Short Films Competition 2021
Each year Abertoir invites filmmakers from across the globe to submit short films for the Abertoir Short Film Competition. As always, the response has been phenomenal and it’s not possible to show all of the amazing entries. Here we present our shortlist.
There are two prizes on offer. The first being the Abertoir Short Film prize, and the second is the Méliès d'argent awarded to the best European film.
As part of Abertor's role in the Méliès International Festivals Federation, our short film competition will award a Short Film Méliès d'argent. This is an internationally recognised prize specific to the Federation and is a testimony to the talented filmmakers in Europe. The winner of our Short Film Méliès d'argent will go forward to the final lineup at one of the major European festivals for the prestigious Méliès d'or Award for the Best European Fantastic Short Film. All our European short films are eligible.
This year's Short Film Competition will screen during the virtual part of the festival.
Nathan Crooker - United States - 2021 - 13:20
#Nofilter addresses the ever-growing issue surrounding Body Dysmorphic Disorder through the eyes of Beth, an insecure twenty-something, who becomes obsessed with an insidious filter, leaving her to question true beauty. It is a cautionary tale for all those obsessed by "likes," being flawless, and thinking that somehow social media is the magical cure-all for happiness.
Rob Hayes - United Kingdom - 2021 - 7:11
Office worker Declan is constantly getting himself trapped in skin-crawling conversations with his co-worker Janice. When he's confronted with a nightmare scenario, Declan is forced to choose between a fate worse than death...and a fate worse than death.
David J. Ellison - United Kingdom - 2021 - 10:00
It is 1942, in the dark woods of Pennsylvania, Richard Mason is the Familiar to a hideous ancient vampiric creature living in the bowels of an isolated mansion. Every day he must bring a new victim for it to feed on and tolerate its physical and mental abuse.