For the sixth time, interfilm has the honour to present captivating short film screenplays by young international filmmakers. Eight contestants from Ireland, Denmark, Serbia, Cambodia, Belgium, Bulgaria, New Zealand and Germany will present their idea for a short film to the public.
Experience Aleksandra Lazarovski, Britt Raes, Franka Sachse, Jamie Delaney, Marianne Lentz, Nadya Todorova, Polen Ly and Summer Agnew at the presentation of their script ideas on Saturday, 24 November at 11 am during the pitching sessions, live on stage at 3. Stock at Volksbühne!
While on her studies in Paris, Aleksandra worked in various departments, on several award-winning short films, that were screened at renowned film festivals. She produced short films, several feature and documentary films in Serbia, as well coproduced with France, Italy, Germany and USA. In 2018 she was accepted to the European program Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris at La Fémis film school in Paris and Filmakademie film school in Ludwigsburg.
"Zvezdana" - Serbia
After the recent death of her father, young girl Zvezdana will set off on a one-day-journey and come to terms with her loss by finding unbreakable bond with him.
Production company: Baš čelik production
Britt graduated in animation in 2011. She loves to draw, tell stories and finds choosing hard. Making animation the perfect match; you don't have to choose because you do a bit of everything! In 2017-2018 her first professional short film "Catherine" won 50 prizes at festivals around the world. Currently Britt's developing a short film for kids and a series about pets. She's crazy about chocolate, indie music, Totoro and riding her bike. If she 's reincarnated, she hopes to come back as a cat named Fluffy.
"Neko & Sue" - Belgium
One day, Neko, a young teenage cat, finds a little stray human on the streets and decides to take it home.
After her studies at the Bauhaus-Univeristät Weimar, Franka was selected to realise a film during the European Animation Masterclass in Halle, Germany. This marked the beginning of her career as an indepedent filmmaker. To create her films, she assumes the role of a scriptwriter, storybord artist, art director, animator and director. Furthermore, Franka is animating young talents to animate through her sessions at international workshops and her lecturing positions at Kunsthochschule Kassel and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
"The Strange Geometry of Love" - Germany
It's easy to fall in love. It's f***ing hard to be loved in return.
Jamie Delaney is an award-winning Irish director. After graduating from London College of Communication with a Masters in Graphic Design in 2006, in 2010, he decided to pursue his passion for directing moving image full-time working on short films, music videos, documentaries, and commercials. He was awarded the Best New Director prize at Kinsale Sharks in 2015 and his shorts have featured in film festival's from Encounters, Aesthetica and SXSW.
Greg Fay is a screenwriter and director. Having spent his early career as a stylist and art-director for magazines such as The Face and iD, he moved into film, cutting his teeth as a music video and commercials director with Ridley Scotts RSA Films. Greg moved on to his true passion writing focusing on drama and comedy and currently has two feature scripts and a television series in development.
"Biscuits" - Ireland
A father freed by an opened mind to love. A son condemned by a closed heart to torment. A lover, dead. And some chocolate biscuits.
Production company: Venom Films Dublin
Marianne Lentz is a scriptwriter based in Copenhagen where she is part of the film collective Super16. During her first year at Super16, she wrote the script for the short film ‘A Worthy Man’ that was awarded the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at Odense International Film Festival in 2018. Marianne holds an MA in film and media studies from University of Copenhagen and has previously worked as a freelance writer, focusing on longform narrative journalism for print and radio. In her work as a scriptwriter, she strives towards making dark subjects feel light, delicately balancing humour with profoundness.
"Release" (Original title: Én dag) - Denmark
A mentally unstable woman spends a day with her daughter, eager to prove that she is a capable mother.
Nadya Todorova was born and raised in Bulgaria, but lived for years in Germany, Sweden and Czech republic. She graduated from APP Screenwriting at FAMU, Prague in 2018. In 2017 she was chosen for the first edition of the From page to stage masterclass in Varna, and in 2018 – for Talents Sarajevo. Apart from scripts, she also writes poetry. Nadya resides between Sofia and Berlin, currently working as an intern at Nu Boyana film studio.
"Slamming Doors" - Bulgaria
Seth is locked in between two doors - the one that leads back to his wife he just left, and the one leading outside for which he no longer has a key. Maya, a young girl whose boyfriend just left her, joins him as he tries to figure out which door he really needs to go through.
Polen Ly is self-taught filmmaker since 2012 after he studied five years at the Medical Faculty in Phnom Penh city. He has made a number of short films in different genres, such as: fiction, documentary and experimental. His interest mostly lies in social issues, while his storytelling style is often expressed through different means of visualization and metaphors. Some of his films became award winning on international film festivals, including Tropfest SEA (Malaysia), where his short film "Colourful Knots" won the first prize. Recently in 2018, Polen was selected as a director fellow at Asian Film Academy, Busan, Korea.
"Daily Ink" - Cambodia
Inhabitants of an island got mysteriously a blind and deaf disease from unknown cause.
Berlin based filmmaker Summer Agnew is a graduate of the Elam School of Fine Arts. He was awarded the SPADA New Zealand Filmmaker of the year and Best Director at Oscar qualifying Show me Shorts film festival. His works include the documentaries MINGINUI, KAPITI ART PROJECT and ON AN UNKNOWN BEACH and narrative shorts PATU IHU and THE BROTHER all of which explore the wonderfully tragic modern world that we're building for ourselves.
"The daughter" - New Zealand
On a late night phone call an elderly man and a phone-sex worker must believe in a fantasy of forgiveness if they're going to heal their family-inflicted wounds.