COMPETITION FILMS 2017
Slovo \ Farewell \ Leon Vidmar \ Slovenia 2016 \ 5’51”
Lovro sits in his bathtub. Looking sad, he stares at droplets dripping from the tap. Suddenly, the day he first went fishing with grandpa springs to life in his imagination, spilling over into reality.
Hadarim \ Shlomi Yosef \ Israel 2016 \ 5’23”
A short experimental, documentary, animation which depicts, through the eyes of a seven years old pupil, the weird and grotesque routine of elementary school in Israel.
Illusions \ Dominica Harrison \ UK 2016 \ 5’22”
An accidental fall from the window leads to unexpected wonderings of two lost souls.
Kaputt \ Broken – The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck \ Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl \ Germany 2016 \ 7’02”
Gabriele Stoetzer and Birgit Willschuetz were political inmates at Hoheneck Castle, the most notorious women’s prison in East Germany. Film pairs original audio interview extracts with abstract, monochrome animation.
Nachtstück \ Nocturne \ Anne Breymann \ Germany 2016 \ 5’18”
At night the forest creatures gather to gamble, putting their innermost at stake.
a photo of me \ Dennis Tupicoff \ Australia 2017 \ 10’48”
I'm a baby in a 1950s backyard with my toys and my family. My dad has a Kodak box camera. My mind flickers from past to present, in and out of memories and dreams, animation and live action.
Nagehan bad barmikhizad \ The wind suddenly \ Edris Samani \ Iran 2016 \ 8’04”
Father went to hunting with his son. Son become sad because of killing birds and he trying to save them with his kite.
Chilli \ Martina Mikušová \ Slovakia 2016 \ 7’54”
Film about aggressivity, passion and misunderstanding in a relationship. Animation and visuals are inspired by naive art, deep dreams and unconscious mind.
Kukuschka \ The Cuckoo \ Dina Velikovskaya \ Russia 2016 \ 8’45”
Kukuschka is a bird, who follows the sun. It seems to her as if she already could touch It, but the Sun is still far away.
Gotago \ Philipp Pamminger \ Austria 2016 \ 14’30”
anonymus refugee is traveling from a war-zone in the middle east to the mediterranean sea. The title GOTAGO means the US-American slang „Got to go“ - „Gotta go“ as long as a refugee has to go, has to leave his country.
Cavalls Morts \ Dead Horses \ Marc Riba, Anna Solanas \ Spain 2016 \ 6’15”
In an isolated and unknown place during a war a child is forced to flee. On his way, horse corpses everywhere. Only dead horses. Why? Why horses have decided to kill themselves?
Tühi ruum \ Empty Space \ Ülo Pikkov \ Estonia 2016 \ 10’
Documentary-based animation about a dream that eventually comes true. A 10-uear old girl longed for a puppy for a birthday present. Instead she got father she had no idea was still alive.
Superbarbara: The Beginning \ Boonsri Tangtrongsin \ Sweden 2017 \ 10’19”
After an inflatable doll (Barbara) has been abused and abandoned, she decides to no longer be a victim. Follow her journey to save the world from evil, oppression and greed.
Czarnoksiężnik z krainy U.S. \ The Wizard of U.S. \ Balbina Bruszewska \ Poland 2016 \ 23’
Czarnoksiężnik z krainy U.S. to animowany kolaż, satyra nawiązująca do amerykańskiej powieści L. Franka Bauma. Tajemnicze tornado porywa Dorotkę i przenosi do niezwykłego miejsca pełnego bogactw i niebezpieczeństw.
Dzięki uprzejmości artysty \ With the artist's kind permission \ Piotr Bosacki \ Poland 2016 \ 10’10”
Film poświęcony pamięci. Warstwa literacka przypomina tu szkolny wykład, w którym autor opowiada m. in. o teorii dzieła sztuki. Całość balansuje na granicy między kpiną i powagą.
QUANDO OS DIAS ERAM ETERNOS \ WHEN THE DAYS WERE ENDLESS \ Marcus Vinícius Vasconcelos \ Brasil 2016 \ 12’50”
A young man returns to home to look after his mother, who is suffering from a serious illness.
A DAD \ Robert Cambrinus \ Austria 2016 \ 11’
100 years of Dada is actually no reason to celebrate, if you consider the history of how this most radical of all art movements was appropriated and neutralized. Nevertheless, Robert Cambrinus´ agile homage A DAD today honors the impulse behind the movement´s founding in 1916 at the Zurich Cabaret Voltaire.
Phone \ Harriet Holman-Penney \ UK 2016 \ 3’15”
A man calls the police after a bomb has been set off in Algiers.
Dziwny przypadek \ Strange Case \ Zbigniew Czapla \ Poland 2017 \ 13’30”
Surrealistyczna podróż w kilku aktach. Sekwencja zdarzeń jak strumień świadomości, zapis osobistych refleksji i wspomnień. Suma przypadkowych doświadczeń oraz echo pamięci zbiorowej.
Life Smartphone \ Chenglin Xie \ China 2015 \ 3’
This film, Life Smartphone, with its satirical and humorous style, serves to depict the current social situation and give people a chance to be introspective.
Mon Homme ( poulpe ) \ My Man ( Octopus ) \ Cadoret Stéphanie \ France 2016 \ 8’49”
A young woman comes back home. She gets undressed, puts on her swimsuit, and sinks into the underwater depths of her apartment. Overcomed by a baroque aquatic flora, her home has become the ecosystem of her spouse: an octopus.
Je ne sens plus rien \ I Don't Feel Anything Anymore \ Noémie Marsily, Carl Roosens \ Belgium, Canada 2016 \ 9’31”
He’s a magician. She’s a firefighter. Isolating themselves from the chaos of a world in turmoil, the two lovers live in a crane basket high in the sky, where they go about their daily business. Their challenge is to keep their heads, here up above it all, while everything’s falling apart down below.
J'aime les filles \ I Like Girls \ Diane Obomsawin \ Canada 2016 \ 8’12”
Charlotte, Mathilde, Marie, and Diane reveal the nitty-gritty about their first loves. For them, sexual awakening comes hand-in-hand with discovering their desire for other women—and a joyful new self-awareness.
THE SQUARE \ Yakov Krugovykh \ Russia 2016 \ 3’30”
Three minutes from a crowd life. The main character of the film - passers. People go about their business, but something or someone causes them to stop and not go away.
It is what it is \ Gal Efodi, Tamar Odenheimer \ Israel 2016 \ 5’34”
Talia and her spouse, Gavry, Lives in an isolated village next to a forest. Talia takes care of the wounded woodland creatures and sets them free. Soon she must choose between being safe or take action.
Water marks \ Meshy Koplevitch \ Israel 2016 \ 3’38”
The movie brings forth a personal childhood memory in the north of the country. Bomb shelters and rocket thunder blend with the flow of the Dan river.
Nocna ptica \ Nighthawk \ Spela Cadez \ Slovenia, Croatia 2016 \ 8’50”
A badger lies motionless on a local road. A police patrol approaches the body in the dark. They soon realise that the animal is not dead; the badger is dead drunk!
Cipka \ Pussy \ Renata Gąsiorowska \ Poland 2016 \ 8’22”
Młoda dziewczyna spędza wieczór w mieszkaniu. Postanawia zorganizować sobie sesję przyjemności w samotności, jednak nie wszystko idzie zgodnie z planem.
Morning Cowboy \ Fernando Pomares \ Spain 2016 \ 15’
Meet Jose, a regular guy with a regular job. Today he decides that he will dress like a cowboy. Jose will take us into a sensitive story that makes you wonder: are we living the life that we want to live?
Au Pair \ Tatu Pohjavirta, Mark Ståhle \ Finland 2017 \ 13’
Woman becomes an Au pair for a single man's cardboard family.
The Wrong End of the Stick \ Terri Matthews \ UK 2016 \ 9’40”
Malcolm Fetcher is a neurotic, middle-aged teacher lost in a dull marriage with his wife of twenty years, Beverly. As he faces an all-consuming identity crisis, he is forced to express a deep, hidden desire...
Once Upon a Line \ Alicja Karolina Jasina \ USA 2016 \ 7’06”
A man leads a boring life until he falls in love.
Black Dog \ Joshua Tuthill \ USA 2017 \ 17’13”
After the death of their parents, two brothers choose different paths in dealing with their recent loss.
Sore Eyes for Infinity \ Elli Vuorinen \ Finland 2016 \ 11’32”
An optician grows tired of seeing the world too clearly and her inevitable involvement in its defects.
Zjazd \ Exit \ Jerzy Tabor \ Poland 2017 \ 3’41”
Pasażerowie tramwaju pogrążają się w somnambulicznym tańcu.
Fields of Rape \ Anselm Pyta \ Germany 2016 \ 10’40”
Far from here lies a giant field of rape.
The Unpainted Woman \ Kathy Rose \ USA 2016 \ 4’19”
Part Fantastic Voyage, part celebration of my younger self, this is a finely crafted jewel in which I am looking for those who are not immune to splendor.
Roger Ballen's Theatre of Apparitions \ Emma Calder, Ged Haney \ UK, South Africa 2016 \ 5’
An animated theatre of dismembered people, beasts and ghosts, dance, tumble, make love and tear themselves apart, a nightmarish subconscious world, in black and white.
Sredi Chernyh Voln \ Among the Black Waves \ Anna Budanova \ Russia 2016 \ 11’10”
This story is based on the ancient northern legend according to which the souls of the drowned people turn into sea animals.
Therapy Room \ Qieer Wang \ China 2016 \ 5’12”
THERAPY ROOM is a 5 min short animated film mainly discussing about mental disorders in busy city life.
Homegrown \ Quentin Haberham \ UK 2017 \ 9’20”
Francis raises his son Kip in isolation. However when the boy outgrows his father's protective confines, Francis learns that what is right for himself may not be best for his son.
Strange Fish \ Steven Subotnick \ USA 2017 \ 3’42”
A meditation on blind evolution.
Paraffin \ Emily Hubley \ USA 2017 \ 3’05”
A music video produced for The Ready Stance for a song about the Duchess of Marlborough, who injected wax into her nose.
Chateau au Go Go \ Steve Gentile \ USA 2016 \ 4’05”
kinetic romp that investigates the images imprinted onto wine corks. This animated, macro-photographed film becomes a sort of frenetic history lesson that alludes to the human impulse to tame nature.
Sparrow’s Flight \ Tom Schroeder \ USA 2016 \ 14’04”
A collaboration with my dead friend Dave Herr.
Casino \ Steven Woloshen \ Canada 2016 \ 3’45”
A film for my Father, who gambled with love.
Winda / Elevator / Hieronim Neumann \ Poland 2017 \ 17’50”
W osiemnastopiętrowym budynku jest tylko jedna winda i jedna klatka schodowa. Czekanie na windę rodzi konflikty, ale jest także źródłem zabawnych sytuacji.
Summer Camp Island / Julia Pott / USA 2016 / 8'42''
Oscar and his best friend Hedgehog just got dropped off at Summer Camp. Once all the parents leave the island, all of the strangeness lurking beneath the surface starts to come out. Aliens exist, horses become unicorns and there are monsters under the bed.
Window Horses \ Ann Marie Fleming \ Canada 2016 \ 88’
Animation about love—love of family, poetry, history, culture. Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather go to Paris. The film’s voice actors include Sandra Oh and Ellen Page.
Louise nad morzem \ Louise en Hiver \ Louise by the Shore \ Jean-François Laguionie \ France, Canada 2016 \ 75’
On the last day of summer, Louise, an old woman finds herself alone in a small seaside resort town, abandoned by everyone. Louise takes her abandonment as a challenge. She’s going to survive, confronting the elements as well as her memories, which have found the perfect occasion to join in the adventure…
Revengeance \ Bill Plympton, Jim Lujan \ USA 2016 \ 75’
A low-rent bounty hunter named "Rod Rosse, The One Man Posse", gets entangled in a web of danger when he takes on a job from U.S. senator "Deathface" to find a missing girl and a stolen package.
La Jeune fille sans mains \ The Girl Without Hands \ Sébastien Laudenbach \ France 2016 \ 76’
In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes but is deprived of her hands. Walking away from her family, she encounters the goddess of water, a gentle gardener and a prince in his castle. A long journey towards the light…
Have a Nice Day \ Liu Jian \ China 2016 \ 75’
In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang, a mere driver, steals a bag containing 1 million from his boss. News of the robbery spreads fast within the town and, over the course of one night, everyone starts looking for Xiao Zhang …