Dust on our Faces
DIR: Guillermo del Castillo . 14 min . Chile . 2017
Christmas Eve. Nelson told everyone his son was coming. The truth is that boy isn't his son and the neighbors saw them kissing. But that’s not a problem to them, it seems it is a problem to Nelson himself who shows his wedding ring every time he can.
DIR: Magdalena Froger . 13 min . Switzerland . 2017
Three young men dressed in military uniforms roam around a ghost town. Walking, taking breaks in a variety of landscapes, they decide to go and see the sea, perhaps for the last time.
DIR: Georga Sikharulidze . 15 min . Armenia, USA, Georgia . 2017
A young Armenian bride's relationship with her husband is put to the test on their first day of marriage when her mother-in-law interferes.
DIR: Sturla Óskarsson . 18 min . Iceland . 2017
A transgender teenager steals a motorcycle and roams around the suburbs of Reykjavik in search for adventure. Constantly the outsider wherever he goes, he struggles to find meaning in mundane everyday life.
DIR: Carlos Conceição . 15 min . Portugal . 2017
Wayward boy punishes his mother’s lover. Beauty and horror fondle each other. Young gods callously abjure conventional morality. Death goes whoring in child’s guise.
DIR: Georges Gachot . 9 min . Switzerland . 2017
“Industrial choreography”. Georges Gachot, a passionate musical documentary filmmaker, became fascinated with the machines used by this industry that produces stamped metal boxes. These boxes’ mechanisms, with their sonority, rhythms, tunes and automated movement here become the musicians in an orchestra and the dancers of an astounding performance as they create the film’s cinematic score. The soundtrack, made up entirely of sounds created in workshops, unfolds in a symphony of machines and the movement of tiny iron and bolt dancers that come together in a majestic mechanic choreography. The man who conceived and created these “iron monsters” occupies a fragile place in this powerful, metallic world, which at the same time is incredibly beautiful and musical.
The Golden Calf
DIR: David Pantaleón . 11 min . Spain . 2017
Those who worship the Golden Calf based his life on materialism and seek to obtain goods and wealth with their devotion. Lying and looting becomes a common practice.
The Glass Pearl
DIR: Tommi Seitajoki . 15 min . Finland . 2017
A 12-year-old boy plunders garbage cans in a suburb. He is searching for something that gives him a reward.
DIR: Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva . 13 min . USA . 2017
A day in the life of a husband and a wife.
DIR: Bahram Ark . 15 min . Iran . 2017
A man who wants to pass the border hunts a ram and decides to escape disguised as the animal.
DIR: Daria Vlasova . 15 min . Lithuania, Russia . 2017
Modern family runs a perfect house and lives ideal life until one day they notice a cow in the middle of their kitchen.
DIR: Benjamin Cleary , Tj O'Grady Peyton . 14 min . Ireland . 2017
A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe.
DIR: Christian Hernández . 13 min . Mexico . 2017
An old woman, hospitalized in a nursing home for health problems, begins to receive strange visits from a figure of clay that she has created.
DIR: Javier Marco . 13 min . Spain . 2017
Every day, on her way to work, Sara's mother sees a dress in a store window.
In The Woods
DIR: Corina Schwingruder Ilić, Thomas Horat . 13 min . Switzerland . 2017
Snow, ice, sweat and the sound of chainsaws. Every four years, over a period of three months in winter, wood is cut in a steep mountain forest above Lake Aegeri in the Canton of Zug and prepared for log rafting. Neither technology nor progress has been able to replace this traditional craft.
No Love Left
DIR: Nicolás Guzmán . 15 min . Chile . 2017
Three women walk though the neighborhood they have always lived. Together they remember with nostalgia where they kissed and made love promises for the first time.
One and Many
DIR: Jonas Bak . 19 min . Cambodia . 2017
A fly is trapped behind a window. A man lives in a new city. People’s worlds are crammed together, yet they are galaxies apart. Flies are drawn to a street light. Alone and together. One and many.
The Everlasting Man
DIR: Luís Costa . 15 min . Portugal . 2017
Bernardino Fernandes emigrated to Canada in the sixties. Over two decades he filmed hundreds of Super 8 reels, organizing them methodically and obsessively, always in silence.
The Everlasting Man ends an old process, transforming Bernardino’s urge of cinema into a film about his life.
DIR: Yudho Aditya . 20 min . Indonesia . 2016
Caught between the traditions of his upbringing in rural Indonesia and his idealization of Western freedom, a teenager struggles with the expectations of imminent manhood.
DIR: Nikita Diakur . 12 min . Germany . 2017
An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story: ‘Ugly the Cat’.
A drowning man
DIR: Mahdi Fleifel . 12 min . Denmark, Greece, England . 2017
Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.
DIR: Kei Chikaura . 13 min . Japan . 2017
An innocent young man from China is anxiously memorizing “his hope” in the middle of the noisy crowd in Shibuya.
DIR: Reber Dosky . 15 min . Netherlands . 2017
Filmed during the battle of Kobani, this film reveals the women at the heart of the fight against IS.
DIR: Maximo Ciambella . 18 min . Argentina . 2017
A love story of Annunaki aliens, of the origin of our species and the end of the world, which starts like every story: with fishermen and a fire.
DIR: Dania Bdeir . 16 min . Lebanon . 2017
Her father’s funeral brings Lara back to Beirut from her modern life in NYC, forcing her to face the traditions she escaped and the untraditional fiancée she’s been hiding.
DIR: Isabel Pagliai . 14 min . France . 2017
A stream, river, young people passing. A crossing at night to get to the beach of Hell. Here is a time before stories. Just contemplate the opposite shore.
Les Bones Nenes
DIR: Clara Roquet . 16 min . Spain . 2017
Two sisters navigating the no man's land between childhood and adulthood have to deal with the consequences of their actions after one of the horses of their farm loses one eye.
Not Even The Most Philosopher Ant
DIR: Diego Vásquez . 20 min . Chile . 2017
Nine scenes; nine stories; nine situations about different daily life aspects who show us a world where, after a nuclear war, the humanity is in decline.
Where Do You Stand Now, João Pedro Rodrigues?
DIR: João Pedro Rodrigues . 21 min . France, Portugal . 2017
Following the migration of the Monarch butterfly, fleeing the North American’s cold to spend Winter in the pleasant mountains of Michoacán in Mexico, this is a wandering film through lake Walden’s frozen banks in Concord, New England, town where Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne look at each other in silence, under the snow in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
DIR: Nicolás Suárez . 14 min . Argentina . 2016
Centaur is a Greco-creole, grassroots political western set among the palm trees and digital antennas of the soy-producing Argentine pampas. The centaur, just like the gaucho, is a myth, but an interrupted myth that was lost far away and long ago.
Death of the Sound Man
DIR: Sorayos Prapapan . 16 min . Thailand . 2017
The voice of the people is often neglected, as is sound in film, which the audience doesn’t care about. Two sound recordists are working on the final mix of a short film. Will their sound be heard by someone?
DIR: Alonso Ruizpalacios . 22 min . Mexico . 2016
Ariel, a taciturn security guard who transports other people’s millions every day alongside his talkative fellow guards, has just found out that he is about to become a father for the first time. One day, as he decides what to do about his imminent fatherhood, a miraculous flaw in the system creates an opportunity to steal the fortune that he is guarding and not get caught.
Diez Minutos Antes
DIR: Juan Carlos Vásquez . 11 min . Colombia . 2017
A dying man arrives at a hospital in which the chaos of the health system is remarkable. While waiting in the line for care, a newscast announces acts of violence and the police looks in the hospital for the possible culprit. The minutes of waiting elapse and time will reveal who is the true protagonist of the social disorders presented.
DIR: Ladj Ly . 15 min . France . 2017
In the modern-day Parisian neighborhood of Victor Hugo’s novel, a new transfer cop learns abusive policing practices of two veterans. When a young boy records them going too far, the community threatens to explode.
DIR: Jacqueline Lentzou . 11 min . Greece . 2017
Have you ever dreamed of a place you’ve never been to?