The films that have claimed the Grand Prix of Clermon-Ferrand («The Simple Things»), the Orizzonti award for best short film in Venice («Belladonna»), the BAFTA award («Operator») and the SXSW festival Grand Jury Award («Manoman»), plus another 4 films from Sundance and 3 shorts from Cannes in two festival blocks. These shorts have caught the eye of the pickiest selectors, with their high expectations, refined taste and the naïve belief that they had already seen it all.
UK, Kosovo / 2015, 21 min
As the spectrer of war looms over Kosovo, the friendship of two boys is tested to the upmost in this powerful and haunting drama based on real-life events.
Sweden / 2015, 19 min
Markus is a boy in an institution for young sex offenders. There is no physical intimacy to be found there so the inmates violently grab and punch one another instead. Markus’s only friend inside is the unpredictable Tobias. Markus’s trial approaches and he won’t be able to keep his actions secret much longer.
UK / 2015, 11 min
Glen is barely a man. In a desperate attempt to tap into his masculinity he attends a primal scream therapy session, but even surrounded by wailing men he cannot make a sound. When another member of the class pushes Glen too far he finally lets something out- a miniature version of himself which does whatever it wants, regardless of the consequences.
Belgium / 2015, 14 min
Late afternoon, somewhere in a big city, a man comes home to his wife and child - a portrait of a family in our modern civilization, captured in real time.
Mining Poems or Odes
UK, Scotland / 2015, 11 min
Robert, an ex-shipyard welder from Govan in Glasgow, reflects on how his life experiences have influenced his new found compulsion to write. His retrospective poetry reveals a man who is trying to achieve a state of contentment through words and philosophy.
Czech Republic / 2015, 26 min
The childhood and youth of Ladislav Stroupežnický, legend of Czech realism, as told in three chapters that we may or may not have come across in our literature textbooks. Accented with its own brand of humor and formal playfulness, the filmmakers claim it’s got it all: suspense, humor, violence, hope, emotion, nudity, sex, and even a happy ending.