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E14

E14
Peiman Zekavat
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
UK
2020
19 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Peiman Zekavat
Sanam Jehanfard

What did the Corona lockdown look like from a window in the residential towers of posh East London in the spring of 2020? The reflective two-week observation shows serious shifts in the everyday coordinate system of a privileged urban population at an immediate level. Meanwhile, the vacant apartments in the district, which were deliberately caused by speculation, represent a warning sign for the future of investor-friendly urban spaces.

Ralph Eue
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Rural vs. Urban
Witty
Zustand der Welt
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Ice Merchants

Ice Merchants
João Gonzalez
International Competition Short Film 2022
Animated Film
Portugal,
France,
UK
2022
14 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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João Gonzalez
Bruno Caetano
Michaël Proença
Joaquim Pinheiro
João Gonzalez
João Gonzalez
Ala Nunu
João Gonzalez
João Gonzalez
Ed Trousseau
Ricardo Real
João Gonzalez

There is a house hanging from heavy ropes, firmly anchored to the rocks. Up there in the cliffs, far above the town below, a father lives with his son in the cold. In his 2D frame-by-frame animation, director João Gonzalez uses few colours, which makes the harsh shadows and extreme camera angles of his drawings all the more atmospheric. He has realised a metaphorical tale that can do without dialogue, relying on sound and images alone.

Marie Kloos
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
Family Ties
International Competition Short Film 2020
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London Knowledge
Max Colson
Day and night, London taxi drivers are required to memorise 320 routes – a joke for the robot cars of the future. But there’s a lot more to the job than just getting people from A to B.

UK

UK
2020
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London Knowledge

London Knowledge
Max Colson
International Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
UK
2020
11 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Max Colson
Max Colson
Max Colson
Max Colson
Bill McGrath
Nicky Walker
Max Colson
Max Colson
Tim Kahn

Since 1865, no cab driver in London has been able to omit “The Knowledge”. It requires the memorisation of 320 routes, an achievement that takes years, but has been made into a joke by the robot cars of the future. A flesh-and-blood cabby “interacts with people from all walks of life”, according to a brochure by Transport for London, and that’s “a lot more than just taking people from A to B”. Visually fascinating, Colson traces his interviewees’ mind maps of the city using the mapping technology of robot cars.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Rural vs. Urban
Zustand der Welt
Umverteilen und Mitreden
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Saint Marietta

Saint Marietta
Ben Young
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
UK
2021
13 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Ben Young
Ben Young
Ben Young
Theo Watkins
Jack Eyres
Dylan Evans
Blessed are the Hearts that Bend

The starting point of this documentary exploration is a 1980s abuse scandal in Cleveland, northern England, which turned out to be a scandal of false accusations. In his uniquely personal and literarily remarkable way, Ben Young discusses this historical event from offscreen. What we see is surprising contemporary footage of the region. Image and sound unite in a strong-minded attempt to capture a piece of local history by cinematic means.

Borjana Gaković
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State of the World
Family Ties
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Soft Animals

Soft Animals
Renee Zhan
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
UK
2021
3 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Renee Zhan
Jesse Romain
Margred Pryce
Renee Zhan
Ed Rousseau

Using different techniques and materials – from charcoal pencils via watercolour to oil paints, against the backdrop of a photo – Chinese-American animation artist Renee Zhan has created a sensual, impressive and extremely original visualization of a well-known piece of wisdom: “Sex with an ex is the best.” The chance encounter of two former lovers at a station seems to trigger not only memories but also unsuppressible lust: anima porn in top form!

Borjana Gaković
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Love/Without Love
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The Debutante

The Debutante
Elizabeth Hobbs
International Competition Short Film 2022
Animated Film
UK
2022
8 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Elizabeth Hobbs
Abigail Addison
Elizabeth Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs
Mark Jenkins
Hutch Demouilpied
Hutch Demouilpied
Elizabeth Hobbs

A young woman asks a hyena to take her place at a dinner and dance given in her honour. The plan requires skill and some violence, too. The posh company is portrayed in bold calligraphic brush-strokes, the vibrant animation is supplied by the heroine’s temperament. This mischievous farce confronts a class frozen in tradition and etiquette with a scavenging animal that gleefully celebrates anarchy.

Anke Leweke
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
Gender Norms
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Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe

Why My Mum Loves Russell Crowe
Emma van den Berg
International Competition Short Film 2022
Documentary Film
UK,
Netherlands
2022
25 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
English

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Emma van den Berg
Emma van den Berg
Imoje Aikhoje
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Emma van den Berg
Emma van den Berg
Joel Whitaker
Jack Evans
Peter Sant
Joshua Bradbeer
Danceney Gijsbertha

“Sex does strange things to people!” This sentence reverberates from her childhood. What did her mother mean? What fears did she pass on to Emma? The budding filmmaker sets up the camera in her mother’s apartment, invites mum’s friends, creates an open atmosphere. Coby opens up more and more, talks about a repressed topic. At the same time, she gets to show a wholly different side of herself, performing song and dance numbers in front of her daughter’s lens.

Anke Leweke
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Witty
Gender Norms
Depth of Souls
Family Ties
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William Jefferson Wilderness

William Jefferson Wilderness
Ben Young
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
UK,
USA
2020
6 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Ben Young
Ben Young
Ben Young
Theo Watkins
Theo Watkins
Emily Wiles
Jack Eyres

An inventive examination of the legacy of the 1990s: In his experimental short film, Ben Young portrays the figure of the then U.S. president – whom he is said to have met once in person in Louisville, Kentucky – as a foil for the questionable political developments, the beginnings of a globalised world and a society marked by collective amnesia. The director’s intelligent, witty and very personal reckoning with Bill Clinton.

Borjana Gaković
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Poesie und Grenzgänge
Zustand der Welt
Umverteilen und Mitreden
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