Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

The shorts are split into the programmes are listed below. Which programme a short falls into is listed in itallics.

  • Bridging The Gap - Five new short documentaries from the four corners of Scotland.
  • City And Wilderness - An interrogation of the artistic and political context of the cities and landscapes of our everyday lives.
  • Commonwealth Connections - In celebration of Commonwealth 2014, EIFF has partnered with a selection of Commonwealth nations to provide a platform for showcasing some of the best animated short films from around the world.
  • Ethics - Experimental documentaries that oscillate between intellectual objectivity and discomforting proximity.
  • For The Family - Selection for all to enjoy.
  • Light In Flux - An alchemical showcase of works in which atmosphere and narrative are evoked through the ingenious and unexpected organisation of colour, light and shadow.
  • Phantom Landscapes - A journey that leads the eye evocatively through landscape and characters that suffuse strange, wondrous and dreamlike elements.
  • Restless Memories - Memories and archival material are refracted to create a rich pilgrimage through personal reminiscence and fragments of the past.
  • Scottish Shorts - Showcase from across the country.
  • Shorts From The Film Academies: Pieces Of Me, A Bit Of Us - Six works that gently explore the fragile sensation of the “I” through different stories and unique perspectives.
  • Shorts From The Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter - Films that examine the comforts and challenges of life through various modes of filmmaking.
  • Shorts From The Film Academies: Unspeakable Secrets - Stories that are hidden behind the facades of normal life.
  • Small Revolutions - Four striking examples of short-form cinema emerging from contemporary Germany.
  • Teen Spirit Shorts - Challenging stereotypes of young people.
  • Ways Of Seeing - Exploring the raw, visceral and cerebral experience of orienting oneself as an individual amid complex personal landscapes.
  • Youth In Flames - Five explosive representations of youth burning a bright trail through the adolescent wasteland.
  • View other Edinburgh International Film Festival Films by strand: American Dreams, Animation, Border Warfare: John McGrath's Work in Television, Theatre and Film, Directors' Showcase, Films On Film, Focus On Germany, Focus On Iran, For The Family, Interrupted Revolution: Iranian Cinema, 1962 to 1978, New Perspectives, No Limits, Opening and Closing Galas, Secret Master: Dominik Graf And The Hidden History Of German Cinema, Special Screenings, Teen Spirit, Wicked And Wild

    As He Lay Falling As He Lay Falling
    As He Lay Falling and Monkey Love Experiments
    0.25 (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Conxita Fornieles, Mario Cruzado)
    Shorts from the Film Academies: Pieces Of Me, A Bit Of Us.
    Adeline for Leaves (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Jessica Sarah Rinland)
    Phantom Landscapes.
    Aquarium (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Gordon Napier, Liam Callander, Francesca Challis-Thompson)
    Shorts From Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter.
    As He Lay Falling (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Ian Waugh; Writer: Ian Waugh; Stars: Christopher Greco, Simone Lahbib, Bill Fellows), Official Site
    Tensions simmer after a Greek emigre takes work at a Highland croft.
    Scottish Shorts.
    Autonomous (Country: Sweden, Japan; Year: 2014; Director: Per Eriksson, Alexander Rynéus; Writer: Per Eriksson, Alexander Rynéus; Stars: Bernadina Duse)
    Musing on the transition to a future in which virtual reality and robotics fundamentally change human experience.
    Ethics.
    I Am Tom Moody I Am Tom Moody
    I Am Tom Moody and Cailleach
    Avenida Progreso (Country: Mexico, Germany; Year: 2012; Director: Mauricio Guillén)
    Ways Of Seeing.
    Bahar In Wonderland (Country: Germany; Year: 2013; Director: Bernhard Strubel; Writer: Alexandra Petkau; Stars: Korkmaz Arslan, Julia Kahl, Kani Mohammadi)
    A little lost girl approaches a city like a playground.
    Small Revolutions.
    Batavia (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Niall MacDonald, Krystof Kubik, Syed Aziz)
    Shorts From Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter.
    Beach Boy (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Emil Langballe)
    Danish filmmaker Emil Langballe describes what appears to be a budding romance between the young Kenyan boy Juma and the 50-year-old, overweight British woman Lynn, in a real-life version of the feature film by Ulrich Seidl Paradise: Love, set in Kenya, whose sex tourism trade promises women a romantic idyll, but all they hear are compassionate lies.
    Shorts From Film Academies: Unspeakable Secrets.
    Bear With Me (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Colin Healy; Stars: Jasmine Main, Dom Watters, James Watson)
    A young woman fleeing an abusive boyfriend makes a heart-rending decision.
    Shorts From Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter.
    Directed By Tweedie Directed By Tweedie
    Directed By Tweedie and Exchange & Mart
    The Bicknell (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Genevieve Bicknell)
    Shorts from the Film Academies: Pieces Of Me, A Bit Of Us.
    Big Game (Country: South Africa; Year: 2013; Director: Jarrod Hasenjager)
    Commonwealth Connections.
    Blur Blue (Country: Germany; Year: 2013; Director: Sonja Polligkeit)
    Short film
    Small Revolutions.
    Borne By The Birds (Country: Finland, Croatia; Year: 2013; Director: Marko Tadić)
    Phantom Landscapes.
    Breakup (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Igor Slepov)
    Bridging The Gap.
    Adeline for Leaves Adeline for Leaves
    Adeline for Leaves and The Fish Tamer
    Broken Tongue (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Mónica Savirón; Stars: Tracie Morris)
    An ode to freedom of movement, association, and expression.
    Ethics.
    Burger Burger (Country: Singapore; Year: 2010; Director: Huang Shicong, Gavin Tan Jun Jie)
    Commonwealth Connections.
    Cailleach (Year: 2014; Director: Rosie Reed Hillman)
    Portrait of a crofter.
    Bridging The Gap.
    Catawampus (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Ryan Hooper)
    Youth In Flames.
    Chasm (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Nelisa Alcalde, George Spyris)
    Shorts from the Film Academies: Pieces Of Me, A Bit Of Us.
    Wyld Wyld
    Wyld and Seagulls
    Chocolate Man (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Sarah Eke)
    A vending machine supplier who supplies chocolate bars for a hospital finds a piece of paper from an ill girl and decides to help her make her dreams on paper come true.
    Shorts From Film Academies: Unspeakable Secrets.
    Christmas With Chávez (Country: USA, Venezuela; Year: 2012; Director: Jim Finn)
    Ways Of Seeing.
    Cocoons (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Joasia Goldyn)
    Shorts from the Film Academies: Pieces Of Me, A Bit Of Us.
    Cyborg Chicken (Country: Trinidad and Tobago; Year: 2011; Director: Kelsey Noel; Writer: Kelsey Noel)
    Born from chemicals of a smelter plant, a brave chicken sacrificed his life to rescue the stolen eggs from the hungry Corbeauxs and saved the planet from global warming using his ultimate secret weapon.
    Commonwealth Connections.
    Directed By Tweedie (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Duncan Cowles)
    The filmmaker's grandfather learns about films by making one.
    Bridging The Gap.
    Rectangibles Rectangibles
    Rectangibles and Borne By The Birds
    Elisabeth (Country: Germany; Year: 2013; Director: Katharina Woll; Stars: Pascale Schiller, Julian Härtner)
    Drama about an isolated writer.
    Small Revolutions.
    Emo (The Musical) (Country: Australia; Year: 2013; Director: Neil Triffett; Writer: Neil Triffett; Stars: Harry Borland, Kristen Cunningham, Zak Marrinan, Charlotte Nicdao, Gary Samolin, Robert Tripolino, Stephen Wainrib, Will Weatheritt, Jonathan Wells)
    Can love blossom between an emo kid and a good Christian girl?
    Teen Spirit Shorts.
    Exchange & Mart (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Cara Connolly, Martin Clark)
    Scottish Shorts.
    Feu De Bengale (Country: Canada; Year: 2014; Director: Olivier Godin)
    Ways Of Seeing.
    The Fish Tamer (Country: Spain; Year: 2013; Director: Roger Gómez, Dani Resines)
    Restless Memories.
    Flying (Fliegen) (Country: Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Katharina Woll; Writer: Katharina Woll; Stars: Elvis Perales, Aninna Butterworth)
    A small boy's imagination is set free when he encounters a travelling circus.
    Light In Flux.
    Fresno (Country: Argentina; Year: 2014; Director: Leandro Listorti)
    Trees used to explore transcience and permanence in nature.
    Light In Flux.
    Graminoids (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Demelza Kooij, Lars Koens; Writer: Demelza Kooij, Lars Koens)
    A dreamlike look at the grass growing on Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.
    Light In Flux.
    Grand Union (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Roger Hyams)
    Phantom Landscapes.
    Half Sour (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Sean McGing, Mary Anne Rothberg; Writer: Jonathan Mann)
    A group of skateboarders start a pickle firm.
    Teen Spirit Shorts.
    Here I Am, Here I'm Not (Aqui Estoy, Aqui No) (Country: Argentina, Chile; Year: 2013; Director: Elisa Eliash; Writer: Elisa Eliash; Stars: Juan Pablo Correa, María José Siebald, Constanza Alemparte, Carla Casali, Hugo Eliash, Elvis Fuentes, Alessandra Guerzoni, Valeria Jara, Victor Montero, Marcelo Pertier, Jorge Rodríguez)
    A depressed hack is hired to write the biography of a rock idol.
    Phantom Landscapes.
    Holy She*p (Country: UK; Year: 2012; Director: Katerina Patela, Magnus Krävik; Writer: Katerina Patela, Magnus Krävik)
    Achilles is a sheep who lives under the strict regime of Agnes in her monastery at the top of a Greek island. One day he escapes for a more fun life on a cruise ship with sexy girls and good food. But Agnes will not let him go that easily...
    Commonwealth Connections.
    Into the Innards (Country: Germany, Switzerland; Year: 2013; Director: Nicole Vögele)
    Phantom Landscapes.
    I Am Tom Moody (Country: UK; Year: 2012; Director: Ainslie Henderson; Writer: Ainslie Henderson; Stars: Mackenzie Crook, Jude Crook)
    A peek inside the mind of a singer with musician's block.
    Commonwealth Connections.
    I Was Five When I Became A Woman (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Maryam Tafakory; Writer: Maryam Tafakory; Stars: Maryam Tafakory)
    A story of childhood lost, and of lifelong suffering.
    Ethics.
    Laborat (Country: Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Guillaume Cailleau; Writer: Guillaume Cailleau, Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak)
    Observations of experiments on mice in an oncology lab.
    Ethics.
    Letter From An Old Boy (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Michael Ferns; Writer: Meg Campbell, Michael Ferns; Stars: Kathryn Howden, Lorne MacFadyen, Sean Brown, Daniel Cameron, Martin Donaghy, Terence Rae, Brendan Hellier)
    Letters home from young soldiers in the First World War.
    Teen Spirit Shorts.
    Liam + Lenka (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Michael Keillor)
    Youth In Flames.
    The Library Of Burned Books (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Alasdair Beckett-King; Writer: Alasdair Beckett-King; Stars: Jessie Wills-Taylor, Angie Fullman, Timothy Block, Elliot James, Ryan Epps)
    An elderly headmaster tries to protect a girl who has refused to join in with her school's book burning ceremony.
    Shorts From Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter.
    Little Black Fish (Country: Turkey, France; Year: 2013; Director: Azra Deniz Okyay; Writer: Azra Deniz Okyay; Stars: Andac Sahan)
    Three women must migrate in order to regain control of their lives.
    City And Wilderness.
    Léthé (Country: Frnce; Year: 2014; Director: Harald Hutter)
    Shorts from the Film Academies: Pieces Of Me, A Bit Of Us.
    Miss Todd (Year: 2013; Director: Kristina Yee; Writer: Frances Poletti, Kristina Yee; Stars: Lucie Jones, Tristan Chenais, Joy McBrinn, Peter Marinker)
    The first female aeronautical engineer in history faces her big day.
    Shorts From Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter.
    Mona Blonde (Country: Italy; Year: 2014; Director: Grazia Tricarico)
    Ways Of Seeing.
    Monkey Love Experiments (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Ainslie Henderson, Will Anderson; Writer: Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson)
    A misguided monkey believes he is destined for the moon.
    Scottish Shorts.
    Moritz And The Woodwouse (Moritz und der Waldschrat) (Country: Germany; Year: 2013; Director: Bryn Chainey; Writer: Bryn Chainey; Stars: Kai Oliver Böhne, Ben Litwinschuh, Tim Sander, Anna Thalbach, Jens Winter)
    A boy makes a dark bargain as he struggles to cope with his ill brother.
    Teen Spirit Shorts.
    The Muse (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Tim Walker)
    Restless Memories.
    News Of The Queen (Country: Brazil; Year: 2013; Director: Ana Johann)
    Restless Memories.
    Noema (Country: Auustria; Year: 2014; Director: Christiana Perschon; Writer: Christiana Perschon)
    An encounter with a painter who is losing her eyesight.
    Light In Flux.
    Onions For Vampires (Country: UK, Norway; Year: 2013; Director: Anita Norfolk)
    A docudrama questioning what it would mean if everything imagined turned out to be real.
    Shorts From Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter.
    Out Of The Ash (Country: UK, US; Year: 2013; Director: Sandy Garfunkel; Writer: Sandy Garfunkel; Stars: Ani-Inang Anthony Ani, Amy Barbour, James Edward Becton, Bryan Fitzgerald)
    A man who successfully fights back against a mugger is crippled by the childhood memories the incident reawakens.
    Shorts From Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter.
    The Palace On The Sea (Hai Shang Huang Gung) (Country: Taiwan, Burma; Year: 2014; Director: Midi Z; Writer: Midi Z; Stars: Shin-Hong Wang, Ke-Xi Wu)
    City And Wilderness.
    Perennial Plants (Plante Perene) (Country: Romania; Year: 2013; Director: Roxana Stroe; Writer: Diana Mereoiu, Roxana Stroe; Stars: Anca Bajenaru, Ada Navrot, Gabriel Spahiu)
    A widow prepares for her final journey.
    Light In Flux.
    Pifuskin (Country: Singapore; Year: 2014; Director: Tan Wei Keong; Writer: Tan Wei Keong)
    Animated fantasy.
    Commonwealth Connections.
    Pink Out (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Keith Haitkin)
    John, the owner of Sauna Sensations is at a crossroads in his profession when one of his employees decides to leave. The recycling is also really starting to pile up.
    Shorts From Film Academies: Unspeakable Secrets.
    Port Nasty (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Rob Zywietz; Writer: Rob Zywietz)
    In the midst of a world where every person, every action must be held accountable, a young man must prove his worth - not only to the ship's crew he dreams of joining, but to himself.
    Shorts From Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter.
    Pride (Country: Bulgaria, Germany; Year: 2013; Director: Pavel Vesnakov)
    Drama.
    Small Revolutions.
    Rectangibles (Country: USA; Year: 2013; Director: Colleen Kwok)
    Restless Memories.
    Redemption (Country: Portugal, France, Germany, Italy; Year: 2013; Director: Miguel Gomes)
    Restless Memories.
    Rewind (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Cristina Wolf)
    A young woman is pulled through a wormhole after opening a mysterious letter.
    Shorts From Film Academies: The Heart Of The Matter.
    Rift (Country: UK, Norway; Year: 2013; Director: Rolf Heldal)
    The story of a lonely man and his father's dog.
    Shorts From Film Academies: Unspeakable Secrets.
    Rippled (Country: Australia; Year: 2011; Director: Darcy Prendergast)
    Commonwealth Connections.
    Schoolyard (Proavlio) (Country: Greece; Year: 2014; Director: Rinio Dragasaki; Writer: Rinio Dragasaki; Stars: Kritonas Doris, Giorgos Fragkos, Kleio Papatzanaki-Hrysovergi, Lambis Smailis, Stamatis Tountas, Thalia Tsakalou, Stavros Tsantes, Olga Tsantiri, Avra Vordonaraki, Giorgos Vordonarakis, Michaela Zahariou)
    A water fight... but in this game, it's play till you drop.
    Teen Spirit Shorts.
    Seagulls (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Martin Smith)
    Youth In Flames. Scottish Shorts.
    Sightlines (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Genevieve Bicknell)
    Bridging The Gap.
    Slap (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Nick Rowland)
    Youth In Flames.
    Subconscious Password (Country: Canada; Year: 2013; Director: Chris Landreth; Writer: Chris Landreth; Stars: Don McKellar, Ron Pardo, Patrice Goodman, Tony Daniels, Ray Landry)
    Forgetting a name leads to a desperate search through the unconscious.
    Commonwealth Connections.
    Sugarcoated Arsenic (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Claudrena Harold, Kevin Jerome Everson; Writer: Vivian Gordon, Claudrena Harold; Stars: Erin Stewart, Vivian Gordon, Maya Allicock )
    A 16mm cinematic exploration of African American intellectual, social, and political life at the University of Virginia during the 1970s.
    Ethics.
    Thirteen Blue (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Jacqueline Lentzou)
    Shorts from the Film Academies: Pieces Of Me, A Bit Of Us.
    Three Stones for Jean Genet (Country: Germany, Morocco; Year: 2014; Director: Frieder Schlaich; Writer: Frieder Schlaich, Patti Smith; Stars: Patti Smith)
    Patti Smith travels to the Moroccan grave of Jean Genet, taking with her three stones collected long ago.
    Light In Flux.
    Tongues (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Nathan Deming)
    A young man looks for hope in a strange church.
    Shorts From Film Academies: Unspeakable Secrets.
    Touch Life (Year: 2014; Director: Leo Bruges, Marcin Knyziak)
    Bridging The Gap.
    Tryouts (Country: US, Spain; Year: 2013; Director: Susana Casares; Writer: Susana Casares; Stars: Kimya Marefat, Marissa Clifford, Joey Naber, Johanna Trujillo, Azzie Amani, Rajia Baroudi, Stacy Jorgensen, Katelyn Statton, Tim Trobec, Jennifer Jolliff, Eastynn Chadwick, Noland Ammon, Madisson Bellisimo, Nick Saso, Cassidy Ann Shaffer)
    A Muslim American girl tries out for her school's cheerleading squad.
    Teen Spirit Shorts.
    Waterproof (Country: Canada; Year: 2013; Director: Charles Grenier)
    Ways Of Seeing.
    We Are The Mutants (Country: Austria; Year: 2013; Director: Konrad Wakolbinger)
    Ways Of Seeing.
    Winter (Zima) (Year: 2013; Director: Cristina Picchi)
    A journey through North Russia and Siberia, looking at how people survive in this unforgiving land.
    City And Wilderness.
    With & Without (Sans Dehors Ni Dedans) (Country: Canada; Year: 2013; Director: Joëlle Desjardins Paquette; Writer: Joëlle Desjardins Paquette; Stars: Marie Brassard, Josquin Beauchemin, Jasmina Lukanovich, Dorothéa Ventura)
    A boy takes care of his ailing opera singer mother under a railway bridge.
    City And Wilderness.
    Wyld (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Rory Alexander Stewart)
    Youth In Flames. Scottish Shorts.
    Xenos (Country: UK, Greece, Denmark; Year: 2013; Director: Mahdi Fleifel; Writer: Mahdi Fleifel)
    The story of Palestinian refugees who sought a better life in Europe only to find themselves caught up in social collapse in Greece.
    Ethics.
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