Sharp Shorts 2020 Awardees
Writer/Director: Olivia Middleton; Producer: Carys Evans
A discontented waitress develops an intimate relationship with an unavailable woman in a netherworldly roadside café.
BAHAR بهار (Spring)
Writer/Director: Maryam Hamidi; Producer: Alysia Maciejowska
10 years after her daughter died, a lonely widow’s home is infested by a mouldy manifestation of her daughter’s spirit, but when her son returns from university and realises the severity of her emotional entombment she is forced to confront her festering guilt and choose between the living and the dead.
Director: Paul Sng; Writer: Maisie Chan; Producer: Jo Blair
Li, a young vulnerable Chinese woman alone and on the run in a foreign city, finds refuge and friendship in the home of Errol, a lonely Jamaican widower who is nearing the end of his life.
Writer/Director: Razan Madhoon
When a young Palestinian woman tries to claim asylum in the UK, she faces the indifference of Home Office bureaucracy and the disillusionment of an older Polish asylum officer on the verge of leaving the country for good.
Writer/Director: Leyla Josephine; Producer: Laura McBride
Hannah, a withdrawn school leaver, must impress on a trial shift at a beauty salon while navigating a hyper-sexual environment, body mutilation and a coercive relationship with salon owner Skye.
Writer/Director: Victoria Thomas; Co-producers: Nadira Murray and Lindsay McGee
A woman traumatised by a brutal cultural tradition risks everything to save her niece from suffering the same fate.
The A.V. Van
Writer/Director: Morayo Akandé; Co-producers: Moyo Akandé and Helen Gladders
Two film fanatic sisters try to reconnect with their estranged deceased father by selling his vintage porn collection.
The Möbius Trip
Writer/Director: Simone Smith, Producer: Tom Kimberley
A road trip pushes a family to the brink after their journey descends into a claustrophobic hallucinatory nightmare.
Writer/Director: Sean Lìonadh; Co-producers: Alfredo Covelli and Ross McKenzie
After a night of intoxication, a hungover and hysterical Nick wakes up next to his boyfriend Charlie and must conceal him from his own homophobic and dysfunctional family.