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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Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires

Daniel Gil Suarez, ESP, 2013, HD, 12´

A port in a Spanish city. A man with an empty bag clears a fence and pretends to to be an insider. What exactly is he looking for? Buenos Aires plays with silences, melodies and every day noises: sounds and notes that give voice to the stubbornness of exile and nostalgia.
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Metacinéma Appliqué
Applied Metacinema

Luis Nieto, RUS, 2014, HD, 4´

Another of Luis Nieto’s crazy experiments. After the mouse in Carlitopolis and the monkey in Capucine, this time the protagonist in doctor Nieto’s experiment is a cat. A performance film that turns into a kaleidoscope of image and sound through a mixture of reality and special effects.
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Notre tempo
Our Tempo

Lorena Zilleruelo, FRA, 2013, HD, 13´

In Roubaix in the north of France is a rom camp where three brothers, Tabita, Geanina and Denis, live. Theirs is a nocturnal story, made up of voices and bodies, dancing and broken French, with which they play and give form to fears and emotions.
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Vertiges
Vertiges

Arnaud Dufeys, BEL, 2014, HD, 30´

Clara lives the life of a typical 15 year-old: school, friends, and the usual teenage frivolity. But then a strange sense of physical discomfort seeps into her daily life, until she is forced to do something radical. A deconstructed narrative that portrays both the physical and psychological discomfort a disturbing outside perspective.
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Wonder
Wonder

Mirai Mizue, JPN, 2014, HD, 8´

Made from 24 images a day for 354 days, it is a fluid kaleidoscope of forms and colours ‘as long as a year’ that is an homage to the ‘wonder of animation’ in its purest form that dazzles, stuns and delights.
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