Sharp Shorts Year 1
Running Time: 12mins
Year: 2023

Synopsis: Film fanatic sisters, Abby and Vivien King, create a pop-up Adult Video store to sell their deceased father’s vintage porn collection.


Director: Morayo Akandé
Producer: Moyo Akandé and Helen Gladders
Executive Producer: Gillian Berrie, Tiernan Kelly, Alice Whittemore, Mar Vila Barcelo
Screenwriter: Morayo Akandé
DOP: Motomu Ishigaki
Editor: Aya WatanabeSound Design: Takeshi Ogawa
Music: Phelonius PunkProduction Design: Jonna LaitinenCostume Design: Ali MitchellHair and Wig Design: Anita Anderson
Make Up Design: Jane Mac

Cast: Moyo Akandé, Morayo Akandé, David Elliot

Photo credit: Jamie Simpson


About Morayo Akandé

Morayo Akandé is a BIFA and BAFTA-nominated writer, director, and actor. The Scottish Film Talent Network and BFI NETWORK funded her debut short film, tense period drama 1745 – in which she also starred.

1745 was nominated for Best Short Film at the British Independent Film Awards 2017 and the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2017. Morayo won the Best Screenplay Award at the Underwire Film Festival 2017. With her film production company Lucid Dreamers, Morayo has written and directed short films Rock Paper Scissors (2019), and Instant Friends (2023), working with an international cast and crew in Tokyo, Japan.

Morayo is currently gearing up to make her directorial debut feature film Konbini Zombies, a horror comedy.


About Moyo Akandé

Scottish-Nigerian Moyo Akandé is a producer and actor. Her passion for film and diverse storytelling led her to co-found an independent production company, Lucid Dreamers Productions, with her sister Morayo Akandé. Moyo produced her first short film Rock Paper Scissors (2019) in Tokyo, Japan which screened at the BAFTA Qualifying Underwire Film Festival, UK.

Moyo script developed and starred in the BAFTA and BIFA nominated tense period drama 1745 – a Scottish Film Talent Network and BFI NETWORK funded short film, which is currently being developed into a feature film. She is currently in pre-production with her first feature film, Konbini Zombies a comedy horror.

Moyo has an extensive list of television credits in particular for the BBC. She will soon be appearing in the BAFTA winning television series Inside No.9 (2023) and feature film Tetris (2023) for Apple TV+. Moyo was the official In-House interviewer at The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2022 and was a member of the official Film Jury at The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019.


About Helen Gladders

Helen is an NFTS MA Producing for Film & TV graduate, she has produced 14 short films to date which have screened at a wide variety of film festivals in the UK and internationally. She was a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2022.

Her most recent short RUN was funded by BFI and Film4, was screened at Encounters short film festival and Aesthetica and was longlisted for a BIFA in 2021. Her Creative England iShorts+ funny girls short Rhonna & Donna was screened at Telluride amongst an array of other festivals, and won the inaugural screenwriting prize at Aesthetica film festival.

She is currently in post production on her first feature film Tuesday which was funded by BBC, BFI and A24 and is due to be released in 2023.