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THE THING THAT ATE THE BIRDS 

2021 - 12 MINS

Head Gamekeeper Abel discovers the Thing that is eating his Grouse and brings the horror back home to his already crumbling relationship with his wife.

Written & Directed by Sophie Mair & Dan Gitsham

Produced by Rebecca Wolff, Jude Goldrei & Sophie Mair

Cast: Eoin Slattery, Rebecca Palmer, Lewis Mackinnon & James Swanton

 

Funded by ALTER & BFI Network

 

'Of all the films showing across the Midnight strand, both short and feature, it is this one that is most likely to induce heart palpitations...’

THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS

' The Thing That Ate The Birds is an incredibly strong little piece of filmmaking, cramming more loaded imagery and anxiousness into eleven minutes than a lot of feature-length releases manage in ten times that length.'

HORROR BUZZ

''Dan Gitsham and Sophie Mair strike a perfect balance between familial drama and suspenseful, gory horror.'

GRUESOME MAGAZINE

‘It's a film that lingers with you.’

SYFY.COM

Festivals & Screenings

London Short Film Festival 2021, UK

Manchester Film Festival 2021, UK

Tampere Film Festival 2021, Finland

South By South West 2021, USA

Florida Film Festival 2021, USA

Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival 2021, Brazil

Pragueshorts Film Festival 2021, Czech Republic

Chattanooga Film Festival 2021, USA

Cryptshow Festival 2021, Spain

Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival 2021, Croatia

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2021, Korea

LA Shorts International Film Festival 2021, USA

Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival 2021, Slovenia

Indy Shorts International Film Festival 2021, USA Winner HEARTLAND HORROR AWARD

Sundance London 2021, UK

Popcorn Frights 2021, USA

Indielisboa - International Film Festival 2021, Portugal

Ravenheart International Film Festival 2021, Norway

Encounters Film Festival 2021, UK

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2021, USA Winner BEST SHORT FILM SCREENPLAY

GenreBlast Film Festival 2021, USA

MOTELX Lisbon International Horror Film Festival 2021, Portugal SPECIAL MENTION for the Méliès d'argent Award - Best European Short Film

Hollyshorts 2021, USA

Court Metrange 2021, France

Edmonton Film Festival 2021, Canada

Mile High Horror Festival 2021, USA

BFI London Film Festival 2021, UK (Network@LFF)

La Femme International Film Festival 2021, USA

Dracula Film Festival 2021, Romania

Telluride Horror Show 2021, USA

Mayhem Film Festival 2021, UK

Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival 2021, USA Winner GRAND PRIZE - BEST HORROR SHORT

El Paso Film Festival 2021, USA

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2021, USA

Knoxville Horror Film Fest 2021, USA Winner BEST SCRIPT

Celluloid Screams 2021, UK Honourable Mention

Newport Beach Film Festival 2021, USA

Dark Hedges Film Festival 2021, Northern Ireland

Cell Adore Film Festival 2021, UK Winner AUDIENCE AWARD

Espace Court @ Festival du cinema Int. A-T 2021, Canada

Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival 2021, Belgium

San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Festival 2021, Spain

Morbido Fest 2021, Mexico

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2021, UK

St Louis International Film Festival 2021, USA

Leeds International Film Festival 2021, UK

Abertoir Horror Festival 2021, UK

Festival Boca Do Inferno 2021, Brazil

Splat Film Fest 2021, Poland

Cornwall Film Festival 2021, UK

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