Nothing is more inevitable, yet nothing makes us more uncomfortable, than talking about death. We spend our lives coming to terms with our inevitable end. We ask ourselves the difficult existential questions. We reflect on what value our lives have had. Film is preoccupied with death and dying: from Gothic horror to zombie invasion – and everything in between – it gives us a rich canvass on which to explore this most human of obsessions.

Drawing on films from the UK, Iran, Spain and the Czech Republic, the Insight Film Festival presents a selection of award winning shorts from around the world that provide a myriad of reflections – in turns serious, funny and mystical – on death. Followed by a lively chat with David Butler, film buff and lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester.