Thursday, 4 May 2017

RETRO Monday 5th June

RETRO is an evening of eclectic experimental shorts that reflect our interpretations of ‘the dated’ whether music or machines, paper or pixel, crass or cool.
Join us for an evening with retro themed short films and modern beers:
The Nightingale Room, 29-30 Surrey Street, Brighton

Doors open 7pm Screening at 7.30pm
Tickets £4 in advance
The Nightingale Room is above Grand Central, just across the road from Brighton train station The entrance can be found at the back of the pub.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017


Call out for films and videos submissions for RETRO

What does ‘retro’ mean to you? Short Circuit is looking for an eclectic mix of experimental documentary shorts that reflect our individual interpretations, reinventions and resurrection of past styles, and methods, for its forthcoming screening in a new and bigger venue.

Whether music or machines, paper or pixel, -if you have work that you think fits broadly into this theme send it to us for consideration at with a link to your film online (and password if required) Include a short description of where it fits with the theme and jpeg still.

Deadline 6th May We will contact you if your film is selected
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Sunday, 20 November 2016

THE EXTENDED MIX. Three Screenings to Celebrate

November brings you an extended mix of films selected from our favourite from Short Circuit.

In three parts,  #ONE at 7pm, #TWO at 8pm and  #THREE at 9pm,  we are showing our best and favourite shorts to celebrate the end of a year of Short Circuit.

This is a great opportunity to check out films you missed, films you want to see again and enjoy a quality night out. 

There will be an opportunity to discuss the films and comment on experimental documentaries and enjoy a long overdue beer at Ed's new bar.
Join us at Presuming Ed's on Wednesday 30th November

Friday, 14 October 2016



GO EUN IM (SOUTH KOREA)   Episode 4- because the outside world has changed...  8:20 mins

‘Because the outside world has changed…’ is a project that tests and tastes the solidarity between a variety of old and new technologies influencing our ways of relating with the world’. The film observes and documents the significance of the architectural, technological and institutional transitions surrounding the former 'Filmmuseum' in Amsterdam. In the course of four episodes, our considerations and shared materials were developed, each time being updated, retold and re-edited in trans-medial and dialogic way.


DUNCAN POULTON (UK)   Tunnel   2:40 mins

Tunnel is a video composed from found footage gathered from all over the internet. The work is an attempt to reorganise elements of visual data, visualising the process of journeying across the internet using footage gathered through that very process.



Having suffered horrific facial injuries, losing his lower jaw, Alphonse's quality of life was improved by the construction of a silver prosthetic jaw painted in flesh tones and adorned with whiskers. In this exploration of identity, disfigurement and reconstruction, Alphonse exists outside of any specific time or place - trapped in eternal convalescence, soothed by the dreams of his Battlefield Muse.

Inspired by the story of Alphonse Luis, a French gunner at the Siege of Antwerp (1832)


Thelma comes from the series The Realm of Forgotten Existence that portrays elderly people who live in a rural area on the Scottish – English border, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
While the images in the film reveal a landscape that often seems unchanged, the narrative reveals fragments of forgotten stories and traditions, skills and working lives no longer of value in today’s society.


WILLIAM RANDALL (USA)   Methane Ghosts   9.20 mins

This experimental documentary for the Anthropocene digs through the layers of an anonymous urban landfill. Drawing on both sensory ethnography and the landscape film, it finds jets of flame in a bucolic natural scene. Its penultimate images of mechanical labour dissolve in an ecological fever dream, with evidence of the human hand in both the constructed ground and the ambivalent future.


JO PEEL (UK)   Things Change   3:06 mins

Things Change is an optimistic look at the idea of human impermanence. The buildings and debris created by the human exploitation of our natural environment decay and give way to the force of nature once again.

A 3 week painting condensed into a 3 minute animation. This is a short story told on a big wall at Village Underground in Shoreditch, London


JAYNE WILSON (UK)   All That Mighty Heart    9:50 mins

The imagined Central Office for Clocktime Expansion invite you to consider mechanical engineering as an antidote to a fast moving life where time is a commodity.


SCOTT WILLIS (UK)   Tapes from The Revolutionary 15:40 mins

Scott Willis discovers Andy, a self-proclaimed communist revolutionary that documents his life on a Hi-8 camcorder. Aiming to understand the purpose behind the tapes Willis picks up his camera, however Andy has his own agenda for the project. Tapes from The Revolutionary is a humorous unconventional documentary that turns the lens on itself and examines the filmmaking process.


Thursday, 8 September 2016


We are  programming for forthcoming screenings
If you have a film that broadly fits within these themes(no longer than 10 minutes) send it to us for consideration at with a link to the film(and password if required) Please include a short description and jpeg still. We will contact you if your film is selected.

CHANGE   Looks at how we see change. Transforming the form, nature or the future course of something from what it already is.
Deadline 30th September

FLIGHT    Retreating or running away? The power of flying- or a high flyer?
Deadline 28th October



Wednesday, 7 September 2016


NEXT OF KIN will be showing some stunning, and at times painfully poignant, short films exploring the affectionate, sometimes tense and always influential experience of 'family'.
A great opportunity to enjoy an evening checking out new and established filmmakers.

JASON M ROBINSON   El Portal   7:48 mins
El Portal is about the Cedar motor Lodge in El Portal, California(population 474) Combining vintage home videos with footage shot last Summer, the film spans 25 years, weaving together the complicated and tragic story of the lodge with the family’s history
MARY BILLYOU   Idyll    5:32 mins  Fewer families were born, lived, and died in the same place. People, especially young ones, were ready for a new life, as far removed from the old one as possible. Living space was much smaller and there were few, if any, servants. Many wives were working outside the home and leisure was not to be spent doing housework, but in being out of doors as much as possible. Emphasis was on informal living and informal entertaining.
IAN NESBITT   Don   6:51 mins
Don is a 69 year old man originally from Nottingham. Having travelled and lived all over the world working as a banjo player and gardener for the last 30 years or so, he eventually found his way home in late 2011. When I met him, he was sleeping rough, didn't know how he'd got back to this country, had almost no short term memory, and no-one would take responsibility for his care. The film is one in a series of idiosyncratic portraits of people living on the peripheries of contemporary consumer society.
JOSH WEISSBACH   38 River Road   7:13 mins
The voice of a figureless character is heard. The figure of a voiceless character is seen. A sequence of estranged voicemails is framed by unidentified events. Fear resides in the gesture of a telling.
KATE JESSOP   Dear Foreigner   5:10 mins
A woman's letter to the son she gave up at birth, 27 years later.
The screen adaptation of a real award winning letter, commissioned by Festival D'Elle Lettere, Milan.

Best city in the World-Looking after Belfast (Raymond’s Loss) 19:26 mins
In early April 2010, the artist placed an advertisement in several Northern Irish newspapers: “Israeli woman visiting Belfast would like to meet people for advice about sharing a country.” One respondent was Raymond McCord, a Protestant, whose son was murdered by members of a Protestant militia during the conflict in Northern Ireland. A year after their initial meetings, McCord took the artist in his car to see the locations where his story is played out. The video was shot by the artist with a handheld camera from the passenger seat.
GRANT PETREY   Family Fortunes   2:30 mins
Family Fortunes explores the tensions present within the family unit that are unveiled via play.
ANDREW HINTON   Amar   9:40 minsAmar is 14 and top of his class. Someday he'd like to be a professional cricketer, but for now he's the family's main breadwinner, working two jobs six and a half days a week on top of attending school in the afternoons. This short observational documentary is a simple journey with Amar through his daily life.