Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case, which shocked the world in 1993. Detainment is a 2018 Irish short drama film written and directed by Vincent Lambe, about the murder of James Bulger. In January 2019, it was nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
Critic Reviews‘True-crime reenactments have been popular fodder for short-film directors of late, but this one is unusually effective, relying on transcripts of police interviews with the two suspects, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables (played by Leon Hughes and Ely Solan in a pair of stunning child performances), to provide a window into their psychology.’ Variety
AwardsWinner Grand Prix, HCA Award, Odense International Film Festival Winner of the 'Don Quixote' Award, Krakow Film Festival Winner of the 'Young Director' Award, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2018 Winner of the 'Young Jury' Award, Best of International Short Films Festival 2019 Winner of the 'Emerging Director' Award, Emerging Directors Awards 2020
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Alli and Jacob are a couple of 30-somethings living in New York City with their three young children. Alli is busy and stressing in nursing the kids, straining her relationship with husband Jacob. Alli's apartment's window faces with an apartment neighbour's window. Alli and Jacob both covertly spy on the couple, bitter about their loss of youth and new responsibilities as parents.
One day, Jacob comments that the neighbour man has "shaved his head" and looks hungover. Shortly after, while Jacob and the kids are out, Alli spies across the street again to find the man in hospice; he dies soon after. Alli goes out to witness the man being taken out in a body bag and finds the wife crying on the sidewalk. The woman reveals that ever since her husband became "sick," they would find comfort in watching the family through the window, much in the way Jacob and Alli did. The two embrace.
"Savvy viewers may guess where this is all going, but Curry doesn't push the emotions or the pace despite showing a decent passage of time." Eye for Film
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Best Live Action Short - Winner of the Audience Award
Traverse City Film Festival, Best Fiction Short - Winner of the Audience Award
Hollyshorts Film Festival, Best Drama Winner
SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
St. Louis International Film Festival, Best of the Fest Winner
Nashville Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
Rhode Island Film Festival, Best Live Action Short Winner
Woodstock Film Festival, Best Short Film Winner
New Boy is a 2007 Irish short film based on the short story by Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter, Roddy Doyle. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. The film is about a young boy's experience as he moves from a rural town in Africa to Ireland: a new country, a different school system and a whole new set of customs.
Academy Awards, USA 2009 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action
Amiens International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film
Belfast Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Highly Commended Award
Berlin International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Crystal Bear - Special Mention for best Short Film
Cork International Film Festival 2007 Winner Audience Award for Best International Short Film
Foyle Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short
Irish Film and Television Awards 2008 Winner of the IFTA Award for Best Short Film
Kerry Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short
Manhattan Short Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Short Film
Melbourne International Film Festival 2008 Winner of Outstanding Short Film Promoting Human Values
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the First Prize for Best Short Film
Seattle International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Short Film Competition Special Jury Award for Best Short Film
Tirana International Film Festival, AL 2007 Winner of the Audience Award
Tribeca Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short
Vail Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best Short Film
The film marks the 2nd instalment of Birdbox.Film’s monthly ‘Film Club’. At 7.30pm on Wednesday the 3rd March, users will be able to tune into a discussion with producer Rachel Prendergast, and exec producer Benjamin Hartley. Director and Writer Richard Prendergast and hosted by The Big Picture Film Club.
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A loving family set off in their car on what seems like a carefree family outing. They sing, stop for ice- creams and play eye-spy. However, it becomes clear that this isn't a happy outing after all and only once the car arrives does the actuality of the narrative fully manifest.
‘A remarkable piece with a fantastic central performance, Sylvia is a short film much like its namesake: reliable, not faultless but in pretty good condition, and able to provide you with a fantastic journey. ‘ UK Film Review
Manhattan Short Film Festival 2019 – Gold Medal Winner *Oscar Qualifying
SCAD Film Festival 2019 – Best Editing
The American Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2019 – Best Short Film
Cordillera International Film Festival 2019 – Jury Award Best of Fest
Pittsburgh Short Film Festival 2019 – Best Narrative Audience award
New Renaissance Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress
Chelmsford Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress
Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Best Actress
Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Runner Up Best Short Film
Elba Film Festival 2019 – Silver Best Actress
Elba Film Festival 2019 – Bronze Best Screenplay
Show Low Film Festival 2019 – Best of Fest
Aguilar Film Festival 2019 – Young Jury Award – Best Film
Sydney Indy Film Festival 2018 – Best Film
Norwich Film Festival 2018 – Best East Anglian Film *BIFA & BAFTA Qualifying
Tri-Force Film Festival 2018 – William Bryne Award for Promising Director
Overcome Film Festival 2018 – Best Director
London Independent Film Awards 2018 – Best Short Film
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2018 – Best Short Film
London Lift-Off Film Festival 2018 – Special Mention for Best Short Film
Critic Reviews‘Its hardly a hidden gem, given that it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Short but its a film that i've returned to again and again for its atmosphere; its sparse, haunting script; and its wonderful editing. Its based on the same source text as HBO's Chernobyl miniseries, so it's an interesting companion piece if you were a fan of the series. It's also just a brilliant piece of filmmaking' - Aoife Kelleher
AwardsAcademy Awards, USA 2010 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films 2008 Winner of the Golden Mikeldi for Best Short Cork International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best First Short by an Irish Director Foyle Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short Irish Film and Television Awards 2009 Winner of the IFTA Award Best Short Film
The Phone Call is a 2013 British short drama film. It was directed by Mat Kirkby and written by Kirkby and James Lucas. It won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards. The film stars Sally Hawkins as Heather, a crisis hotline counsellor trying to dissuade Stanley (Jim Broadbent), an unseen distraught caller, from a suicide attempt following the death of his wife.
‘Easily one of my favorite shorts from the 2014 Heartland Film Festival, The Phone Call is a deeply felt and emotionally unforgettable 20 minute short that will stay with you long after you've left the theater.’ The Independent Critic
Academy Awards, USA 2015 Winner of the Oscar for Best Short Film
American Short Film Awards 2013 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film of The Year
Aspen Shortsfest 2014 Winner of the Audience Award - Special Recognition
Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short Film
International Film Festival ASTERFEST 2015 Winner of the Aco Aleksov Award for Best Auteur
Krakow Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Silver Dragon for Best Fiction Film
The Silent Child is a British sign-language short film written by and starring Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton, and released in 2017 by Slick Films. It tells the story of Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl, who lives a silent life until a social worker, played by Shenton, teaches her how to communicate through sign language. The film won the Oscar for Live Action Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards. The film's television debut was on BBC One to an audience of 3.6 million, the film then received an extended period on BBC iPlayer.
‘Realistic and moving, with beautiful cinematography, this is a stirring call for awareness of the plight of deaf schoolchildren. ‘ Arts Fuse
Academy Awards, USA 2018 Winner of the Oscar for Best Live Short Film
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award
American Short Film Awards 2017Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film of The Year
Encounters International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award for the Shorts Showcase Award
Gold Movie Awards 2017 Winner of the Best of the Year Award Best of the Year
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Award of Recognition
Lift-Off Global Network, London 2017 Winner of the Lift-Off Season Award
London Independent Film Awards 2017 Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Actress
London Independent Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Grand Jury Prize
New Renaissance Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Jury Prize
The film deals with themes which are relevant and pertinent to our current social climate; young people struggling to find somewhere they can call home, the place for compassion in society, ideas about community, and people's rights to make decisions for themselves. In essence though, it's a really simple film about people connecting with each other.
Goya Award for Best Fictional Short Film Winner.
Nominations: Goya Award for Best Fictional Short Film, Gaudí Award for Best Short Film