New Shorts: WTF: Outside the Box + Q&A

Sunday, 23 January 2022

23-01-22 WTF: Outside the Box

Image: Humans, Laura Tejero, 2021

Our annual gift to audiences of the wonderful and incredible imaginations of filmmakers and animators that make you sit back open mouthed and question their very sanity, or marvel at their twisted and strange minds. There are many grotesque creatures to experience here across the programme, while more normal humans will feed you weird things. There is new work from LSFF alumni Jennet Thomas and Lizzy Deacon, who both know how to disorientate, while a deranged Christopher Biggins (of Surprise, Surprise and I’m a Celebrity fame – he won in 2007!) will give you nightmares. Animators such as Peter Millard and Inari Sinola sure know how to turn up the bonkers factor.


There will be a Q&A with some of the filmmakers featured in the programme after the screening.


Curated by Philip Ilson

Sunday, 23 January 2022

15:30

Blackmael

Blackmael

Bradley Banton

6'

2021

United Kingdom

A happy-go-lucky postman happens to come across a person he never thought he would.

Cuties

Cuties

Theo W Scott

5'

2021

United Kingdom

BFI Network Presents: A hand-drawn sequential telling of human history in all its horror and glory, culminating in our next evolutionary leap.
Cuties explores the elusive beauty in how we as a species continue forward in spite of our proclivity for destruction.

Twinkled 'N' Twitched

Twinkled 'N' Twitched

Charlie Osborne

10'

2021

United Kingdom

Twinkled ‘n’ twitched follows loved-up teenagers caught in an in-between space as they hide from the police. A limbo where the everyday and magical clash and merge dancing together in protective circles formed o ur of glowing energy drinks to a score of heavy jungle. They defy the growing sense of foreboding they feel by finding kindred spirits in each other.

IT ONCE HAD A FACE, NOW IT WANTS ONE AGAIN

IT ONCE HAD A FACE, NOW IT WANTS ONE AGAIN

Jennet Thomas

7'

2021

United Kingdom

Two billion years from now, the oceans are beyond understanding. A toxic soup of leeching plastics, cloth and string, song and dance, collaborate to find new ways of moving in bleak time, with help from Stevie Wonder. The ghost of an oyster holds memories of what happened. It sings to a scrap of waste that fell to the bottom of the sea, trying to form new life, trying to get a face. A defiant burst of song as resistance - Undersea karaoke may still be possible.

Humans

Humans

Laura Tejero

2'

2021

United States

Surrounded by the absurd world of humans, dogs struggle against their instincts to comply with their owners' wishes.

The Clearing

The Clearing

Dan Hope

13'

2021

United Kingdom

In a desperate battle with his ballooning ego, Bill struggles in vain to re-woo Deb with his below-par outdoor skills and, quite frankly, shocking behaviour, until their last-ditch camping trip takes a VERY sinister turn.

MOON

MOON

Luke Casey

5'

2021

United Kingdom

A surreal short about the end of the world by London-based director and photographer Luke Casey. Starring rapper and producer Brian Nasty, who contributed to the original score.

Donald Daffy

Donald Daffy

Peter Millard

1'

2021

United Kingdom

Donald and Daffy talking to eachother

Precautionary Measure

Precautionary Measure

Lizzy Deacon, Ika Schwander

14'

2021

United Kingdom

After winning a life coaching session in a raffle at her local village hall, Helen is guided through the help she never really needed. Together with her life coach Hazel, they explore healing strategies to cope with fear, rejection and grief, raising the important question as to whom this pain really belongs to. 

Megalomania

Megalomania

Rex Russell

21'

2021

United Kingdom

In a sarcastic version of reality we follow Gene, a young woman who dreams of dancing, but instead, is trapped at home by her delusional Mother. However, a once in a lifetime opportunity means Gene finds herself in the middle of a Dance Marathon Competition, where there is not only the allure of drugs, but the chance to reconnect with her long lost father...

Honey Sweet

Honey Sweet

Inari Sirola

3'

2021

United Kingdom

Honey Sweet comments on today’s society, nihilism and capitalistic drive, through pastel-washed depictions of freaky little creatures who dance, bounce and fly through the air - and lick anything within their vicinity.