BIFA Best British Shorts x Chapeltown Picture House
Screening the Best British Short 2021 nominees

Date: 5 Jul 2022
Time: 18:30
Location: Chapeltown Picture House
50 Red Bank, Manchester, M4 4HF
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We're thrilled to be partnering with BIFA to bring some of the UK’s best short films to the big screen again - this time we will be at Chapeltown Picture House in Manchester!

Join our BFI NETWORK team and filmmakers from across the North from 6.30pm on Tuesday, 5 July for this special screening of the five BIFA 2021 nominated short films, networking and more. Tickets cost £3 and include a free drink. If you have any questions about the event, do get in touch with our team. 

Full screening programme details are below. 

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We will also be hosting a filmmaker roundtable ahead of the screening at 5pm so if you'd like to book one of the 8 spaces and chat to one of our BFI NETWORK Talent Executives and Play it Safe's writer/director Mitch Kalisa, click here.

Note: If you want to enter your film into the running for the title of Best British Short Film at the 2022 BIFA Awards, check out BIFA's Rules and Eligibility page for more info. 

Shorts Line Up

EGÚNGÚN (MASQUERADE), UK 2021 (15 min)

Director/Writer: Olive Nwosu |  Producer: Alex Polunin

Cast: Sheila Chukwulozie, Teniola Aladese

In search of healing, a young woman returns home to Nigeria, the country of her birth.

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FEMME (WINNER) UK 2021, (18 min)

Director/Writer: Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping | Producers: Sam Ritzenberg, Hayley Williams, Rienjke Attoh

Cast: Paapa Essiedu, Harris Dickinson

Jordan is a femme gay man - a label he wears proudly. But every time he steps out of the house with his lipstick on he remembers his dad’s stark warning: the world will always be a dangerous place for a boy like him….

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Director: Ida Melum, Writers: Laura Jayne Tunbridge, Hannah Kelso | Producer: Danielle Goff

Cast: Jessica Dennis, Stephen Fry

When a power cut ruins Ruby's bedtime routine, she finds herself haunted by some unwanted guests. The only way for Ruby to get a peaceful night of sleep is to confront her visitors.

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PLAY IT SAFE, UK 2020 (13 min)

Director/Writer: Mitch Kalisa | Producer: Chris Toumazou

Cast: Jonathan Ajayi, Heather Heather, Kate Ovenden, Charlie O’Connor, Louis Richards, Grace Daly, Lauren Raisbeck, Emily Seale Jones

Out of place in his middle-class drama school and pigeonholed for a role as a Black hoodlum, Jonathan decides to demonstrate to his peers that their unconscious racism is just as impactful as those who wear their intolerance proudly.

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PRECIOUS HAIR & BEAUTY, UK 2021 (11 min)

Director/Writer: John Ogunmuyiwa | Producers: Sophia Gibber, Tony Longe, Lene Bausager

Cast: Tomi Ogunjobi

An ode to the mundanity and madness of the high street, told through the window of an African hair salon

Programme runtime: 68 mins

This event is presented in partnership with BIFA and Chapeltown Picture House.

Image credits: (1) Egúngún (2) Night Of The Living Dread