Surreal dream worlds, a World War 1 drama and documentaries about everything from nightclubs in churches to days of the week.
This was just some of the work on show at the BU Student Short Film Festival.
The Festival, conceived by lecturer Dr David McQueen and organised by students from the MA Media Production framework, showcased short films created by BU students.
Around 20 short films - from both undergraduate and postgraduate students - were shown during the Festival, with winners decided by an audience vote.
The annual Festival is now in its third year, and received a record-breaking number of submissions.
“We’ve had more entries than ever and there have been some really exceptional films,” said David, who is Programme Leader for the Narrative Constructions unit on the MA Media Production framework.
“The quality has been really high and there was an interesting mix of films, with really powerful and compelling stories.
“I’ve been really struck by the quality of cinematography. Some of the films wouldn’t look out of place in a multi-million pound production.”
MA Cinematography student Clemens Majunke won 1st prize with his film Dream Works, a drama where a couple wake up in a bedroom, with no idea how they got there - unsure if they are awake or dreaming.
“It feels good to win, but it’s a total surprise because there were some other really good films shown,” said Clemens, who received a trophy, framed poster and film documentary box set for winning the competition.
“It was great to have the chance to show it and get feedback from the others.”
Ramon Blanquer, a BA (Hons) Computer Visualisation and Animation student, came second with his film Self Seeker, a drama inspired by the work of philosopher Nietzche.
"Taking part on this events like this film festival enables me to find talented people who are close in distance to me, talented people who I might work with at some time - it's about proximity and networking really," he said.
"It really satisfied me that people could connect and engage with the idea behind the short film - there's no such success for us such as having an audience that engages with our work in such way and appreciates it. It's really fulfilling."
The 3rd place prize went to MA Directing Film and TV student Antonios Vallindras for his documentary Sundness, which explored people’s feelings and opinions about Sunday.
He said: “It’s nice to share your work and you can find future collaborations that can be good for your future. To get that feedback as well is so important.”
David added that holding the film festival had numerous benefits for the students involved.
“Lots of different film-makers have the chance to see each other’s work, and I think it’s valuable for people to be able to say that they have entered or won a film competition.
“They are able to screen films in a supportive environment among peers, where there is not as much pressure or anxiety as there might be otherwise.”