BFI Film Academy Recommends: BIFA Short Films

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CertificateNot Rated
GenreShort Films
Running Time1HR 30MINS
Extra Info59 mins screening + Q&A
SeasonMain Programme

Join us for a BFI Film Academy Recommends event, featuring a selection of short films nominated for the BIFA Best British Short Film award. The screening will be followed by Jessi Gutch (producer of The Forgotten C) in conversation with Head of QFT, Joan Parsons. 

The Shorts

The Forgotten C

The pandemic crawls on and Aisha shelters in her flat. Doorstep visits from friends and family mark the passing weeks as Aisha struggles with how to tell them what's happening to her.

Director: Molly Manny Walker / Run time: 15 mins

Sudden Light

Mia takes her sister Squeeze to walk their dog in the fields near their home. The landscape begins to morph around them, tricking them and introducing Mia to a strange man lurking at the edge of a dark wood.

Director: Sophie Littman / Run time: 15 mins


After suffering heartbreak at a nightclub, femme gay man Jordan meets Wes, a drug dealer, on the street. Throwing caution to the wind, Jordan gets in Wes’s car, and the night takes a dangerous turn.

Director: Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping / Run time: 18 mins

Precious Hair & Beauty

An ode to the mundanity and madness of the high street, told through the window of an African hair salon.

Director: John Oganmuyiwa / Run time: 11 mins

The screenings will be followed by an In Conversation event with Jessi Gutch and Joan Parsons. 

Jessi Gutch

Jessi Gutch is a British independent filmmaker, with a particular interest in documentary and narrative stories. Living with incurable ovarian cancer, she is committed to working with disabled talent and representing illness, dying and death in an empowering and celebratory way. Also, living in Folkestone, Jessi is keen to make films that are both set in and bring more industry opportunities to the Kent region.



BFI Film Academy

Recommends are programmes of screenings of highly recommended films made by new and established filmmakers, providing young people with the opportunity to appreciate and learn about the art of cinematic storytelling.

Find out more about BFI Film Academy here. BFI Film Academy Venue Education Fund in delivered in NI by the Nerve Centre in partnership with QFT and Film Hub NI. The BFI Film Academy programme is supported using funds from the National Lottery.