honorable mention Feb 2021

narrative

OUT
Directed by Gsus Lopez

Mary is a divorced middle-aged mother living in the English countryside. One weekend she receives the visit of her closet-emerging son Oscar.

How will Mary make sense of her son's coming out and the small-town mentality that surrounds her?

Blending high-drama theatrics with black comedy, OUT is a coming out story unlike any other you have seen before.

DUCK EGG BLUE

Directed by Margaret Kane-Rowe

 

Sinead needs to leave work and catch a plane. Enter Mark, her boss, drunk, emotional with a can of petrol. Followed closely by Abi and Jace, a married couple at war with each other.

DISPARUE ( GONE )

Directed by Joan Bentosela

 

A bickering family on a road trip stops at a gas station. Murielle, the mother, insists on having the car washed.

KUKLI

Directed by Shyama Sundar Majhi

 

Pukli is a village girl who belongs to an indigenous community of rural India. The lively little girl is known for her endless questions and curiosity towards anything unknown to her. But one fine day she suddenly stopped talking to everyone. No one had any clue about her silence. Her parents, villagers, and school teacher have tried a lot to find out her doubt. But they all remained speechless when they heard her foremost unanswered question.

THE HUNT 

Directed by Jean-Pierre Dupuy

 

One day in November 1973, a father takes his eight-year-old son hunting for the first time

JOLLY ROGER

Directed by Kyle O'Donnell

 

After returning from Barcelona with a film he thought was about a scarecrow that followed him around, Kyle then realised he and his girlfriend had actually acted out their relationship crumbling. Jolly Roger shows a battle with masculinity, depression and some strange methods of channeling misery into forms of expression, with both fictional scenes and genuine recordings of a separation.

DAYDREAMER'S PURSUIT

Directed by Jasmine Bryan

 

Full of determination and uncertainty, Nutmeg pursues her daydream to escape a dull reality with a Walkman and her case of few sentimental belongings.

PRESENT, PAST...PRESENT

Directed by David Da Costa

 

At the Lobis, cinema and popular bar not much frequented, the evening sessions are living their last days. Claude, now in his fifties, puts all his enthusiasm to ensure the life of the place and preventing it from fading from the already gloomy urban landscape. Because in this small French town of less than 20,000 inhabitants, the cinema is one of the only places still open after 10 p.m...

ROSIE

Directed by Mark Shaba

A little girl daydreams about a loved one in this short film dealing with the trauma of abuse and neglect

Experimental

LAST LOVE

Directed by Dmitri Frolov

 

The musical and poetic composition "O my prophetic soul" on the verses of Fedor Ivanovich Tyutchev for the Reader, Pianist and String Orchestra of the composer Sergei Aleksandrovich Oskolkov served as a sound basis for the philosophical parable about the Love of the human and divine, about the cycle of life, about the decline of civilization.

AN APPARITION

Directed by Nagaraju

The film showcases the implications and the effects of lockdown . The coronavirus pandemic has made social distancing essential in waging a victorious battle against it. Consequently, the Indian national lockdown is intrinsic to fighting it, even though there still might be people indifferent to it. The short film wants to draw attention to the same concern, and how not taking our quarantine seriously might lead to disastrous results. It chooses the metaphor of an inconsequential insect to communicate the same. by using cockroaches as projections of humans and their actions.

DON'T TALK

Directed by Volkan Girgin

 

Throughout the movie, we will watch a life of a character whose face will never be seen. We will look on the world from his eyes and will witness the oppression he has experienced.
He's only two years old. His excited parents forces him to communicate by saying ‘Talk’. When he's six, he becomes chatterbox. But this time her parents are pressing him for ‘Don't talk’.
The dramatic moments that follow us throughout the film continues in the form of ‘talk or don’t talk’. Our hero can't stand this pressure any longer and he's detached from life.

ILLUMINATED

Directed by Brittany Severance

 

Illuminated is a short silent experimental video about the movement of engineered light at different locations through the perspective of someone with low vision. Moments include fireworks in the night sky, carnival rides, and holiday light displays based upon the artist's own visually impaired experiences.

TWO

Directed by Vasilios Papaioannu

 

The conversation—between sound and image, seasons come and gone, natural and altered landscapes, and an unseen man and woman—begins as a duet between a video diary and a field recording, and ends as an archive of the possibilities hibernating in each moment.

FACES WITHOUT VISAGE

Directed by Hesam Rahmani

 

How come a somber silence drowns me and my memory ?
How come the faces lose visage in this dark dungeon of memory ?

animation

A FLEA IN A JAR

Directed by Vicky Carr

Based on the fleas in a jar analogy. A female character dreams of becoming a violinist yet is always put down. The obstacles of her mind are hindering her from success.

SHADOWLAND

Directed by Bellopropello

The diverse communication options offered by a cell phone influence our social and consumer behavior. Excessive use changes the design of <head-down people’s> life and lifestyle habits.

BALLAD OF PIPE AND NECKLACE

Directed by Martin babic

In the Stone Age, young Slovenian invented the first flute, and the Croatian girl invented a first necklace in the world. The young couple soon meet and fall in love, but their tribes go into open conflict. All this brings to a great adventure.

documentary

GRANDMA ABOUT GRANDPA

Directed by Per Axel Hagne

Images reflecting on a solitary life in a Swedish apartment. In old age, a woman confronts her feelings towards the man she used to live with, but whom is no longer around.

AVEC

Directed by Akio Yuguchi

Avec is Akio Yuguchi's self-reflective film about personal grief and feelings of guilt after the death of a sibling. The pensive filmmaker aims at visualizing the long process of coming to terms with his inner conflict. The film creates a sense of ephemerality, crystallizing the spatial and temporal moments into a visual expression.

SHARP

Directed by Sander Ligthart

One day, 11-year-old Vince pulls a knife and threatens his classmates and teacher. Slowly the cause becomes clear: father abuses his wife severely. Social care and the police are rigorously kept out of the house by both of them. The family seems to drown further and further in a spiral of violence.
To discover the reason why, the actors of the film enter into conversation with the people behind the stories on which the script is based. This in combination with dramatic scenes mixes truth and play. They discover at first hand that nothing is what it seems.

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