1. PHOSPHENES (Dir: Andre de Nervaux) A letter to the filmmakers younger self.
2. GUYS & GALS (Dir: Sophie Brassil) Through the use of archived footage, the depiction of men and women is compared in adverts through the years. Times are changing but not without their similarities.
3. NOSTALGIA (Dir: Charlotte Ainsworth) In this surrealist piece, the speaker recalls an episode of abuse that haunts her throughout her life.
4. FORECAST (Dir: Max Roach) When David finds another lonely soul entranced by an unknown object they MUST find out what it is.
5. YELLOW SUNSHINE (Dir: Emily Quinn) A teenage girl uses LSD for the first time in an attempt to escape the dreary monotony of her daily life. In a drug addled daze, she must find her way through a forest that seems to be shifting and changing around her.
6. CLOWNING AROUND (Dir: Nathan Hall) Set in Liverpool 1928, the down on his luck and poor circus clown Toby is performing his usual tricks and antics to receive any money from passers-by.
7. THE BOY & THE BALLOON (Dir: Lucas James) A supermarket employee’s mundane routine life is interrupted by an annoying child.
8. ANYA (Dir: Rachel Hawthorne) Trapped in a dark expanse with no way out, the truth is revealed to Anya piece by piece, but what really happened?
9. MY VOICE (Dir: Afua Nuamah) A short film illustrating the importance in having a voice and having your voice heard.
10. BONE CHINA FEELS LIKE PLASTIC (Dir: Mathew Lloyd) A short film about the complexities of life and its inherent lack of meaning.
11. THE MUTINOUS-FEMININE (Dir: Beatrix Haxby) Taking its name from Barbara Creed’s seminal theory, The Mutinous-Feminine is part gymnastics performance, part examination of the beauty canon; pulling into focus its lack of a muscular female morphology. The frozen, feminine odalisque of art history is set into motion with gymnastics performed in an artist’s studio.
12. CYAN (Dir: Luis Carey) Cyan is the colour between green and blue on the scale of visible light. It is evoked by light with a predominant wavelength of between 490 and 520 nm, between the wavelengths of green and blue.
13. INSIDE 624EE (Dir: Albert Kinnings) A young photographer discovers the mysterious power of an old 624EE camera when trying to capture images of London in lockdown.
Age Recommendation: 15+ (Some scenes that may be unsuitable for young people under 15).
Every year we receive hundreds of entries into CINEMAGIC YOUNG FILMMAKER from young people wishing to share their stories with a wider audience. In 2021 we received over 600 short film submissions from the next generation of young creatives and we a delighted to share with you the competition shortlists.
The shortlists are presented in several different genre packages including – Drama, Animation, Documentary, Fantastic, Experimental, Music Video, Short Shorts and Under 18.
As well as celebrating their work, the Young Filmmaker Shortlist Showcase allows young directors to view films made by their peers and offers the opportunity for them to network online and talk movies! Join us as we celebrate the achievements of young people and meet the filmmaking stars of the future.