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“Hello,” We Lied

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Laura Gamse
Daydream Reels
Mike Diva
Bernard Myburgh
Mike Diva
Steven O’Brien
Lostboyevsky
Sony Cleveland
Greg Sinibaldi
Jesse Canterbury
Laura Gamse
Laura Gamse

Jestin Coler’s fake news empire arguably swayed the 2016 U.S. election. Ordained “The Fake News King” by National Public Radio, Jestin Coler built a network of websites meant to “infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right”. His empire soon grew to mimic the media monolith it satirized. As 2020 approaches and Coler’s techniques are adopted by armies of fake news purveyors, virality and reality intertwine in front of our eyes. Is truth in the eye of the beholder?
To millions of Americans, the term “fake news” itself has come to describe not peddlers of falsehoods but the traditional news media. Have we opened Pandora’s Box in the age of “post-truth politics” or exposed a fundamental weakness buried in the spine of “Truth” as we know it?
In the famously flubbed words of former president George W. Bush: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee… Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, can’t get fooled again.” Or can we?

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Bless You!

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Tatiana Chistova
Maciek Hamela
Georg Gruber
Maciek Hamela
Maciek Hamela
Marina Levashova
Maciek Hamela
Tatiana Chistova
Patryk Zakrocki

As the Covid-19 pandemic takes its death toll in Russia, the government imposes a strict round-the-clock curfew on its population of the elderly. The drastic measures aim at protecting those who are the most vulnerable but the distress among people grows rapidly. Millions are stranded in their flats, some without immediate family, access to medication, or even food. A municipal helpline is established for those seeking help in this extraordinary situation and this film documents the hundreds of phone calls received each day. These short conversations give a rare insight into the anxieties of those who grew up in the Soviet Union and have largely been left to fend for themselves after the fall of communism.
This heterogeneous array of voices is juxtaposed with a visual journey into the Saint Petersburg cityscape depicting the intricacies of post-soviet architecture, in particular the firewalls through which, over the years, people have illegally pierced windows in an attempt to lure sunlight into the dim apartments of the Khrushchev era. We discover the city through static shots where glimpses of the epidemic can be spotted as well as rare moments when the elderly venture out of their apartments despite the imposed curfew.

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Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
A scrappy little earthworm is sick of being a worm. He ditches his belly-crawling, mud-chomping friends and follows around a couple of caterpillars. He tries to eat a leaf, but can’t. He tries to walk on legs like them, but can’t. He even tries to fly, but he just can’t fit in, no matter how hard he tries. It won’t be long, however, before he’ll have to use his worminess to save the day!
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Familie Zilla macht Picknick

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Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Georg Gruber
Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Alexander Oberrader
Christian Franz Schmidt
The Zillas, a huge family of lizards, emerge from the sea and notice that their traditional picnic area is inhabited by humans and other monsters.
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Hotel Astoria

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Falk Schuster
Alina Cyranek
Alina Cyranek
Falk Schuster
MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
Alina Cyranek
Falk Schuster
Tim Romanowsky
Alexander Schmidt
Julian Quitsch
Alina Cyranek
Alina Cyranek
Falk Schuster
Florian Marquardt
Florian Marquardt
Alina Cyranek
Leipzig, GDR, the 1980s. Hotel Astoria is a magical, almost sacred place. Business people, prostitutes, the elite of the Socialist Party, and from time to time ordinary people meet here. But lobster, salmon and caviar are not always on the menu – poor economy does not stop at a government hotel. And the Stasi? They have an eye on everything.
The many truths from the everyday socialist life of a luxury hotel.
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It’s All the Salt’s Fault

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María Cristina Pérez
Mauricio Cuervo
Mauricio Cuervo
Mauricio Cuervo
María Cristina Pérez
María Cristina Pérez
Mauricio Cuervo
Daniel Jones Cozzarelli
Jose Moreno
Daniel Jones Cozzarelli
Sara Isabella Martínez Rey
A trivial marriage, a disenchanted smile, a badly spoken word, the dog is a cow, food is thrown away and, in the end, it’s all the salt’s fault.
The youngest daughter of a family of sloths rebuilds her parents’ and three siblings’ story. Behind the normality of a family, the wild spirit appears in everyday life details, turning into untamable memories.

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Begoña Arostegui
Fernando Franco
Ismael Martín
Cristina Moreno
Fernando Franco
Fernando Franco
Nacho Arenas
Maite Arroitajauregi
For our hero, every day looks the same. Or maybe they are too alike, the same routines repeated over and over again. One day, a simple sign that says “Park” will make everything shake.
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Out of Bounds

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Franz Impler
Franz Impler
Franz Impler
Franz Impler

The character of a tennis video game is drifting out of his own game into an out-of-bounds world. Searching for his lost tennis racket, he finds himself on a trip trough a surreal video game world.
The short film discovers the arbitrariness of boundaries and rules and deals with the complexity and ambiguity of the modern world. It’s about the challenge to find one’s own identity and to leave one’s own inner boundaries behind.

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Step Into the River

Animated Film
China,
France
2020
15 minutes

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Weijia Ma
Damien Megherbi
Justin Pechberty
Damien Megherbi
Marion Chopin
Didier Falk
Juanjuan Chen
Ziteng Qi
Kun Yu
Thilbault Dumoulin
Mathilde Poigniez
Jihua Zhu
Mengshi Fang
Liyan Fan
Joseph Roth
Emilie Pigeard
Le Van Ho
Yann Song
Alix Boiron Albrespy
Pablo Pico
Lu and Wei are two young girls living in a village nestled on the banks of a river. As the one-child policy has led some families to drown their baby girls, they both have a special relationship with this river which looks like a cradle of tragic stories.
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We Have One Heart

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Katarzyna Warzecha
Ewa Jastrzebska
Stanisław Zaborowski
Barbara Igielska
Katarzyna Wilk
Katarzyna Wilk
Katarzyna Wilk
Grzegorz Hartfiel
Katarzyna Warzecha
Yellow Tapir Studio
Piotr Kremky
Jakub Jerszyński
Adam Witkowski
After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters his parents exchanged years ago. This is an opportunity for him to find out more about his father, who he never knew. The juxtaposition of animated drawings and archival material takes us back forty years and enables us to uncover an extraordinary family secret.