These specially curated selections invite audiences to traverse fascinating thematic pathways and explore the innovative and exciting work of some of the most talented short-form filmmakers from both the UK and further afield.
Works investigating how we perceive the world through moving image (Optics), the delirious slippage between dream and reality (Dream Images), engaging the body as a political force (Resistant Bodies) and two programmes showcasing UK talent (Firecracker and Kaleidoscope).
Please note, the films in each individual programme may not screen in the order listed.
Bridging the Gap - Love - 4pm Filmhouse 1
Six shorts from the Scottish Documentary Institute’s emerging talent initiative Bridging the Gap on the theme of love. A kaleidoscope of intimate and thought-provoking stories: love in the face of death, love that drives you, unspoken desires and the complicated love we hold for home and family.
Crannog by Isa Rao/UK/2018/13 mins
Ululation by Carina Haouchine/UK/2018/10 mins
The Racer by Alex Harron/UK/2018/10 mins
I Don't Want to Call It Home by Léa Luiz de Oliveira, Nisan Yetkin/UK/2018/10 mins
El Hor by Dianne Lucille Campbell/UK/2018/13 mins
Stretch by Jay Bedwani/UK/2018/12 mins
Dream Images - 6pm Cineworld
Image and sound are synthesised to create a dreamlike trajectory through the reimagined biography of an enigmatic Bollywood performer. Hazy field notes that hover between reality and fiction are drawn from the travels of legendary Japanese underground folk singer Kazuki Tomokawa. The tension between the familiar and the mystical is channeled through the alchemical communion between landscape, folklore and the individual in both Haiti and rural India.
A Fortress (Une forteresse) by Miryam Charles/Canada, Haiti/2018/6 mins
At Dawn the Flowers Open the Gates of Paradise by Elzbieta Piekacz/UK/2017/13 mins
Ayesha by Yanyu Dong/India, China, USA/2017/21 mins
My Home is a Dog that Lives Inside Me by Adam Briggs/Australia, Japan/2017/13 mins
And What is the Summer Saying by Payal Kapadia/India/2018/23 mins
Optics - 6.20pm Cineworld
How does cinema both reflect and distort reality in striking and unexpected ways? Taking this question as a guiding principle, Optics sets in motion a dual investigation into the power of cinematic illusion, as well as the processes and visual language behind the very creation of moving images. These shorts explore performance and its relationship to fiction, the physical and tactile methodologies implicit within analogue filmmaking, an ingenious collapsing of the distance between image and audience, and a foregrounding of the poetic moments uncovered within the everyday.
Tomato by Mark Jenkin/UK/2017/8 mins
Monument: Parts One and Two by Tom Chick/UK/2018/15 mins
Sunstone by Filipa César, Louis Henderson/France, Portugal/2018/35 mins
Un geste d'amour by Maya Corboud/Switzerland/2017/11 mins
Smoke & Mirrors by Tris Vonna-Michell/Sweden/2018/8 mins
UK 1: Firecracker - 3.55pm Cineworld
Teeming with imagination, directorial vision and creative verve, the search for connection and meaning within the chaos of postmodern society echoes through each of these shorts. Journeying into the surreal world of competitive dog shows; negotiating the perils of online dating; the challenges of queer parenting; and the explosive power dynamics that shape our relationships with lovers, family, friends and foes.
Baby Gravy by Marley Morrison/UK/2017/12 mins
Dogma by Francesco Rufini/UK/2018/11 mins
Blue Christmas by Charlotte Wells/UK, USA/2017/16 mins
Bunny by Shaun Hughes/UK/2018/18 mins
12 Point Kill by Iain Mitchell/UK/2018/14 mins
None of the Above by Siri Rodnes/UK/2018/16 mins
Time Away by Maxine Peake/UK/2017/13 mins
The Young & the Wild - 6.25pm Cineworld
Ranging from light hearted to bittersweet, we are delighted to present this year’s collection of shorts, hand picked by our EIFF young programmers. Constantly entertaining and frequently thought-provoking, the programme includes a heart-warming homage to Back to the Future, a deliciously subversive search for sexual freedom, and a delightful delve into kazoo playing in a care home. There is something here for all tastes and our selection is guaranteed to inspire, entertain and intrigue.
Dressed for Pleasure (Je fais où tu me dis) by Marie de Maricourt/Switzerland/2017/17 mins
Ode to Joy by Michael Koshkin/USA/2017/12 mins
Time Traveller by Steve Kenny/UK, Ireland/2017/11 mins
I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled In Furs by Wade Shotter/New Zealand/2017/6 mins
Kiem Holijanda by Sarah Veltmeyer/Netherlands/2017/14 mins
Pop Rox by Nate Trinrud/USA/2017/14 mins
JUCK [THRUST] by Olivia Kastebring/Sweden/2018/18 mins
Where's Your Skirt? - 3.50pm Cineworld
What does it take to be an adult? Let’s hope it’s not cooking. But is it finding your own expression? Taking risks? A sense of responsibility? This programme of short films explores the ideas of adulthood through aspirations of youth across cultures using narrative and documentary films. A carefully curated selection of recently completed films from students from the UK’s film academies, presented by MSc Film, Exhibition & Curation at the University of Edinburgh.
Winter with Umma (Gyeoulgwa Umma) by Suhyun Song/South Korea, UK/2017/9 mins
Salt & Sauce by Alia Ghafar/UK/2017/11 mins
some of these days by Vincent Förster/Germany, UK/2018/16 mins
Three Centimetres by Lara Zeidan/UK/2018/9 mins
Bo & Mei by Camille Liu Nock/UK/2017/15 mins
Homage to Kobane by Soran Qurbani/UK/2017/13 mins
Good Girls by Niamh McKeown/UK/2017/10 mins
Resistant Bodies - 6.20pm Cineworld
Taking as inspiration some of the themes central to Hammer's work, this programme further unpacks these ideas to present a striking panorama of contemporary artists, unified by a similarly radical spirit of playful subversion and aesthetic experimentation. With a focus on the politics of the body, physicality is explored and celebrated through the lenses of performance, space, sensuality and visibility. See also Defiant Bodies: Celebrating Barbara Hammer.
Curated by Lydia Beilby and Kim Knowles.
RIOT NOT DIET by Julia Fuhr Mann/Germany/2018/17 mins
STA! by Pêdra Costa/Austria, Brazil, Germany/2017/6 mins
La Mesa by Adrian Garcia Gomez/USA/2018/10 mins
Between Relating and Use by Nazlı Dinçel/Argentina, USA/2018/9 mins
Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE) by Ja’Tovia Gary/France, USA/2017/6 mins
The World is Round so that Nobody Can Hide in the Corners - Part II: The Kiss by Leandro Goddinho/Germany/2017/5 mins
Printed Sunset by Andrés Baron/Colombia, France/2017/6 mins
Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor by Lynne Sachs/USA/2018/9 mins
Spectres - 6pm Cineworld
An artist in New York battles to make work amid steeply rising rents and living expenses, while a young woman mischievously disarms the power dynamics connected to the dominant male gaze. A surreal trip into the underside of the American dream exposes the darker side of human nature, and we follow the trail of a morally dubious private detective.
Medusa by India Donaldson/USA/2017/11 mins
Unfinished, 2017 (Mixed Media) by Rafael Salazar Moreno/USA/2017/16 mins
& This Too Shall Pass by Salter & Kihlstedt/USA/2017/14 mins
Headless Swans by Jordan Freeman Klaja/USA/2018/25 mins
Souls of Totality by Richard Raymond/UK, USA/2018/18 mins
UK 2: Kaleidoscope - 6.20pm Cineworld
The spirit of innovation and creativity is in full force in this exciting combination of documentary and fiction shorts, drawing together the work of filmmakers from across Scotland. Witness the body explored as a map of remarkable individual experience; an artist's performative dialogue with the Norwegian landscape; the nocturnal hunt for kinship within the urban metropolis and the Scottish wilds presented as both a powerful reflection of personal desolation and a place of spiritual renewal.
These Are My Hands by Evi Tsiligaridou/UK/2018/8 mins
My Head on the Mountain by Anna Stoltzmann/UK/2017/13 mins
Lift Share by Virginia Heath/UK/2018/21 mins
My Loneliness Is Killing Me by Tim Courtney/UK/2018/16 mins
I Was Here by Joe Carter/UK/2018/11 mins
Tomorrow Might Be The Day by Joséfa Celestin/UK/2018/20 mins
New Visions - 3.35pm Cineworld
We have invited filmmakers in Scotland aged 14 to 25 to submit their newest works to EIFF’s very first New Visions short film competition. Out of all the entries, our youth advisory group has selected the most fiery, dazzling and delightful new filmmaker visions to be screened at EIFF and compete for one of two New Visions Awards. Feel the spark at this free public screening.
A Waste of Time by Libby Cavaye, Eilidh MacKinnon/UK/2018/4 mins
Ghost by Georgia Ayres, Sammy McDonald/UK/2017/7 mins
Home by Amber Grieve/UK/2018/2 mins
I AM. by Sandy Morrison/UK/2018/2 mins
INT. Restaurant - Day by Luca MacCormick/UK/2017/5 mins
It's A Small World by Rae-Yen Song/Sri Lanka/2017/15 mins
Jolie by Tom W. Motarski/UK/2018/8 mins
Locker Room by Eden Ferrari/UK/2018/8 mins
Nights Out by Li Gong/UK/2018/15 mins
One Punch Kid by Kitty Darling/UK/2018/8 mins
Somewhere Scary, 1997 by Ruidi Collins/UK/2018/8 mins
The Big Spread by Antonis Kassiotis/UK/2018/2 mins
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