The United Kingdom will be the guest country at the 45th edition of the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival, which will be held from 18 to 27 October

02/09/2019

Thanks to a collaboration with the British Council, FILMETS will be presenting two of the winning short films of the 2019 BAFTAs, the prestigious awards of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, as well as the other six nominees

The eight short films will be screened in an official competitive session that will take place on Sunday, 20 October at 7 pm at Badalona’s Zorrilla Theatre

The British presence at the festival will also include a monographic session dedicated to the Flare Films programme of nine LGBT-themed short films

73 COWS filmets73 Cows, Alex Lockwood

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival joins forces with the British Council for the presentation of two of the winning short films of the 2019 BAFTAs, the prestigious awards of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which were announced on 10 February at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Thanks to a collaboration with the British organisation, the competition will also show the other six nominees of the last edition of the BAFTAs.

These short films will be screened as part of an official competitive session which will take place on Sunday, 20 October at 7 pm at the Zorrilla Theatre. The event will conclude with an audience Q&A session with some of the directors of the shorts, such as Paul Taylor and Angela Clarke, the producer Abigail Addison, and Greg McLeod. This session takes place every year to publicise films made in the country invited by the FILMETS festival, which this year will be the United Kingdom.

The British presence at FILMETS will also include the screening on 19 October of the Flare Films programme of nine short films included on the poster of the 2019 edition of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.

The 45th edition of the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival will take place from 18 to 27 October.

The two BAFTA award-winning short films

In this session of the FILMETS festival dedicated to the guest country, the two winners of the 2019 BAFTA awards in short film categories to be shown at the Zorrilla Theatre are:

73 cows: Winner of Best Short Film. A 15-minute short film directed by Alex Lockwood. A farmer struggles with his conscience every time he takes his cows to the slaughterhouse because he knows he must make a change.

Roughhouse: Winner of Best Short Animation. A 16-minute short animation written, directed and produced by Jonathan Hodgson and also produced by Richard Van den Boom. When three teenage friends meet a strange but charismatic character, their loyalty is torn apart with terrible consequences.

Roughhouse, Jonathan Hodgson

The six BAFTA short film nominees

The six shorts also nominated for the 2019 BAFTA Awards to be shown at the Zorrilla Theatre are:

Bachelor, 38: Produced and directed by Angela Clarke, this 16-minute short tells the long-lasting love story of a man living in London.

The Blue Door: Directed by Paul Taylor, and written and produced by Ben Clark and Megan Pugh, this 9-minute short film has Clare, a kind and caring nurse, opening the door to her new job, but maybe some doors are best left shut.

The Field: Written and directed by Sandhya Suri and produced by Thomas Bidegain and Balthazar de Ganay, this 19-minute short tells a story that takes place among the corn fields of Shahzadpur, in the realm of the senses.

Wale: Written and directed by Barnaby Blackburn and produced by Sophie Alexander, Catherine Slater and Edward Speleers, this 20-minute short film raises a fundamental question: Is it possible to start again in such a rotten world?

I’m OK: This animated short was directed and produced by Elizabeth Hobbs and also produced by Abigail Addison and Jelena Popovic.

For 6 minutes, this short film, inspired by the life and work of the artist Oscar Kokoschka, explores the wounds caused by anguish and trauma.

Marfa: This animated short was made by director and animator Greg McLeod and director and writer Myles McLeod. Over 8 minutes, the film presents an existential trip to a city in west Texas.

‘Flare Films,’ a session dedicated to LGBT-themed films

The British accent that this year’s edition of the festival will have will be reinforced by the screening of an out-of-competition monographic session dedicated to LGBT-themed films.

The session is entitled ‘Flare Films’ and includes nine British shorts that were screened at BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. The short films depict a variety of LGBT experiences, but essentially seek to discover and highlight the value of love and people, regardless of their sexual orientation.

These films can be seen in a non-competitive session that will take place on Saturday, 19 October at 9 pm.

Five of the short films to be screened are also part of the British Council’s FiveFilms4Freedom programme, the LGBT-themed online short film festival with the greatest worldwide reach.

The British Film Institute’s BFI Flare festival was founded in 1986 as a London festival for lesbian and gay-themed films and is one of the longest-running and most prestigious LGBT festivals in the world.

About the British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Through British culture, it contributes to the well-being of citizens and the transformation of their lives by creating opportunities, establishing links and building mutual trust.

It collaborates with more than one hundred countries in the field of art and culture, the English language, education and civil society. Last year, it came into face-to-face contact with more than 80 million people through its projects and into virtual contact with 791 million thanks to its broadcasts, publications and digital products.

It has been present in Spain since 1940. Each year, it reaches thousands of Spanish students, educators, policy makers, academics, researchers, creators and entrepreneurs.