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14 – 17 November 2024

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Short Film Competition 2023

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A collage of film posters representing the 22 short films in competition at this year's Abertoir.

The year’s Short Film Competition programme showcases 21 films from across the world, representing some of the best in new horror, fantasy, thriller and sci-fi filmmaking.

As an adherent member of the Méliès International Festivals Federation, we also host a Méliès d’argent competition for Best European Short Film. The eligible films marked with an asterisk below will compete in both competitions.

The short films screening in competition at Abertoir 2023 are:

*Alicia Tony Morales, Spain, 6 mins
*Caraoscura Germán Sancho, Raúl Cerezo, Spain, 10 mins
Detox Alex Hanno, USA, 8 mins 40 secs
*Don’t Talk To Strangers Imanol Ortiz López, Spain, 5 mins 12 secs
*Geronimo Geraint Morgan, UK, 14 mins 22 secs
Honeymoon At Cold Hollow Nat Rovit ,USA, 14 mins 4 secs
Knit One, Stab Two Alison Peirse, UK, 9 mins 40 secs
*Lands Of Steel Cyril Vrancken, Belgium, 9 mins 40 secs
*Lord of the Free Range Simon Dymond, UK, 14 mins
*Maria Jose Maria Chico Noras, Portugal, 15 mins
*Nap Javier Chavanel, Spain, 14 mins 30 secs
Ride Baby Ride Sofie Somoroff, USA, 7 mins 28 secs
*Spoor Sunita Soliar and Statten Roeg, UK, 15 mins
*Still Up There Joe Loftus, Ireland, 4 mins 26 secs
*Stop Dead Emily Greenwood, UK, 8 mins
*The Hounds of Annwn Beth B Hughes and Bryony Evans, UK, 8 mins 20 secs
The Old Young Crow Liam LoPinto, Japan/Iran, 11 mins 50 secs
*To the Marrow Van Poynton, Ireland, 8 mins 9 secs
Toad Boy Phillip J McLaughlin, USA, 13 mins
Valley of Souls Edileuza Penha de Souza and Santiago Dellape, Brasil, 15 mins
*Villain Sparky Tehnsuko, UK, 10 mins 10 secs

Explore the full short film programme in detail here.

We received an abundance of high quality and impressive short film submissions this year and narrowing our selection down for the final competition was incredibly difficult – even more so than usual.

The winners will be decided during the festival in Aberystwyth 14-19 November (exact screenings dates TBC). We’ll also be including ‘catch-up’ screenings as part of our online Choice Cuts event a week later, 25 & 26 November.

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