The Guilty Pleasures Collection - The Sequel

The best shorts 2018 has to offer!

 

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Wave (2017) 13 mins

The quirky story of Gaspar Rubicon, who wakes up from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistics experts from around the globe. A sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking story of a very isolated person. Written by Academy Award® winner Benjamin Cleary (Stutterer), and co-directed by Cleary and T.J O'Grady Peyton, screenings of this film always evoke waves of laughter.

View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/224191684

International Competition Clermont Ferrand 2018
Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Drama: Galway Film Fleadh 2017
Best Short Film: Cork International Film Festival 2017
Best Of Fest: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017
Best Drama: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

 
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The World in Your Window (2017) – 15 mins

Eight-year-old Jesse lives in a twilight world of sadness and silence, squeezed into a tiny caravan with his grief stricken father. Both are stuck in a rut, until an accidental friendship with a V8 driving transsexual unlocks the means for Jesse to liberate him and his father.

“A compelling film with well-nuanced intimate performances that take this beautifully told story to a level seldom seen in short format cinema”  - Show Me Shorts judge

Prix Etudiant de la Jeunesse: Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2017
Best International Short Film: Short Shorts Film Festival 2017 Japan
DEGNZ Best Director: Show Me Shorts New Zealand International Short Film Festival 2017
Best Fiction Short Film: Melbourne International Film Festival 2017

 
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About Birds and Bees (2017) 12 mins

“Kukista ja mehiläisistä”

In a small rural Finnish town, on the eve of his 16th birthday, a boy secretly smuggles home a girl. Next morning, the boy’s father accidentally walks in on the young couple’s tender moment. To their horror the teens notice their protection has failed and the nearest countryside pharmacy is closing soon. They make up an excuse to get the father to drive them there. After a series of unforeseen and unfortunate events, the true nature of their trip is revealed. Arriving home for a final resolution, this charming film has a delightful denouement.

Grand Prix: Brest International Short Film Festival 2017
Prix du Public: Brest International Short Film Festival 2017
First Prize at Kuki Children and Youth Interfilm Berlin 2017

 
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Leap of Faith (2017) 12 mins

Kelly lives a lonely life in a busy city – unfulfilled and longing for more. Behind closed doors she wonders – is there anyone who can understand her? When new neighbour Jonny moves into the adjacent building, he captivates Kelly. She observes his daily routine and soon learns that something is very different about him. Kelly goes on a journey to uncover more about Jonny and in doing so, confronts her demons.

Best Short Fiction/Experimental: Clones Film Festival 2017

View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/224195303

 
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The President’s Visit (2017) – 19 mins

In a small coastal town of fishermen where time stands still, Nino, a lonely 30-something soap maker, who inherited his father’s well-known Sultan of Soap shop, receives a very confidential call: The President of the Republic will grant him a surprise and secret visit to buy his handmade soaps. Nino
mistakenly leaks the exciting news to his uncle and the entire town is quickly informed, causing an untypical outbreak of maddening
preparations.

Muhr Jury Prize: Dubai International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2017

 
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Second Best (2017) 20 mins

A dark comedy about the unbreakable connection of identical twin sisters. Velika Bortsov works in a spa shop while her twin sister, Nouchka, is a professional rhythmic gymnast. Their mother, Dina, has pinned her ambitions to Nouchka’s gymnastics career and in her determination to win, she drives a competitive wedge between her two daughters. Velika and Nouchka are seemingly isolated from each other, leading very separate lives, until a turn of events reawakens the power of their unwavering bond.

Official Selection: FlickerFest International Short Film Festival 2018

 
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Little Bird (2017) – 11 mins

Against the backdrop of 1941 London, Little Bird explores how far one young woman with a secret will go, to expand her limited horizons and herself, when the women of Great Britain are called upon to aid the war effort. Featuring multi-award winning British actress Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake; Cranford; Harry Potter) and Irish writer and actress Emily Taaffe, Little Bird is a very impressive film with a shocking twist.

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: Sonoma Film Festival 2018

 

 
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Earthy Encounters (2017) 25 mins

A short family action-adventure film in the vein of sci-fi fantasy films of old. A 16-year-old boy believes he can save his terminally ill brother, with an ancient, sentient plant he’s unearthed in the garden centre in which he works. The film stars Fionn O’Shea (Handsome Devil, Siege of Jadotville) and Jessica Barden (The Lobster, Far from the Madding Crowd). In an homage to the Spielberg films of the 80’s, this is a cinematic encounter to be relished.

Official Selection: Cork Film Festival 2017

 
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Ash (2017) 9 mins

Based on the true story of how the unsafe and unregulated disposal of coal ash led to the deaths of members of a small community. A young, widowed homeowner battles her own ghosts, and a charismatic energy executive who may be her last chance, when she is driven to leave her town after
environmental devastation.

This powerful short film stars: Jason Butler Harner (Ozark; Ray Donovan, Scandal), Dale Soules (Orange is the New Black), Frank De Julio (The Night Of), Daniella De Jesus (Orange is the New Black), Lauren Hines (Where You Go).

Rhode Island Film Festival 2017

 
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Possum (2017) – 15 mins

Seven-year-old David convinces his lumberjack father into taking him into the rugged bush of New Zealand, but his eleven-year-old brother Nathan, doesn’t think David is up to the challenge. That night in the forest hut Dad’s workmate, Toko, tells a tall tale of a notorious possum named Scar, setting David’s nerves on edge. After a rough sleep in a tent, terrorised by night creatures, Nathan drags David into the forest to hunt the possum from Toko’s story. Nathan hatches a plan to capture the beast, but Scar is not like any other possum. David must face his fears to prove himself to his brother.

Official Selection Melbourne Film Festival 2017
Official Selection San Diego Kids’ Film Festival 2017

 
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Time Traveller (2017) – 12 mins

The charming story of a Back to the Future-obsessed 10 year-old named Martin, who is trying to build his own low tech version of that DeLorean, out of an old car and bits of scrap. When Martin’s family is told they are to be evicted from their halting site, Martin races against time to finish his project, creating tension between him and his father, with not a flux capacitor in sight.

Best Irish Short: Foyle International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: Youth Audience Award at Clermont Ferrand 2018

 

 
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Kubrick by Candlelight  (2017) – 18 mins

A big scale, big hearted romantic comedy set behind the scenes of the filming of the Stanley Kubrick motion picture Barry Lyndon, which was shot in Ireland in 1973. Many myths and legends surround the director and none more so than his dramatic and sudden departure from Ireland. Narrated by Brian Cox, this story finds two young lovers - one an Irish extra playing a British Redcoat, the other an English assistant director - from different sides of the camera tracks, looking for romance on the film set.

Best Cinematography: Richard Harris International Film Festival 2017
Best Irish Narrative Nominee: Kerry Film Festival 2017
Best Film: Waterford Film Festival
Best Screenplay: Kino International Film Festival Manchester

 
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Hugo (2016) – 12 mins

Hugo was born with unusually long fingers that became the taunt for other children in the orphanage, where his parents had abandoned him. Alone at night, to overcome his loneliness, Hugo created hand shadows that narrated fantastic tales. Now a young man, he lives a solitary existence in an abandoned theatre fearing the mockery of others. Wishing to share his stories, Hugo decides to platform “The Ugly Duckling” in this disused venue. Will his puppet show performance win over his audience? More importantly, will it win the admiration of Cassie, the beautiful origami girl? Hugo is a charming homage to Tim Burton’s movie oeuvre.

Golden Cine Award: Headline International Film Festival 2016

 
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Contractor 014352 (2017) – 15 mins

At heart, Guy Smith is a poet. But his day job is to fire 12,000 contractors from a spreadsheet – a demeaning, thankless task. Jaded by the world around him, longing for something more meaningful, Guy decides to reach out through his computer screen, into the ether, and make a genuine connection with a stranger. The stranger turns out to be Parvez Mahmood: family man, contractor, and maybe even… a friend?

Best European Short Film: Brest European Short Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: Palm Springs International Shortfest 2017

 

 
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Break (2016) – 20 mins

A deeply affecting and beautiful drama starring multi award winning, and twice Oscar® nominated actor Sir John Hurt, which deals with difficult pertinent issues. Not without wry humour, this uniquely lyrical drama is bound to move its audience in a profound and visceral way, across all generations, as its themes resonate equally with both young adults and those in the twilight of their lives. A wonderfully human film with a huge heart, written and directed by UK actor Nick Moss (BBC’s Banished).

Official Selection: FILMETS Badalona Film Festival 2017
Best UK Short: Manchester Film Festival 2016

 
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Best Man (2016) – 5 mins

Meeting his friend in the Mash and Pie cafe, Patrick is flattered when Donald asks him to be his Best Man. However, his delight turns to horror, when Donald explains that his next task is to kill his fiancée, Jean. All he wants from Patrick is for him to give him an alibi for the time of the murder! A real test of friendship ensues as Patrick learns of the absurd standards that Donald expects of his best man.

Official Selection: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: London Short Film Festival 2017

 

 

ANIMATION

Big BoooM (2016) 4 mins

The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

Winner: Coup de Coeur CANAL+ family Award 2017
Cleveland International Film Festival 2017
Stiges International Film Festival 2016
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017

 View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/224194200

 
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Fire in Cardboard City (2017) – 9 mins

When a city made entirely from cardboard catches fire it's up to the local fire chief and his brave deputies to save Cardboard City and its citizens from impending doom. A comedic suspense-filled animation that is fascinating to watch, particularly its brilliant crayon drawn animated characters.

Best New Zealand Film: Show Me Shorts New Zealand International Short Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: Generation programme Berlin International Film Festival 2018