Short Films Competition 2020
Each year Abertoir invites filmmakers from across the globe to submit short films for the Abertoir Short Film Competition. As always, the response has been phenomenal and it’s not possible to show all of the amazing entries. Here we present our shortlist.
There are two prizes on offer. The first being the Abertoir Short Film prize, and the second is the Méliès d'Argent awarded to the best European film.
As part of Abertor's role in the Méliès International Festivals Federation, our short film competition will award a Short Film Méliès d'Argent. This is an internationally recognised prize specific to the 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.
(Jamie Gyngell, United Kingdom 2019, 6 minutes)
When collage artist TESSA collects some photos from the lab, she finds a mysterious image mistakenly mixed into her batch. Back at her studio, she discovers that the photo, impossibly, is there amongst her negatives. She soon realises there is much more to it than meets the eye…
Luz, A Witch Story
(Julie Roy, Canada 2019, 15 minutes)
Luz is an ambulance driver. Her work brings her to discover the inert body of Dorothée. That’s when her dreams reveal the identity of the murderer: a malevolent woman who pursues her. There follows a duel between the two women, where the supernatural mixes with lightning.