INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

International Competition I (72’)

FLAFI

Lee Filipovski, Canada/Serbia, 2016, 24’

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FLUFFY

A family of three is packing to emigrate to Canada from Belgrade. When Fluffy, a gigantic prize teddy bear turns up at the door, the parents must decide whether or not they have room for their daughter’s new friend.


MORDECHAI

Benjamin Bee, UK, 2017, 14’

MORDECHAI

Daniel, an ultra-orthodox Jew, hasn’t seen his identical twin brother Mordechai in years; Mordechai’s “life choices” were a bit too much for the family to handle. But today is the day of their father’s funeral… Mordechai is a funny and touching fable about family, faith and the roles we play. This short film is set around a traditional ultra-orthodox Jewish family in the northeast of England. It was made with help and support of the ultra-orthodox community here. The film stars members of the Orthodox community acting on film for the very first time.


INDIÁN

Balazs Simonyi, Hungary/France, 2016, 29’

INDIAN

Back in the late 70’s, somewhere behind the Iron Curtain, a young boy experiences the gloomy and strict life of a pioneer camp. Galambos, whose name means “pigeon”, is a naive teenager, strongly influenced by his father’s fascination for Native Americans. His imaginary world contrasts with the reality of communist everyday life. He is waiting for his father to return. Longing for the Wild West from Eastern Europe, in the ‘70s was not even enough…


L’ODEUR APRÈS LA PLUIE

Sara Bourdeau, Canada, 2016, 20’

THE SCENT OF RAIN

Claire, a recently retired widow, shares her suburban house with her sister, Gisele. On a scorching summer day, Julien, an old flame, shows up unexpectedly with the intention of winning Claire back. Proof that life never ceases to amaze us.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINCESS X

Gabriel Abrantes, Portugal/France/UK, 2016, 7’

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINCESS X

A supercharged history of sculptor Constantin Brâncuși’s infamous “Princess X”, a futuristic bronze phallus that is actually a bust portrait of Napoleon’s equally infamous great grandniece, Marie Bonaparte.


International Competition II (90’)

AMBI

Marija Apcevska, FYROM, 2017, 20’

AMBI

Another ordinary night for Deno and Sara, going through their usual routine. Only this time, as tension grows, a decision, which may bring their future into question, is born. “Ambi” witnesses darkest nights and bitter sweet mornings, loss of innocence and longing for tenderness of two children, forced to grow up too quickly.


FATIMA MARIE TORRES AND THE INVASION OF SPACE SHUTTLE PINAS 25

Carlo Francisco Manatad, Philippines, 2016, 16’30’’

FATIMA MARIE TORRES AND THE INVASION OF SPACE SHUTTLE PINAS 25

Set during the launch of the first space shuttle of the Philippines – an ordinary old couple, living in the suburbs, attempts to go about their life, during this strange day.


DANSE, POUSSIN

Clémence Dirmeikis, France, 2016, 13’

DANSE, POUSSIN

Eight-year-old Louise and her young mother Marianne are usually very close. But on a «fest-noz» evening (traditional Breton dancing), their relation alters because of the dance, and an unsettling dancer. Louise feels lost.


VACIO

Sergio Martínez, Spain, 2016, 16’

VOID

Luna illuminates, but she has no light. Luna makes everything happen, but nothing happens in her. Luna goes out like every night… hoping to fill her void.


TRAUERWEIDEN

Natalia Sinelnikova, Germany, 2017, 24’29’’

WEEPING WILLOWS

A therapist dies under mysterious circumstances. No one knows how or why. At a Judeo-Russian memorial ceremony, his daughter, family and former patients gather to share the loss. However, no one seems to have been close to the deceased. More and more, the question arises for whom the guests are actually mourning: For the dead man, the lost home, or simply for themselves? A rabbi in love, a failed daughter and a man prepared to do anything to keep getting therapy – the guests at the memorial ceremony of a passed-away therapist mourn much more for themselves than for the deceased.


International Competition III (95’)

صدْع

Mu’taz Salloum, Lebanon, 2017, 16’28’’

CRACK

To enrich a character in the play she is writing, May enters a mental institution with the help of Radwan which makes their complicated relationship even worse.


KOMMITTÉN

Jenni Toivoniemi, Gunhild Enger, Sweden/Finland/Norway, 2016, 14’

THE COMMITTEE

A Nordic collaboration is taking place. Three delegates from Sweden, Norway and Finland are gathered in Lapland, to decide on an art piece, which is to be placed where the three borders meet geographically. But the committee is in for a surprise. Instead of a sculpture, the commissioned artist presents his idea of a “Nordic Dance”. The delegates are faced with the true challenges of a democratic decision-making process. Is there something they can agree to be a Nordic movement?


SHOP OF THE ETERNAL LIFE

Yizhou Xu, China/USA, 2016, 22’50’’

SHOP OF THE ETERNAL LIFE

In the Republic of China, a desperate young man pawns his heart and soul to save his sick wife. Twenty years later, in Mao’s new China, he realizes that he is trapped in an endless cycle of history when he returns to reclaim what is rightfully his. It may be too late to get back what he came for.


EAT ME!

Ilina Perianova, Bulgaria/Estonia/Germany, 2016, 20’56’’

EAT ME!

An airhead beauty is transformed by her vision of singing and dancing food. How people treat each other is mirrored in the way we treat our environment and our food. That’s why “Eat Me” focuses on our attitude to food, its dubious contents and food waste through the prism of a skewed relationship.


LYPSO

Vincenzo Capaldo, Italy, 2017, 20’

LYPSO

Lypso is a former DJ, lonely forties who lives by his wits trapped in the routine of the island of Ischia; until a chance meeting with a girl will lead to an inexorable change.


International Competition IV (86’)

GAZE

Farnoosh Samadi, Iran/Italy, 2017, 14’28’’

GAZE

On her way back from work, a woman witnesses something happening in the bus, and she has to decide if she reveals it or not.


FUERA DE TEMPORADA

Sabrina Campos, Argentina, 2017, 23’

OUT OF SEASON

Vera and Bruno had a love affair in the past, but they never really got closure. They didn’t see each other again, until several summers later, when they randomly meet at a country house in Bella Vista, for a weekend away from the city. Vera is currently single, but Bruno is dating Sofia, the sister of her friend Flor, the house owner. None of the friends in the group know about their relationship, and both of them tacitly decide to keep it that way. They are shaken by the impact of the encounter, there’s a whole weekend ahead of them.


SWEET BLOOM OF NIGHT TIME FLOWERS

Rifyal Giffari, Singapore, 2016, 15’

SWEET BLOOM OF NIGHT TIME FLOWERS

Wendy Ling, an intrepid young woman, enters an abandoned building with just one agenda in mind – to finally catch a glimpse of a ghost. However, it flees when it is startled by the sudden presence of a mysterious woman, spying on Wendy. Back home, she is confronted by her mother who does not understand her daughter’s late night obsessions. However, the next day, Wendy receives a call and she must then decide, what her future will be…


NAGRADA

Lidija Mojsovska, Macedonia, 2017, 16’

THE AWARD

Story about a 10-year old Albanian Muslim kid, Arben, who decides to participate in a religious competition, organized by his school, in honor of the Christian holiday Epiphany, in order to get the award of 10,000 denars and help his little brother, who is very sick.
One day, Arben finds an announcement for the competition on the school front door. He decides to take part in. Soon after, his mother finds out about his plan, and she won’t let him go, saying that this competition is not for them. Anyway, Arben escapes from his house, and goes at the competition. He enters the sport hall, where we see the atmosphere through his eyes: the headmistress giving a speech to the audience, a plastic pool, and the kids competitors. During a conversation between the kids competitors on the topic what they will buy if they win the prize, Arben will reveal to them that he would give the money to his little sick brother. Later on, it happens that the luckiest one who catches the cross is Arben. But, when related to his Albanian Muslim mother wearing scarf on her head, who came in the sport hall to return his son home, the headmistress decides not to give him the award and repeat the throwing of the cross once again, now only for the Macedonians. Finally, while Fatmira is blaming Arben for his deed, one of the kids, who caught the cross the second time, will run out and return him back the award. This story emphasizes the pure and sincere thought of the children against the world of divisions, in which the adults live.


VALENTINA

Estevão Meneguzzo, André Felix, Brazil, 2016, 17’

VALENTINA

As a young archivist labours on the reassembly of a long-lost film print, her emotional life spirals into a tumultuous state that is mirrored in the degradation of the frames she so painstakingly works upon.