Selection 2018

Fiction Short film

BEFORE I SLEEP

BEFORE I SLEEP. Bulgaria. Nikolay Todorov   

A boy and a girl left homeless while they are expecting a baby. Together they leave the familiar world and set out to the unknown.


The Lake. Finland. Mojo Erämetsä 

The Lake

A short story about a man and his dark past.


What If. Ukraine. Vera Yakovenko

What If

The young couple goes to the forest to make love close to nature. By a twist of fate they get a chance to show their humanity and to rescue a baby. However, to blame each other and to sort out their relationship is for them number one. The chain of tragic happenings will be the revenge to them for their inactivity.


May Day.  Belgium. Olivier Magis / Fedrik De Beul  

May Day

In Thierry’s living room, several people have gathered. None of them know each other but they are all there to try and fulfil the same dream. They want to find a job… and quickly. But we’re in Brussels, so nothing goes quite as planned.


Daniel’s summer. Mexico / United States. Ingrid Mendoza

Daniel's summer

This year Daniel spent the worst summer of his life, but since everything bad brings his good things, he will discover that it was the best of his life.


The Intersecting Lines. China. Mingduan Wang  

The Intersecting Lines

A man met a woman in a blind date. On the cafe, they found a game named “The Life’s Intersection” in the magazine. So they began to talk about the stories of each other. Their careers and identities has changed in hypothetical stories. They met but separated in the stories they told. The two people in the reality and the created characters in the stories became a tergal whole, difficult to distinguish true or false.


The illusion. Argentina. Jorge Donoso

The illusion

Mary discovers a lump in her breast, which will change her life. Yesterday she dreamed of being a star, today she must fight for her life.


Eckhardt. Germany. Konstantin Rall

Eckhardt

Eckhardt is on his way to the employment agency. He is thinking about his life, and ends up remembering his wild, erotic relationship with Mariana, which gave him more insight into the interconnectedness of life than his years of academic study of philosophy and literature. This short portrait of the intellectual and emotional life of the young humanities scholar Eckhardt – a man literally incapacitated by his own mind – is illustrative of a young academic elite that is useless to the labour market.


Fashion. Mexico. Raúl Linares

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A woman obsessed with fashion, fashion outfits, fashion glasses, fashion portfolios … fashionable couples.


RETOUCH

RETOUCH. Iran. Kaveh Mazaheri

The Story is about a young Iranian woman “Maryam” who her husband is dying in front of her eyes and she just watches his struggle and does not help. Maryam’s husband has an accident at home and, rather than saving him, she stops helping and watches him die.

 


THE PECULIAR ABILITIES OF MR MAHLER. Germany. Paul Philipp 

THE PECULIAR ABILITIES OF MR MAHLER

East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political…

 


Blindness. IRAN. Navid Nikkhah Azad  

Blindness Poster

A blind mother asks for help from a woman to know if the girl who loves her son is beautiful or not.



Animation Short Film

This Magnificent Cake! Belgium / France / Netherlands. Emma De Swaef

This Magnificent Cake

An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed businessman on an expedition, a lost porter and a young army deserter.


ORBITAL INN. France. PIERRE-ALAIN M’BARGA

ORBITAL INN

Year 2076. Global population : 24 billion. To avoid chaos, Nations have agreed on forbidding the conception and the raising of new children. ORBITAL INN tells the story of a man, his wife, and their young son who is not supposed to be


Mermaids and Rhinos. Hungary. Viktoria Traub  

Mermaids and Rhinos

Eight-year-old Tilda’s memories of her family as surrealistic visions come into life: the circus member ex-mermaid grandmother, the erotically overheated mother and the disappeared father whose broken heart, anger and jealousy manifest as a rhino. The acts of present and the past are in constant metamorphoses and transformation. The characters overstep their own and the surrounding world’s physical borders. Tilda’s life is full of grotesque, bizarre characters hungry for love. The atmosphere of wistfulness, desire, passion and sorrow frame the story.


Strange Case. Poland. Zbigniew Czapla

Strange Case

The film as a metaphor of life, the last surrealistic journey into consciousness. Stream of images, thoughts and memories. The sequence of protagonist’s personal experiences and collective memory.

 


Peach Blossom Fish. China. Chen Hailu

A lonely fish was spoiled by a squirrel.The fish gradually indulged in the squirrel’s earnest care and love. Then,she turned into a beautiful goldfish. Meanwhile, She has become a prisoner, too,from admiring ,falling in love to separation……Eventually,they learned to respect each other .

Peach Blossom Fish



Documentary Short   

The Book of Sabeth. Austria. Florian Kogler 

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Piece by piece, image by image, fragments unfold, representing a unique life. We encounter Elisabeth, a writer, poet, painter and scholar, pupil of Shostakovich and friend of Heinrich Böll, and a citizen, who simply could not go on living in the Soviet Union. Her stories, her poems, her music and an encounter with an old friend depict a live dedicated to arts and the quest for truth; but most of all the steady determination to pass on this experience to other generations.


A Tale of War. Australia. Hossein Jehani   

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The destitute atmosphere of refugee camps is constantly narrated through the idea that life halts and time stills. Lacking the jobs, facilities and freedom that the refugees would of had in their hometowns, the camp serves as a demoralizing agent that strips the refugee out of their context and dehumanizes them. Some refugees attempt to recontextualize their life within these camps, going through important life events such as weddings, funerals and pregnancies. However, all these refugees share a common plight, and that is the hope of returning to their home-land and a return to the norm of life, a hope that is being challenged by the presence of Shia militias.


Drug War. México. Jack Dornel

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Drug trafficking in Mexico is the story of a political failure. This story is convulsed and is accompanied by a level of extreme violence. The successes of successive governments have been virtually non-existent. On the contrary, the cartels have multiplied, sophisticated and expanded for a large part of Mexican geography.


Ardrashadananam. India. Farook Abdul Rahiman

Ardrashadananam

This documentary, Ardrashadananam, presented as a timely lesson for our society, is an abbreviated realistic portrayal of the life of late Shadaanan Anikkath, alias Kuttettan, who lived his whole life as an absolute philanthropist and an absolute artist at the same time, in the roles of a painter, sculptor and an exponent of classic and folk performing arts, while working day and night as an expert farmer, loving family man and leftist social activist


Genesis. Iran. Abtin Mozafari   

Genesis

A fantasy short film with a critical point of view about the horrible situation in Syria.
“this is the first episode of my episodic film and I’m going to make the next three episodes. in this film, you will see a container and the story of the container will be told in the second episode”


Amerindian. Colombia. Yoselyn Arismendi

Amerindian

About 20% of Colombia’s indigenous groups are in danger of disappearing. What are we doing to prevent it?


The Dragons. Belgium. Paul Méranger

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«The Dragons» is a documentary film (built on a succession of portraits and self- portraits) about the daily life of young autist pupils in their classroom. A microphone and a camera have been given to the six kids of the classroom in a total freedom and experimentation spirit. Each in turns (with handheld cameras), the children will invite us to discover their worlds and subjectivities.
If you think that people with autism are all the same: you’re totally wrong and that’s precisely what Ilane, Adrian, Guillaume, Robine, Lucas and Simon will show you!


The joy of doing nothing. México. Roberto Salgado

The joy of doing nothing

This child does not do anything, just look at the ceiling. While drooling. He is my sister’s son. It is special for everyone.



LGBT Short Film   

Intrinsic Moral Evil. Netherlands. Harm Weistra

Intrinsic Moral Evil

Intrinsic Moral Evil seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the three dancers play with the viewer’s perception and expectations. The layered story gradually develops; revealing its last secrets just before the end credits start. Inviting the audience to make its own interpretation.


THE DUMB CAT. Italy. Paolo Cipolletta  

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Moncherì is a young transsexual man with many merits. His dream is to open his own craftshop one day, but he is forced to prostitute himself to survive.
He loves his cat “Life “ so much to establish a symbiotisc relationship with it.
One of Moncheri’s most steady “guest” is a rude man passionate about transsexuals: the Police Commissioner Cuccurullo. Moncherì is very fond of him despite everything.
Moncherì is also very religious, though he loves to live his religion as well as life : in a personal way and free from every preconception.


Sisak. India. Faraz Arif Ansari

Homosexuality in India is a punishable crime. With my film, I plan to open a much needed dialogue and give voice to the Queer community back home.


Pinky Gurung. Nepal. Gopal Shivakoti   

Pinky Gurung

Members of Nepal’s LGBTI community were once openly derided as “social pollutants,” but now enjoy social and political rights including legal recognition of a third gender, that put the country leagues ahead of much of the rest of the world. The past decade has proved critical in that evolution, as LGBTI activists won significant victories in Nepal’s courts. With the second phase of elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies just around the corner, Pinky Gurung is busy in a door-to-door campaign. She is a candidate under Proportional Representation (PR) category from one of the political party. Gurung is of the view that there is a need for representation of transgender in the new parliament to raise the voices of gender and sexual minority. Gurung hopes that people who love transgender will vote her which will be instrumental in her victory. She is excited and members of gender and sexual minority are campaigning in favor of Gurung.


Waffles. United States. Foster Wilson 

Waffles

A young, gay millennial discovers she’s slept with the enemy and has to choose between swallowing her pride and standing by her principles.



Experimental short film   

CROSSING OVER. Switzerland. Lotti Bauer

CROSSING OVER

temperamental cars collide with consequences. Living characters roughly emerge from
photo collages and noises. The vehicles collide: gently at first, then violently. The crashes quickly become archaic fun and do not remain without consequences. Destruction and creativity are one.


MONUMENT. Poland. MARCIN GIZYCKI

MONUMENT

A secret life of monumental sculptures from The Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw, Poland.


Mine. Argentina. Susana Molina

Mine

The love of youth, that unrequited love. It is the story of many teenagers in the solitude of their rooms.


Cut Feet. Turkey. Gülten Ağrıtmış  

Cut Feet

One life, one love, one frustration…


BEREAVEMENT. Spain. Yolanda Román

BEREAVEMENT

A child loses his pet because it is traveling to a place where it can be cured.
A man watches his wife is battling the bull she cannot tame.
A couple throw in the towel because their fight will never end. And the three stories share the same end… A time of bereavement.



Fantastic short film

LOTÓFAGO. Spain. CHRISTOPHER VALLEFIN

LOTÓFAGO

The end of a man’s life seen through the pages of his diary. A journey in search of the fruit of oblivion will lead him to question his existence and that of humanity. The nature and destruction carried by the hand towards the last days. The last man on earth and loneliness.


One More Experiment. Israel. Sergey Vlasov   

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In the near future all actors have become computer generated character and human actors are unemployed. This is a story of an aging actor who came to the small booth where the computer directs his monologue reading. This is the only place he can act.


Cupid without heart. México/Germany. Marcelo Reis

Cupid without heart

When Cupid runs out of desire, humans have a very black future in love.


Cheese Cake. Taiwan. LI,GUAN-XIAN

Cheese Cake

This is a story of three people doing the same dream.
In reality, the mother and father are quarreling, and the child is always overwhelmed.
In the dream, the mother turned into a witch and made a poison cake to kill the rat who had been eating it all over the place. The children followed the mother to find out, and finally did they kill the rat?


CADUCEA. Belgium. Christophe Mavroudis 

CADUCEA

“Tom hides not only a deformed face behind his flamboyant Commedia dell’arte masks, but also a dark secret that won’t be divulged until decades later. ”

CADUCEA is an independant belgian short, an atmospheric and gothic tale, shot with a budget of less than 3200 euros and post-produced with 5000 euros and the help of the Clap ! and the WIP.



Horror short film.   

CLAIRE & BRUNO : UNE HISTOIRE D’AMOUR ET DE VIANDE… france. DELEBARRE LIONEL   

CLAIRE & BRUNO

Claire and Bruno are not very happy together. They are going on a vacation, secretly hoping to mend fences with each other. Just in time : the world is coming to an end.


After Dark. Greece. Konstantinos Gourgiotis / George Leontakianakos

After Dark

A 27 years old woman orders a canvas on the internet. From the time she receives the canvas at home unexpected things happen.


The Eve. USA. Luca Machnich

The Eve

Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything from life. He’s a handsome child, he’s rich yet unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off thanks to his fervid imagination. His greatest wish is to leave the materialistic world behind since he isn’t fond of it. That’s why the only present he wants for Christmas is for Santa Claus to take him away to live in his fairyland toy factory. At the same time, a secret that his family has been keeping for a long time suddenly comes to the surface and it is feared that the worst might happen soon. The expectation for the stroke of midnight on the night before Christmas is transformed into reality for everyone on the eve of something truly different. Something terrible that might happen.


The Addiction. India. Gagan Meshram

The Addiction

Frederick, the 6 year old son of a maid in a Mumbai high-rise, has developed an innocent yet playful ‘Chaska’(Addiction) that gives him immense joy


Yacuruna. Peru. Javier Diez

Yacuruna

The Yacuruna is the most important magical spirit of the lower jungle. Command over all the animals and geniuses of water. It is similar to the god Poseidon of Greek mythology. It is said that he travels through the rivers and lakes of the Amazon at night riding a huge black crocodile, adorned with a boa like a necklace. Using magical powers of seduction, he often tricks innocent girls, making them fall in love with him.



Student Short film

Talk to her. Chile. Ramiro Castro

Talk to her

When there is nothing left to do in their marriage, Eduardo has one last hope, to tell the mother-in-law to talk to her.


The domain of the mind. Argentina/Spain. Julio Alcázar

The domain of the mind

There is something in the depths of the human mind that allows a powerful connection with the afterlife.


Absence. Brazil. Horacio Santos

Absence

How to wake up without you by my side, how to continue drinking the morning coffee without you telling me that you are missing sugar, how to continue to celebrate my next birthday?


Oblivion. Iran. Fatemeh  Mohammadi