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Festival Debuts

Talent needs company, and that's where the festival excels.

We've helped new actors, directors and writers to emerge and to thrill, as these six very different films demonstrate. Chase thrillers meet coming-of-age dramas plus stories of division and tribal mayhem. Their creators each contribute to the rich mix of world cinema.

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Festival Debuts
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The Here After 2015 15

A teenager attempts to integrate back into society following a spell in prison, but the community is unwilling to forgive him.

114 mins Poland Director. Magnus von Horn

A sharp and sensitive script coupled with eloquent performances ensures this film gets right under your skin

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITON

- SUTHERLAND AWARD 2015

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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) 2015 18

High-school students start a private orgy society in Eva Husson’s dazzlingly shot, no-holds-barred drama.

98 mins France Director. Eva Husson

High-school students and their summer of orgies are the focus of Eva Husson’s no-holds-barred drama.

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

- SUTHERLAND AWARD 2015

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The Tribe 2014 18

A new arrival at a school for young deaf people is drawn into a nightmarish world of crime and brutality, in this audacious and acclaimed modern classic.

132 mins Ukraine Director. Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s astounding drama - sensationally told in unsubtitled sign language

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION - WINNER

- SUTHERLAND AWARD 2014

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The Goob 2014 18

Rural Norfolk provides the atmospheric backdrop to this accomplished debut about a teen trying to find love and escape the influence of his mother’s controlling boyfriend.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Guy Myhill

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

- SUTHERLAND AWARD 2014

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Second Coming 2014 15

What if an immaculate conception took place in a South London household? Idris Elba stars in a subtle, thought-provoking and original family drama.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Debbie Tucker Green

Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall play a couple rocked by an unexplainable mystery

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

- SUTHERLAND AWARD 2014

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'71 2014 15

A young British squaddie is caught behind enemy lines in bomb-torn Belfast, in Yann Demange’s riveting suspense thriller.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Yann Demange

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Jack O'Connell (Interview) 2014

The star of This is England and Skins joins the director to discuss how they crafted this thrilling chase film set in bomb-torn Belfast.

5 mins United Kingdom

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

- SUTHERLAND AWARD 2014

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Catch Me Daddy 2013 15

A young couple whose relationship has divided a community are forced on the run through the streets and moors of nocturnal Yorkshire.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. Matthew Wolfe, Daniel Wolfe

An intense, relentless and stylish chase film from writer-director siblings Matthew and Daniel R. Wolfe

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

- SUTHERLAND AWARD 2014

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Difret 2013 12

A young Ethiopian woman faces the death penalty for killing the man who raped her until a brave lawyer decides to take on her case.

99 mins Ethiopia Director. Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

A delicate yet impassioned story that offers empowerment and hope to women all over the world

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

- SUTHERLAND AWARD 2014

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Gente de bien 2014 12

A ten-year-old is packed off to live with his down-at-heel father in this touching, exquisitely observed Colombian drama.

86 mins Colombia Director. Franco Lolli

Franco Lolli’s impressive debut demonstrates an assured grasp of storytelling

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

- SUTHERLAND AWARD 2014

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