Best Friends Forever
Friendships between women that are intense, profound and not always presented on the screen in their full spectrum of complexity. In this selection of shorts, BFFs and girl gangs are the protagonists: friends that drive you to the doctors, friends to daydream with, and friends that may not be your friends at all.
During a sleepover, four space obsessed 9-year-old girls embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket.
Production Design Award – Carys Watford
NOSEBLEED follows a pivotal week for long-time best friends Lilah and Coby, whose friendship is morphing into something far more venomous and toxic. A flower that once delicately bloomed proves to just as easily draw blood with its thorns…
Cinematography Award – Rachel Clark
It’s the early 90s, long before the hope and disappointment of the Blair government, in what now feels like the near, pre-modern past. LAUREN (24) wakes up with her ex GREG (27) next to her, and a sense of not-again regret.
Cinematography Award – Simona Susnea
Composing Award – KT Tunstall
Sound Design Award –
Bambi drives her very pregnant best-friend Al to hospital to have her baby. They’ve decided that she’s not going to keep it. Al’s mood darkens as the inevitable and irreversible reality sinks in.
Screenwriting Award – Gorana Jovanovic
Four Lebanese girls go on a Ferris wheel ride to make their friend feel better about her breakup. Their conversation drifts to a less fun place.
Screenwriting Award – Lara Zeidan
After a team member gets injured a few days before competition the relay team get a replacement from a confident outsider called Edel, who the headstrong, driven leader of the team Ash hates. While the girls are getting changed after training one of the girls invites Edel to Ash’s house for a sleepover without her permission.
U25 Directing Award – Eleanor Rogers
CLEAN AS YOU LIKE
Best friends (and cleaners in crime) Bertha and Polly are the last two singletons of their friends group, who vow with a pinky swear to always stick together… Until Jock appears and threatens to rock their relationship with unexpected consequences.
Sound Design Award – Emilie Thomson