MIDNIGHT SHORTS competition directed to Polish and worldwide artists – students, amateurs, independent – that explore horror, dark comedy and absurd experiment genres in their work.
Zmiana Klimatu, ul. Warszawska 6
ticket: 20 zł: bilety.bok.bialystok.pl
director: Andreas Nilsson
director of photography: Lasse Frank
music: Hans Appelqvist
United Kingdom, Ukraine, 2022, 10’
A young man faces the wrath of a family of criminals that target people who are famous on the internet and extort money from them. When their scheme fails, the plan to kill him takes an unexpected turn.
IN THE FLESH
director: Daphne Gardner
director of photography: Remington Long
USA, 2022, 13’
Tracey is just trying to jerk off with her bathtub faucet like normal when some old memories dredge themselves up, the pipes explode with dirty water, and she starts leaking black goo.
directors: Kilian Feusi, Jessica Meier, Sujanth Ravichandran
music: Esteban Umiglia, Emanuel Meshvinski
Switzerland, 2022, 4’
Bob the plumber is hired to fix a broken pipe and lands to his surprise in a gay fetish club.
CRAZY CRABS FROM OUTER SPACE
director: Magdaleena Jakkila
director of photography: Aleksis Riehakainen
music: Eliel Tammiharju
Finland, 2022, 23’
Pirjo, still stuck in her past, gets kidnapped by her pet crab Sebastian who turns out to be an alien. Sebastian wants to save her since the world is about to end at 10 o’clock today. However, Pirjo refuses to leave the planet without a memento of her beloved Ester and Sebastian won’t leave without Pirjo. The clock is ticking.
WE FORGOT ABOUT ZOMBIES
director: Chris McInroy
director of photography: E. J. Enriquez
USA, 2022, 4’
Two dudes think they found the cure for zombie bites.
director: Jacen Tan
music: Andrew Ngin
Singapore, 2022, 6’
Everyone hates cockroaches, but have you ever wondered why? This is an experimental silent film which starts off as a romantic noir but turns into something very different.
A man who gets high from stomping on cockroaches meets a girl with the same fetish in this stylish, exhilarating neo-noir fantasy-turned-nightmare.
director: Nathan Ginter
director of photography: Shane Bagwell
USA, 2022, 9’
On the way home from school, a young girl runs into a mysterious salesman who looks to instill the fear of financial insecurity and coerce her into selling fashion magazines for him.
director: Nick Roney
director of photography: Chris Ripley
USA, 2022, 10’
Fleeing a long term relationship, a young man seeks refuge with his best friends. After discovering their strange instruments, he’ll learn the bachelor lifestyle is not as sweet as it sounds.
director: Andrew Rutter
director of photography: Richard O’Hare
music: Jo Paterson
United Kingdom, 2022, 12’
A man makes a gargantuan discovery when meeting his biological father for the first time.
A FOLDED OCEAN
director: Benjamin E. Brewer
director of photography: Ben Brewer
USA, 2022, 13’
A man and a woman get lost in each other.
director: Kara Strait
director of photography: Riley Nightingale
USA, 2021, 13’
An isolated young woman uses her vibrator compulsively – until it starts deforming her body in disturbing ways. To regain control and change the way she masturbates, she goes on a journey through a lurid underground of corporate neurologists and orgasm gurus, none of whom seem to have her best interests in mind. Ultimately, there’s little she can do to withstand her vibrator’s eerie influence.
director: Ruwan Heggelman
director of photography: Arend Bruijn
music: Eron Sheean
The Netherlands, 2022, 6’
Unknowingly, a girl enters the habitat of a tribe of killer gnomes during her daily run. Lured by mysterious glowing mushrooms, she’ll soon wish she’d stayed on her usual tracks…
I CALL UPON THEE
director: Michael Anthony Kratochvil
director of photography: Mark Kenfield
Australia, 2021, 14’
Two young sisters from a broken family chant an ominous summoning ritual in the hopes that it might help improve their bleak lives.
SHINY NEW WORLD
director: Jan van Gorkum
directors of photography: Luuk de Kok & Jan Veldhuizen
The Netherlands, 2021, 9’
Fifty-year-old Barry is a special kind of cleaner: he cleans crime scenes where demons have wreaked havoc. While making a corporate film about his work, a normal working day for Barry gets out of hand in a bloody way.
director: Vedran Rupic
director of photography: Lionel Cabrera
music: Gustav Jennefors
Sweden, 2021, 14’
Stefan is lonely with a blinding ambition to make friends. One day he stumbles upon a diamond in the woods. Unable to reach it, the solution presents itself in the form of an even smaller man.