The films may be short, but there is no shortage of scares as Arrow Video FrightFest 2020 showcases the best new short films from the UK and around the world, with six countries representing three continents. From under-the-bed monsters to monsters in front of your eyes, from the sinister and the creepy to the wickedly human and the not-so-human, this year’s selection shines a spotlight on upcoming filmmakers.
Here is a full breakdown of the lineup –
Shorts Showcase 1 –
Bark (European Premiere)
Director: Ryan Irving. Cast: Ryan Irving, Alexia Lavigne, Anna Barker. Canada 2019. 6 min.
It’s a beautiful day in the park, one that our hero usually enjoys. And he could, except for the terrible event he will have to witness, helpless to intervene.
A Bit of Fun (World Premiere)
Director: Florence Kosky. Cast: Elizabeth McCafferty, Roxana Chakrabarti, Tess Annan, Tallulah Bond. UK 2020. 9 min.
It’s just another fun girls’ night in, to talk about school, sex, and raising the dead. You know, the usual.
Directors: Paul Beattie, Melanie Rios. Cast: Rebecca Smee, Brendan Donoghue, Jaxson Dimitrov. Australia 2019. 11 min.
After being bedridden for months, Katherine is finally awake. And she’s hungry. And not just for bacon and eggs.
FLESH Control (European Premiere)
Director: Christopher McSherry. Cast: Clark Chambers, Joseph O’Hagan. UK 2019. 9 min.
It’s a typical day of fumigation for these two exterminators. But who is being exterminated and what is doing the job?
Subject 3 (International Premiere)
Director: Teresa Decher. Cast: Teresa Decher, Steven Cox, Paul Greene. USA 2019. 12 min.
A young woman needs to say her last goodbye to an old friend, as she traverses a world in the midst of a pandemic.
Jeff Drives You (UK Premiere)
Director: Aidan Brezonick. Cast: Addison Heimann, Tanner Rittenhouse. USA 2019. 17 min.
David thinks he just got lucky when he gets to take a fancy driverless car to a wedding. But the AI has more to offer than just a smooth ride.
Ouzo and Blackcurrant (UK Premiere)
Director: Nat Luurtsema. Cast: Cherelle Skeete, Sara Huxley. UK 2020. 7 min.
Esta and Jeanie just want to reminisce about the good old days; but they weren’t all good, as something wants them to remember.
Tarrare (World Premiere)
Director: Brian Gillespie. Cast: Ian Lassiter. USA 2020. 6 min.
Based on the terrifyingly true story of a man afflicted with unceasing hunger…
Guest (European Premiere)
Director: Finn Callan. Cast: Melania Crisan, Jessica Munna, Anna Fraser. UK 2020. 12 min.
Something just won’t leave Mary alone, no matter how long she keeps her eyes closed. Drastic measures must be taken.
The Beholder (World Premiere)
Director: Shaun Clark. Cast: Melvyn Ternan. UK 2020. 1 min.
The eye is the window to the soul. That is why it terrifies us.
Short Films Showcase 2 –
Werewolf (World Premiere)
Director: Markus Meedt. Cast: Will Seaward, Katie Redford. UK 2020. 10 min.
It’s game night for a group of friends, and while the rivalry is light, the dangers are increasing.
The Motorist (London Premiere)
Director: Ciaran Lyons. Cast: Douglas Russell, John Cooke. UK 2019. 10 min.
After a man accidently hits someone on a lonely country road, a group forms to exact an odd form of justice.
Love Bite (UK Premiere)
Director: Charles de Lauzirika. Cast: Carlee Baker, Cuyle Carvin, Bella. USA 2019. 16 min.
A weary couple bickers over how to survive the zombie apocalypse. Not everyone is surviving the night.
The Gift (UK Premiere)
Director: Laura-Beth Cowley. Cast: Rowan Carmichael. UK 2019. 3 min.
Monthly cycles may be a literal and metaphorical pain, but through that comes power.
Wash (UK Premiere)
Director: Kristofer Kiggs Carlsson. Cast: Amelia Clay, Ida Lungqvist. Sweden 2019. 7 min.
It’s laundry day for this single mother. But this might be a far more dangerous activity than she fully realizes.
Fuel (International Premiere)
Director: Hermione Sylvester. Cast: Olivia Vinall, Angus Wright. UK 2019. 9 min.
The lines between art and reality are blurred as a woman copes with an uninvited man from her past, and dangerous strangers in the present.
Polvotron 500 (London Premiere)
Director: Silvia Conesa. Cast: Nuria Deulofeu, Gerard Matarí. Spain 2019. 11 min.
Charly just wants a quiet night’s sleep. Maybe he shouldn’t have chosen a holographic booth that provides intimate services.
Keith (International Premiere)
Director: Alex Baro-Cayetano. Cast: Bear Winter-Perreau, Mia Hemerling. UK 2019. 3 min.
A little girl is about to discover more than she dreamed about the monster under her bed.
Death Walks on Nitrate (European Premiere)
Director: Kevin Fermini. Cast: Katie Carpenter, Sasha Friedman, Anna Bishop. USA 2020. 8 min.
A photographer is about to enter a giallo-esque world where nothing is as it seems.
The Afterlife Bureau (London Premiere)
Director: Dimiter Dimiroff. Cast: Sue Appleby, Gordon Peaston, Richard Cunningham. UK 20219. 13 min.
No one appreciates how hard it is to be a civil servant. Especially on the other side.
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