Northern Exposure short film nights are back!
This first event of 2022 features films curated by BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Ben Taylor from filmmakers across the North. The selection will showcase the best of live action, animation and documentary filmmaking. Picks include the award winning Hanging On from Film Hub North alumni Alfie Barker & Hollie Bryan and Lost Connections a unique collaboration between 12 of the UK’s Regional and National Film Archives.
Filmmakers in attendance will have the opportunity to chat with the BFI NETWORK team about the support and funding available through the talent development schemes.
It’s a great opportunity to meet the growing community of local filmmakers, share stories and meet future collaborators.
The screenings are open to all to watch some brilliant shorts and support exciting work from emerging UK talent.
Northern Exposure Short Film Programme April 2022:
Curated by Ben Taylor
RUTH & SAFIYA  15 mins
Louisa Rose Mackleston (W/D/P)
Ruth and Safiya is a story about friendships in unlikely places, challenging stereotypes, and the power of community. Ruth, an isolated pensioner, meets Safiya, a teenage Syrian refugee who is haunted by the life she fled from. Filmed on location in Skipton, the story is set in an allotment, showing the power of the earth and nature in creating a bond that transcends age, race and nationality.
MARCUS  5 mins
Josua Reeves (W/D) | Angie Daniell (P)
A short sweet rom-com with a black history twist.
LOST CONNECTIONS  13 mins
Andy Burns (W) | Hussina Raja (W) | Yorkshire Film Archive (P)
Lost Connections is a new short film that offers a poetic response to the experience of the Coronavirus pandemic. Made possible through a unique UK-wide collaboration of national and regional publicly-funded film archives, Lost Connections draws on a century of archive footage that invites reflections on loss, loneliness, isolation, and expressions of desire, optimism, hope and renewal.
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF  3 mins
Elsa Hunter-Weston (W/D) | Caoilfhionn MacEoin-Manus (P)
Please Introduce Yourself explores the difficulties facing a young person on the cusp of adulthood as she wrestles with her own identity.
DIVINATION DAVE  7 mins
Georgia Madden (W/D) | Jen Bradfield (P) | Ian Fenton (P) | Allan Campbell (P)
Savoury snack addict Dave must resort to extreme measures in order to satisfy his salty cravings.
SELLING OUT  8 mins
Lucy Scott-Smith (W) | George Hackforth-Jones (D) | Jess Journo (P) | Paris Hounam (P)
Selling Out is a short comedy about an actress’ realisation that perhaps her life isn’t going to turn out the way she’d imagined.
HANGING ON  10 mins
Alfie Barker (W/D) | Hollie Bryan (P)
A creative documentary spotlighting the strength of community, in a neighbourhood united when faced with eviction.
PUNCH-DRUNK  13 mins
Liam White (W/D/P) | Larry Ketang (D/P)
In a café in Marseille, a man’s life begins to unravel when his lunch is disturbed by a chatty stranger.
If you have a short film or feature film you’d like to discuss or just want to find out more about what the BFI NETWORK does, then there’s an opportunity for you to book a free 25-minute 1-2-1 surgery with BFI NETWORK Talent Executive Ben Taylor.
Ben is particularly keen to hear from underrepresented voices working in the creative industries who are interested in film. You don’t need to have any prior film experience to book a surgery.
The only requirements you need to be eligible are:
● Based in the North of England
● Haven’t had a feature film produced and distributed (unless you’re a producer)
● A creative track record. This could be student work, or something created at a grassroots/non-professional level, and it may be in film, television, theatre or another artform
● You need to be over 18 and not in full-time education
Book your place here