This year, CWFF has reached far and wide to bring you the world’s very best short films right here to London. Find out more about them here.
NB: Bookings for film screenings can be made via the relative venues. Museum Of London Docklands tickets can be booked at the venue or by phone, Cineworld tickets can be booked online HERE.
A mix of the UK’s rising stars of short film – drama, documentary and animation. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, you’ll definitely love them all.
Total running time: 95min
Thu 3 Sep 1600 – 1730 Museum of London Docklands (2-4-1 Tickets)
Fri 4 Sep 2030 – 2200 Cineworld
Sat 5 Sep 1500 – 1630 Cineworld
Sun 6 Sep 1700 – 1830 Cineworld
Mon 7 Sep 1300 – 1430 Museum of London Docklands (2-4-1 Tickets)
Meet Me In The Middle, Dir. O W L S
Join the Barber Shop Man and his windmill powered petting zoo on his magical quest to woo the Nail Salon Lady. Music video for Sportsday Megaphone.
Dance For Eternity, Dir. Michael Gilroy
Two lovers make a promise to each other that will change their lives forever.
Pockets, Dir. James Lees
What’s in your pockets? Londoners share what they’re carrying in their pockets and what it means to them, with every object telling a revealing story.
August, Dir. Matthias Hoegg
The quiet and order of a summer campsite is disturbed by unwanted guests. While mayhem breaks out a group of ants makes brave new discoveries in the grass.
Noesis, Dir. Sophie Klevenow
A captivating and all-too-familiar allegory about growing up, and the changes and losses on the way.
Dear Matthew, Dir. Keith O’Shea
In January 1999 Matthew O’Reilly left his parents’ home in Barnstaple, Devon; he has not been seen since. All that remains of him are his paintings that his father Tim curates.
Resident & Occupant, Dir. Spencer Cross
A man discovers a cheeky interloper at the foot of his bed and follows him through a fantastical world inspired by the designs of Voonwong & Bensonsaw.
Janusz, Dir. James Rogan
Janus commutes in and out of London every day, watching through the window as the world rushes by. Lydia is moving home after quitting her job. When these two meet on the train, they each get a glimpse of the other’s world.
Breaking the Mould, Dir. Rebecca and Luca
A colourful journey through life with an adventurous apple.
Hairytale, Dir. Lisa Forrest
Hairdresser-turned-inventor Ronn is saving the world – one hair at a time. Doing away with dangerous fibreglass, he creates revolutionary new products using discarded human hair.
Baghdad Express, Dir. Nimer Rashed
A young girl working in her father’s Arabic restaurant is forced to decide which comes first – her dreams or her family.
My Peculiar Episodes, Dir. Guy Wigmore
Ribbons of colour, music and movement. Blown and entangled, chopped into a brief, beautiful film.
Last Train, Dir. David Schofield
The silent night is broken as Jay awaits the last train alongside some raucous teenagers. As paranoia slowly takes hold, are they really a threat or is his fear justified?
A Film About Poo, Dir. Emily Howells & Anne Wilkins
Dur. 1min 30secs
This is a film about poo, about things that you should and shouldn’t do…
An incredible glimpse of films from all corners of the world. From Western Europe to the West Bank and beyond, these compelling stories break down all borders.
Total running time: 85min
Thu 3 Sep 1300 – 1430 Museum of London Docklands (2-4-1 Tickets)
Sat 5 Sep 1300 – 1430 Museum of London Docklands
Sun 6 Sep 1900 – 2030 Cineworld
Mon 7 Sep 1600 – 1730 Museum of London Docklands (2-4-1 Tickets)
Divers (USA), Dir. Paris Mavroidis
A 3D animation exploring the abstraction of the human body into shape and the absorption of the individual into the mass.
La Tangente / The Tangent (France), Dir. Vincent Vesco
A man offers an attractive woman a ride wherever she wants to go. The two set off on a journey of life with no plans and no direction, but how long can they live their capricious life?
Biet Ly / Days on the Shore (Denmark), Dir. Alfred Nguyen
A group of Vietnamese refugees flee from oppression following the Vietnam War. When they are caught an intense battle of wills ensues between one man and his captors.
2 Men, 1 War, 33 Years On (Lebanon), Dir. Eric Trometer
Having fought on opposing sides during the brutal Lebanese civil war, two men reconcile openly with their violent history to find forgiveness.
Immerse (Romania), Dir. Anton Groves
A story exploring the immersive world of inner space.
Reaccion / Reaction (Spain), Dir. David Victori Blaya
How do you know when it’s time to help somebody? Sometimes doing the right thing can have grave consequences.
Morgenrot (Luxembourg), Dir. Jeff Desom
Chaos and grace combine as a burning piano falls from a building in 1920s New York. Music video for the song “Morgenrot” by Hauschka.
Impasse (Netherlands), Dir. Bram Schouw
Spoken without words, we’re left to consider whether love and attraction can break through the impasse of human nature.
Mountain-Water-Painting (Germany), Dir. Christin Bolewski
Proceeding from Chinese thought and aesthetics, the traditional concept of ‘Shan-Shui-Hua’ (mountain-water-painting) is recreated as modern video art.
Thorns and Silk (Palestine/Israel/UK), Dir. Paulina Tervo
Four unusual stories from the West Bank, featuring women defying gender roles in Islamic society, by working in jobs conventionally associated with men.
Nena! / Baby! (Spain), Dir. Lluís Segura
A girl and a boy’s game of house soon becomes an altogether more adult affair.
Fed up of hearing about these award winning shorts at far-flung festivals around the world and never getting to see them? Well we’ve pulled them all together here for your viewing pleasure!
Total running time: 90min
Lies (Sweden), Dir. Jonas Odell and Johanna Andersson
WINNER AT SUNDANCE & VENICE
True stories about lies. An animated film based on documentary interviews. Truth turns out to be more intriguing than fiction, even when the subject is lies.
L’Arbitro (Italy), Dir. Paolo Zucca
WINNER AT CLERMONT-FERRAND
In the hellish mayhem of a bottom division football match, the destinies of two thieves cross paths.
Megatron (Romania), Dir. Marian Crisan
WINNER AT CANNES
It’s Maxim’s 8th birthday. His mother takes him on a trip to a McDonald’s restaurant in the city, but his youthful demands threaten to ruin the day for both of them.
Please Say Something (Germany/Ireland), Dir. David O’Reilly
WINNER AT BERLINALE
A heart-wrenching depiction of a troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant future.
Vacsora (Hungary), Dir. Karchi Perlmann
WINNER AT VENICE AND PALM SPRINGS
When Gaspar slips and falls in the pigpen during the morning feeding, this quiet Hungarian farm transforms into a stage of Le Théatre de l’Absurde.
Next Floor (Canada), Dir. Denis Villeneuve
WINNER AT TORONTO
At a luxurious banquet, the pampered guests participate in an apparently ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of abundance.
Serbian cinema hit an almighty peak throughout the 70’s and not forgetting the wins at Cannes for Emir Kusturica in 1985 and 1995. There were low points too. Cinema-going practically ceased throughout troubled times, when sanctioned imports and state-controlled television were the norm. This last year has seen one of the country’s richest levels of production. We hand pick a few of those shorts for you here.
Total running time: 71min
Thu 3 Sep 2030 – 2145 Cineworld (listed as Serbia 1)
Sat 5 Sep 1300 – 1415 Cineworld (listed as Serbia 1)
Sat 5 Sep 1500 – 1615 Museum of London Docklands
Sun 6 Sep 1300 – 1415 Cineworld (listed as Serbia 1)
Rapresent, Dir. Ivana Todorovic
There are some 250 young homeless people living on Belgrade’s streets. One of them is Bojan, 19-year-old hip-hopper and graffiti artist who lost his father in war in Croatia. Ivana Todorovic’s recent work following her first success, ‘Everyday Life of Roma Children from Blok 71′.
*Bojan recently ended his life, one year after the film was made. He was 21 years old. This already affecting film takes on a new level as the lasting legacy of a young man for whom art and music were everything.
Perje U Plamenu/Feathers in Flames, Dir. Igor Coric
A silent film about things that make you want to scream.
The Br(e)aking Point, Dir. Igor M. Toholj
Milenko Dzever, engine driver from Zednik near Subotica, killed 23 people while driving his train. Train drivers can see disaster coming but can do nothing to prevent it, becoming killers against their will. The Br(e)aking Point was Golden Plaque winner at the 2009 Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival.
Helium, Dir. Giuseppe Schettino
Young people and war. Young people and love. Young people who cannot escape. Even if they had a chance they wouldn’t know where to go. Youthful anxiety artistically depicted as a process of awakening in Serbia’s ten-year madness.
Caught red-handed. Yes, you’ve spotted it, we’ve sneaked a feature into the programme. Though the short-form is what we worship, this full-length film gives a real insight into current Serbian drama and is just too good to keep under wraps.
Sat 5 Sep 1845 – 2030 Cineworld (listed as Serbia 2)
Sun 6 Sep 1530 – 1715 Museum of London Docklands
Dir. Goran Markovic
In 1993, at the height of the war, a group of actors from Belgrade embark on a tour of the Serbian Krajina. They are seemingly oblivious to their surroundings until they are thrust into the heart of the conflict, wandering from war front to war front, from one army to the next. A wicked satire, directed by one of Serbia’s most successful directors, Goran Markovic.
Total Running Time: 90 Mins
Fri 4 Sep 1830 – 2000 Cineworld
Run by producers Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, and representing 10 directors for music videos and commercials is production company Between The Eyes. Its first feature film, ‘Shifty’, directed by Eran Creevy, was released nationwide by Metrodome earlier this year. It received 5 British Independent Film Award nominations and is now available on DVD.
Eran Creevy started his career in the world of short-form work like many an aspiring film director. We take a look at his fast-paced, visually rich commercials and music videos and talk to the man himself at the Q&A event. He’s an interesting guy – read our insightful and often hilarious interview with him here.
Sonny J – Handsfree (If You Hold My Hand)
Asher D – This is Real
Utah Saints – Something Good ‘08
Relentless – Morning has broken
Sci Fi – The Chase
Nike – Not a Runner
We’ll also not be forgetting ‘Shifty’ and its recent impact on the British Film Industry…
Tickets for this event can be booked via Cineworld.
Films made by those just starting out. Spot the next big thing here! Read on to find out more about the films. For the info on the exciting Next Generation events, go HERE.
Total running time: 150min
Fri 4 Sep Museum of London Docklands
1500 – 1545 Pitching Session
1545 – 1645 Next Generation Films
1645 – 1730 Pitching Session continues…
CWFF 09 Next Generation Workshop Film
Yes, it screens here first! Not only has a young east London team come together to create a masterpiece but you’ll get to see it and someone will be getting a special prize too at this year’s Golden Canaries Awards Show.
The Princes Trust
The Princes Trust Get Into Digital Media is a 2-week vocational skills programme that helps sixteen people each year gain valuable skills, experience and opportunity within the digital media industry. These films were created by the students, each 60 seconds long.
Unison: Vicky Nakamatte, Joe Naud, Jamaal Mahamed, Mazarra Mazerati
Conflict of Culture: Jamie Watts, Ryan Vanhorne, Ciara Madden, Zachary Corr
Social Security: Mike West, Andy Cox, Aaron Hanson, Rob Miller
4 Minds : Jodie Guilemin, Alex Attwell, Mikael Tate, Channelle Findlay
Chocolate Films runs courses of varying lengths. These are four First Light-funded films by young people aged 8 to 12 about cultural identity.
ID:Kurdish London – ‘Secrets from the Saz’ – 5min 20secs
ID:Latin American London – ‘The Greatest Football Match in the World’ – 9min
ID:Afro-Caribbean London – ‘The Power of Black Hair’ – 7min 30secs
ID:Polish London – ‘The Dare’ – 7min
Tower Hamlets College
Tower Hamlets College is an East London college close to Canary Wharf, offering further education, 6th form courses, and business training. Here is some of the students’ work.
Wheels of Freedom, Dir. Susanne Parkhouse (aka Genie Weaver)
An alternative look at bicycling in London, the world of cooperative bicycle maintenance and the communities that form around cycles.
Fardin & Sejuti (Immigrant Children), Dir. Kazi Sazzad Hossain & Mohammed Fazlul Aziz
An intimate look at a Bengali family and their children.
Billingsgate Market, Dir. Kazi Sazzad Hossain, Fahmida Akhter & Mohammed Fazlul Aziz
A look at London’s famous fish market and the wide variety of people who work there.
Delve into some fascinating footage from yesteryear. See a snapshot of the Docklands and the Waterways as they once were.
Fri 4 Sep Museum of London Docklands
1100 – 1200 London Living
1200 – 1330 Listen: A Soundtrack of Shared Memories
1330 – 1445 Nearby: East End Docks Films
Nearby: East End Docks Films: Free
Total running time: 75min
Thames Port – Port of London Authority
This fast-moving, 1970’s Starsky and Hutch-esque film celebrates new developments, including containerisation and the freightliner terminal with its Goliath cranes. The Port of London Authority reveals its plans for the forthcoming Maplin Seaport Development, now known as City Airport.
Cape Cargoes – Port of London Authority
Filmed in the late 1940’s, this film celebrates trade links between London and South Africa. It follows the Llandovery Castle ship from Cape Town, bound for Tilbury and the Royal Docks, with incredible footage of its cargo of passengers, wools, gold, diamonds, skins and hides.
Waters of Time – Port of London Authority
Made for the Festival of Britain in 1951 by one of Britain’s greatest documentary makers, Basil Wright, this film is a poetic celebration of the commercial heritage of the Thames. It features some fine aerial footage of the port of London and looks behind the scenes at the activities on the docks.
Listen: A Soundtrack of Shared Memories
Total running time: 90min
A Big Bang Lab production for Canary Wharf Film Festival with the support of the Port of London Authority.
Come to the cinema and listen! This may seem a little odd, but it’s what ex-Port of London Authority (PLA) workers and young participants have been exploring through a sensory workshop.
‘Listen: A Soundtrack of Shared Memories’ was developed to provide a learning exchange between communities, laying down a foundation for engagement and heritage participation. Playing on the themes of picture, sound, and memories, the group has worked together to record oral histories, understand sound editing and create a living soundtrack to silent film from the extensive PLA archive. At the Nearby screening you can see the finished product and indulge in an open discussion about it with the group.
Big Bang Lab, is a leading cultural-social enterprise working across film, music and heritage, designing and delivering dynamic creative learning programmes. Leaders in the creative use of corporate archives, they connect companies and communities by linking CSR with Heritage.
Total running time: 60min
‘London Living’ is a short programme of archive film extracts taken from the London Screen Study Collection. Spanning five decades, these fascinating films explore London housing as both an ideological tool and as a catalyst for the re-establishment of community.
Utility Homecoming: 1945
Views of Hackney Housing Estates: 1960
Rubbish People: 1966
The Other Side of Docklands: 1991
Let’s Keep Wapping Cockroach Free: 1993
Screening lasts 25 min and will be followed by a discussion led by Abi Wheeler.
To book a free place at any of these screenings, go here.
We’ve delved into the archives to track down some examples of people being green through the ages. What a find!
Total running time: 45min
Sun 6 Sep 1415 – 1500 Museum of London Docklands
Sweet Thames – Colin Porter (Port of London Authority)
A rarely seen colour film from 1968 exploring the problem of pollution on the Thames and the PLA’s monitoring of water contamination. The film includes a visit to Kew Treatment Works.
From the Family to the Farm – Newham Heritage & Archives
A black-and-white film about turning food waste into animal feed! Produced by John Page Productions and partly filmed at the Wolsey Works which was in Carpenters Road, Stratford. The original narration was lost but we might sing to fill in the time.
One Got Fat: Bicycle Safety – Interlude Films
Instructional Video, 1963
A group of children, all wearing ape masks, rides their bicycles to the park for a picnic. Along the way, all but one are eliminated for violating basic bike safety rules. This strange film was narrated by Edward Everett Horton.
NB: All screenings carry an 18 certificate except for Next Generation, Nearby: East End Docks and Green Archive. Please read all our terms and conditions relating to all bookings before making your purchase.