Carlos Segundo // France, Brasil // 2021 // 15:00 min
Jury statement: In beautiful black and white images and mostly tableau-like shots, each scene looks like a piece of art inviting the viewer to contemplate and wonder. Minimalistic, absurd and with a hint of melodramatic elements this short film tells of hidden dreams, longings and disengagements. A Special Mention in the International Competition goes to Sidéral by Carlos Segundo.
A Guitar in the Bucket / 버킷
Boyoung Kim // Denmark, Republik Korea // 2021 // 14:40 min
Jury statement: For playfully using animation to show our obsession with consumerism and capitalism and in the process making it difficult for the young to achieve their dreams, a Special Mention in the International Competition goes to A Guitar in the Bucket by Boyoung Kim.
Dania Bdeir // France, Lebanon // 2021 // 15:42 min
Jury statement: If hope had a shape – this film would, probably, be it. The visual atmosphere of this short story is a wonderful way of depicting one’s spirit without saying a word. Despite all the challenges that the protagonist faces, seeking freedom in its essence is so strong that it is joyful and rewarding to witness. The Special Mention in the Confrontations Competition goes to Warsha by Dania Bdeir.
Granny's Sexual Life
Émilie Pigeard / Urška Djukić // Slovenia, France // 2021 // 13:00 min
Jury statement: This provocative animated film confronts deeply rooted taboo topics in a shape of a trustful conversation between different generations. The past is current. Some forms of torture can still be discreet and ignored, and while the story takes place in Slovenia, it makes us pay attention to what’s going on in the contemporary world. The director found a loving witty way to discuss serious issues. The Special Mention in the Confrontations Competition goes to Granny’s Sexual Life by Émilie Pigeard and Urška Djukić.
Warum begeht Helen Koch schweren Kraftwagendiebstahl? / Why does Helen Koch commit serious vehicle theft?
Moritz Geiser // Germany // 2022 // 22:00 min
"By navigating between genres and summoning numerous cinematic and videogame references, Warum begeht Helen Koch schweren Kraftwagendiebstahl? cleverly plays with the audience by amusing and surprising them throughout the film."
Wanjeri Gakuru / Nairobi/ Kenia
Jury Statement: Our special mention goes to a very well-tuned script about a young woman fulfilling her long-awaited need for pleasure through self-love and empowerment. Giving a humorous tone to an urgent topic has the potential to bring it to a broad audience. The 2022 interfilm script pitch special mention goes to TRANSACTION By Wanjeri Gakuru.