British Council Film is the ‘cultural partner’ of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and we are partnering to showcase the short film nominees as part of our remit to promote the best of British short filmmaking internationally. The UK has a long tradition of producing world class short film and both BAFTA and British Council recognise the value of nurturing the diversity and talent demonstrated by short filmmakers producing short film. The BAFTA Short Film 2018 programme features five live action shorts and three animated films with an approximate running time of 110 minutes. The films are available on DVD and are not suitable for audiences under 16 years of age.
A Drowning Man, MAHDI FLEIFEL
Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.
Poles Apart, PALOMA BAEZA
In a harsh Arctic landscape, a hungry and solitary polar bear has to decide if a naïve Canadian grizzly bear is her food or her friend.
Work, ANEIL KARIA
A teenage dancer’s perspective of the world around her begins to shift as she is confronted with its capacity for injustice.
Have Heart, WILL ANDERSON
A looping GIF has an existential crisis.
Cowboy Dave, COLIN O’TOOLE
Cowboy Dave is the story of a drifter, a war party and a hustler.
Wren Boys, HARRY LIGHTON
On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.
Mamoon follows the story of a mother who, along with her infant child, is forced to leave her home when mysterious dark shadows envelope the light in which they exist. As her own light begins to fade, she is forced to use the mysterious red light to save her child.
Aamir, VIKA EVDOKIMENKO
13 year old Aamir is stranded alone in the largest unofficial refugee camp in Europe. When he is befriended by Katlyn, a thinly stretched volunteer, she becomes Aamir's last hope for salvation.