Showcasing both first-time and established short filmmakers from all parts of Ireland, the short film programme this year is heaving with talent.
Whether you’re looking for a miscarriage of justice, a heroic Indian shopkeeper, turnip loving zombies, a sprinkling of magic mushrooms or just having your tea-leaves read, we’re sure you’ll find much to delight you amongst this years films.
NOTE: The films in this programme are not certified and have been given a recommended age guidance. If you are under 18 or are booking for someone under 18 you MUST contact Belfast Film Festival on 028 9032 5913 in advance to discuss.
HER VERY OWN
On this day, Maeve has set an unbreakable mental deadline. As she is pushed and pulled by life, she struggles to make an existential determination. She struggles to see where she fits, all the while trying to protect her son from the uncaring world she exists in.
Director: Dominic Curran
I AM NOT A MONSTER
Ambrose Mordrake, born with a violent, mind controlling deformed growth on the back of his head, unexpectedly returns home for his brother’s engagement dinner. Ambrose attempts to insert himself back into the family life, who keep him at an arm’s distance. In order to fit in with his family’s image, Ambrose must battle his inner and outer demons.
Director: Grace Quilligan
A man arrives uninvited to his best friend’s birthday party, where he discovers why his friends have abandoned him.
Director: Neil Winterlich
A troubled traditional Irish musician reenters the fold after a long absence. An emotionally stunted friend wants to offer an apology. When words fail them both, music is all they have to bring them together.
Director: Jonathan Harden
Rory, a narcissistic entrepreneur wakes up in a woman’s house after an alcoholic blackout. He is left with a dilemma after she later contacts him, heavily pregnant.
WHAT BETTY SEES
Belfast 1979, three sisters reluctantly agree to have their tea leaves read by their ill-fated aunt Betty. But the cups uncover more than they could have imagined, revealing trauma, dark futures, family secrets and unbelievable news. A true story of hopes and fears.
Director: Colleen Forward
THE MAN WHO SHOT THE KET
A surreal film noir following Stevie the smick as he investigates the disappearance of his ketamine.
Director: Rian Lennon