Tweetfest 2021 – Short film festival


It looks like it was only yesterday when we were enjoying films from last year’s Tweetfest Short Film Festival, but only in an online form. Somehow the year has passed and Tweetfest has happened again, but much happier in its usual form in person. With screenings at the Hen and Chickens Theater and a gala evening at the Arthouse in London, it was great to meet the filmmakers and see this year’s crop of short films.

As usual, the shorts were organized into thematic blocks, then there was a main “In Competition” component which saw the selected films screened again at the Gala. Apart from the films “in competition”, many are those which stood out in the various aspects, in particular Incompatible (Dir. Mark Jackson), Pelicans (Dir. Ellie Heydon), Myrtle (Dir. Patricia McCormack), Lock Off ( Dir. Akwasi Poku), Absurd Man (Dir. Burak Kum), Backseat Driver (Dir. Jake Balfour-Lynn), Prelude (Dir. Claudio Figari), Imago Diabolus (Dir. Abraham Mike Yousaf), and a personal favorite, Roundheads and Cavaliers (Dir. Chloé Thomas).

The films “in competition” were:

On air

On air (Dir. Syd Heather)
Great shorts with a nice touch that makes them neat packaging. Aided of course by fantastic performances.

It’s Zoe

It’s Zoe (Dir. Stephen Gallacher)
Hayley Reeves is fantastic in this story of self-doubt and inner monologue.

thank you so much

thank you so much (Dir. Tomasz Frymorgen)
Neighbors who are too virtuous and self-righteous rightly laugh at this topical and well-written comedy.

We are too good for this

We are too good for this (Dir. Missy Malek)
Meets expectations and provides an excellent overall piece of a

Let Stay

Let Stay (Dir. Rémy Bazerque)
The ridiculous bureaucracy and the frustrations it causes elicits an unusual reaction, in this unusual film that will resonate with many.

From a strange land

From a strange land (Dir. Caroline Steinbeis)
A social awkwardness carried to a very high level, and perfectly wrapped in a magnificent short film without dialogue.

A Dead Sea

A Dead Sea (Dir. Nahd Bashir)
Misunderstandings and tolerance are explored in this tragic tale by the Dead Sea.

It’s friday today

Today is Friday (Dir. Mohammad Ahangar)
An unusual horror / drama from Iran, which turns out nicely into an extremely enjoyable finale.

Chryssanthi Kouri, festival programmer and Angela Peters, founder / programmer

As usual, the festival gala was a very interesting affair, with a good mix of filmmakers discussing the films of the festival and the industry in general. Hosted at the Arthouse in Crouch End, London, it was a great venue worthy of shortlisting the finalists.

Of course, no festival is complete without a few awards, and this year’s winners were:

Best actor:
Bamshad Abedi-Amin (Leave to stay)

Best Actress:
Mandip Gill (on air)

Best photography:
Horizon (Dir. Daniele De Muro)

Best Costume Design:
Round heads and riders (Dir. Chloe Thomas)

Best Lockdown Short:
{Be authentic_ (Dir. Michael Coppola)

Nicci Brighten ({Be authentic_)

Best short film ranked F:
From a strange country (Dir. Caroline Steinbeis)

Best screenplay:
Lucide (Dir. Stephen Maddox)

Best International Film:
Today is Friday (Dir. Mohammad Ahangar)

Best film :
Let Stay (Dir. Rémy Bazerque)

Public Prize:
Here is Zoe (Dir. Stephen Gallacher)

Hayley Reeves and Stephen Gallacher (It’s Zoe)

Some of these winners, as well as the cast and director of “We’re Too Good For This” were also interviewed by “Screen to Screen,” a movie show on. Radio Soho, which will be broadcast this Thursday (9).

Director Missy Malek, Keron Day, Sam Barnham and Arran Green

All in all, it has been another great year for Tweetfest and we look forward to next year and their expanding program!