International Competition 7

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Kirill Khachaturov:

Naked

Russia, 2019. 15 minutes.

Somewhere in Eastern Europe due to an accident in a laboratory, the hero gains superpowers that he does not want. The hero does not want to be a superhero, to save the world from villains, he wants to live as before without changing anything. The situation is complicated by the fact that while he gains the awareness of his power, it causes problems in his everyday life. While he is stuck in the elevator, he meets a girl who likes him and wants to help him.

Francisca Villela:

We Have Everything

Chile, 2020. 5 minutes.

A bag, a house and what happens inside: goodbyes and beginnings, secret messages, time, superstitions, promises, tastes and prototypes.

Alexandre Siqueira:

Purpleboy

Portugal, 2019. 14 minutes.

Oscar is a child who sprouts in his parents' garden. Nobody knows his biological sex but he claims the masculine gender. One day Oscar lives an extraordinary but painful adventure in an authoritarian and oppressive world. Will he manage to have the identity recognition he desires so much?

Ada Güvenir :

WOULD YOU PLEASE?

Belgium, 2020. 5 minutes.

A modern day love story, in the right place but at the wrong time.

Izibene Oñederra :

Lursaguak (Scenes from life)
(Lursaguak (Escenas de vida))

Spain, 2019. 12 minutes.

As Hélène Cixous said, we live in a time when millions of voles of an unknown species are undermining the conceptual basis of an age-old culture.

Atsushi Wada:

My Exercise

Japan, 2020. 3 minutes.

A boy is doing exercises with his dog.

Leonid Shmelkov:

Room with a Sea View

Estonia, 2020. 12 minutes.

Herbert arrives in the seaside city on a long working trip. Accidentally he falls in love with a very strange beautiful saleswoman in a flower shop. He suffers from insomnia, which he treats by watching billiards on TV. But now it doesn’t help anymore. His obsessive passion keeps him awake.

Silvain Monney, Samuel Patthey:

Ecorce

Switzerland, 2020. 15 minutes.

A cracked material looking like bark. Time seems to have stopped around the Villa, when suddenly a silhouette passes. Inside the building we discover weakened bodies, auxiliary nurses and a black cat. Between an episode of «The Young and the Restless» and a yogurt, we watch the time go by, slowly, repetitively. Only crucifixes, radios, and puppets, kept as relics in the rooms, appear to resist time. Then all of a sudden, there is a loud crash.

International Competition 6

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Nilas Røpke Driessen:

The Man and the Head

Denmark, 2020. 6 minutes.

A little man builds a house on a giant floating head. The man and the head develop a friendship, talk about their days and try to figure out what to do with their lives.

Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot:

The Hangman at Home

Denmark, 2021. 14 minutes.

What does the hangman think about when he goes home at night from work?

Ollie Magee:

Nod. Wink. Horse.

United Kingdom, 2020. 5 minutes.

A film behind a horse. Obscuring the narrative. My act of self-destruction.

Hannah Brewerton :

Hit and Run

United Kingdom, 2020. 4 minutes.

Things get surreal when the Brits play baseball. A satirical film about modern British politics and tactics of distraction.

Nicolas Keppens :

Easter Eggs

Belgium, 2021. 15 minutes.

The Chinese restaurant is empty. The exotic bird’s cage stands wide open. Two friends, Jason and Kevin, see this as an opportunity to catch and sell them. Catching the birds ain’t as simple as it seems.

Soetkin Verstegen:

Freeze Frame

Belgium, 2019. 5 minutes.

Freeze frame: the most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image. Through an elaborate process of duplicating the same image over and over again, it creates the illusion of stillness. Identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice, like archivists. The repetitive movements reanimate the animals captured inside.

Jasmine Elsen:

Carrousel

Belgium, 2020. 10 minutes.

Rose grows up with her snails in the park. Their park. One day she is attacked by intruders. Or is it the other way around? A film about dehumanization.

Sasha Svirsky:

Vadim on a walk
(Вадим на прогулке)

Russia, 2021. 8 minutes.

Finally, Vadim goes out of a tight square space where he has been used to sitting. He embraces the brave new world and his renewed life.

Marion Lacourt:

Sheep, Wolf and a Cup of Tea…

France, 2019. 12 minutes.

At night, while family members indulge in curious rituals before sleeping, a child invokes a wolf from the bottom of a box hidden under his bed. Disturbing sheep then besiege the door of his bedroom.

International Competition 5

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Bastien Dubois:

Souvenir Souvenir

France, 2020. 15 minutes.

“For ten years I pretend to make a movie out of my grandfather’s Algerian war souvenirs. Today I’m not sure I want to hear what he has to say.”

Laura Benavides Ramirez:

Displaced

Estonia, 2020. 7 minutes.

A foreign figure decides over the destiny of one indigenous woman. Her escape is a dance that reveals what it means to be displaced.

Linda Stūre:

Night Shift

Latvia, 2019. 3 minutes.

The nightly ritual of a security guard – a game of Tetris – is interrupted by unexpected technical issues. One of the surveillance cameras breaks down, and the game sets its own rules.

Max Hattler:

Serial Parallels

Hong Kong, 2019. 9 minutes.

Approaching Hong Kong’s built environment from the conceptual perspective of celluloid film, by applying the technique of film animation to the photographic image. The city’s signature architecture of horizon-eclipsing housing estates is reimagined as parallel rows of film strips.

Michaela Mihalyi, David Štumpf:

SH_T HAPPENS
( SH_T HAPPENS)

Czech Republic, 2019. 13 minutes.

The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events, because... shit happens all the time.

Natko Stipanicev:

Arka

Croatia, 2020. 15 minutes.

A grandiose transoceanic cruise ship sailing the seas.

Nata Metlukh:

Awkward

USA, 2020. 4 minutes.

A day full of socially awkward moments.

Marko Djeska:

All Those Sensations in My Belly
(Sve te senzacije u mom trbuhu)

Croatia, 2020. 13 minutes.

While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.

International Competition 4

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Natalia Spychala:

Marbles

Poland, 2019. 5 minutes.

Hypnotizing pendulum sets a particular mechanism in motion. A figure appearing fragmentarily, space and a variety of objects form a rhythmic system of mutual dependence. Sound interweaves with image, creating music of repetitive events. What is the cause and what is the effect?

Pablo M. Ballarín:

The piece of tail in the mouth of the snake that bites its own tail

Estonia, 2019. 12 minutes.

A trip across the cosmos.

Jack O'Shea:

The Dream Report

Ireland, 2020. 7 minutes.

A deadpan sci-fi interweaving moments of familiar routine with esoteric messages from deep space.

Stas Santimov:

The Surrogate

Ukraine, 2020. 6 minutes.

A man destroys the nest of an unknown creepy creature. But it's not the most horrible creature he will meet tonight.

Lucija Mrzljak, Morten Tšinakov:

The Stork
(Toonekurg)

Estonia, 2019. 16 minutes.

While smoking on the balcony, Citizen Stork is struck by a moment of clarity, in which he realizes that he is not a person, but rather a bird. At the same time, a man and a woman are eating lunch. When a cuckoo jumps out of the clock, the man leaves the apartment in a hurry. The woman and the stork meet.

Nadja Andrasev:

Symbiosis

France, 2019. 13 minutes.

A betrayed wife starts to investigate her husband’s mistresses. Her jealousy is gradually replaced by curiosity.

Inari Sirola:

Eating in the Dark

United Kingdom, 2021. 9 minutes.

Through snakey dildos, setting boundaries and a journey through a mind bending forest, we follow Siro's quest for self discovery.

Alexandra Ramires (Xá):

TIE
(ELO)

Portugal, France, 2020. 12 minutes.

Under a gloomy sun, two characters with symmetrical handicaps look for adaptation.

International Competition 3

Screening time: 1 h 18 min

Films in this screening:

Barbora Halířová:

Hide N Seek
( Hide N Seek)

Czech Republic, 2019. 7 minutes.

On the background of a children's game there is a story about the flow and perception of time. To win the game, the young boy becomes an old man and his life shrinks to one hide and seek game. Poetic visions are created from the memories of childhood and they tell the story close to some adults.

Frédéric Schuld:

The Chimney Swift

Germany, 2020. 5 minutes.

19th century in Europe. A child climbs up a chimney while a bird sails down into it to build a nest. An encounter with no way back. A British chimney sweeper describes his everyday routine of forcing young kids to become workers. While we observe a kid cleaning a chimney, the master's statement gets more personal with every sentence until we understand that he is speaking about his own past.

Damien Tran:

Poum Poum!

France, 2020. 6 minutes.

Celebrating the simple and childish joy of hitting drums, scribbling on paper using marker pens, splashing paint or making cracked cymbals screech. Poum Poum! finds chaos, mishaps amusing and aims at spreading a spontaneous and joyful creative energy.

Reza Riahi:

Navozande, the musician

France, 2020. 15 minutes.

At the time of the attack of the Mongols, a young musician and the love of his life are separated from each other. Fifty years later, the musician is summoned to perform at the castle of the Mongols where his beloved is being held.

Kaspar Jancis:

Cosmonaut

Estonia, 2019. 12 minutes.

An old Cosmonaut lives the same kind of life now in his flat in a concrete panel apartment building as he did in his youth in a space station. As before, he still carries out heroic missions and misses his close relatives, who he left behind on his home planet. His close relatives see the situation altogether differently. Is this old man capable of coming to grips with the norms that apply in society? A cosmonaut will always be a cosmonaut. To the very end.

Nadia Goldman:

I WISH

Russia, 2021. 3 minutes.

Marina really wants to sleep, but it's not that simple. Marina has lost her pillow, and the little forest pranksters do not help her to search at all for some reason.

Alberto Vázquez:

Homeless Home

France, 2020. 15 minutes.

No one can escape their roots, however rotten they may be.

Julian Gallese:

Thank you

United Kingdom, 2020. 8 minutes.

A highly anticipated birthday is the talk of the town.

Marine Blin:

What resonates in silence
(Ce qui résonne dans le silence)

France, 2020. 8 minutes.

Hiding death does not make it disappear. A little girl who suffered from the silence of adults felt dispossessed of her right to mourn. As an adult, she recounts the tender gestures that bind her to the dead.

International Competition 2

Screening time: 1h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Aria Covamonas:

Socrates’ Adventures in the Under Ground

Mexico, 2020. 9 minutes.

A marxist-leninist-maoist revision of Plato's Allegory of the Cave, filled with talking animals who shall be late and bourgeois queens who like to get off with your head.

Miloš Tomić:

Radiovision - Mihovil Logar Speaking

Serbia, 2019. 3 minutes.

Free animation game with broken plastic pieces, broken glass, crystal decorations, feathers, old photos and gummy candy...as an attempt to summarize a rich and music-dedicated life of Mihovil Logar.

Lucas Ansart:

The zucchini’s smile

France, 2020. 7 minutes.

Myia and Aristote live from gluglu hunting. These cloud-animals allow them to grow courgettes in the desert. One day, Myia falls in love with one of them.

Paul Mas:

Precious
(Précieux)

France, 2020. 14 minutes.

Julie can't fit into her school. The arrival of Emile, an autistic child, will change the game.

Agnès Patron:

And then the bear
(L'Heure de l'Ours)

France, 2019. 14 minutes.

That very night, houses will burn. Men and women will tremble. Hordes of children will come together and howl as they dance alone on the ashes like wild bears. It only takes one cry to awaken them all from their slumber!

Chaerin Im:

MATE

USA, 2019. 4 minutes.

A mating ritual on print, plate, and reflection.

Nicholas Dimas, Elizabeth Whitfield:

Ben and Kat or Kat and Ben Go To Little Lake Fountain

USA, 2019. 9 minutes.

The cousins Kat and Ben go to Little Lake Fountain and along the way, meet some new friends.

Joe Hsieh:

NIGHT BUS

Taiwan, 2020. 20 minutes.

On a late-night commuter bus, a necklace was stolen. This was followed by a tragic and fatal road accident, and a series of intriguing turns of events which revealed love, hatred, and vengeance. In the climax, the bus went ablaze, burning and glittering against the dark coastal sky.

International Competition 1

Screening time: 1 h 18 min

Films in this screening:

Andrey Zhidkov:

Happiness
(Schast'e)

Russia, 2020. 5 minutes.

In a cold, repulsive world of chaos a man is searching for his true happiness hoping that simple things can evolve into his bliss. But his attempts end up in an abyss of loneliness.

Aline Höchli:

Why Slugs Have No Legs

Switzerland, 2019. 11 minutes.

Slugs have a hard time keeping up with the pace of life in the city of insects. When a financial crisis hits, the industrious bees only see one solution.

Daria Kashcheeva:

Daughter
( Daughter)

Czech Republic, 2019. 15 minutes.

Should you hide your pain? Close yourself inside your inner world, full of longing for your father’s love and its displays? Or should you understand and forgive before it is too late?

Alexandra Májová :

Washing Machine
(Pračka)

Czech Republic, 2020. 5 minutes.

Wash and love.

Varya Yakovleva:

Anna, cat-and-mouse

Russia, 2020. 5 minutes.

A man is spying on Anna. He breaks into her house, destroys everything that surrounds Anna, trying to take possession of her.

Laui Laessa:

I Want A Sun In My Pocket

Costa Rica, 2019. 4 minutes.

A landscape of feelings experienced by the inhabitants of one building. Loneliness, unworthiness, and a soothing encounter with the sun are in the midst of their inner battle.

Gabriel Böhmer :

Push This Button if You Begin to Panic

United Kingdom, 2020. 13 minutes.

Bartholomew Whisper went to the doctor today. There he met administrators keen on experimental surgery, and lonely MRI machines. At least the growing hole in his head was becoming quite beautiful.

Claudia Munksgaard-Palmqvist:

FILM FOUND

Denmark, 2020. 4 minutes.

Look at a mistake that is not human. Be present in the uncontrollable intervention of the material. Between control and chance, surface and void a film will (perhaps) be found.

Adrien Mérigeau:

​​Genius Loci

France, 2019. 15 minutes.

One night, Reine, a young loner, sees among the urban chaos a moving oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.