Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

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Press Release

Short Film: PATRON

Vickie Black is young and hungry, though working as a maid in London, she has her sights set far higher – After successfully landing an interview for a prestigious job at an age-old, unscrupulous organisation it looks like Vickie might be on the verge of hitting the big time. Vickie goes in positive, but the questions from her faceless male interviewers soon become predatory, the atmosphere growing more awkward and uncomfortable by the minute. As the interview takes its toll, Vickie reaches breaking point, if her spirit is to survive this encounter she must undergo an abstract and radical physical transformation.

Directors: Emily Haigh, Alon Young / Screenplay: Alon Young / Starring: Mhairi Calvey, Jamie Lee-Hill

Short Film: DEAD AIR

Dead Air is a Comedy Horror about ‘Monster Kitten’ – an all female punk rock band – who get caught up in a fight with little gremlins in a plane at 30,000ft whilst heading to the last gig of their comeback tour.

Director: Geoff Harmer / Screenplay: Peter Hearn / Starring: Stacy Hart, Kate Davies-Speak, Charlie Bond, Johanna Stanton, Dan Palmer, David Schaal, James Hamer-Morton


Ivy has secluded herself to playing video games after losing her job. An accident leads her to awaken in one of the video games she plays, with her only clues of escape being the unfamiliar doors between the worlds and a mysterious world-jumper. Ivy has to overcome countless enemies only this time there are no resets, no pause menus and no continues.

Director & Screenplay: Zak Wundowa / Starring: Jessica Jayne Harney, Louis Brogan, Hayley Russel, Dru Jones

Short Film: BLACK MASS

A short film about depression that tells the story of a bereaved family, a father and his two adopted daughters, as they try to come to terms with the loss of their mother; all while haunted by a dark presence known as Darkness. Writer and director Scott Lyus won the Best Short award at our 2018 festival for Echoes of the Passed.

Director & Screenplay: Scott Lyus / Starring: Johnny Vivash, Sophia Eleni. Charlie Bond, James Swanton

Short Film: SHINY DIAMONDS (World Premiere)

Valerie has a job to do, but Todd is playing games. And there is something lurking in the night that doesn’t like to lose. This will be the World Premiere of this short.

Co-produced by last year’s Best Feature Film winners, Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola (Clickbait)

Directors & Screenplay: Seth Chatfield,  Toni Nagy / Starring: Seth Chatfield,  Toni Nagy, Miriam Katz


There is something that comes after you die and before you meet your maker… Paperwork!

The Afterlife Bureau is a charming comedy short from the mind of writer/director Dimiter Dimitroff and producer Kaine Levy, which parodies the transition process after you die.

Director & Screenplay: Dimiter Dimiroff / Starring: Sue Appleby, Gordon Peaston, Richard Cunningham