Tommy [Mike Stevens, Canada, 2018]

The scariest dystopian worlds are those that look just like our own. At first, the conversation between Tommy, a seemingly ordinary teen, and his father could almost be a normal father-son relationship. But the terrifying truth is revealed when they get a knock on the door from the ‘Supervisor’.

Engaging with the contemporary topic of genetic modification, this film explores a future in which children become hand picked commodities that can be selected - and returned - at will. The premise is chilling and the story is well acted, but the short is let down by its outlandish exaggeration.