As technology allows greater access to short films as well as filmmaking tools, an increasing number of people are turning to short filmmaking as a form of expression and an opportunity to explore creative freedom. Within the submissions we received this year we saw a wave of truly original and outrageously distinctive films united by their uncompromised spirit.
Below you will find our short film program for 2023. All our screenings are free of charge. Seating is limited so we have added a ticket booking function to each program.
Friday May 5th at 11am, Portmagee Community Centre
In the worst of times, science conquers death. A micronation of bio-titans is created -- a new breed of loveless asexual immortal men built to fit the golden ratio Phi 1.618. They prepare to leave behind the toxic planet Earth and colonize the Cosmos on board a colossal spaceship. The female sex has become obsolete as immortal men do not procreate. They will take on board only a single female body, a
translucent Sleeping Beauty, kept minimally alive as a curious testament of the extinct past.
The immortal calligrapher Krypton is tasked to create an indestructible copy of the entire bio-titanic written heritage. He must copy all existing books but one. If copied, that book will bedevil the universe. As Krypton is about to toss the forbidden book in an incinerator, it transforms into a wickedly feisty punk girl named Gargara.
She challenges Krypton to wake up Sleeping Beauty with a kiss. Krypton tries but fails. His kiss is powerless. They need a super potent miracle balm called Kykeon. To get it, they embark on a dangerous journey through a Boschian wasteland. On the road, they bump into Karbon 666, a vengeful lone-wolf terrorist who is on his way to blow up the spaceship. Krypton and Gargara find themselves in a frantic race against time. They need to bring Sleeping Beauty back to life and save the fairytale before it turns into a raging nightmare.
Directed by Theodore Ushev
Running Time 1:34
Friday May 5th at 1pm, Portmagee Community Centre
As the world nears a precipice of suffering, technology has become the answer to our problems. It seems that even with the greatest discoveries we still haven't figured out how to fix some of the main problems that plague humanity. Some people refer to this ceiling as the matrix, an invisible hand that puppets our every move on this planet. Melissa Tittl, investigative journalist and filmmaker never really thought anything of this concept until a personal experience that haunted her. It became a journey to unravel an ancient code in the tombs of the pharaohs, the temple walls and ancient sites all over the world. She uncovers not only one code but two.
One code that we use today in our current mathematical systems and a second code that hints at something more ancient and much more profound. A computer programer warns her, "If you are in a simulation and you are asking these questions who ever simulated you, isn't going to let you get this far. " Putting danger aside, she pursues her mission. She interviews geneticists, archeologists, biblical scholars, quantum physicists that have all picked up the same code in all their work. Could this be the next part of our evolution? Melissa weaves together profound evidence that our greatest human potential is hidden in plain sight, waiting for us to understand how the universe really works.
Directed by Helen Greenia, Brendan Gabriel Murphy, Kieran Murphy
Running Time: 1:27
Real! A Ghostbusters Tale
Friday May 5th at 3pm, Portmagee Community Centre
REAL! is a non-profit film project made by and for all the Ghostbusters fans. The fan movie is set in the Eternal City where three physics students unexpectedly find themselves dealing with supernatural problems, when they discover that the only apartment they can afford is haunted by terrifying otherworldly presences. Will the theories elaborated over thirty years before be able to save them from the unspeakable horrors that await them?
Directed by Cristian Calabretta & Edoardo Stoppacciaro
Running Time: 1:35
Infinitum: Subject Unknown
Friday May 5th at 5pm, Portmagee Community Centre
Jane is trapped in an unknown world with endless possibilities. She has to discover a way to access them and alter her reality before she is destined to repeat the same test over and over again, Ad Infinitum.
Directed by Matthew Butler-Hart
Running Time: 1:25
Descendants of Order 66
Friday May 5th at 7pm, Portmagee Community Centre
"It is a dark time for the fallen Republic. Despite the extinction of the Jedi Order, a few Jedi still live. Outlawed and hunted by the Empire, they live alone, hiding in the darkness. And even 19 years after the Emperor's order to kill all Jedi, Vader's pursuit is still relentless. After the murder of his father, young Naboo Galve Mepur learns of his true origins. He sets out to find an old ally, the deserted clone warrior Tio Man, and finds himself caught in the middle of the conflict between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. Meanwhile, fallen Padawan Nilas Dihr'thu, under the influence of a thousand-year-old Sith artefact, prepares for his final test. To uncover the artifact's diabolical secrets, he has no choice but to tread paths no one has ever trod before... With the Force as his ally."
Directed by Lars Boehl
Running Time: 2:00