Edinburgh Shorts Film Festival Horror shorts reviewed by Ben Brown

Edinburgh Shorts Film Festival Horror shorts reviewed by Ben Brown

1 Minute To Midnight: Edinburgh Short Film Festival Sunday October 20th 2016

Review by Benjamin Brown

A recent student on the MSc course in ‘Film, Exhibition and Curation’ at the University of Edinburgh, Benjamin has an unabated passion for the 7th art of the moving image and a truly eclectic taste in films’. blogsite: https://theparallaxviewer.wordpress.com/

Edinburgh Shorts Film Festival Horror shorts reviewed by Ben Brown


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The Edinburgh Short Film Festival Launching! Let’s get the party started!


The Edinburgh Short Film Festival launching imminently! Let’s get the party started!


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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2016 Previews: Animation

Animation is once again proved popular with the selection committee and we’re delighted to be able to screen some very strong animated films this year. From Greece we have the moody and intricately designed sci-fi/fantasy animation by Christos Bourantas, AURELIA. The film follows a young girl drifting through a dark, empty city on a lonely journey during a worldwide jellyfish invasion.

THE CLOCKMAKER’S DREAM by Cashell Horgan, combines animation and live action with beautifully realized visual effects to create an alternative, steampunk Irish village that is both a tale from a mechanical world and an homage to George Melies.
The film won best animation at Cannes Animation Day and Best Animation FX at the Boston Sci Fi Film Festival.

from Clockmaker Set

Photos from Clockmaker Doll movie set

THE HOUR OF DREAMS by Rodrigo Orozco is a stunning Claymotion animation that creates a detailed and horrifyingly beautiful surreal world of dreamscapes. Leonor lives for her painting and through her art, she creates imaginary worlds. However, she is sick because she cannot create anymore. She awaits the hour of dreams, the hour where everything will be solved…

We’re also showing the detailed and beautifully-realised Scottish animated short LOCKBOX, directed by Pete Cotter & Glen Johnston was selected for the 2016 Encounters Film Festival. A charming and heart-rending animation with a thoroughly lovable central character.

LUNETTE by Phoebe Warries is a fantasy based short featuring the journey of a wolf, who travels with the moon.  An outstanding example of 2D animation and winner of the Best 2D Film at the 2016 Uhanimation Expose.


THE SONG OF WANDERING AENGUS is a beautiful and painstakingly animated film by Matthew Lawes, based on W.B.Yeat’s poem ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus. Narrated by BAFTA Award Winner Liam Cunningham with original music by Ivor Novello Award Winner David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia.

is an animated film on an origin myth from the Bhils, the largest indigenous community in Madhya Pradesh, India. The myth revolves around the origin of painting among the Bhils, while the beautifully drawn 2D animation and some strikingly original artwork combine to create a rich and nuanced adult folk tale.

A witty and intelligent self-referential animation, that follows the work of several radically different animators as they attempt to complete a joint project.The film uses a range of animation techniques as well as mockumentary styles in this funny and clever short.


Life is short so it’s just as well our films are too!

Edinburgh Short Film Festival Box Office


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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2016 Previews: Comedy

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival opens again on October 26th and will once again screen superlative short films across the city this Autumn and it’s great  to see that some very good comedies have made it onto the programme this year. We’re always pleased to  light the mood on those dark November nights and we can certainly do that with these gems!

From Spain, we are happy to screen romantic comedy, APOLO 81 by Óscar Bernàce A brilliantly imaginative, and perfectly executed, romantic comedy with a cast and director that deftly weave romantic inclinations and comedy timing. The film was screened at the Palm Springs Shortfest, the Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival and won Best Short at the Festival of Spanish Cinema in Nantes  … No risk, no love!

A SIX AND TWO THREES by Andy Berriman won Best Comedy at the Sunderland Short Film Festival as well as the Audience Award at the Plymouth Film Festival and we’re pleased to be the Scottish premiere. The film features a couple of standout comic performances by a young cast, as two boys from different sides of  the tracks meet when one goes in search of his father. Over the course of the day they realise they might have more in common than they think.


NACHSPIEL (AFTERMATH) by Ralf Beyerle is another witty romantic comedy with some nonchalantly comic acting, well-drawn characters and sparky dialogue and won Best Comedy at the Beeston Film Festival last year.
When you wake up in a strange bed the morning after a party, you find that it’s often the small things that raise the questions of greatest importance.

A film about the time between yesterday and today.

BORIS IN THE FOREST by Robert Hackett has won several nominations for best comedy from Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival as well as winning the Discovery award at London Comedy Film Festival and Best Comedy at Plymouth Film Festival!

A black comedy about a Californian geek, played by the inimitable Mac Macdonald (of Red Dwarf fame) in search of his horror hero Boris Karloff. Brilliantly funny and also deliciously dark.A black comedy about a Californian geek, played by the inimitable Mac Macdonald (of Red Dwarf fame) in search of his horror hero Boris Karloff. Brilliantly funny and also deliciously dark.

A black comedy about a Californian geek, played by the inimitable Mac Macdonald (of Red Dwarf fame) in search of his horror hero Boris Karloff. Brilliantly funny and also deliciously dark.A black comedy about a Californian geek, played by the inimitable Mac Macdonald (of Red Dwarf fame) in search of his horror hero Boris Karloff. Brilliantly funny and also deliciously dark.


IMITATIONS by Fabian Velasco & Milos Mitrovic from Canada, is both funny and shockingly horrific.

After getting plastic surgery to look like a famous teen popstar, an introverted super fan named Arnold begins to experience irreversible side effects as his face begins to fall apart during a night out doing karaoke.

A witty and decidedly dark sci fi comedy horror with shades of Zoolander.

L’ULTIMO VIAGGIO (THE LAST TRIP) by Valeria Luchetti is a slightly offbeat but charming and genuinely funny award-winning Italian comedy.  A Father and son traveling by car to work through the Lombard plain when a bizarre encounter forces them to confront superstition. Winner of Best Film at the Infinity Film Festival, Milan.

Surreal comedy THE LICK by Stephen C Horne is imaginative and funny and very Scottish! One day inside a mysterious graveyard, footballer-wannabe Kris discovers the seduction of dreams…


MADAM BLACK  is yet another multi-award winning comedy this time from New Zealand. A deliciously dark comedy which makes novel use for a dead cat. On the way home from a job for his glamour portrait company ‘Hotbods’, Marcus, runs over a cat. He discovers its young owner, Tilly, searching for it on the front lawn outside her house…

Winner of  Director’s Choice Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival Audience Choice Award and Prix Du Public International Competition award at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2016

MAIALETTO DELLA NURRA (NURRA’S LITTLE PIGS) by Marco Antonio Pani Winner of the Best Sardinian Short Category at the Sardinia Short Film Festival 2016.
A delightfully whimsical comedy with an inventive concept and some lovely aerial photography!

Two pig farmers debate on their techniques. A group of piglets, passionate about art films, watch oeuvres on the screen of an iPad. An unexpected visit from the police. A psychedelic flight on the wild landscapes of Sardinia.

THE BATHTUB by Tim Ellrich is a delightful and unexpectedly war comedy from Austria:
One Bathtub – three Brothers – many Splashes! Three brothers try to dive back into their childhood through an old family picture. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Clermont-Ferrand.


Life is short so it’s just as well our films are as well!


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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2016 : Trailer 1

Delighted to be able to unveil the first of two top notch trailers for this year’s Edinburgh Short Film Festival, designed and edited by the very excellent editing of our old technical director, the multi-talented, Alexia Fernandez Frasquet!

Hope you and enjoy it and thanks a lot, Alexia!


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Edinburgh Shorts 2016 Film Finder Map

Our resident map-maker, the digitally-talented Justine Blair, has created a very lovely map detailing the locations of all of the films we are screening at this year’s Edinburgh Short Film Festival.  Each of the films on our programme is pinpointed and colour-coded by the night they are being shown on. You can customise the map and find out more details about the films themselves by the simple expedient of clicking on the points and icons.
We are very pleased to bring it to you here, thanks Justine!



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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2016 Preview: Thrillers


We do like a good thriller here at the ESFF and we’re pleased to be able to screen some excellent thrillers this year at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival!

THE BEAR directed by Peter Findlay has shades of Treasure of the Sierra Madre about it in this  UK & European premiere for yet another of our award-winning shorts.
Isolated, exhausted, alone: three miners in a remote Yukon mining camp in Canada’s far north swap tall tales that lead to a violent showdown with the camp’s bitter owner. Part story of man in the wilderness, part neo-noir, ‘The Bear’ takes the audience into the Canadian ‘heart of darkness’.


is a modern gothic fable set in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Cosmic wonder and fates collide when a father, his son and lover are left stranded after a car accident with a stranger. Gripping and taut, The Child and The Dead combines a haunting natural beauty with the brooding suspense of Hitchcock.

A DONE DEAL by Pierre-Marc Drouin recently won the award for the best up-and-coming director and Award for the best Actor at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival, Canada and combines Tarantino-esque dialogue with some excellent acting in which Remy, a hitman for a small-time Montreal mobster, has to kill Fernand, an old associate who talks too much.

The plan is simple: invite him for coffee, offer him a ride and shoot him in the alley. Easy! A done deal but the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley..


Multi-award winning Scottish Thriller HOLE features a great cast, Joe Cosmo, Daniela Nardini – When retired police detective learns that the man who killed his wife is to be released from prison, he hatches a plan to try and find her missing body and take vengeance on her killer. A dark, Scottish noir, telling a classic tale of vengeance which unfolded in an unforgiving, morally ambiguous world.

JEWELS by Matt Grove is funny, edgy although ultimately life-affirming comedy-thriller, great performances and a strong narrative structure keeps this short moving in which two racist thieves attempt to rob a convenience store.

DUKE’S PURSUIT by Charlie Edwards-Moss & Joe Williams is a thriller set amongst the vast Icelandic landscape. A revenge-obsessed industrialist hunts a former colleague and forms a partnership with an unlikely ally.
Dark wit, sharp dialogue, vivid characters and some excellent cinematography combine to create a potent but quirkily comic, Coen-esque thriller.


Another British-made short PANIC by James Cookson is a BFI funded drama from Ffilm Cymru Wales and starring Tom Rhys Harries (Hunky Dory/Jekyll & Hyde) and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Panic is an intense and suspense-laden drama with some excellent central performances.
Dylan, a young man living on an isolated farm in rural Wales, is haunted by terrible nightmares. Shady deals with local drug dealers and a fractious relationship with his own father do nothing to dispel the mounting sense of dread.

ZAAR by Ibrahim Nada follows a suicide bomber who enters a random diner to bomb himself in a terrorist attack but listening and interacting with the innocent people around him makes him question his intent. A taut, gripping thriller and winner of best drama at Atlanta ShortsFest 2016.

RITMOA by Alexandre Garacotche provides a dark, noir-influenced fantasy, a driver encounters a mysterious lady on a lonely road.
Evocative and nightmarish, the film combines element of noir and fantasy to create a gripping and horrifyingly hallucinogenic world of impending doom.



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