Official Selections & running Order, Edition 8 Discover Film Awards

Session 1 opening night – Thursday 10th October

Funfair
Majid, a poor young man, comes up with a rather plan to better the life of his family but his wife, Sarah, has reservations.
Director: Kaveh Mazaheri
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 15

Difference
This sharp Iranian comedy meets a man and his imaginary friend, and another who doesn’t believe he exists.
Director: Ali Asadollahi
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Runtime: 14

Starvation
A hungry wolf gets stereotyped about being ‘the big bad wolf’ of the nursery story – but who says there’s only one wold out there? Sinister animation.
Director: Zahra Rostampour
Genre: Animation
Runtime: 7

The City of Honey
Children can dream but eventually everyone must wake-up. Stark Iranian drama.
Director: Moein Ruholamini
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 8

The Dérive
A young woman decides to dance through an old bazaar in Tehran. Director: Tanin Torabi.
Genre: Experimental/Dance
Runtime: 8

Retouch
When Maryam’s husband has an unfortunate accident right in front of her she is left with a serious dilemma.
Director: Kaveh Mazaheri
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 19

The Train
Full of happiness a man rides a flying bike in the sky, but is all as it seems in this darkly disturbing animation?
Director: Javad Matouri
Genre: Micro-animation
Runtime: 3

Tattoo
A young Iranian woman had not been expecting an inquisition when she tries to renew her driver’s license.
Director: Farhad Delaram
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 15

Session 2 – Friday 11th October

Dead Animals
With a heavy heart a man brings his dead cat to an animal carcass disposal centre when a mysterious woman appears offering an alternative end for his beloved pussy. Scenes of dead animals some viewers may find distressing.
Director: David Oesch & Remo Rickenbacher
Country: Switzerland
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Runtime: 10

Osuba
A strong visual expression and emotional trip about domestic violence. Scenes of violence some viewers may find distressing.
Director: Frederico Marsicano
Country: Italy
Genre: Experimental
Runtime: 6

People You May Know
11 years after their break up, a woman tracks down her first love through Facebook. But why? Adult themes some viewers may find upsetting.
Director: Louisa Fielden
Country: UK
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 16

In a Jungle
Ayamgba is a predator who harbours street kids in the remains of a ship wreck. In order to keep even this scant roof over their heads and get some level of protection they must do her bidding. Harrowing and difficult drama with scenes of violence and sex viewers may find distressing.
Director: Uduak Etukudo
Country: Nigeria
Genre: Drama (student)
Runtime: 12

WORK
So, what have you been working on today? Director: Balázs Simon
Country: Hungry
Genre: Music/Animation
Runtime: 4

This is English
It’s been 14 years since Clive formed a group for grammar enthusiasts. But as the war on words wages on, he decides the time has come to try a different approach.
Director: Sam Hurlock & Joe Beverley
Country: UK
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 9

TIME
A riot rips through the secure wing of a British prison. As the violence closes in, Joyce, an inmate with a target on his back makes one final call home.
Director: Neil Linpow & Greg Francis
Country: UK
Genre: Micro-drama
Runtime: 5

My Dad’s Name was Huw. He was an Alcoholic.
An intimate and insightful documentary short unravelling the state of mind of my late alcoholic father through the poems he left behind.
Director: Freddie Griffiths
Country: UK
Genre: Poetry/Animation/Experimental (student)
Runtime: 8

Hemtjänst – Home Care
It’s Christmas in Stockholm and Alex, a carer for the elderly, has struck a dark partnership with the charming Leon to steal from other clients.
Director: Thoedor Solin
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Runtime: 14

Last Dates
Three separate couples on three separate dates reach the end of their relationships. Director: Ben Mallaby.
Country: UK
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 14

Session Three (Saturday 12th October – Matinee)

No Sincerer Love
Harriet has prepared a tea party for her friends. But that afternoon, the girls’ seemingly perfect lives begin to unravel.
Director: Amelia Saunders
Country: Australia
Genre: Comedy/Drama (student)
Runtime: 14

The Bird & the Whale
A young whale struggles to find his voice in this beautiful hand-painted animation.
Director: Carol Freeman
Country: Ireland
Genre:Animation
Runtime: 7

Deep Clean
A troubled kid forced into boring work experience on his uncle’s road crew discovers there’s more to digging up pavements than you might think.
Director: Matt Harlock
Country: UK
Genre:Comedy/Sci-fi
Runtime: 14

Fierce
An unlikely pair of dinosaurs learn to accept themselves and appreciate their differences.
Director: Imo Rolfe
Country: USA
Genre: Micro-animationn (student)
Runtime: 2

The Beast Without
A documentary film crew follows Daphne on her first assignment as a professional monster.
Director: Ilektra Poirazoglou
Country: Greece
Genre:Comedy/Mockumentary
Runtime: 17

The Curious Child
A young girl asks a question so big – it takes a lifetime to forget.
Director: Howard Vause
Country: UK
Genre: Micro-animation
Runtime: 3

Moloka’i Bound
A wayward young man, recently released from prison, struggles to reconnect with his son and Hawaiian heritage.
Director: Alika Maikau
Country: USA
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 9

Troublemaker
On a hot day in Eastern Nigeria, a young boy learns that actions have consequences.
Director: Olive Nwosu
Country: Nigeria
Genre: Drama (student)
Runtime: 11

Bump
A girl’s imagination runs riot when she hears things go bump, bump, bump, in the night.
Director: Matt Huntley
Country: UK
Genre: Micro-comedy
Runtime: 3

Wurlitzer
Stunning music video created for Leifur James’s ‘Wulitzer’.
Director: Balázs Simon
Country: Hungary
Genre: Music/Experiemental
Runtime: 4

The Story of Pema
The breathtaking story of a young Tibetan nomad and her epic seasonal journey across the mountains of Amdo Region, Tibet.
Director: Martin Buzora
Country: China
Genre: Micro-Documentary
Runtime: 5

Session 4 (Saturday 12th October – Evening)

Two Man’s Land
Two men meet on a bench and get to talking while they wait for something to happen. But both being dead does not mean they have much in common.
Director: Matt Holt
Country: UK
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 7

No.3: In the Absence of Angels
In the brutal aftermath of being raped in broad daylight, Crystal is forced to make an irreparable decision that will shape the person she’s about to become. Another harrowing but thought- provoking drama by the winner of last year’s Craghoppers Film Prize. Contains graphic scenes of rape that viewers will find distressing.
Director: Camille Hollett-French
Country: Canada
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 23

Let’s Go Down
On the night of her 30th birthday party a young woman makes two important decisions, the first is to quit smoking, the second is to get revenge.
Director: Phil Davis
Country: USA
Genre:Drama
Runtime: 20

Art of Villainy | Fiat Panda Edition
They say Brits play the best villains, but what makes a great villain? Tom Hiddleston Jaguar advert spoof.
Director: Alun Morgan
Country: UK
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 3

Urban Scout
A group of inner-city boy scouts set out for an overnight camping trip. What is meant to be a fun learning experience quickly escalates into a nightmare for them all.
Director: Matthew Vaughan
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy/Thriller
Runtime: 10

North Pier
North Pier follows a young runaway, Liam, as he navigates his way through the streets of the British seaside town of Blackpool.
Director: Dylan Howell
Country: UK
Genre: Drama (student)
Runtime: 13

This is Depression
A short, dark, animated film about the day the sky fell in and living with depression.
Director: Denise Harrison
Country: UK
Genre: Animation
Runtime: 5

The Arctic
The crystallisation of different salts are captured and recorded by Chinese scientists filming over 7 months to create this stunningly beautiful process.
Director: Wenting Zhu
Country: China
Genre: Science/Experiemental
Runtime: 3

Insecurity Questions
Spencer just wants to get through to his bank.
Director: Behnam Taheri & Gideon Beresford
Country: UK
Genre: Micro-comedy
Runtime: 5

Brought to you by Satan
A young woman grapples with the supernatural origins of a family dinner. Director: Holly Laurent
Country: USA
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Runtime: 11

Miracle Desert
Two criminals buried up to their necks in the desert must outwit a dangerous lawman before the real killer arrives.
Director: Mark Hosack
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 13

Session 5 (Sunday 13th October)

Capital
When a misjudged referendum on capital punishment comes back 50.9% in favour of hanging, a group of civil servants meet on the first day of their new job in the Department of Capital Punishment.
Director: Freddy Syborn
Country: UK
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 15

Stealing Silver
A woman confronts a painful time in her life after discovering the truth about a mysterious old man living across the road from her.
Director: Mark Lobatto
Country: UK
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 20

Bailaora
“A war. A child. A dream.” Director: Rubin Stein Country: Spain
Genre: Experimental/Dance/Horror (student) Runtime: 15

Was Bleibt (Touch Me)
A young couple struggle to deal with the cancer that’s threatening to tear them apart in this emotional German drama.
Director: Eileen Byrne
Country: Germany
Genre: Drama (student)
Runtime: 21

Madben – Grief, Dance to Death
A soldier wakes up in a deserted landscape. Lost, he walks for days and weeks before encountering a mysterious object.
Director: NOBRAIN
Country: France
Genre: Music/Experiemental
Runtime: 4

Goldfish
In the aftermath of her older brother’s death, Viola is struggling to process her grief. With only her mother and precious pet goldfish for company, her rosy view of the world is turned upside down in this gritty British weepy.
Director: Hector Dockrill
Country: UK
Genre: Drama Runtime: 18

The Beauty
What if plastic could be integrated into sea life? Take a deep breath and dive into a world, where feelings of guilt dissolve amongst the mysterious depths of the ocean.
Director: Pascal Schelbli
Country: Germany
Genre: Animation (student)
Runtime: 4

May… I Have This Dance?
The heart-warming story of a girl who loved to dance… as told by Sir John Standing.
Director: Matthew Maude
Country: UK
Genre: Micro-comedy
Runtime: 4