Films in competition
The Eagleman Stag by Mikey Please
If you repeat the word ‘fly’ for long enough it sounds like you’re saying the word ‘life’. This is of no help to Peter; his answers lie in the brain of a stag beetle. A stop-frame 3D, origami-inspired short drama from RCA recent graduate Please – definitely a new talent to watch.
The Eagleman by Mikey Please / UK / 2010 / 8:55 / BAFTA short animation nomination
Turning by Karni & Saul
Commissioned by BBC Film Network as part of the BBC Drama Shorts scheme.
The Silence Beneath the Bark by Joanna Lurie
In the depths of a wintery forest, curious little creatures discover how fascinating and white the snow is, as it whirls them giddily on their way to extraordinary encounters under the earth and amidst the tree roots. Fresh from an extensive festival tour, including Clermont Ferrand, Edinburgh and onedotzero, this charming character-led animation is a strong French contender to be garlanded at the upcoming Oscars and a rare welcome appearance of a female Director in the shortlist.
The Silence Beneath the Bark by Joanna Lurie / France / 2009 / 10:39 / Oscars-longlisted animation
Making-of Documentary and Trailer
Wish 143 by Ian Barnes
More a mini feature film than a short film, Wish 143 tells the story of a young man desperate to lose his virginity before his time runs out. Although sombre in theme, the film manages to lift up out of the self-reflective and is a fresh look at a young man’s desire to ‘lose his cherry’ before he gets too sick to be able to go out and meet girls. The supporting roles of the Priest and the Lady Escort, played by Jim Carter and Jodie Whittaker respectively, lend the film more gravitas, without descending into melodrama.
Wish 143 by Ian Barnes / UK / 2010 / 23:00 / Oscars-longlisted short film