Sensational season of short films

A season of international short films is coming to Deeping St James next month in the first festival of its kind for South Kesteven.

Supported by SKDC and the Open Door Baptist Church, Deepings Shorts has been organised by InvestSK, the council's economic growth and regeneration company.

Film fans are in for a treat on consecutive Saturdays in February, with live action and animation from 16 countries.
The programme includes acclaimed comedy, drama and sci-fi and boasts several award winners including Oscar-nominated shorts.

There will be an introduction at each event from film expert Clifton Stewart, a media lecturer at Coventry University and De Montfort University, Leicester. 

Deepings Shorts supports SKDC's aim to provide a regular programme of high-quality events right across the district. It will take advantage of under-used equipment and, thanks to the support of the Open Door Baptist Church, provide a great-value experience for residents and visitors.

SKDC Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, said: "Cinema is one of South Kesteven's most popular pastimes and this superb programme will complement the excellent schedule presented during the year at Stamford Arts Centre.

"This has a fantastic line-up of short films to explore, enjoy and savour. It's a real treat to see world class cinema so easily accessible at such a wonderful local venue.

"These screenings will help fill a gap in people's cinema experience, while in turn encouraging and inspiring young film-makers."
The season runs on February 1, 8, 15 and 22. Doors open at 7pm, screenings start at 7.30pm and are appropriate for ages 15+. Films not in the English language will have subtitles. Refreshments will be available. 

For tickets (£5/£3 students) visit: or call the Box Office on 01780 763203.

Open Door Church is at 5 Spalding Road, Deeping St James PE6 8NJ.

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Programme details: Saturday 1 Feb 2020

Shanghai Love Market                   USA / China        9min      

Shanghai has a park where parents can match-make their unwed children. This is just one love story in a city of 20 million lovers.

Crossing Salween                            Ireland                 21min

A young girl must make the journey through the horrors of the Burmese jungle to the Salween River and the safety of Thailand beyond. But will her late father's enduring love and promise of a guardian angel be enough to shepherd her across the river where so many have fallen.

Shift / Vahetus                                 Germany             15min

When Miina, a seemingly well-off woman is caught shoplifting, the female officer shows off her contempt. She sees a rival in the shoplifter and decides to teach Miina a lesson. Both women meet just a few hours later in a situation where the previous rivals become partners in crime and must trust their fates in the hands of each other.

A Single Life                                       Netherlands      2min

In this Oscar-nominated short, a mysterious vinyl record suddenly allows Pia to travel through time. Oscar Nominated

The Calm After The Storm            Netherlands      9min

Anna receives a message that her boyfriend David was killed in a tsunami. Between the phone call and her experiencing the first emotion, there's an empty time space. When Anna realizes she will never see or touch David again, she gasps and her heart skips a beat. Her world freezes and past, present and future come together.

Earthy Encounters                           UK                          15min

Fifteen-year-old Kyle believes he can save his dying older brother with a plant he found in the garden centre where he works—the problem is, a shadowy government agency is out to destroy it first.

D-24                                                       Korea                    7min    

In the year 2072, Gusik is a single, lonely man. He sees a commercial for D-24, an android wife, and makes a purchase thinking that D-24 can save his life. 24 days after his order, he finally gets D-24 in his hands but can you really buy happiness?

Let them Die Like Lovers              USA                       15min

A body-jumping soldier grapples with the morality of her missions in this emotionally charged sci-fi thriller.

Panic!                                                   Netherlands      6min   

While driving her car Marja has a sudden rush of panic: did she turn off the gas? Did she leave the water running? Is the window locked? In her mind her imaginary mistakes grow to absurd proportions.         


Saturday 8th Feb 2020

Sounds of Nature                             SWEDEN              8min

Ten-year old Finn takes a walk into the woods with his parents, paying more attention to his Game Boy, upsetting his father who takes it away. Suddenly, a strange noise catches the boy's attention. His mystical journey begins.

ASAD                                                     South Africa       18min

A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn land.

Nominated Best Live Action Short Film at the Oscars 2012

Out of Erasers                                   SWEDEN              14min

A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection. She soon realises that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work.

Late Afternoon                                 Ireland                 9min

Emily lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys through her memories searching for a connection

Oscar Nominated Best Animated Short 2019

Brooklyn Breeze                              USA                       4min

Brooklyn Breeze is a visual journey through different parts of Brooklyn, some of the iconic spots and others not often seen by the visitors, based on a tune recorded by New York based Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra.

Moth                                                     UK                          12min

Tommy, an unhappy seven-year-old boy still grieving the death of his father, whilst battling with his new stepfather. When a moth dies in the palm of his hand, he is fascinated by the residue left behind - "magic dust, that helps the moths to fly" his mother tells him. 

Award winning short written by festival curator Clifton Stewart.

Mend and Make Do                        UK                          9min

Cup of tea? Come and take a seat in Lyn's cosy front room, hear her story of wartime love and watch as her belongings come alive with the hope, fear and humour of one spirited lady.

Day 39                                                  USA                       14min  

A young soldier in Afghanistan must assist a doctor with a moral dilemma, a matter of new life or death.

Student academy Award Finalist

Casitas / Grown Ups                       Spain                     10min

Carlos and Marta, both 35 years old, are living the life they have always dreamed of. A house with a yard, a dog, and they are even about to have a child. But there is no such thing as a perfect life.

Best short at New York Film Festival and Manchester Film Festival     


Saturday 15th Feb 2020

Zelos                                                     USA                       15min

A competitive mother orders a clone to outshine her flawless friend, but soon realizes she purchased an unbeatable rival.

Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist          USA       8min

When Iranian-born Rita Mahtoubian sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary she accidentally captures the attention of a homeland security agent in this satirical comedy

Spring                                                   Netherlands      8min

A poetic fantasy film Spring is the story of a shepherd girl and her dog, who face ancient spirits in order to continue the cycle of life.

Tsuyako                                               Japan                    21min

In post-war Japan, Tsuyako, a factory worker and mother, must decide between duty and love, her family and her freedom.

Drone                                                   USA                       14min  

A rookie drone pilot becomes increasingly attracted to the target he watches halfway around the world.  Student Academy Award Finalist

Cappuccino                                        UK                          3min

Mike waits nervously, it's almost time for his big moment. Can he battle his inner demons in front of an expectant crowd?

Looking Glass                                    Sweden/Denmark           5min

Atmospheric short thriller animation that was nominated for a Golden Palm for best short film at the Cannes film festival

Exit Strategy                                      USA                                       15min

Two brothers caught in a time loop must traverse a series of maze-like events in order to prevent a catastrophic fire from taking occurring                                                                

Leonard in Slow Motion               USA                                       9min 

Leonard exists in slow motion but lives in a regular speed world. When he discovers his office crush is getting transferred to Florida, Leonard decides he must somehow become regular speed to win her heart before she leaves town for good                                                                  

Saturday 22nd Feb 2020

Adamt / Listen                                  Ethiopia                               19min

Ethiopian composer and drummer suffers from childhood trauma. Miraculously, a young deaf woman manages to put him on a new course using his own music. Adamt was made as part of the Focus Features Africa First Programme

Kop Out                                              Netherlands                      20min

An Emmy Award Winner, Kop Op is a story about three friends who exchange heads by accident and are forced to adapt to each other's life. Will they be able to keep it secret? And will they ever get their own head back?

Mr Widdershins                               UK                                          11min

A pampered gentleman's seamlessly automated life is thrown into chaos when he pursues a free-spirited woman, against the advice of his robot butler.

The Goodnight Show                     USA                                       16min

It's 1978 and a world ending asteroid is headed directly for Earth. With only hours left, Samuel embarks on a journey to find his place in a world doomed to end and just maybe, lose his virginity before it is too late. 

Floating                                               Spain / Argentina            8min

A Russian astronaut awakes on an ISS space module after an accident. His attention is caught by outside knockings. Someone has come to welcome him, although it might all be just his Imagination, or maybe not.

The Fisherman                                  Ghana                                   15min   

An aging fisherman goes out to sea one day and returns with a talking fish. Set in Ghana West Africa, this quirky comedy explores our need to stay relevant against the backdrop of a developing nation.

Setting Them Straight                    Australia                              6min   

Having been nurtured and accepted by his parents as a gay man, Joshua finds the courage to confess, that he's not.                                                                                                                                                                              

• Programme subject to change

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