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Running time: 1hr 25mins

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 Drama Award.

Boy in the Back Seat

1986. A young boy is left unattended in the car while his volatile dad takes care of some ‘business’ in a dodgy local pub. What could possibly go wrong?

Dir: Scott Pickup

Internal Abyss

As Mia battles the effects of both her broken home and her toxic relationship, her loneliness grows, and hope is fading. Will she find hope and a route to follow, or will life always be this Internal Abyss?

Dir: Heléna Antonio

Team Builder

A squabbling diversity committee at a Life Insurance company reluctantly takes part in a team-building exercise. But when the Operator of their escape room chokes on a peanut they have just minutes to get out and save him. To do that they must work as a team.

Dir: Anna Southgate


Funerals can be environments where men want to cry but refuse to while their past rides up to hit them. Eddie Holgate is caught in this exact situation. His father has built him up all his life to be tough in an attempt to trickle down his masculinity. But as a tumultuous and charged service at his team’s football pitch sparks unwanted memories, Eddie is forced to examine the man he idolized against the husband and caregiver he very much was not.

Dir: Plum Stupple-Harris


A young female artist unravels the beautiful facade that painted over her lover’s abuse.

Dir: Esmeralda Seay-Reynolds

Brother Nature

Two brothers live by the estuary, hunting to survive, until one decides surviving isn’t living. Brother Nature is an experimental hybrid that exists in the overlap between drama and documentary, using street casted local characters and real settings.

Dir: Maxie Neil Bianco

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

Total running time: 1hr 25mins

You can see the other films nominated for this year’s Best Drama Award in Screening of TVIFF Short Film Selections – Drama (Block 1)

  • 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.

  • Pay what you decide information

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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.