Welcome to Short Cuts, our annual showcase of short films from rising stars in French and Francophone cinema. The 2021 collection of six short films plus a bonus title, includes one César nominee and winners from such festivals as Clermont-Ferrand, Angers Premiers-Plans and covers a wide range of genres, from documentary, animation to a slice-of-life realism, with some wildly experimental film-making and a home-grown comedy thrown in for good measure.
The selection was curated by Martine Pierquin and Sylvia Davidson and a student jury comprising: Amber Blanksma, University of Glasgow, Film and TV Studies; Annette Lordereau, University of Stirling, Literature and Film Studies; Noëmie Colin, University of Glasgow, Film and TV studies and Sally Jordan, University of Edinburgh, French and Film Studies.

The SHORT CUTS Programme will screen at:

     Ciné Lumière Sat 6 Nov (18:15) & Wed 10 Nov (20:20)

    Edinburgh Institut Français d’Ecosse Thu 25 Nov (18:45)

    Glasgow Alliance Française Thu 2 Dec (18:00)


Aïn Diab

At dawn on a Casablanca beach, a man goes across the sand with a metal detector, alone. He sifts the sand but finds nothing. As the light increases joggers and dog walkers appear but seem oblivious to the solitary figure. Filmed by Robin Fresson, Winner for best Cinematography for Le Petit, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2017.

Dir Ilias el Faris Dupui I 2019 I France I 8 mins I No dialogue I Agence belge du court-métrage


Jeanne, born in 1959 in Saigon, has a golden childhood, protected from the war raging between North and South Vietnam. Fascinated by horses, Jeanne rides a mare named Bach-Hông. But on April 30, 1975, the communists take over Saigon. Animation, documentary. Nominated for César Award for best animated short film 2021.

Dir Elsa Duhamel I 2019 I France I 19 mins I French with English subtitles I Fargo 

Locked out /Confinés Dehors

March 2020: a global pandemic hits humanity. In an empty, silent Paris, there remain urban ghosts such as Sarah, Nelson and Katia, who have no other choice but to be locked out. These people, forgotten in the health crisis, ask us: how to continue to survive in a world at a standstill? Documentary winner, Audience Prize, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2021; selected for the International Competition, Cracow International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Poland, 2021.

Dir Julien Goudichaud I 2020 I France I 24 mins I French with English subtitles I Mon Ballon Productions

Genius Loci

One night, Reine, a young loner, sees among the urban chaos a moving oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide. Animation. Nominated for Best Animated Short Film, Academy Awards 2021 Winner, Prix des bibliothécaires, Festival Premier Plans d’Angers, 2020

Dir Adrien Mérigeau I 2020 I France I 16 mins I French with English subtitles I Agence du court métrage


Constrain /Contraindre

We are all prisoners of a nationality, a social condition, a gender or a skin colour, which police and state repression force us to resign ourselves to. This experimental documentary shows us how bodies suffer constraint and humiliation through the blows they receive. Selected for the Opening Scenes Section, Visions du réel Festival of Non-Fiction Filmmaking, Switzerland 2021.

Dirs Antoine Fontaine, Galdric Fleury I 2020 I France I 11 mins I French with English subtitles | Agence du court métrage


As they drive home to the suburbs late at night, Mourad and Harrison accidentally meet Marcel, an elderly man of Vietnamese origin. Winner, Adami Award for best actor, Harrison Mpaya, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2021

Cast Harrison Mpaya, Mourad Boudaoud, Hiep Tran Nghia

Dir Maximilian Badier-Rosenthal I 2020 I France I 23 mins I French with English subtitles | Agence du court métrage

The Day Before

Young office worker Ian is somewhat unrealistic about things. This is his last day in his dull office job before he heads off for his summer holiday. Completely absorbed by this prospect, he spends his time daydreaming, every detail of his bleak office environment turning into one of the delights to come. However, Ian’s expectations begin to take on a life of their own. Nominated for Best Comedy at the Unrestricted View Festival (UK), 2021.

Dir Julien longchamp I 2020 I UK I 12 mins I No dialogue I Julien Longchamp

French director Julien Longchamp is based in Edinburgh and will be present at the screenings in Scotland

Screening with The Sleeping Car Murders at Edinburgh Summerhall

Belle Etoile

At 35 years old, Thu Yen comes to France from Vietnam to be married but there is no sign of her future husband when she arrives. Her chance encounter with hotel cleaner Marianne completely changes the course of her life. Valérie Leroy, who presented her César-nominated short film Let Me Dance at FFFUK 2019, devises the tale as a captivating musical with words and music by Clément Doumic.

Director Valérie Leroy I 2019 I France I 22 mins Print source Agence du court métrage

Cast Leanna Chea, Camille le Gall


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