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.
When Hayley visits her dad for the first time since her mum dumped him, he’s too hung-up and hungover to join in her games and she gets into a dangerous adventure of her own making.
Director: Evin O’Neill
Jess is tripping on magic mushrooms when Alan tells her he’s from another galaxy but afterwards she can’t shake her suspicion that he was telling the truth and sets out to prove it, while trying to keep a grip on her sanity.
Directors: Evin O’Neill & Dara O’Neill
Burdened by overbearing and conservative parents, Belfast teenager Violet struggles to come to terms with being gay and Christian.
Directors: Madeline Graham & Christopher Whiteside
A short drama centred around an unassuming Indian grocer who, after encountering an injured man on the run, must make a very important decision.
Director: David Moody
THE FAMILY WAY
A family is thrown into turmoil when a positive pregnancy test is found in the bathroom drawer. Mother and daughter Julia and Ruth get their pregnancy tests mixed up when they both hide them in the bathroom. They set out to discreetly buy pregnancy tests in their small Irish suburban town, but are thwarted at every turn, bumping into people they know. Word spreads and friends and neighbors turn up at their home to find out the ‘news’ from distressed dad Robert.
Director: Nuno Bernardo
In 1960s Belfast, a young boy comes of age while devising a plan to steal cigarettes. Inspired by a true story, The Invention takes place in Belfast during the summer of 1968. We follow the exploits of Frankie, a mischievous and resourceful young boy who’s more than happy to spend his summer listening to his record player or playing with his friends. Things change for Frankie, however, when his kind but troubled father finds himself in debt to a local gangster.
Director: Leo McGuigan