2018 Officially Selected Films
Irish Goodbye // 18min // Drama // 2018 // Sierra Leone, US
Writer/Director: Adetokumboh M’Cormack
Writer: Matt Feit
Strangers from opposite ends of the earth: Nizar, a Syrian refugee and Eric an Irish tourist, meet in the City of Angels and embark on a journey of trust, abandonment, tragedy and privilege. The consequences of their encounter will stay with them long after the night is over.
Wingman // 4min // Drama // 2018 // Australia
Writer/Director: Benoit McCullough
A couple constructs a massive cardboard plane for their nephew…but when they take it for a test flight, they find themselves fighting off an entire squadron of enemies! They’ll need more allies to win this battle.
An Unbeaten Path
An Unbeaten Path // 36:14min // Documentary // 2018 // UK
Director: Geraint Hill
Details the heartfelt journey of retired Royal Marine Andy Shaw’s 30 year battle against undiagnosed PTSD and his “summiting” of the illness that plagued his life.
Anna’s War // 75min // Drama // 2018 // Russia
Writer/Director: Aleksey Fedorchenko
Writer: Nataliya Meshchaninova
Soviet Union, 1941: Anna is six years old and hides herself in a disused fireplace of the Nazi commandant’s office. From there she views the war and life passing by.
A War to End No Wars
A War to End No Wars // 5min // Animated Short // 2017 // UK
Director: Ruth Coggins
A stop-motion animated short following the life of a British Soldier called Tommy Atkins during his time in the trenches of the First World War.
Sgt Stubby: An Unlikely Hero
Sgt Stubby: An Unlikely Hero // 84min // Animated Feature // 2018 // Ireland, France, US, Canada
Director: Richard Lanni
With World War I looming, a young Army Pvt. Robert Conroy is adopted by a stray, stump-tailed terrier. Conroy names his new friend Stubby and gives him a home, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. The two quickly find themselves in the trenches of France and on the path to history.
Spitfire // 99min // Documentary // 2018 // UK
Directors: David Fairhead, Ant Palmer
An epic, sweeping tale of determination, vision and courage. The story of an aircraft that was forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered, and refined in the white heat of combat – going on to become the most famous fighter plane ever made.
Journey’s End // 107min // Drama // 2017 // UK
Director: Saul Dibb
Writers: RC Sherriff and Simon Reade
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously await their fate.
Vigil // 4min // Drama // 2017 // US
Writer/Director: Chris King
A young woman lies awake, thinking about what could have been. A short, powerful tribute to our fallen and their families, inspired by a true story.
Empty View // 18:06min // Animation // 2017 // Iran
Director: Ali Zare Ghanatnowi
Mother keeps a lookout for her son to return home from war. She knits him a pair of gloves remembering how her son rubbed his cold hands together on the wintry morning he left. The war goes on. Mother waits.
TransMilitary // 93min // Documentary // 2018 // US
Directors: Gabe Silverman and Fiona Dawson
Writers: Jamie Coughlin and Gabriel Silverman
TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace and First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own.