We're excited to add details of our screenings in the coming days and weeks. These blockbusters might be bite-sized, but they’re Hollywood standard!
Each screening is around 90 minutes in length, but not all screenings have the same number of films.
All screenings contain a curated mixture of great drama, thought provoking documentaries, and laugh-out-loud comedy. There are some animated, experimental, and sci-fi films in the mix too.
Please note that some of this information may be subject to change as we finalise details. Our team and volunteers are working as quickly as we can to get you everything you need to know about this year’s festival.
Theatreland takes a thoughtful and darkly humorous look at the lives of a group of actors forced for financial reasons to take jobs as ushers in a West End theatre while they wait for their dreams of becoming professional actors to take wing.
A naive burglar breaks into a house in North London where he discovers a feisty young woman is being held prisoner and he is himself trapped when the violent human trafficker responsible returns to the house.
In a near future where all antibiotics have failed, Tom and his young daughter, Amy, are quarantined in their home during a lethal pandemic. CATCH is about the love between a father and his daughter, and the lengths he will go to, to try to protect her.
The short tale of a capricious heroine and curiosity that can’t quite be killed.
On her 50th Wedding Anniversary a woman returns to the Hotel where she spent her Honeymoon. Will her estranged Husband return to honor a promise?
The Earth has been invaded by extraterrestrial biological entities that possess much more intelligence than humans. They send “Domes” to replace our lands with theirs. At this point, we have almost nothing to do with the “Domes” but run away from them and wait for the end of our world.
Daniel, an ultra orthodox Jew, hasn’t seen his identical twin brother Mordechai in years; Mordechai’s ‘life choices’ were a bit too much for the family to handle. But today is the day of their father’s funeral.
Three cowboys must choose between greed and loyalty.
When the kids grow up it’s time to relax and wane into those Golden years. To Many those years are something to be feared, set in an allotment the story of a man plagued by the future unfolds into a choice of Biblical Repercussion affecting the fabric of his family.
A fashion film about the essence of an Olympic gymnast. An Olympic gymnast combines artistry and sport beyond any one else. She has strength, grace, balance, speed and courage.
A young author who can talk to his characters has to reveal to his hero his coming death.
A chance encounter between two strangers in a lift is more than it appears to be.
Two sisters with nothing in common have only one night to come to terms with something that happened in their past.
An explorer looks back on her life to realize what she has always been searching for.
Ferank Manseed is obsessed with dots. Using the ancient method of hand poking tattoos with a needle and a stick, he creates works of art - depicting spiritual motifs, swastikas, and sacred geometry - made up of thousands of dots.
When a mysterious serum is delivered to her door, Claudia Fischer enlists the help of her scientist brother to determine its contents. The results bear a striking resemblance to the research he has been conducting for the past decade. What they ultimately decide to do with it may significantly change the future of the world.
Two young girls play make-believe for their homework and pretend to be evacuees during the 2nd World War.
David is stuck - doing a job he hates, living in a tiny Derbyshire backwater, bullied by his boss and his eccentric grandmother and being cheated on by his girlfriend. And when he finally tries to stand up for himself and become a hero - things don’t quite go to plan.
Family man Jens realises he isn’t happy and tries to choose a suitable time to spill the beans, in this black comedy with a taste of salty duck breast.
The story follows the breakdown of a family after losing their 14 year-old daughter, Heather, to stage 4 Leukemia. It’s a bitter and tempestuous journey as the marriage crumbles in the process of grief. Heather leaves them a secret message to help them through their turmoil.
The open road. The wide landscape. A fallen tree. A tiny road-movie about a tiny community.
Andy is in debt and mourning. Pressure goes up when a loan shark wants a share of his vintage shop. The moment he decides to take vigilante action, things get ridiculously out of hand.
Somewhere in the Mojave desert, a wayward young woman en route to a new life with a guy she just met in Vegas discovers that her new fellow isn’t quite the man she thought he was.
Mrs. S goes about her days casually stealing fabrics and buttons for her craft bears. So when Claire comes barging in to her life full of ideas that would shake things up, Mrs. S keeps her distance. Until Toby the bear turns the problem into an opportunity.
How are you supposed to act when you are conjoined at the hip?
Dylan’s nightmares are becoming more real. He’s got to get away or he might not wake up. Jenny is all he lives for and he’ll do anything for them to escape.
When Pip and Lydia make it to the final round of a popular game show, their luck and maybe their relationship hang by the thread of a single question.
Set in 1918, following the end of the First World War, a young soldier returns to his rural home in County Durham to learn of his father’s death in the time he was away. He struggles to deal with regaining control of their farm while dealing with the trauma of war; refusing to join in the celebrations going on in the local town even with the continued efforts of his recently re-united best pal and pit miner boy Oliver.
A man lost his wife while she was giving birth to his little girl. The trauma, even after 10 years, still causes him hallucinations. In his own bubble, he imagines his wife is still with him.
Gary grew up in Bearpark Co Durham, badly afftected by the miners’ strikes of the 1980s and 90s. With little education at a time of severe austerity, he took to petty crime to stay warm and fed, which escalated into a full-time life of crime and two prison sentences. Having learned to read and write in prison, Gary has forged a respected and influential position in his hometown to discourage young people from taking the path he chose.
After dealing with a series of extreme characters during a speed-dating event for senior citizens, an elderly woman meets a charming, exotic gentleman.
One Saturday morning, a middle aged couple decide to make love in their car in the driveway to put a spark back in their marriage – only to find it has rather the opposite effect.
Sister Rachel Denton has vowed to spend the rest of her life as a consecrated hermit in the Catholic faith. Rarely leaving her house, she live a life of prayer and solitude, using the internet and social media to share her experience, while retaining her physical isolation.
One night, between dreams and anxieties, two young ones fight against boredom. One night, stuck in a city they know far too well, Isis and Thomas are getting bored. They are young and the future seems already too bland. Especially for Isis who, caught between her anxieties and her dreams, tries to believe in better tomorrows, in some other dawns, more luminous ones.
Four Day WeekendA middle-aged couple, married for twenty-three years, takes a four-day break from each other and the aftermath leaves their relationship shaken and tested but not broken.
There is time to connect the dots.
Following the unexpected and tragic death of her mother, a young girl, Lily attempts to fight against her oppressive home life by delving deep into a self-created fantasy.
A man apparently on his deathbed reminisces with his wife about some of the major events in their life together.
Stephen (Seann Walsh) arrives home after six months in Mongolia to discover his best friend Roy (John Bradley) has replaced him with a ventriloquist’s dummy called Roger.
Golden Boys tells the story of three friends who end up on an unexpected bender and break back into their old private school in an effort to recapture their adolescence. But, their crazy, carefree night begins to sour when troubling memories come back to haunt them and they are forced to contemplate the true consequences of having been the big men on campus.
On a rare visit home, a war reporting photojournalist risks her relationship with her older sister when she tries to capture their ailing mother on camera for what could be the last time.
A retired ballet dancer, Meredith, and Brenda, a retired tap dancer, admire an abandoned umbrella, unbeknownst to each other. Formerly unacquainted, the paths of the two women collide once they realize the umbrella’s unique beauty. A rainy day in a café sets their latest stage, as their fight symbolizes something much more personal.
Hatfield Colliery in the North of England, one of England’s last working coal mines, now faces closure, while cheap imported coal floods the market. The village annually commemorates the Miners Strike of 30 years ago and Les Moore, a striking miner, joins the fight to preserve the memory of the men who worked down the pit.
A young couple flees from the chaos and the monotony of the big city to spend a few days together in a country house. What appears to be an idyllic getaway ends when he honestly tells her how he feels. She, completely shocked, will try to find the truth that was hidden behind her love for a long time.
A young man walks towards the edge of a cliff... Is he thinking of suicide? A young woman approaches him and it turns out she has a very personal connection with the place. Can she persuade him not to jump? ‘On The Edge’ explores key issues in the way the media covers depression and mental illness and asks what we can all do to help in the face of a suicide epidemic.
A comedy about a desperate actress who attempts to make a black-and-white French language film, in order to convince her agent that she’s good enough at French to put her up for an audition. She ropes in her dad, her best friend, and her dad’s friend Mr Harris. It doesn’t go well
A small takeaway becomes a battleground of egos when manager Amar, is forced employ the owner’s nephew, Jay. The clash of personalities culminates in an explosive shouting match. As they reveal their differences and reconcile, they realise they have more in common than they initially thought.
A homeless man is having another difficult day, and tries to find comfort with a few domestic objects. An encounter with a policeman looks set to make things worse, but leads to an unexpected emotional connection.
Four deplorable door to door charity fundraisers are asked the question, "Why do you do the job?". Their ridiculous answers, as well as their even more ridiculous behaviour, show us how deluded they really are.
An alcoholic struggles to get through the day in a surreal and frightening world where his inner demons appear real. Haunted by his worst fears, his sanity starts to slip, as does what little control he has left over his addiction.
Performer Bryan Zanisnik shares outlandish stories of his life as an artist with cartoonist Eric Winkler who turns them into comics. “After years of friendship, I know that he’s going to tell me crazy stories”, says Winkler “and I’m going to have to say: So which part was really true?”
Set in the North West of England against a backdrop of rising immigration fears, Meg, a woman struggling with the loss of her son, encounters a young Romanian man hiding in her allotment shed. Despite the initial shock, a connection slowly forms as she realises he is also some mother’s son.
Two thieves and their manipulative get-away driver plan a major robbery. But who will get away with the money?
Maryam, a rebel leader in an archaic world governed by ruthless religion, is set to prove that the god hovering in the sky is a lie. But she is stopped by a holy warrior that turns out to be her lost father. Soon their lives change as they are about to find out a secret only a god can keep.
The "DC Downhill Club" are a group of skateboarders from the Washington, DC area have made it their mission to seek out backyard pools to drain and skate - making unique friendships along the way.
In a neighbourhood rife with racial tension, a local girl falls for a recent arrival who is the victim of prejudice and shame.
Officer Lane is a dedicated but no so bright police officer who just can't seem to understand the concept of good cop bad cop.
As a child, Patrick Humphrey had no idea his father was a spy. How much can we really know someone through the stories we inherit?
A woman bribes her son with ice cream for information... If only he'll just point out the right house.
In a world filled with beautiful music, Vernon always seems to strike the wrong note.
Maggie must find the courage to own up to her behaviour when she wakes to find every adult has received a YELP-like star rating floating over their head.