Festival Hits. Block 1

Festival Hits. Block 1

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A Gentle Night

QIU Yang

China / 2017, 15 min

 

In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night.

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WICKED GIRL

Ayçe Kartal

France / 2017, 8 min

 

S. is an eight-year-old Turkish girl with an overactive imagination. She is keen on nature and animals. In a hospital room, as she looks back on the good old days in her grandparents' village, dark and terrifying memories emerge.

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Sing

Kristof Deák

Hungary / 2017, 25 min

 

Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school – singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation. But the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is… It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to teach their teacher a lesson. Based on a true story, SING follows an award-winning school choir and the new girl in class facing a tough choice: to stand up against a corrupt system – or to fit quietly into it.

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Matria

Álvaro Gago Díaz

Spain / 2017, 21 min

 

Faced with a challenging daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter.

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In The Woods

Corina Schwingruber Ilić, Thomas Horat

Switzerland / 2017, 13 min

 

Snow, ice, sweat and the sound of chainsaws. Every four years, over a period of three months in winter, wood is cut in a steep mountain forest above Lake Aegeri in the Canton of Zug and prepared for log rafting. Neither technology nor progress has been able to replace this traditional craft.

 
SHORT MATTERS! Block 1

SHORT MATTERS! Block 1

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Short Matters is a unique project of European Film Academy, which shows a manifold panorama of the most important young contemporary European filmmaking. The initiative is organised in cooperation with a series of film festivals throughout the continent, at which the best films are selected for competition eligible for the European Film Awards. When the annual cycle is complete the members of the European Film Academy elect the overall winner. This time the audience will have the opportunity to see three exciting, jam-packed programmes presenting contemporary problems from the most diverse parts of the world.

 
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WANNABE

Jannis Lenz

Austria, Germany / 2017, 30 min

 

As a crossmedia project, connecting film with the online video scene, WANNABE tells the story ofa young YouTuber, who builds herself a fictitious world on the Internet, somwhere between Reality TV, Castings and Revenge Porn.

YOUNG MEN AT THEIR WINDOW

Loukianos Moshonas

France / 2017, 18 min

 

Two graphic artists start playing, by mistake, with a scanner in the office. They advance various hypotheses, opening up to one another, becoming so caught up they forget all about the strange images emerging from the machine.

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COPA-LOCA

Christos Massalas

Greece / 2017, 14 min

 

This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone - in every possible way.

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LOVE

Réka Bucsi

Hungary, France / 2016, 15 min

 

LOVE is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system.

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THE DISINHERITED

Laura Ferrés

Spain / 2017, 19 min

 

The Disinherited is a portrait of the director's father facing the end of his family business. Pere Ferrés is 53 years old and owns a bus company. Lack of money forces him to drive clients who destroy his vehicle to bachelor parties, but he is not prepared to lose his dignity.

 
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Short Matters is a unique project of European Film Academy, which shows a manifold panorama of the most important young contemporary European filmmaking. The initiative is organised in cooperation with a series of film festivals throughout the continent, at which the best films are selected for competition eligible for the European Film Awards. When the annual cycle is complete the members of the European Film Academy elect the overall winner. This time the audience will have the opportunity to see three exciting, jam-packed programmes presenting contemporary problems from the most diverse parts of the world.

 
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YOU WILL BE FINE

Céline Devaux

France / 2017, 15 min

 

Give it time. You'll get over it. Jean celebrates his birthday, gets drunk and recalls the dreadful weekend that led to his break-up with Mathilde.

INFORMATION SKIES

Metahaven

Netherlands, South Korea / 2017, 24 min

 

Information Skies takes place in a forest somewhere in the not-too-distant future. The film, with an otherworldly soundscape, fuses three genres – live action, anime-like animation and digital abstraction – creating fragmented territories, attractive and terrifying at the same time. It questions how deep immersion in digital augmentation, combined with our persisting emotional limits as humans, is altering our capacity to decide on what constitutes 'reality'.

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TIMECODE

Juanjo Giménez

Spain / 2016, 15 min

 

Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.

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EN LA BOCA / Down the Throat

Matteo Gariglio

Switzerland, Argentina / 2016, 26 min

 

In Buenos Aires, the Molina family lives and works in the shadows of the legendary Boca Juniors stadium. Selling fake tickets to the soccer games, they constantly get in conflict with the corrupt police. As her family sinks deeper into this underworld, the mother tries in vain to keep them all from falling apart.

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THE CIRCLE

Rûken Tekeş

Turkey / 2016, 14 min

 

In Mesopotamia, there are children of different ethnicities, religions and languages. Zelal, a 7 year old petite girl, is an ethnic Kurd as well as religiously an Ezidi. Zelal along with her schoolmates, Zeki and Bekir, both 9 years old boys, attends a school where the one and only official education based on Turkish. An ordinary school day turned into a life-changing event for Zelal and her introvert admirer Zeki after their teacher introduces the letter of the week ‘O’…

 
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Urban Experiment

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"Memory is not an instrument for surveying the past but its theater. It is the medium of past experience, just as the earth is the medium in which dead cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging" Walter Benjamin

How cities, urban spaces, and memory are interrelated? History is entangled, its remnants, ruins, or narratives, coexist in the places we are daily passing by. Memory turns out to be involuntary, whereas experimental cinema becomes the most expedient way to reveal it. "Urban experiment" invites diggers similar to Benjamin to look in a "memory palace" and reflect on the past and its visual representations.

 
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Farewell Transmission

Mike Rollo

Canada / 2017, 14 min

 

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation opened the doors of the CBK Transmitter Station in 1939 to serve the prairie region of Canada. Farewell Transmission is equal parts indexical record of the demolition of CBK in 2015 and subjective response to the residual media documenting the event. The building is framed with tension preceding its destruction: emulsion pulsates as if with decades of radio transmission, creating an unsettled eulogy for a cultural institution.

Phantasiesätze (Fantasy Sentences)

Dane Komljen

Germany, Denmark / 2017, 17 min

 

Many years ago, the cities by the river were gripped by a contagion. Things started to change and everything slowly became something else. It was not clear if transformation was a symptom of the disease or a way to escape it. The contagion touched everything and everyone: animals and plants, stones and soil, men, women and children, their thoughts, their dreams, their memories. An old woman once told me how all memories turn into trees, I could hardly make out what she was saying. She said she could hear the trees singing: To be a body, to be any body. After the years of contagion ended, the cities appeared untouched. One had to look hard to see the traces of the previous time. If one could listen to the trees, what would they say? A way out, a way out?

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Gropius Memory Palace

Ben Thorp Brown

Germany, USA / 2018, 20 min

 

Through a guided meditation performed by a hypnotherapist, viewers are invited to construct a 'memory palace' as they experience Walter Gropius's iconic Fagus Factory. The film offers an opportunity to soothe anxieties around technology's effects on the body and workplace, and to consider the relationship between memory and architecture.

Highview

Simon Liu

Hong Kong, UK, USA / 2017, 19 min

 

Personal moments are lost in film cuttings or disappear into a coloured fog only to suddenly reappear in a new constellation. This is the visual richness of Highview: four, partially overlapping, 16mm images that fully coalesce into a colourful abstract painting, but also create a narrative as an exploded montage.

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Sea Factory

Pim Zwier

Netherlands, Russia / 2017, 13 min

 

Since part of the Baltic fleet moved away most of Kronstadt is no longer a closed military city. With the renewed cathedral as the centrepiece, the city revises its own destination to fill the void that was left behind. The photographic process of colour separation used in the film emphasises the city's current state between past and future: the heroic turbulent history, changing of ideologies, and growing tourism.

 
International Competition: Youthquake

International Competition: Youthquake

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Youthquake /ˈjuːθkweɪk/

noun

A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

 
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Waiting for Jupiter

Agathe Riedinger

France / 2017, 23 min

 

Liane, a 21-year-old girl, has just learnt that she was cast to be part of a reality TV show. Certain that her life will finally start, she burns everything surrounding her to embrace this long-awaited shake-up.

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The Hunger

Kenneth Karlstad

Norway / 2017, 20 min

 

An expressive suburban gothic tale which enters the mindset of a teenager and explores the phenomenon of sensation seeking at a young age.

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Babylon

Keith Deligero

Philippines / 2017, 20 min

 

In a time before mobile phones, postmodern Erinyes come to Barangay Babylonia in order to kill a local dictator. A tricky job, one that causes several fatalities in the process. Strange things occur in this far-off land.

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After School Knife Fight

Jonatan Vinel & Caroline Poggi

France / 2017, 21 min

 

Laëtitia, Roca, Nico and Naël are in a band. As per usual, they meet late afternoon before rehearsal in a vacant lot. The group will soon no longer exist; they will be forced to disband because Laetitia is moving away to study. This is the story of four young adults who do not want to say good-bye.

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Perfect Darkness

Maaike Neuville

Belgium / 2016, 24 min

 

Anna and her boyfriend Gus are on their last holiday before the birth of their child, when Anna decides to reveal a secret that she has been carrying with her.

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RETOUCH

Kaveh Mazaheri

Iran / 2017, 19 min

 

Maryam’s husband has an accident at home and rather than helping she watches him die!

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The Men Behind the Wall

Ines Moldavsky

Israel / 2018, 8 min

 

Tinder. Woman seeks men. Man seeks women. Everything could be so simple if she weren’t in Israel and the guys nearby that the app suggests in search mode weren’t in the West Bank.

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Sand

Arjan Brentjes

Netherlands / 2017, 5 min

 

You get up at five, eat your vitamins, take some water with your coffee, work for a few hours, eat your omegas and flavonoids, work a little more, get some exercise and then take a shower. But don’t bother trying to wash the sand out of your hair.

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The Rabbit Hunt

Patrick Bresnan

USA / 2017, 12 min

 

Every weekend, seventeen year old Chris and his family hunt rabbits during sugarcane field burning and harvesting in the Florida Everglades.

 
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Comedy

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WILD DANCES

Bina Bhattacharya

Australia / 2017, 14 min

 

When Ruslana wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine in 2004, this sets off an unbelievable chain of events on the other side of the world. The lives of a shy, closeted Australian gay boy and a spirited, Ukrainian-Australian girl are forever fused as they share a shining moment of freedom.

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WEEËN / LABOUR

Nils Vleugels

Netherlands / 2017, 14 min

 

Willem is on the verge of becoming a father: his girlfriend’s contractions have started. When the irreversibility of his baby’s arrival dawns on him, Willem is besieged by a feeling of uselessness and acute fear of fatherhood.

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Offstage

Andrei Huţuleac

Romania / 2017, 25 min

 

Maria, a failed theatre director, is projecting her own dreams and failures on her only son, obsessively wanting to make a great actor out of him despite his obvious lack of talent. How far is she willing to go?

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How It Feels to Be Hungover

Viktor Hertz

Sweden / 2018, 10 min

 

A man wakes up at a clinic specialised in treating hangovers.

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End of the Line

Jessica Sanders

USA / 2018, 14 min

 

A lonely man goes to the pet store and buys a tiny man in a cage.

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KAPITALISTIS

Pablo Muñoz Gomez

France / 2017, 14 min

 

Santa is capitalist. He brings toys to the rich kids and swea shirts to the poor ones.
Nikos, 5 years old.

Out & Proud

Out & Proud

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What is gender?
What is gender dysphoria?
How to figure out your identity?
Where does the borderline between private life and public knowledge lie?
One's "unconventional" orientation, can it justify violence against this person?
Does this "unconventional" orientation exist?
Who decides if somone is (un)conventional?
Perhaps this definition is meaningless?
OUT & PROUD is finding answers to these questions.

 
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MATHIAS

Clara Stern

Austria / 2017, 30 min

 

Mathias is transgender. Although he is more than sure about his decision to live as a man, he still has to find his way in his new identity and especially in his new job. Also his relationship with his girlfriend seems to have changed due to the transition.

FUCKGIRLS

Saga Becker, Christofer Nilsson

Sweden / 2017, 15 min

 

In this exploratory visual hybrid between documentary and fiction we get to follow three young girls whose everyday life is filled with violence and repression. They share their sorrows and fears of losing control. A poetic drama between dream and reality.

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Dressed for Pleasure

Marie de Maricourt

Switzerland / 2017, 17 min

 

Sarah, a disabled girl aged about twenty, lives with her parents. She is increasingly subject to many fantasies and sees her sexuality taking up more and more of her attention. The arrival in the house of a new cleaner, Victoria, a transsexual woman, will upset the family balance.

Little Potato

Wes Hurley

US / 2017, 13 min

 

An autobiographical documentary short about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mom and their adventurous escape to America.

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Calamity

Maxime Feyers, Séverine De Streyker

Belgium / 2017, 20 min

 

France meets her son's girlfriend for the first time. She loses control...

 
KISFF for KIDS

KISFF for KIDS

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Everyone wants to be not like everyone else. Especially in childhood, especially when one thinks that everything around is against. But is it possible without the support of the closest people, as one can share his or her oddities only with the loved ones.

Films from the KISFF for Kids program are about friendship which supports and inspires, as well as about the aspiration to be yourself, in spite of all the obstacles.

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Urge

Pieter Coudyzer

Belgium / 2016, 6 min

 

A small ladybug has a great ambition: it wants to reach the sky.

DAM! The story of Kit the Beaver

Kjell Boersma

Canada / 2017, 13 min

 

Kit, the eager beaver, embarks on an odyssey through four seasons in a Canadian forest where she learns about compassion, failure, survival and community. DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver features an original score from Erica Procunier, performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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Birdlime

Evan DeRushie

Canada / 2017, 11 min

 

Birdlime is the name for a sticky substance, usually made from holly bark or mistletoe, which is spread on branches to trap wild birds. The film observes one bird who barely manages to escape this industry, yet remains trapped in a cage and surrounded by unfamiliar sounds and un-birdlike creatures.

Sabaku

Marlies van der Wel

Netherlands / 2016, 3 min

 

Sabaku and his buffalo buddy don't need big words to understand one another. Alas when his good-natured companion keels over in the savannah sun one day, Sabaku must find a new friend – after all, who wants to travel through this world all alone?

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Two Trams

Svetlana Andrianova

Russia / 2016, 10 min

 

Each day, the young tram makes its rounds with the older tram along the network of streets. But one day his old teacher is missing – and the young tram searches feverishly around the whole city. Will they get to enjoy a last ride together?

JAZZOO

Adam Marko-Nord

Sweden / 2016, 9 min

 

A flying hippo on a quest to find the nearest pond. A fish behind the wheel, fleeing from a shark. A little koala who wants to hop like the kangaroos, and a raucous mob of elephants throwing a party – which drives the monkeys up the wall.

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The Little Bird and the Caterpillar

Lena von Döhren

Switzerland / 2017, 5 min

 

The little bird has plenty of peace and quiet high up in its tree, at least until an unexpected guest shows up. The brash caterpillar’s keen on devouring the green leaves that the little bird has cared for so tenderly. During the ensuing showdown, the two fail to notice that someone else is hard on their heels, and this character’s craving a more savoury snack.

Undiscovered

Sara Litzenberger

US / 2017, 3 min

 

Sasquatch has always remained elusive in photos - but not for the reasons we think.

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SHORT MATTERS! Block 3

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Short Matters is a unique project of European Film Academy, which shows a manifold panorama of the most important young contemporary European filmmaking. The initiative is organised in cooperation with a series of film festivals throughout the continent, at which the best films are selected for competition eligible for the European Film Awards. When the annual cycle is complete the members of the European Film Academy elect the overall winner. This time the audience will have the opportunity to see three exciting, jam-packed programmes presenting contemporary problems from the most diverse parts of the world.

 
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UGLY

Nikita Diakur

Germany / 2017, 12 min

 

An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief.
Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.

THE PARTY

Andrea Harkin

Ireland / 2016, 14 min

 

Laurence invites his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. by morning, reality catches up with them.

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THE ARTIFICIAL HUMORS

Gabriel Abrantes

Portugal / 2016, 29 min

 

The Artificial Humors (2016), is a film about humor, anthropology and artificial intelligence. It focuses on how humor is central to human relationships across, used as a form of social control, and one of the most complex forms of communication.

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WRITTEN/UNWRITTEN

Adrian Silisteanu

Romania / 2017, 20 min

 

Because of ID issues, Pardica, a 50-year old Roma man, risks the authorities separating him from his underage daughter, who has just had a baby.

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FIGHT ON A SWEDISH BEACH!

Simon Vahlne

Sweden / 2016, 15 min

 

A western Swedish beach during high summer. A variety of people come together to socialise and enjoy the heat. A family with children, a watercolour artist, a group of upper middle-aged friends and a bunch of middle school adolescents.

 
Ukrainian Competition: Race-and-catch

Ukrainian Competition: Race-and-catch

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Ukrainian competition at KISFF is an impressive collection of films made by most enduring Ukrainian filmmakers. Some of them have been shooting films for years. Now they can improvise a master-course on how to deal with panic, burnout or depression.

These days the absurd circumstances of Ukrainian filmmaking have no limits. The Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency is hunted for his love for independent cinema. The Government is planning to spend 18 million dollars on production of patriotic films. Film crew has spent a year preparing production of the next film. They are yet to know that tomorrow the pitch for the national funding will be canceled. Have we suddenly became trapped in a children active game, in which we, blindfolded, run in circles.

Ukrainian competition at KISFF is devoted to fire-proof Ukrainian filmmakers who manage to stand strong in the face of this absurdity.

"Burn, burn brightly when there is still fire"

 
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Lilac

Kate Gornostai

Ukraine / 2017, 30 min

 

May. Lilac blossom in Kyiv. Five friends and alcohol from the nearest supermarket. You need to be brave to face your fears, but you need to be even more courageous to tell about them to your closest. Looking for lilac’s cinquefoil to eat for good luck.

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Wonderful Years

Svitlana Shymko

Ukraine / 2018, 9 min

 

“The Wonderful Years” explores the lives of queer women in Ukraine in the late Soviet Union. It is based on the archive video materials and metanarration. 

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The Fly Fishing Lesson

Cyril Jekov

Ukraine / 2018, 28 min

 

Tarass is 35 years old and he lives with his grandmother in an old building of Kiev. He is in a difficult situation socially and professionally. He has however a great passion, fly fishing. A passion that he will try to share with Luda, a young woman met on Facebook.

 
International Competition: Around The World

International Competition: Around The World

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Aria

Myrsini Aristidou

Cyprus / 2017, 13 min

 

Athens, today. Seventeen-year-old Aria, who is working at Jimmy’s local kebab place is waiting for a driving lesson with her father.

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WASTE NO.1 Money

Jan Ijäs

Finland. Zimbabwe / 2017, 17 min

 

Inflation has resulted in the Zimbabwe dollar completely losing its value. Banknotes are literally recyclable goods, turned into tablecloths and lampshades, for example. In the Harare slums, which are rife with crime, valuable US dollar banknotes must be concealed in clothing, which means that the notes quickly become breeding grounds for bacteria.

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Big Sister

Michal Gassner

Israel / 2017, 13 min

 

Gili has a clear and violent agenda towards male sexual offenders. When she discovers her younger brother is suspended from school for a similar violation, she finds it difficult to comprehend the limits of her power to repair the world.

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FARPÕES, BALDIOS

Marta Mateus

Portugal /2017, 25 min

 

After the Carnation Revolution the peasants in the Alentejo region occupied the huge proprieties where they were once submitted to the power of their masters. The protagonists of this film, resistants of this struggle, tell their story to the youngsters of today, in their own words.

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SIGNATURE

Kei Chikaura

Japan / 2017, 13 min

 

An innocent young man from China is anxiously memorizing "his hope" in the middle of the noisy crowd in Shibuya, Tokyo. Something that might change his destiny awaits him.

 
100 films in 100 minutes

100 films in 100 minutes

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Just as you opened this tab someone liked your photo. And there’s cheesecake in the kitchen. And a rainbow in the window. You should post a rainbow. And Beyonce got a new haircut. And a cat’s playing cards in the video. And there are cheap flights for April. Oh but there are dogs in the shelter. And backpacks on sale. And let’s check Instagram. And new manicure trends. What an interesting article. Oh Tom Yorke young pics. Oh you’re 30 soon. You should start working out. Oh let’s sign a petition. Oh what an interesting lecture. You should give lectures too. But which Game of Thrones character are you? And which sort of grapes are you? And it’s mom’s birthday soon. Oh someone liked a rainbow. Oh it’s bedtime already…

If all this is happening to you, “100 films in 100 minutes” is your kind of cinema!

 
Animation Madness

Animation Madness

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“Animation madness” is coming back! It’s so mad and so animated that it’s hard to find the words to describe it…
Let's avoid the usual “best”, “exclusive", "unique", "first", "must see" etc… Those are not usual TV cartoons, we promise!

 
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Casino

Steven Woloshen

Canada / 2016, 4 min

 

A film for my father, who gambled with love.

DEBUT

Katarzyna Kijek

Poland / 2016, 8 min

 

The idea that consumes the thinker and therefore becomes so real it seems take over reality itself.

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UGLY

Nikita Diakur

Germany / 2017, 12 min

 

An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.

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WEDNESDAY WITH GODDARD

Nicolas Ménard

UK / 2016, 5 min

 

A personal quest for spiritual enlightenment leads to romance and despair.

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Everything

David OReilly

Ireland, USA / 2017, 11 min

 

It's a simulation of reality where you can see the world from everything's point of view - it's kind of a philosophy project in the form of a game. There is no narrative or story - just the world as it is.

KUCKUCK

Aline Höchli

Switzerland / 2017, 3 min

 

A skinny girl spends her time alone feeding pigeons in the park. But even they fly away from her. Suddenly, company turns up. But the beanpole feels uneasy about the new companionship, so she sets about going to a parasite specialist.


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BELOW

Olga Makarchuk

UK / 2017, 8 min

 

Below the sea level the past seems to be a happier place. Though how far can you escape on your chair underwater? An absurd and slightly surreal film based on Director’s father’s experience as a sailor on a Soviet atomic submarine.

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(OO)

Seo-Ro Oh

South Korea / 2017, 6 min

 

The workings of someone's nostrils.

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LA MORT, PÈRE & FILS / The Death, Dad and Son

Vincent Paronnaud

France / 2017, 13 min

 

Death's son doesn't want to take over the family business. He has the secret dream of becoming a guardian angel. However, this triggers a succession of failures. His dad has to get him out of this mess.

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Solar Walk

Réka Bucsi

Denmark / 2018, 21 min

 

Flags are planted. Hands are held. First steps are taken on new worlds. And then the giant lets out a stream of black piss and pees a brand new universe.

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EDEN

Julie Caty

France / 2017, 6 min

 

E and A are bored to death in the Garden of Eden. One night, they run off in God's cabriolet. Early in the morning, God notices their absence. Furious, he summons Dinosaur, his henchman, and sends him to get the fugitives.

 
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Short Attack

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Ringo Rocket Star And His Song For Yuri Gagarin

Rene Nuijens

Netherlands / 2017, 10 min

 

Ringo Rocket Star and his song for Yuri Gagarin' is a dry tragic musical comedy film about a gipsy guy who think he can be famous by writing a song for the first man in the space 'yuri gagarin'.

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Crabgirl

Sergiy Pudich

Ukraine / 2017, 18 min

 

A young virgin guy does not manage to have sex with his beloved long-term girlfriend on his 23rd birthday. By putting an ultimatum on their relationship, he acknowledges the incredible truth beyond her rejection.

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Pussy Willows

Chris Tcholakian

USA / 2017, 19 min

 

An emotionally desolate daughter and her suicidal mother finally connect during an evening of bacchanalian rage. Pussy Willows is a dialogue-free, surreal phantasmagoria of jazz, anguish, and clowns.

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The Suplex Duplex Complex

Todd Rohal

USA / 2017, 11 min

 

A neighboring pair of tag team wrestlers learn the downsides of life without a landlord.

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Lunch Ladies

Clarissa Jacobson, J.M. Logan

USA / 2017, 19 min

 

Two burnt out high school Lunch Ladies do whatever it bloody takes on their quest to become Johnny Depp's Personal Chefs.

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MOUSE

Celine Held

USA / 2017, 11 min

 

Vanessa and Danny are down on their luck, so when an unlikely can of Unica brand beans falls to their kitchen floor, they aim to squeeze out every penny.

Teen Spirit

Teen Spirit

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Bang. Spark. Youthquake.
Hey, turn up the music!


Teachers put pressure on you. Parents just refuse to understand you. But you should remember that adolescence is full of tenderness, yet full of cruelty, (un)intentional self-destruction, strong affections. Doubt, never stop, try to find your own voice.
Just keep saying 'We are never getting older'.

Curator: Sasha Prokopenko

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Louis Aubert

France / 2017, 15 min

 

Like his idol Usain Bolt, he dreams of running. But Djal is sixteen.

808 Ink

Bafic

UK / 2017, 4 min

 

The films portrays a South London music collective, 808INK.

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Locker Room

Greta Nash

Australia / 2017, 14 min

 

A teenage girl discovers her male friends’ secret group chat, forcing her to question her friendship with them.

Dancing Girls

Zeynep Köprülü

Turkey / 2018, 15 min

 

In a summer town, two best friends wake up to their last day together as one of them is moving abroad.

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CAVELLO

Sven Bresser

the Netherlands / 2016, 23 min

 

Kai is desperately trying to win back his best friend. He slowly loses control and makes a decision that will change his life forever.

 
Over The Border

Over The Border

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Nothing but a short film will show you the truth. The truth, that might not satisfy all those sponsors, customers, politicians, focus groups, producers, big studios, your mom or friends on Facebook.
The festival cannot stand aside from social and political turmoil that are observed all over the world. Refugee crisis, wars and permanent conflicts are reflected in the programm which is called 'Over the Border'.

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Scaffold

Kazik Radwanski

Canada / 2017, 14 min

 

Recent immigrants to Canada, working on scaffolding break the routine of their job by observing the people in the the neighbourhood from a unique, precarious and ephemeral vantage point.

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A DROWNING MAN

Mahdi FLEIFEL

Denmark, UK, Grece / 2017, 15 min

 

Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.

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Life Cycles

Ross Hogg

UK / 2017, 5 min

 

Media war reports alternate with everyday situations to reveal the connection between monotony, attention and distraction.

Meryem

Reber Dosky

Netherlands / 2017, 15 min

 

Filmed during the battle of Kobani, this film reveals the women at the heart of the fight against IS. With stoical perseverance and the aid of American airstrikes, these women are leading the fight for freedom.


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It's Just a Gun

Brian Robau

USA / 2017, 14 min

 

Imagine in the life time of a gun all the hands it passes through. It's Just A Gun is just one chapter in that story. When a young boy named Gabe finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, it will set in motion a series of events that will change him forever.

GIRL FACT - A teenage guide to survive sex slavery

Maël G. Lagadec

Belgium / 2017, 17 min

 

In the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, rape is used as a “weapon of war” for more than 15 years. Martha writes a teenage girl’s guide to surviving sex.

Festival Focus: China

Festival Focus: China

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The Doomed Way

Sanpi Guo

China / 2016, 29 min

 

A truck driver, his boss, and a restaurant owner—the lives of these three men are fatefully entwined. Liang is the breadwinner of his family by transporting coal. He works hard to raise his wife and daughter, and also to pay his debt.

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Commodity City

Jessica Kingdon

China, USA / 2017, 11 min

 

The Yiwu Markets in China is the largest wholesale consumer market in the world, where every commodity imaginable is for sale.

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I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY

Ying Liang

China, Taiwan, Hong Kong / 2017, 25 min

 

This is how a Chinese mother is made...

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CROSSING RIVER

Han Yumeng

China / 2017, 20 min

 

Over the course of an ordinary day, a young Chinese construction worker deals with isolation and loneliness all the while searching for something meaningful to hold on to.

Life Smartphone

Cheng Lin Xie

China / 2015, 3 min

 

Smartphones have become our constant companions. Selfie here, selfie there. It can all end fatally.

 
Musical shorts

Musical shorts

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Victor/Victoria. West Side story. 8 Femmes. Grease. Rocky Horror Picture Show. After all, La La Land!
Oh, it's music to our ears!
Whether these words also make you shiver, whether your arms and legs are weakening and your eyes are filling up with tears of excitement, then Musical Shorts is an absolute cure-all. Some of these films are romantic, dramatic, while others seem to be controversial and even ridiculous, yet all of them are G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S. And, obviously, very musical!

 
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Terremoto Santo

Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca

Brazil / 2018, 20 min

 

Different social, economic and aesthetic aspects of gospel music produced and performed by a young generation of preachers, singers and composers living in the rural area of Pernambuco, in the northeast of the country.

Blue Thunder

Jean-Marc E. Roy & Philippe David Gagné

Canada / 2015, 21 min

 

Bruno, in his thirties and in desperate need of a purpose, ends up homeless after a breakup. Without despairing and under the watchful eye of his motherly big sister, this sawmill worker will find the drive to put his beloved blue suit back on and to rekindle an old flame.

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The Burden

Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Norway / 2017, 14 min

 

A dark musical enacted in a modern market place, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.

HARD WAY: The action musical

Daniel Vogelmann

Germany / 2017, 33 min

 

When action meets musical there’s only one rule left: You don’t shoot somebody, who is singing or dancing.

Directors' Fortnight in Focus

Directors' Fortnight in Focus

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Since its creation in 1969, the Directors’ Fortnight has kept its special place as a Cannes film festival side section. It’s a place where we discover new talents, strong voices, daring films. Alongside the feature films, there’s always been a short films selection.

As we only pic around 10 films every year from all over the world, this cannot be considered as a «best of», but it definitely shows the diversity, the ambition, the strong personal styles that we love to discover and share with our audience.

We’re very proud as those five films have been travelling a lot and won so many awards. Let’s just mention Min Börda by Niki Linderoth von Bahr, which was awarded Best Short Film of the year in Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, and Farpoes Baldios by Marta Mateus, which was awarded best short film at Vila do Conde festival. 

From animation (Min Börda) to an intimate diary (Tijuana Tales) or an intense and mysterious musical (La Bouche), those five films offer a journey through cinematic forms as well as a journey through today’s world. So, if it might not seem like a trip to happiness, I can assure you that watching those bold visions is an invigorating experience. It might even be full of hope for the future of cinema. To begin with.

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TIJUANA TALES

Jean-Charles Hue

France / 2017, 19 min

 

A man returns to Tijuana in the hope of finding a woman who has lost herself in drugs and darkness and has apparently become a "white lady", a ghostly creature half way between heaven and earth.

LA BOUCHE

Camilo Restrepo

France / 2017, 19 min

 

A man learns his daughter has been brutally murdered by her husband. Time stands still as he oscillates between the need for solace and his urge for revenge.

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COPA-LOCA

Christos Massalas

Greece / 2017, 14 min

 

This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone - in every possible way.

FARPÕES, BALDIOS

Marta Mateus

Portugal / 2017, 25 min

 

After the Carnation Revolution the peasants in the Alentejo region occupied the huge proprieties where they were once submitted to the power of their masters. The protagonists of this film, resistants of this struggle, tell their story to the youngsters of today, in their own words.

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The Burden

Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Norway / 2017, 14 min

 

A dark musical enacted in a modern market place, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.

 
Ukrainian Competition: Blind man's buff

Ukrainian Competition: Blind man's buff

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Ukrainian competition at KISFF is an impressive collection of films made by most enduring Ukrainian filmmakers. Some of them have been shooting films for years. Now they can improvise a master-course on how to deal with panic, burnout or depression.

These days the absurd circumstances of Ukrainian filmmaking have no limits. The Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency is hunted for his love for independent cinema. The Government is planning to spend 18 million dollars on production of patriotic films. Film crew has spent a year preparing production of the next film. They are yet to know that tomorrow the pitch for the national funding will be canceled. Have we suddenly became trapped in a children active game, in which we, blindfolded, run in circles.

Ukrainian competition at KISFF is devoted to fire-proof Ukrainian filmmakers who manage to stand strong in the face of this absurdity.

"Burn, burn brightly when there is still fire"

 
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Aftertaste

Yura Katynsky

Ukraine / 2017, 19 min

 

The guy comes back to his native town, where he meets some old friends. They have a good time together. By the end of the day they decide to continue this "meeting". They jump into a car with a stranger, whose motives are unknown. Such a spontaneous decision turns out to be a chance to become closer to each other and go on a journey of self-discovery.

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Tomorrow you’ll definitely get better

Stanislav Bytiutskyi

Ukraine / 2017, 21 min

 

Only traveling allows us to see the world from the new perspective. Only in a strange city can we understand ourselves and the world around us better. Only in a strange apartment can we feel like the real adventure seekers. And one needs not that much for the latter - just a good company, unexpected illness and terrible weather outside.

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Who You Are. Who Am I. from a scientific point of view

Ania Kalinichenko

Ukraine / 2016, 25 min

 

He came here, because he simply needed a place to stay. From Lugansk, through Crimea to Kyiv. Then he moved, because we could not live together. Neither could we find a common language. We are different. But have we ever tried to understand each other?

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Maria

Novruz Hikmet

Ukraine / 2017, 15 min

 

Another visit to the doctor happens to be unsuccessful for Maria. Her marriage is on the verge of destruction. Deceiving her husband, she gradually realizes that she lives in a lie, and increasingly retreats into herself to look for forgotten answers.

International Competition: Post Depression

International Competition: Post Depression

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Salvation

Thora Hilmarsdottir

Iceland / 2017, 24 min

 

Katrín wakes up in the hospital after a serious car accident to find that she has received a life-saving blood transfusion. However, the religious cult she belongs to forbids such things.

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DRZENIA

Dawid Bodzak

Poland / 2018, 22 min

 

Imagine that you are in a forest which is dark, quiet and empty. You do not know why you are here. Suddenly you hear a howl. You feel you do not want to be here. You are afraid. You see a wolf, and a second one, and a third. They come closer and closer to you and surround you. What are you going to do?

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Coyote

Lorenz Wunderle

Switzerland / 2018, 10 min

 

A coyote loses its mate and pups in an attack by wolves. Plagued by human emotions, the coyote attempts to process what it has experienced. Alongside grief and delusions, however, savagery gradually escalates.

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Taking Stock

Duncan Cowles

UK / 2017, 5 min

 

Using his failed attempts at creating profitable stock footage, a filmmaker reflects on the absurd, mundane and funny side of being trapped inside your own head as an out of work, self-employed freelancer.

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Fucking killas on speed dial

August Aabo

Denmark / 2017, 17 min

 

Thomas, his friends, but not Rakel
The rules, the province and a world that only allows murder and suicide
All who is yet to understand that Jakob is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode
Yes, fuck it all
But most of all, fuck being small, ugly and without FUCKING KILLAS ON SPEED DIAL

 
Spotlight Jonatan Vinel & Caroline Poggi

Spotlight Jonatan Vinel & Caroline Poggi

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One of the highlights of KISFF2018 is the focus on the works of the French director duo, Jonathan Vinelle and Caroline Poggi, whose films you have probably seen at the last three editions of KISFF. They are young and crazy, they break the stereotypes and create their films without any dogmas and frames. «As long as shotguns remain» was presented at Berlinale in 2014, «Martin cries» in 2017. The duo will visit Kyiv, so you will have the opportunity to talk with them personally.

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After School Knife Fight

Jonatan Vinel & Caroline Poggi

France / 2017, 21 min

 

Laëtitia, Roca, Nico and Naël are in a band. As per usual, they meet late afternoon before rehearsal in a vacant lot. The group will soon no longer exist; they will be forced to disband because Laetitia is moving away to study. This is the story of four young adults who do not want to say good-bye.

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Jonatan Vinel

France / 2017, 16 min

 

Imagine you wake up one day, all your friends have disappeared. The friends that should be there are gone. So you look. You look everywhere. Every hiding place, each inch of the city, all the marshes, all the rivers. You look, but cannot find them.

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Our Legacy

Jonatan Vinel & Caroline Poggi

France / 2015, 24 min

 

"He could have taught me so much." It's the statement of the disappointed son trying to fill the void of his absent father that creates the back bone to this most classic of genres: the son-seeking-father story.

As Long as Shotguns Remain

Jonatan Vinel & Caroline Poggi

France / 2014, 30 min

 

It is warm. The streets are strangely empty. Palm trees are dying and shotguns cry. Joshua wants to die but does not want to leave brother Maël alone.

Midnight Sexy Shorts

Midnight Sexy Shorts

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Poronography or Intimity? You'll make up your mind in no time, because these are the film titles.

Do you miss winter? Absolutely not. Whether you had a «hot winter» with plumbers, scientists and bodybuilders, just like in the movie «Hot Winter: a film by Dick Pierre», you'd never want it to end. Especially after watching the film «Sex at the ski center».

«Ivan's Need» or «Taste of love»? We'll find out after the screening! We also remind you that this is not a selection of porn videos, but a program of short films focused on sex, humor and philosophy.

 
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Scopique

Alexa-Jeanne Dubé

Canada / 2017, 7 min

 

Scopique is a triptych of erotic art videos uniquely filmed with a drone, where we become deeply submerged into the intimacy of two people. Complemented by music and real life testimonies exploring sexuality, Scopique is a unique, voyeuristic and aesthetically beautiful experience.

INTIMITY

Elodie Dermange

Switzerland / 2017, 5 min

 

As she is showering, dressing, putting on her make-up, a woman bares her soul. She speaks of her fears, her complexes, and the process of accepting – even loving – herself. Insecure, she loves neither her body nor her face. Then, one day, she starts posing as a photography model for a friend. With the passing of time, the photographs reveal to her the beauty of herself.

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Ivan's Need

Veronica L. Montaño

Switzerland / 2015, 6 min

 

Ivan is in heaven. At work in a bakery, his hands knead the white dough with abandon and will soon do the same to a woman’s plump breasts. Her hunger is as limitless as his, and she possesses his body and soul.

Pornography

Eric Ledune

France / 2016, 24 min

 

What is pornography? Why is it more immoral to show sexual acts rather than murders? What is transgression or indecency? And what about obscenity? Is it necessary to limit the freedom of expression? "PORNOGRAPHY" is a plea for freedom of expression and free will, even if it means displeasing some...

The film is also available here.

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TASTE OF LOVE

Paul Scheufler

USA / 2017, 4 min

 

What is the taste of love? Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on. "Love is as diverse as our sense of taste."

Hot Winter: A Film by Dick Pierre

Jack Henry Robbins

USA / 2017, 18 min

 

Dr. Manly, the worlds leading Climate Scientist and Bodybuilding Champion, gets to the bottom of global warming.

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SEX AT THE SKI CENTER

Heikki Ahola

Finland / 2017, 3 min

 

When it is cold outside, it gets hot at the ski center.

Hi-Glow Retro

Alex Morsanutto

USA / 2016, 14 min

 

Tommy Ashby, a high school senior with severe social anxiety, decides to step out of his comfort zone to learn 70's disco dancing.

Nightmares - Offspring Hysteria

Nightmares - Offspring Hysteria

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At home. In my bed, flicker, turn the TV off, baby, baby, kiss, kiss. Kiss, worms, teeth, under my bed. Call me. Turn the TV off, citation. Breasts, milk, fries, red, white. Citation: Kitty, suck, drink. How does the quotation run? Worms don’t belong in my sink, scream. Soap, bathtub, wash that filthy mouth. You could drown, you know? Turn the TV off! Feed me. Flicker. That’s no bat, mother, all my milk is gone. Have some candy. Turn the TV off.

 
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Latched

Justin Harding, Rob Brunner

Canada / 2017, 17 min

 

An obsessive choreographer on a creative retreat with her toddler awakens a fairy corpse with disturbing intentions.

Don't Tell Mom

Sawako Kabuki

Japan / 2015, 3 min

 

A nocturnal education film, designed to help children develop their emotions and expressions as well as language and physical skills by enjoying singing and exercising with a big brother.

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Sweet Tooth

Nico van den Brink

Netherlands / 2017, 5 min

 

Elin's upstairs neighbours are getting on her nerves.

Bye Bye Baby

Pablo S. Pastor

Spain / 2017, 15 min

 

With a marriage on the brink of failure and a 2-year-old baby giving them second thoughts, this millennial couple go on a journey to sell their kid on the black market in hopes of a re-do and a second shot at freedom.

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Tuck Me In

Ignacio F. Rodó

 Spain / 2014,  1 min

 

Alex asks his father to tuck him in, but that's not the only thing he asks for.

Neck and Neck

Shaun Clark

UK / 2016, 5 min

 

In the marital bed the surreal sensuality enveloping Othello and Desdemona is disturbed by a dangling telephone. As the phone pours poison into Othello’s mind he transforms into a different entity with detrimental consequences for Desdemona.

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Real Gods Require Blood

Moin Hussain

UK / 2017, 20 min

 

Manchester, 1990. Alice is roped into babysitting for her neighbour, whose children claim to feed a nightly visitor from Hell.

Nothing a lil soap and water can't fix

Jennifer Proctor

USA / 2017, 9 min

 

In films, as in life, the bathtub is often considered a private space for women - a place not only to groom, but to relax, to think, to grieve, to be alone, to find sanctuary...