IWM Short Film Festival

Short film festival showcasing films from all over the world inspired by conflict and its consequences.

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IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and challenging films, inspired by the causes, course and consequences of conflict and its impact on people’s lives. The festival shows documentaries, dramas and animations from all over the world, including professional, student and amateur filmmakers.

The 2018 IWM Short Film Festival showcases 28 shortlisted films that present challenging, inspiring and experimental responses to past and contemporary conflict. The annual festival, which this year features daily screenings of academy award-winning film director Peter Jackson’s new film They Shall Not Grow Old, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and IWM, forms part of IWM’s Making A New World, a season of innovative exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences exploring how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.

The free Festival, taking place at IWM London from 25-29 October 2018, presents documentaries, dramas and animations by student, amateur and professional filmmakers. True events are recalled in Mike Palmer’s Bomb Girls: Scarboro’s Best Kept Secret, which tells the story of remarkable women working in a top secret munitions factory. Katia Lom’s Triptych reveals, through a rich combination of live action, poetry and animation, a highly personal account of flight from Czechoslovakia during the anti-Semitic Slansky Trials of 1952. Creative responses to war and conflict bring fresh interpretations in The Hun by Tyler Mendelson, a probing drama that lays bare the realities of First World War trench warfare, while Alice Pennefather’s The Sun is God uses dance to explore themes of loneliness, love and longing in a wife’s wait for her husband to return from war. From refugee journeys and the claustrophobia of submarines to war games, films have been categorised into a packed programme of themes, including courage, fear and identity.

The films have been judged by a respected panel of film industry experts in two categories, The Annie Dodds Award for Best Documentary and Best Creative Response, with four additional awards for: Best Use of IWM Archive Material; Best Student Film; the Audience Vote Award; and the IWM Special Category: Making A New World, which encourages cinematic responses to IWM’s Making A New World season.

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IWM Short Film Festival 2018

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