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BFI Future Film Festival 2022

The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers. Explore our full programme of 50 short films from all over the world made by filmmakers aged 16 to 25. An esteemed panel of 10 BFI Film Academy Young Programmers helped us shape this year's programme.

 

This year's winners

Winners of the 15th BFI Future Film Festival Awards 2022

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Divination DaveDivination Dave

Animation & Artists Moving Image20217 mins

Savoury snack addict Dave must resort to extreme measures in order to satisfy his salty cravings.

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HOMEBOUNDHOMEBOUND

Documentary202110 mins

Forced into a period of reflection, anonymous voices detail how the UK's first lockdown confronted them with their inner demons and desires.

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BlackmaelBlackmael

Comedy20216 mins

A happy-go-lucky postman happens to come across a person he never thought he would.

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Stolen.Stolen.

Animation & Artists Moving Image20213 mins

Where do stolen items go?

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This Time With FeelingThis Time With Feeling

Comedy202011 mins

A budding young actress starts to doubt her abilities and becomes more than a little unhinged.

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Mirrored FamilyMirrored Family

Drama20215 mins

Developing relationships of family members during the first Covid lockdown.

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You Look FineYou Look Fine

Drama20214 mins

Syd attends a doctor's appointment while coping with PTSD symptoms following a recent incident of sexual assault.

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Heart FailureHeart Failure

Musical202110 mins

In this EDM musical, Frank does everything he can avoid another horrible break up. He does not do a good job.

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The Gospel According to GailThe Gospel According to Gail

Comedy20208 mins

At 17, all Mia wants is to live life in the fast lane, but learning to drive with Gail is so much more than a driving lesson.

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ExhaleExhale

Drama20205 mins

An exploration into the mental and emotional impact of racial micro-aggressions.

A Family Affair

We can’t choose our family, but we can choose how they define us. These short films shine a spotlight on family relationships.

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BudBud

Drama20215 mins

He's going away for a long time...

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Fart CarFart Car

Drama20218 mins

A young man tells us the story of his first kiss with another boy, while grappling with the loss of his father.

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Hope & Her Two DaughtersHope & Her Two Daughters

Animation & Artists Moving Image20219 mins

Hope And Her Two Daughters is an experimental short film that reflects on the revelations and racial atrocities of 2020.

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Lone WolvesLone Wolves

Drama202113 mins

A widowed single father begins to suspect that his emotionally volatile teenage son is planning an act of extremism.

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Mirrored FamilyMirrored Family

Drama20215 mins

Developing relationships of family members during the first Covid lockdown.

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SantiSanti

Drama202110 mins

A young Colombian man receives a voice message from home while grappling with cultural differences at a London dinner party with his new English girlfriend.

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This Camera Is BrokenThis Camera Is Broken

Drama20207 mins

An ageing director is making her final film: one delving into her past.

Citizens of Earth

Our relationship with planet Earth is a troubled one. This collection of shorts illustrates the myriad ways that human beings impact the environment.

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AstraliumAstralium

Animation & Artists Moving Image20205 mins

On a beach at twilight's dawn, a little girl meticulously builds up an ecosystem but soon, the tide is coming in.

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FORESIGHTFORESIGHT

Drama20209 mins

A woman cursed with foresight tries to change the course of fate.

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MetamorphismMetamorphism

Animation & Artists Moving Image20202 mins

Under great pressure, humans undergo similar steps of metamorphism.

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PengugeePengugee

Animation & Artists Moving Image20215 mins

A Refugee comes in from the cold.

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SuburbSuburb

Drama20214 mins

Suburb is a glimpse into what mischief these enigmatic creatures wreak on their man-made surroundings.

Hearts on Fire

Love really does make the world go round. This collection showcases the breathtaking highs and heartbreaking lows of romantic love. 
 
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Butterflies in the Stomach Butterflies in the Stomach

Animation & Artists Moving Image20207 mins

It’s hard to serve coffee when you see everything in pink and when butterflies are coming out your mouth.

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Heart FailureHeart Failure

Musical202110 mins

In this EDM musical, Frank does everything he can avoid another horrible break up. He does not do a good job.

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PrangoverPrangover

Comedy20216 mins

Boy meets Girl but with no dialogue or contraception

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The ButterflyThe Butterfly

Fantasy20214 mins

In this storybook satire, a Butterfly seeks a flower as a wife, although, as pickiness gets the best of him he ends up paying the ultimate price.

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Wet & SoppyWet & Soppy

Animation & Artists Moving Image20204 mins

A weather-tormented man who wants to dry his underwear is forced to use the local laundromat each evening.

In My Skin

Our relationships with our bodies can be fraught. These films dig into the challenges of loving the skin you’re in.

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BlackmaelBlackmael

Comedy20216 mins

A happy-go-lucky postman happens to come across a person he never thought he would.

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Carry Me InCarry Me In

Documentary20215 mins

Carry Me In tracks the filmmaker’s connection with insects from their childhood fascination to their development of late-stage Lyme Disease as a young adult.

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JoychildJoychild

Drama20206 mins

A young child tells their mother, "I'm not a girl", for the first time

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NudityNudity

Animation & Artists Moving Image20217 mins

A young figure diverges from rigid gender binaries to explore where their identity lies.

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SilveringSilvering

Animation & Artists Moving Image20216 mins

The discovery of a grey hair triggers a woman's spiral into a panic. The sanctuary of her bathroom takes a turn for the sinister – and the hair becomes her tormentor.

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Wash DayWash Day

Documentary202010 mins

Three young Black women discuss the public perception of their Blackness in its relation to their personal journeys in cultivating a strong sense of self.

In Someone Else’s Shoes

Film puts viewers in situations they’d never otherwise experience. These diverse stories remind us that appearances (and social media) can be deceiving.

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BratusBratus

Drama20216 mins

When Lorenzo wants to play with the older kids his little brother Diego finds an unexpected new friend.

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COCOABEANCOCOABEAN

Animation & Artists Moving Image20192 mins

COCOABEAN is a poetic, visual-narrative short embracing the nature of what it means to be of Black, Asian & minority ethnic origin, whilst questioning the umbrella term: BAME.

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ExhaleExhale

Drama20205 mins

An exploration into the mental and emotional impact of racial micro-aggressions.

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Sometime, SomewhereSometime, Somewhere

Animation & Artists Moving Image20211 mins

Sometime, somewhere these photos were taken.

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The Boy & The BalloonThe Boy & The Balloon

Drama20217 mins

A supermarket employee's mundane routine life is interrupted by an annoying child.

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The Last PageThe Last Page

Documentary202110 mins

An antiquarian bookseller in Tokyo is about to close after 35 years in business under the pandemic.

The Funny Side

In a time of unprecedented challenges, sometimes all you can do is laugh. These short films highlight the funny side of life in different ways.
 
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Criminal$Criminal$

Comedy20216 mins

Two bozos dissecting the concept of currency and trade with the vocabulary of seagulls.

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Divination DaveDivination Dave

Animation & Artists Moving Image20217 mins

Savoury snack addict Dave must resort to extreme measures in order to satisfy his salty cravings.

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Perfect.Perfect.

Animation & Artists Moving Image20203 mins

A stick figure realises that "perfection" is more than what it seems.

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The Gospel According to GailThe Gospel According to Gail

Comedy20208 mins

At 17, all Mia wants is to live life in the fast lane, but learning to drive with Gail is so much more than a driving lesson.

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The Last SongThe Last Song

Drama20207 mins

A female Peking opera actress impulsively kills her husband during an argument.

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This is Why Girls Go to the Bathroom TogetherThis is Why Girls Go to the Bathroom Together

Animation & Artists Moving Image20201 mins

This is the real reason why girls go for a wee together.

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This Time With FeelingThis Time With Feeling

Comedy202011 mins

A budding young actress starts to doubt her abilities and becomes more than a little unhinged.

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Untitled ProjectUntitled Project

Animation & Artists Moving Image20219 mins

Two scientists are researching the discovered civilization of French fries.

Through the Looking Glass

We are constantly staring at screens, but what looks back at us? This collection explores the process of self-reflection.

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@scroll_alice@scroll_alice

Documentary20214 mins

An experimental short about our love-hate relationship with Instagram and our photo-editing mania.

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Being BlackBeing Black

Short documentary202112 mins

Real life led to real tweets. Those tweets led to this film. This is #BeingBlack.

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HOMEBOUNDHOMEBOUND

Documentary202110 mins

Forced into a period of reflection, anonymous voices detail how the UK's first lockdown confronted them with their inner demons and desires.

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Life's Meeting RoomLife's Meeting Room

Animation & Artists Moving Image20214 mins

Life’s Meeting Room is a stop motion animated documentary exploring the question, ‘What is the meaning of life?' This film is based around interviews with people during lockdown.

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One Call AwayOne Call Away

Drama202110 mins

Alone in a foreign country, a young woman meets virtually with friends and family who are in different parts of the world.

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Picking Up On ThingsPicking Up On Things

Documentary20219 mins

A desktop documentary about a filmmaker struggling to make a desktop documentary.

We Are Not Our Trauma

In a period of unbelievable challenges, we’re all just trying to get by, one day at a time. This film collection spotlights living with mental health issues.

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+1+1

Drama20201 mins

Dante receives a life-changing call from his mother.

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BackpackBackpack

Drama20217 mins

A girl struggles to come home with a backpack that only gets heavier each step of the way.

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NestorNestor

Animation & Artists Moving Image20196 mins

Nestor lives in an unstable houseboat which never stops oscillating.

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Stolen.Stolen.

Animation & Artists Moving Image20213 mins

Where do stolen items go?

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Thought CabinetThought Cabinet

Horror20218 mins

An experimental short about a man trapped in his own mind who is forced to confront his most disturbing fantasies.

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TrafficTraffic

Drama202011 mins

After a loved one's funeral, all Ryan wants to do is play pool, but his money-motivated friend has a few lifts to do first.

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You Look FineYou Look Fine

Drama20214 mins

Syd attends a doctor's appointment while coping with PTSD symptoms following a recent incident of sexual assault.