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Cinemagic presents the competition shortlist for drama shorts, part 1. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of young people and meet the filmmaking stars of the future.
Rickshaw (Dir: Raphaël Hernandez)
Paul and his family are going for a fun rickshaw ride when a sudden encounter stops them on their way back home.
Proper British Cuppa (Dir: Fin Wallace)
Alice accompanies a quirky family to a greasy spoon café to discuss the joys of the British cup of tea.
Foundation (Dir: Seán Treacy)
When Noah decides to play an innocent game with a roommate on his last day of summer camp, he makes a sobering discovery that puts his romantic interest into perspective.
Another Great Night (Dir: Eden Campbell)
A walk home after a night out is fraught with risk and harassment.
Better Before (Dir: Niall McCloskey)
After getting fired from his job, Jonas is invited out for drinks with an old friend.
Drive (Dir: Ben Craig)
Two ex-lovers are forced to confront their past whilst on the run from the police.
Cycle Path (Dir: Red Wade)
After receiving an outrageous email from his anti-eco boss, a climate conscious cyclist hijacks an important meeting and teaches his colleagues a lesson they’ll never forget.
Always Connected (Dir: Charlie Baxter)
Told through videos from social media, we are taken on a journey of friendship, loss and finding connection even in the hardest of times.
Insomniac (Dir: Lewis Bell)
Resigned to a grimy, unpleasant façade, Laura is bound by insomnia to night-time unhappiness.
Suong (Dir: Evan Preston)
Triggered by the loss of her mother, an art student experiences unsettling visions which she needs to understand so that she can fully express herself.
Metronome (Dir: Bethany Lockhart, Haris Akhtar & Lucy Wallis)
As Lydia prepares for her piano exam, the anxieties of her life overwhelm her.
Photosensitive (Dir: Alfie Wickham)
A man’s moral compass is crushed in a discussion about non-consensual photography and filming.
What Have I Become (Dir: Alfie Rowley-Stone)
A powerful story about aggression and coercion within a group dynamic.
The Frustracean (Dir: James Hindle)
It’s the day of his audition and James has overslept. It’s a race against time, will he make it?
Runner (Dir: Archie Barton, Jacob Bradley, Catherine Fitzhugh Wilson, Ella Henry, Kimberly Johnson, Peyi Johnson, Alfie Malley, Finlay Mulligan-Wild & Charlie Wedge)
Marcus, an enthusiastic runner who struggles to pay bills, finds a way to earn extra cash through a mysterious neighbour.
Pity Party (Dir: Emer O’Hare)
A young woman is apprehensive about growing up and facing adulthood.
Every year Cinemagic receive hundreds of entries into CINEMAGIC YOUNG FILMMAKER from young people wishing to share their stories with a wider audience. In 2023 they received over 700 short film submissions from the next generation of young creatives, from throughout the UK and Ireland, and are delighted to share with you the competition shortlists.
Content warning: This package contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
Age Suitability: This shorts package has been given an age recommendation of 15+ due to adult themes and strong language.
Screening as part of the Cinemagic Film Festival. For more information about the festival visit cinemagic.org.uk.
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