Below are some of the best films of the FILMSshort competition.

8 by Acim Vasic (2010) (Serbia/ Swiss) (9m) *

Written and directed by Acim Vasic, 8 was the winner of the fourth FILMSshort competition and is a masterful example of how to create a film with no dialogue. Two soldiers from opposing armies (the naughts and the crosses) find themselves alone in a snowy forest. A game of cat and mouse ensues as the pendulum swings between them - but there are ultimately few winners in the game of war!


Strange Death of Harry Stanley

Strange Death of Harry Stanley by J Quinn (2011) (UK) (10m)

Winner of the 6th FILMSshort competition, The Strange Death of Harry Stanley was written and directed by London based filmmaker, Jeremiah Quinn. I will refrain from telling you exactly how Harry Stanley dies so as not to ruin its strangeness but it remains current. It played at various festivals around the world and was long-listed for a BAFTA. Jeremiah completed his second short, Touched, in 2014.

Jet by Jordan Chesney (2012) (USA) (8m) *

Jet was the joint winner of the 5th FILMSshort competition, giving Jordan the boost to pursue filmmaking. The dialogue-free film (they seem to do well in our competition) is a gripping thriller in which a man who plans to use his handgun on himself sees a girl being snatched from the curbside and decides he must act. Jet was a remake of a film Jordan made less than a year before but on a lower budget and tighter shoot.


Social Security by Peter Smith (2011) (UK) (2m)

Sociel Security by Peter Smith was a finalist in the very first FILMSshort competition in 2011 and won the award for best animation at the short film competition that year. It is a simple idea well executed, with a low-key, dry and rather British sense of humour. It is narrated by the newcomer to an office job while a series of images depict his words with amusing and ever-increasing complexity.

Social Security

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