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Running time: 1hr 9mins

Seating: Reserved

For the past year, the Tees Valley International Film Festival has been inviting independent filmmakers from all over the world to submit their short films for inclusion in the festival. From the hundreds of entries we received, the following films have been nominated for the Best Comedy Award.

Best of Three

A pair of police officers play games to decide which of them is to make an awkward arrest.

Dir: Katherine Press

Help is on the Way

A man seeks the help of a psychiatrist to help him put his own problems before world problems.

Dir: Jason A. White

Look North 1997 – The Champion

North East News Spoof – Vintage found VHS news report footage of World Champion Bobble Hat Tosser Darren Lally from Tow Law, County Durham.

Dir: Furio Ferrera

Dirty W****r!

Katy is sixteen and, like many teenagers, she is exploring her sexuality. Masturbating in the privacy of her bedroom should be the perfect opportunity for this but when her mother unexpectedly witnesses her solo session and shames her in front of the whole family, Katy quickly learns that mother doesn’t always know best.

Dir: Jen Gallagher


Two strangers meet by chance on a footbridge and form an unlikely alliance. Revenge is a dish best served…with eggs!

Dir: Hannah Fox

I Made War of the Worlds

After a down-and-out podcaster is fired due to a rapid decline in ratings, he turns his attention to the mass hysteria myth of the 1938 radio drama ‘The War of the Worlds’ to get his career back on track. With the help of his more successful yet reluctant friend, and a naive waitress/wannabe actress with dreams of grandeur, the trio set out to recreate a hoax alien invasion to cause chaos, go viral, and bring them the fame and fortune they desire.

Dir: Luke Walters

The Honey Trap

Alex is readying to take his relationship with his girlfriend Emma to the next stage, but while awaiting her arrival he finds himself alone with her best friend Charlotte, who may just have romantic ideas of her own.

Dir: Amaan Rashid


A comedy short written by Craig Couchman

Dir: Krishna Muthurangu

Glove Actually

Don’t you just hate it when you lose one of your gloves? Could it get any worse? Perhaps.

Dir: Andy Winward

Total running time: 1hr 9mins

You can see all these films back-to-back in this block showing of the Tees Valley International Film Festival Best Comedy Award-nominated short films.


  • Seating accessibility information

    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.

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    ARC’s theatre and dance performances are priced on a Pay What You Decide basis, which means you don’t have to pay until after you have seen a show!

    We want to encourage more people to come and see shows at ARC, more often. Pay What You Decide not only allows you to pay what you can afford, rather than a fixed ticket price, but also removes the financial risk of buying a ticket for a show in advance without knowing whether you are going to enjoy it or not.

    Tickets are available to book in advance as usual, but there is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the show. You can then decide on a price which you think is suitable based on your experience, which means if you haven’t enjoyed it at all, you don’t have to pay anything.

    All money collected will help ARC pay the artists who have performed, and we therefore hope you will give generously.

    Please ensure you have arrived and collected your tickets 15 minutes before the show starts in order to secure your seats. At the end of the show, you can decide what to pay, either by cash on the door or by card at the Box Office.