6:30pm FRIDAY, 9/28 — Opening Night Short Films
(Narrative, Animated, United Kingdom) In a harsh Arctic landscape, a hungry and solitary polar bear has to decide if a naïve Canadian grizzly bear is her food or her friend.
RATING: Intended for Teen Audiences or older
Director: Paloma Baeza
Paloma Baeza’s filmmaking experience began on the other side of the camera, playing leading roles in various British TV dramas and independent films. She moved into directing with the comedy short film, Watchmen, which she wrote with Cillian Murphy, who also starred in the film. It was shortlisted for the TCM Prize by the NFT, selected by BFI Shorts, Sky Shorts and Channel4. Festival selections included Edinburgh International Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadgh, Foyle Film Festival, LA Shorts, San Francisco Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival etc. She went on to direct a half-hour drama, The Window, for Channel 4’s Coming Up strand, as well as The Odds, a short film starring Mark Strong and Ian McDiarmid, which premiered at the London Film Festival. Her full-length screenplay, Passports, was developed by Focus Film’s million dollar movie scheme and selected for The Brit List. She directed her first animated film, Poles Apart, at the National Film and Television School, which features the voice of Helena Bonham Carter as a stop-motion polar bear.