4-14 SEPTEMBER 2014
Short Film Competition

Eight ideas for a short film competition

Here are some notes, in random order, on the short film competition (58 films, 32 countries taking part), that are not to be used as a guide to seeing the films, but more as an invitation for a transversal reading of the selection, beyond the individual programmes. Because this is how it is patiently put together by the ten selectors.

Social. It’s official, the web has irreversibly contaminated the short film. In the selection, a compendium of the most effective (and radical) proposals. 

Kids. A recurring theme of debut filmmakers, they are more lost and hard to catch than the average kid. 

Animals. Humans are losing contact with reality, and the cinema attempts to re-establish a virtuous bond with the animal world, possibly a non-hedonistic one (cute kitties on the web, trendy coats for dogs etc. …). 

Time. Our time, which the short films – because usually they are freer from the production demands of feature films – try to frame in the moment in which it becomes reality. 

Italy. The very lively and eclectic selection of the Italians – at last!! – engages in enthusiastically challenging the standard way of making short films in Italy. 

Men. It is not a tender picture for men that emerges from the selection. 

Women. As though obliged by a dark force to push herself beyond what her body and her heart can do, woman in this selection is restless and in transition. 

Cinema. Freed from every constraint, the short film at times reflects on its cinematographic existence. 

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Coda
Coda

Alan Holly, IRL, 2014, HD, 9´

The final hour has arrived. But who would be ready to go without asking to see more? In this classic animation, the result of almost five years’ work, Alan Holly creates something profound and packed with meaning - from the fox and the need to always to be able to see, to the cyclical nature of life and the eternal return, the "Coda".
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La baracca
La baracca

Alessandro De Leo, Federico Di Corato, ITA, 2014, HD video - Hi8, 28´

In the midst of the turmoil of the separation of their parents, two young brothers decide to take a break from the world, teaming up with other local children to seek refuge in a self-sufficient society. A shack to furnish and a commune on the margins of adolescence, far away from everything but not without its disharmonies.
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Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs

Sam de Jong, NLD, 2013, 16mm, 17´

Soufyane is 9 years-old and lives in Amsterdam-Noord. Soufyane has very clear ideas: while all his friends want a pair of Ray Bans, he wants a pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses. Soufyane is excited because his Dad’s going to take him on a trip to Morocco.
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Send
Send

Peter Vack, USA, 2013, HD, 8´

They go to school together, are teenagers and haven’t been together for very long: so the summer holidays couldn’t come and separate them at a worse possible time. Thank god for social networks, making it easier to what the other person is doing at all times. Right? A brief study on love in the age of WhatsApp.
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Village modèle
Model Village

Hayoun Kwon, FRA, 2014, HD, 10´

Kijong-dong is a ghost town in North Korea’s demilitarised zone. The population is inexistent and urbanisation is a myth. Built in 1950, the town known as the propaganda village is a film set that is inaccessible to this day. The South Korean filmmaker takes us on a unique journey that reflects the emptiness of a propaganda town.
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