2020 Screenings

Welcome to the global screenings of the 2020 Big Syn International Film Festival

Congratulations to all the winners and the official selections!

These entertaining and meaningful films were chosen from amongst around 500 entries from over 45 countries by an esteemed Grand Jury comprised of BAFTA and EMMY award winners, leaders from Media, Sustainability and Film Studies.

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People’s Choice Award Winners (Public voting)

Feature Film

Riptide (Special mention award)

A Scottish schizophrenia love story road movie. Discharged from a psychiatric hospital, Jacob attempts to resume his life in Edinburgh, control his schizophrenia and be a worthy member of society. He works collecting litter from the streets. He boxes. He takes his medication. He writes everything down. His Dad barely wants to know him. Frustrated by this existence and encouraged by his psychiatrist to seek fulfilling opportunities, Jacob sets off to the Highlands in search of adventure. By the sea he finds the charismatic Eva, who claims to be the secret daughter of Ingmar Bergman. And she’s on a mission. Jacob and Eva join forces and embark upon adventures.

Short Film


Aretha (Winner)

Eighteen year old Aretha wants to work at a Café that are in desperate need of staff. However, her first obstacle is to convince the Manager, Jim Laurel, that she has abilities that he just can’t see. Can a young woman with Down syndrome cope with the fast paced restaurant? Will Jim even give her the opportunity? Written and Directed by Dave Thomas.


Meeting MacGuffin (Special mention)

500 years from now, in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has fallen apart, a group of scientists and an animated sign complete the construction of a new human race and meet a groundhog climatologist who prepares them for their mission to restore balance to the decimated Earth.


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