FrightFest announces 2020 short film line-up
James R | On 06, Aug 2020
FrightFest may be going online this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s about to shortchange horror fans, with a short film showcase included in the streaming line-up.
The festival, sponsored by Arrow Video, will highlight the best new genre short films from the UK and around the world, from under-the-bed monsters to monsters in front of your eyes, from the sinister and the creepy to the wickedly human and the not-so-human.
The UK is represented with a record 11 entries. There are world premiere screenings for Werewolf, where game night just got dangerous, A Bit of Fun, where a girls’ night in brings out the dead and The Beholder, in which you’d be wise to beware the eyes of strangers.
Homeland talent is further highlighted with Flesh Control, which will surely bug you and in The Afterlife Bureau. Staying indoors has its drawbacks in The Gift and domestic issues take on a monstrous new meaning in Keith. Keeping your eyes shut won’t keep him out in Guest and your senses can possibly drive you mad in Fuel.
Internationally, there is plenty of madness and mayhem on offer, whether it be the savagery of Canadian entry Bark, the ferocious hunger of Australian offering Breakfast or the passionate zombie love tiff in Love Bite from the States. Spain brings us an unwanted sexual hologram in the surreal Polovotron 500, while Sweden brings us unnerving family tension in Wash. There are four further deathly premieres from the US – Jeff Drives You, where death is in the driving seat, Subject 3, where death always seems to be just around the corner, Death Walks on Nitrate, in which a photographer experiences a giallo-esque nightmare and finally, the world premiere of Tarrare, which is based on the true story of a man afflicted with unceasing hunger.
The collection will be available to watch on-demand from 6pm Thursday 27th August to 9pm Monday 31st August.
Programmer Shelagh Rowan-Legg said today: “With a 30 per cent increase in submissions for the 2020 season, it’s been a joy to find the gems to screen for our audience. As some press articles have noted, fans of horror and science fiction films seem to have a better time coping with our current global crisis, both through our community connections, and our familiarity with all the things that can go to a state or horror or strangeness. There’s no limits to the creativity of our filmmakers, or the dark corners they are willing to explore.”
The short films join a streaming line-up of 25 feature films from 10 countries, including 7 world premieres and 16 UK premieres. An overall pass costs £60 and single tickets cost £5 – with each short film showcase requiring one ticket. For more information on how it all works and a complete weekend guide, click here. Passes and tickets are available now at frightfest.co.uk
Here’s the line-up:
Short Film Showcase 1
Bark (European Premiere)
Director: Ryan Irving. Cast: Ryan Irving, Alexia Lavigne, Anna Barker. Canada 2019. 6 min.
It’s a beautiful day in the park, one that our hero usually enjoys. And he could, except for the terrible event he will have to witness, helpless to intervene.
A Bit of Fun (World Premiere)
Director: Florence Kosky. Cast: Elizabeth McCafferty, Roxana Chakrabarti, Tess Annan, Tallulah Bond. UK 2020. 9 min.
It’s just another fun girls’ night in, to talk about school, sex, and raising the dead. You know, the usual.
Directors: Paul Beattie, Melanie Rios. Cast: Rebecca Smee, Brendan Donoghue, Jaxson Dimitrov. Australia 2019. 11 min.
After being bedridden for months, Katherine is finally awake. And she’s hungry. And not just for bacon and eggs.
FLESH Control (European Premiere)
Director: Christopher McSherry. Cast: Clark Chambers, Joseph O’Hagan. UK 2019. 9 min.
It’s a typical day of fumigation for these two exterminators. But who is being exterminated and what is doing the job?
Subject 3 (International Premiere)
Director: Teresa Decher. Cast: Teresa Decher, Steven Cox, Paul Greene. USA 2019. 12 min.
A young woman needs to say her last goodbye to an old friend, as she traverses a world in the midst of a pandemic.
Jeff Drives You (UK Premiere)
Director: Aidan Brezonick. Cast: Addison Heimann, Tanner Rittenhouse. USA 2019. 17 min.
David thinks he just got lucky when he gets to take a fancy driverless car to a wedding. But the AI has more to offer than just a smooth ride.
Ouzo and Blackcurrant (UK Premiere)
Director: Nat Luurtsema. Cast: Cherelle Skeete, Sara Huxley. UK 2020. 7 min.
Esta and Jeanie just want to reminisce about the good old days; but they weren’t all good, as something wants them to remember.
Tarrare (World Premiere)
Director: Brian Gillespie. Cast: Ian Lassiter. USA 2020. 6 min.
Based on the terrifyingly true story of a man afflicted with unceasing hunger…
Guest (European Premiere)
Director: Finn Callan. Cast: Melania Crisan, Jessica Munna, Anna Fraser. UK 2020. 12 min.
Something just won’t leave Mary alone, no matter how long she keeps her eyes closed. Drastic measures must be taken.
The Beholder (World Premiere)
Director: Shaun Clark. Cast: Melvyn Ternan. UK 2020. 1 min.
The eye is the window to the soul. That is why it terrifies us.
Short Film Showcase 2
Werewolf (World Premiere)
Director: Markus Meedt. Cast: Will Seaward, Katie Redford. UK 2020. 10 min.
It’s game night for a group of friends, and while the rivalry is light, the dangers are increasing.
The Motorist (London Premiere)
Director: Ciaran Lyons. Cast: Douglas Russell, John Cooke. UK 2019. 10 min.
After a man accidently hits someone on a lonely country road, a group forms to exact an odd form of justice.
Love Bite (UK Premiere)
Director: Charles de Lauzirika. Cast: Carlee Baker, Cuyle Carvin, Bella. USA 2019. 16 min.
A weary couple bickers over how to survive the zombie apocalypse. Not everyone is surviving the night.
The Gift (UK Premiere)
Director: Laura-Beth Cowley. Cast: Rowan Carmichael. UK 2019. 3 min.
Monthly cycles may be a literal and metaphorical pain, but through that comes power.
Wash (UK Premiere)
Director: Kristofer Kiggs Carlsson. Cast: Amelia Clay, Ida Lungqvist. Sweden 2019. 7 min.
It’s laundry day for this single mother. But this might be a far more dangerous activity than she fully realizes.
Fuel (International Premiere)
Director: Hermione Sylvester. Cast: Olivia Vinall, Angus Wright. UK 2019. 9 min.
The lines between art and reality are blurred as a woman copes with an uninvited man from her past, and dangerous strangers in the present.
Polvotron 500 (London Premiere)
Director: Silvia Conesa. Cast: Nuria Deulofeu, Gerard Matarí. Spain 2019. 11 min.
Charly just wants a quiet night’s sleep. Maybe he shouldn’t have chosen a holographic booth that provides intimate services.
Keith (International Premiere)
Director: Alex Baro-Cayetano. Cast: Bear Winter-Perreau, Mia Hemerling. UK 2019. 3 min.
A little girl is about to discover more than she dreamed about the monster under her bed.
Death Walks on Nitrate (European Premiere)
Director: Kevin Fermini. Cast: Katie Carpenter, Sasha Friedman, Anna Bishop. USA 2020. 8 min.
A photographer is about to enter a giallo-esque world where nothing is as it seems.
The Afterlife Bureau (London Premiere)
Director: Dimiter Dimiroff. Cast: Sue Appleby, Gordon Peaston, Richard Cunningham. UK 20219. 13 min.
No one appreciates how hard it is to be a civil servant. Especially on the other side.