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 Audience Award for Best Short Film, and the second is the Méliès d’argent awarded to the best eligable 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 Sitges for the prestigious Méliès d’or Award for the Best European Fantastic Short Film. All our European fictional short films are eligible.
Films are showing over two sessions:
Part 1 (Wed 15th Nov 10.30am)
Films from Alicia to Don’t Talk to Strangers, Nap, Honeymoon at Cold Hollow to Maria Jose Maria
Part 2 (Thurs 16th Nov 10.30am)
Films from Geronimo, Ride Baby Ride to Villain
Dir. Tony Morales
Spain, 2023, 6mins,
Carolina will have to deal with the childhood fears of her daughter Alicia, who has just gone blind and believes that an old woman lives in her room.
Dir. Germán Sancho / Raúl Cerezo
Spain, 2022, 10mins
Legend has it that during a cold January night, Darkface wanders the streets of a remote village. Little Carla wakes up frightened in the middle of the night. Her older brother, Lucas, tries to reassure her and convince her that Darkface does not exist.
Dir. Alex Hanno
USA, 2023, 9mins
While away on a technology detox in the northern reaches of Maine, an impressionable social media addict becomes the target of an unexpected visitor.
Don’t Talk To Strangers
Dir. Imanol Ortiz López
Spain, 2023, 5mins
My mum always told me not to talk to strangers, but Agustín is not a stranger, because whenever we go to his store he offers me treats.
Dir. Javier Chavanel
Spain, 2023, 15 mins
Four people are about to undergo a dangerous experiment. The rules are simple: you will have to sleep if you want to live.
Honeymoon At Cold Hollow
Dir. Nat Rovit
USA, 2022, 14mins
In the winter of 1974, newlyweds are snowed in to a remote cabin in the wilderness and learn that they never really knew each other at all.
Knit One Stab Two
Dir. Alison Peirse
UK, 2022, 10mins
This essay film examines the representation of knitters and knitting, in over sixty horror films made by women, from the 1920s – 2020s.
Lands of Steel
Dir. Cyril Vrancken
Belgium, 2023, 14mins
A CGI-animated short film about genocide through the eyes of a mindless robot, set in an apocalyptic world.
Lord of the Free Range
Dir. Simon Dymond
UK, 2023, 14mins
When a proud, meat-eating father learns his wife and child have turned vegan, he pushes them away, into the arms of a mysterious vegan cult who worship a chicken. Can he overcome his own stubborn nature and win them back, or is the changing tide too much to take?
Maria Jose Maria
Dir. Chico Noras
Portugal, 2022, 15mins
On the same night that a dismembered and decapitated body is found in the city streets, Maria José wakes up startled by the absence of her mother. The authorities try to find the author of this heinous crime, but soon they will face unexpected circumstances.