Midnight Shorts Program

Midnight Shorts Program

Program Details:

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Section: Midnight Shorts Competition
Screening Format: Shorts Program
Runtime: 106:00 mins

Program Includes:

Late one night, a couple receives a terrifying gift from an old friend. They soon discover that something might be trying to get out. A night of horror follows and nothing is what it seems.

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Executive produced by David Gordon Green and Dal Wolf, "Bronzed" is a dark comedy starring Linas Phillips and Johnny Pemberton.

In the film, Martin, a neo-sun worshiper, prepares a ceremony of ritual human slaughter to satisfy the solar Gods. Now he only needs two things to fulfill his twisted theology: A sacrificial lamb and a spray tan. And lucky for Martin, airbrush technicians make house calls.

"Bronzed" is produced by Chris Capretto and written and directed by Mike Egan. It is their first film.

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A village far away in time and land. Nearby, in a forest thought to be haunted, a child falls into a pit. His grandfather, an old and nearly blind shepherd, tries to convince the villagers to go rescue him, facing the darkness of the night and their fears…



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It’s Not Custard is the darkly comic story of Louise, a teenager suffering the dual blows of unrelenting acne and continual bullying, at home from her cruel older sister Jennifer, and at school from bully Wayne.

She wishes to quiet those who bother her, to cease their teasing and she is presented with such an opportunity when she awakes to find her acne gone.

This magical gift has a bizarre consequence that grants her the most delicious of revenges.



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The Bell family - stars of England's most popular sitcom 'Right Place, Wrong Tim' - have their family unity tested when an army of bloodthirsty clones attack the set and begin dismembering them live on air. Starring Asa Butterfield (Sex Education, Hugo), Ella Purnell (SweetBitter) and Adam Buxton (Stardust, Hot Fuzz)

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A desperate video store owner hires a crew to shoot a commercial in his shop. But when they accidentally destroy a cursed VHS, suddenly, all their lives are in danger.- and worse yet, the commercial may never get finished...

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How To Be Alone follows LUCY, as she struggles to survive an increasing bizarre and horrifying night. When her husband JACK leaves for the hospital graveyard shift, Lucy is left alone in the company of a particularly menacing kitchen cabinet, which she is convinced contains all her most secret fears. As the phobias begin to manifest and attack her, she must fight for control of her mind, and ultimately her life.

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Kip and Shayla prepare for a nice date that turns out to be a good time at the end of the movie.

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Lyn inherits his late grandfather's mountain home and invites his best buds, Brad and David, for a weekend getaway. What begins as ideal isolation for the middle-aged stoner trio becomes a confrontation with the supernatural that leaves them no assurances besides their eternal friendship.

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Two strangers meet under mysterious means and discover they share a mutual fetish.

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Drew and Allie, two nervous teens, sneak away from a Halloween party to share their first kiss. But each time they lean in for that special moment, something sinister makes its presence known.

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