The best short films from around the globe. The International Short Film prize went to The Tube With A Hat.
The Substitute and Hard To Swallow
Ask The Insects
(Country: Canada; Year: 2006; Director: Steve Reinke)
Part homemade science (before it became doctrine and law), part animated video reverie, Reinke's brief and episodic compression is an incendiary release which opens by announcing the death of the reader, and ends with the death of the author.
(Country: UK; Year: 2006; Director: Tom Harper; Writer: Tom Harper; Stars: Ashley Walters, Harry Eden, Tara Hodge, Jared Garfield, Ria Horsford)
Teenagers take up a sinister urban sport.
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Daniel Mulloy)
A husband and wife remain sexually active in later life to the disgust of their son, but who is it that has the problem?
A Day Out
(Country: South Korea; Year: 2007; Director: Lee Jong Yoon)
Repressed sexual longings between a stern military sergeant and his submissive private come to a violent boil when the two spend a night with a prostitute in a motel room.
Family Reunion (Gódir gestir)
(Country: Iceland; Year: 2006; Director: Isold Uggadottir; Writer: Isold Uggadottir; Stars: Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir, Grétar Snær Hjartarson, Theódór Júlíusson, Hanna María Karlsdóttir, Amy Lewis, Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson)
New York lesbian, Katrin, struggles to come out to her relatives back in Iceland, but revelations at a family reunion challenge all her assumptions.
I Want To Be A Pilot and Cubs
Goodbye Mr Snuggles
(Country: UK; Year: 2006; Director: Jonathan Hopkins; Writer: Jonathan Hopkins; Stars: Tony Bluto, James Fox, Robert Hardy)
What could possibly go wrong when two elderly gentlemen go for a day's painting in the beautiful English countryside?
(Country: Thailand; Year: 2006; Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong)
One night in Bangkok, Jon and a mysterious women embark on a journey to a foreign land - the human heart.
Hard To Swallow
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Mat Kirkby; Writer: Mat Kirkby; Stars: Nicholas Burns, Katherine Parkinson, Kerry Godliman, Jimmy Lance, Daisy Haggard)
Grab a seat at the dinner party from hell.
(Country: Belgium; Year: 2006; Director: Nicolas Provost)
The unexpected meeting of a shaman, a lonely woman and a young boy whose paths will cross and slip away in a labyrinth of unresolved mystery.
I Want To Be A Pilot
(Country: Kenya; Year: 2006; Director: Diego Quemada-Diez; Writer: Diego Quemada-Diez; Stars: Collins Otieno), Official Site
A child's brutal life in East Africa's largest slum.
Make A Wish and Trout
Make A Wish (Itmanna)
(Country: Palestine; Year: 2006; Director: Cherien Dabis; Writer: Cherien Dabis; Stars: Mayar Rantisse, Lone Khilleh, Iman Aoun)
The difficulty of buying a birthday cake in Ramallah. Showing at EIFF - World Shorts 1
Men Understand Each Other Better
(Country: Iran; Year: 2006; Director: Marjan Alizadeh)
A man gets a call from a friend seeking comfort when his wife hasn't arrived back home.
(Country: Sweden; Year: 2006; Director: Jenifer Malmqvist; Writer: Jenifer Malmqvist; Stars: Josefina Blomberg, Ylva Larsson)
Little Jonna and her friend Emilie play at being soldiers, but Jonna's mother doesn't approve of the course their game takes.
(Country: France; Year: 2006; Director: Guillaume Martinez; Writer: Guillaume Martinez; Stars: Benjamin Bellecour, Gaëlle Brunet, Régis Desfeux, Régis Iacono, Lucienne Troka)
An unexpected spark of hope in the gray and ordinary Paris metro.
(Country: Brazil; Year: 2007; Director: Fellipe Barbosa)
On a secluded island off of Rio, the carefree 45-year-old Rogério struggles to bring his recently engaged best friend back to the good life.
Goodbye Mr Snuggles and Induction
(Country: Denmark; Year: 2006; Director: Birgitte Stærmose)
After a pregnant wife asks her husband if he's ever been with a prostitute, their night takes a radical change.
The Substitute (Il Supplente)
(Country: Italy; Year: 2006; Director: Andera Jublin; Writer: Andera Jublin; Stars: Andera Jublin, Valentino CampitelCicco, Lisa Galantili, Arianne Dal Buono, Lorenzo De)
Comedy about the supply teacher from hell. Showing at the EIFF as part of European Shorts 1.
The Tragic Story of Nling
(Country: Canada; Year: 2006; Director: Jeffrey St. Jules; Writer: Jeffrey St. Jules; Stars: Tom Barnett, John Neville, Steven McCarthy, Kate Campbell)
In his struggle to survive beyond the walls of slum city, a man soon finds that he is no more humane than his animal friend.
(Country: UK; Year: 2006; Director: Johnny Barrington)
A bizarre chain of events shakes up the otherwise quiet life between a young couple in the Scottish Highlands.
The Tube With A Hat (Lampa Cu Caciula)
(Country: Romania; Year: 2006; Director: Radu Jude; Writer: Florin Lazarescu; Stars: Gabriel Spahiu, Marian Bratu, Natalia Calin, Alexandru Georgescu,)
A boy from a small village wakes up his father and persuades him to go to the city to fix their TV.
(Country: Australia; Year: 2006; Director: Eron Sheean)
On his taxi ride home, an indigenous sideshow magician encounters an unwelcome passenger forcing him to revisit a past he would rather forget.