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FINAL GIRLS BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL HAS SHORTS TO DIE FOR!

By Mo Moshaty  January 23, 2024

"Final Girls Berlin Film Festival showcases horror cinema that’s directed, written, or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers. We are committed to creating space for female voices and visions, whether monstrous, heroic or some messy combination of the two, in the horror genre." -  The Final Girls Team

Beginning Wednesday, February 7th, ending Sunday February 11th in Berlin, the team is in it's 9th year of curating the sharpest, scariest and most thought-provoking horror content from historically marginalized creatives. As a product of Nyx Horror Collective and our 13 Minutes of Horror Film Festival, you know we're hot for the shorts programs, and FGBFF has everything we never knew we needed. 

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These shorts blocks are broken down beautifully and are sure to contain something for every cinephile! Can't make it to Berlin or haven't got time for an entire fest? FGBFF are offering VIMEO ON DEMAND! Click here!

FEB 7TH - WORKPLACE HORROR- These wholly horrifying shorts reimagine the drudgery and dynamics of various workplaces, transforming the humdrum workday into a terrifying voyage to hell!

THREAD TENSION - 13:30 MIN

A sweatshop somewhere in England, 1987. Management is desperate to dispel the mysterious phenomenon spreading amongst the seamstresses: full-body possessions.

Directed by Ruby Mastrodimos, UK, 2023 | Available online

OVERNIGHTS - 9:09 MIN

An overworked veterinary technician picks up a late night shift to make ends meet. She's soon tormented by the very thing she's dedicated her life to.

Written and directed by Shannon Brown, US, 2023 | Available online 

CHISPA - 12 MIN

At a shopping mall, an electrician experiences a peculiar bolt of electricity, shocking her and knocking her unconscious. When she awakes, she is possessed to dance throughout the mall after dark. But not all is as it seems, as the security guard discovers there’s a creature lurking on the premises.

Directed by Karina Ripper, US, 2023 | World Premiere

RIDE, BABY RIDE - 7:28 MIN

After an unbearable negotiation with some creepy car dudes, a mechanic has to fight off a demonic monster inhabiting her dream 1978 Camaro.

Directed by Sofie Somoroff, US, 2023 | German Premiere | Available online

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THE SCORE 97.9 - 8:52 MIN

A disc jockey is haunted by the growing distance between herself and the persona she inhabits on air. 

Directed by Violet Shoshana Pask, Canada, 2023 | International Premiere | Available online

HOPE CHEST - 4:29 MIN

Class Assignment: An oral essay on your hopes and dreams for your future. Eve’s Opening Statement: “I hope the FBI agent who finds my body is predisposed to sadness.”

Directed by Dycee Wildman & Jennifer Bonior, US, 2023 | European Premiere | Available online

TEN OF SWORDS - 16 MIN

Jay wakes up dead - obviously murdered - and discovers that everything the agency told him about becoming a zombie was a lie. 

Directed by Faye Jackson, UK, 2023 | German Premiere | Available online

ASK FOR HELP - 11:01 MIN

An assertive woman explores an eerie antiques barn and follows the rules set by the chatty owner, but when she rejects his unwanted proposition, he lets a sinister presence punish her.

Directed by Gina DeAngelis, US, 2023 | European Premiere | Available online

SWEET TOOTH - 25:40 MIN

Young Madeleine accompanies her mother, a nail beautician, to meet new clients. As she arrives in the stately home, three girls invite her downstairs to play a ruthless board game...

Directed by Josephine Hopkins, France, 2023 | German Premiere

FEB 7TH - TECH HORROR- In an age where deep fakes reign, social media wars rage, and AI grows eerily proficient, the line between reality and fiction blurs. A shadowy block looms, inhabited by influencers with a penchant for violence, technology with malicious intent, and virtual realms that shatter the mind. Beware, for this is a realm that shall make you question the very upgrades you seek. CW: Suicide

MARA - 14 MIN

Mara is a femme revenge body horror for the digital age. In a hybrid form of scripted scenes and live cam footage it explores the female body as a breeding ground for artistic expression and liberation for the female psyche.

Directed by Catharina Schürenberg, US, 2023 | Available online

INFLUENCE - 9:46 MIN

When the dowdy stepsister of a popular online influencer interrupts a business meeting with her “momager” and a potential sponsor, the influencer’s reality is exposed—and it’s not a pretty picture.

Directed by Directed by Nate Laver, written by Rachel Thomas, US, 2023 | European Premiere | Available online

IRIS - 14:51 MIN

Laney plans to gift herself a new phone for Christmas but her old model decides it isn't ready to disconnect and wreaks havoc on her holidays.

Written and directed by Lex Benedict, US, 2023 | World Premiere | Available online

CARLY - 9:41 MIN

In a dystopian world where the only thing that matters is your "likeability", how far would you go to protect the future of the ones you love? Perhaps a guest spot at a high-ratings TV show? What could go wrong… Welcome to the Cupcake Factory!

Directed by Emily Lerer, US/Mexico, 2023 | European Premiere | Available online

THE INFLUENCER - 10:14 MIN

A social media influencer describes her perfect day harvesting the eyes and minds of her followers to achieve immortality.

Directed by Lael Rogers, US, 2023

BOWLING 4 EVA - 14:19 MIN

A troubled teen girl spends her time trolling men online and bowling with her grandfather while becoming increasingly medicated.

Directed by Aelfie, US, 2023 | German Premiere | Available online

Content warning: suicide

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FEB 8TH - BLOOD TIES: FAMILY HORROR- We're about to dive into the murkier corners of family life. Brace yourself for head-spinning themes of desires gone rogue, family secrets, and murder. 

LAMB - 15 MIN

An ordinary day takes a sinister turn for a woman and her child when a stranger walks into their isolated rural home.

Directed by Sinéad O'Loughlin, Ireland, 2023 | German Premiere

PRIMOGENITURE - 3:08 MIN

A town must follow a strict curfew imposed by a red mark and a mysterious force. When Claudia's little brother is marked, her whole family must suffer the consequences.

Directed by Savanna Menzel, US, 2023 | European Premiere | Available online

THE THAW - 16:31 MIN

In 19th-century Vermont, a young woman's parents drink sleeping tea in order to survive the harsh winter, but an early thaw leads to horrifying results.

Directed by Sarah Wisner & Sean Temple, US, 2023 | European Premiere

AVIYA - 4 MIN

"Aviya" is a haunting short film that delves into the complex dynamics of a broken family. Set against the backdrop of a celebratory occasion, the story follows a young girl, Aviya, yearning for her mother’s recognition against her abusive father. 

Directed by Aviya Hanina, Israel, 2023 | German Premiere | Available online

STUMP - 17:47

Powerful  corporate leaders have inexplicably turned feral and now live in forests where they are being hunted and sold for their crimes against the environment . Loyalties are tested when one of the hunters encounter someone unexpected.

Directed by Silva Kuusniemi, Finland, 2023 | German Premiere | Available online

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SCHLUKAUF - (PIECEMEAL) - 14:04 MIN

An approaching loss threatens the of a middle-class family, whose dark secrets gradually come to light and begin to gnaw away at the family members - literally.

Directed by Maxie Le Dévéhat & Marcel Schuhardt, Germany, 2023 | Available online

WHERE THE WITCH LIVES - 14 MIN

After moving into an old isolated house with her newly-single mother and her little sister, 12 year old Cassie begins to suspect that her family is being tormented by the spirit of a sadistic River Witch.

Written and directed by Marial Sharp, Canada, 2023 | Available online

BLIND SPOT - 6:49 MIN

A young woman is haunted by a presence that seems to be linked to her past.

Directed by Alexandra Mignien, Canada, 2023 | German Premiere | Available online

SAID OF A DEER THAT'S SHED IT'S ANTLERS - 19:51MIN

A rural dystopia with a wacky nihilism that takes us to the heart of the annual Shedding ceremony, where the old is discarded to make way for the new.

Directed by Salomé Crickx, Belgium, 2023

FEB 8TH - ABSURD AND SURREAL HORROR-  The underworld and our deepest thoughts are always looming, and sometimes things get so wacky that you'll be left scratching your head and wondering, "What the fuck is going on here?!"

Some carry deep, meaningful messages, while others are simply kooky and off-the-wall rides through pure chaos. Either way, these shorts will leave you feeling like you just took a wild trip!

POPPY'S SATURN - 14:35 MIN

When nightclub singer Poppy is confronted by a black-eyed man she is filled with fear. The event triggers a buried sexual trauma that she has to overcome in a kaleidoscopic world of glitter, music, and blood.

Directed by Nicole Tegelaar, Canada, 2023 | German Premiere | Available online

HELLMARK - 12:51 MIN

Despite what Hallmark tells you, throwing your entire life away for the love of a stranger doesn’t always result in a happy ending. Madeline learns this the hard way when her romance ends in horror. Abducted by a crowd of happy cultists and put to work in a Christmas village factory, she’s forced to confront the artificiality of her past and face the terrifying question of: “what now?"

Directed by Jessie Doucet, US, 2023 | European Premiere | Available online

BABY YOGA - 7:27 MIN

An ordinary man stumbles into a prenatal yoga class and is severely punished by the underworld...

Directed by Megan Chumbley, US, 2023 | European Premiere | Available online

GERTRUDE AND YVAN PARTY HARD - 9:22 MIN

At a party, Gertrude meets Yvan. He would like to kiss her but finds her name repulsive. Gertrude does not let herself be intimidated; Yvan decides not to let her go. They test each other, provoke each other... The meeting takes an absurdly bloody turn.

Directed by Louise Groult, France, 2023

F'CKIN NUTS - 11:55 MIN

Sandy is grievously forced to break it off with the boy of her dreams in order to avert him from meeting her unusual parents. 

Directed by Sam Fox, US, 2023, | German Premiere | Available online

SORRY sorry - 8:47 MIN

A psychological drama short film about female rage, friendship and catharsis, AFL newcomer Alyssa gets roped into playing a secret AFL match with no rules where she discovers her inner desire for violence.

Directed by Ella Crowley, Australia, 2023

AMANITA MUSCARIA - 8:47 MIN

Sinister forces threaten to ruin the peaceful life of the young biologist Eugene.

Written and directed by Hajdi Đukić, Serbia, 2021 | German Premiere | Available online

ALL IS LOST - 7:00 MIN

The Pérez are an almost normal family, albeit with somewhat dysfunctional behaviour. The couple is considering fertilising an egg she laid last night.

Written and directed by Carla Pereira & Juanfran Jacinto, Spain, 2022 | German Premiere | Available online

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WANNA SEE WHAT'S SLATED FOR FEBRUARY 9TH AND 10TH AT FINAL GIRLS BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL? CLICK HERE!

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