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Film picture: BIFF 2013 - Shorts Programme

BIFF 2013 - Shorts Programme

110 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)

Film Festival Guild
Release Date:
United Kingdom

BBFC Consumer Advice:Local Council Certification.


Take Me To Pitcairn – Dir. By Julian McDonnell (55mins)
Seduced by tales of endurance, villainy and adventure, one man attempts to re-trace the romantic voyages of the most infamous fugitives in British naval history. However, he soon discovers he is not alone on an emotional quest to reach one of the most remote islands in the world.

Pitcairn Island has no airport and only 50 people live there, most of whom are descended from the famous Bounty Mutineers who arrived there in 1789. 

Take Me To Pitcairn is directed, filmed and presented by Julian McDonnell as he takes you on a voyage past some of the most beautiful places in the world like Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia as well as London, Galway, Samoa, Kiribati and Pitcairn Island! 

Whilst visiting the principle historical locations he re-tells the story of the famous mutiny on HMAV Bounty where Captain Bligh was set adrift in the middle of the Pacific with hardly any food and no maps, but still made it home to tell the tale, whilst the Bounty mutineers sailed off in search of their own desert island. He meets someone attempting to re-create Bligh's incredible feat, as well as others who are determined to get to Pitcairn Island like him. However, things soon start going wrong as tempers run high and people feel their dreams slipping away.

It is a MUST SEE for anyone interested in the Mutiny on the Bounty or just a fun, light-hearted romp through the south seas..with some drama and history thrown in!

Driftwood – Dir. By James Webber (11mins)
Driftwood is the story of fifteen-year-old Sam, a swimming prodigy, whose life operates in two very different worlds: a poignant antithesis between talent and achievement at the dawn of his sporting career, and fear and torment in his home and social life.

Having lost his mother at an early age, Sam suffers verbal and mental abuse from his alcoholic and depressive father who resents him for his talent. He also struggles with unrelenting taunts and physical bullying from a local gang of boys. Sam finds an escape through swimming and the close bond he shares with his trainer, Angela. Focus, dedication and extreme hard work allow him to reach towards his dream, and ultimately gain the confidence to overcome his daily hardships.

The Runner – Dir. By Michael O'Kelly (3mins)
A three minute comedy shot in stolen lunch times by the runner on 'Call the Midwife.' An ambitious runner is abused by the famous actors whilst trying to remain positive.

Rotkop – Dir. By Jan & Raf Roosens (18mins)
Olli (15) is a lonely boy who makes trouble whenever he can. He spends his days by riding his motorcycle and hanging around in the park. Soon he gets into a fight with Yavuz and his gang for staring at June, Yavuz’s girlfriend. Olli’s mum stays in the hospital since she was diagnosed with cancer. Insecure about her future she decides to throw a party in the hospital for Olli’s upcoming birthday. Olli tries to find excuses for he has no friends to invite. However, he doesn’t want to let his mother down. When he witnesses how June is treated harshly by Yavuz’s gang, Olli stands up for her. After some hesitation he invites her to the party. Unfortunately June won’t be able to come. Desperately Olli turns to his last plan. He decides to give away his beloved motorcycle to Yavuz and his gang in exchange for their presence at the party. Yavuz agrees and turns up at the hospital with his friends. The atmosphere is unpleasant. To Olli’s surprise June shows up. However she’s upset when she notices Olli has invited Yavuz. She confronts him with his coward behaviour: does he choose a bunch of fake friends or one real friendship?



Amore Passageiros – dir. By Augusto Canani (23mins)
During a routine sewer inspection a lonely worker has an encounter that marks the beginning of a perplexing relationship.

Father / Son – dir. By Bryan Reisberg (10mins)
Oliver brings his girlfriend on a hunting trip to meet his father. It is revealed that it might not be the animals in the forest who are the ones actually being hunted. The short film stars Christopher Abbott from the HBO series "Girls".

Happy Birthday Jim – dir. By Giles Ripley (5mins)
Ed’s a fun guy. I mean what could be more fun than pretending to cancel Jim’s birthday party, then inviting all their friends round to their flat? Imagine the look on Jim's face when he comes in and they shout ‘surprise!’ Priceless. 

Now he just has to divert Jim home. He hushes the party, puts the phone on loud-speaker and starts to lie through his teeth. The room was double booked – a bunch of pensioners having a backgammon tournament. Everybody’s loving it, squirming with anticipation and stifled giggles.

But Jim doesn’t really mind, he’s not fussed for a party. Oh well, he’s getting one! What’s that about Sally, Jim? Won’t shut up about her miscarriage? She was in her third trimester! Emma? Of course she’s a downer, she’s got clinical depression!..

It’s taken a turn for the worse, but Sally won’t let Ed hang up, and Jim won’t shut up. It’s too late. Jim's unsuspecting friend-bashing gains momentum as he approaches his front door. His final damning breathlessly escapes him as he enters and faces his party. The guests stare back, silently scowling, still wearing their stupid party hats. Charlie’s homemade birthday cake slips unceremoniously to the floor. This has royally messed up.

Indoor – dir. By Simon Atkinson & Adam Townley (15mins)
An eleven year old boy uses the discarded objects he finds around the windswept seaside community he has just arrived at to make a kite.
Despite strong winds and a dogged persistence he can’t make the kite fly.
He befriends a peculiar girl who won’t leave her caravan. He asks her to help him fly the kite, but she refuses. She can’t go outside. The boy doesn’t give up, and persuades her to reveal the true reason why she can’t venture outside - the wind makes her fall asleep. The boy doesn’t believe this and goads her into going outside. Angered by his taunts the girl runs outside, and into the wind. She collapses.
The boy makes it his mission to rectify the situation.

The Horsemen – dir. By Samuel Bailey (7mins)
A short film starring Richard Ridings about two men who make up the front and back half of a Grand National horse that's on its way out.

Foxes – dir. By Lorcan Finnegan (15mins)
A young couple trapped in a remote estate of empty houses and shrieking Foxes are beckoned from their isolation into a twilight world. Isolated and alone, Ellen spends increasingly more time photographing these foxes. She becomes so involved with their lives that the line between human and animal becomes blurred. Is Ellen becoming more fox than woman?

The Wend – dir. By Daniel Farah (4mins)
A distressed man sets journey into the forest where he endures a series of physical changes. He then gets trapped by the moon and travels through the mountains encountering a sultry dancer. Her dance liberates him from the moon's entrapment and joins her in a feral dance of mutual discovery. With a final leap, they fuse together and dissolve into a brighter light.

The Voorman Problem – dir. By Mark Gill (12mins)
Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The Doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman - is he a faker or a lunatic? Diagnose him insane and they can ship him off to the asylum. But before making a decision, the Doctor has several questions in relation to Voorman's claims: why would a god choose to be straitjacketed in a prison, is there a way he can validate his boast and what has any of this got to do with Belgium?