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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All That Is Solid
All That Is Solid

Louis Henderson, FRA, 2014, HD, 16´

What do gold, colonialism and cloud storage have in common? In front of a computer screen that is clicked by an invisible hand, the viewer follows an experimental video essay that connects material found online in new ways. The web becomes a cinema critic and tries to be “the archeology of the future”.
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Berlin’s Short Film Scene
Berliner Kurzfilmszene

Florian Dietrich, DEU, 2013, 16mm, 3´

If someone were to ask you what the best short film of the year was, would you know what to say? Berliner Kurzfilmszene investigates the fate of the short film form in the most immediate way possible: through a question put to Berliners, but meant for all of us. Is it a challenge to the memory of each and every one of us, or the model for a cultural void?
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Dieu et les Chiens
Of God and Dogs

Abounaddara Collective, SYR, 2014, HD, 12´

The Abounaddara collective brings together self-taught filmmakers who, since the demonstrations against the Bashar al-Assad regime, have been publishing short films online from their Damascus base to share the realities of Syria. In this testimony, a young “revolutionary” recounts how he had to kill a man who he knew was innocent. A raw account of the banality of evil that disturbs our clear conscience.
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Esa música
Esa música

Dario Vejarano, COL, 2013, HD, 27´

Omar is a bricklayer, and one day he receives a mysterious message on the telephone: there’s no voice, only the muffled melody of a song. What will be esa música? Maybe it’s a bolero… who knows? It’s definitely a melody that gradually evokes distant memories, and glimpses of a past life, of which remains only nostalgia and a song.
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Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day!
Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day!

Christian Larrave , USA, 2014, HD, 4´

Lesley, the pink, sunglasses-wearing pony, trots through the streets of Merryville, radiant for her next meeting with the Duke. But bitter tears await poor Lesley. Will she manage to overcome the disappointment? An animation in pastel drawings by young Wesley Nuñez (born 1992).
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Molii
Molii

Mourad Boudaoud, Carine May, Yassine Qnia, Hakim Zouhani, FRA, 2014, HD, 14´

At the end of the day, the old caretaker of the municipal swimming pool shows his son Steve what needs to be done when it’s time to close for the night. The boy cleans and carefully puts everything in order, but when everything seems to be in its place, something, or someone, disrupts the peace.
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