The shortlist for the 2022 PFF Short Film Festival has been announced and the shortlist judges all commented on the high quality of the entrants this year, particularly the animations submitted from Arts University Bournemouth, with all but one in the animation category coming from there. Among them is beautiful woodland stop-motion film Huntress, and animated refugee documentary The Plates On Oma’s Wall.

In the live action we have a truly global selection, ranging from the black comedy While The Going Is Good, filmed entirely on location in Swanage, 60s period drama Cyn by local film-maker Ben Desmond (trailer link below) to the quirky and charming Israeli film Gruf and Me (trailer link below). There is something for everyone – from horror (the truly chilling Baby Monitor from Bournemouth based director Stefan Parker) to romance (poignant New Zealand film A Scratch On My Right Knee) to Sci Fi (unique and imaginative Spanish short Babel – trailer link below).

Always one of the most purely entertaining nights of the whole Festival (and one where you get a vote!), this year the directors won’t be the only ones leaving with a prize as there is an audience quiz during the intermission.

Cyn (Ben Desmond’s film) trailer link

Gruf and Me (Israeli film) trailer link

Babel trailer link

Shorts takes place on Friday 21st October 2022, 7.30pm at The Mowlem Theatre in Swanage.


S H O R T L I S T E D   F I L M S

Clowning Around
Huntress (student)
Static Focus (student)
Plates on Omas Wall (student)
A Closer Look (student)
Key (student)
Guardian (student)

Live Action 1:
There is a scratch on the inside of my right knee
Who’s Counting
Gruf and Me
Baby Monitor

Live Action 2:
As de Trèfle (Ace of Clubs)
While the Going is Good

2021 Mowlem (c)



Paul Blinkhorn, winner 2021