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Paracinema Film Festival Mega Shorts Bundle

Watch all the selected shorts to Paracinema Film Festival. This bundle collects the programmes "Weird Tales", "Strange Fruit", "Burnt Offerings" and "This Severed Isle" and contains 30 short films. Click 'Tell Me More' for further info on the films included.

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N (2018)
Italy, Dir: Iacopo Di Girolamo
An expressionist nightmare as an inventor and his colleague test the ‘Automaton’.

Ad Infinitum (2018)
Turkey, Dir: Murat Cetinkaya
Sparse sci-fi as a Leader begins to fear his reign over the universe is beginning to crumble.

Eject (2019)
UK, Dir: David Yorke
After discovering a USB port in her wrist, Kate uncovers a world where she can change herself for the better. But will it come with a cost?

Fire Extinguisher (2019)
Spain, Dir: Rodrigo Sopena & Joana Solnado
Milagros is obliged to install a fire extinguisher in her chapel. But first she will have to ask someone’s permission. From the director of Fermat’s Room.

Ryoko’s Qubit Summer (2018)
Japan, Dir: Yuichi Kondo
A human and AI fall in love in the final days of the apocalypse.

The Knowledge (2019)
UK, Dir: Alexander Osman
It’s a dark night in London 1991, and there’s a serial killer on the loose.

The Date (2019)
USA, Dir: Alessio Cappelletti
A lonely software engineer meets the answer to his prayers.

Lost Treasures Of The Valley (2019)
USA, Dir: Robert Husted
Adventurers discover that all of the abandoned shopping carts in LA’s San Fernando Valley lead to a hidden cave with a lost treasure inside – guarded by a dragon!

Cemetery Tales: A Tale Of Two Sisters
USA 2018 20m Dir: Chris Roe
Hollywood, 1949. An actress mourning the loss of her beloved sister receives a surprise visitor. Will justice be served? Tick tock tick tock…

Cassandra
USA 2019 13m Dir: David E. Tolchinsky
A policewoman struggles to remember what happened at the predicted site of the next murder of a serial killer.

Kourtney Of Parkdale
Canada 2019 21m Dir: Razvan Anton & Jamieson Child
A day in the kooky life of a street hustler from Toronto as she struggles to find herself amid colorful neighbourhood characters.

The Spell
Russia 2018 1m Dir: Elizaveta Kireeva
A short sharp descent into dream imagery.

Those Beautiful Moments
Russia 2019 15m Dir: Vasily Chuprina
The story of a scientist on the search for eternal beauty and life.

Wally And His Hideously Malformed Wart
USA 2018 4m Dir: Max Johnson
A peppy, bright-eyed boy named Wally navigates his morning alongside the demonic Wart growing from his back.

Zoo
France 2019 7m Dir: Veine
From the inside of its cage, an animal observes the visitors to a zoo.

Daddy
USA 2020 6m Dir: Christopher Rall
A young girl, alone, and lost in the woods.

Swipe
Holland 2019 6m Dir: Niels Bourgonje
A girl finds out that she has a match on a dating app with a stranger, despite swiping left on him.

Noctámbulos (Night Owls)
Spain 2018 9m Dir: Romén Rivero Gallardo
A teenager finds herself being followed through the deserted streets when she heads home a late night skateboard session.

Astronaut
France 2019 5m Dir: Pierre Ponchant
Once upon a time, there was a broke guy who left the earth in a thrift store space suit.

Unskin
UK 2019 12m Dir: Elcid Asaei
A young man reveals to his job interviewer an eerie story about a mysterious hooded figure who abducts and transfigures corrupted mortals.

In The Deathroom
USA 2019 19m Dir: Nicole Jones-Dion
A reporter from The New York Times is captured by members of a South American dictatorship and brought into a “deathroom” for interrogation. Based on the short story by Stephen King.

Blink
Spain 2019 3m Dir: Carlos J. Matos
Darkness hides in all of us.

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir
USA 2016 13m Dir: D.M. Night Maire
The adolescent son of a vintner family finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. His wayward plan quickly takes a turn for the worse, and his missteps puts his family’s secretive murderous ways in peril of being unearthed.

Adam
UK 2019 7 mins Dir: Gemma Paul
Adam, a re-animated being with a tortured soul seeks out his creator when the pursuit of his mate ends disastrously.

Girl And A Scar
UK 2017 15 mins Dir: David Cave
A self-harming Goth girl suffers a psychological trauma where her dark, fantastic journey within allows her to find self-acceptance within her life.

Bwgan (Bogey)
UK 2019 10 mins Dir: Iolo Edwards
A young man is working as a night security guard in Gwynedd, North Wales. During his shift he is dogged by paranoia, bad dreams, and a malevolent bwgan-like figure.

For Him
UK 2019 9 mins Dir: Ian Killick
A tale of home craft, seduction and cleanliness.

Dead Air
UK 2019 17 mins Dir: Geoff Harmer
Monsters Kitten – an all female punk rock band – get caught up in a fight with little gremlins in a plane at 30,000 ft whilst heading to the last gig of their comeback tour.

Rachel
UK 2019 10 mins Dir: David L Knight
A homeless man wakes up to find himself gaged and tied. As he attempts to escape his only ally is a ghostly apparition of a girl he once knew.

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A Swimming Lesson From Dad
Hungary 2020 14 mins Dir: Biró Melinda Ildikó
6-year-old Vivi is terrified of water. However, after his father’s swimming lesson she realises there are more horrifying things in life than the children’s pool.

Kilt
France 2019 14 mins Dir: Rakel Ström
Like lots of guys, Philippe is hairy. Like lots of guys, Philippe is going bald. Like lots of guys, Philippe would like to turn into a woman sometimes… Today, Philippe has decided to become a brand new man!

Better
UK 2020 15 mins Dir: Michael J. Ferns
Set in the near future, Better follows the complex relationship between a young mum Jamie and her son Max. Max is an effeminate child and bullied at school. Jamie is introduced to Refine, a medical facility that offers a new procedure that can “hetero-normalise” Max…

Speechless
France 2019 14 mins Dir: Zita Hanrot
On the day of their grandmother’s funeral, Sacha gathers her cousins to write a tribute to her, but nothing will happen as planned…

La Pose
France 2019 15 mins Dir: Celia Pilastre
Marie-Luce just came back from another trip. Her father, mother and brother are all there. Can they sit still long enough to take a photo?

Snow Shelter
Lituania 2020 16 mins Dir: Robertas Nevecka
Frigid winter in a war-devastated, present day city. A 30 year old is squatting in an apartment with a group of strangers. Struggling to survive, he is turned out by his fellow squatters when he nearly burns down the flat. He must find shelter.

Newton’s Third
UK 2020 18 mins Dir: Katie Blamires
Two brothers, Leon and Noel. When Noel’s play is picked up by a production company on the same day that Leon’s business deal falls through, he begins to become overwhelmed with the idea that when one of them succeeds, the other fails…

Relai
France 2019 15 mins Dir: Suzanne Clément
As Mélanie tries to restore Benoit’s self-confidence, they cross paths with Mehdi and Jeanne, a duo going through a crisis. For a brief moment, their stories intertwine.

Smoking Kills
UK 2020 5 mins Dir: Jacob Gates Orgill
A recently quit smoker battles his inner demons when he finds himself surrounded by smokers in his local café.

The Pink Line
Iran 2018 15 mins Dir: Bayan Zarabi
Fa’ezeh is probably carrying a baby, but not of her husband. And this pregnancy could have a very very big penalty in the place she lives…

Avanti
France 2019 12 mins Dir: Mélanie Doutey
Louise is struggling to deal with grief. One day, she meets Camille who reveals to her the existence of a discreet community of those who move forward by going backwards.

Moody
UK   2020   14 mins   Dir: Donell Atkinson-Johnson

A school teen frustrated with his school and family life takes action by kidnapping his teacher.

Avernus
UK 2020 11 mins Dir: Simon Ross
Successful businessman and golden boy, Jack Wells, is unscrupulous, immoral and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Along the way he has made many enemies – and today they’re out for revenge!

On In 15
UK 2020 15 mins Dir: Joseph and Jack Archer
A knockout show… with a knocked out frontman. A band are about to perform at the biggest gig of their lives, except a monumental problem hits them 15 minutes before they go on stage, can they fix it time? Set during the 1990’s ‘Cool Britannia’ era and filmed in one take.

Archer
UK 2019 6 mins Dir: George Rees-Jones
A little girl living in the wilderness with her sister is suddenly forced to realise the dangers of the world in which they live.

The Blue Bed
Canada 2020 14 mins Dir: Alireza Kazemipour
Zahra is a middle-aged woman who visits a ”temporary marriage” agency and signs up to have a young working girl. The girl (Negar) has never had a female client before and soon becomes suspicious of Zahra’s intent.

Taxidermy Tom
Sweden 2020 12 mins Dir: Nathalie Ekstrom
A dark humoured drama that follows Ida’s journey after losing her best friend, her brother.

SAM
UK 2020 5 mins Dir: Lusovica Musumeci
An intriguing and individual short in two parts blending performance and narrative.

Light Years
UK 2020 6 mins Dir: James Harris
A man fights his inner demons.

Give Me A Name
UK 2020 10 min Dir: Sheena Holliday
The United Kingdom, about ten years in the future. Jennifer, a senior intelligence officer, is briefing her deputy Kate about a new detainee who has been arrested for crimes against the state. But there is something different about this prisoner…

Life Is Beautiful
Iran 2020 7 mins Dir: Mostafa Rahimi
An intriguing short on abortion and female rights in Iran. Shot in a similar manner to Lars Von Trier’s Dogville with a bare soundstage.

Influenza
UK 2020 2 mins Dir: Mike Yeoman
Coronavirus is not the first pandemic this nation has witnessed… Public Information film from the archives on how to deal with INFLUENZA!

Fire Me If You Can
France 2019 13 mins Dir: Camille Delamarre

Michel, is handling redundancies at a corporation. Pierrot is at the top of the list. But what Michel doesn’t know, is that nobody has never, ever, been able to resist to Pierrot’s charm.

Hold
UK 2020 9 mins Dir: Jonathan Blagrove
Tommy, is an out of work building contractor, faces up to the consequences when a series of phone calls expose a lie that spirals out of control. With his family in danger and everything he know rapidly unravelling around him, he must make the toughest decision of his life.

Mr Sam
USA 2019 28 mins Dir: Zeus Kontoyannis
Sam is finally ready to tell his mother he’s gay but is he ready to reveal that the love of his life…is a corpse?

uTransfer
USA 2019 10 mins Dir: Giorgio Miraflor
uTransfer is a new device that allows for certain U.S citizens to transfer their consciousness into a utopia called the New World.

Malakout
Iran 2020 11 mins Dir: Farnoosh Abedi
Music was his passion…Love was his masterpiece. Animation.

The Babysitter
UK 2020 15 mins Dir: David Hume
Doing homework, texting boys, fighting for your life. For a babysitter, it’s all in a day’s work.

Fluffy
UK 2020 10 mins Dir: Tahkeishon Smith
For Ben, Fluffy is his imaginary monster best friend. A source of companionship when times are hard, and when times do get hard…maybe Fluffy isn’t so imaginary as Ben thought.

Faust
Poland 2019 7 mins Dir: Marianna Atlas
This stop-motion animation is an interpretation of Goethe’s Faust, where an alchemist trying to find the meaning of life signs a deal with the devil.

Bird Lady
UK 2020 12 mins Dir: Susie Jones
A young woman wanders confused and barefoot until she reaches a strange old house and its mysterious owner who takes her in.

Going Flat
UK 2020 12 mins Dir: Graeme Weston & Julian Civiero

When Better Letters Met Barbara Enright
Australia 2020 11 mins Dir: Lewis Eyers-Stott

Women Of Impact: Defying The Odds
UK 2020 24 mins Dir: Christopher Bevan

The Caledonian
UK 2019 8 mins Dir: Bruce H. Gill

High Flying Jade
Vietnam 2019 22 mins Dir: Katherine Sweetman

Life On Air
UK 2020 13 mins Dir: Louis Leblique

Here I Am
UK   2020   11 mins   Dir: Chloe White
A Song Still Inside
UK   2020   28 mins   Dir: Edward Lovelace & James Hall
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Cross My Heart
Dir: Sontenish A. Myers | Jamaica | 2018 | 14 mins
An American teenager visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves.

Doubles with Slight Pepper
Dir: Ian Harnarine | Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, USA | 2012 |16 mins
When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.

The Book of Jasmine
Dir: Melanie Grant | Barbados | 2017| 14mins
A young Spiritual Baptist undergoes the mourning ritual to seek guidance to suppress her desires for the woman she loves.

She Paradise
Dir: Maya Cozier | Trinidad and Tobago | 2019 | 14mins
A teenaged girl finds that becoming a glamorous soca-music dancer is a lot harder than she first reckoned.

A Home for These Old Bones
Dir: Julien Silloray | Gaudeloupe | 2013 | 22 mins
French with English subtitles
BB is an old man in Guadeloupe. He lives in a shack on a plot of land from which he is set to be evicted. He despairingly seeks the help of Hilaire, a witch doctor. But Hilaire will cause a bigger mess for JBB than he’s already in.