With Exeter Phoenix’s #2ShortNights Film Festival underway and following the first International Screening: Panorama, it was time for the festival’s second batch of shorts in, International Screening 2: Overwhelming, Uncontrollable, Frenzied.
As with Panorama, there was an eclectic mix of shorts on offer but the second screening started with Boris Seewald’s, Momentum. A kinetic short about self-discovery that wouldn’t look out of place advertising a certain tortilla crisp that rhymes with burritos. That’s not necessarily a criticism, despite it making me want to stuff my face it also made me want to dance. And I hate date dancing.
Momentum had a certain charm, which, if I’m honest, wasn’t matched by anything else, although there certainly were some interesting shorts to follow.
Democracia, a comedy about a daring plan to keep staff morale high was very amusing, as was the exceedingly short short, Felix; a film which is beautifully summed up by it’s synopsis, simply put; ‘Every action has a reaction’.
Then there was, Green Fuzz, which displayed an enchanting visual flair but was let-down by a ropey male lead.
But with that said, Overwhelming, Uncontrollable, Frenzied ended on a high, with Cold Star, a short film about a chance encounter at a swimming pool, which leads a young man to experience new desires. And it didn’t hurt that it featured a rather catchy tune.
With over 400 submissions, the team behind Exeter’s #2ShortNights, certainly appear to have put together a varied and entertaining bunch of screenings.
As with Panorama, after Overwhelming, Uncontrollable, Frenzied had concluded, the audience were invited to choose their favourite short from the 13 screened, for the Audience Award, which will be announced at the festival’s premiere on Friday 13th. For more information on the shorts screened in Overwhelming, Uncontrollable, Frenzied, checkout the Festival’s website.
#2ShortNights takes place at the Exeter Phoenix on December 12 and 13. Check out the times and book your tickets.