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.

Novemberlicher Trailer ENG from soleilfilm on Vimeo.


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.

God’s Got His Head in the Clouds (trailer) from Gianluca Sodaro on Vimeo.


Diagnostic / Diagnosis

The Festival’s short film winner, Diagnostic is very funny satire that begins with a patient’s test results.

DIAGNOSTIC Ambiance tournage from Fabrice Bracq on Vimeo.



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.

Refraction from Ink Motion Pictures on Vimeo.


50 Kisses

This crowd-created feature film consists of 50 short films about different Valentine’s Day kisses stitched together with musical and visual cues.

’50 Kisses’ Promo from Create50 on Vimeo.

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.