Emerging Talent Shorts (B)

  • Directed by Celine Buckens

1. PRANGOVER (UK, 5:48) – Director Celine Buckens

SYNOPSIS: Boy meets Girl but with no dialogue or contraception.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Celine Buckens is a Belgian-British actress and aspiring writer/director. Past onscreen credits include Warrior for Cinemax, Free Rein and Bridgerton for Netflix, and War Horse for Dreamworks. PRANGOVER is her first time behind the camera and speaks to a widespread female experience that has hardly ever been represented on screen. 21 days is an excruciatingly long period to wait for a reliable pregnancy test, especially considering the high stakes. The film was made with an all female crew.

2. SIGNALS (Austria, 5:00) – Director Lukas Ignaz Halder

SYNOPSIS: A young woman discovers signals from a distant star, then takes a journey to find the source of the signal.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Lukas Ignaz Halder lives as a director/ writer in Salzburg, Austria. He currently studies Multimedia Art Film at FH Salzburg. SIGNALS tries to capture the feeling of a childhood dream only this one comes true.

3. NUCLEAR SEA (UK, 7:39) – Director Joe Starrs

SYNOPSIS: A young girl wanders through a post-apocalyptic Britain. Navigating the overgrown wasteland, she makes her way back home. Soon to discover that not everything is quite as she expected.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Joe Starrs has been a 1st AD for around eight years in the UK industry, working on music promos, commercials, and features. He always intended to hopefully use the knowledge gained from managing other people’s projects to moving into directing his own films. Now, Joe has made that jump and directed NUCLEAR SEA, his debut short film.

4. ONCE FAMILIAR (UK: 10:53) – Director Rubén González

SYNOPSIS: A girl awakens in the middle of an unknown forest. Seeking a way out, she begins to follow someone in the distance only to discover they are her mirror image.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Rubén González is from Tarragona, Spain. At 18 years old, he moved to London where he began his studies in film and started shaping his directing style. Rubén’s film and photographic work tends to delve into the depths of the human mind. He has recently graduated from an MA in Directing Fiction at Goldsmiths, University of London. ONCE FAMILIAR is an experience film that explores fear, our most primal emotion. His protagonist is running away from her own self whilst also hunting herself. A layered puzzle, the film attempts to tap into the subconscious.

5. COMISURA (THE CORNERS OF YOUR MOUTH) (UK, 10:00) – Director Benjamin Meads

SYNOPSIS: Two strangers find a romantic connection and talk about their memories together over a night. Their conversation plays back in real-time, intermittently threaded over memory sequences; sensory patches that dip into their personal histories and childhood lives. We listen to the varying relationships they have with these past experiences, and how this continues to shape their outlook.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Benjamin Meads is a UK-based multi-disciplinary documentary filmmaker, committed to the craft of cinematography as a shared visual language; one that can represent and reframe perspectives, and bring people together. COMISURA is an experimental film made during his studies at the London Film School. The film displays the simplicity and wholeness that is possible between two individuals in a fleeting moment; paths that have aligned and will leave a lasting imprint.

6. KITCHEN ALBA (UK 13:00) – Directors Jo Bannon, John Stephenson TRAILER

SYNOPSIS: Kitchen Alba begins with two arrivals on the same day; a very pale child with a shock of white hair, and the Catholic Pope to the child’s home town of Coventry. One woman’s faith binds these two events inextricably and transforms a coincidence into a miracle.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Jo Bannon is a UK based artist whose work explores how our physical bodies experience the world around us and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed. Jo has presented work internationally including The Barbican, IBT Festival, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Itau Cultural Sao Paulo, The Times Museum Guangzhou, Gessneralle Zurich, HAU Berlin, and the National Theatre. KITCHEN ALBA is about blending in and standing out, Influenced by the artist’s experience as a person with Albinism.

7. HOPE (UK, 14:20) – Director Shaun James Grant

SYNOPSIS: An exhausted couple stop at a diner in the early hours of the morning in the middle of nowhere. Their journey tells a tale of sadness, but what really happened? We begin to understand that the situation they’re in is far from ordinary.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Shaun James Grant is an independent Writer, Director and Film Photographer based in London. As a screenwriter and filmmaker, he strives to create worlds in which people understand and connect to the emotional struggle of life. no matter how abstract the setting. He has worked constantly in music video and commercial spaces and HOPE is his first major short film.

8. A NEW ENGLAND DOCUMENT (UK, 15:45)- Director Che Applewhaite TRAILER

SYNOPSIS: Using found footage with selected images and text from The Marshall Collection at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, A New England Document reconstructs the impulse of ethnographers Lorna and Laurence Marshall’s photographic encounters in the Kalahari Desert, Namibia, from the reparative perspective of its formerly silenced stories.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Che Applewhaite was born in Trinidad, raised in London and now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He approaches cultural work with internationalist and interdisciplinary commitments to politics of time, specificity, relation and cultural process. A New England Document is his debut short film, which received its world premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020. Its cinematic imagination calls upon Chris Marker’s oeuvre, Black cinema and Caribbean theory to expose what the archive didn’t intend. This film is Che’s first try at reframing—reckoning with and against—the afterlives of colonialism in order to generate possibilities for new futures.

9.WAVES* (UK, 15:51) – Director Margarita Milne TRAILER

SYNOPSIS: On a surfing trip, an Australian woman questions her decision to move to the other side of the world for love. *18

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Margarita Milne is a London-based writer-director currently studying Directing Fiction at The National Film and Television School. She has previously been a Production Assistant on Wes Anderson’s ISLE OF DOGS, a Camera Assistant for Anamorphic Films and a Development Assistant at Blueprint Pictures. Currently, Margarita is in post-production for her graduation film, WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, and just finished WAVES, an experimental drama set in Puttsborough Beach, North Devon. It is a visual poem about the end of a relationship, using water and surf imagery to characterise toxic love.

10. RUBY DAYS (USA, 16:00) – Director Noah Wong TRAILER

SYNOPSIS: Red is a boy who lives in his own imaginary world and shares all his fantasies with his best friend Ruby. The treatments for his illusions eventually come to an end, and he has to say goodbye to all his fantasies.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Noah Wong is a writer-director currently based in Massachusetts, USA. His previous work includes short film “4-11 Willows Road”, which was nominated for best short film and screened at Georgia Shorts Film Festival, South Georgia Film Festival, and Chandler International Film Festival.

11. JUMP* (UK, 27.51) – Director Rosa Crompton TRAILER

SYNOPSIS: Abandoned by his parents, a boy takes care of his younger brother Mattie as they fend for themselves in a council house in Sheffield. When the authorities come to take Mattie away, a desperation to retain control forces the boy to take Mattie and go on the run. *Emerging Talent Short List

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: JUMP is Rosa Compton’s debut short film, having previously worked in theatre – including directing the stage version of ‘Jump’ in 2018 at the Gilded Balloon as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. JUMP is written entirely in spoken rhyming verse. Turning Niall Ransome’s script into a film Rosa wanted to embrace the contrast between naturalism and theatricality, which actor George Edwards brings shockingly to life.

12. AMPUTATED ASSCHEEKS (Germany 29:00) – Director Claudia Tuyết Scheffel

SYNOPSIS: Grandpa Liem loses at poker. Mortima is a vampire. Long meets a dragon.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Claudia Tuyết Scheffel Claudia Tuyết Scheffel is part Vietnamese and part German. She currently studies Film at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg. Her first novel “Scherben im Plateau” will be published in October 2021. AMPUTATED ASSCHEEKS tells an everyday story of Vietnamese-German families and draws attention to the discrepancy that exists between 1st and 2nd generation Vietnamese living in Germany.

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