South West Documentary Commission: Live Pitch

Thu 29 Nov | 2 - 3pm | 15+ | Free
Venue: The Workshop

South West Documentary Commission: Live Pitch

Responding to a set brief, watch filmmaking teams pitch for the South West Documentary Commission 2019, in front of a live panel of film commissioners from Exeter Phoenix and Real Stories. All hoping to secure the cash prize of £1000 funding and additional support towards their next non-fiction short film project.

The South West Documentary Film Commission is aimed at filmmakers looking for funding to realise a non-fiction short film project exploring any subject matter, which demonstrates originality within the documentary genre. The final film is required to be 5 minutes in length and may use any form production technique for delivery, such as live action, reenactment or animation.


Shorts #2: Best in Show

Thu 29 Nov | 3.30 - 5pm | 15+ | £5
Venue: Studio 74

Shorts #2: Best in Show

Dog person? Cat person? Chicken person...? In this dedicated selection of short documentaries we find out more about our connection with the animal kingdom. The pets we share our homes with, wildlife we seek to control and how animals help form our identities as humans.


Rishi Chandna, 2018, India, Documentary, 14mins

In a cramped suburban apartment in Mumbai, an eccentric patriarch and his family consider killing and eating their hell-raising pet rooster, so that they can reclaim their normal lives.

Julius Caesar Was Buried in a Pet Cemetery

Sam Green, 2017, USA, Documentary, 4mins

A short documentary portrait of the greatest pet cemetery in the world.

The Heaven of Animals

Juan Renau, 2017, Argentina, Documentary, 14mins

In a canine hair styling contest everyone competes to achieve the finest version of their pets.

My Paintbrush Bites

Joel Pincosy & Joe Egender, 2018, USA, Documentary, 16mins

A man battling reclusion and a racehorse on the brink of death save each other in unexpected ways.


Sean Mullan, 2017, UK, Documentary, 15mins

Through horses, a man feels an irrepressible duty to move in harmony with his pain. A film exploring the infinite momentum of life via an energy never destroyed, only transformed.

The Last Hounds

Morgane Thibaut, 2017, Belgium, Documentary, 19mins

Embracing the hunt for the hound rather than the hound for the hunt.

Fish Story

Charlie Lyne, 2017, UK, Documentary, 14mins

A search for the truth behind a fishy tale.


Shorts #3: Growing Pains

Thu 29 Nov | 5.30 - 7pm | 15+ | £5
Venue: Studio 74

Shorts #3: Growing Pains

Two Short Nights Film Festival partnered with Into Film to deliver programming workshops in short film for 16-19 year olds, who narrowed down this selection of short films for us. During our teens we are figuring out who we will become, growing into our bodies and standing up on our own for the first time. Join our young protagonists as they start out on their own insightful journeys towards adulthood.


Kyla Simone Bruce, 2018, UK, Drama, 14mins

Bambi drives pregnant best-friend Al to hospital to have her baby. She’s in denial, this won’t be easy.


Catherine Prowse, 2017, UK, Animation, 4mins

The story of a gardener in a Middle Eastern war zone, fighting the destruction around her with life-giving plants.

I Am, I Am

Sebastian Back, 2018, Canada, Drama, 14mins

Freddie, an aspiring filmmaker who meets a charismatic yet abusive director. A short character study that explores sexual assault in the context of indie film culture.


Julien Menanteau, 2017,  France, Drama, 19mins

At the pool, Jason is being bullied by a companion who compares him to a sumo wrestler. He starts to study the world of the Rikishis, the epitome of the Japanese athlete and identifies with them immediately.


Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx, 2018, Réunion/France, Music Video, 4mins

2500 animated paintings tell the story of a man who tries to run away from his fate. He is seeking success, fame, happiness and love, but the city is too strong and he can't win.

Troll Hunters

Joseph Brett, 2018, UK, Mockumentary, 8mins

A tragi-comic mockumentary about four people whose lives have been destroyed by internet trolls, and their addiction to arguing back.


Gokce Erenmemisoglu, 2017, Turkey, Drama, 1min

A critical take on modern humanity and relationships.

Second Best

Alyssa McClelland, 2018, Australia, Drama, 20mins

A dark comedy about the power of identical twin sisters and the unbreakable bond that binds them, no matter what might try and come between.


Into Film are a UK-wide programme designed to support teachers and educators to achieve a wide range of effective learning outcomes in their use of film. Their programme includes a network of extra-curricular film clubs, resources for use in clubs and in the classroom, training opportunities, a cinema-based film festival and our annual Awards.



Shorts #4: Gay as in Hysterically Funny + Panel Discussion

Thu 29 Nov | 7.30 - 9.30pm | 18+ | £5
Venue: Studio 74

Shorts #4: Gay as in Hysterically Funny + Panel Discussion

What does it mean to make fun of yourself and your community as an LGBTQ+ person? This programme examines queerness and onscreen comedy, including short films by Raymond Yeung, Jordan Firstman, and Alli Logout, and episodes from Ingrid Jungermann’s classic webseries, F to 7th. Featuring self-loathing and loathable gay men, butch lesbians in denial, and queer femmes in their own carefree universe.

Followed by a panel discussion on queer comedy, on and off the screen, featuring comedian Rosie Jones and more guests.

Presented in partnership with Queer Film Network tour as part of the BFI Comedy Genius season, and in collaboration with Exeter Pride.

Yellow Fever

Dir: Raymond Yeung, 1998, USA, Comedy, 27mins

A fun and astute look at the self-imposed prejudices of a gay Chinese-British man. Anglophile Monty is looking for his perfect man, but only white British men need apply. That is until the attractive Jai Ming moves in next door and the two men seem to connect. Can Monty overcome his prejudices? Writer-director Raymond Yeung’s debut short is a light-hearted comedy of manners.

F to 7th: Season 1, Episode 2 “Tweener”

Dir: Ingrid Jungermann, 2013, USA, Comedy, 5mins

An internally homophobic gay struggles to find herself in a world where sexuality and gender have left her old-fashioned lesbianism behind. In “Tweener,” Ingrid tries to deny her butchness when barred from a lesbian bachelorette party, whilst cheering on her softball team, the Wet Lips, alongside her misogynistic dyke friend.  

Call Your Father

Dir: Jordan Firstman, 2016, USA, Comedy, 20mins

On Josh and Greg's first date, they quickly realize that the generational divide between them is the least of their worries. The infuriatingly mixed messages from a cute but potentially sociopathic millennial force an older man to choose between hopping into bed with him and bailing, in this darkly comical satire on entitled twenty-somethings.

F to 7th: Season 1, Episode 3 “Interchangeable”

Dir: Ingrid Jungermann, 2013, USA, Comedy, 5mins

Geeky and sensible Ingrid meets a woman online, who invites herself over for a hot night of passion, but what happens when both of them want to ‘be the man’?

Lucid Noon, Sunset Blush

Dir: Alli Logout, 2015, USA, Comedy, 32mins

17-year-old bb gay Micha has just moved into The Palace - a basement full of queer femme Dominatrix, lovers and misfits. They are beautiful, carefree and as young as the night. An alternative, comedy narrative of queer sex workers of colour.


Established in October 2015, the Queer Film Network is an emerging professional organisation four Queer film programmers focused on bringing together other Queer film programmers working within film festivals, clubs and societies.

Their goals are to share their collective knowledge and encourage one another through peer support to develop and nurture queer film in the UK and Ireland. Working together to create a vibrant and inclusive network, they hold bi-annual meetings for members to develop opportunities for collaboration. To find new content, build and promote programs to go on tour as well as access funding and develop helpful resources to share on our website.

Queer Film Network is a strategic Film Hub Wales project and receives support from the BFI Film Audience Network. BFI Comedy genius is a nationwide season supported by funds from the National Lottery, led by Film Hub Midlands on behalf of the BFI UK Film Audience Network.



Amen Brother Premiere

Thu 29 Nov | 8.30 - 10pm | 15+ | Free
Venue: Workshop & Café Bar

Amen Brother Premiere
+ Artist Q&A and Live DJ Set

The premiere of Amen Brother by Liam Jolly, our Artists Moving image Commission 2018. You are invited to an evening amalgam of moving image, talks and live DJ's.

Featuring a 4-bar drum break, that has since become the most sampled and remixed in the history of music, Amen Brother is a 1969 b-side by a Soul band called The Winstons. Liam Jolly’s moving image work of the same name uses the medium of a football to remix and represent his own version of this infamous break within the gallery space.

Join us for the film premiere plus artist Q&A, a short film by Drum & Bass DJ Crissy Criss commissioned specifically for this event, charting the history and cultural significance of this infamous break, followed by special ‘Amen Break only’ DJ set from Ollie Stratton (The Mongolian Disco show).

Liam Jolly - Artist

Based in Redruth, Cornwall, Liam Jolly is an artist working across installation, video, performance, painting and public intervention.

Whilst exploring the shifts in meaning that can take place between a fiction and reality, his works tread a fine line between these opposing concepts, employing double take and changing points of view as a mechanism to challenge our assumptions of what we are being presented with.

In playfully questioning the material, mechanics and structures of when something is considered an art work and when it is not, he is making us question our perception of reality in unexpected or subversive ways.