TEEN SPIRIT

Being young has its usual problems, but this collection of shorts offers us an insight into the lives of young people whose problems are not always that conventional. Facing the world around them, their circumstances or their communities takes bravery and spirit that only teenagers dare to have.

AN EVERYDAY ACT

UK

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Written & Directed by Gavin Scott-Whitfield
Produced by Jennifer Monks

Language: English
Duration: 20 mins
Fiction    

With one terrible act, 12-year-old Eric leaves his childhood behind in a bid to help his family survive.

Twitter: @producerjenny
Website: penciltrickproductions.com

BOUNDARY

UK

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Written & Directed by Edgar Kyebanakolanga
Produced by Sam Barnett & Edgar Kyebanakolanga

Language: English
Duration: 8 mins
Fiction // Yorkshire   

When young Rio falls in love with young Shana they are both faced with cultural and religious boundaries that threaten their relationship.

Facebook: facebook.com/Boundary-Short
Website: hiddenpicturesnorth.com/boundary

BULLDOG

UK

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Written & Directed by Kieran Stringfellow
Produced by Tasha Williams

Language: English
Duration: 7 mins
Fiction    

After spending the night in a cell, a rough sleeper has a score to settle.

Twitter: @blockbfilms

HAMDA

UAE

Hamda

Directed & Produced by Ilona Szekeres

Language: English
Duration: 10 mins
Documentary    

Formula 1 is one of the few sports in the world that allows women to compete against men. The film follows Hamda, a 17-year-old strong and determined young Emirati Formula 4 race car driver as strives for success.

HOLLIE’S DRESS

CANADA

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Directed by Annie Sakkab
Produced by Annie Sakkab & Paul Lee

Language: English
Duration: 25 mins
Documentary    

As 14-year-old Hollie sews her first dress with her mother, she faces the decision all Mennonite girls must make as they reach adulthood: Will she put on the dress and become a full member of the Mennonite church, assuming her role as a mother, or will she choose to join the wider world?

Instagram: @anniesakkab
Website: anniesakkab.com/hollies-dress

MERMAID

IRAN

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Written, Directed & Produced by Saber Mostafapour

Language: Persian
Duration: 15 mins
Fiction // Queer    

Milad has had to escape home and school in order to preserve her identity as a transgirl, but when three of her classmates discover her living amongst ruins, their intentions seek to dehumanise and humiliate her.

Instagram: @agsetfilm

NORTHERN BALLERS

UK

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Directed by Rhys Aaron Lewis
Produced by Rebecca Mark-Lawson & Daria Nitsche

Language: English
Duration: 18 mins
Documentary // Yorkshire

All Andy and Ben want to do is play basketball. When they join the under 16s league the boys and their new teammates take on opponents from around Yorkshire, and the challenges of growing up in inner-city Leeds.

Instagram: @rhysaaronlewis
Website: rhysaaronlewis.com
Website: tykefilms.com/work-tyke-films

SABA

IRAN

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Written, Directed & Produced by Mohammad Reza Khavari

Language: Persian
Duration: 13 mins
Fiction // Queer

In the course of Iran’s ban on women’s presence in football stadiums, Saba disguises herself as a boy to sneak into the stadium at her father’s suggestion.

Facebook: facebook.com/Saba-short-film

SCRUM

UK

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Written & Directed by Kate Graham
Produced by Kate Graham & Margot Douglas

Language: English
Duration: 13 mins
Fiction // Yorkshire

A single mother struggles to come to terms with her teenage daughter’s love of rugby league.

Twitter: @kate_graham_