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Songs From The Outside

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Directed by Michael Van Ostade, Andrew Van Ostade; Produced by Emanuel van der Jeugd, Jasper Moeyaert; Written by Michael Van Ostade, Andrew Van Ostade

Directed by Michael Van Ostade, Andrew Van Ostade; Produced by Emanuel van der Jeugd, Jasper Moeyaert; Written by Michael Van Ostade, Andrew Van Ostade

A mysterious sphere crash-lands in the garden of a financially troubled entrepreneur, who soon finds that the object sings a most beautiful yet haunting melody.

28 minutes

Leviathan Ages

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Directed by Jon Yeo; Written by Jon Yeo

Directed by Jon Yeo; Written by Jon Yeo

Bound in ancient celestial ballet, nine dead Kings arise to claim a fallen Emperor.

4 minutes

Thumbs Up

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Directed by Louie Connaris; Written by Louie Connaris

Directed by Louie Connaris; Written by Louie Connaris

It’s payback time for a London taxicab driver.

4 minutes

Monkey Rag

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Directed by Joanna Davidovich

Directed by Joanna Davidovich

‘Monkey Rag’ is a traditionally animated throwback to the musical cartoons of yore. Inspired by the thumping, riotously fun music of the Asylum Street Spankers, Mitzi pursues a disaster of her own making in this richly colored world where reason is overrated. Mitzi may be barking up the wrong tree, but she also knows that when it comes to love, sometimes you just gotta give a little bit of what you got.

4 minutes

Roadside

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Directed by Tim Wildgoose; Produced by Tim Wildgoose; Written by Tim Wildgoose

Directed by Tim Wildgoose; Produced by Tim Wildgoose; Written by Tim Wildgoose

Twenty years after ‘The Visitation’, when vast swathes of the planet were transformed into the inhospitable and deadly ‘Zones’, mankind struggles with its newfound place in the universe. Over time, the high walls are built to contain the swirling anomalies within, and entry into the zone is strictly forbidden to all. Cal Rainer is a black market courier. Working on behalf of his mysterious client, he trades and collects the alien artifacts smuggled illegally from deep within the zones. Cal is on his way to meet ‘Valentine’, the notoriously ruthless black market dealer in alien artifacts. Something about this meeting is not quite right, and the repercussions will start Cal on a fantastic journey…

9 minutes

Dog

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Directed by Robin Schmidt; Produced by Simon Wan, Robin Schmidt; Written by Robin Schmidt

Directed by Robin Schmidt; Produced by Simon Wan, Robin Schmidt; Written by Robin Schmidt

Dog is the local Triad enforcer, a simple gangster, addicted to violence, bound by a strict honor code. Standing outside an old warehouse Xian, the Boss’s right hand man takes a phone call confirming the order to go in and clear out the current occupants. Dog duly obliges, brutally laying the smack down to a group of scumbags.

As he leans in to light a post-fight cigarette he hears a noise, women’s voices and goes to investigate. He finds a group of what can only be prostitutes hiding out and makes as if to beat them too but relents. The boss calls again, ordering Dog to guard the building for a few weeks to ensure the gang don’t repossess it. Dog must not leave. He accepts but is clearly not happy. Dog’s life inside is one of routine, training, cooking noodles, patrolling the premises. But soon it’s clear that his need for violence is taking over, driving him mad.

40 minutes

Doctor Puppet: A Timelord Christmas

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Directed by Alisa Stern, Erin Natal; Produced by Alisa Stern; Written by Scott Ampleford

Directed by Alisa Stern, Erin Natal; Produced by Alisa Stern; Written by Scott Ampleford

The Doctor joins his past selves for a stop motion Christmas celebration. This is the second Doctor Puppet Christmas special and first musical.

2 minutes

The Jigsaw

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Directed by Al Safar Brothers, Rashad Al-Safar; Produced by Al Safar Brothers; Written by Al Safar Brothers

Directed by Al Safar Brothers, Rashad Al-Safar; Produced by Al Safar Brothers; Written by Al Safar Brothers

A man walks through a busy market and stumbles across a dark and dingy shop selling bric-a-brac. A plain and weathered brown box laying amongst some Jigsaw Puzzles grabs the man’s attention. He asks a mysterious and unsettling vendor as to the contents of the box to which the vendor warns him against the purchase and recommends that he leave it be. This further entices the man’s intrigue and makes him more determined to find out what the contents of this puzzle holds.

8 minutes

Anamnesis

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Directed & Written by Benjamin Goodger; Produced by Chiara Ventura

Directed & Written by Benjamin Goodger; Produced by Chiara Ventura

A 2013 National Film and Television School graduation film, Anamnesis is a love story set against a sci-fi backdrop. Following the death of his girlfriend Sophie, Luke, a young scientist, is working on Anamnesis, a project funded by a powerful corporation developing memory retrieval technology. Harnessing the sublime properties of a recently discovered substance, he secretly uses this technology to repeatedly revisit the day she died. Wracked by guilt and regret his obsession drives him towards self- destruction until one day a startling epiphany presents the possibility of a new beginning.

24 minutes

Rose, Mary and Time

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Written/Directed/Produced by Hardeep Giani

Written/Directed/Produced by Hardeep Giani

Barney is married—unhappily. He lost the love of his life around six years ago; she was murdered. Through the magic contained within a clock he inherited, and with the help of an old Indian shopkeeper, Barney finds himself back in time, with the opportunity to save her… but life isn’t always as easy as that. A story of second chances.

38 min

Shoreditch Slayer

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Shoreditch Slayer

Written/Directed by Simon Levene; Produced by Mavreen Brown

Vampires have hunted humans since the dawn of time. Yet with rising inflation, soaring unemployment and higher taxes, it is vampires who are currently struggling for survival.

The 20th century was a golden age for the undead; a little known fact is that real vampires have often appeared in horror movies. Cinema offered a chance at cash, glamor and respectability.

However, after years of steady income, the vampire film craze ended, largely due to the over-saturation of Twilight, Buffy, etc. This left many out of work and unprepared for a life outside of cinema.

This comedy/horror mockumentary follows five vampires as they attempt, at all costs, to look for new sources of income. However, getting paid or not, the killing never stops.

2 min.

Mr. Foley

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Mr. Foley

Written/Directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman; Produced by Mary McCarthy

Mr. Foley wakes up in a hospital to find his whole life is being sound-tracked with sound effects added in front of his eyes. He starts to panic as he doesn’t know the score…

4 min.

SWOOSH!

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Written/Directed by Sabina Sattar; Produced by Ash Maharaj, Brian Lavery, Gladys San Juan, Julianne Honey-Mennal, Sabina Sattar

S.W.O.O.S.H! – the Support Week Of Overlooked Super Heroes therapy group gets a new member, Melder. Melder’s polite interest soon turns hostile as he begins to bully all the other members. Melder finally reveals himself to be the Super-Villain Melter and demands the other members join his evil empire. The other members aren’t sure. There’s only one person who could possibly save them but she retired years ago…

20 min

The Field Of Vision

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Written by Siri Rodnes, Ursula K. Le Guin (original material); Directed by Siri Rodnes; Produced by Caterina Boselli, Rob Watson

Adapted from the short story by major science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin, The Field Of Vision is about mankind’s pursuit of truth and the consequence of finding the answer. In an unknown future, a group of astronauts unearth evidence of an ancient alien civilization on Mars. Concealed within it is a truth so dangerous it threatens to change the world forever. On their return, a psychiatrist is brought in to assess the surviving crew, all of whom suffer from unexplainable physical disorders. What he discovers will shake his scientific and rational beliefs to the core.

26 min

Early Birds

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Written/Directed/Produced by Paul Cheung

Do you remember when you were a kid, staring out of a rain-soaked window as the car sped down the highway, trying to imagine something beyond the dreary tarmac? Giants, planes, ninjas, dinosaurs, angels, meteors. Or something more; something with wings as wide as the sky…

2 min

Easier Ways To Make A Living

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Written by David Lobatto; Directed by Adam Randall; Produced by Adam Randall, David Labatto, & Tamazin Simmonds

A billionaire heiress is brutally abducted and held for an impossible ransom. The police investigation at a dead end, it falls to Hennessey, a troubled private detective with a pathological disregard for his own safety, to find her. But, savagely attacked in his own office, Hennessey finds himself lying battered, bruised, and watched over by his sinister assailant. How will he be able to save both the kidnap victim and himself by the midnight deadline?

27 min

The Furred Man

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Written/Directed by Paul Williams; Produced by Paul Terry

A bruised and battered Max sits in an interrogation room dressed in a ghoulish costume caked in dried blood. With his alibi littered with two corpses, blood-curdling screams and a tale of “the beast”, this furry man swears he can explain…

15 min

The Midge

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Written by JJ Lowe; Directed by: Rory Lowe; Produced by Rory Lowe, Will Adams

You’re in the woods… You’re alone… And something wants your blood!

A young city girl seduces her new boyfriend on a camping trip in the Suffolk countryside. But the sexually inexperienced country boys worst fears are realized when he comes face-to-face with the scourge of the British wilderness…

Following a classic horror model, the film builds an atmosphere of slowly heightening terror, as its visual narrative moves ever inward, from wide establishing shots of the open landscape to super close-ups of sinister ‘weird nature’ and the miniature horror itself — the midge — a CGI marvel presented in microscopic detail. Shooting on the highest-quality digital format and using the latest developments in 3-D digital FX technology to achieve the highest level of creature design and animation, the film is a seamless blend of real footage and CGI, accentuated throughout by striking and original sound design and music.

Beautifully positioned within its genre, this twisted take on the horror movie toys with themes of sexual desire, environmental catastrophe, genetic manipulation and urban-rural relations.

11 min

Born of Hope

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Written by Paula DiSante; Directed/Produced by Kate Madison

Born of Hope is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings. This hour long original drama is set in the time before the War of the Ring and tells the story of the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North, before the return of the King. Inspired by the appendices Tolkien wrote for The Lord of the Rings, we follow Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people’s history, struggling for survival in a lonely wilderness as a dark force bends its will toward their destruction.

71 min

The Love Train

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Producer/Director: Eva Bennett

A female dragon wishes to share her life with the warm touch of another being once again. So, putting her failed marriage behind her with melancholy optimism, she prepares herself for a journey to find love. As she travels through the snowy landscape, which is at odds with her whole being, Dragon meets some incompatible suitors which only serve to make her feel more alone. So, can the perfect mate be found, for such a hot blooded woman?

Told using traditional 2D hand drawn animation, and subdued color pallet, The Love Train is set in a mythical northern, snowy landscape in the age of steam.

8 min

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