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This year's Shorts programme boasts thematic selections that cut across fiction and documentary forms. We invite you to join us on a varied and stimulating short film pilgrimage...

This year's programme meanders through folklore and landscape themes (Strange Latitudes), mesmeric and delirious states (Rapture and Revelation); examines personal terrains cerebral and vibrant by turns (Sacred Objects); and sets forth a curatorial experiment in the form of a movie collage.

The McLaren Award, sponsored by the British Council, is a tantalising review which takes the pulse of contemporary British Animation. The competition features the most exciting practitioners working in Britain today as well as showcasing the best Graduate films. On hand to present the 24th McLaren Award is legendary animator Richard Williams – who is also the focus of a special retrospective in honour of his 80th Birthday.

International Animation fills two screenings: Narrative, short films from around the world; and Overture, a medley of films inspired by music. EIFF’s former Animation programmer, the late Scott Ward, is remembered with a selection of short animation personally selected by his partner Minttu Mäntynen in a special screening entitled Scott Ward: A Celebration.

If you're looking for something unique at this year's Festival, check out the Black Box strand: EIFF’s dedicated platform for experimental and artists’ film. The strand features 38 short films across four themed programmes, providing a rare opportunity to experience some of the most innovative and challenging work currently emerging from the art world and the experimental film scene. Patterns and Repetitions represents a broad approach to the aesthetics of repetition and the relationship between stillness and motion. Bodily Encounters features ten short film portraits of the cinematic body.

Documentary is also repesented in the Shorts strand with events like Bridging the Gap featuring four new short documentaries from four corners of Scotland. The lives of young people are also documented in Surreal Selves: a series of shorts about intensity and intangibility of youthful perception. Families can enjoy a warm-up to the Family Gala, Monsters University, with our exclusive selection of Shorts: For the Family

Quiet contemplation gives way to intense perceptual overload in this year's selection of shorts, a place where playful narratives collide with documentaries about our relationship with space and place. Michael Haneke’s Funny Games meets its remake and Night of the Hunter is hauntingly reworked. EIFF regulars Robert Todd and Makino Takashi are joined by a host of new and emerging artists from around the world in this exciting, diverse and arresting selection of films.

Alongside the feature screening of Lee Hyun-jung's Virgin Forest (Wonsirim) we are showing 2 exciting shorts from South Korea. Day Trip, from acclaimed director Park Chan-wook, tells the story of a young woman and an old man out on a mountain hike. Who are this couple, why are they on this journey, and what are they doing? The other, Homo Coreanicus (Han-Bok-Ja), directed by Yang Ik-je, tells the story of a group of travellers stranded inside a bus station somewhere in Korea. A crisp, taut, and engrossing film.

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