The Slow Short Film Festival

The Slow Short Film Festival celebrates works that employ an aesthetic tendency grown conspicuous in the past three decades of world art cinema. The aesthetics of ‘slow cinema’ can be broadly characterised by a combination of long takes and long shots, with a focus on non-professional actors and an emphasis on everyday activities. If contemporary culture is governed by speed and distraction, these films open up time for stillness and contemplation. Leading figures include Béla Tarr, Lav Diaz, Chantal Akerman, Tsai Ming-Liang, Abbas Kiarostami, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pedro Costa and Ben Rivers. Though a number of slow films reach gargantuan lengths, some exceeding 10 hours, slow films more generally have running times comparable with mainstream productions, suggesting that it is the film’s form and content, rather than its length, that make it slow. With this in mind, we exhibit short film (under 45 minutes) that engage with the principles of slow cinema.

This special exhibit, in association with SSFF 2018, brings together three of Mr Cole’s most recent works for the first time in the UK. Here are films made on the boundaries of slow cinema.

Using Super-8 and other consumer formats, Mr Cole’s films take the language of narrative-based genre movies and infect them with an absurdist sensibility. Meta-narratives and open-source laboratory work expand and re-categorize the parameters of his cardboard and fog universe. From 2013-15, Mr Cole participated in the MFA program at Béla Tarr’s ‘film.factory’. In 2016, he completed an artist residency at Kino Klub Split. In 2017, he was EMAN#EMARE artist-in-residence at Bandits-Mages, Bourges, supported byArts Council England.


A desperate videophile of the future roams an abandoned city in search of off-line VHS footage with which to soothe her prosthetic eyes.

Croatia/UK | Digital | 16:9 | Colour | 20 minutes


Orphan episode of a lost detective series. A rookie detective is teamed up with a seasoned murder cop, whose break-down results in the disintegration of the show.

Bosnia & Herzegovina/UK | VHS | 16:9 | Colour | 40 minutes


Hana is an ASMR artist, creating intimate videos for millions of online followers – she hasn’t left her house for 18 months. Ed is a remote security image analyst, and Hana’s first online hook-up… This is a special preview screening looped across two screens.

Bosnia & Herzegovina/UK | Digital | 16:9 | Colour | 65 minutes