The five films are:
Five: Until the River Runs Red
What I was pleased to see was such a range of narrative styles and visual treatments across the films.
I think there is a general perception amongst up and coming film makers that awards go to worthy, gritty films that contain social comment and a social / political issue. And as writers all we have to do is to choose our issue; working class struggles, immigration, some sort of equality.
What is great to see with these five films is that it defies that perception. In fact, I say that these films prove the opposite to be true. There is more range in storytelling methods, more daring in the visuals and more good old-fashioned dramatic intrigue than there are in many of the feature films.
Perhaps the only 'rule' that seems to be reinforced by this selection is to feature the stories of children. 3 out of the 5 do that. As did my own film many years ago. I'm not sure why that is. But I think it is because coming-of-age is the short film's normal genre and this often occurs at that younger age.
I can't say here which I will be voting for, but keep an eye out to see who wins on the big night. Not that you will see that on the TV as they always cut the short film bit out - rats!