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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A Political Story
A Political Story

Lander Camarero , ESP, 2013, HD, 27´

Lauren C. Carroll is studying direction at the New York Film Institute and thinks that her final project should be a film on the upheavals in contemporary society. She is horrified by the idea of making an entertainment film. This is a film that pokes fun at political cinema with much irony and intelligence.
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A Soccer Game Journal
Bir Maç Günlüğü

Deniz Özden, TUR, 2014, HD, 5´

In a bar with big glass walls, the fans are following the match between Turkey and Holland. There is a hope that perhaps they’ll manage to beat the Oranges. Meanwhile on the second floor, another unexpected event is underway involving the women. The result is an examination of cultural contrasts.
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La météo des plages
La météo des plages

Aude-Léa Rapin, FRA, 2014, HD, 22´

Two women who love each other and want to have a child together ask their best friend to help them. A film about the landscape, which is also a very human story: taking a break in the calm of unspoiled, resplendent nature brings emotions rushing to the surface, which the director portrays with grace and sincerity.
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Travellers into the Night
Reizigers in de Nacht

Ena Sendijarevic, NLD, 2013, HD, 10´

A cashier in a service station, during one of many long nights spent in the kingdom of lonely travellers. Suddenly things change, to the rhythm of Bette Davis Eyes. A work entirely void of dialogue, dominated by the encounter between the gazes and bodies of two strangers.
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Yearbook
Yearbook

Bernardo Britto, USA, 2013, HD, 6´

In 17 years the world will end because humans have been unable to draw up agreements with aliens, and before that moment comes the history of the world must be written. A moving animated elegy of life on earth, from Hitler to Orson Wells, with a sense of ironic and touching truth.
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