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International Competition Short Film 2017
3 Stolen Cameras RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media

For years, activists of the Equipe Media group have been the only ones who covertly film rallies, police brutality and human rights violations in Western Sahara and smuggle the material abroad.

3 Stolen Cameras

Documentary Film
Spain,
Sweden
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
Mariem Hassan
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
David Gülich
We don’t see or hear much coming out of Western Sahara. The region was annexed by Morocco in 1979 and the Moroccan occupiers were able to impose an almost complete media blockade since then. For years, activists of the Equipe Media group have been the only ones who covertly film rallies, police brutality and human rights violations and smuggle the material abroad, while they themselves frequently get in the line of fire of the occupation forces.

Ralph Eue
International Competition Short Film 2015
A Documentary Film Marcin Podolec

What would a documentary about a man from Jarosław look like whose biography records no special events – while the big dramas happen on the television monitor?

2015

A Documentary Film

Animadoc
Poland
2015
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marcin Malatyński
Marcin Podolec
Wiktoria Nowak
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
What would a documentary about a man from Jarosław look like whose biography records no special events – while the big dramas happen on the television monitor? And yet this is life as lived: work, coffee, headache pills, vacations. A house that’s too big now that the children have moved out. Marcin Podolec in a touching way transfers his father’s life into the world of comics and creates a new genre in the process: the animated long term observation.

Lars Meyer
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Abandoned Village

Mitovebuli sofeli
Mariam Kapanadze
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Georgia
2020
14 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Mariam Kapanadze
Mariam Kandelaki
Tsotne Kalandadze
Elene Murjikneli
Beso Kacharava
Elene Murjikneli
Irakli Toklikishvili
Gela Kandelaki

At first there’s nothing but clouds. A cock crows, sheep bells ring, a herd of cows begins to move. The sounds seem to come from another age. When the morning mist clears, we recognize the outlines of an abandoned village. Decayed huts, broken fences, crooked roofs. The film looks like an oil painting, a still life painted in sometimes delicate, sometimes broad brushstrokes, bathed in different lights with the shifting times of day and changing its mood.

Anke Leweke
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Sense and Being
Intervening Nature

Absences

Documentary Film
El Salvador,
Mexico
2015
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Anaïs Vignal, Julio López
Tatiana Huezo
Pablo Fernández
Ernesto Pardo
Lucrecia Gutiérrez Maupomé
Tatiana Huezo
Pablo Tamez
Ever since her husband and son were dragged out of the car and kidnapped by strangers four years ago, Lulu has drifted through her life in Mexico like a ghost. Though there is no trace of them she can’t stop searching. When is the right time to bury one’s hopes? Tatiana Huezo visually translates Lulu’s story into a reality that has cracked and shows the invisible: the feeling of absence – but also a path back to life.

Lars Meyer
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Abyssal

Abisal
Alejandro Alonso
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
France,
Cuba
2021
30 minutes
Spanish
subtitles: 
French, English

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Alejandro Alonso
Boris Prieto
Alejandro Alonso
Oderay Ponce de León
Boris Prieto
Norwegian Fund for Cuban Cinema
CNC / Aide aux cinémas du monde
Lisandra López Fabé
Pepe Gavilondo
Nancy Angulo
Glenda Martínez Cabrera
Velia Díaz de Villalvilla
Alejandro Pérez
Emmanuel Peña
Alejandro Alonso
Alejandro Alonso

A ship scrapyard in western Cuba. The observing camera follows Raudel and his colleagues who work in what seems like a hermetically sealed microcosm. A homing pigeon strays into the place; the workers contemplate it silently as they smoke. Sometimes they talk about their dreams. Shots are focussed in turns on their bodies and their surroundings. Rhythmic, artfully crafted and authentically produced sounds accompany precise and lucid images, without aestheticizing the harshness of their work.

Borjana Gaković
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Rural vs. Urban
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Ain’t No Time for Women

Y’a pas d’heure pour les femmes
Sarra El Abed
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Canada
2020
19 minutes
Arabic,
French
subtitles: 
English

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Sarra El Abed
Isabelle Grignon-Francke
Pierre Brouillette-Hamelin
Catherine Lefebvre
Jordan Choinière
Ilyaa Ghafouri
Ilyaa Ghafouri

The hairdressing salon “Saïda” is a space where people speak openly, laugh and argue. The subject rarely is hair. In the run-up to the presidential elections in Tunisia the shop turns into a political arena where the women – young or old, conservative or with a modern outlook – indulge in discussions about the pros and cons of the candidates. Their clever and witty statements reflect a young democracy with all its rifts and fault lines.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
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Witty
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Zustand der Welt
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Airport

Animated Film
Croatia,
Switzerland
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Ruedi Schick, Ankica Jurić Tilić
Michaela Müller
Hrvoje Štefotić
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller, Aleksandar Battista Ilić
Fa Ventilato
The letters on a departure board turn into grey figures with trolley suitcases hurrying through the high security airports of this world. A red wall abruptly puts an end to the journey of a restless man whose wide-spread arms melt like Icarus’s wings. Reality is punctured and the fatal contradictions of our globalised world are metaphorically exposed. Michaela Müller spent six years condensing her original sound sketch stills into a work of art.

Nadja Rademacher
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Alice’s Four Stories

Les quatre récits d’Alice
Myriam Jacob-Allard
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Canada
2019
5 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Bruno Bélanger
Claire Jacob
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Sylvain Cossette
Alice Gervais

Testimony versus “prosthetic memory”: The director dubs the sound recordings of her grandmother, collected over a period of ten years, in which the old lady recaps her encounter with a tornado as a child, in front of a green screen. While the details of her memories change through repeated narration over time, the found footage from feature and disaster films, weather reports and landscape images suggests a mediatised participation in the events.

Borjana Gaković
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Family Ties
Witty
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Small Worlds, Big People
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All I Imagine

Documentary Film
Portugal
2017
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Pedro Pinho, Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, João Matos, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha (Terratreme Filmes)
Leonor Noivo
Finex
Vasco Viana
João Braz, Joana Góis
Leonor Noivo, André Simões
Rafael Cardoso
Emmy lays out Euro coins in a row: “That separates me from you, see?” There are actually more than a few coins between Emmy and André, two young adults from Alcoitão, a town in the Alcabideche municipality near Lisbon. Leonor Noivo’s direction is striking and highly professional, like many of the works coming from Portugal these days. It’s still a documentary – Noivo witnesses a biographical and emotional in-between state.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

All Inclusive

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Stella Händler
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Heidi Happy
Nikola Ilić
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Robert Büchel
In times of terror and blue algae, cruises have replaced the holiday resorts in Antalya and the Costa Brava as the perfect travel destination for package tourists. The ships move across the global seas like floating cities and the never-ending spectacle aboard makes shore excursions almost redundant. Once you’re immersed in the structure of forced pleasures you can have ceaseless fun with aerobics, dancing competitions and captain’s dinners. At least while your money holds out.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann



Golden Dove in the International Competition Short Film; Swiss Film Prize Best Short Film 2019

International Competition Short Film 2019
Am I a Wolf? Amir Houshang Moein

Children perform a puppet theatre version of the fairytale “The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats” and identify strongly with their roles. The boundaries between acting and real life begin to blur.

Am I a Wolf?

Animated Film
Iran
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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KANOON – Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults
Amir Houshang Moein
Mohamad Jafari
Amir Houshang Moein
Amir Houshang Moein
Amir Houshang Moein
Hosein Ghourchian
Children perform a puppet theatre version of the fairytale of “The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats”. They identify so strongly with their roles that the boundaries between acting and real life begin to blur. In restrained colours, the drawn animation shifts between these levels. For the boy who plays the big bad wolf the performance ends in an emotional borderline experience. This film is based on a collection of poetry by the Iranian children’s and youth book writer Afsaneh Shaban-nejad.

Annina Wettstein



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the International Competition Short Animated Film.

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Anxious Body

Fuan na karada
Yoriko Mizushiri
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
France,
Japan
2021
6 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Yoriko Mizushiri
Emmanuel-Alain Raynal
Pierre Baussaron
Nobuaki Doi / New Deer
Luce Grosjean

Tszzzzidd – skin and adhesive tape separate slowly, almost lasciviously. From a sober physical point of view, forces between molecular bonds are being overcome. Yoriko Mizushiri composes brief, highly sensual variations on pain and pleasure based on this phenomenon. Restrained, calm and scalpel-sharp, she creates two-dimensional drawn animations in subdued colours, accompanied by cool electronic sounds that explode in one’s head only to scatter into the anxious but curious body.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
Sense and Being

Asho

Documentary Film
Iran
2019
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maryam Najafi
Jafar Najafi
Amir Shahabi
Ahmad Babadi
Huda Arshad Riahi
Saeid Bahrami
Asho knows not only how to deal with goats, he also knows about films. He tries to see at least one a day. His favourite director is Tim Burton. Always on the road (Asho means “eagle”), the Iranian shepherd’s son dreams of being an actor. By his side: his cousin and future wife Pari. Pari thinks that if Asho becomes a star, then so should she. But they both have been for a long time: This is their behind-the-scenes.

Carolin Weidner



Awarded with an Honorable Mention in the International Competition Short Animated and Documentary Film.

Average Happiness

Animated Film
Switzerland
2019
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Olivier Zobrist
Maja Gehrig
Joy Frempong
Maja Gehrig, Nora de Baan
Maja Gehrig, Stefan Holaus
Maja Gehrig
Peter Bräker
What starts with a factual Power Point presentation of a data survey about life satisfaction in Europe soon turns into a truly sensual journey. Diagrams break out of their x- and y-axes. Colourful columns, circles and lines become actors in infographic landscapes, behaving more and more euphorically: Age pyramids dance, bars merge into figures and rise together to a climax. An orgiastic world of statistics, who would have thought!

Annina Wettstein
International Competition Short Film 2015
Ayan and the White Balloon Vida Dena

After five years in exile in Europe the director returns to Iran to make a film. She asks her friends to act in it. What starts as a game during the shoot gradually turns into a brutal clash between those who stayed and the one who left.

Ayan and the White Balloon

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Iran
2015
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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KASK Academy of art, Gent University, Belgium
Vida Dena
Emad, Meisam, Ali, Pooyan
Vida Dena
Dieter Diependaele, Vida Dena
Vida Dena
Milad, Michel Coquette
Hiding: behind masks, the white balloon, a fiction. The fears run deep. After five years in exile in Europe the director returns to Iran to make a film. She asks her friends to act in it. What starts as a game during the shoot gradually turns into a brutal clash between those who stayed and the one who left. Who has the prerogative of interpretation? What is a stereotype, what does the West want to see, what do the Iranians want to reveal about themselves?

Cornelia Klauß
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Bad Mood

Malumore
Loris Giuseppe Nese
International Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Italy
2020
12 minutes
Italian
subtitles: 
English

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Loris Giuseppe Nese
Chiara Marotta
Loris Giuseppe Nese
Loris Giuseppe Nese
Loris Giuseppe Nese
Loris Giuseppe Nese
Chiara Marotta
Chiara Marotta
Davide Maresca
Davide Maresca

Between coming and going time feels leaden – a half-life in the light and dark contrasts of a linocut. The narrating voice’s mother cares for seniors in their homes for five euros an hour. At their bedsides the ticking clock counts down the working day, caught between the frightening sounds of the heavy breathing that comes with impending death and the roar of promises made by television. The dying are mother’s livelihood.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Zustand der Welt
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
Umverteilen und Mitreden
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