CIFF2017: Sunday 7th May

Sunday 7th May


10am – 12 noon

The CIFF Brunch

Come and join festival crew and filmmakers from around the world for a complimentary continental breakfast and coffee.


10.30am – 12:45

£4.50 (£4.00) Concessions £3.50 (£3.00). Advanced/Online ticket prices in brackets. Tickets available from and the box office.

Swagger 83mins France. Dir Olivier Babinet

A teen-movie documentary, Swagger takes us into the midst of the astonishing minds of eleven teenagers growing up in one of the most underprivileged neighbourhoods in France.

Set in the French projects of Aulnay, Swagger’s colourful subjects talk about life, politics, family and living in one of France’s most difficult neighbourhoods – all from their young perspective. Director Olivier Babinet’s two-year production intersperses clips of interviews with interesting staged pieces showing the teenagers having fun and allowing their personalities to shine. The temptation must have been there for Babinet to focus on the challenges that these teens faced while trying to make their way in the world – delightfully however, his decision to focus on their hopes and dreams gives the film life and vibrancy well above it’s subject matter.

Rhys Denton


Into The Ground 20 mins France. Dir David Tuil

Two high school outcasts decide to turn around their failing social fortunes by hosting the greatest party of all time.


Speechless 7 mins Germany. Dir Robin Polak

A little boy wanders alone through a toy store. He can’t speak English, but he makes a memorable connection with a young mother over an uncomfortable truth.


Backstory 8 mins Germany Dir Joschka Laukeninks

Everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will all, one day, be gone.


1pm – 3pm

£4.50 (£4.00) Concessions £3.50 (£3.00). Advanced/Online ticket prices in brackets. Tickets available from and the box office.

CAN Animation Competition Showcase 3

Cardiff Animation Nights present the final block of competition shorts.

Of Shadows and Wings

Dir: Eleonora Marinoni, Elice Meng. France, 12 mins 54 secs

In the heart of a group of birds, the indignant Moann feels her body changing.

A Little Grey

Dir: Simon Hewitt. United Kingdom / Mexico, 5 mins 51 secs

A colourful story about losing your spark and finding redemption.


Dir: Shunsaku Hayashi. Japan, 9 mins 43 secs

In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed accelerates and gradually causes a distortion.

Au Revoir Balthazar

Dir: Rafael Sommerhalder. Switzerland, 9 mins 30 secs

A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever.


Dir: Mia Rose Goddard. United Kingdom, 3 mins 3 secs

A ballet dancer striving to find her perfect line through repetition, strengthening, dreaming, failure and perseverance.

Not the End of the World

Dir: Jack Bennett. United Kingdom, 8 mins

Joe Connoly’s little life is turned upside-down by the arrival of a note. It seems Molly thinks he is cute. Is this true love?


Dir: Augusto Goicoechea. Uruguay, 3 mins

In search for water, two characters start a long journey where new technologies and traditional customs have to coexist.

OS Love

Dir: Luc Gut. Switzerland, 6 mins 2 secs

Click, click. Tip, tip, tip… Tip, tip. A young woman seeks spirituality and tranquility in the web.

Life Cycles

Dir: Ross Hogg. United Kingdom, 4 mins 17 secs

Routine, monotony, attention and distraction. Will we allow events to pass by uncontested, or will we break the cycle?

Way of Giants

Dir: Alois Di Leo. Brazil, 11 mins 55 secs

In a forest of gigantic trees, Oquirá young indigenous girl, will challenge her destiny and discover the cycle of life.


3.30pm – 5.30pm

£4.50 (£4.00) Concessions £3.50 (£3.00). Advanced/Online ticket prices in brackets. Tickets available from and the box office.

Hear The Silence.  95 mins Germany. Dir Ed Ehrenberg

In this dark World War 2 thriller, a lost unit of German soldiers stumble upon a village inhabited by women, children and the elderly. The soldiers are welcomed as liberators and the two groups grow closer.  But not everyone wants the peace to last and soon the soldiers and the villagers are locked in a brutal battle for survival.

Ed Ehrenberg’s World War II drama is gripping for all the right reasons. Following a group of German soldiers caught behind enemy lines, the director does well to connect us with this group of soldiers as they take shelter in a small village of German exiles within Ukraine. This connection to the soldiers is important as the film explores the difficult relationships of national identity, occupied territory and the pressures of war on civilians and military personnel.

Rhys Denton


Three Kinds Of Fear 20 mins. Brazil. Dir Bruno Bini.

Family man and lawyer Leo has been assigned to defend the notorious drug dealer “Froggy,” who is accused of murder.  Fans of City of God and The Wire will love this taut thriller by another CIFF returnee, Bruno Bino, whose raunchy comedy S2 brought the house down last year.


6pm – 8pm

Adv 15. Free.  Tickets available from and the box office.

The CIFF2017 Awards Ceremony

…in which all will be revealed! The show starts with a screening of the five nominees for the Brian Hibbard Award for Best Welsh Short:

Franklin’s Brain

Director: Scott Quinn
A man is desperate to find meaning in his life… even years after his death.

Leonard’s Neighbours

Director: Mac Nixon
In his upstairs flat, Leonard dwells on traumatic events from his childhood whilst being driven to distraction by his noisy tenants.

Meat on Bones

Director: Joseph Ollman
A tale of strife and discovery between a man of self-imposed isolation and another content in purposeless comfort.

My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le

Director: Clare Sturges
An insight into the work of the late Welsh artist Osi Rhys Osmond as he creates his last ever watercolour.


Director: James Cookson
Dylan, a young man with bad dreams, aims to escape life working on his father’s farm for a fresh start with his girlfriend Jenny.