Edinburgh Short Film Festival: Best Comedy Series 1

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  • 11 Episodes

For our 10th Year Anniversary celebrations, we’re screening our 10 Years Best comedy online only this November.

From Sex comedies to romantic comedy as well as black comedy, we’ve a brilliant programme of the best comedy shorts of the last 10 years, featuring Belgian black comedy, Croatian & Canadian comedy, Johnny Vegas does Get Carter & a New York sex dungeon!

Since 2011, comedies have always held a special place in the ESFF and we’ve picked a wide range of award-winning and brilliantly inventive comedy shorts as part of our 10th year celebrations.

There’s ‘The Session’ by Morgane Becerril, a wry sex comedy that follows Daphne - a beautiful dominatrix whose client obediently waits, wearing only a gas mask and underwear. What follows is a give and take journey into the relationships between dominatrix and submissive, teacher and student, patient, and healer. Johnny Vegas stars in Adam Woodhall’s ‘Dark_Net’, compelling and hilarious, Alan (Johnny Vegas) searches for answers on the internet in the form of a highly trained deadly assassin. But he’s about to learn the true price of entering the ‘dark_net’. A genuinely funny and reverential take on Get Carter.

A firm ESFF favourite, ‘Madam Black’ by Ivan Barge won the Audience Award at Clermont-Ferrand and at the New Zealand Int. Film Festivals. A deliciously dark comedy with novel use for a dead cat, the film follows an initially desperate photographer, whose life changes when he encounters a deceased feline.

Belgian comedy short film has been particularly strong over recent years and we’re delighted to include an example of some of their dark but hugely imaginative comedies. ‘The Glorious Peanut’ by Fred De Loof & Fred Labeye is a very dark but uproariously funny and strangely compelling Belgian comedy, with a lot to say about the human condition.

Karla Lulic’s ‘In The Name of the Strawberry, the Chocolate & The Holy Spirit’ is a character comedy that follows Petar, a devoted priest in a village full of Christian zealots, when one Sunday after mass, he feels a craving for some ice cream. Understated and very funny comic acting, along with the director’s feel for the bizarre, petty injustices of small-town life, make this an outstanding comedy.

‘Imitations’ by Fabian Velasco & Milos Mitrovic delves into the dark, delusional world of the superfan, an introverted super fan named Arnold begins to experience irreversible side after getting plastic surgery to look like a famous teen popstar. Witty and decidedly dark sci fi comedy horror with shades of Zoolander, a modern fable with fabulous score!

Brilliantly staged Indie comedy, ‘The Dijon Story’ by Mikko Myllylahti, follows four Finnish hipsters who end up in a funky bar in Berlin. Kaarlo is trying to impress the girls by telling them what once happened to his Lappish friend Toni, in another bar in Dijon, France. A dark take on the sometimes-absurd world of Berlin hipster-dom.

We’re big fans of Martin Lennon’s docs and ‘Oor Wally’ (The Warrior) is a deeply funny and light-hearted documentary short film that follows Scotland’s most unique mascot ‘Wally the Warrior’ across an eventful football season. Wally also happens to be Eleanor, a mother of eight and and granny of seven.

Will Kenning’s ’The Legend of Bob Leonard’ is a grimly funny period comedy set in medieval England. After a Norman procession is routed by a gang of thugs, a captive minstrel manages to trade

his life for a song…and the chance to write history. Darkly ironic comedy with shades of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it creates its medieval universe with realism and grit.

The adventures of Automan are recounted in ‘On the Road’ by Blomme Molenstra, a brilliantly inventive Dutch comedy. Automan (Johan Derycke), is a self-proclaimed traffic assistant who knows a thing or two about the road. From a high viewpoint, we get a unique view of Automan’s way of dealing with a dangerous situation.

We’re thrilled to bring all these brilliant comedy shorts together in one programme and looking forward to introducing them to new audiences!

Episodes

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13m
The Session

Dir: Morgane Becceril US/Canada

In the underground recesses of an S&M dungeon we join Daphne - a beautiful dominatrix. Her client obediently waits, wearing only a gas mask and underwear. Entering the room with grace and power, Daphne seems ready to embody the dominant sexuality her submissive client might need. But is she ready? What follows is a give and take journey into the relationships between dominatrix and submissive, teacher and student, patient, and healer.

7m
The Legend of Bob Leonard

Dir: Will Kenning UK

After a Norman procession is routed by a gang of thugs, a captive minstrel manages to trade his life for a song…and the chance to write history. Darkly ironic comedy with shades of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, creates its medieval universe with realism and grit.

18m
The Glorious Peanut

Dir: Fred De Loof Belgium

Patrick is not a peanut, he’s a 30-year-old bald lumberjack. He dreams about having friends, and above all about having a girlfriend… Griet for example, the young, Flemish farmer-girl from the village, whom he has fancied since forever. But being bald, he will never get any friends, let alone Griet. Then one day, he gets to eat a peanut and that will change his life…. Very dark but uproariously funny and strangely compelling Belgian comedy, with a lot to say about the human condition.

11m
Madam Black

Dir: Ivan Barge New Zealand

Multi-award winning, deliciously dark comedy with novel use for a dead cat. On the way home from a job for his glamour portrait company ‘Hotbods’, Marcus, runs over a cat. He discovers its young owner, Tilly, searching for it on the front lawn outside her house. To dodge the awkward situation, Marcus hides the body of the cat and consoles Tilly by telling her Madam Black has gone on a round-the-world trip. When Tilly asks for evidence, Marcus assures her Madam has sent a postcard, and promises to bring it to her.

10m
The Dijon Story

Dir: Mikko Myllylahti Finland

Four Finnish hipsters end up in a funky bar in Berlin. Kaarlo is trying to impress the girls by telling them what once happened to his not-so-talkative Lappish friend Toni, in another bar in Dijon, France. A dark take on the sometimes absurd world of Berlin hipster-dom.

20m
In the Name of Strawberry, The Chocolate & The Holy Spirit

Dir: Karla Lulic Croatia

Petar is a devoted priest in a village full of Christian zealots. One Sunday after the mass, he feels a craving for some ice cream. Determined to preserve the virtue of their priest, the villagers defy his wishes. However, Petar will do anything for this simple pleasure, even at the cost of his faith.

Understated and very funny comic acting, along with the director’s feel for the bizarre, petty injustices of small-town life, make this an outstanding comedy drama.

10m
Imitations

Canada Dir: Fabian Velasco & Milos Mitrovic

After getting plastic surgery to look like a famous teen popstar, an introverted super fan named Arnold begins to experience irreversible side effects as his face begins to fall apart during a night out doing karaoke. Witty and decidedly dark sci fi comedy horror with shades of Zoolander, a modern fable with fabulous score!

12m
Oor Wally

Scotland Dir: Martin Lennon

Oor Wally (The Warrior) is a deeply funny and light-hearted documentary short film that follows Scotland’s most unique mascot Wally the Warrior across an eventful football season. Wally also happens to be Eleanor, a mother of eight and and granny of seven.

5m
On the Road

Dir: Blomme Molenstra Netherlands

Automan (Johan Derycke), is a self-proclaimed traffic assistant who knows a thing or two about the road. When his radio reports signs of a stationary vehicle stranded on the highway, the investigation begins. From a high viewpoint, we get a unique view on Automan’s way of dealing with a dangerous situation.

Brilliantly inventive Dutch Comedy.

12m
Dark_Net

Dir: Adam Woodhall UK

Alan (Johnny Vegas) searches for answers in all the wrong places and this time he thinks he’s found them…on the internet in the form of a highly trained deadly assassin. But he’s about to learn the true price of entering the ‘dark_net’.