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Short Cuts Programme 05— Digital Second Screening (2021)

  • Short Cuts, Animation, Directed by Women
  • 1h 46m
  • Canada, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America

Short films are eligible for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards.

Content advisory: sexual assault

Playing as part of this programme:

Twelve Hours

The director of Benjamin, Benny, Ben, winner of the IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film in 2020, Paul Shkordoff returns with a riveting drama about a health-care worker doing whatever she can to find a measure of relief amid unprecedented challenges.


As playful in its form and technique as it is thoughtful in its take on femininity, this animated wonder by Quebec’s Marie Valade uses a woman’s surrealist journey to explore her love-hate relationship with her breasts, body, and femininity,

A Few Miles South

Toby Jones and Ivanno Jeremiah comprise a very memorable double act in director Ben Pearce’s delightfully macabre tale of two taciturn travellers on a wintry expedition that takes a desperate turn.

Soft Animals

Returning to Short Cuts with her newest celebration of all things beautiful, ugly, and squishy, animator Renee Zhan uses a wild array of means to acutely capture the charge felt by ex-lovers meeting by chance in a train station.


With this visually sumptuous enquiry into one of Shakespeare’s most mysterious female characters, Lois Patiño and Matías Piñeiro dig deep into a literary enigma while crafting a superb stylistic synthesis of two of modern cinema’s most distinctive talents.

I Would Never

Boundaries are crossed and a friendship tested when a law-school study session leads to uncharted territory for two young people, in this provocative, intimate, and remarkably incisive work by filmmaker, comedian, and actor Kiran Deol.

Hanging On

With his startling blend of documentary and magic realism, director Alfie Barker pays tribute to the strength and resilience of the members of a Northern English community united by the threat of eviction.


Anchored by Issaka Sawadogo’s incredible performance, Jorge Camarotti’s drama conveys the sorrow of separation through the story of a Burkinabé immigrant who is reluctantly drawn into a neighbour’s troubles in his Montreal apartment building.


Paul Shkordoff

Director - BOOBS

Marie Valade


Ben Pearce


Renee Zhan

Director - SYCORAX

Lois Patiño

Director - SYCORAX

Matías Piñeiro

Director - I WOULD NEVER

Kiran Deol

Director - HANGING ON

Alfie Barker

Director - OUSMANE

Jorge Camarotti


Portuguese, Spanish, English, No Dialogue, French