallon, Anna Harling, Maria Hedborg, Ida Hellström, Mona Lantz)
A failed bank heist comedy, which takes place in one meticulously choreographed scene.
International Shorts 3: Discomfort Zone
I'll Be Right Here (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Gregor Johnstone; Writer: Gregor Johnstone; Stars: Stephen McCole, Angus McInnes)
A deranged and delusional screenwriter Moffat is holed up in an LA hotel room, ready to meet his idol Steven Spielberg.
UK Shorts 1, Digicult
In The Meadow (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Dave Alexander Smith; Writer: Dave Alexander Smith; Stars: Chris Larkin, Tuppence Middleton, Mark Duncan, Sophie Hunter)
A middle-aged man and his young mistress head for a birthday picnic in the countryside. At least, that's the plan.
UK Shorts 2
Alice Alice
Alice and The Pizza Miracle
I Don't Care (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Harry Wootliff; Writer: Pete Jordi Wood; Stars: Iwan Rheon, David Leon, Paloma Faith)
A man in his twenties who is caring for his mother tries to live his life in a single day off.
Coming Up Scheme
June 6th (Country: UK, France; Year: 2010; Director: Simon Kreitem; Stars: Harry Hart, Louis Martin, Harry Swanson, Edna Martin, Eric Gibbons, Nicholas Haines, Mike Howard, Mike Blair), Official Site
Documenting the 65th anniversary of D-Day.
Document 2: Reflections & Memories
Just Before Dawn (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Loren Slater; Writer: Loren Slater, Matt Palmer; Stars: Natalie Press, Vicky McClure, Glenn Doherty)
Two women try to rediscover their youth an an isolated countryside party.
UK Shorts 2
Labour (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Michael Keillor; Writer: Kenneth MacLeod; Stars: Michael Socha, Alison Peebles, Alex Howden, Lauren Lamarr)
Following an encounter with one of his former charges, Henry reconnects with himself and those who love him.
Launderette (Year: 2010; Director: Bertie Telezynski)
A look at the lives of those visiting a launderette.
Document Shorts 1: Occupational Therapies
Just Before Dawn Just Before Dawn
Just Before Dawn and Blind Date
The Loop (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Luc Rioche; Writer: Luc Rioche, AJ Rivers Nakasila; Stars: AJ Rivers Nakasila)
In a nightmarish world Lox has to decide whether to abandon hope or face his harsh surroundings. Can Lox temper his defiance and escape the loop?
UKFC Completion Fund Shorts
The Lucky Ones (Szczesciarz) (Country: Poland; Year: 2009; Director: Tomasz Wolski)
The comings and goings at a Registry Office in Krakow.
Document Shorts 1: Occupational Therapies
María's Way (Country: UK, Spain; Year: 2009; Director: Anne Milne), Official Site
Story of a woman who greets those on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Scottish Short Documentary Award Screening
Megaheavy (Country: Denmark; Year: 2009; Director: Fenar Ahmad; Writer: Fenar Ahmad, Jacob Katz; Stars: Eva Thompson, Sarah Boberg, Jonatan Tulested, Nicolei Faber), Official Site
Jolly is a 14-year old introvert girl in love with her classmate Kenneth. Her world is turned upside down when the neighbor's son arrives to bury his father.
International Shorts 2: Little Earthquakes
Melissa Immaculate (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Julian Krubasik), Official Site
Melissa is about to become a Roman Catholic and cameras track her preperations.
Scottish Short Documentary Award Screening
An Act of Love An Act of Love
An Act of Love and Incident By A Bank
Missing (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Luke Rodgers; Writer: Luke Rodgers, James Tyler; Stars: Tim McInnery, Lauren Socha)
What would you do if the "Missing" person in your newspaper sat next to you?
UKFC Completion Fund Shorts
Mosquito (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Jeremy Engle; Writer: Jeremy Engle; Stars: Vaughn Bowman, James Cartwright, John Diaz, Marion Matthias, Xavier Pineda, Alejandro Polanco, Bryant Reis, Gustavo Valdes, Reymond Wittman), Official Site
The coming of age story of a 13-year-old boy named Cesar, whose awkward bravado and fanciful imagination have earned him the nickname of Mosquito
International Shorts 2: Little Earthquakes
Murphy's Short's (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Todd Hemker; Writer: Todd Hemker), Official Site
A childhood memory of a boy who is very impressed with himself.
Family Shorts Programme
The Mystery Of Flying Kicks (Country: Australia; Year: 2010; Director: Matthew Bate; Writer: Matthew Bate), Official Site, Trailer
Documenting the phenomenon of trainers being left hanging from telephone poles, trees and the like.
Document Shorts 1: Occupational Therapies
My Invisible Friend (Mi amigo invisible) (Country: Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Pablo Larcuen; Writer: Pablo Larcuen; Stars: Sergio Huguet, Richard Kiel, Montse Martínez, Jordi Romanós, Pablo Vázquez), Trailer
Tomas is incredibly shy... perhaps an imaginary friend will help.
International Shorts 2: Little Earthquakes
June 6th June 6th
June 6th and Mosquito
Native Son (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Scott Graham; Writer: Scott Graham; Stars: Sean Harris, Agnieszka Bresler, Kate Dickie, Kirsty Strain)
Lonely farm-hand finds someone to be close to.
Cinema Extreme
Nineandahalfs Goodbye (Neuneinhalbs Abschied) (Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Halina Dyrschka; Writer: Guido Schmelich; Stars: Ben Litwinschuh, Tim Litwinschuh, Sylvia Schwarz, Martin Ontrop)
A big brother is on hand to help his younger sibling send his hamster to that place in the sky.
Family Shorts Programme
One Thousand Pictures: RFK's Last Journey (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Jennifer Stoddart)
Documentary on the journey of Robert Kennedy's funeral train.
Scottish Short Documentary Award Screening
Out In That Deep Blue Sea (Country: Canada; Year: 2009; Director: Kazik Radwanski; Writer: Kazik Radwanski; Stars: Peter Bavis, Jeanne Souter, Carmen Craig, Marta Legrady, Joe Ring), Official Site
Third part of a short film trilogy, focusing on a disillusioned middle-aged man trying to garner estate agent business.
International Shorts 3: Discomfort Zone
Paris/Sexy (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Ruth Paxton; Writer: Ruth Paxton; Stars: Martin Compston, Finbar Furey, Elisa Lasowski, Missy Malone)
A girl on the verge of womanhood imagines life away from the constraints of caring for her father.
UK Shorts 2, Digicult
Alibi Alibi
Alibi and The Cage
The Pizza Miracle (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Tony Grisoni; Writer: Tony Grisoni; Stars: Matt Berry, Stanley Townsent, Josef Altin, Olive Supple-Still, Anamaria Marinca, Ray Cooper)
A son returns to say farewell to his dead father.
Cinema Extreme
Quadrangle (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Amy Grappell)
Two couples recount their complex sexual and romantic involvement.
Document 2: Reflections & Memories
Relative Madness (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Vika Evdokimenko), Official Site, Trailer
A documentary portrait of an unconventional family.
Document 2: Reflections & Memories
Rita (Country: Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza; Writer: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza; Stars: Marco Correnti, Marta Palermo)
A frustrated young girl who has been blind since birth encounters a boy on the run.
International Shorts 1: Strings Attached
Rob And Valentyna In Scotland (Rob & Valentyna In Scotland) (Country: US, UK; Year: 2010; Director: Eric Lynne; Writer: Eric Lynne, Robert Chester Smith; Stars: Kimi Reichenberg, Robert Chester Smith, Laura Main, Thorston Manderlay, Sam Sneade), Official Site
Two cousins have an odd-couple adventure.
International Shorts 1: Strings Attached
Quadrangle Quadrangle
Quadrangle and The Loop
She's A Fox (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Cameron Sawyer; Writer: Cameron Sawyer; Stars: Jake Nutty, Hailee Steinfeld, Anthony Matthew Scott, Stephani Drapeau, Cameron Sawyer, Erin Sossamon, Troy Romzek, Todd Mitchell, David Chandler, Lou Mulford, George Dickson, Rya Meyers, Dylan Custard, Trevor Gilmore, Tatyanna Cormier)
In the Eighties a teenager is willing to sacrifice everything - even his mullet - to win the girl of his dreams.
Family Shorts Programme
Siberia (Country: Australia, Russia; Year: 2009; Director: Andrew G Taylor; Writer: Andrew G Taylor; Stars: Michael Kitschke, Paul Healy), Official Site
Memoir of a journey and an ill-fated film shoot in Russia’s Arctic north.
Document 2: Reflections & Memories
Sing Me To Sleep (Country: Poland, Norway; Year: 2010; Director: Magnus Arnesen; Writer: Magnus Arnesen; Stars: Kjersti Elvik, Jorunn Kjellsby, Andrine Sæther, Jan Devo Kornstad, Sylwia Juszczak, Jon Ketil Johnsen, Kjersti Sandal), Official Site
A man whose elderly mother is ill invents a girlfriend in an attempt to please her.
International Shorts 1: Strings Attached
Skip 11 (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Christopher Lewis Cook; Stars: Kevin Harman)
Observing the construction of an artwork in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
Scottish Short Documentary Award Screening
Strawberry Girl (Country: Finland; Year: 2009; Director: Arja Pettersson)
A girl talks about her hellish summer job on a strawberry farm.
Document Shorts 1: Occupational Therapies
Gypsy Cab Gypsy Cab
Gypsy Cab and In The Meadow
The Tannery (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Iain Gardner; Writer: Iain Gardner), Official Site
A fox has a life after death experience.
Digicult, McLaren Animation 1
Teleglobal Dreamin' (Country: Philippines, Singapore; Year: 2009; Director: Eric Flanagan; Writer: Eric Flanagan, Putnam Trumbull; Stars: Latasha Calvin, Quincy Dunn-Baker)
A Filipino call center agent takes her US corporate-trainer boss out on the town, with unexpected consequences.
International Shorts 3: Discomfort Zone
The Terms (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Jason LaMotte; Writer: Jason LaMotte, Mike McCormack; Stars: Gary Lewis, Ciaran Flynn), Official Site
A father and son forge a twisted pact.
UKFC Completion Fund Shorts
Time Of The Month (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Carolina Giammetta, Schuman Hoque; Stars: Adam Hunt, Carolina Giammetta, Ellie McElroy)
A boy outraged by his sister's 'time of the month' excusing her from school hatches a cunning plan.
Family Shorts Programme
Turning (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Karni Arieli, Saul Freed; Writer: Karni Arieli, Saul Freed; Stars: Patrick Gibbs, Natasha Alderslade, Maureen Wild, Audrey Holt, Carol Kirkland, Agnes Davidson, Emily Duggan, Inma Azorin, Lily Mai Holloway), Trailer
An unlikely tea party takes place to celebrate a birthday.
UK Shorts 1
Labour Labour
Labour and Barber's Dozen
Until The River Runs Red (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Paul Wright; Stars: Emma True, Gillian Bradbury, Andy Gathergood, Charlotte Donnelly, Hannah Moss)
A mysterious girl claims to be the second coming of Jesus, but why are the police investigating her disappearance?
UK Shorts 1
The Veil (Il Velo) (Country: Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Mattia Colombo)
The secret life of a nunnery in Venice.
Document Shorts 1: Occupational Therapies
Vincent (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2009; Director: Chun-Chieh Lin)
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Family Shorts Programme
Would Like To Meet (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Alex Garcia, Wayne Yip; Writer: Tom Bidwell; Stars: Gareth Farr, Lucy Gaskell)
When a woman is diagnosed with a brain tumour, she forces her husband to go on blind dates... but he has other ideas.
Coming Up Scheme

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