DIR: Guang Cheng Shie . 20 min . Taiwan . 2014
This city is getting worst and worst. On a certain day, the director and his client are late for the filming of an advertisement for new Japanese snack food of caramel corn. Therefore, the senior cameraman decides to begin filming and instructs Jimmy, the production assistant, to repeatedly pour condensed milk onto plate after plate of with crispy corn snacks. At the same time, in another part of the city, abandoned workers are blocking train tracks to resist government oppression. Jimmy`s girlfriend, Amy, works the street for her real estate agency and becomes depressed after encountering case after case of aborted sales. This movie exposes the absurdity and cruelty of reality through juxtaposing these two different personalities in divergent spaces.
DIR: Cécile Ducrocq . 29 min . France . 2014
Suzanne has been a prostitute for 15 years. She has her turf, her regular johns, her freedom. One day, young African prostitutes settle nearby. Suzanne is threatened.
DIR: Clément Tréhin-Lalanne . 8 min . France . 2014
Aïssa is Congolese and is presently residing illegally on French territory. She claims to be a minor however the authorities believe she is over 18. In order to establish whether or not she can remain in the country a doctor must give her a physical examination.
DIR: Nassos Vakalis . 10 min . USA . 2014
An allegorical depiction of our society. During dinner, "the system" works like a well-oiled machine. It solely feeds the select few who eventually, foolishly consume all the resources while the rest survive on scraps from the table. Inevitably, when the supply is depleted, the struggle for what remains leads to catastrophic change. Sadly, the offspring of this profound transition turns out not to be a sign of hope, but the spitting image of the parents.
DIR: Fabian Kaiser . 11 min . Switzerland . 2014
A journey through the abstract situation of a practice of the voluntary fire brigade. Deep underground the rescuer prepare for the pending emergency. Surveillance cameras are tracking the descent of the action force. The head is burning. Constriction puts pressure on the chest. In the vacuum of depth delusion is pulsating. Is the gear leakproof ? What color is fear?
DIR: David Higgs . 12 min . England . 2013
A young man, his radio and the sea. As he combs the empty dunes, listening to the landing of Curiosity, NASA's Mars rover, the cries of a distressed child ring out above the waves. After much procrastination, he wades into the ocean to rescue the boy. As he reaches the shore, with the boy in his arms, the child's family arrive. Seemingly oblivious to his presence, the mother pulls the boy from his grip and as quickly as they arrived, the family disappear again over the dunes, leaving the young man drenched and bewildered. In this surreal and comical film, which deals with the sometimes strange and irrational behaviour that people display in a crisis, the mundanity of life is broken and restored in an instant and the ultimate good deed goes unnoticed.
DIR: Konstantina Kotzamani . 24 min . Greece . 2014
The film starts when the giraffes heart can no longer be heard. Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. Washingtonia is the only palm tree that its heart is not devoured by the red beetle. Because it's heart is small and dry and no one likes small and dry hearts.
DIR: Mauro Carraro . 13 min . Switzerland . 2013
Mapo’s journey on the Way of St. James. On this legendary route he will cross cities and will meet other walkers who do not necessarily carry their backpack.
DIR: Kurt Platvoet . 15 min . Netherlands . 2014
A short film without dialogue about a lonely, shy bookshop owner who mysteriously starts losing his limbs.
DIR: Agustin Burghi . 9 min . Argentina . 2014
Friday, 8:15 PM. A train full of women goes on the night. This journey is routine for them. This train takes them every weekend where theirs husbands and relatives live, in General Alvear prision.
DIR: Mariano Minestrelli . 8 min . Argentina . 2014
Benjamin is taken by his friends to his bachelor party. When the joke goes wrong he is left alone in the scared woods. Finally he is helped by a kind resident of the dangerous neighbourhood. In the old man's house Benjamín meet his daughter, Ophelia. Benjamín is deeply attracted to her and they share a cab trip back to his home.
DIR: Una Gunjak . 15 min . Germany . 2014
As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realises the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the high stakes such action will lead to.
DIR: Flatform . 20 min . France . 2014
It is sunset in a mountain landscape. An orchestra and a choir, along with a large group of adolescents who act as "living-music-stands", are filmed as they play the first part of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. The musicians gradually begin to move in a precise choreography, led by their living-music-stands. As these movements are executed, disparate groups of musicians, singers, and living-music-stands begin to disappear along with the sounds that they emit. The music progressively becomes a sound object captured in the course of its own erosion, which corresponds to the slow dissolution of the landscape’s visibility due to the setting sun. Ultimately, the music as a sound object and the landscape as a visual object become identical, all while being completely transformed in regard to the starting configuration. Thus, the landscape becomes a point of convergence between contemplation, correspondence and imagination.
DIR: J. Christian Jensen . 20 min . USA . 2014
Thousands of souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. A tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.
DIR: Vladislav Knezevic . 13 min . Croatia . 2014
The fall of a device named A.D.A.M. (Autonomous Drone for Asteroid Mining) causes the strengthening of its cognitive processes and activation of the autonomous mode. This leads to its refusal of communication with the satellite company operators.
DIR: Alvaro Luque . 7 min . Peru . 2014
A sequence shot thought to capture the last minutes of light on a summer sunset at two kilometers away from the action. The story unfolds as the light goes down and all we've got is the opportunity to make up our own conclusions about what's really happening from the distance as the silhouettes of the characters walk through line of the horizon.
DIR: Pablo Remón . 17 min . Spain . 2014
Two bankers who have sold a substantial amount of preferred shares, have a conversation at a bar. One of them, the general manager, is suffering a protest: a group of victims guard his house and his family. Now, after several sleepless nights, he has finally had an epiphany.
DIR: Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel . 31 min . France . 2014
It's damned hot. Streets are oddly empty. Palms are suffering and shot guns crying. Joshua wants to die but doesn't want to leave his brother Maël alone. Meanwhile he meets with a gang : the Icebergs.
DIR: Pedro Augusto Almeida . 10 min . Portugal . 2014
Alex is a young adult from a social housing district. When he left his home in the morning, he faces a situation apparently out of the ordinary: His bycicle is gone. He misses classes and goes near to the beach to check if there is someone riding it.
DIR: Ronny Dorfler . 10 min . USA . 2014
Sarah is seriously ill and needs medical attention. Unable to afford the necessary treatment and after losing her job she decides to rob a bank. But not for the money.
DIR: Sorayos Prapapan . 13 min . Thailand . 2014
Auntie Maam is a foot masseuse. She is also a freelance actress in Thai independent films. One day, one of the films she played is chosen by a film festival in Europe. The film director asks her to join the trip to the festival Auntie Maam has never had a passport. She consults Kaen, her nephew how to get one. This film is a satire black comedy with social issue. The background is the Thai political movement against the government in the early of 2014.
DIR: Pim Zwier . 8 min . Germany . 2013
A multitude of animals brought together in a rhythmical sequence of photographs. The images blend together similar to the cross breeding of animals. An accumulation of bygone days, captured in photos, in which the animals are replaceable, but the same employees frequently reappear. Years of studies and experiments on animals are reduced to a few images per second. The outcome of the research derived from the image or remains a mystery. Seeing is comparing; discovering similarities or differences, seeking for an ideal, gratification of curiosity, optimising utilisation. The film is based on the historical glass plate photograph collection Julius Kühn of the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.
DIR: Paul Cabon . 13 min . France . 2014
A storm reaches the shores of brittany. Natures drives crazy, two young scientists get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tensions and mysterious events clash with enthousiasm and randomness.
DIR: Yanillys Perez . 17 min . Dominican Republic . 2014
In a small village in the Dominican Republic, Anna, a 12 year old girl, is living a difficult childhood, she is faced with the absence of an irresponsible mother. She must take care of her two young sisters. Her dream is to make her first communion and to wear this immaculate white dress. Unfortunately, her spiritual quest is endangered.
DIR: Olivier Smolders . 28 min . Belgium . 2014
The Benedek case is very distinct in the history of photography and art in general. The problems posed by Benedek's work are both ethical - some of his images, taken during the war, continue to shock even now – and aesthetic : he spanned the days of all of the avant-gardes of his time, sometimes strokes ahead of other artists who went on to become famous. Benedek’s story can seem dubious, rather like his images, appearing to constantly deceive with what they show us and tell us. The film examines this duplicity, focusing both on the historical context of 1940s Hungary and the very nature of this body of work obsessed by the theme of masks.
DIR: Claire Oakley . 13 min . Ireland . 2013
In the tradition of generations before him, Ed (15) is taken stalking by his father, a weathered hunter, to make his first kill. But their relationship is tested when Ed doesn’t react as expected and their wider connection with Nature is brought into question.
DIR: Martin Edralin . 15 min . Canada . 2014
A daring portrait of a middle-aged disabled man in pursuit of intimacy.
DIR: Filippo Demarchi . 21 min . Switzerland . 2013
Matteo, 17, finds himself falling in love with Don Massimo, the young village priest who conducts the brass band in which he plays trumpet. Matteo sees in him a person willing to listen to his fears and his desires. For the first time in his life, Matteo thinks he might be ready to open his heart to somebody…
DIR: Raúl M. Candela, Santiago D. Risco . 13 min . Spain . 2014
Manuel puts a tape stripe to join two big pieces of painting paper. Blue-haired Greta draws with him. The blank mural gets filled with colors, brushstrokes, words, forms and bodies. Their impulses become a game of expression where Manuel and Greta reflect each other. The unexpected night is captured with its same spontaneity. The film strokes splash an image for naked emotions. A mural of love.
DIR: Bruxelles-Capitale . 23 min . Belgium . 2014
Erik is a solitary woodcutter. Kevin is the young conductor of the village’s cycling brass band. Erik never goes out without his old mare. Kevin is keen on the clarinetist. The clarinetist is crazy about horses. But Erik doesn’t know how to give. And Kevin doesn’t know how to flirt. They are both going to have to learn.
DIR: Jenna Hasse . 9 min . Switzerland . 2014
Margaux, six years old, awakens early on this August morning. She goes to the window and sees her father putting objects and cardboard boxes into the car.Her mother is still sleeping. This summer morning promises to be a singular one for the little girl, who is about to experience a significant moment in her life.