Shorts - International Competition: Programme One + Q&A/Intro

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Shorts - International Competition: Programme One

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Older Teen + / 102 min (plus Q&A/Intro)

This competition programme of fiction shorts has something for everyone, dealing with love, family and friends... for better and for worse. These films will make you laugh, cry and maybe even squirm a little.

Some Saturdays

Director: Steve Cochrane Producers: Ruth Lawrence, Renée Hackett

Hank and his wife Jules, both in their 40s, set out for a leisurely boat ride on a calm, overcast day. As they drift out into the harbour, their awkward but familiar exchanges reveal a relationship under strain. Nickel Film Festival 2019 Exchange Short.

This is the Winter

Director: Peter King / Producer: Theo Barrowclough and Joseph Taussig

2023 – A separatist movement has ignited civil war in the North of England. The UK government has built a wall dividing the country to protect the people of the South. Trapped in a refugee camp north of the border, a teenage girl has to choose between loyalty to her father and her growing political ideology.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Director: Matthew Hopper / Producer: Archie Pearch, Emily Vincent

A troubled marine is forced to wrestle with his identity and a guilty conscience after his best friend disappears following a violent argument.


Director & Producer: Kaveh Mazaheri, / Producer: Soroush Saeidi, Pooyan sedghi

Majid a financially struggling man comes up with a ploy in order to better the life of his wife Sarah.


Director: & Producer: David Velduque / Producer Hannah Mitchell

It's friday night, the bell rings and Alex opens the door to the worst of his fears.

Fish Cracker

Director & Producer: Yigit Evgar

Two siblings, are forced to leave the place they once called home after the sudden break-up of their parents, and revisit as ‘guests’. The return is to bid farewell to their father before they move out of the city with their mother.

Hollywood is in Her Head

Director: Lou Cheruy Zidi / Producer: Wolf Steps Films

Lila and her son Max make a living off from small shenanigans. United in adversity, their strength comes from their unity.

Asparagus Tips

Director & Producer: Sam Bailey

After the starter doesn't go according to plan at a delightful dinner party, one guest steps up to the plate, literally.

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