2023 OFFICIAL SELECTION

MOULDED
Growing disconnected from friends, family, and the world around her, a young artist finds inspiration in strangers as she slips from reality. 

Short Narrative
Runtime: 00:12:06
Director and writer: Ahmad Bakrin
Producers: Kate Costanza, Siân Lathrop
Key cast: Emily Everhard

AUGUST

Prussia, summer 1790: Two young men, August and Karl, flee the rules and laws of their noble homes and live in their personal freedom for one day, finding out what it means for them to take responsibility and stand up for themselves. Until they reach a point where the apparent utopia becomes real, knowing that it is finite…

Short Narrative
Runtime: 00:19:59
Director and writer: Jonathan Berlin
Produce: Jonathan Berlin
Key cast: Taddeo Kufus, Louie Betton, Attila Borlan

BEWARE OF DOG

Alienated in politically-ambiguous Moscow, a young woman deals with severe OCD, while her cousin in Berlin tries to build a romantic relationship ignoring her own condition. In a parallel New York City realm, a heartbroken boxer struggles with addiction, self worth and online anxiety.

Narrative Feature
Runtime: 01:25:00
Director and writer: Nadia Bedzhanova
Producers: Lilit Abgarian, Olga Korovkina
Key cast: Buddy Duress, Kevin Iso, Paula Knüpling

THE PROSPECT

Danila works as a realtor in a real-estate firm. She has arranged a meeting with Luis, a potential buyer for a historic house in the city’s center. The rigid walls, the labyrinthian space, and the echoing silence altogether with Luis’ visit awaken a state of alert in Danila, turning her job into a potential trap.

Short Narrative
Runtime: 00:10:00
Director and writer: Carmela Sandberg
Producer: Javier De Pietro, Eliana Murgia, Carmela Sandberg, Ramiro Velasco
Key cast: Eliana Murgia, Luciano Suardi

THE ONE WHO WENT SOUTH

A young man returns to his childhood home to improve his relationship with his father. However, when he arrives, everything seems different.

 

Experimental
Runtime: 00:08:00
Director and writer: Steiní Kristinsson
Producer: Steiní Kristinsson
Key cast: Stefán Benedikt Vilhelmsson, Pétur Eggerz

SAVITREE

Savitree traces Richie’s journey to radical self-acceptance through the lens of her families—her biological one, which fractured and frayed after the death of her mother, and her chosen one (including Julia Fox), who empowered her to explore her identity and make peace with all the past versions of herself.

Short Documentary
Runtime: 01:12:00
Director: Richie Shazam
Writers: Ben Draghi, Richie Shazam
Producer: Cara Braglia

OF MONSTERS AND MEN – TÍU

It follows the band Of Monsters and Men as they commemorate the 10th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album My Head Is An Animal.

Short Documentary
Runtime: 00:48:00
Director: Dean DeBlois
Producer: Heather Kolker

AL DIAZ: LIKE A BOMB

High School friends Al Diaz and Jean Michel Basquiat created SAMO©, the street tag that would change the course of their lives forever. Artist and graffiti legend, Al Diaz recounts this gritty coming of age story and lands us in the here and now with his poignant messages and hard won wisdom.

Short Documentary
Runtime: 00:08:00
Director: Jane Brill
Producer: Jane Brill
Key cast: Al Diaz

DAYS AND NIGHTS OF DEMETRA K.

Dimitra is a sex worker and enjoys her job. She used to own one of the oldest brothels in Athens. While observing her for twelve years, the camera chronicles the way Athens is affected by the recent financial crisis. Getting to know Dimitra, we are confronted with stereotypes about sex and personal choice.

Documentary Feature
Runtime: 01:12:00
Director: Eva Stefani
Producer: Amanda Livanou, Faliro House Productions, ERT
Key cast: Demetra K.

THE ELECTRICITY IN ME

Years after giving up her newborn son for adoption, a woman confronts her trauma and memories of the man she calls ‘my monster’.

 

Short Narrative
Runtime: 00:10:25
Director and writer: Mat Sheldon
Producer: Mat Sheldon, Nileema Yesmin
Key cast: Ellora Torchia

NOT THE 80S

Two people, one restaurant, some preconceptions and a bit of fish.

 

Short Narrative
Runtime: 00:17:00
Director: Marleen Valien
Writer: M. Valien, Max Rauer, Christine Duttlinger
Producer: C. Duttlinger, Markus Krojer, Ludwig Meck, Lotta Schmelzer
Key cast: Deniz Orta, Merlin Rose, Joshua Jaco Seelenbinder

PETE

“Pete” is an animated short film based on a true story about gender identity, Little League Baseball, the people who inspire change by trying to be themselves, and the superheros who allow that change to happen.

Animation
Runtime: 00:06:20
Director: Bret Parker
Writer: Bret Parker, Pete Barma
Producer: Jake Kaplan
Key cast: Denise Barma, Pete Barma, Kemma Filby

AUTUMN LEAVES

A short story about intimacy and loss is synchronized with music of the same name by Joe Pass.

Animation
Runtime: 00:02:35
Director: Wojciech Ostrycharz
Producer: Wojciech Ostrycharz

US

“Us” is a short film of animation which mixes several Stop Motion techniques, proposing a journey through the conflicted human condition. War, loneliness, nature, crossings, fallen dreams are some of the recurring aspects in this animated poem on paper.

 

Animation
Runtime: 00:05:00
Director: Nelson Fernandes
Producer: Nelson Fernandes, Daniel Pereira

LA PASSANTE

The Passenger is locked up and will free herself. And following in the footsteps of a being that everything opposes her, she will set out to discover the unbelievable that will shape her.

Animation
Runtime: 00:18:00
Director and writer: Hannah Letaif

FIRE IN THE LAKE

Α performance for the camera by Eleni Mylonas. The title comes from the oracle of Hexagram #49 of the I Ching.
Fire in the lake: The image of Revolution.
Necessary action: Transformation.

 

Experimental
Runtime: 00:13:19
Director: Eleni Mylonas
Producer: Eleni Mylonas, Stefanos Bertakis
Key cast: Eleni Mylonas