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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Boring Angel
Boring Angel

John Michael Boling, USA, 2013, HD, 4´



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Flora i Fauna
Flora and Fauna

Piotr Litwin, POL, 2013, HD, 30´

A teenager and a mature man go to a hotel to follow through with a sexual contract, but faced with the detailed list of restrictions drawn up by the girl, the man is not able to have intercourse with her. When, later on in the day, he realises he has paid for something he has not had, the two meet again.
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Garagedoor December 7th
Garagedoor December 7th

Astrid van Nimwegen, NLD, 2014, HD, 2´

Four episodes, each with an identical structure. A garage door opens to reveal, like a theatre curtain, the landscape outside. A single sequence, in which time goes slowly, revealing the inexorable passage of the seasons. Everything passes and, at the same time, everything is the same as itself.
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Gregory Go Boom
Gregory Go Boom

Janicza Bravo, USA, 2013, HD, 18´

A paraplegic, to whom an extraordinary Michael Cera lend his face and body, tries everything to gain some independence (primarily from his sister, with whom he lives), and to find a space where he can be free, away from the limits that his condition imposes. A film about rejection and the cruelty of feeling rejected.
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T'étais où quand Michael Jackson est mort?
Where Were You When Michael Jackson Died?

Jean-Baptiste Pouilloux, FRA, 2013, HD, 12´

She is walking home one evening, and a man is walking behind her. She becomes suspicious: why the hell is he following her? He flat out denies that he is, until a taxi picks them both up. The dialogue that follows is a textbook performance, and the finale cinematic in every sense of the word. During the credits, keep an eye on the taxi driver.
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The Age of Rust
The Age of Rust

Francesco Aber, Alessandro Mattei, ITA, 2014, HD, 7´

In the complex ecosystem of the Alps, where there are battles as daily as they are ferocious between various species, there also lives the Petramosaurus Cavator: a digger. The Age of Rust is a hybrid animation about the difficult relationship between man and nature.
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