The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the most important short film institutions anywhere in the world. And every year after the festival, a special package of films travels to independent cinemas around the world.
Over the course of a year, Cape Town based Flamedrop Productions is responsible for a series of exciting Genre Film Festivals. Over the years The Bioscope has hosted many of them, namely HorrorFest, Celludriod (Sci-Fi and fantasy films), and Sound On Screen (music related films).
This year we decided to take the best of each festival, and present it as one amazing Genre Film Festival. Something fun for the end of the year!
Fri. 9 Dec – 7:30pm. Best Horrorfest Short Films BUY TICKETS
Total running time: 116 mins
MACABRE (Lisbon) SA HorrorFest Best Animated Short winner. This superb animated piece has a man enter a mysterious building after crashing his car on a backwater road late at night. His surreal evening has only just begun…Directed by Jerónimo Rocha, João Miguel Real. 20 mins
PORTAL TO HELL!!! (Canada) SA HorrorFest Best Ensemble Cast winner & special Legend Award for Roddy Piper. Hilarious short starring the late great wrestler Roddy Piper as a maintenance man who stumbles upon two old men opening a portal to hell in the building’s basement. Directed by Vivieno Caldinelli 13 mins
THE CHICKENING (USA / Canada) SA HorrorFest Funniest Short Film & -Sacrilege Award. An audacious but irresistibly wild and funny CGI-heavy remix of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson. Directed by Nick DenBoer & Dave Foss (and Stanley Kubrick of course). 5 mins.
QUENOTTES (Pearlies) (France / Luxembourg) SA HorrorFest Best Short Film, Best Director & -Best Screenplay winner. A brilliant tale of a man who returns to his childhood home with his son… where the real tooth mouse wants what it’s due at all cost…Directed by Pascal Thiebaux 13 mins
ARCANA (Portugal) SA HorrorFest Most Disturbing Short winner. A witch locked up in a dungeon cannot be confined. Directed by Jerónimo Rocha. 12 mins.
BEHIND (Spain) SA HorrorFest Most Creepy Award. A woman fears for her and her child’s life when a malevolent presence lurks behind them in photographs. Directed by Ángel Gómez Hernandez. 15 mins
MARKED (South Africa). A woman receives a Betamax tape in an unmarked envelope. After pulling an old player from the closet and watching it, the image of a moon leads to some shocking events. Directed by Paul A. Blom. 6 mins.
LIGHTS OUT (Sweden) SA HorrorFest Best Scare winner. Fantastic short chiller (which got picked up by the creator of the Saw & Conjuring series, and expanded into a full movie, which won Best Feature Film at the SA HorrorFest)Directed by David F. Sandberg. 3 mins.
PESANTA (Spain) SA HorrorFest Best Monsterwinner. A young nurse looking after her aunt discovers the state of paranoia experienced by the old lady due to sleep paralysis, eventually attacked by her own fears. Directed by Ángel Valera. 20 mins
GARGALESIS – The Tickle Killer (Germany) Loony German clip. Directed by Loffl Sascha. 2 mins
EAT MY SHIT (Spain) SA HorrorFest Gross-Out Award. Horridly funny short has a girl with a bit of an anatomical anomaly unable to avoid public scrutiny. Directed by Eduardo Casanova. 4 mins.
Documentary / music. Directed By: Fredrik Horn Akselsen, Christian Falch. 1hour 23min. BLACKHEARTS follows three black metal diehard fans from Colombia, Iran and Greece as they risk their life, end up in jail and sell their soul to Satan as they pursue the dream of bringing their band to the unholy birthplace of black metal — Norway. How far would you go for the music you love?
Sat. 10 Dec – 6pm- Placebo: Alt. Russia (2016) BUY TICKETS
Directed By: Charlie Targett-Adams. 1hour 7min. As the band Placebo approached their 20th anniversary they were given a unique opportunity to play ten cities throughout Russia. In a time when Russia was at the forefront of the world’s current affairs, little was actually reported outside the country about its internal culture.
Fronted by Placebo’s Stefan Olsdal, the film explores the alternative cultures in Russia’s major cities. As the tour travelled through the country the band went out and met artists, architects, animators and musicians, finding out about alternative creative scenes and celebrating all they have to offer. From Krasnoyarsk in Siberia to St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea, Placebo: Alt.Russia takes you on the band’s journey, meeting great characters on the way, investigating the alternative culture in Russia, and taking in the raw emotions of Placebo’s powerful concerts.
Documentary. Directed By: Shaun Colon. 1hour 28min. This feature length documentary film follows the early history of Fat Wreck Chords, from its founding by Fat Mike and his then wife Erin Burkett, through its cultural zenith in the late 1990′s.
Sun. 11 Dec- 2:30pm- Best Celludroid Short Films BUY TICKETS
Total running time: 123 mins
GETTING FAT IN A HEALTHY WAY (Germany / Bulgaria) Celludroid Best Comedic Short winner. This highly original short is set in a world where gravity is weak and skinny people fly into the sky, Constantine has never left the apartment, but one day the beautiful stewardess who moves into the building will change his life forever. Directed by Kevork Aslanyan. 22 mins
TITAN (Spain) Celludroid Best Dramatic Short winner. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the main stage of the Cronos Mission. Orpheus, one of the astronauts who have descended to its surface, is searching for organic life forms. This is his transcendent story. Directed by Álvaro González. 13 mins
GOLDEN SHOT (Turkey). Celludroid Best Digitally Animated Short winner. Incredibly emotional CG animated short has rusty machines living in their small houses, imagining the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan for that. Directed by Gökalp Gönen. 9 mins
SUPERJUAN, EL ORIGEN (Spain) Bizarre superhero comedy. Directed by Ruben Dene. 20 mins
TERMINATRYX – SHADOW (South Africa) Supernatural music video set around a seance – from Cape Town’s Terminatryx, Directed by Paul A. Blom & Sonja Ruppersberg. 5 mins
KUNG FURY (Sweden) Celludroid Best Action Short Film Winner winner The brilliant modern classic FX-laden ’80s cheese homage of a time traveling cop taking on Hitler is an absolute must-see. Directed by David Sandberg. 30 mins
LF IN TRANSITION (USA) Celludroid Best Hand Drawn Animation Short winner. Beautifully surreal cell animation from the man behind ‘Courage The Cowardly Dog’. Directed by John Dilworth 4 mins
UKA 3 min (Spain) Sweet stop animation has an artist discovering colour. Directed by Valle Comba Channels. 3 mins
EL PESCADOR (The Fisherman)(Spain / Hong Kong). Best CGI Winner. In Hong Kong, a fisherman’s luck changes when he catches something that does not belong to this world. Directed by Alejandro Suárez. 20 mins
Sun. 11 Dec – 5pm – Best X Flix Short Films BUY TICKETS
(from the X FEST EXTREME FILM FESTIVAL). 124 mins
FIST OF JESUS (Spain) Jesus is always willing to lend a hand to those in need. But, there are others… that will taste his fist! “Holy shit!” doesn’t come close to describing this far-out gore-fest! Directed by Adrián Cardona & Rafa Dengrá. 15 mins
OBSESSION (South Africa) A voyeur gets more than he bargained for. Directed by Paul A. Blom. 5 min
EVIL TWIN (Germany) Kick-ass action with a touch of sci-fi. Directed by Christian Pfeil. 12 mins
BLOODY LADY (Greece) A simple shave gets bloody. Directed by Dimitris Vavatsis. 4 mins
LA MIA CARNE (South Africa) A surreal (meaty) journey from Black Milk Productions. Directed by Ronnie Belcher & Thomas Dorman. 13 min
NO FACE (France). Amazingly crafted & ingenious movie with a dark theme has a photographer attempting to capture emotion. Directed by Mathilde Arnaud & Jean-Yves Arnaud. 8 mins.
MOCKING DEATH (France). What do you do when the Grim Reaper comes knocking at your door? Here are some tips. Directed by Norman Jangot & Victor Druillet. 3 mins
BARIKU LIGHT (Spain) The voracious hunger of a man watching TV reaches insane proportions(!) Directed by Asier Abio. 10 mins
THE LIVING DEAD – HOW TO SURVIVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (South Africa) While this seems self-explanatory, you may not expect the punchline…Directed by Jarrod Saunders 15 mins
1000 GRAMM (Germany) A film about Flesh. Flesh in all of its meanings! A story of two tragically colliding Worlds. Poor and Rich! The film reflects an unadorned view on the current circumstances of our reality, while the audience is flying through society like a ghost. A judging mindset is up to you! Directed by Tom Bevilogua 15 mins
BABY STEPS (United Kingdom) A newly-reborn zombie takes her first steps as a member of the undead – but how much of her old life does she remember? Directed by Stephen Graves. 3 mins
PLUG & PLAY (France) Directed by Davy Sihali. A man who created a website for male vengeance (publishing naked photos of their ex lovers) becomes a target, his whole life turned upside down. 20 mins
Sun. 11 Dec – 7:30pm – The Nature of Existence BUY TICKETS
Documentary. Directed By: Roger Nygard. 1hour 34min.
Filmmaker Roger Nygard roams the globe to the source of each of the world’s philosophies, religions, and belief systems. He interviews spiritual leaders, scholars, scientists, artists, pizza chefs, and others who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity.
Fantasy / Science Fiction Film. Directed By: Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence. 1hour 29min.
Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares – and darkest secrets – over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.
Thu. 15 Dec – 7:30pm – Escape from Tomorrow BUY TICKETS
Fantasy / Horror Film. Directed By: Randy Moore. 1hour 30min.
In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father’s sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday.