Edinburgh Short Film Festival: Best Film Catalogue Series 1

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For our 10th Year Anniversary celebrations, we’re screening our 10 Years Best Films online only this November. With 10 years of outstanding filmmaking talent showcasing online, including our Best Film award winners of the last 10 years.

There’s stunningly realised German modern gothic fantasy, Oscar-nominated Canadian drama, inventive experimental filmmaking, and comedy-dramas that touch the human condition. Our Best Film Award has been running since 2014 and we’re excited to screen them together for the first time. ‘90 Grad Nord’ by Detsky Graffam is a bizarre and horrifying fantasy about a deadly traffic island in the middle of a German forest - and its prisoners attempts to escape its lethal embrace. A staff favourite and a humorous, fantastical parable offering an extreme take on the notion of following the rules of a civil society.

We’re also excited to show ‘Stay Awake, Be Ready’ by Pham Thien An, A multi-coloured slice of life, when society makes people rush through their daily lives, they often think of themselves as the centre of the universe and fail to see the bigger picture. An’s film is a unique take on cinema and on everyday life.

Our favourite Scottish short film of recent years is ‘A Wee Night In’ by Stuart Edwards, a funny and irreverent doc that follows the ongoing romance between Chrissy, 95, frail but full of life, and Chrissy’s 91-year-old boyfriend Bill who is coming over for a visit. A great double act and 2015 Best Film winner.

Also deserving of a place is 2017’s winner, the unique ‘Paco’ by Catalina Jordan Alvarez, A wonderfully funny comic portrait of a catcaller, shot with a non-professional cast and captured with disarmingly intimate 16mm photography. Simultaneously sweet and slightly disturbing, ‘Paco’ engages and repels with equal force. A uniquely comic vision directed with panache and vision.

‘He And She’ by Marco Gadge is a wonderful one-take short that crosses motorways and petrol stations to follow Thomas and his campervan, on his way to a life that includes only himself and his girlfriend… but when she breaks up with him, the dream goes up in smoke. Hugely impressive short that is both witty and engaging as well as compelling.

Oscar-nominated Canadian drama ‘Fauve’ by Jeremy Comte is a remarkable and dark drama set in a surface mine. Two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. Taut, intense, and confidently directed, Fauve won our 2018 Best Film award and the Special Jury Award at Sundance 2018. The gripping and sardonically comic short ‘Emergency’ by Carey Williams won the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. Faced with an emergency, a group of young Black and Latino friends

carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police. Race relations thriller comedy treated with insight and employs dark humor to subtly, but effectively, explore very real and very topical racial issues.

We’re thrilled to bring all these incredible short films together in one programme and looking forward to introducing them to new audiences!

Our 10 Years Best Films: Sun 14 Nov - Sun 21 Nov Online Only!

Episodes

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90 Grad Nord

Dir:Detsky Graffam Germany Fantasy

A stunningly realized, bizarre and horrifying fantasy about a deadly traffic island in the middle of a German forest - and its prisoners attempts to escape its lethal embrace. A staff favourite and a humorous, fantastical parable offering an extreme take on the notion of following the rules of a civil society.

14m
Stay Awake, Be Ready

Dir: Pham Thien An Vietnam Drama

A motorbike crash happening beside the street stalls on an average street corner in Vietnam is embedded in the mysterious story of three young men. A multi-color slice of life, when society makes people rush through their daily lives, they often think of themselves as the centre of the universe and fail to see the bigger picture.

11m
A Wee Night In

Stuart Edwards Scotland Documentary

Chrissy was a sickly child, so no one expected her to live to a ripe old age. Nevertheless, this Scottish woman is now 95, frail but full of life. From her house in a village near Glasgow, she engages in activities that keep her active and involved with life. Today, Chrissy’s 91-year-old boyfriend Bill is coming over for a nice evening.

12m
Paco

USA Director: Catalina Jordan Alvarez Experimental Drama

A wonderfully funny comic portrait of a catcaller, choreographed with a non-professional cast and captured with disarmingly intimate 16mm photography. Simultaneously sweet and slightly disturbing, Paco engages and repels with equal force. Uniquely comic and brilliantly played and directed with panache and vision.

15m
He And She

Dir: Marco Gadge Germany Drama

Thomas is on his way to a life that includes only himself and his girlfriend… but when she breaks up with him, the dream goes up in smoke. Then he meets Annemarie at a lonely rest stop. As he tells the quirky old woman about his failed relationship, he comes to realize that, whatever happens, however dark and horrible things seem, there are always reasons to jump into life with both feet.

16m
Fauve

Dir: Jeremy Comte Canada Drama

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. Taut and intense and confidently directed, Fauve won Best of Festival Award at Palm Springs International Shortfest 2018 and the Special Jury Award at Sundance 2018.

11m
Emergency

Dir: Carey Williams USA Comedy Drama

Faced with an emergency, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police. Race relations thriller comedy treated with insight and employs dark humor to subtly, but surprisingly effectively, explore very real and very topical racial issues.