Fresh films from filmmakers making their directorial debuts or second features. See these titles to sample emerging talent, and get a glimpse of cinema’s future.
Fancy something a little different? Our new Discovery Passes are designed to help you explore the hidden treasures in our programme. Carefully curated by our programmers, it’s a way of discovering the Festival treats you might have otherwise missed.
To make them extra-tempting, these films are available for the special price of three for £30. And as films sell out we will add new titles to the list.
Just choose any three films from our curated selections and use the code DISCOVER before adding seats to your basket. The ‘Discovery Pass’ price will then become available to select.
Dir-Scr Nicholas Kharkongor | India
This bittersweet comedy follows migrants in Delhi who are attempting to organise a wedding party, but soon find everything going wrong.
Read more about Axone
Dir-Scr Phillip Youmans | USA
Winner of the top prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, contemporary Southern gothic Burning Cane heralds 19-year-old director Phillip Youmans as a serious new talent.
Read more about Burning Cane
Dir-Scr Henry Blake | UK
Drawing on real-life cases, this is a controlled and disquieting drama about a 14-year-old London boy being used as a mule by nationwide drug traffickers.
Read more about County Lines
Dir-Scr Lucio Castro | Argentina
A chance encounter reconnects two men in this heart-breaking lament on love, lust and missed opportunities.
Read more about End of the Century
Dir-Scr Pawo Choyning Dorji | Bhutan
A teacher struggling for inspiration travels to the most remote school in the world. It takes being so far away to understand the importance of his work... and to appreciate the value of yak dung!
Read more about Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Dir-Scr Fyzal Boulifa | UK
A lifelong friendship is tested by tragedy in this atmospheric and intense first feature from acclaimed British shorts director Fyzal Boulifa.
Read more about Lynn + Lucy
Dir-Scr Michael Omonua | Nigeria
Across two crucial periods in Nigerian history, two young women must ponder the painful sacrifices they are forced to make for love.
Read more about The Man Who Cuts Tattoos
Dir Nathalie Biancheri | UK
A teenage girl forms a mysterious relationship with an older man in this atmospheric debut from director Nathalie Biancheri.
Read more about Nocturnal
Dir-Scr Eva Riley | UK
An aspiring teen gymnast’s world is turned upside down with the arrival of the half-brother she never knew she had.
Read more about Perfect 10
Dir-Prod-Scr Aki Omoshaybi | UK
Aki Omoshaybi’s earnest debut explores the love between two people who work hard to keep their romance on track while struggling to manage personal hardship.
Read more about Real
Dir John Skoog | Sweden
An invitation to step inside the beautiful confusion of nature in Swedish artist John Skoog’s innovative and luscious CPH:Dox award-winning debut.
Read more about Ridge
Dir-Scr David Zonana | Mexico
Produced by Michel Franco, this gripping tale focuses on construction site workers who take matters into their own hands when their bosses ignore their requests.
Read more about Workforce