We’re delighted to be able to start announcing the lineup for the 2015 Edinburgh Short Film Festival and it’s fair to say we’re packing a lot of action into a couple of short weeks as Scotland’s largest dedicated short film event opens its doors on 11 November 2015, screening 71 short films from 23 different countries.
The event runs from November 11th – November 22nd at Summerhall and the Cameo Cinema, highlights this year include the ESFF’s new, ongoing partnerships with the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival voted one of the world’s coolest film festivals AND with the Sardinia Film Festival!
The project sees the ESFF hosting a night of outstanding contemporary Caribbean short films as well as a screening of modern Italian short film, while we have already taken some of our best shorts to be screened in Port of Spain Trinidad and at the Sardinia Film Festival.
The project sees the ESFF hosting a night of outstanding contemporary Caribbean short films as well as a screening of modern Italian short film.
From the Caribbean, we have offbeat, screwball zombie comedy from Guadaloupe, A harrowing and highly topical drama following migrants from Haiti, Jamaican drama ‘Gravediggers’ follows a couple of wannabe young gangsters and we have films exploring LGBT issues in Aruba and with films from Trinidad and Cuba, it’s fair to say, we’re on a whirlwind cinematic tour of the Caribbean!
We’re also hosting a visit from the Sardinia Film Festival whose collection of outstanding contemporary shorts features films about paramedics in Naples, black comedy, Italian/Scottish animation, some very intense drama and much more, we’re also looking forward to playing host to a visit from one of the organisers of the Sardinia Film Festival!
Alongside some of the best local and Scottish-made films, we’re also showcasing Germany Fantasy, animation from Chile, Lebanese documentary, Mexican crime drama, Australian social realism, Scottish black comedies, South Korean neo-noir, Chinese Indie, French sci-fi and many other award-winning shorts, standouts for me include, ‘90 Grad Nord’, a German fantasy-horror which follows a group of men trapped on what must be cinema’s most deadly traffic island!
‘The Lobster Kid’ a indie buddy film from China features a marvellous central performance as a young girl whose rather sinister Auntie forces her to beg for a living, meets an unlikely saviour..we are also delighted to screen ‘The Aquarium’ a dark and intense slice of social realism from Australia with another outstanding performance from a child actor, features a young girl whose drug-dealing father puts her in with some bad company..
there’s ‘Dark Net’ a deeply funny, award-winning, black comedy featuring Johnny Vegas as a cuckolded lover who hires a hit man to exact revenge , Scottish Doc ‘A Wee Night In’ about the charming, care-free life of some young-at-heart octogenarians in East Kilbride and we also have some Scorsese-esque Mexican crime drama in the shape of the film ‘Contrapelo’ which is both gripping and poignant while also being beautifully filmed..
‘Oh! My Princess’ from South Korea is a dark, neo-noir about a taxi-driver whose passenger threatens his daughter’s life and one that builds the tension expertly. Other films that caught the eye include ska/two-tone drama set in 1980’s Leicester, ‘Beverley’ about a young black girl who falls in with some skinheads and their unsavoury associates..
‘Golden Shot’ is a highly accomplished and meticulously drawn sci-fi fantasy animation from Turkey about a robot living on a space station who dreams of flying. Italian short ‘Gas Station’ follows the life of two muslim immigrants selling petrol on the outskirts of Rome and is both wry, funny and moving as well as featuring a great double-act!
We’re also hosting visits from Oscar-nominated short film directors, hosting lots of interview sessions as well as holding pavement cinema sessions..
And screening a night of Edinburgh-made Gothic shorts as well as showing excerpts from the 1920 version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde..
We’re hosting a visit from Student Academy Award-nominated film-maker Damon Mohl, as well as guest film-makers from Germany, Italy, Turkey, USA, Canada, the Caribbean and from all over the British Isles!
we’re holding a closing night party where we’ll announce the winner of our Rising Star Award as well!
We’ll be featuring the films, film-makers and the festivals that will be coming to Edinburgh in November over the next few weeks so watch this space!