Below are four of the best films from the 14th FILMSshort competition.

A Little Grey by Simon Hewitt & Steve Smith (2016) (UK) (5m)

Winner of the GRAND PRIZE and BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM award in the FILMSshort competition, A Little Grey is a beautifully made animation that asks a simple question: is there any cure for being a little grey? One man’s search takes him through bars, churches, doctor’s surgeries, tattoo parlours and beyond, but will he find what he’s looking for? It is a colourful story about losing your spark and finding redemption.


Breathe by James Doherty (2015) (Ireland/UK) (14m)

Winner of the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD, Breathe tells the story of Patrick and Francie, a father and son in the Irish traveller community. Patrick wants his boy to be a hard, bare-knuckle boxer like him but Francie is not a macho type. Indeed, he is quite the opposite and Patrick is determined to mould him in his own image. Francie's mother wants to protect her son and loves him no matter what his sexuality but can Patrick learn to love his son the same way?


Still Standing by Ollie Blake (2018) (UK) (2m)

Winner of the BEST SHORT SHORT FILM, Still Standing is a slightly experimental film delving into the pysche of a man who is determined to win no matter what the obstacles and the personal cost. In this non-narrative short film starring Warren Sollars a series of well-crafted visuals presents us with a boxer preparing for a fight while a voiceover informs us of the mental fortitude needed to overcome his opponent. It is a glimpse into the spirit of courage and bravery.

Duel at Blood Creek

Girl + Ghost by Nik Wansbrough (2015) (Australia) (11m)

Girl + Ghost came third in the judge's voting. It mixes animation with live action in a dialogue-free romance about a lonely ghost in love with the girl living on his street. Four years in the making, the film reveals the ghost’s fantastical daydreams, but it appears that a flirtatious postman has caught the girl’s eye and is well on his way to winning her affections. As the story unfolds the ghost must struggle to make his presence known to the girl before the postman sweeps her off her feet.

Duel at Blood Creek

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