Selections

2020/2021

Judged by; Stoff Rands, Glyn Evans

CATEGORY: LOCAL

Films with connections to Newbury, and surrounding areas

Viskar I Vinden

A feisty forensic investigator is gathering evidence at the murder scene. Until the corpse posthumously communicates with the investigators through its decaying farts. They must conduct a most unusual interview to catch the killer.

Directed by: James Newman

Writen by: James Newman

Viskar I Vinden
A Beautiful Lie

An anniversary brunch. Fine wine and finer conversation. But when an alarm sounds, reality comes crashing down.

Directed by: Andrew Mckenzie

Writen by: Andrew Mckenzie

A Beautiful Lie
Squall

Ben and Margaret, two strangers at rock bottom in their lives for very different reasons, meet in a hotel bar before going on to spend a night putting their respective broken worlds to rights.

Directed by: Mark Brennan

Writen by: Mark Brennan

Awards: Winner, Audience Choice
Squall
Send in the Clowns

A clown struggling to make ends meet is faced with an opportunity he can't afford to miss.

Directed by: Ben Ashton

Writen by: Ben Ashton

Send in the Clowns
Don't Walk

Walkers Jon and Val have always played it safe in life, but a life threatening illness makes them throw caution to the wind - with devastating results.

Directed by: Hannah George

Writen by: Hannah George

Don't Walk

CATEGORY: NATIONAL

Films across the UK

Selling Out

Selling Out is a short comedy about an actress' realisation that perhaps her life isn't going to turn out the way she'd imagined.

Directed by: George Hackforth-Jones

Writen by: Lucy Scott-Smith

Selling Out
The Plunge

After a night of passion Emily tells Jay that she'd like to use a strap-on. Scared of losing a girl he has a connection with, Jay reluctantly agrees.

Directed by: Simon Ryninks

Writen by: Omar Khan

The Plunge
Scrable

The tale of Salif, a middle aged launderette owner and his fear that any day now, his sole employee, 77 year old Mary, might just stop showing up.

Directed by: Anthony Hett

Writen by: Anthony Hett

Scrable
Jackpot

When a young boy finds a large sum of money hidden in a discarded mattress, good fortune turns to anxiety as his windfall transforms him into a reclusive and paranoid creature who will do anything to protect his jackpot.

Directed by: Alexander Brown

Writen by: Alexander Brown

Awards: Winner
Jackpot
Choker

As a girl drops from the sky onto a crowded beach, a mysterious man drives at breakneck speed towards her.

Directed by: Orson Cornick

Writen by: Orson Cornick

Choker
Off Fleek

Teenager Emma suffers horrendous cyber bullying and her worse fears come true as the body shaming abuse she receives online begins to transform her appearance. She decides to take drastic action, which has disastrous consequences for herself and her family.

Directed by: Steven Dorrington

Writen by: Steven Dorrington

Off Fleek

2019

Judged by; Judith Bunting, Glyn Evans

CATEGORY: LOCAL

Films with connections to Newbury, and surrounding areas

Dead Air

Dead Air tells the story of Monster Kitten, an all female punk rock band who end up on a flight with some nasty little creatures with all hell breaking loose at 30,000 feet.

Directed by: Geoff Harmer

Writen by: Peter Hearn

Dead Air
Ballerino

Set in a Northern town in a topsy-turvy world where football is only for girls and ballet is the manliest pursuit there is, one working class boy defies society and his father's wishes in favour of his repressed fascination with his sisters sport; football.

Directed by: Alex Forbes

Writen by: Alex Forbes

Awards: Winner
Ballerino
Entrance No Exit

An OCD tennis player on a long haul flight to Australia. Mid flight she needs the loo. Simple. Right ? Wrong ! Can Helen overcome her demons and escape the toilet before the plane lands ?.

Directed by: Jo Southwell

Writen by: Sophie Dix

Entrance No Exit
Home to the Hangers

A traumatised soldier runs away from the trenches and finds healing in his old familiar haunts.

Directed by: A. D. Cooper

Writen by: A. D. Cooper

Home to the Hangers

CATEGORY: NATIONAL

Films across the UK

Dinner With Mum

Ruby has been invited to dinner by her mum, but things quickly go down hill.

Directed by: Daniel Harding

Writen by: Daniel Harding

Awards: Winner
Dinner With Mum
Lowen

Lowen is a 3D animated student film. The story follows Lowen and Locryn as they explore an ancient temple, in hopes of obtaining a priceless gem.

Directed by: Kialle Wills and Lizzie Seagrave

Writen by: Kialle Wills

Lowen
Safe Space

Sarah is a key worker in a woman's refuge. Amne is her new client. For Amne the journey from victim to survivor is painful and traumatic. For Sarah the emotional burden placed on her shoulders is overwhelming. Safe Space chronicles the relationship between the two women from the day Amne arrives until the day she must leave.

Directed by: Ben S. Hyland

Writen by: Ben S. Hyland

Awards: Winner
Safe Space
Revenant Relocation Officers

For a week in 2018 a crew of young filmmakers followed one of the most unappreciated groups of council workers: Revenant Relocation Officers.

Directed by: Robert Duncan

Writen by: Robert Duncan

Revenant Relocation Officers
Seeing Sounds

Richard is a mute armed with a dictaphone, hundreds of audio books and an eagerness to edit together two-way conversations he'd love to have with the woman he quietly pines for.

Directed by: Asatuurs Keim

Writen by: Asatuurs Keim and Simon Shaw

Seeing Sounds
Beautified

Three enslaved girls are immersed in beautiful surroundings, hidden beneath this beauty lies a dystopian society pushing the girls to perfection.

Directed by: Emily Haigh

Writen by: Emily Haigh

Beautified

CATEGORY: INTERNATIONAL SHORTS

Short films from across the world

Paris you got me

The street artist George lures Ksenia into his magic world of art illusions.

Directed by: Julie Boehm

Writen by: Julie Boehm

Paris you got me

CATEGORY: UK SCRIPTS

Scripts across the UK

Friends

In an idyllic remote countryside in mountainous Kurdistan, 12-year-old Alan and his two friends roam the landscape fishing and skipping stones in a lake, until one day their peaceful routine is threatened by the arrival of a stranger on the verge of committing suicide, can a new friendship.

Writen by: Mazin M Sherabayani

Samantha

A teenage girl struggles to readapt to home and school life after surviving a highly publicised crime.

Writen by: Kieran Freemantle

Skint

Skint.

Writen by: Helen Tunnicliff

James Harvey; A History

Set in the 1950s, Nicky enjoys the carefree party lifestyle and dreams of writing the next Great American Novel. His best friend Charlie, however, suspects something deeper is going on.

Writen by: Georgia May

Guerisseur-Heros

During World War 2 after an horrific battle in France, a British Medic - who has taken up refuge with his remaining comrades in a solitary church - makes the tough decision to head out alone behind enemy lines to try and find supplies in an effort to save his friends. But after a hard decision he heads back to the safety of the church to see that all is not as it was.

Writen by: Danny Cotton

CATEGORY: INTERNATIONAL SCRIPTS

Scripts across the world

Adam and the Aliens

Adam and the Aliens.

Writen by: Nathaniel Baker

Nella Citino

Jet, an obstetrician who is accused of murder, struggles to save her best friend Candi from suicide while trapped within the confines of an interrogation room. She needs to save her pregnant friend while psyching out her formidable investigative opponent.

Writen by: Nella Citino

2018

Judged by; Stoff Rands, Glyn Evans

CATEGORY: LOCAL

Films with connections to Newbury, and surrounding areas

Boxes

Three teenage women attempt to pass the time chatting and cloud-watching. In the course of their conversation we discover the various ways they've been judged, labelled and categorised by society, by peers, by boys.

Directed by: Eben Skilleter

Writen by: Eben Skilleter

Awards: Winner
Boxes
When I go to Sleep

A short horror, by a student filmmaker.

Directed by: Anna Harvey

Writen by: Anna Harvey

Smile

Lisa suffers from day dreams, very violent day dreams.

Directed by: Geoff Harmer

Writen by: Peter Hearn

Smile
Go With Him

Jack has kept something to himself for 15 years and today he's finally telling someone. Jack has terrible timing.

Directed by: Chris Billingham

Writen by: Chris Billingham

Awards: Winner
Go With Him
One Volume

From the perspective of a book, One Volume follows six strangers through five emotional chapters to illustrate how we can all share experiences through stories - regardless of cultural, or biological differences.

Directed by: Lily Gwynne-Thomas

Awards: Winner
One Volume
In Time

Whilst bored at work, a young woman finds herself swept up in a 1940s styled musical number when a mysterious man enters her shop.

Directed by: Barnaby Boulton

Writen by: Georgia Williams

In Time
Three Blind Mice

We are all running from death, but sooner or later death will catch up. Three short narratives explore humanity's relationship with death and the stories we tell ourselves in order to cope.

Directed by: KT Jemmett

Writen by: KT Jemmett

Three Blind Mice

CATEGORY: NATIONAL

Films across the UK

Tomorrow

One moment turns a man's life upside down. With a sense of a terrible secret guilt he has just one day to accept the inevitable.

Directed by: Gabriel Bagnaschi

Writen by: Enni Red

Tomorrow
After We Have Left Our Homes

Under a dictatorship that has banned music, a man hides a recording until he is caught and imprisoned. Whilst paying for his crimes he stumbles across a repository of confiscated items, leading to a series of events that will forever change the city.

Directed by: Marc Adamson

Writen by: Marc Adamson

After We Have Left Our Homes
The Inuring

A bullied teenage girl finally confronts her sister to drag their fractured past out into the light.

Directed by: James Hughes

Writen by: James Hughes

Awards: Winner
The Inuring
Run Rabbit

Two bullies are forced to face the dramatic consequences for their actions.

Directed by: Emily Haigh

Writen by: Emily Haigh

Run Rabbit
Seeing Him

In the wake of an ultimatum a middle-aged woman is forced to confront personal boundaries and a disturbing truth about her relationship with her younger lover. Seeing Him is a bittersweet observation of the passion and commitment of two people in love.

Directed by: Chris Jones

Writen by: Vanessa Bailey

Seeing Him
Meet Cute

Polly discovers a man breaking in to her car. The police interview Polly and soon discover that the events surrounding the break in aren't so clear cut.

Directed by: Sam Blakeney-Edwards

Writen by: Ramsey Hassan

Meet Cute

2017

Judged by; Judith Bunting, Glyn Evans

CATEGORY: LOCAL

Films with connections to Newbury, and surrounding areas

Gat man

A slightly too middle-class hoodlum tries to up his status by getting a gun.

Directed by: Christopher Rands

Writen by: Christopher Rands

Gat man
I Did

The day before his wedding day, a hapless groom discovers that he did something on his stag do that is going to cause more than just havoc with the seating plan.

Directed by: James Watts

Writen by: Chris Billingham

I Did
The Farm

On an isolated farm in rural England, a man seeks the truth behind his wife's mysterious disappearance.

Directed by: Matthew Harrison

Writen by: Matthew Harrison

Fred's Shed

Inventor Fred is building a mysterious machine in his garden shed � but why won't he let his wife Edie see what he's cooking up?

Directed by: Stephen Graves

Writen by: Stephen Graves

Perched

Hamish Fint, a crotchety old man used to a life of seclusion inside his submarine balanced precariously atop a mountain, struggles to maintain equilibrium when an unwelcome visiting seagull rocks his world..

Directed by: Liam Harris

Writen by: Nathaniel Price and Eoin Doran

Awards: Winner
Perched

CATEGORY: NATIONAL

Films across the UK

The Good Samaritan

Attempting to relocate his lost phone, Alex ventures out into the night to meet The Good Samaritan who found it, but he quickly discovers that he�ll need to pay a steep price for its return.

Directed by: Chris Suffield

Writen by: Chris Suffield

The Good Samaritan
Infinite

In his last months alive, a young man calls upon his four closest friends to make his existence infinite, through the assembly of five key elements from his life.

Directed by: Connor O'Hara

Writen by: Connor O'Hara

Infinite
La Belle Folie

A comedy about a desperate actress who attempts to make a black-and-white french language film, in order to convince her agent that she's good enough at french to be put up for a foreign language audition. She ropes in her best friend, her dad, and her dad's friend Mr Harris. It doesn't go

Directed by: Ruth Pickett

Writen by: Ruth Pickett

La Belle Folie
Social Networking Socially - Society Through Technology

What if the internet was alive and well in the 1960s, and people wanted to know more about this new fangled thing called social networking?

Directed by: Paul Murphy

Writen by: Greg Haiste and Marie Lawrence

Social Networking Socially - Society Through Technology
Final Round

A satirical take on how hard it is to get a bloody job in media

Directed by: Matt Lacey

Writen by: Adam Reeve

Hugo

An enchanting tale about a lonely young man named Hugo born with long fingers. Fearing the mockery of others and hidden from the world in a disused theatre, he practises hand shadow puppetry and hopes one day to share with others his magical tales.

Directed by: Theo Pavlou

Writen by: Theo Pavlou

Awards: Winner
Hugo