SHORT FILMS | 2017


911 PIZZA fiction / drama

Director: Elefterios Zacharopoulos

Country of Origin: Belgium  

Country of Filming: France


One day a woman calls 911 and orders a pizza. But what if this time it's not a joke ?

DEUSA fiction / drama

Director: Bruna Callegari

Country of Origin / Filming: Brazil


Deusa works as a tool-booth attendant on the island where she lives. Accustomed to seeing the movement of travelers, she had never thought about her own destiny. When a whale becomes stranded on the beach, Deusa starts to feel different.

FERRUCCIO STORY OF A (SMALL) ROBOT  fiction / fantasy

Director: Boris Kozlov

Country of Origin / Filming: Italy


Duccio is an inventor by vocation, and in his home workshop tries an exceptional challenge. Thanks to his determination and a bit of magic, a short circuit will create Ferruccio, a robot created by assembling contraptions that has been recycled.

GAME NIGHT fiction / comedy

Director: Jan van Gorkum

Country of Origin / Filming: Netherlands


Liz meets the parents of her new boyfriend Pepijn during their regular game night, where Pepijn's mother Ingrid is calling the shots. What begins as an innocent game, quickly changes into a nightmare for Liz, when she clashes with Ingrid, who is determined to win the game at all costs.

HOPE CITY   fiction / drama

Director: Thomas Baricevic

Country of Origin / Filming: Australia


Majak, a teenage boy from South Sudan is haunted by his dark past and torn between his new life and a burning desire to return to home to find his mother.

HOPE ST fiction / action / drama

Director: Elias Ressegatti

Country of Origin / Filming: U.S.A.


A young man is about to drastically alter the course of his life. As he contemplates going through with an armed robbery, he is haunted by repeating visions of what could go wrong.

INNER ME documentary

Director: Antonio Spanò

Country of Origin: Italy  

Country of Filming: Congo


Butembo, North Kivu, D.R. Congo

While following Jemima, a little curious girl who wanders through dusty roads, crowded markets, slaughterhouses, furnaces and bat hunters we get acquainted with three women who describe the harsh realities of being born female and deaf in a society that discriminates against both women and people with disabilities.

I WAS ONLY 14 documentary

Director:  Froukje van Wengerden

Country of Origin: Netherlands

Filming: France, Belgium, Netherlands


While a 86-year-old woman looks back on a life-changing event just after her fourteenth birthday, we look into the eyes of girls who are fourteen years old now, full of stories of their own and with their open glance forward.

MATTIA CAN FLY   fiction / drama

Director: Alessandro Porzio

Country of Origin / Filming: Italy


Mattia feels like a canary unable to fly. But maybe it's just a matter of courage.

MOUTALLOS documentary

Director: Simon Panay

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: Benin


Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

NOBODY DIES HERE documentary

Director: Simon Panay

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: Benin


Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.

PHANTOM LIMB fiction / drama

Phantom Limb is an erotic drama for the unconditional love which leads to the ultimate sacrifice. A man named Petros and a woman named Electra have the ideal relationship, when suddenly, Petros disappears from her life. All the unanswered questions force Electra to seek the truth in any way possible, in order to free herself from a past relation that keeps her emotionally “captive”. Two ex -lovers are being separated by 5 cm. of wood. The silence of the man behind his door and the emotional burst of Electra lead to a confession which seems to be the only way out. Could Electra receive any possible explanation? Can they both redeem themselves?

RINGO ROCKET STAR and his song for Yuri Gagarin

fiction / comedy

Director: Rene Nuijens

Country of Origin: Netherlands

Country of Filming: Serbia


‘RINGO ROCKET STAR and his song for Yuri Gagarin' is a dry tragic musical comedy (short) film about a gipsy guy who does think he can be famous by writing a song for the first man in the space 'YURI GAGARIN'...

STUCK   fiction / comedy

Director: Mathijs Geijskes

Country of Origin / Filming: Netherlands


Harm and Helena, a middle-aged married couple, are upside down in their car alongside a remote road. To make matters worse Harms leg is stuck and help doesn’t seem to be near. Can their relationship survive when they need it the most?

THE BOUQUET fiction / comedy

Directors: Julien Segard & Romain Carciofo

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: Belgium


On a deserted road, driving an antique car, Stephane hurries up to a wedding whom he is the best boy. Terribly late, he realizes that he forgot the bride’s bouquet...

THE CHALLENGE fiction / drama

Director: Poul Erik Madsen

Country of Origin / Filming: Denmark


We meet a seemingly tight group of children who challenge each other to overstep boundaries. The challenges end up having great consequences to the children and their classmates.

‘The Challenge’ is based on case stories from Danish schools and is produced in cooperation with Save the Children to be screened in schools.

The short film illustrates how bullying can originate in such varied emotions as boredom, fear of exclusion, and loneliness.

THE HUG   fiction / drama

Director: Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta

Country of Origin / Filming: Spain


Raul tries to resolve a discussion by telephone between his brothers, while shops at a local supermarket, has a strange meeting with a woman.

THE MALTESE FIGHTER fiction / action / drama

Director: Arev Manoukian

Country of Origin / Filming: Malta


In a time when Malta’s political violence was at its peak, Carmelo, a struggling single father and boxer from Valletta, is forced to join a corrupt underworld as he tries to provide for his only son Giuseppi.

THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT fiction / drama

Director: Andreas Kyriacou

Country of Origin / Filming: Cyprus


A man on the run takes cover as a taxi driver on the midnight shift. Soon he discovers that things are not what they seem when he picks up a mysterious figure as a client...

TIME FLIES experimental

Director: Marios Lizides

Country of Origin / Filming: Cyprus


Time Flies is a nonlinear collection of memories recorded on a camera phone during a twelve month period.

Y.K.A.N.   fiction / comedy

Director: Andreas Sheittanis

Country of Origin / Filming: Cyprus


A group of some rather mediocre superheroes, attempt to defeat a sort of evil villain.

STUDENT FILMS


FABIJAN   fiction / drama

Director: Lovro Mrden

Country of Origin / Filming: Croatia


Ten-year-old Jan is not a happy child. He lives in a modest flat with his mother, Sara, who is a drug and alcohol addict, and keeps neglecting her son. His only company is Fabijan, but Jan is the only one who can see him.

GRANDMA'S ODD WORLD documentary

Director: Jakob Mork

Country of Origin / Filming: Denmark


Two years ago my grandma had a near death experience caused by a brain infection. This made her go from our known and normal world into a completely delusional reality full of excitement, downs and strong hallucination, such as hunting animals in the Siberian desert, shooting my aunt, seeing animals everywhere and the stories goes on. Today she is back to normal, with a vivid and incredibly visual memory of the experiences she encountered from that unknown world.

HAPPY WITHOUT MONEY documentary

Director: Mahyar Hamidian

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


The story of Raphael Fellmer who lived from 2009 in a money strike, which started with a moneyless journey from the Netherlands to Mexico. This is not because he cannot find work, but because he choose to. He is an activist, who lived without money to raise awareness.

MAMAN AND THE OCEAN  fiction / action / comedy

Director: Oliver Kracht

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


Two war photographers have to take separate paths after having worked together many years. Stuck in an abandoned airport, they both have to redefine their lives again.

MARY  fiction / drama

Director: Grigory Kolomytsev

Country of Origin / Filming: Russia


After one year of Mary's son disappearance, she receives news: he is in the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia and appears to be a terrorist. They have only one phone conversation under surveillance of special services to hear each other

MOTHER RIVER fiction / drama

Director: Priit Põhjala

Country of Origin / Filming: Estonia


When a pagan Fisherman arrives home from his fishing trip, he finds that his religious mother has died and her last wish was to receive the church's blessing. Though disliking the idea, the Fisherman goes and tries to fulfill his mothers last wish, but is met with bureaucratic opposition from the near-by church. He now struggles with his own belief in the old ways that are dying and the wishes of his mother in a new and changing world.

SAMIRA fiction / drama

Director: Charlotte A. Rolfes

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


An interpreter has to help a young African woman during a police deployment at the Port of Hamburg.

A routine job for Janosch with unexpected consequences.

SNOW documentary

Director: Nivi Pedersen

Country of Origin / Filming: Greenland


Shoveling snow in the capital of Greenland is a big part of everyday life during winter. In this short documentary we are exploring how living in these conditions affect the culture through the lives of three people with each their big and small bumps on their roads of dealing with neighbors, shoveling, equipment and caring for each other.

STRANGE BIRD fiction / drama

Director: Oliver Kracht

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


Two war photographers have to take separate paths after having worked together many years. Stuck in an abandoned airport, they both have to redefine their lives again.

THE CHICKEN OF WUZUH   fiction / drama

Director: Oliver Kracht

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


Two war photographers have to take separate paths after having worked together many years. Stuck in an abandoned airport, they both have to redefine their lives again.

TRANSIT fiction/ drama

Director: Oliver Kracht

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


Two war photographers have to take separate paths after having worked together many years. Stuck in an abandoned airport, they both have to redefine their lives again.

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN fiction / drama

Director: Katja Benrath

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


A little boy has a painful and secret problem that needs some real magic to be solved.

It’s Aron’s seventh birthday and everything seems to be alright. No one knows that his biggest wish is his biggest secret but when Pit the magician makes a rabbit disappear in front of his eyes, the boy knows what to do.

YAHRZEIT fiction / drama

Director: Thomas Eggel

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


During the Second World War two Jewish sisters, Bertha and Lisl are fleeing from the Nazi terror. They experience physically the arbitrariness of human action.


SPECIAL THEME | ART


AFTER THE PLAY fiction / drama

Director: Aline Chukwuedo

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


Ida is a mature actress who does not want to admit that her star which was once shining brightly is inevitably fading out. As her less experienced colleague gets a role in the theater play Ida is involved in, she discovers the hard way of being no longer the center of attention.

DIONI documentary

Director: Thanos Psichogios

Country of Origin / Filming: Greece


A music documentary on tradition and our relationship with it. Dioni, a young female polyphonic vocal ensemble, tries to simultaneously preserve the traditional folk polyphony of Epirus and to develop a more personal and contemporary way of expression.

SAMA documentary

Director: Mazin M Sherabayani

Country of Origin / Filming: Kurdistan / Iraq


Robar and her family are determined to establish a ballet dance group, despite all the threats, lack of funding, and a place to practice. Can hope and passion overcome fear, narrow mindness and bigotry?  

STEPS documentary / experimental

Director: Nicola Stephanie Sangs

Country of Origin / Filming: Hungary


Karcsi is disabled, forced into a wheelchair. His world revolves around performance, around music and friends. In his every day life, he often has to rely on people’s help, but when he dances he develops an energy and an ability which let his disability disappear, leaving us with an extraordinary feeling of fascination. ‘Steps’ is a choreography of life; a dance between dependence and independence, of rising beyond

yourself.

SWEEPER'S PRIDE   fiction / comedy

Director: Matthias Koßmehl

Country of Origin / Filming: Germany


Night after night Bodo sweeps the empty city streets. Dirty work that no one notices. Attracted by electronic basses and gleaming lights he comes across a vernissage. A strange world in which he makes a familiar discovery and decides not to be invisible anymore.