Hélène Baillot / Raphaël Botiveau // France // 2021 // 18:00 min
Affordable snow boots circulate between France and Italy, sometimes on the feet of those trying to secretly cross the border, sometimes in the hands of those who wish to show their solidarity with the border-crossers. Their path leads through a mountainous region, where the protagonists meet and expose one another to the hardships of winter.
Júlia Halász / Anna Rubi // Hungary // 2017 // 13:00 min
When an empire collapses, the oppression disappears, but also the security of the previously existing structures. Everything is unstable, and, at the same time, anything becomes possible.
Péter Lichter / Bori Máté // Hungary // 2019 // 08:00 min
How is horror generated in cinema? Old footage is fragmented and played back in an abstract and creative way, creating an inexorable pull towards unfathomable abysses.
Noémi Varga // Hungary // 2017 // 15:00 min
An experimental documentary and chronicle about the life of a grandmother in communist Hungary, which serves as a reminder of times past and how socialism colonized the soul of an entire generation.
Joanna Quinn // Canada, England // 2021 // 16:25 min
Beryl is annoyed and depressed. For years, the worker has been recording the everyday obsessions of her eccentric family in drawings. But what about her own desires and talents? There must be a way to find an idea for the future, by examining the past.
Suzannah Mirghani // Qatar, Sudan // 2020 // 20:00 min
In a Sudanese cotton village, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker. Alas, her parents have arranged for her to marry Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman who lives abroad. Nafisa's grandmother Al-Sit, the town's powerful matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa's future. But can Nafisa decide for herself?
Rong Xiaoting // China // 2020 // 02:00 min
External pressure leads to an unavoidable maelstrom of fear that takes great effort to defuse. We can find balance in our hearts by reflecting on ourselves and our standpoint in the universe. SCAU University Guangzhou - Guangzhou
Dorka Vermes // Hungary // 2018 // 14:57 min
Juli and Réka have resolved to take their relationship to the next level. They've invited Juli's mother to dinner, to share the news with her. Alas, that won't be easy, as Mari has always been critical of her daughter.
Weijia Zhou // China // 2020 // 14:47 min
A girl, Xi An, admires her neighbour Xiao Mi. When the two get to know one another, the former realises that the latter is stuck in an unhappy marriage. Now Xi An tries to find a way out for her new friend. Nanjing University of the Arts - Nanjing
Zamarin Wahdat // Germany, United States // 2020 // 13:29 min
Faruk juggles his obligations as a single dad, by looking after his daughter while working in his first job in a new country. A confrontation with hidden racism puts the relationship between father and daughter to the test.
Theresa Weidmann // Germany // 2020 // 16:27 min
A journey through the night. Trapped in her world, a girl is at risk of being swallowed by the darkness. Between ecstasy, leave-taking and the fear of loneliness, she searches for acceptance and the world's last bit of light.
Lars Damoiseaux / Frederik Palmaers // Netherlands // 2012 // 02:11 min
A praying mantis is eaten by a frog. The frog is eaten by a stork that is in turn eaten by a crocodile. The crocodile ends as a pair of boots and the wearer of the boots is killed in an accident when he takes a motor ride and a praying mantis flies in his face. A small story with a lot of fatal endings.
Gabrielle Stemmer // France // 2019 // 21:23 min
On YouTube, one can find hundreds of videos in which women clean and tidy their homes. What initially appears amusing and satirical, gradually reveals itself to be a deep hole of loneliness, compensation and the attempt to create stability, at least on film, for one's self and other like minds.
Hugo Arcier // France // 2020 // 09:04 min
Using motion-capture technology, Hugo Arcier sheds the solid bodies of three dancers performing on stage at Palais Garnier, in order to make only the intertwined movements of the atoms visible. The result is a hypnotising dance in the futuristic backstage space of the Paris Opera.
Julien Goudichaux // France // 2020 // 24:00 min
March 2020, a global pandemic hits humanity. In an empty and silent Paris, there remain urban ghosts, Sarah, Nelson and Katia, who have no other choice but to be locked out. These people forgotten by the health crisis ask: how to continue to survive in a world at a standstill?
Coraline Zorea // Israel // 2020 // 16:30 min
Experimental, Live Action
Dvora is a 17-year-old girl who refuses to step back from her job raising fish in a kibbutz, although she promised that she would return to school. Her last day at work intensifies her fear of life beyond the water.
Lucía Forner Segarra // Spain // 2020 // 18:44 min
After Diana is attacked one night, she believes that something has to change and resolves to fight for her rights. From now on she calls herself Dana, which means something like "she that administers justice". Her trauma enables her to defend herself against her rapists.
Jonas Riemer // Austria, Germany // 2020 // 09:31 min
Animation, Documentary, Experimental
A man escapes East Germany for the West in a folding boat via the Baltic. However, his newly gained freedom quickly turns into a lack of orientation, until he finds support and a new home in a nascent nationalist movement.
Anne Isensee // Germany // 2020 // 04:37 min
While tidying up, a character finds a poem by Bertolt Brecht and now has to act in accordance with the text. But how, when the mechanisms of repression are so powerful?
Johnny Burns / Pier van Tijn // England, Scotland // 2021 // 12:45 min
When Don is struck by lightning not one but several times, he begins to worry that his calm, ordered life might never be the same again. It's hard to say what's more unpleasant: the repeated lightning strikes or the concerned attention of the other inhabitants in his town.
Nader Farahwaschy // Germany, Iran // 2021 // 13:40 min
The story of two estranged brothers who are both struggling with significant issues in their lives. They set off on a journey through the deserted landscape of Eastern Iran, where they must decide whether or not to help a refugee cross the Irani-Afghan border.
Shengbang Chen / Lijuan Ye // China // 2021 // 03:30 min
Times have changed and a caricaturist's work no longer gets the same recognition. When he tries to change his style, he is pursued by a rabbit killer – the protagonist of his own comic. China Academy of Arts Hangzhou - Hangzhou
György Mór Kárpáti // Hungary // 2016 // 09:00 min
On the way back from a university trip, everyone is in a festive mood, except for one young woman. She is a victim of sexualised violence, and a trip organiser is trying to convince her not to go public with her experience.
Molly Manning Walker // England // 2020 // 13:15 min
After experiencing a sexual assault, Amy is left speechless and helpless. Caught between bureaucratic incompetence and unpleasant questions from the police, she has to find a way to process what has happened in order to save what is most precious to her.
Miaoyan Wang // China // 2021 // 16:00 min
With her family, Jiang Ran experiences the effects of the one-child-only policy that reigned in China until 2015. A second child means financial worries, which also impact Jiang Ran and her dreams of a life of her own with personal interests. Sichuan Film and Television University - Chengdu
Zhannat Alshanova // Kazakhstan // 2020 // 15:00 min
Indira, a university tutor, would like to leave the country for the sake of her career. When she finds a chance to push back against existing social biases, it becomes clear to her that she doesn't want to leave the country after all.
Betina Kuntzsch // Germany // 2021 // 06:00 min
A possible biography of Irma Thälmann constructed from archive material – including, among other things, reports from the “Thälmannkuriere” and quotations from her book, “Erinnerungen an meinen Vater” (Memories of My Father) 1919-2000.
Bára Anna Stejskalová // Czech Republic // 2020 // 11:06 min
A caterpillar living inside a dog's corpse searches for a soulmate in the ugly world of a garbage dump. The desire for friendship brings it perilously close to death. Only love can help the little creature take flight.
Sasha Rainbow // England, Ghana // 2019 // 19:06 min
What does the everyday life of children in very different circumstances look like? This documentary shows the life of the two Ghanaian boys Kofi and Lartey in their home - a village on the edge of a vast dump for electronic waste.
Yves Gellie // France // 2019 // 28:00 min
At the intersection between art and science, we encounter individuals and their artificial counterpart, a robot. Cognitive dissonance creates a mysterious relational space between the artificially created autonomy of the machine and the socially constructed human.
Marijana Verhoef // Germany // 2020 // 17:38 min
A man appears in an empty field, seemingly soulless, and without the ability to speak. The widow made him materialise with her mind, so that he might help her out on the farm. Over time, the man develops a quiet longing to be loved.
Konstantin Selin // Russia // 2021 // 14:48 min
The Navalny case and revelations regarding Putin's palace move thousands of individuals in St. Petersburg to protest against the government. Also among them: a 40-year-old taxi driver who has taken to the streets for the first time.
Eric Patrick // United States // 2020 // 07:21 min
Hamid Naficy’s fifty years of drawings of prominent scholars, philosophers and theorists form a unique index of the evolution of cultural theory over the last decades. In this portrait, Naficy intimately recounts this evolution through his drawings.
Maaike Klein / Olivia Powell / Jingwei Deng / Gabrielle Mcguinness // China, England, United States // 2020 // 12:30 min
With the help of the AI generator GPT-2, stories are written collectively. This experimental script collaboration aims to indicate new creative paths and disrupt the oft dystopian bias we have against artificial intelligence.
Emil Brulin / Hampus Hallberg // Sweden // 2020 // 13:00 min
Johan is the newly appointed chairman of the gender equality group at the theater. In his first meeting with the actor ensemble, he acknowledges his racist and sexist prejudices in order to create a starting point for discussion in the group. It starts a chain reaction that cannot be stopped.
Áron Ferenczik // Hungary // 2013 // 09:00 min
This is Budapest and its beautiful spots: the Parliament, the Buda Castle, The Hero’s Square, the places you should not miss! But all of it is irrelevant compared to the really important question: Why are the seats so far from one another in the local train stations.
Kevin Biele // Germany // 2021 // 17:01 min
Two employees of the immigration office pay Mona an unannounced visit to check on the marital relationship between her and her husband Parviz. After Mona has to face the officials alone and the mood begins to falter, Parviz appears.
Hippolyte Leibovici // Belgium // 2019 // 20:00 min
Portrait of a Brussels drag queen family of four generations at a dressing room party. While faces are covered with layers of makeup and alcohol, jokes are told, innermost feelings are revealed and difficult topics are discussed.
Felix Klee // Germany // 2021 // 04:32 min
An artificial intelligence escapes to the bottom of the sea as a mountain lion. A poetic short film written by an AI language model, sound-tracked by a musical neural network and visualised by a video game engine.
Otalia Caussé / Antoine Marchand / Geoffroy Collin / Robin Merle / Louise Grardel / Fabien Meyran // France // 2019 // 05:20 min
In Lisbon, a german married couple is about to get aboard the legendary n°28 tramway, but how should you ract when the brakes let go and embark you on a vertiginous race... with a baby on board.
Katarzyna Miechowicz // Poland // 2020 // 07:00 min
Absurd adventures of three individuals living in the same little seaside village. Their idyllic existence is interrupted after mysterious events occur, causing fear in town. Everything seems to be controlled by a faceless man.
Simone Giampaolo // Switzerland // 2020 // 06:00 min
Animation, Promotional Work
Twenty animators have come together to illustrate a truly remarkable speech. Not merely remarkable because it was given by a twelve-year-old girl at the United Nations 30 years ago, but because it remains absolutely relevant.
Carme Gomila // Spain // 2021 // 12:00 min
Abuse at the hands of crooked local politics, racist capitalism and global extractivism of the South by the North – based on local alliances and migration policy. Women speak about the protest against seasonal labour.
Christoph Lauenstein // Germany // 2021 // 08:42 min
In a land without light, the appearance of a strange glowing object stirs up the peaceful coexistence of its inhabitants. Selfishness and greed find their way into the dark world. This surreal work of puppet animation tells an unconventional parable about envy and resentment.
Jan-David Bolt // Switzerland // 2021 // 06:24 min
What is this snail doing on the concrete ground of a business district? While every minute counts in the surrounding skyscrapers, hands shake other hands and contracts are signed, the eager businessman has to deal with these little molluscs who possess zero sense of time.
Debi Cornwall // United States // 2021 // 10:35 min
Experimental, Live Action
Drawn from over 200 Hollywood films, excerpts from traffic stops and real statements from survivors of such a traumatic experience are woven together to create an other-worldly story about fictionalised accounts of real state violence and how we consume them.
Gunhild Enger // Norway // 2020 // 15:00 min
A gaming company develops a video game about the EU for children. The kids play a national bird that has to build a nest and breed beyond borders, but they can only fly where they have a visa. We accompany two game designers in their attempt to make the Schengen Area tangible for young people.
Sophie Le Hire // France, Senegal // 2019 // 06:40 min
Animation, Documentary, Experimental
Road workers’ monotonous movements morph through rhythmic krumping into a symbol of the daily struggle for survival in Dakar, a city that devours the bodies of those that exhaust themselves within.
Bruno Moreschi / Gabriel Pereira // Brazil // 2019 // 14:32 min
Seven artificial intelligences scan a museum collection. How do AIs interpret images and art? But more intriguingly perhaps: who feeds them with the necessary information upon which their interpretations are based?
Marlies van der Wel // Netherlands // 2016 // 02:20 min
Animation, Live Action
When SABAKU's best friend Buffalo passes away, he needs to find himself a new friend. He tries connecting with different species, but soon finds out that isn't as easy as it seems. SABAKU is in for a bumpy ride, but he won't rest until he succeeds.
Michael Fetter Nathansky // Germany // 2021 // 10:00 min
Experimental, Live Action
A fictitious dance film that relates how the dead are conveyed to the hereafter. Spanish flamenco dance is performed in an old East German ship lift, generating an atmosphere of awakening, between movement and quietude, farewell and eternity.
Filip Diviak // Czech Republic, Belarus // 2020 // 14:32 min
Animation, Live Action
You can't make trees dance! Or can you? When a musician is driven out of kingdom because of his appearance, he moves into a mysterious forest. There his music begins to develop a very special magic.
Milan Baulard / Quentin Nory / Laurie Estampes / Flore Dupont / Ismaïl Berrahma / Hugo Potin // France // 2019 // 06:47 min
The nearing winter covers a lake with a thick layer of ice, cutting off a Heron from its only food source. Now the bird needs to improvise. In order to recreate the atmosphere of the ice landscape, "Duvnjak & Franqué" work their way deep into it with a piano and four hands.
Sebastien Petretti // Belgium // 2017 // 05:34 min
This is the story of two young guys without any trouble who just want to « screw » without being disturbed.« State of Emergency motherfucker» is a surrealistic comedy that depicts a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine, normal, tedious.
Špela Čadež // Slovenia, France, Germany // 2021 // 09:30 min
The steak is marinated, the rosemary cut, the pan hot. Every second counts when searing meat. Alas, with every passing minute, darker clouds threaten to ruin Franc's mood, because Liza's colleagues have chosen to give her a surprise birthday party, making her late for dinner.
Can Merdan Dogan // Germany, Turkey // 2021 // 17:49 min
Hasan is a taxi driver working the night shift. On the early-morning drive home, he sees a woman passing in high heels. Fascinated by her appearance, he does something that leads to disaster in a world where the boundaries of masculinity are clearly drawn.
Ilias el Faris Dupuis // France, Morocco // 2019 // 09:00 min
On the beach of Casablanca, two teenagers' desire for one another grows under the watchful eyes of patrolling policemen. The lifeguard saves a ball from the waves. An argument with a salesperson provides distraction. The moment couldn't be better for a kiss.
Marko Djeska // Croatia, Portugal // 2020 // 13:19 min
During her male-to-female transition, Matia struggles with rejection and recognition, of her identity, her sexuality and her relationship to herself and other genders.
Garry Stewart // Australia // 2019 // 16:11 min
The stage work "The Beginning of the Nature" from the Australian Dance Theatre is set in the landscape of Southern Australia. The piece examines and interprets the morphology, biological rhythm and behaviour of animals.
Pablo Curto / Fernando Souza // Spain // 2021 // 14:57 min
Ryuki lost everything two years ago. Like many other people with no place to go, he ends up in Tokyo's notorious red-light district. He begins to work in an extortionist host club where women come to look for a new boyfriend.
Tiange Xiang // China // 2021 // 18:20 min
Documentary, Live Action
In her school days, Bin was sexually harassed by her dance teacher. Now she has to dance in a show for the spring festival and relives her trauma. Her plea for help falls on deaf ears, so she is forced to take matters into her own hands. The Central Academy of Drama - Beijing
Yuzhuo Wang // China // 2021 // 16:53 min
Luo Nan, a girl in the seventh grade, goes to a little corner store every day. One day, she takes a piece of newspaper with a blue note, where it says that her sick mother and the store owner are having an affair. She takes a stand for her mother's life and shows how brave and special her love for her mother is. Communication University of China - Beijing
Jessica Wright / Morgann Runacre-Temple // Scotland // 2019 // 04:31 min
An abstract dining hall is the backdrop for this film from the Scottish Ballet. Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple teamed up to choreograph and stage Anna Meredith's "Nautilus", featuring 26 dancers.
Elena Wiener // Germany // 2020 // 09:58 min
Animation, Live Action
What if your body eats you up, when the struggle against yourself overshadows your everyday life, your relationships and your freedom? A film about the fight against an auto-immune disease and inner demons.
Ivan Orlenko // Ukraine, France // 2019 // 19:27 min
A boy tries to find out what happened in the old local synagogue. Obsessed, he is chasing something he never saw and does not pay any attention to what is happening around him. Inspired by Franz Kafkas unfinished novel.
Jonas Taul // Estonia // 2021 // 14:46 min
There exists a most exquisite man, or at least the world that surrounds him, labels and sees him as such. He has fantastic abilities, incomprehensible talent, he could even be called a genius, yet something within him is restless.
Nicolas Gourault // France // 2021 // 17:00 min
A fatal accident between a self-driving car and a pedestrian is the impetus for an examination of the role of human personnel in the training of driverless automobiles. Eyewitness statements from vehicle drivers take us through a night shift, in which the landscape blends with the data from the automobile's sensors.
Anna Katalin Lovrity // Hungary // 2016 // 09:00 min
Somewhere on an island in the ocean a young tigress lives in harmony with herself and nature. When her blooming femininity is noticed by an older tiger male, the young tigress becomes more and more frightened by his advances.
Sarra El Abed // Canada // 2020 // 19:04 min
Tunis, November 2019. A group of women has assembled in a hair salon on the eve of the presidential election. The beauty shop is transformed into a public space that mirrors the inner unrest of the country at large.
Qiannan Fang / Yingying Pan // China // 2020 // 09:00 min
An animated fable relating the legend of a special bird that only sings once in its life and spends its entire existence looking for a thorn tree where it can complete this great song. Communication University of Zhejiang - Hangzhou