Short Films Competition 2018

Over a number of months earlier in the year, Abertoir has been receiving short films for our competition. The response was phenomenal, we had entries from all over the world but sadly there just wasn't enough room to show all of the excellent entries. The final selection will be screened during the festival and we're sure you will agree that the quality of the work has never been better!  The shorts will be divided over two sessions.

There will be two prizes on offer. The first being the Abertoir prize, and the second is the Méliès d'Argent (only for European films).

As part of Abertor's role in the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, our short films competition will award a Short Film Méliès d'Argent. This is an internationally recognised prize specific to the European Federation and is a testimony to the talented filmmakers in Europe. The winner of our Short Film Méliès d'Argent will go forward to the final lineup at one of the major European festivals for the prestigious Méliès d'Or Award for the Best European Fantastic Short Film. All our European short films are eligible.

For screening dates please see the schedule page in the Festival 2018 menu above.

Melies D’Argent - European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation


(Alberto Corredor Marina, UK 2017, 15 minutes)

After a car accident Kevin tries to contact his dead relatives with the help of a unusual medium.


(Luis Tinoco, Spain 2017, 15 minutes)

Debbie is rude with her own family. But after a dramatic car accident, she starts to regret about the way she behaved with them.


(Mireia Noguera, Spain 2017, 11 minutes)

A young man helps an old lady to carry the laundry to her house. Once inside, the woman isn’t willing to let him go.

Clean As You Like

(Theresa Varga, UK 2018, 15 minutes)

Best friends (and cleaners in crime) Bertha and Polly are the last two singletons of their friends group, who vow with a pinky swear to always stick together...until Jock appears and threatens to rock their relationship with unexpected consequences.


(Connor Bland, USA 2018, 7 minutes)

Charles falls into a germaphobic hysteria as he struggles to live under the unsanitary habits of his roommate.

Here There Be Monsters

(Drew Macdonald, Australia 2018, 15 minutes)

A young girl falls asleep on her ride home and ends up trapped inside the school bus at the empty depot with something lurking in the vast dark yard - something big.


(Paul Gustavsen, Norway 2018, 9 minutes)

A young woman is awaken by her boyfriend coming home after a night of drinking, but who did actually come home that night?

La Noria

(Carlos Baena, Spain 2018, 12 minutes)

A young boy who loves to draw and build ferris wheels encounters strange creatures that turn his life upside down.


(Germán Sancho Celestino, Spain 2018, 9 minutes)

The most terrifying fears creep into a little girl in her room when the lights turn off.


(Santiago Menghini, Canada 2018, 9 minutes)

On a late night, a young teen goes into the kitchen for a glass of milk. Upon encountering his sleepless mother, he quickly realizes things are not as they seem.

Post-Mortem Mary

(Joshua Long, Australia 2017, 10 minutes)

Mary and her mother run a post-mortem photography business in 1840's Australia. Ten year old Mary confronts her phobia of the dead by making then look alive... But will they stay dead?


(Mike Malajalian, Lebanon 2017, 10 minutes)

A young woman becomes anxious at the news of the return of her husband who disappeared 30 years ago during the civil war.


(Jonas Gramming, Sweden 2017, 15 minutes)

A strange old man moves in to the abandoned apartment next to Sara’s. We soon realize that his intentions are devious. Someone is in trouble. Something bad is going to happen. But things may not be exactly as they seem.


(Ben Mitchell, UK/Canada 2018, 6 minutes)

A day at the beach takes a gruesome turn when triplets Lily, Milly and Billy attempt a prank on their grumpy ol' dad.

The Blizzard

(Alvaro Rodriguez Areny, Andorra 2018, 12 minutes)

Second World War. Marie wakes up hurt and disoriented in the middle of a snowstorm. In front, a mysterious forest separates her from her daughter.

The Dollmaker

(Al Lougher, USA 2017, 10 minutes)

A grieving mother latches on to a magical surrogate for her lost child. But small miracles come with big consequences.

Who's That At The Back Of The Bus?

(Philip Hardy, UK 2018, 5 minutes)

Alone on the top deck of the night bus, an old lady is haunted by an unlikely apparition.

Zombie Time

(Alfonso Fulgencio, Spain 2018, 6 minutes)

Two zombies, one fate.