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In Short, Europe: Awakening

EUNIC London in collaboration with the European Union Delegation to the UK, LEEDS 2023 and Leeds International Film Festival is pleased to present the fifth edition of In Short, Europe short film festival, taking place in Leeds, 21 – 22 April 2023 and in London, 12-13 May 2023.

This edition, entitled Awakening, is organised into four strands: Explore, Grow, Surround and Dream and invites you to imagine new beginnings, reflect on your past experiences and dare to dream of a brighter future.

The programme has been curated by Ellie Hales and Alex King, Film Programmer and Programming Manager respectfully, with Leeds International Film Festival.

Curator’s Note:

Short films have the ability to open our eyes and minds to new stories, giving us a glimpse into lives different from our own. This collection of short films from 24 different European countries serves not only to awaken the audience to new perspectives, but shows the characters and narratives of each film experiencing their own awakenings too.

From the comfort of a beautiful Croatian forest to the bustling streets of Glasgow on a Saturday night, from an isolated summer house in the French countryside to an apartment block in the bitterly cold Romanian winter.

These films transport you to another country, expose you to a different culture and serve as a reminder that although we all have so many differences, we all have the same ability to dream.

The films are presented in four programmes:

Explore looks at sexuality and identity, expressing who we are and challenging preconceptions.

Surround encourages us to look at what is all around us, the people we encounter and the damage we inflict on our environment.

Grow evokes the feelings we develop during our formative years and how our opinions and relationships change as we age.

Dream is a chance to reflect on our lives and wish for a brighter future. I hope you enjoy the festival and leave each screening feeling inspired and revived.

Ellie Hales

For the full programme & tickets visit Leeds International Film Festival here.

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