The Earls Court Submissions Prize, with £1,000 for the winner, is hotly contested. This is an open competition which, this year, has attracted a phenomenal number of submissions from all over the world. Just 23 films have made it to the Festival and these will be screened in various Earl’s Court venues over the two weeks of the festival.

The selection covers a wide range of genres including comedy, thriller, surreality, drama and documentary. And there are a number of famous faces featuring including Game of Thrones’ Gemma Whelan and Sir Lenny Henry. There are also some beautiful animation films exploring family and friendship.

Festival short films tell stories of love, memory, upheaval, facing challenges, injustice, humour and hope. Come along to the Earls Court Film Festival 2018, laugh, cry, be inspired and take part in this wonderful short film festival. If you leave with just one new thought, that thought may change your life.


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The Interview

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A nervous interviewee fidgets with a pen while awaiting his interview. Which is mightier – the pen or the man?

Director – Andrew Montague. Producer – Kira Fitzpatrick

Pop Out!

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Mina arrives home and her roommates have filled the living room with balloons for her birthday, but she is terrified of balloons. She tries to act normal but the situation gets out of control.

Director /Producer – Raul Alfonso Saco 


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Instead of facing the loss of his baby, Andrew escapes into a world of denial. As if nothing has happened, he pushes his pram around the park, and in the evenings, he works on his baby girl’s unfinished mobile.

Director – Guy Wilson. Producer – Lea Dettli


Play On

A teenage boy tries to reconnect with his recently deceased father through music and black magic.

Producer – Juri Ferri. Writer/Director – William Haigh

A Blind Dog

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Dil Hairaan Hai is a real life based special story of the relationship between a musician and his blind dog. Ryan is a guitarist and singer who came across this blind dog one day while strolling on the sidewalk singing a song.

Director – Ryan Hazarika. Producer – Axl Hazarika  

Maybe It's Me

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An animator tries to recreate his childhood memories: the summers, the house, the sea, the sound of the cicadas.

Writer /Director /Producer – Dimitris Simou

Wise Girl

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A young woman, who walks, talks and dresses like a prohibition gangster is caught between a boy who fancies her and some loansharks. With Gemma Whelan from Game Of Thrones, Alex Carter from Cuffs, Joe Pasquale and Harriet Thorpe.

Writer /Director – Alex Swinfen 
Producers – Alex Swinfen and Thomas Lumeau 

Eight Day

A story about a man, trying to figure out his role in a never-changing world while facing crucial life questions.

Director /Producer – Jasmin Pivic 

Bitter Sea

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A single mother, an immigrant in London, finds a job and place to live, but the landlord has a strict “no children allowed” policy. How can she hide her daughter in the flat?

Writer/Director – Fateme Ahmadi 
Producer – Emma Parsons 


Is the relentless online need for feedback changing who we are?

Director – AJ Green. Writer /Producer – Marius Brill 

Run Rabbit

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Two bullies are forced to face the dramatic consequences of their actions.

Writer /Director /Producer – Emily Haigh 

The United Guys Network

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Loving newlywed husband Paul is making the other guys in the neighbourhood look bad. Time for The United Guys Network to step in and teach him how to be a ‘real’ husband.

Director – Tabatha Golat

Writer /Producer – Montgomery Burt 

Domestic Policy

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In 1919, a tea lady eavesdrops on a top-secret government meeting called to solve the latest, gravest problem facing the British Empire… A satirical comedy which wryly suggests that today’s obsession with female appearance was borne out of one official government meeting. Starring Lesley Manville.

Writer /Director – Alicia McDonald. Producer – Helen Grearson

Men Talk About Mother

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Three men remember their mothers in this animated documentary. With interwoven monologues and hand drawn animation, this film explores one of the central relationships of our lives.

Director – Bunny Schendler

Producer – Melissa Herman

Writer – Sheena Joughin

Still Life

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A life model with body insecurities finds solace in the art that depicts him.

Writer /Director –  Oscar Albert

Samira's Party

The bonds between a fourteen year old boy and his disabled mum are tested on a trip to the supermarket. Starring Jodhi May.

Writer /Director – Bijan Sheibani 

A Girl Goes for Dinner

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A young woman travels to the home of an older man for her evening meal. As they sit down to eat, darker motives begin to reveal themselves.

Writer/Director – Jack Ethan Perry

Producers – Kat Pearl and Jos Grootjans

The Purple Plain

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An elderly woman recalls her childhood dreams: All her life she wanted to touch the sky, and when space flight became a reality, this determined young pilot reached out.

Director – Kim Albright
Producers – Chi Thai and Catherine Vetere
Writer – Avril E.Russell

Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote

When 13 year old Ivie starts speaking in Shakespearean verse her friends find it weird and her mother is outraged. Can she find a cure? Starring Sir Lenny Henry.

Director – Christiana Ebohan-Green

Producers – Fiona Gillies and Michael Mueller Writer Moya O’Shea

Wren Boys

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Conor drives his nephew to prison to visit a battle-worn inmate. Their visit is one born of a new 21st Century Ireland, which casts a critical eye on tradition. But within the prison walls, progress operates at a different pace; and runs alongside the threat of violence.

Director – Harry Lighton. Producer – Sorcha Bacon


Two estranged siblings meet in their dying father’s hospital room. Chris agrees with the doctors who advise them to turn off his life support, but his sister Rachel refuses.

Director –  Christiana Ebohan-Green

Producer – Michael Mueller  

Writer – Troy Hunter

Young Hearts

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Two young people decide to run away.

Writer /Director /Producer – Alex Deitsch


A film from Russia. An old man in an empty train. Where is he going and why?

Writer/Director /Producer – Roman Sinitsyn

New Dog, Old Tricks

The Kid is on the run from his old employers, with a laptop full of dirty secrets. He’s a hacker who could break a firewall in minutes but couldn’t tie his shoes without an app. Little does he know he’s being followed by an Agent of the old school…

Writer /Director/Producer – George Magner 


An off-beat black comedy, which follows the story of EFTHYMIS (10), a young Greek boy living in London who desperately wants to become a man quicker than he’s actually becoming one, and so sets about performing a series of manly tasks. What’s the worst that could happen?

Writer /Director –  Theo James Krekis. Producer – Devorah Corona

Emkhatsini (Between)

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A woman finds herself, lost in the deserted Swazi outback, when she tries to locate an elusive community leader. A story about life between cultures and between life and death. Shot in the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland).

Writer/Director – Toa Stappard

Producers – Toa Stappard and Sindisiwe Nxumalo


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Two women venture into the woods to scatter their friend’s ashes and fumble for a way to say good bye.

Writer – Audrey Martin

Director – Ellie Harvie 

Producer – Debra Sears and Kalyn Miles