Teen Spirit Shorts

  • USA, UK, Germany, Greece, Australia /
  • 87 mins

From a dark German fable to skateboarders passionate about pickles, these shorts challenge stereotypes of young people.

This versatile programme of shorts handpicked by EIFF's Young Programming Team are the best international short films exploring the lives of young people today. Meet rebellious cheerleaders and singing emos, observe conflicts that cross both the schoolyard and the battlefield, and immerse yourself in journeys that are bittersweet and hilarious by turns. [12A]

Susana Casares/USA/2013/14 min
Religion and high school acceptance collide in this drama about a Muslim teenager’s struggle with cheerleading. Headstrong and strikingly executed.

Half Sour
Sean McGing, Mary Anne Rothberg/USA/2013/16 min
Young skateboarders find solace in each other when they group together to run a New York based pickle business. A warm, insightful documentary about brotherhood.

Letter From An Old Boy
Michael J Ferns/UK/2014/10 min
Heart wrenching and atmospheric, the stories of orphaned Scottish soldiers in the First World War are told through the genuine letters addressed to a Moray children’s home.

Moritz and the Woodwose (Moritz und der Waldschrat)
Bryn Chainey/Germany/2013/20 min
When a young boy ventures into the woods, he meets a creature with the ability to solve all of his deepest problems. Dark, thought provoking, and ceaselessly impressive.

Schoolyard (Proavlio)
Rinio Dragasaki/Greece/2013/10 min
Sometimes the innocent school playground battle can mean a whole lot more under the surface. A beguiling and colourful film with an array of definitions.

Emo (the musical)
Neil Triffett/Australia/2013/16 min
A dark-souled emo falls for the Christian do- gooder girl in this endlessly funny musical about high school life and acceptance.

2014 Archive

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