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Running time: 24 mins

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 Films Made on a Smart Phone Award.


An urban explorer gets more than he bargained for when photographing an abandoned Victorian country mansion.

Dir: Duncan Falconer 


After witnessing a beast kill a man in front of him, Jack must run for his life.

Dir: Alex Challies

It’s Always Manslaughter

There is a mass murder on the loose and the law enforcement agencies are trying their hardest to find the killer. One night amid a nationwide curfew, Rachel Rush must stay back at work and walk home alone through the empty city streets. She encounters a police officer who is trying to look out for her and warn her of the dangers ahead, she must be careful of any men, it’s called MANslaughter for a reason…right?

Dir: Christopher Rennie

Little Monster

When Amy offers to help babysit Gwyneth’s little monster – is everything as it seems?

Dir: Amy Mains

Dead to the World

A young boy has a conversation about football to a man in the cemetery, or does he?

Dir: Craig Douglas

Only Human

The film focuses on mental health professionals and the stigma around these professionals and their own struggles with mental illness.

Dir: Justin Walker

Trouble Sleeping

A man reflects on the circumstances that lead him to a crucial decision.

Dir: Dennis Hewitt

Total running time: 24 minutes

You can see all these films back-to-back in this block showing of the Tees Valley International Film Festival Best Films Made on a Smart Phone 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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