Presented by Film Hub North, The Northern Exposure Short Film Night is an evening of short films, lively discussion and networking.

For those with a passion for filmmaking, or simply interested in watching some innovative, thought-provoking short films and meeting new people.

Also, supported by the BFI Network, there will be an opportunity after the screening to chat with BFI Network representatives about upcoming opportunities for funding and professional development.

The goal is for this to become a regular event for local filmmakers, writers and producers of all experience levels to make new connections, discuss their work and watch exciting shorts from local and international filmmakers.

This is an 18+ event.

Tuesday 27th August, 6pm at Belgrave Music Hall



Programme of Short Films:


MOTHERING [2018] 14mins
Lucy Bridger, Ailsa Vanessa Tapping
MOTHERING tells the story of a young girl, Mia, arriving at her new foster home in an atmospheric, intimate and absorbing way. The house in MOTHERING is based on Lucy’s Grandparents house, near Leyburn in North Yorkshire a slow, slightly cut off village. Her first short, Mothering won Best British Short at both London Short Film Festival and UK Film Festival.

Heather Phillipson
SPLASHY PHASINGS references the 3-min gap between programmes as the space of advertising, the length of a pop song, and the moment both before and after ‘information’, the video plunges into a post-news environment, built on tears, song and other voice and body outpourings. Heather works across video, sculpture, web projects, music, drawing and poetry receiving the Film London Jarman Award in 2016 and awarded the European Film Festival selection at the Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018.

BLYTH [2014] 5mins
Richard Powell Smith
BLYTH is a Hi-8 video about a myth of social transcendence. Retrogressing to a time of optimism nurtured by an aspirational government, BLYTH is gently satirical and obliquely humorous in its parodying of another new era we were apparently swaggering into. Richard Smith is a County Durham born documentarian and cinematographer interested in social geography, politics, and the built environment. He works internationally across both online and broadcast platforms for the likes of Vice, BBC and HBO.

STRAYS [2017] 3mins
Aaron Dunleavey, Nick Oakley, Ian Fenton
STRAYS shows us a dark and unsettling world in which children have taken over a forgotten terraced street, devoid of adults with no rules or boundaries. Aaron Dunleavey is a Blackburn based filmmaker his films explore stories of working class youth; with unscripted and improvised performances, street casting and non-professional young actors.

MURMUR [2015] 8mins
Aurora Fearnley, Maria Forsström, Jude Goldrei, Sophie Reynolds
This taut dystopian thriller is from Leeds based writer-director Aurora Fearnley explores the relationship between women, patriarchy, mental health and historic perceptions of credibility

ALICE 404 [2019] 8mins
Kate Graham, James Bridge
In the near future, a teenager uses an app to play back her memories, ignoring the calls and texts of concerned friends. Featuring music by XAM Duo. Filmed in Redcar and Leeds.

DARK_NET [2016] 13mins
Tom Marshall,Adam Woodhall
DARK_NET follows Alan (Johnny Vegas) as he plans to hire the services of a highly trained deadly assassin and learn the true price of entering the 'dark_net'. Written and directed by Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom Marshall and filmed on location in Teesside.

SMOKED MACKEREL [2019] 16mins
Ciarán Charles
SMOKED MACKEREL is a coming-of-age film about two teenage friends and was inspired by Newcastle based writer-director Ciaran’s experience growing up on the Wild Atlantic Way. The film went on to win the national RTS Student Awards for best drama and best writing.