Selected Short Films 2017

1960::MOVIE::STILL

United Kingdom, 2016, 2 min

director Stuart Pound

producer Stuart Pound

This video contrasts the moving and the still image. A sequence was taken from the iconic film L'Avventura made in 1960 by Michelangelo Antonioni with Monica Vitti . The soundtrack is a train trundling at night through the Carpathian mountains towards Bucharest.

20 kicks

Bulgaria, 2016, 6 min

director Dimitar Dimitrov

producer Dimitar Dimitrov

scriptwriter Dilyan Elenkov

music Samuel Pocreau

I asked my teeth if they'll withstand a drink, says the main charecter in '20 KICKS". He lives in a world, in which exchange system is slaps and fists. In this way the film is raising the question of the price we pay for the small pleasures, and the sacrifices we make, to attain true happiness

9 Ways to Draw a Person

Russia, 2016, 6 min

director Sasha Svirsky

producer Nadezhda Svirskaia

scriptwriter Sasha Svirsky

music Alexey Prosvirnin

Nine short and unexpected stories that tell us, how a person can be depicted. By mixing abstraction, collage, drawing animation the author invites us into a spontaneous and unsystematic research of potential of the animation and leads us into the world of irrepressible imagination.

A Better Situation

Chile, Germany, 2016, 4 min

director Francisca Villela

producer Francisca Villela

scriptwriter Francisca Villela

music Francisca Villela

How to find a better situation, asks the potato caught up in a sinking Sunday feeling: drop out, modify yourself, turn into something else or by dissociation be someone else for the night — or just keep going on?

A Husband & Wife. A Voitan Story

Estonia, 2016, 4 min

director Mait Laas

producer Kalev Tamm

scriptwriter Mait Laas

music Oudekki Figurova

A wife went out to cut the rye, while the husband was at home sick. The man asked if the work would soon be finished and the wife replied that it would. The husband went out to check and saw that his wife was asleep and the work had just begun.

Adam

United States, 2016, 2 min

director Evelyn Ross

producer Evelyn Ross

In the beginning of them She created us.

Airport

Croatia, Switzerland, 2017, 10 min

director Michaela Müller

producers Ruedi Schick, Ankica Juric Tilic

scriptwriters Michaela Müller, Aleksandar Battista Ilic

music Hrvoje Stefotic

Airports - the pinnacle of modern society, places where the limits of borders, security and tolerance are constantly tested. While for some the journey starts, for others it abruptly ends.

All The World Is A Stage

Germany, Singapore, 2016, 1 min

director Hannes Rall

producers Hannes Rall, Daniel Keith Jernigan, Seah Hock Soon

scriptwriter Daniel Keith Jernigan

music Daniele Martella

An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem "All The World's A Stage" narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Analysis Paralysis

Switzerland, 2016, 9 min

director Anete Melece

producer Saskia von Virág

scriptwriter Anete Melece

music Ephrem Lüchinger

In the park Anton is looking for someone to play chess with. For someone who plays a better game than his dog. The gardener is looking for a mysterious serial vandal who has lost a yellow boot. But what if they both are looking for the same thing?

And The Moon Stands Still

Belarus, Germany, United States, 2017, 11 min

director Yulia Ruditskaya

producer David Lindner Leporda

scriptwriters David Lindner Leporda, Yulia Ruditskaya, Helen Simon, Katharina Köster

music Izzy Gliksberg

The presence of the moon affects all under its glow. The film explores the lunar cycle and the energies invoked by its radiance. Based on the motifs from the fairy tale “The Witcher” by Aleksey Tolstoy.

Apple Slices

Denmark, 2016, 11 min

director Moe Koyano

producer Tim Leborgne

scriptwriter Moe Koyano

music Amos Cappuccio

A boy is fascinated by a girl who knows how to do magic tricks. He follows her. Through a blur of dreams and reality he gets jealous as he realises she has feelings for someone else.

Artist & Hooligans

Russia, 2016, 12 min.

directors Ivan Maximov, Anna Romanova

producer Liubov Gayukova

scriptwriters Ivan Maximov, Anna Romanova

music Alexander Muravyev

Mischievous manipulations with the artist’s Voitsekhovsky paintings.

 

Before & After

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South Korea, 2016, 8 min.

director Min-Ji Kang

We sculpt ourselves based on other people's opinions. The heroine decides that the key to changing her life for the better is to get plastic surgery. She builds up her courage and lies down on the operating table, looking forward to her bright future...

Beside Oneself

Poland, 2016, 5 min.

director Karolina Specht

producer Narcin Małatyński

scriptwriter Karolina Specht

music Michał Kawecki

One day, She notices, that something strange is going on with Him... Beside oneself it’s a short animation film about confrontation between ideas of things and a real world. Do we live with real people, or only with our imagination of them?

Black Chronicle

Bulgaria, 2017, 9 min.

director Ivan Veselinov

producer Pravda Kirova

scriptwriter Ivan Veselinov

music Alexander Ribitsov

Black chronicle – a short monologue for the transient and discordant life: strange, trepid and touching, and dark, and sad, drowned in the darkness of the fatal unpredictability. Black Chronicle – an animated essay on the light and dark side of life that inevitably accompanies us as our shadows. The World – an irreconcilable mystery.

Broken – The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck

Germany, 2016, 7 min.

directors Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl

producers Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch

scriptwriters Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch

music Hannes Schulze

Based on interviews with former prisoners, this animated documentary provides a glimpse into the most notorious women’s prison in East Germany. A film about political imprisonment, forced labour, and enormous profits on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Cop Dog

United States, 2017, 6 min.

director Bill Plympton

In this film our plucky hero - the dog - has a new occupation: patrolling our airports sniffing for illegal drugs. You know that's not going to end well.

Corp.

Argentina, 2016, 9 min.

director Pablo Polledri

producer Pablo Polledri

scriptwriter Pablo Polledri

music Pablo Polledri

Ambition, exploitation of labour, environmental pollution, human degradation, surplus value, corruption and much more in the amazing world of free market!

Cupcake

United States, 2017, 2 min.

director Gina Kamentsky

producer Gina Kamentsky

music Noah Creshevsky

Jiro and his Friends are attending a birthday party but The Cupcake has other plans.

Darrel

Spain, 2016, 3 min.

directors Marc Briones, Alan Carabantes

producers Daniel Martínez Lara

scriptwriters Marc Briones, Alan Carabantes

Exchange of glances in the metro. How many opportunities have you let slip? Darrel will do everything possible to not let escape this one...

Dead Horses

Spain, 2016, 6 min

directors Marc Riba, Anna Solanas

producer Anna Solanas

scriptwriters Marc Riba, Anna Solanas

music Xavi Lloses

In an isolated and unknown place during a war a child is forced to flee. On his way, horse corpses everywhere. Only dead horses. Why? Why horses have decided to kill themselves?

Dead Reckoning

Austria, 2017, 2 min

directors Paul Wenninger, Susan Young

producer Paul Wenninger

music Elektro Guzzi

„Dead Reckoning” is a ride around Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard and from there to go into the city, to fall, to eat, and finally to end up on the toilet. Death is always there, always in front of us. The film follows the cycle of life, the rhythm of the city. The filming locations show how Vienna has been influenced by cultures from around the world. An animated skeleton symbolizes the morbid humor of the Viennese and even appears as a grumpy waiter…

Drop By Drop

Portugal, 2017, 9 min

directors Laura Gonçalves, Alexandra Ramires

producer Rodrigo Areias

scriptwriters Carolina Freitas, Laura Gonçalves, Alexandra Ramires

music Nico Tricot, Ricardo Santos Rocha

The last habitants of a village refuse to let themselves sink into oblivion. In a world where the idea of progress appears to be above all, this home floats.

Farewell

Slovenia, 2016, 6 min

director Leon Vidmar

producer Kolja Saksida

scriptwriter Kaja Balog

music Tomaz Grom

Lovro is tired and sad.He fills the bathtub with water, looking at droplets dripping from the tap. As one hits the water surface, Lovro is reminded of the day he first went fishing with his grandpa: putting a worm on the hook, catching a fish for the first time and seeing it die.Memory and reality merge.

Fired Up

United States, 2017, 3 min

directors Elyse Kelly, Dan Fipphen

producers Elyse Kelly, Dan Fipphen

music Brooke Blair, Will Blair

Fired Up depicts the origin story of President Obama’s famed “Fired up, ready to go” chant. With the audio of President Obama’s speech as the soundtrack, the film combines original animation by 14 artists from around the world.

Fishes, Swimmers, Boats

China, Russia, 2017, 9 min

directors Dmitry Geller, Andrey Koulev

producer Liguo Zheng

scriptwriters Andrey Koulev, Dmitry Geller

music Artyom Fadeev

Fishes, swimmers, boats Transform the water. The water is soft and moves Only for what affects it.

FLUTTER

Bulgaria, United States, 2016, 10 min

director Vladimir Todorov

producers Vladimir Todorov, Ivo Venkov, Boriana Todorovа

scriptwriter Vladimir Todorov

music Vladimir Todorov, Ivo Venkov

In a world, where everyone can defy gravity and fly at will, being stuck on the ground is no fun. If all you can do is shuffle on your own two feet, then loneliness, depression and despair will come knocking on your door. Letting them come in is an option. Finding the courage to soar is priceless.

Foreign Body

Poland, 2016, 7 min

director Marta Magnuska

producer Marcin Malatyński

scriptwriter Marta Magnuska

music Patryk Zakrocki

A foreign body lives its own life. You're not able to get rid of it, it's always with you, you need it. Caress that odd part of yours, don't try to shave its long tousled fur. This is a story about something that's considered to be strange at first but turns out to be the dearest thing to us. About the transformation of inside and outside.

G-AAAH

United Kingdom, 2016, 2 min

director Elizabeth Hobbs

producer Elizabeth Hobbs

scriptwriter Elizabeth Hobbs

music Elizabeth Hobbs

Amy Johnson worked as a typist for a firm of solicitors before her record- breaking solo flight from Croydon to Australia in 1930. This film has been created with an Underwood 315 typewriter as a celebration of her journey.

Hate For Sale

Netherlands, 2017, 3 min

director Anna Eijsbouts

producer Anna Eijsbouts

scriptwriter Neil Gaiman

A short film about the world we live in and some of the choices we make.

I Don't Feel Anything Anymore

Belgium, Canada, 2016, 9 min

directors Noémie Marsily, Carl Roosens

producers Marc Bertrand, Delphine Cousin, Delphine Renard, William Henne

scriptwriters Noémie Marsily, Carl Roosens

music Pierre Yves Drapeau

He’s a magician. She’s a firefighter. Isolating themselves from the chaos of a world in turmoil, the two lovers live in a crane basket high in the sky. Their challenge is to keep their heads, here up above it all, while everything’s falling apart down below. But when reality calls—when fires need quenching and people need entertaining—how can they best make themselves useful in a world gone off the rails?

I want...

Japan, 2016, 2 min

director Xi Chen

producer Xi Chen

music Setsu Tanaka

A small bird couldn’t fly. She steals feathers and stabs him in its arms. This bird believes that you can grow wings if you can meet the God of the birds.

Inhibitum

Belgium, 2016, 7 min

director Atelier Collectif

producer Zorobabel

scriptwriter Atelier Collectif

In the twentieth century, 5 inventions were dismissed or not be generalized: the durable nylon stocking, the 'Aerotrain', the 'safe cigarette', the water engine and the 'bio-resonance'.

Jungle Taxi

Japan, South Korea, 2016, 8 min

director Hakhyun Kim

producer Sayaka Omodaka

scriptwriter Hakhyun Kim

music Miki Sakurai

The taxi driver picks up an unwelcome fare in the jungle. He does as he's told and takes his customer to fetch the man close to death on the beach. Arrived at the destination, the cabbie reaches inside his jacket for a gun.

Kukuschka

Russia, 2016, 9 min

director Dina Velikovskaya

producer Vladimir Gassiev

scriptwriter Dina Velikovskaya

music Artyom Fadeev

Kukuschka is a bird, who follows the sun. It seems to her as if she already could touch It, but the Sun is still far away. Suddenly she is not alone anymore, but for two it's even more difficult to keep going so fast. She will reach the Sun, may be tommorow may be the day after.

Lemon Tree

Portugal, 2016, 5 min

director Joana Silva

producer Joana Silva

scriptwriter Joana Silva

Lemon tree is a film about a fictional character whose body is assembled from memories embedded in an abandoned space.

Let's Play Like It's 1949

Canada, 2016, 1 min

director Janet Perlman

producer Janet Perlman

scriptwriter Janet Perlman

The issue of fairness arises when two brothers play with plutonium. This is a reminder that Donald Trump should not have access to a chemistry set. This film was made using archival footage from a 1949 educational film called "Let's Play Fair”.

Little Girl

United States, 2016, 4 min

director Steven Subotnick

producer Steven Subotnick

scriptwriter Steven Subotnick

A little girl rides her bike.

Love

France, Hungary, 2016, 14 min

director Réka Bucsi

producer Gábor Osváth

scriptwriter Réka Bucsi

music David Kamp

LOVE is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system. Abstract haiku-like situations reveal the change in atmosphere on one planet, caused by the change of gravity and light. This pulsing planet makes the inhabitants become one with each other in various ways.

Mall 84

United Kingdom, 2016, 2 min

director Gervais Merryweather

producer Gervais Merryweather

This is a love letter to the 1980's

Manivald

Canada, Croatia, Estonia, 2017, 13 min

director Chintis Lundgren

producers Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Jelena Popović

scriptwriters Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić

music Terence Dunn

Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother. It is an easy life, but not a good one. This unhealthy co-dependence changes when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy wolf repairman, arrives to fix it, and them.

Mila Fog

Slovakia, 2015, 11 min

director Marta Prokopová

scriptwriter Marta Prokopová

music Adam Dekan

I feel emptiness around me. The night is cold and dark. I am looking for a light, wherever it may be. After two years. Mila is coming.

Mr.Night Has A Day Off

Lithuania, 2016, 2 min

director Ignas Meilunas

producer Ignas Meilunas

scriptwriter Ignas Meilunas

music Marius Meilunas

Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don't like something, you change it.

My Mum's Bonkers

South Africa, 2017, 3 min

director Naomi van Niekerk

producer Naomi van Niekerk

scriptwriter Jeanne Goosen

My mum’s bonkers. Out of one eye she cries Puccini, out of the other she reprimands me.

Nighthawk

Croatia, Slovenia, 2016, 8 min

director Špela Čadež

producers Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež, Vanja Andrijević

scriptwriters Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež

music Tomaž Grom

A badger lies motionless on a local road. A police patrol approaches the body in the dark. They soon realise that the animal is not dead; the badger is dead drunk! When the police attempt to drag the creature off the road, he wakes up and things take a strange turn.

Nothing Happens

Denmark, France, 2017, 12 min

director Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot

producer Marie Bro, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal

It’s freezing cold in the city suburbs. Yet some people are gathering. I watch them form a row across the horizon. We are all waiting for something to happen. But nothing does… We have gathered to witness an event. To participate in being seen. The spectacle of watching and being watched.

Nutag – Homeland

Canada, 2016, 6 min

director Alisi Telengut

producer Alisi Telengut

music Bulgarian Voice Angelite and Tuvan Music Group Huur-Huun-Tu

A visual poem and surrealist requiem for the Kalmyk people that were mass-deported by USSR from 1943-1957 and half of them died before they were allowed to return home. The film brings back the eternal theme of diaspora and the loss of homeland and poses a critical resistance to the current social political situations.

Re-organization

Israel, 2017, 11 min

directors Osi Wald, Ricardo Werdesheim, Moran Somer

producers Osi Wald, Ricardo Werdesheim, Moran Somer

music Eyal Talmudi - MALOX & Ori Kadishay

A trippy animated journey through the hundreds of catalogues printed by the Israel Museum over the last 50 years. We scanned, cut, filed, tore and read - art, archaeology, words. We reorganised the catalogues over and over again, Recognising connections and dismissing them. The film became personal, dealing with the way we observed the catalogues not with their content.

Satie's "Parade"

Japan, 2016, 6 min

director Koji Yamamura

producer Koji Yamamura

scriptwriter Koji Yamamura

music Erik Satie

A Parade for 3 managers & 4 performers. Mixing quotes from French composer Erik Satie’s essays with the music Parade, this is an animated re-creation of realist ballet images going beyond reality.

Spring Equilibrium

Bulgaria, 2017, 8 min

director Andrey Tsvetkov

producer Andrey Tsvetkov

scriptwriter Slav Bakalov

music Cefei MC

A dark jungle full of fallen trees and bushes.. Somethig terrible is happening in that jungle. Somebody or something is destroying all living creatures. The creatures themselves are scary but not so dangerous – someone may say they’re cute. A mysterious beam slides through the jungle and sweeps everything on it’s way. After that we see that this is concentrated sunlight, passed through a magnifying glass that turns it to a terrible weapon of mass destruction.

Tempo

Netherlands, 2016, 1 min

director Arjan Brentjes

producer Arjan Brentjes

scriptwriter Arjan Brentjes

music Arjan Brentjes

A man tries to relax on a bench in the park, but he’s constantly bothered by the latest innovations. As his life slows down, technology speeds up. And that whole story wrapped in exactly one minute.

The Aeronauts

Mexico, 2016, 11 min

director León Fernández

producer Lariza Melo

scriptwriters Salvador Delgadillo, León Fernández

music Sofía Orozco, Yolihuani Curiel, Fernando Arias

A tribe survives in the middle of the desert on the meager pickings of a barren landscape. Soo´goh, the weakest member of the clan, seeks to overcome all obstacles and to reach the green pastures of the paradise that they all yearn for.

The Battle Of San Romano

Switzerland, 2017, 2 min

director Georges Schwizgebel

producer Georges Schwizgebel

scriptwriter Georges Schwizgebel

music Judith Gruber-Stitzer

A movement within a painting, which begins with the savagery of a battle and comes to a halt in a rendition of a masterpiece of the 15th Century; The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello.

The Eyeless Hunter. A Khanty Story.

Estonia, 2016, 3 min

directors Priit Pärn, Olga Pärn

producer Kalev Tamm

scriptwriters Priit Pärn, Olga Pärn

music Timofei Ketšemov

A Khanty man went hunting but did not bring home any catch. A wife stealthily followed her husband into the forest. The hunter lay down, took his eyes out and said, “Semlek re-rem-rem”. The wife seized the husband’s eyes.

The Full Story

UK, 2017, 7 min

directors Daisy Jacobs, Christopher Wilder

producer Elliott Tagg

scriptwriter Daisy Jacobs

music Huw Bunford

Toby is selling his childhood home; he walks through its empty rooms, assailed by kaleidoscopic memories: a family unravelling, break-down, divorce, and all the helplessness and rage of being child. Why do close ties break and loved ones leave? Can we ever know the full story?And what do you do when your family's gone?

The Ogre

France, 2016, 10 min

director Laurène Braibant

producer Richard Van Den Boom

scriptwriter Laurène Braibant

music Pierre Caillet

Full of complexes because of his size, a giant holds on eating terrified at the idea of revealing his ogresque self and so compromising his place in the society. During a business banquet, his true nature will be put to the test.

Traces of Ephemeral

Poland, 2016, 8 min

director Agnieszka Waszczeniuk

producer Agnieszka Waszczeniuk

scriptwriter Agnieszka Waszczeniuk

music Joanna Wabik

The film is the story of man and his relationship with nature - the nature of which we are the part; which has the ability to renew itself, dying and returning to life. Unreal atmosphere and constantly blowing wind that can destroy, but it also gives hope for the birth of something new, raises the question - do we watch the moment just before awakening of the main character, or the moment of collapsing in the deepest sleep with no return?

Unsatisfying

France, 2016, 1 min

director Thibault de Fournas

producer Thibault de Fournas

music Samuel Barber

During the summer of 2016, We created and directed a video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch. We quickly realized that there are a lot of other situations that would be fun to see animated, so we decided to run an animation challenge around this idea.

Wicked Girl

France, Turkey, 2017, 8 min

director Ayce Kartal

producer Damien Megherbi, Justin Pechberty

scriptwriter Ayce Kartal

music Tarik Aslan

S., 8 years old, is a little Turkish girl with an overflowing imagination. She is keen on nature and animals. While she is looking back on the good old days in her grand parents village from hospital room, dark and terrifying memories emerge and, little by little, begin to make sense.

Yin

Belgium, 2017, 10 min

director Nicolas Fong

producer Zorobabel

scriptwriter Nicolas Fong

music Emile Sornin

Surrounded by several couples, a god becomes bored, because he is on his own and jealous of the others’ happiness. He breathes out, creating a whirlwind of molecules, which resolve into a flat disc. In its centre is a single mountain. The creator places various elements on the disc to complete his work. He installs Yin and Yang, the man and the woman. The two of them try in vain to meet.

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