Short Films Competition 2019
Over a number of months earlier in the year, Abertoir has been receiving short films for our competition. The response was phenomenal, we had entries from all over the world but sadly there just wasn't enough room to show all of the excellent entries. The final selection will be screened during the festival and we're sure you will agree that the quality of the work has never been better! The shorts will be divided over two sessions.
There will be two prizes on offer. The first being the Abertoir prize, and the second is the Méliès d'Argent (only for European films).
As part of Abertor's role in the Méliès International Festivals Federation, our short films 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.
SHORT FILMS COMPETITION SCHEDULE
Part One: Wednesday 20th November
L'Auxiliaire, El Cuento, The Cunning Man, Dog Skin, Flowers, The Game, Hopes, Ida, Limbo
Part Two: Thursday 21st November
Midnight, The Original, Paranoia, Rain Catcher, Retch, Swipe, Unmade, Where Blood Lies, Wild Will
(Raúl Monge, Spain 2019, 10 minutes)
Hopes tells the story of a pair of homeless people; a little girl and her hooded companion who wander the streets looking for food and begging. Only when they return to the "home" do we discover that their relationship is based on a very particular dependence.
(Michelle Garza Cervera, UK 2018, 13 minutes)
In The Original we follow Alana, a woman struggling to keep her relationship alive as her partner suffers with a debilitating illness. A new medical procedure offers the answer to their prayers, but not without forcing her to make one last sacrifice.
(Steven Sheil, UK 2019, 10 minutes)
Sophia is being haunted by the spirit of her dead husband Adam, and visits Charlotte, a spiritualist, in the hopes of being able to speak to him one last time. Charlotte makes contact with the spirit world and summons Adam, but the reunion is not a happy one...