SHORT FILMS | 2016


5 WAYS 2 DIE   fiction / dark comedy

Director: Daina Papadaki

Country of Origin / Filming: Cyprus


Makis explores different ways of death, struggling to achieve the most ideal result.

A DAY IN THE LIBRARY fiction / drama

Director: Eden Wan

Country of Origin / Filming: Malaysia


A librarian struggling between protecting or betraying a domestic violence victim. It is a microcosmos of the holocaust.

A NEW FAMILY    documentary

Director: Simone Manetti

Country of Origin: Italy

Country of Filming: Cambodia


Chantrea is banned from home by her sons when they discover she has HIV. She accepts her exile, even though supporting her family was the reason she was working as a prostitute. She starts collecting litter to survive, and meets Shrey - an abandoned and lonely girl working as a prostitute to support her little children - who sees Chantrea as a kindred spirit and asks her to become her mother. Two lonely Cambodian women get together and create a new family, supporting each other, loving each other.

AN ANGRY MAN fiction / comedy

Director: Maxime Feyers & Séverine De Streyker

Country of Origin / Filming: Belgium


France meets her son's girlfriend for the first time. She loses control...

AUSTERITY fiction / drama

Director: Renos Gavris

Country of Origin: Cyprus

Country of Filming: Greece


A story about the preservation of a man's dignity within the recent times of the Greek financial crisis, as well as his personal uprising against the severe austerity measures imposed on the common people. Inspired by true events.

BEHEMOTH – OR THE GAME OF GOD  fiction / drama

Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Country of Origin / Filming: Lesotho


An itinerant preacher proclaims to people that their god is in the very coffin he is dragging along.

BEHEMOTH – OR THE GAME OF GOD  fiction / drama

Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Country of Origin / Filming: Lesotho


An itinerant preacher proclaims to people that their god is in the very coffin he is dragging along.

CHAMPION fiction / western

Directors: Mans Berthas

Country of Origin / Filming: Sweden


Harsh midwinter. A frozen marriage in a remote cabin. An man from the past returns to seek revenge, and long lost feelings come alive. A wordless battle begins and the eternal triangle finally comes to an end.

DOWNHILL fiction / drama

Director: Stelios Kammitsis

Country of Origin: Cyprus

Country of Filming: Greece


On a sunny day in September, as they drive downhill, the missing pieces of the story unravel and the news that so much upset her is revealed. One thing is for sure, whatever happened earlier, no one should find out. The story of a mother trying to come to terms with the admission of her son’s sexuality in an island community that is taking the first step toward the recognition of same-sex relationships.

FOUR DOORS fiction / comedy

Director: Juan Pablo Daranas Molina

Country of Origin / Filming: Cuba


As part of a filmmaking challenge, this short was entirely made in 24 hours, from the first letter of the screenplay to the final cut. However, due to Cuba's extremely slow connectivity, uploading it to the Internet took us much longer... Accessing Internet is very difficult on our little island. Only a privileged minority has email accounts or access to a limited number of websites. Ernesto is about to be one of the privileged ones...

GROWN UPS fiction / comedy

Director: Javier Marco

Country of Origin / Filming: Spain


Carlos and Marta, both 35 years old, are living the life they’ve always dreamed of…a house with a yard, a dog, and they’re even about to have a child…but there’s no such thing as a perfect life.

LAST NIGHT fiction / dark comedy

Director: Emmanuel Roudaut

Country of Origin / Filming: France


An evening of drunkenness to celebrate the end of a rent of 2 room mates. A night meeting, a threesome in preparation before the accidental death of a lady. A night of anxiety to make the body vanish before movers come...

LES FRERES CHAMPION fiction / comedy

Director: Henri Gander

Country of Origin / Filming: France


Tonight, the Champion brothers sit at the table for the finale of the World Barbichette Federation championship to meet Igor Popov, a brutal and sneaky "beardy", sadly known to be a cold killer. The whole world is watching.

LOKI   fiction / comedy

Director: Andreas Papakyriakou

Country of Origin / Filming: Cyprus


An aimless young man sets out in the morning to bury his cat. By the end of the day he has met with his trusted best friend who is looking to score drugs, a disoriented drunkard who lost his car, his bitter ex-girlfriend, and a strange strong-headed barman, among others.

LOST IN MAMBOO documentary

Director: Jerome Plan

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: Japan


A four-square-metre box with a screen and computer. This is what Japanese cyber-cafes offer, around the clock. Most customers just spend an hour or two here. But there are thousands who spend their lives in them. The Manboo in Tokyo has its own permanent residents: Masata and Hitomi. It is a home for them, even though they sleep on the floor.

NALEENA documentary

Director: Luigi Storno

Country of Origin: Italy

Country of Filming: India


Naleena is an Indian transgender and according the culture of her country she belongs to the so-called "third sex," neither man nor woman. As an offering to the Goddess Kali, Indian transgenders, called Hijras, undergo the ritual emasculation, carried out in secret and without anesthesia by the Thaaiamma, a kind of sacred midwife.

Traditionally considered sacred beings because daughters and priestesses of Kali, nowadays Hijras live like outcasts, even at a lower level than the caste of Pariah, and to survive the majority of them is forced to beg and sex work.

NUVOLA   fiction / drama

Director: Filip Filkovic

Country of Origin / Filming: Croatia


The year is 2037. Europe is in a state of complete breakdown. The owner of the last well of natural pure water lives in Croatia. After the sale of the water to the nice family goes wrong and ends up in bloodshed, he becomes substitute father and husband. But when the well runs dry, he is forced to do the one last "trade"…

OMNIA   documentary

Director: Amena Al Nowais

Country of Origin / Filming: United Arab Emirates


Omnia, a young Egyptian woman, is still struggling with an incident from her childhood that left her with no sense of her body, of “what it means to be a female, a girl”, or of what it means to be loved. In this short documentary, she revisits the incident.

OPERATOR fiction / drama

Director: Radoslav Irša

Country of Origin / Filming: Czech Republic


Jirka is an undergraduate of philosophy who is unable to find a proper job. He starts to work as an operator in a call centre. After a while he becomes frustrated by a tedious and stereotype work and decides to quit. He decides to make a final call.

OUR STAR TREK: THE FIFTY YEAR MISSION   documentary

Director: Christopher Tevebaugh

Country of Origin / Filming: United States


An exploration of Star Trek's vision of humanity, from the original series to new fan-made creations. It's been 50 years since Gene Roddenberry's optimistic glimpse of the future first premiered. How has Star Trek reflected our humanity and influenced our culture? How will this spirit be continued?

PAOLO’S DREAM   doocumentary

Directors: Kirineos Papadimatos & Giannis Avramopoulos

Country of Origin / Filming: Greece


24 hours (really, only this long?...) in the life of Mr. Paolo Teobaldelli. Is this enough to truly understand a man who declares that he lives like a rat on the rooftop of a destroyed building in the “tough area of Exarcheia”?

(Area in Athens, Greece, with a particular history.)

RANDOM ATTEMPTS fiction / drama

Directors: Dou Özokutan Çiftçiolu & Vasvi Çiftçiolu

Country of Origin / Filming: Cyprus


A question as old as the history of humankind: What does one live for? Why should we keep on living? Do we have the right to be unhappy about life after fulfilling the roles society has assigned us? According to our film's character Ayla, having no problem in her life does not mean everything is going well. Her monotonous life itself is a sufficient reason for committing suicide. Ayla who decides to take her own life somehow cannot succeed. Nevertheless she does not stop trying to kill herself.

SMOKING KILLS fiction / dark comedy

Director: Lionel Kaplan

Country of Origin / Filming: France


After dropping a body in the morgue, a hospital porter takes a break to smoke a cigarette and contemplate his life. The line bewteen life and death is not as clear as we think.

SAWYER CORPORATIONS fiction / thriller/ sci-fi

Director: Rathindran R. Prasad

Country of Origin: Turkey

Country of Filming: India


'Swayer Corporations', a 29 minute long short film about a young environmentalist who is on his way to Pudhucherry to kill the CEO of a chemical company

THAT’S WHY I DON’T HAVE BROTHERS   fiction / comedy

Director: Paco Cavero

Country of Origin / Filming: Spain


Antonio, forced by his wife, takes his brother in law to the lake to help him to overcome a brake up. But this same day, Antonio has to assist to the bachelor´s party of a good friend. Carlos, the brother in law (obsessed by the belief that there´s a monster in the lake) will do the impossible to make Antonio stay with him till the monster appears. Will it do it? Or Carlos it´s the real monster for Antonio?

THE BORDER fiction / sci-fi / action

Director: Norman Tamkivi

Country Origin: Esthonia

Country of Filming: United Kingdom


After a devastating global nuclear and chemical war Britain is divided into two: the war wasteland in the south and the surviving north. Thousands of refugees from the south are trying to migrate up north where civilised life is still possible. However, these people are carrying a deadly virus and the military is protecting the north from them.

THE EXTRAORDANARY MR. JUPITER fiction / fantasy

Director: Federico Torres

Country of Origin / Filming: Puerto Rico


Franco Júpiter, an extraordinary magician with real powers, challenges nature in order to find real love.

THE LEAP   fiction

Director: Marios Lizides

Country of Origin / Filming: Cyprus


Ernest Hemingway is attributed with the shortest micro-fiction story (consisting of only six words). Purportedly it was written as a result of a challenge set by his colleagues. This micro-film was the outcome of a similar challenge: that of telling a structured visual story (having a beginning, middle and an end) in the minimum possible time. So, how much time does it take to tell an intelligible story? Are five seconds enough?  

THE LOCKSMITH fiction / drama / comedy

Director: MIltiades Christides

Country of Origin / Filming: Greece


A down on his luck locksmith, who hasn't had a lot of customers lately, finds himself at the service of an unexpected customer who really needs his help.

THE OLIVE TREE AT THE BORDER fiction / drama

Directors: Sholeh Zahraei & Kamil Saldun

Country of Origin: Cyprus / Iran

Country of Filming: Cyprus


A multi-layered short film about the unique nature in Cyprus, the division in Cyprus and a man who goes beyond borders. Dedicated to Mother Nature and peace.

THE POSTMODERN PIONEER PLAQUE    documentary

Director: Boris Kozlov

Country of Origin: Serbia

Country of Filming: Spain


In 1973 Carl Sagan created the Pionner Plaque for the NASA Pioneer 10 mission. It was Humanity’s first message for extraterrestrial civilizations. Today, four decades later, the World gets together to collectively compose a new message...

TILL JAIL DO US PART   fiction / comedy

Directors: Mariana Emmanuelli & Joserro Emmanuelli

Country of Origin / Filming: Puerto Rico


Their love and deep religious belief, drive Joseph and Liza, a criminal couple, to kidnap a priest to marry them before they are found and taken in by the police.

VENICE fiction / comedy

Director: Venetia Taylor

Country of Origin / Filming: Australia


Josh is in Venice, Mum is in Sydney. Josh doesn't understand backpacking, Mum doesn't understand Skype.

WhyTalkFeminism? documentary

Director: Peter Stephanou

Country of Origin: Cyprus

Country of Filming: United Kingdom


A short documentary that questions the state of gender equality in the UK, and asks the question, do we need feminist education in schools?

STUDENT FILMS


BLOOD MONEY animation

Director: Emily Knight

Country of Origin / Filming: United Kingdom


Stylish Noir thriller. A man is slowly consumed by guilt and paranoia after committing a terrible crime.

DENIRO   fiction / comedy / horror

Directors: Haukur Heiðar Steingrímsson & Knútur Haukstein Ólafsson

Country of Origin / Filming: Iceland


A couple jogging through the forest get in an argument about film where each is perfectly certain they are correct. Was Robert De Niro in Scarface or was that was Al Pacino? That can't be right because Al Pacino is the guy who starred in Cab Driver where he said the famous line "Are you talking to my little friend?".

DIRECTOR’S CUT mockumentary / comedy

Director: Pol Diggler

Country of Origin / Filming: Spain


An indie filmmaking crew is shooting the first snuff movie with a plot.

GOD BLESS YOU fiction / drama

Director: Jakub Radej

Country of Origin / Filming: Poland


"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners" Matthew 9:13

A young cleric during a holly mass gets a letter from one of the female believers, which reminds him of a recent sin. He must make the right decision to be able to follow a spiritual path. Does one have to sin to become a saint? A story told without dialogues.

HAILSTONE’ S DANCE documentary

Director: Amin Pourbarghi

Country of Origin / Filming: Iran


The film is based on a true story of a girl who has been raped by her father when she was a child. Now she is 20 years old and thinks about her dark past and confronts us with some questions…

KNIFE IN THE WIFE documentary

Director: Vita Drygas

Country of Origin / Filming: Poland


‘Knife In the Wife’ is a documentary impression portraying the life of the provincial Arizona Circus. The culminating point of their show is the throwing of knives. For over fifteen years the circus owner and his son have been throwing them at their wives. The world of this six-person circus troop, though it gives the impression of the grotesque, is frequented by sorrow. Despite the fact that their show isn't the highest of arts, the magic of the circus fascinates the young viewers.

KNOCKED DOWN   animation

Director: Pepe Gomez

Country of Origin: Spain

Country of Filming: United Kingdom


A young boxer ponders about the world of boxing while fighting for the championship belt.

OH DUDE! fiction / comedy

Director: Jakub Jirasek

Country of Origin / Filming: Czech Republic


Long-time friends who recently graduated from high school move to the capital city for their studies. Their new home makes a way less comfortable first impression than they expected. Each of them deals with this fact in his own way…

THE SHADOW FOREST fiction / drama

Director: Andrzej Cichocki

Country of Origin / Filming: Poland


A man, while hunting a wolf in a forest, is startled by the sound of guns firing. Suddenly, in an explosion of movement there are people running, one of whom, a small boy, gets lost. Even the wolves are overwhelmed by a sense of the impending danger.

THROW ME TO THE DOGS  fiction / drama

Director: Aaron Dunleavy & Joseph Ollman

Country of Origin / Filming: United Kingdom


A troubled teenage boy, growing up in a dreamless wilderness and isolated from those around him, is stripped of his dignity as his father abandons him for the outside world which he is trying to retreat from.

WHATEVER WILL BE WILL BE fiction / drama / comedy

Director: Esma Saric

Country of Origin / Filming: Bosnia and Herzegovina


A simple robbery of an old man turns into an adventure where the robber learns a powerful lesson.

YUNAISY fiction / comedy

Directors: Juan Pablo Daranas Molina

Country of Origin / Filming: Cuba


Carlos is a young Cuban filmmaker facing censorship for the first time. He must choose between taking a great career opportunity or maintaining the integrity of “Yunaisy”.

SPECIAL THEME: MIGRATION STORIES


DJINNS, THE SPIRITS OF PATRAS documentary

Director: Jean-Jacques Cunnac

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: Greece


At the heart of a factory in ruins, facing the port in Patras in Greece Wahid and Morteza, among fifty other Afghans who have escaped the atrocities of their country, try their luck to get to Italy in hopes of a better life in Europe. While waiting, they hide from a repressive police force and confront the "Djinns", the spirits that haunt this old abandoned factory.

I EXIST   documentary

Director: Ahmed Abdelnaser

Country of Origin: Egypt

Country of Filming: Syria


The film portrays one of the Scenes of Syrians and their children in displaced camps after their homes and schools have been damaged… 3 years on the borders.

IF I WERE YOU   documentary

Director: Colin Morris

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Country of Filming: Ireland


Famine, oppressive regime, religious persecution. For generations people fled Ireland to escape these horrors. As asylum seekers arrive at its own shores, what is life like for people who seek sanctuary in Ireland today? ‘If I Were You’ follows the journey of director Colin Morris – himself a product of Irish emigration, as he seeks to find the hidden lives of asylum seekers living in the Republic of Ireland.

IN GOD WE TRUST fiction / drama

Directors: Elefterios Zacharopoulos

Country of Origin: France / Greece

Country of Filming: France


Once upon a time, at the end of the day, a full subway, an insane desire to already be at home. How many people have left like that, at one time or another? You? Me? Or the heroine of our story, who returns home exhausted from her day. Except today.

MEETING SUPERMANN fiction / drama

Director: Hannah Stockmann

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


When Neo wakes up one morning, she has no clue this is the day she will be meeting Superman.

NOURAN   documentary

Director: Nouran Alchalati

Country of Origin / Filming: United Arab Emirates


Syrian artist speaks about the difficulties she faces as refugee after she left Syria to pursue her dream.

SAFE SPACE fiction / drama

Director: Zora Rux

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


Patrick and Sara live a love story. But they are also fighting together for refugee rights in Berlin. When harmless advance turns into a sexual assault, the group is forced to rethink their aims and the private story grows to an unwanted public dimension.

SPECTRUM fiction / drama

Director: Dimitris Gkotsis

Country of Origin / Filming: Greece


Spectrum is used to classify something in terms of it's position on a scale between two extreme points. Documenting a slice in the life of five diferent people living in the heart of the city of Athens and the power relations between them. Priorities entwined, leading to misunderstandings and finally the absolute brutality.