Written by Mie Skjoldemose Jakobsen and directed by Jannik Dahl Pedersen, Triangles of Happiness (Trekanter af Lykke) was a runner-up in the competition. A black comedy from Denmark, it tells the story of a middle class couple apparently living the perfect suburban life with their son. However, it is just an illusion. The truth is the financial crisis has hit them hard and life is not what it seems from the outside. How far will they go to maintain the illusion?
The winnner of the 9th FILMSshort competition, Conrad & The Steamplant by Dustin Cohen proves that a short documentary can be just as engaging as fiction film. Conrad & The Steamplant tells the story of Conrad Milster, who has worked in a New York college's power plant most of his life. Starting as a mechanic in 1958, he became one of only four chief engineers in the plant’s 127-year history, taking over in 1965. He’s been there ever since. Cohen's film provides a beautiful and intimate insight into the man and his world.
Written by Alistair Moore and directed by Zoran Trajkovic, Kickoff presents us with the inner thoughts of a man in the moments before a protest is going to turn violent. The lead is played by Steven Waddington (Sleepy Hollow, The Sweeney) and it won various awards on the short film festival circuit, including the 2013 UK Film Festival’s Best British Short award. It has a sting in its tail!