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Best International Shorts


Friday 11th Nov  |  12.30 |  14.45 |  17.15

Falmouth University, Penryn Campus

Exchange Lecture Theatre

2hrs 17mins  |  International |  Shorts

The best independent short film-makers worldwide.

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A showcase of national and international filmmaking talent, featuring the most innovative and adventurous ideas from filmmakers whose short films manifest stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.


See this selection of work for FREE the whole programme is screened 3 times during the day. 

A filmmaker will be selected for the NEW WAVE Jury Award from this programme.  The best film in this section is invited to Best of the Best Screening on Saturday 19th November at 10am at The Poly Falmouth during the Film Festival

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Alexandre Nachi
16m 40 | Canada

Inside a house he doesn’t recognize, with a family he doesn’t know, a young man tries to make some sense of what is happening to him. Everything keeps changing, his mind is sick. ''Trust the protocol'' is all he can do.

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The Air and the Worlds

Rana Ashraf
13m 5 | Egypt

A contemplative journey of three parts that follow a mute poet named “This Person”. In a dreamy stream, lightly illustrating wonderings This Person has on notions of familiarity, language, impermanence and the strangeness of everything.

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Jefferson Stein
14m 28 | USA

In southern Arizona, twenty miles from the Mexico border, a young Indigenous girl discovers a Latina migrant her age who has been separated from her father while traveling through the Tohono O’odham Nation into the United States.

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Ilnaz Khirkhah
10m | Republic of Iran

Company tells the story of a young boy who feels obliged to write a will for a dying woman who lives alone.

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Empty Little People

Josh O'Caoimh and Mikai Geronimo
2m 15 | Ireland

Empty little people, with an insatiable thirst for tea... begin running out of tea, on All Hallows' Eve.

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Miida Chu
14m 50 | USA

A young indentured Chinese prostitute must overcome her toxic dependency on the brothel madam on the eve of the 1885 anti-Chinese riot in Eureka, California.

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Free Fall

Emmanuel Tenen
19m 28 | France

Tom is a young trader in a London bank, whose recent performance has put his job on the line. When the first plane hits the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11th 2001, Tom jumps into the biggest trade of his life. Inspired by a true story.

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The Manager Position

Craig Trow
15m 40 | USA

Months after losing his job, a man is still unable to tell his wife. Philip was let go from his job five months ago due to a recession that led to his company's closing. While he has used the time to seek employment, it's been all dead ends and rejections. To make matters worse, he has yet to tell his stay-at-home wife about his termination. With no job on the horizon, and nowhere to go during working hours, he returns to his old office building to remind him of his former self. At a breaking point, he commandeers the vacant manager's office, and his world starts to open up with new opportunities as he finds himself among others that are also experiencing financial and employment hardship.

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The Murder Tongue

Ali Sohail Jaura
17m 38 | Pakistan

It is May of 1992. The state sanctioned “Operation” has put the city of Karachi at constant unrest. Abdul Aziz Ansari wakes up at night and is informed by his daughter in law, Naseema that his son hasn’t returned home. As a knock on their door later at night summons them to the hospital, what they witness along the way is known today as the most brutal chapter of the city’s history, a sentiment of hatred towards their race, deep rooted beneath the system.

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Sea Light

John Doe
14m 46 | Spain

An elder lighthouse keeper takes care of what has been his home for years. Old and secluded from society, he's disturbed by mysterious bottled letters. These and an unexpected malfunction make him doubt his job, his life and his existence.

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