Short Films at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival

The 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival is in full swing, and there is still a great programme of short films available to watch. I’ve seen rather a few now and have been treated to an incredible variety of drama, comedy, animation and documentary. I’ve a few more days to see short films so you may see another blog post with more recommendations, but in the meantime here is my pick of some of the best short films you can watch at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Letter From An Old Boy:


Directed by: Michael Ferns
Written by: Meg Campbell, Michael Ferns

The never before heard actual words of young soldiers fighting on the front line in World War One, writing back to the orphanage they called home. A moving and beautifully shot short, showing as part of the Teen Spirits Short films strand.

Cailleach:


Directed by: Rosie Reed Hillman

86 year old Morag Morrison lives alone on a croft on the Isle of Harris, with three cats and 12 sheep. She’s always busy with her hands and isn’t afraid of facing the next ‘chapter’ in her life. There are some lovely moments in this to take away, like Morag’s thoughts on old age: ‘it’s a priviledge to be allowed to grow old, many are denied it.’ Cailleach gives an intimate portrait of Morag, with stunning, rugged cinematography. Showing as part of Bridging The Gap at the Edinburgh International Film Festival – the short film Directed by Tweedie in this strand is also excellent.

Lost Property:


Directed By: Åsa Lucander

When you lose something dear to your heart, there is only one place it can be found. This is just lovely, a charming film with a great soundtrack, and it brought a tear to my eye. Showing in The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2 strand.

Monkey Love Experiments


By: Ainslie Henderson, Will Anderson

Inspired by love, a misguided monkey believes he is destined for the moon. To say this is heartbreaking is an understatement, but I loved it so much. Another excellent short from this pair – can’t wait to see what they do next. Monkey Love Experiments is showing as part of the Scottish Shorts showcase at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Other short films at the EIFF 2014:

The Muse by Tim Walker – Photographer Walker’s short film sparsely tells the story of the love between a man and a mermaid, starring Ben Whishaw. It felt a little like an advert, but is wistful, lonely, and beautiful to look at.

Adeline for Leaves by Jessica Sarah Rinland – somewhere between a study of memory, grief and philosophy, this follows 11-year-old botanical prodigy Adeline. Some of the cinematography here is beautiful, and I especially lost myself in the night photos of flora. Watch a trailer for Adeline for Leaves.

Foreign Bodies by Nicolas Brault – video light painting and modern medical imaging reveal the myth of the “transparent body”. It’s a mesmerising and poetic short film showing as part of the International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren strand at EIFF – I also recommend 1000 Plateaus from this event. Watch a trailer for Foreign Bodies.

The Library of Burned Books by Alasdair Beckett-King – a young girl refuses to throw her banned book into a ritual burning and is consoled by her Headmaster. It’s dystopia for children and should appeal to a family audience, and has especially amazing paper animations. Watch a trailer for the Library of Burned Books.

Flying (Fliegen) by Katharina Woll – a small boy leading a hard life imagines different things when a circus arrives in town. Another beautifully shot short film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, particularly the circus scenes.

What’s your favourite short film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014?

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