GALA OPENING – Screening One – Thursday 4th April, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
My Body is Not a Weapon
‘My Body is Not a Weapon’, the debut film by world renowned photographer Platon, documents the harrowing experiences of wartime rape survivors and forced child-labourers, and the extraordinary holistic healing sanctuary, Panzi Hospital. It is here that we meet Dr. Denis Mukwege. He and his team have treated more than 52,000 survivors of sexualised violence and the film tells the stories of just a few of those thousands.
Narrated by Platon, the film examines the intersection between wartime rape survivors and western organisations and world leaders. The portraits by Platon show survivors in esteem with those of all the world leaders Platon has ever photographed – including six Nobel Peace Prize laureates, every living US president, over 35 covers for TIME Magazine, and four books featuring cultural icons and celebrities that influence the media environment.
Contains images some viewers may find upsetting.
Filmed in an unnamed Syrian refugee camp around the borders of Jordan, where Fatima (unknown age) lives with her family and neighbours who fled their war-torn homes. Fatima gives moving personal insight into what it is to become a young woman in such a harsh environment.
Director: Omar Rammal
ENOUGH | The Empowered Women of Korogocho
Beatrice Nyariara lives in Korogocho. It’s widely considered to be Nairobi’s most dangerous slum. Crime and gang activity is high, addiction rampant and rape a continual threat. Beatrice decided enough was enough. It was time to fight back.
Director: Brent Foster
Adult subject matter.
Screening Two – Friday 5th April, 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
A snapshot of Ireland brought to life by director Hector for Maverick Sabre’s new single Glory.
Director: Hector Dockrill
A Wider Screen
This funny, unique animated documentary gives intimate insight into how virtual reality (VR) can have a positive impact on the social lives of its users. 70% of the film is shot within VRChat, a VR social platform which allows users to create their own worlds and avatars and, in this case, share their experiences through their online characters.
Director: Joe Hunting
Dena needs to renew her driver’s license, but when officials notice a scar on her wrist and her tattoo, they began looking at her with suspicion. Powerful Iranian drama.
Director: Farhad Delaram
Starring: Behdokht Vallian & Mojtabba Fallahi
Country: Islamic Republic of Iran
Wait For Laugh
When a man walks away from a twelve-story jump without a scratch, he begins a journey that has him questioning everything he once believed about life… and death.
Director: Patrick Franklin
Starring: Tim Spears, Amie Lytie, Philana Mia & Patrick Shea
After the collapse of the Soviet Union presidential and rebel forces fought in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Gia, a rebel soldier, needs medicine for his son but getting it won’t be easy.
Director: Giorgi Tavartkiladze
Starring: Vakhtang Chachanidze, Jano Izoria, Dimitri Tsintsadze, Davit Kvirtskhalia & Mamuka Esadze
A Reasonable Request
A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father to ask a jaw-dropping favour in this dark American comedy.
Director: Andrew Laurich
Starring: Stephen Ellis & John Ennis
On the side of a rural highway, a bizarre encounter with a Metalhead takes a profound turn.
Director: Toma Noakes
Starring: Toby Wallace & Sara West
This stark British drama joins the people involved in the aftermath of a fatal stabbing.
Director: Charlotte Regan
Starring: Jo Jo Lau, Thanpisit Tangwongsiri & Naomi Jamboretz
After a young woman gets a phone call informing her of some shockingly tragic news, she and her boyfriend must resolve a run-of-the-mill squabble while simultaneously reckoning with a life-altering event.
Director: Alex Cohen
Starring: Erica Hernandez & Anthony Sneed
Screening Three – Saturday 6th April, 1 pm to 3 pm
Ten Meter Tower
On a 10-metre diving tower, fear of taking the leap is pitted against losing face if you chicken out. An insight into human nature in this funny, heart-warming fly-on-the-board documentary.
Director: Axel Danielson & Maximilien van Aertryck
Two adventurous lemurs meet as they navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world but will the elements put pay to their chances at love? Beautifully animated family fun.
Director: Mark C. Smith
A thrill-seeking ski-tourist speeds down a secluded mountain. An Indigenous ski-hunter primes his bow for the killing strike. Their paths are about to collide.
Director: Howard Wimshurst
Nine year-old Casey is left alone in charge of her two young sisters by her troubled mum in this stark British drama. When there’s a medical emergency Casey must make the difficult decision of protecting her errant mum or saving her sister’s life. Based on a true story.
Director: Christopher Holt
Starring: Mollie Cowen, Kiera Thompson & Emily Haigh
A King’s Betrayal
The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata in this comical American tearjerker.
Director: David Bornstein
Starring: Ahmed El-Mawas, Bryson Robinson, Adrian Gomez & Tiffany Peterson.
A lonely boy plans to escape his troubled homelife by finding friends through writing a message in a bottle, casting it into the ocean and letting fate take a hand. Surprising British micro comedy.
Director: Tony Burke
Starring: Jason Flemyng, Ronnie Wren & Lia Burge
No ill Will
Elinborg bumps into her friend Marita at the grocery store where the conversation quickly takes an awkward turn in this Danish drama.
Director: Andrias Høgenni
Starring: Mariann Hansen, Sissal Drews Hjaltelin, Niels Dampe & Jóhan Herlon Jacobsen
Singleton Eloise invites a man she’s just met online to her apartment but when he turns up she gets less than she’d bargained for.
Director: Caroline Lindy
Starring: Caroline Lindy & Jack Henry Robbins
Screening Four – Saturday 6th April, 3.30pm to 5.30pm
A young migrant teenager has to deal with more than her more obvious plight.
Director: Lowri Roberts
Starring: Naomi Lune
A recent spinal cord injury patient struggles to reconcile his sense of self-worth with his new reality as a paraplegic. Emotional American drama inspired by a true story.
Director: Andrew Reid
Starring: London Brown & Pruitt Taylor Vince
A husband wakes up to a totally original and brilliant idea but dare he share it?
Director: N’cee van Heerden
Starring: Ben Cotton & Kett Turton
Candy Coated Poison
Beautiful evocative animation shows the more sinister side to the gaming industry in the small city of Macau.
Director: Sok Ieng Ho
An amateur ghost-hunting vlogger decides to take his viewers to the site of a recent grisly murder – and you know that’s never a good idea. (You might want to use this programme to hide behind.)
Director: Travis Darkow
Starring: Travis Darkow
Rolf-Ulf is confronted with the aftermath of his grandfather’s death in rural Norway.
Director: Sascha Taylor Larsen
Starring: Tobias Aksdal, Tina Hartvig & Aslag Guttormsgaard
The UK’s number one celebrity sex-tape broker is confronted by his worst nightmare – a tape of his own wife.
Director: Benedict Cohen
Starring: Matt Bardock, Anna Wilson-Jones, James Nelson-Joyce & Scarlett Archer
Happily Never After
Giving the hubby a personal birthday gift turns out to be a rather complicated act. Harsh Icelandic drama.
Director: Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
Starring: Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir & Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
White Guys Solve Sexism
The Harvey Weinstein scandal makes two men realise that all their favourite films are sexist, leading them down a dark path of discovery.
Director: Christopher Guerrero
Staring: Max Baumgarten, Leah Lamarr & Kyle Helf
Screening Five – Sunday 7th April, 3.30pm to 5.30pm
With or Without
Benjamin Howdeshell partners with film icon Milla Jovovich in directing a horror short film-slash-music video for the Berlin-based band Parcels.
Director: Benjamin Howdeshell
Starring: Milla Jovovich
A poetic journey through depression. Two passengers in one car represent the two sides of consciousness. Starting in control of the vehicle, a battle for power ensues as Denis Prose grows stronger.
Director: Marvin Sordell, Will Miller & Maxwell Harris-Tharp
Starring: Marvin Sordell & Will Miller
MEN of VISION
At the turn of the 20th Century, swaggering inventor Hubert Moss is having a dry spell that threatens to ruin him. Could the young acolyte who shows up at his door be his salvation?
Director: Frank Todaro
Starring: Aaron Serotsky & Bryan Burton
Knife crime in South London is brought under the spotlight in this emotional, gritty, British drama.
Director: Hector Dockrill
Tony & The Bull
A moving peek into the life of Tony, a former butcher, and his sole companion Scrunch, a fully-grown tea-bag stealing, cigarette munching, house-trained highland bull, who share a home together.
Director: John McFarlane
A Family Affair
Annabelle wakes up in a stranger’s bedroom on her 30th birthday and thinks the day cannot get any worse. But then Bernard walks in…
Director: Florence Keith-Roach
Starring: Floren Keith-Roach & John Standing
Fuelled by Class A drugs and desperation a couple attempt to capitalise on an unlikely opportunity. Grim American comedy drama that’s not for the squeamish.
Director: Logan George & Celine Held
Starring: Vanessa Wasche & Logan George
The future has come and it seems cold-callers are not just a thing of the past and they are just as unwelcome. Futuristic Russian comedy drama.
Director: Lupashko Alexandra
Starring: Kulik Eugeniy, Lavec Vladimir & Medvedev Vadim
Elise’s Alzheimers prevents her from understanding the world and leaves her just a few memories to cling to. Emotional Swiss animation.
Director: Valentine Moser
A young father wakes to domestic bliss – or does he?
Director: Bobby Serros
Starring: Ashley Dougherty & Freddie Jarret