Beacon Film Festival: Encounters Programme 1: She/her

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Encounters presents - a new short film initiative in UK cinemas from July 2021 from Encounters on Vimeo. Encounters is a new monthly cinema programme presenting curated selections of UK and international short films from the Encounters Film Festival archive.

Themed and released quarterly in groups of three, each month's programme is accompanied by an introduction from creatives, filmmakers or artists linked to the selection.

This line-up is a showcase of emerging female filmmakers, each telling stories of young women on screen. It features an introduction from actor and producer Maisie Williams and the Frank Film Club podcast team.

AMOR - Isabel Lamberti | Netherlands 2017 | 22 mins 36 secs Painful but recognizable moments in an arbitrary day in the lives of a group of vulnerable teenage girls in the outskirts of a big city in the Netherlands. CRUSH - Rosie Westhoff | UK 2016 | 8 mins One day while waiting for the train to school, Ella sees Jamie. For the days to follow she can't get her out of her head.

*GIRL *- Lowri Roberts | UK 2018 | 5 mins 27 secs A young migrant gets her period whilst on the move.

FARAWAYS - Audrey Lam | Australia 2012 | 9 mins 35 secs An empty urban landscape echoes the isolation of two girls far from home.

SMEAR - Kate Herron | UK 2017 | 4 mins 9 secs Chloe thinks she's just going in for a routine test. Things do not go as planned. A lube-tastic horror-comedy inspired by Gremlins, Tremors and Little Shop of Horrors, about a woman going in for her first pap-smear test starring in the lead, Sophia Di Martino of the BAFTA-nominated Flowers and Nick Mohammed (Intelligence, Ted Lasso, Stath Lets Flats).

Run time: 49 mins + 15 min interval Programmed by Elliot Auxant

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