Monday 04 November 2019 to Thursday 05 December 2019

British Council collaborates for the first time with Festival Alcine 49, the Alcalá de Henares / Comunidad de Madrid film festival founded in 1969, which has confirmed its prestige and has turned into one of Spain's most important short film competitions.

During these years the festival has served to present the first artistic steps of those who subsequently became professionals of the first rank in Spanish cinema. Fernando Colomo, Santiago Segura, Álex de la Iglesia, Mariano Barroso, Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Jordi Mollá, Fernando León de Aranoa, Alejandro Amenábar, Isabel Coixet or Daniel Sánchez Arévalo have, among others, participated in the festival.

Another noteworthy aspect of Alcine are the international sections that - since their beginning in 1983 - present short and animated films from all over the world as well as retrospectives of directors and cineastes that are renowned in those fields.

This year in the session “Language in Short Film English” we present the following shorts:

73 COWS  Director - Alex Lockwood
A beef farmer battles with his conscience every time he takes his cows to slaughter. He knows he must make a change.
Best BAFTA British Short Film.

ROUGHHOUSE  Writer, Director and Producer- Jonathan Hodgson/ Producer - Richard VanDenBoom
When three teenage friends meet a charismatic stranger, their loyalty is torn apart with terrifying consequences.
Best BAFTA Animation Short Film.

TAKE YOUR PARTNERS  Director - Siri Rodnes
An eight-year-old “tomboy” challenges gender expectations when forced to make an Easter bonnet with the girls.
Nominated to Best Short at BAFTA Scotland Best Short Film Awards.

WORK  Director - Aneil Karia
A teenage dancer’s perspective of the world around her begins to shift as she is confronted with its capacity for injustice.

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