Written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Aidee Walker, Friday Tigers was the People's Choice and runner-up in the 8th FILMSshort competition. The talented Walker also stars as the single mother trying to combine motherhood with a university degree and a blossoming romance with a fellow student, while also dealing with a complicated and unhappy past. Superbly acted by all, including the young Anysia Davies, it is a subtle, beautifully rendered drama with a dash of animation.
Written and directed by Chris Keller, Valse was judged the overall winner in the competition, nudging drama Friday Tigers into second place. Valse is an unusual love story starring two snails. Can these romantic molluscs find love in our human dominated world? Keller, a compositor at a leading VFX companies, also photographed the film, while the all important music was composed by Alex Wallace.
Celebrating Valentine's Day, Rare Books and Manuscripts is an almost completely dialogue-free romantic comedy from director Bruce Webb. It tells the story of the lonely Jess (Neve McIntosh), who falls in love with a gorgeous gent in the reading room of the British Library. Too shy to speak to him, she starts sending him books with titles that express her feelings. Will her devious plan work in wooing the man of her dreams or is there a twist in this tale?