Aya of Yop City

Screening time: 1 h 24 min

Films in this screening:

Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie:

Aya of Yop City
(Aya de Yopougon)

France, 2013. 88 minutes.

The story takes place at the end of the 1970s in the Ivory Coast, city of Youpougon, in a working class neighborhood renamed Yop City, where a 19-year-old Aya lives. Aya is a serious young woman, who prefers to stay home studying instead of going out with her girlfriends. Aya divides her time between school, her family, and her two best friends Adjoua and Bintou. Things go awry when Adjoua becomes pregnant. The film is an adaptation of the French comic series carrying the same name, written by Marguerite Abouet and drawn by Clément Oubrerie.

The screening takes place at Turku Book Café, Vanha Suurtori 3

Time: Wed 24.8.2022 at 9.30 pm

Rating: Not rated

Category: Animation, drama, comedy

Please note that the spoken language in the film is French and the subtitles are in English.

Audience favourites

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:


Announced later
(Ilmoitetaan myöhemmin)

Tulossa pian, coming soon.

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Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:


Announced later
(Ilmoitetaan myöhemmin)

Tulossa pian, coming soon.

Coming soon.

Award ceremony & winners-screening

Screening time: 1 h 45 min

Films in this screening:


Announced later
(Ilmoitetaan myöhemmin)

Tulossa pian, coming soon.

Coming soon.


Screening time: 1 h

Films in this screening:

Various artists:


Finland, - 2022. 65 minutes.

The screening features Finnish animations based on cartoons and animations by cartoon creators.

Rieku & Raiku: First Timers Drunk | 1998 | Finland | Directors: Tomi Riionheimo, Hannu Lajunen | 02:00

Rieku & Raiku: Night out  | Finland | Directors: Tomi Riionheimo, Hannu Lajunen | 02:00

Planet Z | Finland | Director: Maria Björklund | 06:51

Summer in Helsinki | 2011 | Director: Maria Björklund | 09:00

Jasso the Cat | Finland | 04:00

Granny’s Exercise Break | 2016 | Finland | Director: Anni Nykänen | 01:32

Birthday | 2014 | Finland | Director: Hanneriina Moisseinen | 02:56

The Drifter Who Loved Books | 2017 | Finland | Director: Hanneriina Moisseinen | 04:26

Cramps and Sprains | Finland | 05:00

Blood and Bones | 1993 | Finland | Director: Pietari Koskinen | 01:30

BELZEBUBS – teaser | 2019 | Finland | Director: Samppa Kukkonen | 01:00

BELZEBUBS – Cathedrals of Mourning | 2019 | Director: Samppa Kukkonen | 05:27

Hiidenkiuas | 2011 | Finland | Director: Janne Kukkonen | 07:00

Mother and Milk | 2019 | Finland | Director: Ami Lindholm | 10:00






Jury – Julian Gallese

Screening time: 1 h 05 min

Films in this screening:

Jury 3:

Julian Gallese

Costa Rica, Canada, UK, Japan, 2014-2022. 65 minutes.

Julian Gallese 

Julian (1992) is an artist from San José, Costa Rica. In 2014, after several shows in his hometown, Julian attended the Vancouver Film School to study traditional animation. Since then, Julian has made several independent short films that have been shown in festivals and galleries around the world. In 2018, Julian attended the Royal College of Art in London. He currently lives and works in London.


Julian is present at the screening. He will talk about his work throughout the years and will answer the questions from the audience.


FIlms in this screening:

Menagerie | 2014 | Canada, Costa Rica | Duration: 03:28

Untitled | 2014 | Canada, Costa Rica | 01:20

Today’s Conversation (music video) | 2015 | Costa Rica | 03:08

North | 2016 | Canada | 01:24

Binbows | 2016 | Costa Rica | 01:01

Cococo | 2017 | Costa Rica | 07:07

Cow Palace | 2018 | Costa Rica | 02:26

Banana Bread (360 video) | 2018 | Canada | 01:37

Julia | 2018 | UK | 02:24

Soft serve | 2018 | UK | 00:22

Don’t buy milk | 2019 | UK | 04:12

角銅真実 – Lullaby | 2019 | Japan | 04:00

Thank You | 2020 | UK | 07:30

Dance II | 2020 | Germany, Costa Rica | 05:20

Umweg | 2021 | Germany, Costa Rica | 03:18

Niceland (work in progress) | 2022 | UK, Costa Rica | 17:00


Total screening time: 1h 5min

Jury – Renata Gąsiorowska, Lucija Mrzljak

Screening time: 1 h

Films in this screening:

Jury 2:

Jury 2: Renata Gąsiorowska, Lucija Mrzljak

Poland, Estonia, Ireland, 2012 - 2020. 60 minutes.

Renata Gąsiorowska (1991)

Animator and cartoonist from Kraków, Poland, Renata is a graduate of the Animation Department of the Polish Film School in Łódź. She has made five short films, a few animated music videos and several short comics published around the world. Renata’s school film, Pussy won a lot of awards. Her newest short film Home in a shell was produced for HBO Poland as a part of “At Home” anthology. Renata is currently living and working in Wrocław.

Lucija Mrzljak (1990)

Lucija Mrzljak is a Croatian animation film director and illustrator based in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied at fine art academies in Zagreb, Krakow, Prague and Tallinn. In 2016 she completed her MA studies in animation at the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts as a student of Priit and Olga Pärn. Her student films Shuma and Kut were screened and awarded at numerous film festivals around the world. 

Since 2016 she co-directed several animated short animated films with the Estonian director Morten Tšinakov in Eesti Joonisfilm studio in Tallinn and Adriatic Animation studio in Zagreb: Demonstration Of Brilliance In Four Acts (2017), The Stork (2020), Eva (2022). 

In 2019 Lucija collaborated with Oscar winning musician Glen Hansard, directing an animated music video The Closing door, which won the prestigious Oktavijan award in Croatia. Besides animation Lucija is a passionate illustrator, she started as a caricaturist in political magazines like Le Monde Diplomatique and Newsweek and later she started to frequently publish her drawings in the legendary Estonian children’s magazine Täheke. She illustrated several books for children in collaboration with Estonian and Croatian authors and has exhibited illustrations at numerous group exhibitions throughout Europe and Russia.

Lucija lives and works in Tallinn as a director, illustrator and as a guest teacher at the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts.


The screening showcases films from both Renata and Lucija. Both directors will be present at the screening to answer the questions from the audience after the screening. Lucija’s films at the screening will be updated on this page soon.


Films at the screening:

Pussy | 2016 | Poland | Director: Renata Gąsiorowska | 08:00

A young girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have some sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.

Luke and Lotta | 2012 | Poland | Director: Renata Gąsiorowska | 09:00

A short story about the cone-girl Lotta nad the pear-boy Luke who go for a date. They live in a world where your shape depends of your personality. Pointy, brisk Lotta and round, slow Luke obviously don’t fit to each other but they try to do their best.

Home in a Shell | 2020 | Poland | Director: Renata Gąsiorowska | 06:00

Film that reveals how much more we have locked ourselves down in our bubbles, even though we have so many ways to communicate remotely. On my relations with the media I gorge on, or specifically on relations with one channel of a streaming platform that I watch non-stop and on how I am slowly morphing into a domestic animal.

Corner | 2016 | Estonia | Director: Lucija Mrzljak | 2:05

Life is difficult in the corner, in the point where three lines meet. Everything is geometrically relative when laws of perspective and gravity start playing tricks.

Shuma | 2016 | Estonia | Director: Lucija Mrzljak | 5:06

The Closing Door | 2019 | Estonia, Ireland | Director: Lucija Mrzljak | 04:29

The Stork | 2020 | Estonia | Directors: Lucija Mrzljak, Morten Tšinakov |15:51

While smoking on the balcony, the citizen Stork is struck by a moment of clarity, in which he realises that he is not a person, but rather a bird. At the same time, a Man and 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…

Jury – Daniel Šuljić

Screening time: 1 h

Films in this screening:

Jury 1:

Daniel Šuljić

Croatia, Germany, Austria, 1993 - 2018. 60 minutes.

Daniel Šuljić 

Daniel Šuljić (1971) is an animation film director and a musician. Born in Zagreb, from 1992 to 2010 he lived in Vienna, and from 2010 on he has been living and working in both cities. Daniel studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and from 1992 to 1998 painting and animation at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Masterclass C. L. Attersee, from where he graduated. Between 2005 – 2008 Daniel was a lecturer of classical animation at the Institute for Media Design at the University of Art and Design in Linz. In 2006 he was given the title of honorary professor at Jilin College of the Arts Animation School in Changchun, China. From 2010 to 2012 Daniel served as an artistic consultant for animated film at the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, and from 2013 to 2017 he was a member of the artistic council for film in the City of Zagreb.

Daniels’ films Evening Star (1993), Leckdonalds (1995), The Cake (1997), Sun, Salt and Sea (1997), Ich kann es mir sehr gut vorstellen (I Can Imagine It Very Well, 2004), Kurzes Leben (Short Life, 2007, co-dir. Johanna Freise), Transparency (2015) and From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out (2018) were shown at several hundred international and national film festivals, as well as on different TV channels across Europe and earned numerous international awards. Daniel is a member of festival juries and had several retrospectives (Anifilm Trebon, Monstra Lisabon, ITFS Stuttgart).

Since 2018 Daniel is an assistant professor at the Department of Animation and New Media, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb and the Croatian ambassador of the European Animation Awards. Since 2011 he has been the artistic director of the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb.

The screening at TAFF showcases the diverse array of films and a music video from Daniel’s career between the years 1993 and 2018.

There is a possibility to discuss the films and ask questions from the director afterwards, as Daniel will be present at the screening.


Evening Star | 1993 | Austria | 04:00

Leckdonalds | 1995 | Austria |  03:00

Highway 59 – music video for Gone Bald | 1996 | Austria | 02:30

Sun, Salt and Sea | 1997 | Austria | 04:50

The Cake | 1997 | Croatia | 07:50

A Film With a Girl | 2000 | Croatia |  08:30

I Can Imagine It Very Well | 2003 | Austria | 03:50

Short Life |  2007 | Germany, Austria | Co-director: Johanna Freise | 09:03

In Chains | 2011 | Croatia | 06:25

Transparency | 2015 | Croatia | 05:52

From Under Which Rock Did They Crawl Out | 2018 | Croatia | 05:30


Junior 3

Screening time: 45 min

CW: Themes of a parent’s death

Films in this screening:

Inès Bernard-Espina, Mélody Boulissière, Clémentine Campos:

Patouille and the parachute seeds
(Patouille, des graines en parachute)

France, 2021. 6 minutes.

Patouille is a little creature who lives in harmony with the plants. With his friend Momo, he discovers the amazing features of plants.

Jelena Oroz:

Letters From the Edge of the Forest
(Pisma na kraju sume)

Croatia, 2022. 12 minutes.

A group of forest animals set out on the adventure of learning to write. A squirrel, a tiger, a hedgehog and an elephant will write many wrong letters and scrambled words, and in the end, learn the importance of togetherness, perseverance and knowledge.

Marita Mayer:

I'm not afraid!

Norway, Germany, 2022. 7 minutes.

A film for the little ones about fear and courage and the discovery that there are many things you don’t have to fear if you understand what it is.

Marie Urbánková:

Mom is always right

Czech Republic, 2022. 8 minutes.

Mirek has a huge belly and nobody knows why. Diets and strenuous exercise don’t help. His big belly causes many complications. The simple act of putting on socks turns into a hellish mission. We follow the stories of several heroes, each with unusual troubles. Where do they stem from?

Uri Lotan:

Black Slide

Israel, 2021. 11 minutes.

Eviah, a young and timid kid on the brink of puberty and his best friend sneak into the Black slide, the most terrifying ride in Aqua Fun. There Eviah will gain insight to prepare him for events about to unfold at home.

Junior 2

Screening time: 45 min

CW: Scenes of bullying

Films in this screening:

Antje Heyn:


Germany, 2021. 4 minutes.

META is an animated film that takes up topics such as change, transience, cycles, connection, and interaction in a playful and experimental way. Everything consists of many parts and that in the end we are all connected with each other.

Fatemeh Gharavi Manjili:

The Hand and the Egg
(دست و تخم مرغ)

Islamic Republic of Iran, 2021. 6 minutes.

A cheerful little girl meets a tiny bird, right before her egg goes missing. She decides to help her find it. Going on a journey together, they find out a mysterious long hand is stealing all the eggs.

Alžbeta Mačáková Mišejková:

Don't blow it up

Czech Republic, 2022. 8 minutes.

Two little girls are playing with a ball. But after a petty quarrel, they get angry with each other and take offense. Their umbrage makes them inflate like balloons, they fly all the way up to the clouds. Girls get stuck up there, with no idea how to get down and save their kitten stuck in the tree.

Ana Chubinidze:

Franzy’s Soup-Kitchen
(La Soupe de Franzy)

France, 2021. 8 minutes.

Lonely alien Chef Franzy discovers that her special pink soup is not just delicious, but also magical, when she shares it with starving creatures living on a strange planet.

Eugeniy Fadeyev:

Snail's breakfast

Russian Federation, 2021. 7 minutes.

In a world where stories are losing their value, all that remains is to enjoy the ever-encroaching nature, and feed on falling fruit. In this world, the city has long since lost its outlines, there are no roads, no streets left to be seen, only artifacts that no longer perform any function, and its only inhabitants are snails that never leave their houses.

Sanna de Vries:


Netherlands, 2021. 4 minutes.

Mirrors cover every inch of Fiep’s little house. As she stares at her own reflection, Fiep focuses on her flaws so intensely that they literally grow gigantic… and turns her into some kind of mutation of all her imperfections. Overwhelmed with this sight of herself, Fiep fights her way through the door, into the ferocious winter landscape that surrounds her home – running away as far as possible…

Sonia Gerbeaud:

The Boy and the Elephant
(Le Garçon et l’Eléphant)

France, 2022. 7 minutes.

The arrival of a new elephant-headed student in class triggers mockery and sarcasm. One of the students seems captivated and disturbed by this strange child.

Junior 1

Screening time: 40 min

Films in this screening:

Maša Avramović:

Trails of the Morning
(Épreuves du matin)

France, 2021. 3 minutes.

Here is a little girl who is more of a morning person than the morning itself and who offers us a tender and touching portrait of a sunny friendship.

Britt Raes:

Luce and the Rock
(Luce et le Rocher)

Belgium, 2022. 13 minutes.

One day, out of nowhere, a giant Rock lays in the middle of the peaceful little village where Luce lives. The villagers can’t even open the door to their houses anymore! Luce is angry: go away Rock, you don’t belong here! And why are you here anyway?

Piret Sigus, Silja Saarepuu:

The Turnip

Estonia, 2022. 7 minutes.

The film’s story is based on the Slavic folktale, which has been told for ages from the peasants point of view. The film shows the story from underground angle – giving overview what really happened while peasants were engaged in the cultivation of vegetables. A story about property, collaboration and betrayal.

Isabelle Favez:

Lost Brain

Switzerland, 2021. 7 minutes.

One day, Louise the crocodile accidentally sneezes her brain out. To top it all off, it even escapes! This suddenly makes it difficult for Louise to perform the simplest tasks and nothing works out anymore.

Giulia Martinelli:


Switzerland, 2022. 5 minutes.

A special family of moon guardians is living on a tiny island while dealing with the ups and downs of their everyday life and of the tide. The film depicts the delicate balance between the characters and the environment in which they live in.

Seung-bae Jeon:

Battery Daddy

South Korea, 2021. 6 minutes.

“Battery Dad” is in charge of every corner of the house, such as children’s toys, remote controls, and door locks. One day, “Battery Dad” goes on a trip to a valley with others. While having fun, a sudden downpour causes the valley to flood, and everyone is stranded. “Battery Dad” tries to power the flashlight with all his might so that people can safely be rescued. But the constant rain is putting him in danger…


Screening time: 1 h 00 min

Films in this screening:

When we fell

Ben Spooner, Morgan Twiston Davies:

When We Fell

United Kingdom, 2021. 4 minutes.

Landscapes gave way, a bird flew by.

A rolling canvas and one-take animation explores the wafer thin line between freedom and obliteration. Nothing can be taken for granted in this life. Everything changes, falls. The lived experience of this truth is captured by the journey of a bird through ever-shifting landscapes, on paper that also crumbles and rips before our very eyes.

Through hard times there is hope. Through destruction, growth.

Camille Burles, Andréea Ciora, Lou Fraleu, Manon Lambert, Clara Mesplé, Chloé Viala:

Little Things

France, 2021. 5 minutes.

A curious cow gets carried away by a destructive giant.

Lynn Tomlinson:

Ten Degrees of Strange

United States, 2021. 4 minutes.

Trying to outrun anxiety, seeking joy and strength in landscape and movement.

Taking inspiration from The Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient story written on clay tablets, and responding to the strangeness of the global pandemic, this story of loss and hope in nature is told through colorful, shifting, changing, morphing clay on glass animation.

Caitlin Craggs:


United States, 2022. 2 minutes.

Everything is motion. Don’t slow down.

Nicolas Diologent:

Vulcan and Aphrodite
(Vulcain et Aphrodite)

France, 2022. 6 minutes.

As if by magic the black and white piano keys dance. The phonotrope shows the animation as it is drawn! What a feeling of happiness for the improvised drawing.


Nigina Rakhmatulloyeva:

Komsomolsk — Boredom
(Комсомольск — Скука)

Kazakhstan, Russia, 2021. 3 minutes.

Have you ever been bored?

Boredom is the official music video for the Komsomolsk band and the Turbina Project, based on the Marshak children’s bookstore label. Within this project, contemporary indie musicians write songs to verses written by children.

Jia Ying Lim, Kris Ong:

Empty Train Waltz

Singapore, 2022. 4 minutes.

‘Empty Train Waltz’ was inspired by a dream of an old couple dancing in an empty train. Over the backdrop of various old landscape paintings from the public archive, this collaboration between Bennett Bay, Momo Film Co and Finding Pictures captures the essence of ‘Empty Train Waltz’ and brings it visually to life.

Oksana Kurmaz:

Without You I'm Nothing: OKEAN ELZY
(Без Тебе Мене Нема: ОКЕАН ЕЛЬЗИ)

Ukraine, 2021. 4 minutes.

Real feelings are nourished by sensitivity, attention and tenderness. In the race for stability and success, it is so easy to forget to feed this pet, to caress and scratch behind the ear. Easy to forget, but impossible to lose! Love is not so easy to scare away, it will shows the way and puts everything in its place. Maybe just a little nap is enough?

Elyse Kelly:

Be Aware

United States, 2021. 4 minutes.

If ever there was a time of the American Dream it was in the 1950s-1970s. A golden age for economic mobility, and with an ever-growing consciousness of the world around us, our prosperity was more acute than ever. Unfortunately for Americans, inequality slowly increased. Now, we don’t have to look outside of America to see hunger, poverty, disease. Pulled from the vaults, BE AWARE is an unreleased song from 1971, written for Barbara Streisand by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Although written in a different era, with a small shift in perspective we’ve reframed its message to resonate with a contemporary audience and time. You don’t have to look far to recognize that there are two Americas. This film acknowledges, honors, and confronts that. 50 years later, the song, and Barbara Streisand’s captivating performance, still resonate today.

Aghil Hosseinian:

Moosa Koo Taqi

Islamic Republic of Iran, 2022. 4 minutes.

Moosa-Koo-Taghi is a name or colloquial moniker given to a common type of urban dove or pigeon in many parts of Iran. The name actually derives from the phrase “Moosa Koo Taghi?” which in Persian means, “Moosa, where is Taghi?” The phrase has a very similar sound to the birdsong of this particular dove.

One of these myths is about three brothers called Moosa, Taghi and Karim. One day they leave home to go out and play, but after a while, Taghi goes missing. His brothers start looking for him, searching around the city, but they can’t find him. Moosa continues searching the streets and allies, while Karim wishes that he could become bird so that he could soar above the city and see everything below. Karim’s wish comes true and he’s turned into a dove. He flies over the city and beckon’s to Moosa, from above, “where is Taghi?” They never find Taghi and Karim remains as a dove, perpetually in search of his brother in the skies above the city.

Bianca Scali:

How Many

Germany, 2021. 3 minutes.

Mathieu is weighed down by many questions which put him in a heavy state. But as he gives in to his sadness, the rain becomes tears and his tears become rain. He becomes one with his sadness. It’s his time to dance, and the tears accompany him.

Ineke Goes:

Walking with Lucy

Netherlands, 2021. 4 minutes.

Late night walks were magical moments for Lucy. Every day she pulled her owner up the hill, into the mysterious darkness, where adventure among shadows and wandering spirits beckoned.

Noa Pisačić:


Croatia, 2021. 3 minutes.

Something strange happens during a bizarre basketball game.

Julianna Romero:

The Otter Popz - Workin' on Myself

United States, 2021. 3 minutes.

A 90s boy band comprised of otters performs a song where they apologize for their toxic behaviors in a relationship after counseling.

Yi-Yu Tsai:


Taiwan, 2021. 6 minutes.

To the dearest all who always get messed up in life, no matter by your own self or by the others. Whisper to your heart, even at the most desperate moment: GANBATE (Keep going on)!


Screening time: 1 h 15 min

CW: Themes and scenes of suicide and anxiety disorder

Films in this screening:

Capucine GOUGELET:

Born to be a lie
(La vérité si je nais)

France, 2021. 2 minutes.

“How do we make babies?” is a question that goes over generations and even if today it is often no longer taboo, it can be intimidating, leave speechless or let our imagination speak. “Born to be a lie” is a very short animated documentary film that is touching, funny and spontaneous for everyone.

Diana Cam Van Nguyen:

Love, Dad

Czech Republic, 2021. 13 minutes.

She finds letters full of love her dad wrote her 15 years ago. Now she fights to get that love back.

Isidora Vulic:

Orange Peel

Serbia, 2021. 5 minutes.

On a train back from Spain. On her lap, a notebook of memories, and an orange.

Christian Wittmoser, Zuniel Kim:

The train driver

Germany, 2021. 6 minutes.

An anonymous train driver recounts his experience with suicide on the rails. Six times he experienced people taking their own lives before his eyes. While surf fishing, he tries to distract himself – but does something like that really leave no trace?

Keith Del Principe:

Wine Story

Canada, 2021. 3 minutes.

Created with homemade grape ink, from grapes that grow wild on our farm, Wine Story is an animated documentary film told in my late grandfather’s voice about our family’s adventures in making wine and friendship. My great grandfather had five barrels of his homemade wine that he would keep in the basement. The barrels were numbered one through five, and were ranked in order of quality. When a guest was invited over, my great grandfather sent his son into the basement to get the wine for the guest based on the quality he thought they were worth. Narrated by my late grandfather, an Italian-American, who loved trees and grew his own orchard. He encouraged me to pursue my creativity in all forms. This is the manifestation of that effort. In loving memory of my Grandpa, Carl R. Gullo.

Rohit Karandadi:

Modo De Vida - A Goan Sketchbook

India, 2021. 5 minutes.

A quaint Goan life hides underneath its touristy facade. A Goa of sleepy balcaos, pushy fish-mongers and of pilot bikes flitting on boiling afternoons; of the blend of traditions and a penchant for slow life. The animated sketchbook film explores this erstwhile Portuguese colony.

Jakob Werner, Thea Sparmeier, Pauline Cremer:


Germany, 2021. 5 minutes.

Body hair on women’s bodies. A topic that inevitably occupies a woman as soon as the first hairs sprout. Franka had a lot of hair on her legs, under her arms, on her belly – like many women. Depilation hurt, didn’t feel right. But is there another alternative accepted by society? Franka tells about her experience and her decision to let her body hair grow.

Olesya Shchukina:

Lada, Ivan's Sister
(Lada, sestra Ivana)

Russia, 2021. 7 minutes.

Documentary animation based on the real story of Lada, a transgender woman from Russia. She tells her and her brother Ivan’s secret.

Melanie Jilg:

Hello Darkness My Good Friend

Germany, 2022. 30 minutes.

Fear is one of the strongest emotions that we are experiencing and for sure can mangle our minds. But what to do when it appears and manifests itself? In this animated short film, people talk about their personal experiences with fearful situations and sliding into an anxiety disorder. One thing is clear: fear is part of life. And talking about it takes courage. Especially in a time like this.

Panorama 2

Screening time: 1 h 15 min

CW: Themes and scenes of parental and animal neglect

Films in this screening:

Lisa Rydberg, Lars Henrik Andersson:

A Long Protracted Scene of An Accident

Sweden, 2021. 15 minutes.

Henrik (10 years old) is given an important task by his Dad. Keep track of your mum while he’s away. Henrik tries to. But what did that really mean? One day Henrik finds a letter in his mum’s handwriting; “I don’t want to live anymore…”

Capucine Gougelet:

Please Don't Touch

France, 2020. 9 minutes.

Museum rules are simple: don’t run, don’t touch, don’t shout and never disobey.

Dotan Moreno:

We Were a Sterile Bomb
(היינו פצצה מפורזת)

Israel, 2020. 15 minutes.

The coming-of-age story of Avi, living in a small Israeli town in the late 1990s. Avi, lonely and introverted, wanders around the city. An encounter with a young man his age shakes his numb world.

Sarah Saidan:

Home of the heart
(À cœur perdu)

France, 2021. 15 minutes.

Omid is an Iranian immigrant who came to France with his family. One evening, in the street, he is attacked and stabbed in the heart. But Omid gets back up! At the hospital, the diagnosis is formal: he has no heart. Has he left it behind in Iran?

Shih-Yen Huang:

Butterfly Jam
(La Confiture de papillons)

Taiwan, 2021. 6 minutes.

A young woman describes her father and his relationship to his many pets that he never managed to take care of. The animals consistently die one after the other in a context of a family being torn apart.

Raphaëlle Stolz:


Switzerland, 2022. 14 minutes.

In the 30’s, a lost village in South America wishes to perpetuate its strange traditions… The mayor has published an ad in the region: “Seeks corpse to enlarge Miracasas”. Freshly murdered, Ernesto is the lucky one and participates in spite of himself to his carnival burial. The gathered villagers celebrate the event with passion, waiting with greed for the life brought by the death.

Ekin Koca:

The Immoral

France, 2021. 4 minutes.

A diner collapses in a restaurant. All the other diners – except for one – are in a state of shock.

Panorama 1

Screening time: 1 h 15 min

CW: Themes and scenes of female genital mutilation

Films in this screening:

Pernille Kjaer, Adrian Dexter:

Terra Incognita

France, 2022. 20 minutes.

Terra Incognita follows life on a mysterious island, inhabited by immortal beings that live in an unbroken chain of eternity, but eternity is a simple illusion broken only by death, nothing changes until….it does.

Damien Tran:


France, 2022. 4 minutes.

Two lovers are walking along a river. They look at flowers on the shore.

This film is a tribute to the drawings of a child (Onfim) dating from the Middle Ages. These are both simple and powerful, beautiful and awkward.This ambivalence resonates with that of the love story told in this film, absurd and poetic.

Ülo Pikkov:

Til We Meet Again

Estonia, 2021. 14 minutes.

Animation short “‘Til We Meet Again” talks about the tragic history of a small Ruhnu Island. Fearing for their lives, its entire population abandoned their homes while escaping the war in 1944. Decades later they had a chance to finally return, only to find out that strangers had settled in. In addition to the twists and turns of the history, “‘Til We Meet Again” looks deeper into the meaning of home – is it merely a location or a place that gives one a peace of mind.

Subarna D:


India, 2021. 5 minutes.

Amayi is a story of a woman who is haunted by nightmares of her past and her possible future of becoming the next village circumciser. When she is asked to take up the job and circumcise her daughter, she realizes she can’t conform to the traditions and the customs of her community, and she must fight back.

Paulina Ziółkowska:


Poland, 2021. 9 minutes.

Three generations, three narrations, three different points of view. A dance of generations.

AmirHoushang Moein:

The Wet Mirror

Iran, 2021. 7 minutes.

“The Wet Mirror” is a story of an old painter who falls in love with a young girl. An old man who had been painting love stories for many years – today is his turn to be pictured.

Marta Pajek:

Impossible Figures and other stories I

Poland, 2021. 16 minutes.

After a huge explosion, only an old couple remains in an abandoned city. An old woman wanders tediously through empty streets. She passes by the statues of some now completely irrelevant and long-forgotten victories. In the shop windows, she sees some abandoned and dead mannequins. In short flashback, we get to see those, who will never return to the city. Marta Pajek’s film is a post-apocalyptic portrait of the world where the human being and its existence means no more than a split second. The film is the missing part of the trilogy “Impossible Figures and other stories”.

National Competition

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Tomi Niko Krister Malkki:

Burning Love
(Tulen lumous)

Finland, 2022. 10 minutes.

The mystery of fire, love and death.

Lauri Ketonen, Konsta Verta:

Tales of the Outback
(Takamaan tapauksia)

Finland, 2021. 13 minutes.

Three mystical characters gather in a misty mountain cabin, where they start to tell stories to each other. Folktales takes viewers to Finnish landscapes where mysterious and strange incidents have occurred over time. After three stories the mist has passed and three characters leave the cabin.

Katariina Anna Maria Haukka:

The Paper

Finland, 2022. 5 minutes.

The Paper flew away from the artist Marja. She tries to tame the Paper by any means necessary. But only understanding the Paper can reveal its true nature.

Mika Koskinen:

Letters to Parkkimäentie
(Kirjeitä Parkkimäentielle)

Finland, 2022. 8 minutes.

And the greatest of these is love. Director’s grandparents’ letters and writings have a dialogue throughout centuries. Time passes and finally only one of them is left with never ending longing.

Sirpa Kristiina Loivarinne:


Finland, 2022. 6 minutes.

A Crime wave has hit The Art Museum. It’s focused on certain painting, which is the love of one man’s life. What could save the love?

Iiti Yli-Harja:

All My Mom’s Phone Calls
(Kaikki äitini puhelut)

Finland, 2021. 10 minutes.

A chaotic but warm-hearted puppet animation documentary about my mother trying to cope with absurd demands coming from different phone calls.

Iida-Sofia Kivistö:

You were in my dream
(Olit mun unessa)

Finland, 2021. 4 minutes.

A woman falls asleep during a heavy rain. In a dream, she meets her old friend, a soul mate. A friend shows up in her dream first in the form of a bird, but the deeper she goes into the dream the more familiar the face of the friend will become.

Aleksi Mäkelä:


Finland, 2021. 7 minutes.

A gentle tribute to a young boy’s endless summers on the lake with Grandad.

Robert Lönnqvist:

Bad to the Boner

Finland, 2021. 19 minutes.

Boner, a spiritless millennial, spends his gloomy life on his computer doing absolutely nothing. One day everything changes, when Boner’s single mother never comes back from the grocery store and Boner starves to death on his keyboard. At his final judgement, neither The Cap nor Sexy Legged Devil feel accountable for Boner’s passive soul, so unanimously he is sent to an eternal grave. However, a wet dream of the Sexy Legged Devil miraculously wakes Boner from his infinite rest. Hornily in love, Boner feels alive for the first time in his “life” and sets on an adventure to make love with the devil.

International Competition 5

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

CW: Themes of sexual and domestic violence and scenes of bestiality and animal abuse

Films in this screening:

Hugo Covarrubias:


Chile, 2021. 16 minutes.

Based on true events, Bestia explores the life of a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile. Her relationship with her dog, her body, her fears and frustrations reveals a grim fracture of her mind and of the country.

Nata Metlukh:


USA, 2022. 5 minutes.

The story is set in a graphic design world where fonts are the main characters. They interact with the environment according to their properties: Bold makes everything thicker, Italic tilts things, Monospace equalizes objects by width, etc. Fonts are assigned to build a garden, and the five boxing wizards jump in quickly to inspect their work. A negative space storm flushes everything away, but Regular comes and fixes the garden.

Máté Horesnyi:

Lesser of Two Evils
(A kisebbik rossz)

Hungary, 2021. 10 minutes.

The Eastern-Europian mentality and relations exposed through Attila Hazai’s pen. Raw and life-a-like stories which are turning into absurd scenes.

Magda Kreps:

I Want To Be Bored

United Kingdom, 2021. 4 minutes.

I Want To Be Bored is a hand-drawn short film, visualizing a wandering mind during the experience of doing absolutely nothing.

Elizabeth Hobbs:

The Debutante

United Kingdom, 2022. 8 minutes.

A spirited young woman persuades a hyena from London Zoo to take her place at a dinner dance held in her honor. Their plan requires a surprising amount of artistry and violence. Based on a story by artist Leonora Carrington, this film celebrates her startling tale with paint and collage.

Fabio Orlando, Tommaso Zerbi:

Graziano And The Giraffe
(Graziano E La Giraffa)

Italy, 2022. 6 minutes.

A man hungry for sausages buys a microwave oven that will drag him into the wild.



Pauline Morel:


Belgium, 2021. 7 minutes.

Colin, Charlie and Martin are three children who are meeting in a park to play together. Colin suggests to play family with masks. That’s when playing pretend can become more than real.

Honami Yano:

A Bite of Bone

Japan, 2021. 10 minutes.

A little girl reflects on her last summer with her father at his funeral.

Urška Djukić, Émilie Pigeard:

Granny's Sexual Life

Slovenia, France, 2021. 14 minutes.

Four old women reflect on their memories of old times when they were young and how different the relationships between men and women were back then. Their voices merge into one single voice, that of the grandmother Vera, who tells her story in proper detail. A trip into grandmother’s youth and the memories of her intimate life illustrate the status of Slovenian women in the first half of the 20th century.

International Competition 4

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

CW: Scenes of emotional/domestic abuse and mild self harm

Films in this screening:

Yoriko Mizushiri:

Anxious Body

France, 2021. 6 minutes.

Living things, artificial things, geometry shapes, and lines. When these different things encounter, a new direction is born.

Péter Bogyó:

The Pattern

Hungary, 2022. 13 minutes.

Leonid Shmelkov:


Russia, France, 2021. 16 minutes.

Simon is a successful and popular photographer. Once something inside him, in his life and work breaks down. Now he sees only cucumbers in everything. He cannot exist as before and is trying to cope with his problems…

Yiorgos Tsangaris:

Rites of Spring

Cyprus, 2021. 4 minutes.

Christian Orthodox tradition and travelling theatre troupes with their pagan roots are two seemingly opposite worlds, both mysterious and both enchanting to the author.

Fynn van der Ziel:

Bewogen Woerde

Netherlands, 2021. 6 minutes.

In a plain, grey landscape, a man named Dwon lives inside a house that is damaged by earthquakes. Dwons only roommate is a strong man who supports the ceiling so the house won’t fall apart. One day, they get a visit by an engineer from the local government and his measuring system: a scanning robot that looks a bit like a male duck. When he starts scanning, some true drama takes off.

Anna Budanova:

Two Sisters
(Deux soeurs )

France, 2021. 14 minutes.

Twin sisters in synchronicity live on the outskirts of a hostile forest of which they are afraid to approach. But curiosity prevails.

Gabrielle Selnet, Adam Sillard, Chloé Farr:

Goodbye Jérôme!
(Au revoir Jérôme!)

France, 2021. 8 minutes.

Having just arrived in paradise, Jerome sets out to find his wife Maryline. In the course of his search, he sinks into a surreal and colorful world in which no one seems to be able to help him.

Špela Čadež:


Slovenia, Germany, France, 2021. 9 minutes.

The steak has been marinating for a few days now. The pan is heated. Franc’s stomach is rumbling. But Liza’s co-workers surprise her with a birthday party. Will she be home on time?

International Competition 3

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

CW: Themes of Holocaust and police brutality and scenes of animal abuse, sexual harassment and violence

Films in this screening:

Anna Lena Spring, Lara Perren:


Switzerland, 2021. 4 minutes.

Ava enters the Sauna for the first time. She is overwhelmed by the nudity, her thoughts, and the physical sensations. The other guests go about their routines. With the rising heat Ava starts to relax. Finally, she melts away and dissolves into complete ecstasy.


Sensual Pill
(Sensual Pill )

Greece, 2021. 4 minutes.

A magnetic animation-documentary, using Google Earth satellite facilities to travel worldwide during the pandemic era. Epic music by the Athenian Kostadis.

Varya Yakovleva:


Russia, 2022. 10 minutes.

Strangers come to visit the home of a young couple. Taking advantage of the hospitality of the hosts, the unexpected guests push the couple to do rash things, which leads to the destruction of the established order and harmony within the family.

Shi-Rou Huang:

Girl in the Water

Taiwan, 2021. 7 minutes.

Contemplation of torn walls and scars reminds the heroine of the ups and downs of love. The film depicts femininity and female internal time-consciousness through the convalescence of a woman’s broken heart, which is based on my personal experiences.

Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur:

The Seine's tears
(Les larmes de la Seine)

France, 2021. 9 minutes.

17th of October 1961, “Algerian workers” get down the streets to demonstrate against the mandatory curfew imposed by the Police prefecture.

Tal Kantor:

Letter to a Pig

France, 2022. 17 minutes.

A traumatic memory of a Holocaust survivor sends a young schoolgirl on an inner journey, searching for her own path as the boundary between animal and human nature blurs.

Mateusz Jarmulski:

The Visit

Poland, 2021. 7 minutes.

African tropical forest. A dark figure escapes through the thicket. The hunters’ shouting grows. The chimpanzee’s eyes shine on her dark face. She is breathing heavily, escaping through the jungle. The frightened animal reaches a beautiful colonial villa and enters inside. Leaving her natural environment, she stands before an important choice. “The visit” is a film that asks the question of where humanity begins.

Jonatan Schwenk:


Germany, 2021. 4 minutes.

Small shimmering animals are in heat. A two-legged forest dweller encounters the lustful group. He and his companions snack on the little creatures and soon a feast begins.

Sander Joon:


Estonia, 2022. 16 minutes.

Father and his son are losing the folkrace. In order to win, a boy turns himself into a car tire. Loosely inspired by the director’s childhood, Sierra pulls us into the surreal car racing world.

International Competition 2

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

CW: Themes of domestic/parental abuse 

Films in this screening:

Alexander Gratzer:

In the Upper Room

Hungary, Austria, 2022. 8 minutes.

Every season a young mole visits his blind grandfather, who lives deep underground in a comfortably decorated burrow. As the two grow older their relationship becomes more intense and important questions arise.

Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña:

Los Huesos

Chile, 2021. 14 minutes.

Los Huesos is a fictitious account of the world’s first stop-motion animated film. Dated 1901 and excavated in 2021 as Chile drafts a new Constitution, the footage documents a ritual performed by a girl who appears to use human corpses. Emerging in the ritual are Diego Portales and Jaime Guzmán, central figures in the construction of authoritarian and oligarchic Chile.

Vasily Chirkov:

A white white day
(Un jour si blanc)

Russia, 2022. 6 minutes.

There are a lot of little things and stories around us. A dog’s footprints on a road, the sound of a passing train, the color of dry autumn grass. We usually pass by without noticing. But if we recognise these moments, we feel how our own life is connected to them. A white-white day is about this.

Atsushi Wada:

Bird in the Peninsula

France, Japan, 2022. 16 minutes.

Children are dancing on the music under the supervision of their teacher. A young lady witnesses the scene and disrupts their rituals.

Joana Fischer, Marie Kenov:

Sweet Nothing

Switzerland, 2021. 4 minutes.

Rosa is sunbathing in her garden on a hot summer afternoon, when suddenly the idyllic peace is disturbed by the noise of a lawnmower. The gardener in the neighbouring garden is going about his work, while Rosa is increasingly ecstatic at the sight of his tender touch of the flowers.

Nicolas Piret:

The dog's leash
(La bride)

Belgium, 2021. 4 minutes.

The bell tower rings and the birds fly away. In the countryside on the outskirts of a small village, a dog tied to a very long rope, watches them disappear in the horizon. It’s time for him to go; Prance across fields; How far will his rope allow him to go?

Ivan Stojkovic:


Serbia, 2021. 6 minutes.

An experimental visualization of a personal diary that talks about struggling childhood and youth turns into a story about family, generations and all the lines they hold.

NIkita Diakur:


Germany, 2022. 12 minutes.

Attempting a backflip is not safe. You can break your neck, land on your head, or land badly on your wrists. None of that is nice, so my avatar does the trick. It practices on a 6-core processor with the help of Machine Learning. The processor is not the newest but still calculates 6 jumps per iteration. One iteration takes one minute, this is 360 jumps in an hour and 8.640 jumps in a day. I wouldn’t be able to jump so much myself.

Leo Černic:


Italy, 2022. 7 minutes.

Love is a superpower and Pentola is a superhero.

International Competition 1

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

CW: Themes of domestic abuse and scenes of sexual acts

Films in this screening:

Juliette Laboria:

(Nuisibles )

France, 2021. 7 minutes.

In the heat of summer, children and wasps gather around the same meal, but sharing is not on the daily menu.

Malte Stein:


Germany, 2021. 5 minutes.

Haunted by a little thing, a man gets driven to the edge.

Yarin Philipp:

Good Old Vinyl

Russia, 2022. 14 minutes.

The office worker story.

Florence Yuk Ki Lee:

Elephant in Castle

Hong Kong, 2021. 5 minutes.

Hong Kong, where the director grew up, 2019 and 2020. Stepping into a new decade, the world is coming to an unprecedented and critical moment in history.

Mahboobeh Kalaee:

The fourth Wall
(Divare Chaharom)

Iran, 2021. 10 minutes.

Home and family, relationships, desires, wishes and everything is summarized in a kitchen. The stuttering boy is alone there, playing with his imagination.

Peter Millard:

Please let me in

united Kingdom, 2022. 3 minutes.

Please let me in. I want more. Let me in.

Bruno Quast:


Estonia, 2021. 6 minutes.

Bernie Krause’s niche theory is that an animal’s voice evolved in a way to occupy its own little, unique acoustic slot within a whole soundscape, a puzzle piece in the whole puzzle, to be distinguishable in the mess. A fisher wonders what sounds fit the best in niches created by surrounding sounds.

Leoluna Robert-Tourneur:

Hold Me Tight

Belgium, France, 2021. 6 minutes.

In the heart of a dark forest, two silhouettes meet, attract and repel each other in an explosive bridal parade. “Hold Me Tight” is a bittersweet romance.

Pablo Ballarín:

In my chest of fire there is still place to temple your dagger: a love story

Spain, 2021. 24 minutes.

This is the story of a fighter and a trainer, and the strange relationship that they have.