Nominated for the BAFTA in 2015, My Dad was written and directed by Marcus Armitage while still a student at the Royal College of Art. Inspired by a real-life photograph (shown at the end), this hand-drawn animation depicts a father's influence on a young boy's life, focusing on how the soccer loving father's bigoted views may affect his son's own world view, as well as the idea that the young boy is being placed in literal danger. It's style is somewhat arcane, but the overall message is pretty clear.
I was put onto Emilie Muller by Acim Vasic, the director of 8 (winner of the 4th competition) and it quickly became one of my favourites. It is a confident and rewarding film: you know some kind of twist is coming but you just don't know what. Emilie is auditioning for a part in a film because her friend has pulled out of the audition. The director asks her to talk about what is inside her handbag. Marciano passed away in 2011 but this will live on for many years!
Heading a new page of Sundance short films, Her Friend Adam centres on a young urban couple. Robert arrives to pick up his artist girlfriend before they go out to a show but discovers that her friend Adam needs to pop by first to pick up a camera. The jealous Robert provokes an argument that spirals out of control because he refuses to believe that Adam is in fact gay. Her Friend Adam played at Sundance and SXSW (they often screen similar films - see this comedy).
Edmond is a stop-motion animation about a man who has suffered with a life-long affliction: cannibalism. We first meet him contemplating suicide at the edge of a lake before sliding back through time to witness individual moments when his craving for human flesh has taken over, revealing that he was a cannibal even before he was born. How is that possible? Watch this BAFTA winning short film to find out!
Created by the Paris based collective Chic & Artistic, the dialogue-free WOW is a palindromic film; meaning that it is the same backwards as it is forwards. This is an interesting conceit in a short film, for when certain scenes are played backwards, their meanings appears to be reversed too. So in a love story, a beginning becomes an ending, a connection becomes a separation. The film stars two French models: lingerie model Charlene Perillat and Kevin Drelon.