British Shorts Film Festival

Festival Opening and Film Screenings
Concert: La Tourette


English /  Screening approx. 90 min / Concert approx. 60 min

Even (and especially) in the year of the looming Brexit, British Shorts provides a platform for film perspectives outside the mainstream, bringing internationally prize-winning short films to Berlin’s screens. The festival includes numerous world and German premieres – from drama, comedy, animation, documentary, experimental film, music video, thriller to horror. As part of the festival opening at HAU2 the nominations for the jury award will be presented, as well as a cross-section featuring works from all the genres.


The line-up of films:

Black Sheep (Documentary), Dir: Ed Perkins, 26:00

Cornelius discovers his new town is run by racists and takes a drastic step to survive. Oscar Short List 2019! Winner Sheffield Doc Award 2018.

Five by Five (Drama), Dir: Kate Herron, 23:00

BBC mini series: Five chance encounters which question identity and change perceptions. Starring Idris Elba (“Prometheus”).

Three Centimetres (Drama), Dir: Lara Zeidan, 9:00

Four Lebanese girls go on a Ferris wheel ride to make their friend feel better about her breakup. Their conversation drifts to a less fun place. Teddy Award Winner, Berlinale 2018.

The Witch’s Mask (Animation), Dir: Laura N-Tamara, 4:31

A man goes back to see his dying mother. But what do you do when your mother is a murderous deity?

Garfield (Drama), Dir: Georgie Banks-Davies, 13:00

Krishna wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. As she pieces together how she got there, she realises that the reasons may be bigger than just the night before. Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2018.

Baby Gravy (Comedy), Dir: Marley Morrison, 12:00

In a rural Pub restaurant on a busy motorway, same-sex couple Brona and Alex await the arrival of a man called Karl.

No Black in the Union Jack (Music Video), Dir: Ebony Bones, 4:37

“Let's talk about the black people in the UK, shall we?” – Music video for the current album “Nephilim” by British musician, producer and actress Ebony Bones.


Following the opening screening we are celebrating the start into an exciting week of films with a concert by La Tourette. The two musicians are both familiar from earlier incarnations: Pianist and singer Tonia Reeh created unique artful noise as Monotekktoni, and under her given name she released impressive albums such as “Boykiller.” Rudi Fischerlehner has already played drums in so many groups that it’s hard to keep track. Their first joint album “The Great Mickey Mouse Swindle” (solaris empire) is just teeming with rapid changes in tempo and style.

“Demanding, pressing, impatient. That is, urgently necessary in the midst of wishy-washy wellness pop.” (Christina Mohr, Kaputt Mag).


Tickets (Screening + Concert): 10 €

Tickets only Concert: 6 € (depending on availability at box office after 22:00)

The complete British Shorts Festival programme from 17–23 January – with all screenings, concerts, parties, a film workshop that includes a 48 hours film challenge and is for free, an exhibition, an open screening, and talks at HAU, Sputnik Kino, Acudkino, City Kino Wedding and Kino Zukunft can be found on


  • Past
    Thu 17.1.2019, 20:00 / HAU2


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