After a twelve month hiatus, we are delighted to announce that the Swedenborg Short Film Festival will be returning for its fifth time in 2015.

Further details will be announced shortly - watch this space!

Shortlisted and Invited Screenings from our previous Film Festival in 2013

The Swedenborg Society is pleased to announce the line-up for its 2013 International Short Film Festival. Featuring films of 30 mins or less, the Swedenborg Short Film Festival will showcase the latest new and established talent from a variety of themes and genres, with priority given to concepts encountered in the work of scientist, philosopher, theologian and visionary, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). The screenings will take place to a public audience at Swedenborg Hall, ‘one of London’s most atmospheric venues’ (The Guardian).

The shortlist for this year’s festival is as follows:

  • All that passed (Stuart Pound)
  • Asya (Mizgin Mujde Arslan)
  • The Green Mind (Toby Tatum)
  • Kaskaskia (Jacob Cartwright)
  • Loss (David Ferrando Girant)
  • Nature House Inc (Nick Jordan)
  • Small Wonders (Katie Goodwin)
  • Stay the Same (Sam Firth)
  • Tengri (Alisi Telengut)
  • Winter Light (Sofia Dahlgren) 

In addition there will be two invited screenings of new films by previous winners of the festival (see below for further details on the guest filmmakers):

  • Babel Fiche (Dave Griffiths, winner Best Film SSFF 2010 for Seer’s Catalogue)
  • Time To Go (Chiara Ambrosio, winner Best Animation SSFF 2010 for Charon)

At the closing of the festival an award will be given for Best Film, chosen by the judges, Peter FillinghamNora Foster and Sukhdev Sandhu (see below for more details on this year's judges). Previous winners for Best Film include OLIVER PIETSCH for From Here to Eternity (2012); EZRA WUBE for Hisab (2011) and DAVE GRIFFITHS for Seer’s Catalogue (2010).

Doors open at 6.00 pm. Come early as the first screening will be at 6.40 pm.  Refreshments will also be served. Admission is free, but capacity is limited, so advanced booking is recommended. Please RSVP to

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Invited Screenings

Chiara Ambrosio’s Time to Go

Time to Go sees a groundbreaking collaboration between the filmmaker and musician / performer Bird Radio, along with choreographer Nuria Garcia and visual artist Nicholas McArthur. Time to Go is a trilogy of performance films based on three tracks taken from Bird Radio's debut album The Boy and the Audience (SFE/ Cherry Red Records) and the films explore the fertile space where image, music and performance meet to create and animate a coherent universe within the frame.

Chiara Ambrosio is a filmmaker working with animation, experimental film, documentary and sound to explore the ways in which we perceive, remember, articulate and preserve personal and collective histories and place through the filter of memory and the imagination. Her most recent work La Frequenza Fantasma (The Ghost Frequency), a feature film developed and filmed in a village in the South of Italy, is directly involved with specific locations and communities as the starting point for a process-based inquiry into the relationship between people, place and memory. Her work has included collaborations with performance artists, composers, musicians and writers, and has been shown in a number of venues including national and international film festivals, galleries and site specific events. Chiara is also the founder and curator of The Light & Shadow Salon, a monthly film night at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury.

Dave Griffiths’ Babel Fiche

Babel Fiche began as an online call for user-donated video content in which people’s singular and disparate perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything might offer a patchwork cross-section of contemporary experience. If YouTube is the accepted star-chart of this strange new online cosmos, Babel Fiche is a self-consciously small-scale satellite. Crowd-sourced from a loose and informal social network of followers and friends (and friends of friends), and for a discrete and short-lived period of time, its random sample of the sights and sounds of the here-and-now was preserved, somewhat counter-intuitively, on the retro medium of microfiche. Distilled and compressed onto microfilm, these cryptic thumbnail images went on to inspire their own mini-narrative. Featuring contributions from writers Gaia Holmes and Stefan Skrimshire, a resulting 18-minute video of Babel Fiche imagines this time capsule of found footage from the vantage point of the near-future, where archivists pore over, and labour to piece together, these once-familiar everyday scenes. Embellished by an atmospheric soundtrack by musician Graham Massey, Griffiths’ project reminds us how images of the past are so often lost in translation yet continue to speak to us all the same.

Dave Griffiths is a UK artist and curator whose practice incorporates video, celluloid, animation, photography, installation, printmaking, writing and social media. Recent work dwells on the cinematic archive, attempting to activate the critical potential of moving images for narrative and spatial recombination, or as channels for cultural memory and social participation. In 2012 Film and Video Umbrella commissioned his web/film project Babel Fiche with support from Castlefield Gallery & North West Film Archive. In 2010 he was co-curator of UnSpooling – Artists & Cinema, a major show for Abandon Normal Devices festival. Griffiths was nominated for Northern Art Prize (2013), and awarded Premio Pablo del Amo at Madrid Experimental Film Week (2010). Other awards include Best Film, Swedenborg Short Film Festival (2010), Silver Award, Impakt, Utrecht (2006) & Best Experimental Film, Exposures Manchester (2003).


Peter Fillingham is a British artist who trained at Kent Medway, Camberwell and the Royal College. He has shown his sculpture in solo shows in London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, St Ouen, Valenciennes and Bregenz and in group shows throughout the UK and Europe, as well as a residency at Stour Valley Arts. Peter has taught at UCA Maidstone, Nottingham Trent, Bath Spa, Chelsea, Wimbledon, Goldsmiths, Loughborough, Valenciennes and Arnhem. He was Head of Sculpture at Central St Martins and Chair of Fine Art at Parsons (Paris).

Nora Foster works for the Frieze Art Fair and magazine. Prior to joining Frieze, Nora worked for the Swedenborg Society for four and a half years as its publicist and assistant curator. Her time at the Swedenborg Society saw her co-curate the first three Swedenborg Short Film Festivals (2010-13) and its successful Artist Residency programme, along with numerous other one-off events in conjunction with such high-profile writers and artists as Iain Sinclair, Brian Catling, Brian Dillon, Marina Warner and A S Byatt.

Sukhdev Sandhu is a writer and journalist and a former winner of Critic of the Year at the British Press Awards. Sukhdev currently holds the post of Associate Professor of English, Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University and he is the author of I’ll Get My Coat (2005) and Night Haunts: A Journey Through The London Night (2007). Sukhdev has made documentaries for the BBC and he is a film critic for the Daily Telegraph, as well as writing for many other prestigious publications, including The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books.

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