WFF_2023 Short List

Important Information for filmmakers

Below are the films that have been selected for the WFF_2023 Short List. 

This  Short List contains the films selected by the screening panel to be put forward for consideration by the Official Selection panel for the Official Selection (the films selected for screening), published on 4th November 2023. 

Please note that only films included in the WFF_2023 Official Selection are eligible for festival laurels

If your film or a film you represent is included in this Short List and the title or director’s name are not correct, please contact us at (using as subject matter: Correction to Long List 2023 + title of your film) so that we can correct it immediately. We know how important this is to you.

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WFF_2023 Short List

Feature Film Award

Better together | Anastasia Vasileva | Russian Federation

Bright House | Rouhollah Hejazi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Eleanor Slaughter | Chris Chan Roberson | United States

Flathead | Andrew Modeen | United States

Nowhere | Tim Seyfert | United Kingdom

Orbital | Maysam Hassanzade | Iran, Islamic Republic of

The Annoyed | Mehdi Fard Ghaderi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

The Lies We Tell Ourselves | Saara Lamberg | Australia

Traces | Dubravka Turic | Croatia

Best Foreign Short Film

Adieu Gaston | Victor Guilbaud | France

Alikija | Hamid Vatanparast| Iran, Islamic Republic of 

Anemone | Alicia Hernanpérez Hidalgo | Spain

Back & Forth | Che Chun Hei | Hong Kong

Bad blood | Mario Mariño Luezas, Jose Manuel Manero Hernández | Spain

Beyond the Sea | Hippolyte Leibovici | Belgium

Bodies | Dimitris Vrouvas | Greece

Bohemia by the Sea  | Diminik Enzi | Austria

Boxing Day | Leigh Schilling | Australia

Caged | Orestis Rouskas | Greece

Camping | Derek Quick | United States

Cleaner | Edwin Mullane | Ireland

Close | Markus Tolvo | Spain

Erosion | Maryam Ghasemi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Falling Up | Maryam Bakhtiari | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Field | Meijing Lü | China

Fixing Things | J. Prazak | Jan Prazak | Austria

Footsteps | Hamed Bahrami | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Fully Effaced | Sophie Artus | Israel

Gangrene | Ignacio Gil Toresano | Spain

God Level | César Tormo | Spain

Gray House | Bahram Afshari | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Hangman | Megan Brotherton | United States

Head Eaters | Pedram Gharehbaghi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Her Mother’s Eyes | Sawyer Macres | United States

I Promise You Paradise | Morad Mostafa | Egypt

Ilunga | Klaudia Magdalena Pachuta | Poland

It’s Only Me | Barbara Elbinger | United Kingdom

Ivania | Luigi Abanto | Spain

La Première | Nadav Lapid | France

Lady | Fardin Ansari | Iran, Islamic Republic of

left behind | Hamed Bahrami | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Malakout | Farnoosh Abedi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Man’s Best Friend | Marcus Støren | Norway

Matapang | Léa-Jade Horlier | France

Mirage | Nazanin Ghanbari Mohammadi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Mixed | Mina Sadat Hosseini | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Nachtbesuch | Joana Vogdt | Germany

Naked Men in the Woods | Paul Ploberger | Austria

No | Kavoos Aghaei | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Panic Attack | Anthony Assad | Ireland

Parvaz Mahiha | Mohammad Towrivarian | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Pregnant |Golnaz Jamsheed | Iram, Islamic Repbic of

Presto | Keyvan Ahmadi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Privacy | Habib Zahirnia, Meisam Amiri Hoseini | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Recess | Kerem Ergün, Ismet Ergün | Germany

REM | Muhammadreza Yarikia | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Rooftop | Nevena Nikolova, Petar Gerzilov | Bulgaria

Sleeping Jade | Jonathan Boissinot | France

Slight Pain | Poya Nabi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Small Town Movie | Jarret Liotta | United States

Something More | Joshua Butler | United States

Stain | Anna Evtushenko | United States

Subzero | Laleh Noureddin Mousa | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Survivers | Carlos Gómez-Trigo | Spain

Survivor | Karim Azimi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Synthesis | Mohammad Towrivarian | Iran, Islamic Republic of

That’s what I’m gonna do | Michaël Theus, Nicolaï Tchetchelacvili | Switzerland

The Bathtub | Sergi Marti Maltas | Spain

The Invitation | Luigi Reniery | Spain

The Last Dinner | Marie-Ange Casalta | France

The Mosquito | Joshua Ebrahimi | United States

The Naming of the Things | Gadi Rubin | United States

The Old Young Crow | Liam LoPinto | Japan

The Online Shop | Carsten Woike | Germany

The Sprayer | Farnoosh Abedi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

The Star | Nadav Lapid | Israel

The Steak | Kiarash Dadgar Mohebi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

The Two Lives of Sepideh | Soha Niasti | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Torment | Arturo Mombiedro | Spain

Unjustified | Mohammad R. Khavari | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Vis A Vis | Soheil Kiani | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Winds of springtime | Carmen Pedrero | Spain

Witness | Aida tebianian | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Best British Short Film

440 | Akeel Khan, Abdullah Anees

A Dream Dark Day | Aaron Stephen Bishop

Baby Boy | Greg Hall

Bedtime | Matt Davies

By Any Other Name | Daniel Deville

By the time I came looking you were already gone | Inti Rowland

Can We Talk? | Tom Gimlette

Chairs | James Hughes

Don’t Choke | Sonny Baez

Erica’s Game | Eben Skilleter

First Timers | Hector Bell

Kind-Hearted Intermission | Ian Roberts

Kiran | Bhulla Beghal

Lone Star Tick | Ewan McIntosh

ManMade | Plum Stupple-Harris

Merman | Madeleine Wynn

Mother’s Day | Theo Kaufman

Outlets | Duncan Cowles

Pushing Daisy | Leah Revivo

Read to Me | Dan Horrigan

Run | Matthew Bartlett

Ruth | Paul Romero Méndez, Arturo M. Antolín

Scavengers | Hugo Cavalier

Sensibility | Ben Kernow

Spag Bol | BRICK

Suong | Evan Preston

Tell Me You Love Me | Paulette Randall MBE

The Cornucopia Club | Joseph Archer

The Elegy | Sarmukh Hundal

The Halo Effect | Phoebe Eleanor White

The Last Bee On Earth | Nick Flugge

The Liver | Daniel Brereton

The Pink Pill | Cassiah Joski-Jethi

The Tortuer | Peyman Mandegar

The Whole World Blind (or: The Ballad of The Ballad of the Cuck and the Eunuch |  Finbar Somers, Seán Mackey

Toast | Lawrence Rowe

Unthinkable Conversations | Emma Richardson

Whispers of Smoke | Nathan Theys

You’re Out | Indira Townend

Best Short Documentary

Berook | Andreas Johansson | Sweden

Beyond the Facade | Tiara Symone Jamison | United States

Culture Talk on the Radio | Errkaa | Germany

Finding Stillness | Ricky Gane, Sarah Gane | United Kingdom

in·spi·ra·tion | Patrick Crellin, Bethany White | United Kingdom

The Analogy of Space | Oleksandr Hoisan | Ukraine

Best Animated Short

A World in Chaos | David Crisp | Hungary

Demi-Gods | Martin Gerigk | Germany

Future Of… | Scott Coello | United Kingdom

Kicking a ball really hard into the face of a child (and the subsequent act of revenge) | Ian Roberts | United Kingdom

love bubbles | Marcel Hobi | Switzerland

Malakout | Farnoosh Abedi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

The Sprayer | Farnoosh Abedi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Best Foreign New Director

Dawn of Death | Armin Rajaei | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Delusion | Sina Hadadi  | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Don Javier | Alejandro Llamas  | Mexico

Falling Up | Maryam Bakhtiari  | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Malakout | Farnoosh Abedi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Pregnant | Golnaz Jamsheed | Iran

Still Life | Konstantinos Doxiadis | United Kingdom

Survivor | Karim Azimi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

The last Dinner | Marie-Ange Casalta | France

The Old Young Crow | Liam LoPinto | Japan

The Sprayer | Farnoosh Abedi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

The Steak | Kiarash Dadgar Mohebi | Iran, Islamic Republic of

Best British New Director

A Dream Dark Day | Aaron Stephen Bishop

Birdsong | Liam Beazley

Heart’s Desire | Loren Alleyne

Lone Star Tick | Ewan McIntosh

Short Stay, Long Stay | Danny Carter



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