Short Film: DYING FOR A LIVING, 13min., UK, Documentary

 

Dying for living film poster with laurels flatten 150A sensitive, contrasting portrait of Shaun Morris, a 57 year old extroverted undertaker living hand-to-mouth in Southampton. Surviving on a zero hours contract, the opportunity of a permanent job appears which could change his life dramatically.

This story is a sensitive, touching portrait about Shaun, a self-deprecating, witty undertaker who is struggling to earn enough money for basic human needs, rent, food and clothes, but who attains self-fulfillment via his noble profession of undertaking. As we follow him on his pursuit of a full-time contract with his firm, we listen to Shaun’s reflections on his life and the choices he has made. The two accomplishments he is most proud of is doing his job well and producing a well rounded 21 year old daughter. Through his story we understand our innate survival methods, our need for acceptance and validation from others and that maybe talking about our own death isn’t so bad after all.

  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 4, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: I SEEK ASYLUM, 10min., UK, Crime/Drama

 

Based on actual asylum interviews, ‘I Seek Asylum’ depicts the reality of what faces survivors of trafficking and torture when they come to the UK in search of safety.

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Actors:
Emma Thompson – Activist
Doon Mackichan – Interviewer
Aaron Pierre – Man
Joni Kamen – Teenager

Anna Southgate – Writer / Director

Upbeat Productions:
Zara Ballantyne-Grove – Producer
Iain Ovenden – Director of Photography
Luke Everson – 2nd Camera Operator
Kieran Lefort – Sound Recordist & Mixer / Editor
Tom Webb – Digital Colourist
Jason Peters – Runner
Madeleine Chalk – Runner
Sophie Aroesty – Runner

With special thanks to:
Adam Stevens, Libby Chalmers, Alexei Emam, Zack Davies,
Keith Lawrence, Sophie Lawton, Charlie Allen

Keith Greenhalgh – Executive Producer
Peter Robertson – Executive Producer

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 29, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS7 XAVC-1 4K
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Director BIO: Sara Soheili (MWAH)

Director Biography

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Sara Soheili was born in Mashhad, Iran.
Upon completion of her Bachelor Degree studies in Microbiology, she was graduated from Azad University, Tehran Branch.
Along with her university studies, she attended Acting and Cinema Make-up Workshops at the Association of young filmmakers.
She then started her specialized artistic activities in Movies and Cinema as make-up artist in “Four-Fingered” and “Marriage in extra Time” movies.
In the year 2011, she started acting in “Gashte Ershad” movie and continued this career afterwards in other movies titled “Kalashnikov”, “Night Shift”, “Gashte Ershad 2” and “Kimia” Series.
By making “Mwah“short film in the year 2016, she has shown her willingness to start film production and directing activities along with her acting.

Director Statement

By making this movie I liked to show in a poetic way the sadness of trying to abort. The relationship between women with their embryos is a subject that has always inspired me.

Short Film: MWAH, 12min., Iran, Drama

 

PosterFive pregnant women sit in their doctors waiting room, their unborn babies inside of them carry on conversations about their life inside their mommy’s belly and even about their futures outside of the womb…. but will they all have a future… that’s the real question.

Director BIO: Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri (THROUGH THE SUPERMARKET IN FIVE EASY STEPS)

Director Biography

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Born in Iceland, grew up in Sweden and lived in Finland since 1997. Directed shorts, TV-dramas and commercials.

Director Statement

I use my own material from life and work with these sometimes painful moments and try to see the moment from a distant perspective.

Short Film: THROUGH THE SUPERMARKET IN FIVE EASY STEPS, 9min, Finland, Dance

 

ImageIn this dance film a family tries to manage through the weekly grocery shopping without disintegrating. The moment they enter the supermarket the children go off in separate directions and the parents face the ovewhelming load of merchandise under the time pressure of a closing store. Will they be able to gather the supplies for existence and still come out of the store with all the children? The story is also a metaphor to the five classical elements earth, air, fire, water and aether, of how they strive into different directions but still keep together as one.

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  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 25, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Finland
  • Country of Filming:
    Finland
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: GIRL AT THE DOOR, 12min, South Korea, Drama

 

Girl at the door posterHye-ri lives with her father, who turns into a violent person when he is inebriated. Unlike her submissive mother and little brother, Hye-ri learns the armbar maneuver from her boxing coach to get the upper hand.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    drama, action
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Film Language:
    Korean
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 5D-mark3
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color