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Film Of The Week: Prazinburk Ridge

Prazinburk Ridge by Martin Bell (2022) (UK) (10m)

The Fs Festival Grand Prize Winner is the epic animation telling the story of Douglas Clark, a rugby league player who represented Great Britain before serving in WWI, where his athleticism and never-say-die attitude helped him save himself and his fellow soldiers during a German attack. It is a moving story of heroism with exceptional animation from Bell, who has worked in the film industry for many years, especially as a previz supervisor.

Small Deaths

In Between by Effie Pappa (2022) (Greece) (6m)

In Between is a comical stop-motion animation exploring the repetitiveness of everyday existence and our inability to find time for anything. So busy! But then time freezes for the three characters in the film. It was a hit on the short film festival circuit before becoming a finalist in the Fs Film Festival. Effie is a prolific artist who had great success previously with festival favourite My Stuffed Granny.

Emilie

Bystander by Rachel Aoun (2022) (Lebanon) (12m)

The Festival finalist is perhaps the best exploration of masculinity ever depicted in a short film (and written by a woman). This short drama follows the basketball coach and new father, Roger, who witnesses a vicious (and ultimately fatal) assault on his way to work but fails to intervene. He is left questioning his manhood and his feelings of emasculation are finally expressed in a wonderful scene where he berates himself through his students.

Bystander

Unstoppable Beat by Luke & Rufus Dye-Montefiore (2023) (UK) (6m)

Unstoppable Beat has won the Best Short Animation award in the FILMSshort Online Festival, selected by Jabari Cofer. Full of amazing visuals, it tells the true story of a Haitian migrant unwilling to give up despite the difficulties he and his countrymen have faced. He has left the chaos and poverty of Haiti to find work in Brazil.

House on Little Cubes

Split Or Steal by Jack Bailey (2022) (UK) (7m)

A wonderful comedy-drama centred on a game show climax where the two contestants can either share the prize pot or attempt to steal it all (but if both try to steal it, neither wins). When the male contestant is screwed by his female counterpart he has the chance for a redo when a camera issue means the show's finale needs to be replayed. How will he fare next time around in this Fs Festival finalist?


Within by Christopher Key (2018) (UK) (7m)

This drama disguised as a documentary tells the story of a man coming to terms with the grief of losing his daughter during a beach holiday in Spain. His recounting of the tragedy is interspersed with an apparently unrelated scene by a lake, where he meets a woman and dons a stethoscope. The reason for these incongruous clips becomes clear at the end, and the enigma of their purpose keeps the viewer engaged until then.

The Guilt

Alma

Alma by Rodrigo Blaas (2009) (USA/Spain) (6m) *

Written and directed by Rodrigo Blaas, a Spanish animator who has worked on Pixar features such as Wall-E and Up, Alma is something close to an animation horror! Alma is an angelic little girl who is writing her name on a wall when she spies a doll in a shop window that looks exactly like her. She enters the shop. The doll keeps moving but Alma is determined to get her hands on it.


Mister Hollow

The Cabinet by Thomas Nelstrop (2018) (UK) (3m)

The Cabinet is a brilliant parody of horror stories like The Enfield Haunting. In this three-minute comedy horror, a woman seeks to return a bathroom cabinet to the retailer after discovering an irksome entity lurks beyond its looking glass. But is the demon all in her mind? This FILMSshort Festival finalist stars Elizabeth Bower and Alexander Kirk.


The Little Astronaut by Kuba Szutkowski (2022) (Holl) (8m)

A beautiful and deceptively simple dramedy about an Amsterdam couple coming to terms with loss. Although an LGBT film on one level, it successfully normalises what is a perfectly normal family, and displays wonderful performances from its small cast. It will surely have you in tears by the end. Amazingly, this Fs Festival Finalist was shot as part of a 48-Hour Film Challenge.

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Prazinburk Ridge by Martin Bell (2022) (UK) (10m)

This Fs Festival Finalist is an epic animation telling the story of Douglas Clark, a rugby league player who represented Great Britain before serving in WWI, where his athleticism and never-say-die attitude helped him save himself and his fellow soldiers during a German attack. It is a moving story of heroism with exceptional animation from Bell, who has worked in the film industry for many years, especially as an action visualisation supervisor on Hollywood blockbusters.

Small Deaths

The Bloody Olive

Action by Benoit Monney (2022) (Switzerland) (6m)

Action is a brilliant black comedy following the trials of a film director as she struggles to keep her film and herself together as everything about her falls apart - quite literally. Filmed in one take, Action offers a clever insight into the stress and comical chaos that often surrounds filmmaking, but which is hidden by the facade of the finished film.



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