Professional Competition 2
Friday 01/12/2023 19:00 - 21:00, Saturday 02/12/2023 07:00 - 09:00
Total Duration: 1:55:11
- Living In A Bubble 07:43 Germany 2022
Directed: Natalie MacMahon, Nikola Drvoshanov Screenplay: Natalie MacMahon Production: Natalie MacMahon Dialogue Language: No Dialogue
LOGLINE: When two strangers feel isolated in the big city, they soon realise that their imagination is able to bring them anywhere they would like to go, despite all the obstacles of modern society. SYNOPSIS: Who says it is easy to live in our modern world? Aren’t we all a bit isolated in different ways? “Living in a bubble” tells the story of two strangers, who live in the bubble they created for themselves, which doesn’t allow them to connect to anything or anyone. Through their imagination and willpower however, they manage to break out of their isolation and open themselves up to the world. They find that there is much more out there than they would have thought and nature can be found in the most unexpected places. If we have enough courage to change our ways, we can re-discover what it feels like to be alive. Against all odds, miracles are still possible- if only we believe in them. German Films Quarterly: https://www.germanfilmsquarterly.de/short1_22_4.html
- Clay Economy-Globalization / Clay Economy-Globalizzazione 04:40 Italy 2022
Directed: Bibiana Petrera, Monica Fibbi Production: Uffa srl Dialogue Language: Italian
Alberto presents Alexa the domestic artificial intelligence that answers all our questions, even the most uncomfortable ones... where does it come from, where is it produced and at what price?
- Kraina - the land on the edge 09:52 United Kingdom 2023
Directed: Marta Adamowicz, Robert Motyka Screenplay: Marta Adamowicz Production: Art27Scotland Dialogue Language: Polish
Kraina - The Land On the Edge is a short animation made by Marta Adamowicz and Robert Motyka, made in collaboration with members of the Polish community in Edinburgh to explore traditional Slavic art, folklore and myths. During a series of workshops, members of the community have created paper cutouts inspired by traditional Slavic folk crafts. The filmmakers then incorporated these works into an animation showcasing Slavic beliefs and mythology during the main character's adventure.
- Out Of Character 04:20 Italy 2023
Directed: Niccolò Gioia Production: Riccardo Antonio Silvio Antonino
Anton is a young boy trying to socialize with his schoolmates; he does so by changing his animation style, in order to fit in with whomever he meets. He will soon find out he is missing an identity of his own, and that he needs to reshape the way he relates to others to find himself.
- GILGAMESHI 07:15 Albania 2023
Directed: Shaqir veseli Screenplay: Shaqir Veseli Production: Florenc Papas Dialogue Language: Albanian
The god of this world saw everything, there was no one in the world who did not know him, his knowledge and the work he had done.....and on stone tablets he marked their deeds.....and on stone tablets he wrote all suffering
- When War is Over 05:00 Italy 2022
Directed: Simone Massi Screenplay: Simone Massi Production: Simone Massi, Emergency
A world without war is another utopia that we cannot wait any longer.
- Unknown 06:03 Poland 2023
Directed: Michał Żołnowski Screenplay: Michał Żołnowski Production: Michał Żołnowski, Rafał Małecki Dialogue Language: English
Alice, a young college student, receives mysterious messages from an unknown person. The messages progressively reveal intimate details about Alice's life, causing her increasing distress and prompting her to confront the stranger. As the tension escalates, Alice seeks support from her friend Kate. However, the arrival of a chilling message urging her to open the door intensifies the unsettling atmosphere. The story explores themes of paranoia and split identity, as Alice's encounter with the unknown takes her on a disturbing journey into the depths of her psyche.
- Wildlife Cameraman (Summer Farm) 03:49 United Kingdom 2023
Directed: Erentia Bedeker Screenplay: Norman MacCaig, Scott William Urquhart Production: Stephen McAll Dialogue Language: English
Wildlife Cameraman (Summer Farm) is a music video/poetry film based on the poem “Summer Farm” by Scottish poet Norman MacCaig with music and lyrics by Scott William Urquhart & Constant Follower. The film focuses on the connection between nature and our inner world. McCaig’s poem looks outward to nature, noticing the simplistic details which become a metaphysic web that connects all living things. The expansiveness of nature often triggers an inward journey when we feel disconnected from ourselves and the world around us. The true self manifests as the inner child who is always true and pure no matter what hardships we might face. We can lose touch with our inner child, but the connection can never be severed. We can always find our way back to ourselves and to nature. ‘Wildlife Cameraman (Summer Farm)’ is taken from the album Even Days Dissolve.
- The Improvement of Human Reason 10:00 Iran 2022
Directed: Hossein Moradizadeh Screenplay: Hossein Moradizadeh Production: Hossein Moradizadeh
The film is based on a Philosophical treatise on human nature written in the 12th century. A baby alone on a remote island is suckled by a deer. He grows up, covers his body in imitation of animals, makes a weapon from a tree branch to defend himself, and discovers fire with lightning. He thinks of the sky and knows the world as a living body. From then on, he watered the trees and rescued the helpless animals until a man named Absal came to the island. Absal teaches him the words and Hayy ibn Yaqdhan tells him his observations, Absal takes him from that island to save the people of his land, the people of the city do not understand his words and they are busy appearing and collecting property. When Hayy ibn Yaqdhan realizes his homelessness among those people, he returns to his island.
- Sulayman 08:04 Philippines 2023
Directed: Blog Caliguia Screenplay: Blog Caliguia Dialogue Language: Tagalog
A warrior confronts a mysterious menace from the forest in order to protect his village.
- New Year’s Kaleidoscope / Новогодний калейдоскоп 15:50 Belarus
Directed: Vitaly Androsyuk, Daniil Zhugzhda, Yana Aristova-Galinovskaya, Julia Pintsak Screenplay: Vitaly Androsyuk, Daniil Zhugzhda, Igor Volchek, Julia Pintsak Production: Vladimir Karachevsky, National Film Studio «Belarusfilm» Dialogue Language: No Dialogue, Russian
15 minutes 50 seconds, mixed technique, 0+, 2023 Long sinopsis: New Year's almanac of directors debuts. Episode «The Box» (3D animation technique). Philosophical fantasy story, which takes place on New Year’s Eve in the yard of the house, in a box. A box is a symbol of the inner world of man. A little boy runs into the yard, unexpectedly finds there a friend - a small dog. Together are much more fun. A boy frolics with a dog in the yard, and recalling what day today - decides to build a New Year tree from ordinary cardboard boxes. Episode «Mission impossible». On New Year’s Eve, a little girl decided capturing of Santa Claus with all gifts, because she wants to have the personal holiday a whole year. She prepared thoroughly, made a plan in advance to capture Santa Claus, set traps on the way to the Christmas tree and went to bed. But she didn’t even know that Dad had a gift for her too. But in order to deliver a gift to the place they both need to pass the most difficult obstacle course. Neither the girl’s father nor Santa Claus expected such a turn of events. Who will be the first to put down a gift under the tree? Maybe working together they will be made the mission possible? Episode «New Year’s Adventures» (2D paperless hand-drawn animation graphics technique). Father Frost set out on the road to give people a holiday and a sense of joy, but while he was getting to his destination, the unforeseen happened. On the way, he discovered the depressing circumstance that adults and children were so hung up in their gadgets that they full went into the virtual world. Nobody rides sledding, does not play in snowballs, does not sculpt snow woman. Everyone forgot about Father Frost, and the holiday for everybody not important. In order for Father Frost not to make, people don`t notice the New Year magic. Father Frost is upset and already doesn`t wants nothing. Will a New Year come? But all things can suddenly be changed. Episode «Summer in Winter» (2D cutout animation technique). New Year’s Eve. Little boy is bored while grandma makes the final preparations and sets the table. In search of activity, the boy comes across a fascinating rack with banks, in which situated «canned» of the seasons. After waiting for Grandma to leave the room, he go to the shelf to get a jar of "the Summer" and study it properly. But due to the awkwardness of children’s hands, the jar which named «the Summer» fallens , breaks to pieces, and its summer contents burst out. The boy is frightened, the winter landscape outside the window is rapidly changing into the summer. The Chaos is reigned. What can do for prevent the problem? Short sinopsis: New Year's almanac of directors debuts. «The Box» episode. A fantasy episode that takes place on New Year's Eve in the yard of a house. A little boy with his new friend - a small dog, decides to build a Christmas tree out of ordinary cardboard boxes. «New Year's Adventures» episode. Father Frost is on his way to give people a holiday but something unexpected happens. People are so addicted to gadgets that they forget about Father Frost. No one cares about the celebration. Will there really be no New Year's Eve? «Summer in Winter» episode. What would happen if naughty children's hands mixed summer and winter on New Year's Eve?
- Sit Down, Don't Touch Anything 05:20 Switzerland 2022
Directed: Frederic Siegel Screenplay: Frederic Siegel Production: Frederic Siegel Dialogue Language: No Dialogue
A face is born out of chaos. It struggles to exist. It struggles to find its purpose. It struggles to sit on a chair. In fact, it struggles with many things. But thank God, it’s trying. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Supper / Vacsora 14:51 Hungary 2022
3rd Place - International Professional Short Animation- Jury
Directed: Dániel Bárány Screenplay: Dániel Bárány Production: Gábor Osváth Dialogue Language: No Dialogue
During a dysfunctional family dinner, oppressed family members battl their oppressors. The battle for domination leads to a monstrous outcome.
- The wrong doormat / Неправильный коврик 04:58 Russian Federation
Directed: Ivan Maximov Screenplay: Ivan Maximov Production: Alexander Gerasimov, Valery Ryabin
The story is about a little girl who couldn't find her flat after returning from the walk...
- Summer Night's Fantasy 05:41 Spain 2022
Directed: Guby Moon Screenplay: Guby Moon Production: Guby Moon Dialogue Language: Spanish
It's a summer night and it's very hot. Mila is lying in bed and can't sleep. Then her hands slide down all over her body as her mind fantasizes taking her on a cosmic journey to the stars and beyond. This is a poetic story about a hot summer night's fantasy.