BIFA Best British Shorts + Q&A 18

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This film was last shown on 18 August 2021

Once again we’re partnering with Film Hub North and BFI Network and are incredibly excited to be bringing some of the UK’s finest short films to the big screen at Showroom.

Join us in Sheffield for this long awaited special screening of the five BIFA2020 nominated short films, followed by a Q&A with some of the uber-talented filmmakers.

We’re delighted that writer/director John Ogunmuyiwa (Mandem) and Producer Tom Wood (Sudden Light) will be joining us to discuss short films and future plans.


Writer/Director: Rafael Manuel

Producer: Naomi Pacifique

In the self-contained cosmos of a Philippine golf course, wider societal structures are reflected in the hierarchy of its pampered members and uniformed workers, and despite the immaculate facade, the gulf between the privileged and those eking out a living is laid bare. Although new girl Isabel still has to learn the rules, she’s a free spirit already looking for loopholes to subvert the system.
UK 2020 Dir. Rafael Manuel 24 min.

Writer/Director: John Ogunmuyiwa
Producer: Emily Everdee

A job is just a job, but as with anything, time flies when you’re doing it with your best friend. And today’s no different. We follow Ty & Malcolm as they go about their daily routine. Just another day for two really good friends conducting business as usual.
UK 2019 10 min.

Writer/Director: Sophie Littman
Producer: Tom Wood

Whilst Mia and her sister Squeeze walk their dog in the fields near their home, the once familiar landscape begins to morph around them, tricking them and introducing Mia to a strange man lurking at the edge of a dark wood. In this strange new reality, the sisters are plunged into a powerless limbo, and must confront an oncoming grief neither is ready to face.
UK 2019 Dir. Sophie Littman 15 mins.

Writer/Director: Molly Manning Walker
Writer/Producer: Jessi Gutch

Aisha has never let her cancer define her and whilst she’s always known that eventually her treatment options will run out, she envisaged going out with a blast. Now a global pandemic has effectively imprisoned her and her partner in a tiny flat as the final months of her life play out. With pitch-perfect performances from Mandeep Dhillon and Charlie Rowe, this BIFA-nominated short film offers insight into how the pandemic forces so many of us to confront love and grief in ways that we’d never imagined.
UK 2020 Dir. Molly Manning Walker 15 min.

Writer/Director: Aneil Karia
Writer: Riz Ahmed

In a dystopian near-future, a far right march plays out on the television of a British South Asian family, whose everyday lives are suddenly and brutally disrupted when they are dragged from their home and packed into vans by aggressive paramilitaries. Shocking and intense, this is a powerful, poetic and utterly devastating exploration of unspoken fears and unimaginable reality.
UK 2020 Dir. Aneil Karia 12 min

Complete film programme 82 mins.

Tickets £4.50 and will include a free drink!

BIFA 2021 Short Film Free Entry Deadline
Want to enter your film into the running for the title of Best British Short Film at the 2021 BIFA Awards? Early birds can enter their shorts for free until Friday 6 August! Enter here.

Aneil Karia, John Ogunmuyiwa, Molly Manning Walker, Rafael Manuel, Sophie Littman
2 hours


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