One of the most important organs in the body, the HEART keeps our blood pumping and oxygen levels in check. For centuries it’s also been linked to one of the strongest and most complex human emotions: love.
Love is all around us, and comes in many forms: from romance to friendship, family bonds to the love we feel for our pets. This touching program showcases stories about learning how to love ourselves, the excitement of a summer adventure with your best mates, to the exhilaration of a first kiss.
Open up your HEART and fall in love with these beautiful short films.
(S) - Student film
(W) - Welsh premiere
(UK) - UK premiere
Dir. Valerie Kao | USA | 0:04:40 (S) (UK)
Two kids venture into the woods in search of the infamous spirit known as "The Lady".
Dir. Linnéa Haviland | Sweden | 0:01:51
Voices in a crowd stir violent emotions, microaggressions bring up past traumas. Then a turning shifts the emotional landscape...
Dir. Patricia Wenger | Switzerland | 0:05:52 (S) (W)
Where People meet, brave ones discover that with enough trust pupil become door knobs and in doing so worlds open where horizons dissolve into nothing - the movie tells eight short stories about friendship.
Dir. Ben Mitchell | UK | 0:02:00
First impressions are so important.
Dir. Mickaël DUPRÉ | France | 0:12:36
Marion would like to go sledding on the hill of her childhood, she brings her brother in the mountain in order to find it once more.
A DOG BY YOUR SIDE
Dir. Selina Wagner | UK | 0:01:58 (W)
The key moments in a woman’s life with her faithful companion by her side every step of the way.
Dir. Greg Holfeld | Australia | 0:04:42 (UK)
A story about giving and receiving, art and work, life and death, and things made from lumps of clay.
Dir. Efa Blosse-Mason | UK | 0:07:11 (UK)
A magical animated tale about queer love and a boat made of leaves.
AT FIRST SIGHT
Dir. Sjaak Rood | Netherlands | 0:16:10 (W)
A man and a woman drive straight towards one another. They hit the breaks just in time and come to a standstill, facing each other. They're both too stubborn to give way to the other. A life story begins.
...AND THEN SHE KISSED ME
Dir. Alexia Khodanian | USA | 0:02:06 (S) (W)
A love story between two girls who find happiness in each other. Inspired by the re-interpretation of a classic rock song, "And Then He Kissed Me."
Dir. David James Holloway & Samuel Lawrence | UK | 0:04:45 (W)
A boy reminisces about his first love.
AT THE OTHER END OF THE TABLE
Dir. Lise Remon | France | 0:03:18 (S)
He tries to talk to her again. As usual, she seems very distant. But how can that be? She’s only at the other end of the table.
Dir. Paul E. Cabon | France | 0:14:14 (W)
Bastien and his two friends enter the forbidden area.
In the ruins and the toxic haze, something is waiting...