We do like a good thriller here at the ESFF and we’re pleased to be able to screen some excellent thrillers this year at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival!

THE BEAR directed by Peter Findlay has shades of Treasure of the Sierra Madre about it in this  UK & European premiere for yet another of our award-winning shorts.
Isolated, exhausted, alone: three miners in a remote Yukon mining camp in Canada’s far north swap tall tales that lead to a violent showdown with the camp’s bitter owner. Part story of man in the wilderness, part neo-noir, ‘The Bear’ takes the audience into the Canadian ‘heart of darkness’.


is a modern gothic fable set in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Cosmic wonder and fates collide when a father, his son and lover are left stranded after a car accident with a stranger. Gripping and taut, The Child and The Dead combines a haunting natural beauty with the brooding suspense of Hitchcock.

A DONE DEAL by Pierre-Marc Drouin recently won the award for the best up-and-coming director and Award for the best Actor at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival, Canada and combines Tarantino-esque dialogue with some excellent acting in which Remy, a hitman for a small-time Montreal mobster, has to kill Fernand, an old associate who talks too much.

The plan is simple: invite him for coffee, offer him a ride and shoot him in the alley. Easy! A done deal but the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley..


Multi-award winning Scottish Thriller HOLE features a great cast, Joe Cosmo, Daniela Nardini – When retired police detective learns that the man who killed his wife is to be released from prison, he hatches a plan to try and find her missing body and take vengeance on her killer. A dark, Scottish noir, telling a classic tale of vengeance which unfolded in an unforgiving, morally ambiguous world.

JEWELS by Matt Grove is funny, edgy although ultimately life-affirming comedy-thriller, great performances and a strong narrative structure keeps this short moving in which two racist thieves attempt to rob a convenience store.

DUKE’S PURSUIT by Charlie Edwards-Moss & Joe Williams is a thriller set amongst the vast Icelandic landscape. A revenge-obsessed industrialist hunts a former colleague and forms a partnership with an unlikely ally.
Dark wit, sharp dialogue, vivid characters and some excellent cinematography combine to create a potent but quirkily comic, Coen-esque thriller.



Another British-made short PANIC by James Cookson is a BFI funded drama from Ffilm Cymru Wales and starring Tom Rhys Harries (Hunky Dory/Jekyll & Hyde) and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Panic is an intense and suspense-laden drama with some excellent central performances.
Dylan, a young man living on an isolated farm in rural Wales, is haunted by terrible nightmares. Shady deals with local drug dealers and a fractious relationship with his own father do nothing to dispel the mounting sense of dread.


ZAAR by Ibrahim Nada follows a suicide bomber who enters a random diner to bomb himself in a terrorist attack but listening and interacting with the innocent people around him makes him question his intent. A taut, gripping thriller and winner of best drama at Atlanta ShortsFest 2016.

RITMOA by Alexandre Garacotche provides a dark, noir-influenced fantasy, a driver encounters a mysterious lady on a lonely road.
Evocative and nightmarish, the film combines element of noir and fantasy to create a gripping and horrifyingly hallucinogenic world of impending doom.