Featuring 20 of this year's most celebrated films, The Guilty Pleasures Collection is not to be missed!
Stutterer (2015) - 13 mins
For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has helped him mask his cruel speech impediment. Now he is faced with the daunting prospect of finally bringing that relationship into the real world. But can an eloquent inner voice help him face and overcome his greatest fear? A roller-coaster ride of joy, doubt, and romance in the digital age.
WINNER OF THE 2016 OSCAR FOR BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
Graffiti (2015) – 33 mins
A devastated city in a post-apocalyptic world. The last survivor, Edgar, has learned to survive on his own avoiding areas contaminated by the effects of the "incident" which destroyed life as he knew it. But Edgar's routine is suddenly disrupted by the discovery of a wall with graffiti by his bed. Just one word reveals the presence of another survivor: "Anna".
Long-listed Academy Award 2017: Best Live Action Short Film
Change in the Weather (2015) - 16 mins
Michael is a young man living a mundane existence in a small rural town in Ireland. In this impressionistic film, he teaches in the local school, trains with the town’s football team and still lives in his parents’ home. However, all is not as it seems and he struggles to adjust to a sudden change in his furtive lifestyle.
Best of Kerry Award: Kerry Film Festival 2015
Selected in Competition: Clermont Ferrand 2016
The Red Thunder (2015) - 8 mins
Sarah, a nerdy teenager, needs her mom’s new car to go on a date with the boy she likes, but her mom won’t let her drive the vehicle. She decides to borrow it anyway and go on her date, but something unexpected happens with the car that will reveal her mom’s secret identity and will change Sarah’s life forever!
Selected in over 150 international film festivals - Over 40 major awards won to date!
Ganjy (2016) – 15 mins
Ganjy, a former boxer, is suffering with dementia pugilistica. When three of his former boxer pals, Marko, Jorge and Cecil, attempt to get him out of his skid-row motel and into assisted living, old conflicts rise to the surface. Ganjy, feeling responsible and ashamed of his mental and financial deterioration, assures his concerned friends that he’ll comply with their request and move. When their backs are turned, however, he takes drastic action.
Official Selection: Vancouver International Film Festival 2016
Touch (2016) – 15 mins
35, single, from a family of generational poverty. Paul is way short on the money he owes. His sister, Connie, desperate for a sitter, and herself way short on rent money, asks Paul to come to her trailer to babysit her children Emilie (6), & Benjamin (4). By asking her brother, did Connie make the right choice for a sitter? Morning brings more than a few surprises.
Best Short Fiction: Castellaneta Film Fest 2016
Best Narrative Short: Directors Circle Festival of Shorts
Jury Choice Award: Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase
dark_net (2015) – 12 mins
Alan (Johnny Vegas) is the jealous type. Really jealous that is. He wants to punish Barry for taking up with his ex-girlfriend. Really punish him. He searches for answers in all the wrong places and this time he thinks he's found them...on the wrong side of the internet, in the form of a highly trained deadly assassin. But he's about to learn the true price of entering the dark_net. A very dark comedy about the danger of getting what you wish for!
Best Film & Best Actor (Johnny Vegas): Milwaukee Short Film Festival 2015
Youth (2016) - 18 mins
As Joel and Alice approach their golden years, they embark into a brand new world together: a world where their ageing selves can be traded in for the bodies of younger strangers, meaning their 'love' can last forever. Using most of their life savings, the two schedule their “Renewal” procedures. Alice goes first, transplanting her mind, soul, and personality into a 28-year-old body.
Jury Prize: Alameda International Film Festival 2016
Audience Award: San Jose International Film Festival 2016
Gridlock (2016) – 20 mins
Gridlock is a thriller set during a traffic jam on a narrow country road. When Eoin's (Moe Dunford) young daughter Emma goes missing from their car, he forms a desperate search party to find her. But as panic takes hold among the other drivers, the search for a missing girl quickly descends into a frenzied witch-hunt, where no one is above suspicion. A gripping roller coaster ride with a shocking twist.
Grand Prix Irish Short Film: Cork Film Festival 2016
Best Irish Short Award: Foyle Film Festival 2016
Litterbugs (2015) – 15 mins
Helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, a young inventor and an enigmatic pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies and find an unexpected friendship. This excellent short is literally littered with dazzling special effects that enhance the neat narrative and sets Litterbugs apart!
BAFTA Short Listed 2017!
Best Live Action Short: St Louis International Film Festival 2016
Trailer - https://vimeo.com/224208495/1e949d4c19
Noob (2016) – 10 mins
Single father Mike only gets to spend Saturdays with his teenage son, Danny. But all Danny wants to do is sit in his room all day playing computer games. While straightening out Danny’s room, Mike discovers his son’s game pad, and decides to try his hand. Before he knows it, he realises he’s been playing for hours, and finally understands why introverted Danny finds so much solace in the online world.
Super Sex (2015) – 8 mins
Directed by Mathew Modine (Stranger Things), Super Sex tells the story of a pair of siblings trying to figure out what to get their father (Ed Asner) for his 86th birthday. After going through a list of options, the pair opt for a gift their father will never forget...Super Sex! The brother and sister awkwardly negotiate with a street prostitute who agrees to give their 86-year-old father a night he'll never forget - nor will the audience!
Best Short: New Media Film Festival Los Angeles 2016
Swimming in the Desert (2016) – 18 mins
In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce in the California High Desert, a cranky retired firefighter (Tony Palana) is challenged by his 10 year old granddaughter to bring clean water to a nearby, drought-stricken town, by connecting miles of garden hose to his private well. An eco-friendly themed short film with a big heart, director Alvaro Ron (The Red Thunder) will receive additional acclaim for Swimming in the Desert.
Trailer - https://vimeo.com/224339097/df35bfa060
Blight (2015) – 15 mins
A young priest is sent to a remote island off the Irish coast to help protect an estranged fishing community from dark supernatural forces. Nothing is as it seems, however, in this noir horror short film that pays homage to a classic of the genre, namely The Exorcist.
European Grand Prix Best Short Film: Fantasporto Festival 2016
Best Actor George Blagden FilmQuest Film Festival 2016
Trailer - https://vimeo.com/224441861/5e1a6da7d5
Through the Breaking Glass (2015) - 15 mins
Alice wakes up in a wonderful dreamland. She cannot remember her name, nor how she got there. Three stars fall from the sky and shatter into a broken mirror. A music box and a mechanical rabbit become her companions on this amazing and magical journey. This is a story about a race against time, where reality, dreams, and fiction flow together. A story of personal growth where the purest form of love will be challenged in every way.
Jury Award Honorable Mention: Palm Springs International ShortFest
Best Short Film: International Film Festival Manhattan 2014
Lily (2016) – 22 mins
A girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. With her best friend, the fiercely loyal and flamboyant Simon, Lily navigates the treacherous waters of school life. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life. An excellent diversity short with a strong anti-bullying theme.
Best Short Drama: Galway Film Fleadh 2016
Best Narrative Short: Santa Fe Film Festival 2016
Trailer - https://vimeo.com/224442421/b97f192912
The Captors (2016) – 16 mins
Aging con Thomas Egan assembles a team of tiger kidnappers in a bid to extort money from a bank executive (Stuart Graham). But when their wealthy target turns the tables and presents the trio with an unexpected dilemma, things take an turn for the worse. A darkly comic tale of a tiger kidnapping that goes horribly wrong for the captors and captives alike.
Official Selection: Galway Film Fleadh 2016
Second to None (2016) – 7 mins
This black comic drama is told from the perspective of the second oldest person in the world, a younger twin-brother. What must it be like to be in his position, watching the world’s media celebrate the world’s oldest man? When can our protagonist have his own day as the media’s darling? A cunning plan starts to form in the mind of the younger brother, as to how he can climb his way top the top of the oldies list.
Best Animated short: Galway Film Fleadh 2016
Best Animation: Galway Film Fleadh 2016
Trailer - https://vimeo.com/224443217/3d343a9df9
The Lost Letter (2016) – 8 mins
The tale of a young boy who takes it on himself to prepare his neighbourhood for the Christmas celebrations. All is going well until he confronts the one lady who doesn’t want the holiday to come at all and won’t cooperate with his decorating efforts. Nevertheless, the determined boy does all he can to bring colour to her dreary world, until he accidentally discovers the truth behind her lack of Christmas spirit. Kealan O’Rourke beautifully directs this exquisite animated gem narrated by Kate Winslet.
Trailer - https://vimeo.com/224443592/c3e86531d1
Spring Jam (2016) – 5 mins
A lone Stag lacks a certain something in the antlers department, and without them he has little chance of getting any birds to help him make music for the Spring Jam. He ditches his only friend, the Sleepy Kiwi, and after a journey of discovery he's finally equipped to make beautiful music in his own way.
Best Film Award: Show Me Shorts New Zealand 2016
Audience Award: Leeds International Short Film Festival 2016