Northern Exposure Short Film Event

   Showing Thursday 7th March 2024 at 5.30pm

The Plot

Northern Exposure is a touring film programme showcasing the best short films from the North of England.

This programme has been selected by a group of young, Northern film curators who have scoured the region to discover the stories that matter to them and the local filmmakers to get excited about.

The screening will be followed by a post-screening discussion with Producer Fay Butler (Keeping the Faith) and Director/Writer Joe Simmons (Vestige) where they will talk about their filmmaking process and entry points into the industry. The session will be hosted by Sam Barnett who is the Talent Producer at Film Hub North, he will be talking about upcoming opportunities for emerging filmmakers in the North.

Expect a bold mix of fact and fiction, animation and live action - and anything else in-between.


I Would Like to Live on the Moon (02:13)
Dir. Emily Burke / 2023 / Animation, LGBTQ+
A young non-binary person feels overwhelmed and wants to escape – literally, to the moon.

Keep the Faith (08:13)
Dir. Charlene Jones / 2024 / Drama
Steve’s just quit the bottle, and is pushing through a withdrawal. His daughter Chelsea is home from university and trying to hold it together, with the help of a little Northern Soul.

Vestige (12:00)
Dir. Joseph Simmons / 2023 / Sci-Fi, Drama
A young boy searches for answers after his dad goes missing at sea, but after discovering a strange fossil on a Yorkshire beach, he thinks it could be the missing piece of the puzzle.

The Journey Home (03:00)
Dir. Noah Lei Underwood / 2023 / Sci-Fi, Horror
A creature considers its current bindings and finds them wanting.
Winner of the Film Hub North DIY Filmmaking Challenge: Unbound.

Sandcastles (5:42)
Dir. Meredith Stewart / 2023 / Animation
A wistful child re-lives a memory close to their heart.

Chip Shop Girl (06:57)
Dir. Emma Kayani / 2023 / Drama
In Northern England, 1995, a teenage mum with a mixed race daughter works a shift at her local chippy and faces a racist customer.

Heritage (05:49)
Dir. Muhammed Bittaye / 2023 / Documentary
A captivating documentary that follows the remarkable story of Muhammed, a young, talented filmmaker, who embarks on a life-changing journey back to his homeland, The Gambia, after a decade of living in the United Kingdom.

The Last Cowboy in Salford (14:45)
Dir. Jakob Lancaster / 2023 / Drama
Jonny Richman is a seventeen year old Jew. He is also a cowboy, much to his parent’s frustration. A darkly comic neo-Western set in Manchester, England.

Northern Exposure is delivered by Film Hub North as part of BFI Film Academy.

BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for ambitious 16-25 year olds, anywhere in the UK, to get to know more about film and how to forge a career in the screen industries.

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