The IWM Short Film Festival showcases films responding to past and contemporary conflict across 5 days of screenings, featuring animations, dramas and documentaries

Discover more about some of the films shortlisted for the 2018 festival in our interviews with the filmmakers behind them.  

In Triptych, filmmaker Katia Lom combines live action, poetry and animation to bring to life the recollections of her mother who fled Czechoslovakia as a child due to the anti-Semitic Slansky trials of 1952.

Here she discusses the inspiration behind her film and the importance of surfacing the personal experience.

Still from Triptych, a film by Katia Lom showing a silhouette of two birds in flight on a pale blue background featuring stars.
© Courtesy Katia Lom

"Working in archives and care homes before going to film school I became inspired by the significance objects hold in bearing witness to the past and connecting future generations to that history.  

I wanted to create a film that was structured and experienced more like a poem rather than a straight forward narrative. I wanted to create moments that were experienced through different points of view, and I wanted to express these by how different emotional perspectives could be expressed through different visual perspectives. 

It was important for me for my film to be viewed within the historical context the impact of war has on people's lives. The opportunity of having my film screened in a museum like IWM meant my story could be heard within a specific context. We learn of war through the history books, and although the main events are explained, the personal experiences often do not have a voice. IWM Short Film Festival was an opportunity for my voice to be heard along with other voices who also experienced trauma, and generational trauma, as a result of armed conflict. This has been very important for me." 

Visit our film festival page for screening times and the full festival programme.

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