We are proud to announce the Official Selection and Winners of Cardiff Independent Film Festival 2017.
IN COMPETITION: FEATURES
The five nominees for the Festival’s Best Feature Film award:
Hear the Silence
Director: Ed Ehrenberg
Wartime thriller. Ukraine, 1941. A lost unit of German soldiers happen upon a village inhabited by women, children and the elderly. The soldiers soon take control… but for how long?
WINNER: Best Feature Film
Director: Miranda Bowen
Supernatural drama. Sound recorder Joe and girlfriend Lucille escape to Malta following a lethal tragedy. But then Joe begins to hear ghostly sounds in his field recordings…
WINNER: Best Actress – Ophelia Lovibond, Best Actor – Joseph Kennedy
The Last Compartment
Director: Andreas Schaap
Psychological thriller. After their train is hit by an avalanche in the Alps, Greta and five strangers find themselves trapped in a carriage buried beneath the snow. Help is coming, but will they last?
Directors: Lee Lennox, Wayne Lennox
Stoner comedy. A young man travels to Amsterdam to find his estranged father. When he learns his father’s coffee shop is not doing well, he finds a potent secret weapon to save the business.
Director: Olivier Babinet
Teen documentary. Eleven teenagers growing up in one of the roughest neighbourhoods in France share their dreams and ambitions.
OUT OF COMPETITION: SPECIAL SCREENING
A Special Screening of the UK comedy feature, The Great Unwashed.
The Great Unwashed
Director: Louis Fonseca
Comedy. A hapless twenty-something is forced to flee the city and hide out with a tribe of hippies after witnessing a brutal murder by a gang of criminal hairdressers.
IN COMPETITION: SHORTS
The ten nominees for the Festival’s Best Short Film award:
Director: Robin Polák
Drama. 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.
WINNER: Best Short Film
Director: Julián Merino
Comedy drama. ‘The App’ gives its customers the steps they need to achieve happiness. That is, until it advises Benito to jump off the balcony.
WINNER: Best Screenplay
Director: Joschka Laukeninks
Drama. An eight minute overview of one man’s life.
Belle and Bamber
Director: Alex Forbes
Dark comedy. Is Belle, a ten year old with a thirst for adventure, finally outgrowing Bamber, her psychotic imaginary friend?
Emily Must Wait
Director: Christian Wittmoser
Drama. When Europe descends into chaos, Emily must hold out in her apartment in the hope of reuniting with her loved one.
Ernestine & Kit
Director: Simon Bird
Dark comedy. Two old ladies hit the road, looking for children in need.
Director: Gael André
Comedy. One man’s mission to save the world from the scourge of the mosquito.
Plus Bas Que Terre
Director: David Tuil
Comedy. Two unpopular high school kids seek to turn their fortunes around by hosting the party to end all parties.
Director: Carlota Martínez Pereda
Crime comedy. This tale of fraud, deception and blonde ambition is based on a true story.
Três Tipos de Medo aka Three Kinds of Fear
Director: Bruno Bini
Drama. After the arrest of a drug dealer, three people face their fears in one of the most violent cities in Brazil.
THE BRIAN HIBBARD AWARD FOR BEST WELSH SHORT
The five nominees for this award honouring the late, great Welsh actor Brian Hibbard:
My Brief Eternity: Ar Awyr Le
Director: Clare Sturges
Documentary. An insight into the work of the late Welsh artist Osi Rhys Osmond as he creates his last ever watercolour.
WINNER: The Brian Hibbard Award for Best Welsh Short Film
Director: Scott Quinn
Sci-Fi. A man is desperate to find meaning in his life… even years after his death.
Director: Macauley Nixon
Drama. 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
Comedy drama. A tale of strife and discovery between a man of self-imposed isolation and another content in purposeless comfort.
Director: James Cookson
Drama. 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.
BEST STUDENT SHORT NOMINEES
This ten nominees for Best Student Short.
Director: Tomisin Adepeju
Drama. A young Nigerian man travels to a remote Pentecostal church with his ailing wife.
WINNER: Best Student Short Film
Director: Lily Connor-Patrick
Sci-Fi. A young girl is injected with an implant that makes traditional education a thing of the past.
Director: Justyna Mytnik
Fantasy. Susie and Maurice live together in a tower block infested with surreal pigeons. One day, a baby pigeon advises them to look into each other’s eyes, else they will die.
Director: Xabier España
Animation. A father and son are inseparable until adolescence threatens their special bond.
Director: María Claudia Blanco
Drama. Adam, a boy that was never born, narrates the story of his mother: a Latina waitress in Paris who gets pregnant by her regular customer.
Director: Ivan Sánchez Pangrazio
Comedy. Juan tries to impress a cashier at the express checkout lane of the supermarket, but first he must face his own twisted imagination.
Director: Fabián Pinilla
Fantasy. Eddie is a prisoner in a clandestine factory. He is understandably desperate to avoid being processed and sold to the public as pork meat.
Director: Jonghun Eun
Comedy. Junghyun is a huge fan of Korean baseball team the Eagles. He’ll do anything to watch them take on their arch rivals.
Land Of Our Father
Director: Patrick Gillespie
Documentary. A look into the life of a Welsh dairy farming family and the struggles they face.
Director: Johnny Kenton
Sci-Fi. A desperate mother, who can’t accept the death of her son, visits a hypnotist so she can keep reliving their last moments together.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT NOMINEES
Once again, we are proud to join forces with Cardiff Animation Nights and present thirty-one short animations, all in the running for our Best Animated Short award.
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.
WINNER: Best Animated Short Film
A Little Grey
Dir: Simon Hewitt, Stu Royall, Steve Smith
United Kingdom / Mexico, 5 mins 51 secs
A colourful story about losing your spark and finding redemption.
Dir: Anete Melece
Switzerland, 9 mins 4 secs
Anton is lost in his own head until one day a yellow boot brings him to an exit.
Dir: Constance Joliff, Daphne Durocher, Fanny Lhotellier
France, 4 mins 45 secs
A small bee, allergic to pollen, discovers an extraordinary product that will dramatically impact the life of the hive…
Dir: Delphine Priet-Mahéo
France, 11 mins 32 secs
Camille lives alone. But one day, a man discreetly slips inside her house and starts living in her home while she works.
Courage to Make a Fool
Dir: Heather Colbert
United Kingdom, 3 mins 51 secs
Kazimir, an elderly clown, is lonely and tired. Backstage, he recalls his past, and rediscovers the joy of being foolish.
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.
Day, the Chef
Dir: Shuyu Xiong
China, 2 mins 34 secs
This animation presents the subtle connection between Beijing urban life and Beijing dishes.
Eye for an Eye
Dir: Steve Bache, Louise Peter, Mahyar Goudarzi
Germany, 4 mins 25 secs
Frederick Baer spent over a decade on death row in Indiana State Prison. He is still waiting for his death penalty to be executed.
Dir: Chris Shepherd
United Kingdom, 8 mins
Serving twelve years behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit focuses the mind. Everything becomes crystal clear.
Dir: Ben Mitchell
United Kingdom, 3 mins 50 secs
Klementhro may not have it all, but at least he has his paddle. A cautionary tale.
Dir: Urte Zintler
Germany, 4 mins 30 secs
A woman, a road, the outland. A poetic debate on the issue of “home” and the experience of the outland as a new home.
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?
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: Luc Gut
Switzerland, 6 mins 2 secs
Click, click. Tip, tip, tip… Tip, tip. A young woman seeks spirituality and tranquility in the web.
Dir: Heta Jäälinoja
Estonia, 4 mins 20 secs
Doorbell rings. Someone is at the door. But everything’s a mess.
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.
Dir: Arwyn Hughes
United Kingdom, 3 mins 15 secs
The man and the road do battle across the desert, as one tries to kill the other.
Dir: Paul McKelvie
United Kingdom, 1 min 35 secs
An experimental, stop motion animation, exploring the famous Rorschach psychological technique. Tell me what you see.
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.
Dir: Merve Cirisoglu Cotur
United Kingdom, 6 mins 48 secs
The precious belonging of a Syrian kid is a box, which is used for various purposes as a toy, a home and a boat respectively.
Dir: Sean Vicary
United Kingdom, 4 mins
An autobiographical journey through a landscape evoked by the physiological process of olfaction.
Dir: Mikey Hill
Australia, 15 mins
In a world filled with beautiful music, Vernon always seems to strike the wrong note.
The Psychedelic Rope
Dir: Liu Gaoxiang
China, 10 mins
In ancient China, after a long cruel war, a young magician walks to a ruined temple. The past emerges in his sight…
There Is Still Life
Dir: Maxime Roz, Yann Jobin, Thibault Houdon
Canada, 6 mins 48 secs
A dark museum at night reveals wondrous worlds to one of his inhabitant.
To Build a Fire
Dir: Fx Goby
France, 13 mins
A man and his dog trying to survive in the overwhelmingly freezing and hostile nature of the Yukon Territory.
Dir: Sara Barbas
Portugal, 11 mins 30 secs
A love story about Catarina (a cat) who bumps in to her old flame and ‘might-have-been’ lover Diogo (a dog) at airport security.
V Ep I Nostal61a
Dir: Vincent Gondo, Abel Grape, Miguel Angel D Vas, Hoodlover Cuevas, Fran Shad Barajas
Spain, 3 mins 31 secs
V is the past, present and future of 61 Garage’s last album recording sessions.
Dir: Ely Dagher
Belgium, 14 mins 50 secs
Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar’s discovery lures him into the depths of the city.
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.
OUT OF COMPETITION SHORT FILMS
OPENING NIGHT SHORTS
These shorts were shown at 10 Feet Tall in Cardiff city centre.
The Dying Light
Director: Luke Andrews
Drama. 1940. A German plane is shot down near a sleepy rural village. Two young boys go off in search of the wreckage and find the pilot.
Audience Q&A with Filmmakers
Director: Ruben Sainz
Comedy. Cirilo, 45, has spent several years unemployed. One day, he goes to the employment office with the intention of arranging his affairs.
Director: Gonzaga Manso
Drama. Hanging from the wall of one of the Eden Hostel’s rooms is a statue of the Virgin Mary who narrates, from her peculiar point of view, the stories of the various guests who have stayed there through the years.
Directors: Pablo Santidrian, Ines Pintor Sierra
Romance. Memories of a summer love are kept alive through postcards shared by a young couple.
CHAPTER MOVIEMAKER TAKEOVER
Wales’s number one monthly short film screening got the CIFF treatment with this selection of shorts that were just too good not to share.
Director: Victoria Howell
Romance. Two co-workers fall in love over their doodles.
Director: Chris Shepherd
Drama. After serving twelve years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, our narrator seeks to settle old scores.
Director: Martin Grau
Drama. Clemens lives and breathes his grandfather’s stories. When his grandfather passes away, story-telling becomes a way for Clemens to keep the memory of his grandfather alive.
No Matter What Happens, I Love You
Director: Justyna Mytnik
Drama. Peter returns to Poland from the Iraq war and is unhappy to find his sister living with her lesbian lover in their family home.
Director: Andy Toovey
Drama. A gypsy couple struggle to grieve the loss of the child they conceived during an affair.
The Good Son
Director: Tomisin Adepeju
Drama. A young Nigerian man is forced to address a secret he has harboured from his parents during a traditional, family gathering.
The Wonderful Flight
Director: Ian Allardyce
Drama. In Mongolia, a mother learns that local doctors are unable to cure her young son’s sudden loss of hearing; and that her boy will no longer be able to play his beloved Horse-Head Fiddle.
Directors: Varun Raman, Tom Hancock
Psychological drama. Welcome To Britannia. Together We Stand Alone…