Celebrate International Women’s Day by joining us for a screening of a premium selection of short films telling the most inspiring stories about women and girls from around the world. Programme includes 8 festival favourites – films from Wales to Pakistan, from swimmers to activists. Inspiration guaranteed!
Total run time: 95 minutes
SYNOPSIS OF FILMS
Life of Pie
Singletrack shredders and pizza chefs Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller have transformed their town into a mountain biking hotspot with their Hot Tomato Café. It wasn’t easy at first — some conservative residents weren’t quite ready for their “lifestyle.” But they are now indispensable members of the community.
Run time: 11 minutes 25 seconds
Created by: Felt Soul Media
Life is hard in remote northern Pakistan – especially for women, who face significant cultural, economic, and geographic barriers to opportunity and education. For the first time, girls in the region are challenging tradition for their right to go to school.
Run time: 12 minutes 30 seconds
Director: Kathryn Everett
My Mom Vala
Rivers run through Vala Árnadóttir’s blood and she’s teaching her daughter Mathilda everything she knows. This short film paints the fantastical and mysterious country of Greenland through Mathilda’s fantasies and Vala’s eyes.
Run time: 9 minutes 45 seconds
Director: RC Cone
Once a swimming champion in Syria, now Sarah finds herself on a broken boat in the Mediterranean. She knows that this will be the most important race she will ever compete in. The prize – saving her own life and the life of her sister.
Run time: 3 minutes 52 seconds
Director: Boryana Ivanova
Katie Lee was many things: Hollywood starlet turned river rat, guitar-wielding folk singer, uncompromising defender of wilderness and mischievous rabble-rouser. This short film pays tribute to a life shaped by beauty, adventure and the sorrow of a paradise lost, but most of all by uninhibited passion.
Run time: 9 minutes 43 seconds
Created by: Felt Soul Media
Captures the journey of a 36-year-old suburban soccer mom and breast cancer survivor who decides to reclaim her body by covering her mastectomy scars with an elaborate tattoo. Directed by a recent breast cancer survivor and created by an all-female crew.
Run time: 16 minutes
Director: Rachel Pikelny
A strikingly intimate study of the great classical ballerina Marianela Nuñez as she dances to Nina Simone, choreographed by Will Tuckett.
Run time: 3 minutes 26 seconds
Director: Andrew Margetson
My Big White Thighs and Me
A young-ish woman has fallen out of love with her own body. Frustrated, she wishes they didn’t have to hang out quite so much. Committed to making a change she sets herself the simple goal of swimming in open water at least once a month for a year.