Uppsala Short Film Festival has curated three programmes to be screened at the computer gaming festival Birdie that takes place online 21-24 May. The film screenings are free of charge and will be broadcasted on www.twitch.tv/birdietv/. Read more about the films below.
Thu 21/5 at 22:00* – FANTASY FUTURES
Fri 22/5 at 19:00* – GAME ON
Sat 23/5 at 10:00* – COMEDY CUTS
Read more about Birdie on https://www.birdie.org/
* The screening times can change with short notice. The live broadcast from Birdie partly consists of competition without a set ending time. This can lead to delays in the programme.
Fri 22/5 at 19:00*
I WAS A WINNER
In the guise of their game avatars three people tell us about their experience of gaming addiction.
SWEDEN 2016. Animation/Documentary. 14 min. DIRECTION: Jonas Odell
An animated short exploring group dynamics. How do we define ourselves when we are all equal? Also available as an interactive animation game.
SWITZERLAND 2019. Animation. 9 min. DIRECTION: Michael Frei.
FIRST PERSON SHOOTER
Two men spend an evening playing computer games. Alongside nature sounds and the sporty avatars’ panting we can follow the carefree dialogue of the players.
FINLAND 2015. Animation. 7 min. DIRECTION: Hanna Arvela
Everything is an interactive experience where everything you see is a thing you can be, from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond. It’s also a trailer for a game. Everything is a procedural, AI-driven simulation of the systems of nature, seen from the points of view of everything in the universe. The film is also a trailer for a game and is narrated by the late British American philosopher Alan Watts.
IRELAND/USA 2017. Animation. 10 min. DIRECTION: David O’Reilly
Online players describe their struggles with “swatting,” a life-threatening cyber-harassment phenomenon that looms over them whenever they play. The events take shape through YouTube videos and wireframe images from a video game.
FRANCE 2018. Animation/Documentary. 21 min. DIRECTION: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Thu 21/5 at 22:00*
Katrine has a normal life, a normal job, a normal boyfriend and a normal apartment in a normal city. Or at least that’s what she thinks, until one day everything starts falling apart – literally!
UK 2018. Animation. 9 min. DIRECTION: Lucia Bulgheroni
Tom, a young skater, roams on his board in the outskirts of town. He enters an amusement park that is closed to the public and stops in front of a punchball that is still working. He gets hooked, and after several fruitless attempts, using all his strength, he manages to hit the jackpot.
FRANCE 2018. Fiction. 20 min. DIRECTION: Olivier Perrier
When marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change.
FRANCE 2017. 6 min. DIRECTION: Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion
In a near future where corporations seized all natural resources, Nala is the solitary rebel trying to break the rules.
GREECE 2015. Fiction. 14 min. DIRECTION: Ifigeneia Kotsoni
IN FULL BLOOM
Cecile is an elderly Vietnamese hoarder, whose life is upended when worms open a black hole in her house and threaten to take all her stuff.
USA 2019. Fiction. 11 min. DIRECTION: Maegan Houang
Sat 23/5 at 10:00*
SHORT CALF MUSCLE
Anders is different. He just doesn’t know it himself yet. That is about to change as a seemingly insignificant visit to the physio gets completely out of control.
THE NETHERLANDS 2019. Fiction. DIRECTION: Victoria Warmerdam
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.
INDIA 2017. 14 min. Documentary. DIRECTION: Rishi Chandna
Everyone knows the Spiderman story: man gets bitten by spider, gets spider powers, becomes hero. But radioactive metamorphosis is a two-way street. So what about the spider who bit Peter Parker? What ever became of him?
UK 2019. 8 min. Fiction. DIRECTION: Tom Oxenham
USA 2019. Fiction. 8 min. DIRECTION: Brandon Daley
A comedy about female empowerment and friendships that stay with you forever.
FINLAND 2018. Fiction. 9 min. DIRECTION: Ulla Heikkilä