Often messy, sometimes hilarious, but always sincere, these films explore familiar relationships from many angles. These emotionally taut and creatively ambitious shorts follow the complicated dynamics that exist between parents, children and siblings. Extraordinary situations merge with the everyday to explore notions of grief, alienation, shame, belonging and love. These beautifully crafted stories, ranging from the tense return of an absent sibling to an immigrant father dealing with his son being wounded in his home country, guarantee an emotional gut punch.
THREE SACKS FULL OF HATS
Mick returns home after a long absence to witness the fast declining health of his alcoholic brother Sid, which stirs up family tensions of shame and denial.
Composing Award – Anne Nikitin
Two strangers, dislocated by broken family ties, meet online and share a road trip to the remote Outer Hebrides. Marina is a young Romanian migrant, desperate to find her child, Murdoch, a Scottish musician, reluctant to return for his estranged father’s funeral.
Sound Design Award – Iida Aino
A school test: A test to student, a test to family.
Directing Award – Yingqing Gong
STRANGE CITIES ARE FAMILIAR
“Strange Cities Are Familiar” is an exploration of guilt and alienation. Ashraf has been a political refugee in London for 30 years, content with spending his days in his study or his local social club. One day he receives a call from his friend, telling Ashraf that his son Moataz has been fatally wounded in a protest. His friend pleads with Ashraf to return home.
Nominated for: Sound Design Award – Michalianna Theofanopoulou
Two estranged siblings are forced together to face a crucial decision – should their father’s medical treatment be withdrawn.
Acting Award – Adelayo Adedayo