Men By Women
Brothers, fathers, sons, friends, lovers, husbands… These short films reverse the narrative, by putting men in front of the lens and women behind the camera. A different take on the female gaze that aims to unpack masculinity onscreen. Sensitive and provocative shorts that don’t shy away from challenging subjects. Through the lens of female directors, these films invite us to get closer than ever before to the kinds of men we all have in our lives.
Ed teaches Sex Education in schools, a job he usually loves.
But today, it’s the last thing he wants to do.
Sound Design Award – Michalianna Theofanopoulou
-6.831 miles tells a story of a depressed man addicted to tiny space, and finally make himself disappeared.
Nominated for: U25 Animator Award – Shuna Luo
A man get his first phone call to his daughter after being sent to prison.
Nominated for: U25 Directing Award – Charlotte Regan
Jim, an isolated ex-miner who works as a night-shift security guard faces his last day at work before retirement. He spends the night patrolling the slag heap of a former coal mine – a remnant of Scotland’s industrial past. The film explores the intrinsic relation of an individual to work and asks what’s left when, at the end of a lifetime of labour, a man loses his purpose.
Directing Award – Laura Carreira
A man drives his car slowly through a carwash and leaves an affectionate answer phone message for his young daughter. As he recalls their weekend together and memories from her childhood, it becomes clear that this is more than just a catch-up.
U25 Directing Award – Dorothy Allen-Pickard
An exploration of masculinity, vulnerability, family and asking for forgiveness. Fisher returns to a community that he turned his back on, in order to make amends with his daughter Amy.
Producing Award – Naomi Waring
A man descends in to the belief that he is guilty of something monstrous.
Compsoing Award – Anna Bauer
Producing Award – Dee Meaden
Growing up in Liverpool Football Club’s 1970’s heyday, 10-year-old Jay and his best friend Sean spend their days playing football in the backstreets of marginalised Liverpool, gripped by the rise of celebrity footballer Kevin Keegan. When tragedy strikes, it changes their lives forever. We follow Jay’s journey as he returns home after 25 years and explore the ramifications of childhood trauma into adulthood.
Directing Award – Stephanie Zari
Screenwriting Award – Jilly Gardiner