The Presence of Absence

The Presence of Absence

Bridget longs to know her father who died before she was born. A chance encounter with her estranged aunt at a family wake leads her on a surreal journey into the afterlife to search for her father.

Director Bio

Laura Conlon is a fine art photographer and film maker living and working in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Laura has completed her BA Honours Degree in Fine Art and is currently studying for her Masters in Film at Queens University. Her photography and film work are centred on concepts of time, memory and the past. She produces dreamlike emotive imagery with a magical beauty, creating worlds where the unreal seems real.


  • Directed by:Laura Conlon
  • Written by:Laura Conlon
  • Produced by:Laura Conlon
  • Runtime:3 mins
  • Completion Date:February 14, 2020
  • Country of Origin:Ireland
  • Country of Filming:Ireland
  • Category:Irish Live-Action
  • Selection:Programme 2
  • Screening Time / Venue:Fri AUG 14
    10AM - 10PM ONLINE
  • Links: Instagram

Latest News

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call of the forest screening

Call of the Forest Screening

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 07 December, 2020

Still Voices Presents a Special Screening of Call of the Forest in partnership with Whose Woods These Are Tree Festival.

2020 award winners

Submissions for Still Voices 21 Now Open

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 October, 2020

Submissions for the Still Voices Short Film Festival 2021 are now open!

2020 award winners

2020 Award Winners Announced!

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 16 August, 2020

Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Award Winners Announced!


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As this year's festival is online, no tickets will be sold. The online short film competition will be free.

2020 Programme

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