Writer Loves… Derby Film Festival: Short Films, 50 Kisses & 24 Hour Challenges
Posted on May 21, 2014
The first ten day Derby Film Festival drew to a close this weekend. The final three days of the Festival was themed Fantastiq – focussing on the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres – and featured In Conversation sessions with Waris Hussein, John Hough and Michael Armstrong. The final afternoon was dedicated to fledgling film-makers, shorts and an impressive 24 hour film challenge. It was this strand of the Festival I was most excited to attend and I wasn’t disappointed. Check out the trailers for some of the fascinating short films on offer at the Festival below. My full write up of all these films and more is available on Gorilla Film Magazine.
Novemberlichter / November Lights
This 30 minute film explores the consequences of parental neglect when a child is given a lift by a stranger. This was my personal favourite of the short films on offer and is an exercise in suspense.
God’s Got His Head In The Clouds
This sharp and witty film from Gianluca Sodaro focuses on an intense conversation between a priest and a naughty child who accuses God of breaking his promise to keep her from evil.
Diagnostic / Diagnosis
The Festival’s short film winner, Diagnostic is very funny satire that begins with a patient’s test results.
Ashes is a film with a deep social conscience. It’s an emotive seven minute film that focuses on the moment a loving relationship shifts into the abusive.
Refraction was the 2010 winner of the Five Lamps 24 Hour Film Challenge. It’s a feat in express editing. Watch the full 3 minute film below and you’ll see why.
This crowd-created feature film consists of 50 short films about different Valentine’s Day kisses stitched together with musical and visual cues.
My full review of these films and the Festival’s closing weekend is now live at Gorilla Film Magazine, so please click here to check it out.