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Arrow Video FrightFest announces 2019 Short Film Programme
By James Whittington, Friday 9th August 2019
Short Film Showcase

From unseen forces to dangerous desires, from the remorseful living to the remorseless dead, from under the earth to creepy closed doors, Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 continues the festival's fine tradition of showcasing the best in global genre short filmmaking.

This year's five continent selection unleashes the newest creations from both upcoming and established filmmakers and embraces a record fifteen UK films, seven spotlighted selections from Canada and a breakthrough entry from The United Arab Emirates.

Homegrown talent continues to energise the UK film industry, as reflected in this year's entries. There's Folk Horror (Wither, Marianne) and Body Horror (This Little Death, The History of Nipples), whilst lethal women lurk around every corner in Sleep Tight, Under the Parasol and Dog Skin. Katie Bonham returns with ticking terror thriller Midnight and Josefa Celestin is back with the darkly apocalyptic Tomorrow Might Be the Day.

Another fearsome futuristic tale is Old Beginnings, while unseen danger lurks in The Game of the Clock and The Dead Ones starring Vinette Robinson. There's also danger of the male predatory kind in Patron, starring Far from The Madding Crowd's Jamie Lee-Hill, and in The Cunning Man (starring Games of Thrones' Simon Armstrong and actor/magician Ali Cook), magic takes on a macabre animalistic twist. And in the sinister Service, you don't always get what you're trying to pay for...

Canada is a spotlight country this year, with seven stellar entries. Watch in horror as a scientific experiment test a couple's relationship with food in Five Course Meal, while two young women have a strange addiction and hobby in Glitter's Wild Women. Isolation can bring out strange creatures in Hunting Season but too many friends can bring trouble in One in Two People. Some people take big risks to make a living in Re-Possessed Homes, and the elderly find themselves at inadvertent risk in Torching the Dusties. And you've never seen advertising quite like The Video Store Commercial.

From other corners of the world, dangerous people roam the Australian highway in The Hitchiker, babysitting has its creepy drawbacks in Japanese entry Hana; from Finland comes 'grave' dangers in Abyssus and from the United Arab Emirates, a con artist picks the wrong house to conduct an exorcism in Makr.

The US provides four gripping tales: Jill Gevargizian is back with One Last Meal, starring Matt Mercer, Izzy Lee directs The Obliteration of the Chickens, hunger can get you into big trouble in Toe and psychopathic animal behaviour reaches a violent conclusion in Pig.

Programmer Shelagh Rowan-Legg said today, "I never cease to be amazed at the range and quality of short films we are fortunate to screen at Arrow Video FrightFest. The fantastic genres allow filmmakers to let their imaginations soar, and in our shorts programmes, you will see films that will delight and amaze, films that will make you laugh, a few that will make you cry, and several that will have you cowering in fear."

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