Bedford Film Festival’s Short Session 2018 is part of our commitment to supporting young and fledgling film makers in Bedfordshire and beyond. Our annual Shorts Session is a chance to see who we think will be shaking up the future of the film industry.
Each year we pick a selection of the best films sent to us, compile them into our Shorts Session, and give these film makers a chance to see their work on the big screen, and network with other film makers to see what new and innovative ideas are developing. We invite all film makers along and its great to spend time discussing their work with them after each film.
The judges’ best films from three categories are also given awards:
- Judges’ Choice – Bedfordshire: to the film that judges felt was the best entry from film makers within Bedfordshire.
- Judges Choice – National: to the film that judges felt was the best entry from film makers outside of Bedfordshire but sill within the UK.
- Judges’ Choice – International: to the film that judges felt was the best entry from film makers outside of the UK.
(Please note: The ‘National’ and ‘International’ award’ may be merged into one award depending on the number of entries received and those selected by the judges for the festival.)
We are grateful to receive work from film makers all over the world and each year the quality of submissions gets better and better. We can’t wait to share them with you.
The choices for 2018 are:
Bedfordshire Based Film Makers:
- Cells by Tom Fordham
The last living human questions both her existence and sanity after spending months confined to a small bunker.
- The Legend of Bob Leonard by Will Kenning
After a Norman procession is routed by a gang of thugs, a captive minstrel manages to trade his life for a song…and the chance to write history.
- The Adventures of Cinnamon by Russ Wells
Animated adventure. The tale of a young pony and her rise to the throne.
- Party of One by Matt Brownsett
A new medication ‘Sup-press’ promises to rid the user of their personality flaws
- Promises by Edward Chettleburgh
One man’s Friday night journey home from work turns into something much more. As we witness deconstruction and decay of his life in front of our very eyes, as he finds out that two of his family members may have been directly involved in an attack.
National and International Film Makers:
- We Will Rock You by Frederick Woodward (UK)
In the near future, in a world where Music & Free Speech have been banned. A young teenage girl is determined to make things right again, by bringing Freddie Mercury back to life again.
- No Such Thing as Monsters by Jonathan White (UK)
Still upset by the disappearance of his mum on Bonfire Night a year earlier, when Tim receives a curious parcel he is launched into a mysterious adventure and crosses paths with the enigmatic Daniel. But just what does Daniel know about Tim’s mum?
- Flamingos by Sergio Falchi (Italy)
An old fisherman meets a refugee girl on the run who hides in his fishing shed
- Sticky by Richard Turley (UK)
Lost in fantasy, Karen’s crush on the postman is about to get sticky. A suburban tale of lust, parcels and chewing gum.
- Kin by Helena Middleton (UK)
When a young man’s application for custody of his younger brother in care is rejected, he is forced to come to terms with difficult truths about what’s best for his family.
Please note: While not officially rated, Bedford Film Festival advises viewers that some of the films in our Shorts Session 2018 explore adult themes and contain graphic scenes and explicit language.
Image from Flamingos by Sergio Falchi.