EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2021 PROGRAMME              Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021
Nov 5th – Nov 21st 2021

Thanks to our hard-working selection committee, we’re excited to present our amazing 2021 edition live at Summerhall,
curated by our fabulous head programmer, Rebecca Selby-Heard!
AND there’s our special 10th Year Anniversary Online Only screenings of 10 Years Best Film, 10 Years Best Animation and 10 Years Best Comedy!

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

FRIDAY 5th NOVEMBER:   PRE-LAUNCH NETWORKING WITH CINETOPIA
THE ROYAL DICK BAR, SUMMERHALL  6:00-10:00pm

We’re kicking off our 2021 programme with a free, pre-launch networking event with our partners, Cinetopia at The Royal Dick bar in Summerhall. Come along and meet Edinburgh-based film-makers and film practitioners and find out more about this year’s ESFF!

EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL & CINETOPIA

FRIDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2021:  VENUE :  SUMMERHALL
Doors Open 7:00pm – Programme starts 7:30pm

VARIABLES – TICKETS

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

Our Opening Night! From award-winning Croatian Sci-Fi and extraordinary Swiss Animation to Italian Mockumentary and Finnish drama, we’re exploring the way unexpected variables can throw a spanner into the works! Including the Jury Winner at Clermont-Ferrand, the Best Sci Fi winner at Flickers and the Best International Short at Krakow.

AVERAGE HAPPINESS                                        Maja Gehrig                                  UK PREMIERE  Winner Jury Award Clermont Ferrand Int. Short Film Festival 2021

THE SAD LIFE OF A MAGICIAN                           Francesco d’Antonio                      UK PREMIERE

PUSH THIS BUTTON IF YOU BEGIN TO PANIC    Gabriel Böhmer

THE LAST WELL                                                  Filip Filković                                 UK PREMIERE  Winner Best Sci-Fi Flickers Rhode Island Int. Film Festival 2021

ROUGH                                                                Declan Lawn & Adam Patterson                           Winner Best International Short Krakow Int. Film Festival 2021

SELECTION PROCESS                                          Carla Pereira                                 UK PREMIERE

LASTI                                                                   Max Ovaska                                  UK PREMIERE

SATURDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2021:  VENUE :  SUMMERHALL
Doors Open 7:00pm – Programme starts 7:30pm

ASTRAL INTERVENTION – TICKETS

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

Fate waves its fickle finger over this programme of shorts from sublime French, Chinese and  Canadian animation to Russian black comedy, intense Czech Indie-drama and brilliant Belgian comedy. Including the winner of the 2021 Canadian Screen Award and the winner of Best Animation at Palm Springs Shortfest. We’re also delighted to present a very brief programme of the best films from our new partners, the fascinating and unique 7 Second International Film Festival.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY              Boris Dobrovolskiy           UK PREMIERE

CARRIED AWAY                  Etienne Fagnère, Manon Carrier, Johan Cayrol, Alo Trusz, Jean-Baptiste Escary  UK PREMIERE

SQUISH                              Xavier Seron

COSMIC FLING                   Jonathan Langager           UK PREMIERE     Best Animated Short Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020

PLASTIC                            Tomáš Brožek                    UK PREMIERE

DEAD END                         David Bruyere, Leia Peron, Romain Euvrard, Robin Andre-Bourguignon, Antoine Perrier-Cornet, Maxime Recuyer  UK PREMIER

THE FOURFOLD                 Alisi Telengut                   UK PREMIERE      Canadian Screen Award 2021

STEP INTO THE RIVER        Weijia MA                        UK PREMIERE      Winner Best Animated Short Palm Springs Int. Shortfest 2021

STELLA                               Beth Morton

7SIFF & ESFF

SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2021: VENUE: SUMMERHALL
Doors Open 7:00pm – Programme starts 7:30pm

GENERATION  – TICKETS

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

A new generation matures and each faces a different kind of conflict with their elders. From gripping French and Dutch drama to outstanding Canadian animation. Featuring Cannes shorts and the winners at Aspen ShortFest, Cork, Animation Studio Festival and ARFF Paris.

EYES ON THE ROAD                 Stefanie Kolk                                                 Best of Short Waves 2020

FLICKER                                  Nathan Fagan & Luke Daly                            Winner Grand Prix Best Irish Short Cork Int. Film Festival 2020

ANNAH LA JAVANAISE             Fatimah Tobing Rony           UK PREMIERE    Winner Best Short Anifilm 2021

MARLON BRANDO                   Vincent Tilanus                    UK PREMIERE    Jury Award Aspen ShortFest 2021

RABBIT                                    Charlotte Henderickx           UK PREMIERE

MISS CHAZELLE                       Thomas Vernay                    UK PREMIERE     Best Director ARFF Paris International Awards 2021

HORACIO                                  Caroline Cherrier                 UK PREMIERE     Winner Best 2D Film & Best Story Animation Studio Festival 2021

SATURDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2021: VENUE: SUMMERHALL
Doors Open 7:00pm – Programme starts 7:30pm

KRAKOW INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL ETIUDA & ANIMA  – TICKETS

Krakow Etiuda&Anima at Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

The International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima, is the oldest film festival in Poland and we’re delighted to present short films from the famous Polish School of Animation, including the ground-breaking ‘House’ from 1958 and outstanding examples of Polish Animation through the years. Contemporary Polish female animators have broken new ground in animation and we’re excited to screen a selection of some of the best work by modern Polish women artists.

SUNDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2021: VENUE: SUMMERHALL
Doors Open 7:00pm – Programme starts 7:30pm

LOST AND FOUND  – TICKETS

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

From comedy to intense personal drama and light-hearted animation, films that examine the different ways that losing something can also mean finding something new.  Including the BIFF Best Short Winner, the Worldwide Animation Project winner and winners at Clermont-Ferrand and SSFF.

EYES DOWN                                   Charlotte Daniel                                           Audience Award Winner Scottish Short Film Festival 2020

PERSONALS                                   Sasha Argilov                       UK PREMIERE  Short Film Market Pick Clermont-Ferrand Int. Short Film Festival 2021

PIECE BY PIECE                              Georgia Middleton                                       Winner Best Student Film/Best Scenography Diamond Eye Film Festival

THE REBIRTHING CLUB                  Valentina Carrasco Thayer   UK PREMIERE  Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Cinema

RAINBOW-MAN                              Dominic Phillips                   UK PREMIERE  Winner Best Director Worldwide Animation Project 2021

SEAFRUIT                                        Alexander Darby

TRIFLE                                            Mike Callaghan                                             Winner Best Short Film British Independent Film Festival 2021

SCUZZ                                             Alia Ghafar

FRIDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2021: VENUE: SUMMERHALL
Doors Open 7:00pm – Programme starts 7:30pm

THE QUIET AT THE END OF IT ALL  – TICKETS

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

The moments of calm that follow a storm are explored in these outstanding shorts, ranging from indie-drama from the Philippines and French animation, to Spanish period drama. Including the Best Animation at Flickers,  an Official selection from the Venice International Film Festival,
the Jury Winner at Somona IFF, and the Audience Award Winner at Clermont-Ferrand.

FALL OF THE IBIS KING                    Josh O’Caoimh & Mikai Geronimo  UK PREMIERE  78th Venice International Film Festival

BASURERO                                       Eileen Cabiling                               UK PREMIERE  Winner Best Cinematography Asian Cinematography Awards 2020

WHAT’S LEFT TO SAY                       George Farrow-Hawkins

STANBROOK                                     Óscar Bernàcer                               UK PREMIERE  Jury Award Sonoma International Film Festival 2021

ANY INSTANT WHATEVER                Michelle Brand                               UK PREMIERE  Best Animation & Best Experimental Rhode Island Int.FF 2020

LOCKED OUT                                     Julien Goudichaud                         UK PREMIERE  Audience Award Clermont-Ferrand Int. Short Film Festival 2020

CONVERSATIONS WITH A WHALE     Anna Samo                                    UK PREMIERE  Special Jury Mention Krakow Etiuda & Anima 2020

SATURDAY 20th NOVEMBER 2021: VENUE: SUMMERHALL
Doors Open 7:00pm – Programme starts 7:30pm

EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVALS SHOWCASE  – TICKETS

Once again we’re excited to present a programme of shorts from our partner festivals across Europe, who will be introducing some of their favourite short films. We’re excited to welcome the Adriatic Film Festival, The Brussels Short Film Festival, COFFI Film Festival, Unified Filmmakers from Munich and Shortcutz Amsterdam and looking forward to seeing their winners at the ESFF. this year!
Quarantine and Covid restrictions allowing, we will host a panel discussion with guests from Pescara, Brussels, Sorrento, Munich and Amsterdam to talk about what makes a great short film after the screening!

SUNDAY 21st NOVEMBER 2021: VENUE: SUMMERHALL
Doors Open 7:00pm – Programme starts 7:30pm

PERSPECTIVES + AWARDS CEREMONY & CLOSING NIGHT PARTY  – TICKETS

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021

From Canadian thrillers to Colombian drama, there are a wide range of perspectives on view in this programme. Including the winner of Best short at Sanfici and the Audience Award Winner European Short Film Festival 2021.  Our 2021 award ceremony follows the programme and all ticket-holders will be invited to our closing night party after the winners are announced.

AUDIONOMIE                                       Maximillien Rolland                  UK PREMIERE

16 DECEMBER                                      Álvaro Gago                              UK PREMIERE    Winner Best Short Film Festival de Cine de Albacete 2019

GIOJA 22                                               Stefano De Felici                      UK PREMIERE

EL REMANSO                                        Sebastián Valencia Muñoz        UK PREMIERE    Winner Best Short Film Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente 2021

POINTE BLACK                                     Rebecca Murray                         UK PREMIERE    Winner Audience Award Winner European Short Film Festival Berlin 2021

TOM CAT                                               Kirsty McLean

PATTER MERCHANT                             Fergus Cruickshank

AWARDS CEREMONY AND LAST NIGHT PARTY FOLLOW THE SCREENING