Encounters Deaf Shorts Showcase

Available from now until the end of 2018, Encounters presents a touring programme of premium short films that firmly put the spotlight on the Deaf community and filmmakers, the Encounters Deaf Shorts Showcase.

The Encounters Deaf Shorts Showcase is a bold, varied programme of 8 shorts that span animation and live-action, and run from 5 to 28 mins in duration.

The shorts were programmed in partnership with Deaf filmmaker and artist David Ellington, and include the Academy Award® winning film The Silent Child by Chris Overton, winner of the Encounters inaugural Deaf Shorts Showcase Award 2017.

For information on how to book the programme please contact: dave@encounters-festival.org.uk

Programme Details:


Swimming in the Desert
Dir: Alvaro Ron
USA 2017
17 mins
Synopsis: In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce in the California High Desert, a ten year old deaf girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.

Dirs: Sophie Hexter & Poppy Walker
Australia 2016
10 mins 37 secs
Synopsis: A young, deaf boy wanders alone through a remote Australian landscape. A mysterious man pulls up in a ute to offer him a ride. Equal parts suspense and coming-of-age, HITCH explores loss and acceptance in a silent world, where nothing is as it appears to be.

Nevith the Dragon
Dir: Paul Miller
UK 2017
8 mins 31 secs
Synopsis: Lily a deaf girl, has just lost her mother and moved to live with her father. They don’t get on well. Her father can’t sign, and they find it difficult to communicate. After an argument, lily runs off. She is suddenly caught in bad weather, and falls into a cave stumbling into her mother’s mystical past.

The Silent Child
Dir: Chris Overton
UK 2017
19 mins 54 secs
Synopsis: Set in rural England and inspired by real life events. The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

Dir: Bim Ajadi
UK 2014
6 mins 24 secs
Synopsis: A young Deaf man is challenged to a game of Connect 4, only to find that this is no ordinary game. Are the odds stacked against him?

Silent Laughs
Dir: Natalia Kouneli
UK 2017
10 mins 58 secs
Synopsis: A Deaf stand-up comedienne performs in sign language fulfilling her dream to make people laugh as well as bringing Deaf Culture to mainstream audiences.

The Song for Single (单身情歌)
Dirs: Zheng Xiaosan/Sam Zheng
China 2016
5 mins 19 secs
Synopsis: There is a place, both in deaf and mainstream culture, to feel, hold and express universal themes of human emotion through musical expression.

Signs of an Affair
Dir: Louis Neethling
UK 2017
28 mins
Synopsis: Signs of an Affair tells the story of Flora, who has been married to Fred for many years, when suddenly, he doesn’t want sugar in his tea – something’s not right! Flora is suspicious and determined to find out the truth, but ends up in some unexpected places. Starring Jean St Clair and Ilan Dwek; produced for BSLBT by Mutt and Jeff Pictures.