HOME's quarterly showcase of shortfilm made by writer, director or producers currently based in the North West.
From grassroots guerrilla filmmakers to production companies, the film community is thriving in the North West. Join us for an evening screening where you’ll discover a selection of short films that are being produced right here on your doorstep and chat to the filmmakers in the bar afterwards.
The entire programme is selected by a panel of audience members from open submissions.
Programme (in title alphabetical order)
Bear/ Dir. Flora Martyr/ United Kingdom / 00:11:33
A high achieving factory worker wears the head of a bear whilst outside the comfort of his home. With the bear head hampering his daily life, coupled with a growing desire to conform, he finds himself torn between his perceived safety and embracing the new.
Biblick/ Dirs. Harry Richards & Bethan Reast/ United Kingdom / 00:03:03
An analogue sci-fi scape taking a brief glimpse into the last days of a dilapidated alien world and its remaining inhabitants. Created using an experimental mix of rotoscoped Stop Motion Animation and 3D Printing Techniques.
Confessions of an English Ant-Eater/ Dir. Alex Crumbie/ United Kingdom / 00:05:03
A surreal short animation film about Thomas, a boy who becomes addicted to eating ants – despite the warnings of his parents.
Casting Godot/ Dir. Courtney Hayles, Jan Koblanski/ United Kingdom / 00:04:31
A spoken word film that explores the orphaned experience of heritage and memory and of the body present and the body absent. What happens to the evolving child whose early formative years are embedded with the loss of a parent? Poet, playwright, and educator Frankie Blaus attempts to reimagine the conflicting oral histories within their family that serve as their only knowledge of their mother’s death.
Echo Tides/ Dir. anti-cool/ United Kingdom / 00:15:00
An experimental investigation of the artist’s fascination with the sea and communities whose lives are dependent on it. The film becomes an abstraction based on the power of memories linking her home in a small Japanese fishing town with a fishing community on the coast of Britain.
Everything’s Fine/ Dir. Funkẹ Alafiatayọ/ United Kingdom / 00:05:00
An empathetic young woman spends a tough day navigating the worries and stresses of her loved ones. While her care and empathy may seem endless to them, it comes at a personal cost for her.
Fatihah / Dir. Jan Koblanski & Courtney Hayles/ United Kingdom / 00:03:47
Fatihah, an Arabic word which means ‘opening’, looks at the deeply personal and intimate exchanges of loss and losing. Writer Nasima Begum explores the devastation of grief whilst celebrating the sobering silences and memories. This film is based on personal experiences and invites audiences to follow Nasima’s own journey and observances.
I Fall/ Dir. Dan Thorburn/ United Kingdom / 00:11:22
A dance film created and choreographed by Fallen Angels Dance Theatre and past addicts now in recovery, I Fall explores the carnage and chaos of addiction. Focusing on the twisted love story between two addicts – how they can’t live with or without each other – and their unbearable compulsion to use. But through the despair, we see that recovery, love and hope are possible.
Overwrite/ Dir. Alia Sheikh/ United Kingdom / 00:19:59
One nightmarish night in the life of a security guard. Someone is robbing his bank. Someone who looks exactly like him…
Second Hand Sordid Puzzler/ Dir. Tom Thacker & Robert Feline/ United Kingdom / 00:02:22
A ghoulish jigsaw completionist is affronted by a curse-carrying mallard.
The Road to Happiness/ Dir. Natasha Hawthornthwaite & Scott Bradley/ United Kingdom / 00:07:30
Taking inspiration from George Orwell’s book The Road to Wigan Pier this film takes us on a journey around Wigan. Rather than reflecting on poverty this short unearths personal testimonies of hope and happiness, told by local people as they travel through the Wigan Borough.