Innovative new short films from around the world. All the films from this selection will be in competition and if you go to see them you can help to pick the winner.
Kin and Long Distance Information
15 Summers Later
(Country: Spain, Norway; Year: 2011; Director: Perdo Collantes; Writer: Perdo Collantes; Stars: Tor Ivar Hagen, Kathrine Strugstad, Bard var Engelsas)
A woman visiting a lonely beach with her boyfriend bumps into a high school friend, with bittersweet comic consequences.
(Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Isamu Hirabayashi)
The story of an earthquake and tsunami told by an agin cicada, in animated form.
(Country: South Korea; Year: 2010; Director: Yoo Won-Sang)
A high school girl goes to apply for her first ID card and has a sudden attack of nerves.
(Country: UK, Ireland; Year: 2010; Director: Joern Utkilen; Writer: Joern Utkilen; Stars: Mihai Arsene, Andy Cheung)
A failed asylum seeker dreams or running a bio-dynamic farm.
Birth Of A Nation
(Country: Netherlands; Year: 2010; Director: Daya Cahen)
An experimental short providing a glimpse inside a summer camp where young Russian cadets develop their allegiance.
15 Summers Later and Goodbye Mandima
Come To Harm
(Country: Iceland; Year: 2011; Director: Börkur Sigþórsson; Writer: Börkur Sigþórsson; Stars: Gisli Bjorn Runarsson, Björn Thors, Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir)
Suspecting an intruder in his home, troubled Stefan tries to arm himself for conflict.
(Country: Spain; Year: 2011; Director: Javier Chillon; Writer: Javier Chillon; Stars: José Antonio Fuentes, Benito Sagredo, Jaroslav Bielski)
After an accident offworld, an astronaut returns home looking for those responsible.
The Factory (A Fábrica)
(Country: Brazil; Year: 2011; Director: Aly Muritiba; Writer: Aly Muritiba; Stars: Eloina Duvoisin Ferreira, Andrew Knoll)
A mother prepares to take a big risk on behalf of her imprisoned son.
(Country: Denmark; Year: 2010; Director: Jacob Secher Schulsinger)
An elderly man whose short term memory has been eroded by Alzheimer's disease goes on a series of adventures in the course of one dark night.
(Country: Brazil; Year: 2010; Director: André Novais Oliveira; Stars: Gabriel Martins, Mauirillo Martins)
As two men talk one night, a camera sits in the window, watching the street below. One of them is waiting for somebody to pass by.
Jimmy and Shirin
(Country: Canada; Year: 2010; Director: Kazik Radwanski; Writer: Kazik Radwanski; Stars: Raj Manav, Kaiden Williams, Cynthia Crofoot, Helen Peacock, Kyle Peacock)
A portrait of two boys determining their approach to life under the influence of moralistic teachers.
Guard Dog Global Jam
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Bill Plympton; Writer: Bill Plympton)
A remake of Guard Dog, this retells the story of an overprotective pug using the work of 70 different animators who got together on the internet.
Huma, Bird of Fortune (Homayeh Saadat)
(Country: Iran; Year: 2010; Director: Alireza Rofougaran; Writer: Alireza Rofougaran)
A documentary about the legend of an invisible bird who flew through ancient Persian skies bringing good fortune.
I’m Not The Enemy
(Country: Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Bjørn Melhus; Writer: Bjørn Melhus)
An experimental film exploring the difficulties faced by PTSD sufferers returning home from conflict zones.
Birth Of A Nation and Sergeant
I’m So Happy (Soy Tan Feliz)
(Country: Argentina, Colombia; Year: 2011; Director: Vladimir Duran; Writer: Vladimir Duran; Stars: Mariel Fernández, Ignacio Sánchez Mestre, Lautaro Noriega)
Three brothers have an accident whilst driving to visit their mother.
(Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Martin Smith; Stars: Jimmy MacIntosh)
A documentary about a disability rights campaigner who suffers from cerebral palsy.
Killing The Chickens To Scare The Monkeys
(Country: Sweden; Year: 2011; Director: Jens Assur; Writer: Jens Assur)
Political scenes enacted in an arena illustrate the unsees forces affecting the life of a young woman.
(Country: Belgium; Year: 2010; Director: William Henne; Writer: Daniel Colin, Alain Essange, William Henne)
Photography and recycling in Kinshasa.
(Country: Sweden; Year: 2011; Director: Johannes Nyholm; Writer: Johannes Nyholm)
A smoking, drinking, all-action baby trashes a holiday resort.
Decapoda Shock and Fini
Long Distance Information
(Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Douglas Hart; Writer: Douglas Hart; Stars: Peter Mullan, Alan Tripney, Caroline Paterson)
A phone call reveals the difficulties of estrangement within a family.
The Making Of Longbird
(Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Will Anderson; Writer: Ainslie Henderson, Will Anderson; Stars: Will Anderson, Tobias Feltus, Vitalij Sicinava)
An animator struggles with the character he is creating.
(Country: UK, Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Erik Bostedt; Stars: Sophie Hunter, Alex Avery, Katie Bignell)
Driving home late one night with her father, Molly sees a woman who looks just like the mother she has only seen in photographs.
Now Follows (Nun Sehen Sie Folgendes)
(Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Erik Schmitt, Stephan Müller; Stars: Antonia Goltz, Stephan Müller, Folke Renken)
Close-ups: a nice young man, a grandmother, a beauty, and a man with a moustache.
A Piece of Summer (Kawalek Lata)
(Country: Poland; Year: 2010; Director: Marta Minorowicz; Writer: Marta Minorowicz)
An old man and his grandson try to find an understanding of one another amid beautiful mountain scenery.
Ghosts and Tumult
(Country: US, Russia; Year: 2011; Director: David Lowery; Writer: David Lowery; Stars: Myles Brooks, Will Oldham)
A father tells his young son an amazing bedtime story.
(Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Fred Worden; Stars: Fred Worden)
Watching Joan Crawford watching life go by.
(Country: Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Christina Ebelt Mischa Leinkauf; Writer: Piet Fuchs, Mischa Leinkauf; Stars: Kai Ivo Baulitz, Sonja Baum, Till Butterbach)
Five young entrepreneurs join a seminar aimed at boosting their persuasive power.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Chris King; Writer: Heather King, Chris King; Stars: Ruby Sketchley, Eric Wheeler, Gary Mello)
A man deeply troubled by the losses he has faced in the past steels himself to ask a big question.
(Country: Sweden; Year: 2010; Director: Jimmy Olsson; Writer: Jimmy Olsson)
When two young drunk people board the bus, Kristoffer remembers something he has long pushed away.
We, the Masses and Possessed
(Country: US, Suriname; Year: 2011; Director: Ben Russell)
An elegaic documentary looking at animist rites conducted by a Saramaccan tribe on the upper Suriname river.
(Country: Serbia; Year: 2012; Director: Nikola Ljuca; Writer: Nikola Ljuca; Stars: Jasmina Avramovic, Milan Maric, Milos Timotijevic)
The story of a fateful meeting between two men, one night in Belgrade.
Silent River (Apele Tac)
(Country: Germany, Romania; Year: 2011; Director: Anca Miruna Lazarescu; Writer: Anca Miruna Lazarescu, Bianca Oana; Stars: Toma Cuzin, Andi Vasluianu, Patricia Moga, Branko Tomovic, Denijen Pauljevic)
Two men in Ceausescu's Romania plan to swim across the Danube to freedom. They need each other's help but do not trust each other.
(Country: UK; Year: 2012; Director: Stephen Fingleton; Writer: Stephen Fingleton; Stars: Hussina Raja, Bhasker Patel, George Savvides, Günalp Koçak)
A father breaks his dinnertime silence when his daughter reveals plans to go out for the evening.
The Strange Ones (Deux Inconnus)
(Country: France; Year: 2011; Director: Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein; Writer: Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff; Stars: David Call, Tobias Campbell, Merritt Wever)
A man and a boy on a long journey relax in a motel swimming pool, but all is not what it appears to be on the surface.
Three Walls and The Making Of Longbird
(Country: Canada, US; Year: 2011; Director: Zaheed Mawani)
A documentary about the development of the office cubicle and the melancholy atmosphere it has created.
(Country: Japan, US; Year: 2011; Director: Satsuki Okawa; Writer: Satsuki Okawa; Stars: Misa Shimizu, Kan Takashima, Ryuji Miyanari, Yukihiro Yoshimi)
Now that his mother has died, Akira can finally clear out all the junk she stored in her house. Or so he thinks - but he's in for a surprise.
To Make a Prairie
(Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: James Nares)
An experimental film made by the director and his daughter.
(Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Johnny Barrington; Writer: Johnny Barrington; Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson)
The chief of a band of battle-weary Norse warriors is about to hand over power to his son when they are confronted by something entirely unexpected.
We, the Masses
(Country: Ireland; Year: 2011; Director: Eoghan Kidney; Writer: Eoghan Kidney, Robyn O'Neil), Official Site
A man falling over in the snow discovers other men, whom he follows on a strange journey.
Repressed and Asylum
Where Are They Now?
(Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Joanna Coates; Writer: Joanna Coates; Stars: Bronagh Gallagher, Joe Van Moyland)
A sidelong look at British realism.
White Turnips Make it Hard to Sleep (Les Navets Blancs Empêchent de Dormir)
(Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2011; Director: Rachel Lang)
Two young artists confront the challenges of adulthood and the existential difficulties underscoring their rites of passage.
The Wind is Blowing On My Street (Dar Kouche Baad Miayad)
(Country: Iran; Year: 2010; Director: Saba Riazi; Writer: Saba Riazi)
An Iranian girl finds herself in a compromised situation after she loses her headscarf in a public place.