Discover a selection of shorts produced as part of the latest round of iShorts funding.
Now in it’s third year, iShorts is Creative England’s entry level short film initiative, supporting filmmakers whose work has not yet attracted financial support from within the industry, helping a diverse group of talent based in the English regions to take their first professional steps. The 16 projects selected were given a production award of £5,000. The teams also received editorial support, industry mentoring and networking opportunities via the Creative England film team, as well as access to a bespoke training programme funded by Creative Skillset and support in crowdfunding additional production funds.
- Hell’s Bells (13 mins 47)
Writer/Director: Luke Jeffery; Producers: Charlie Coldfield and Jocelyn Chandler-Hawkins
A psychological horror exploring the dark underbelly of Morris dancing.
- Chippy Tea (13 mins 30)
Writer/Director: Will Herbert; Producer: Fabian Martinez
An ordinary Friday night and as usual the Railton sisters are having their traditional Chippy Tea – Secrets boiling under the surface and an unwanted guest mean that the usual Friday supper is turned on its head and things emerge that will change lives forever.
- Lambing Season (17 mins 33)
Writer/Director: Jack Benjamin Gill; Producer: Loran Dunn
Deep in the secluded North Yorkshire Moors, Joe is learning to take the reins from his father on the farm, but as new developments in an historic missing persons case come to light, he begins to realise his family are not who they seem.
- The Crossing (15 mins)
Writer/Director: Jack King; Producer: Garry Paton
Battling infertility and failing to cope with the breakup of his relationship, Terry is plagued by recurring nightmares and a profound uncertainty about his future. When a chance encounter with his ex reveals he’s been permanently left behind, Terry is forced to confront his anxieties head on.
- The Knock (13 mins 31)
Writer/Director: Philip Stevens; Producer: Dominique Webb
Eddie’s dad is working nights. In the living room, Eddie is killing imaginary foes with his sword, whilst his mum Carol makes his packed lunch in the kitchen. There is a knock at the door and Roger, a charming but unsettling stranger from Carol’s past invites himself in.
- Wash Club (14 mins)
Director: Simon Dymond; Producer: Lauren Parker; Writer: Ross Sutherland
The true story of how an aspiring journalist accidentally became the ringleader of a death cult.
iShorts is delivered by Creative England via the BFI NET.WORK.