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  • 12 May 2023 — 13 May 2023

A collection of invigorating short films from 24 European countries

21-22 April 2023, Everyman Cinemas, Leeds
12-13 May 2023, Ciné Lumiére Institut Français Royaume – Uni, London

EUNIC London in collaboration with the European Union Delegation to the UK, LEEDS 2023 and Leeds International Film Festival is pleased to present the fifth edition of In Short, Europe short film festival, taking place in Leeds, 21 – 22 April 2023 and in London, 12-13 May 2023.

This edition, entitled Awakening, is organised into four strands: Explore, Surround, Grow and Dream, and invites you to imagine new beginnings, reflect on your past experiences and dare to dream of a brighter future. 

The programme has been curated by Ellie Hales, a film programmer at Leeds International Film Festival.

The Austrian film Fabiu will be featured in the Explore programme alongside shorts from Ukraine, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland and Slovenia.

Each film focuses on awakening our sexuality and identity, the emotions that come with exploring ourselves and the conflicts keeping this expression at bay; exploring themes of reclaiming sexuality, pressure to fulfil gender norms and discovering sexual identity. Witness a lonely mermaid discover lust through Ukrainian water-pipes, a stable-hand in rural Ireland struggle with his femininity, a group of friends in Belgium discuss polyamory and three modern day sworn-virgins act out against patriarchal society.

Fabiu dir. Stefan Langthaler, Austria, 2020, drama, 30mins

Whilst caring for his ill wife with the help of female nurses, 80-year old Arthur's life is turned upside down with the arrival of young male nurse Fabiu. Receiving the Special Mention at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2021, Fabiu is a very personal story of suppressed longing. 

To see the films screening in each programme and book your free tickets visit

FABIU_Still_1_(c)Georg Weiss

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