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!