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DAY ONE – Thursday, 29.11.2018 / 20:00h
1. The Monk / Macedonia / Zharko Ivanov / 2018 / 12’07”
In a small monastery, hidden in the rocky mountains, a lonesome young monk paints frescos of saints on the walls. On a sunny day, while fishing in a lake, he suddenly hears female voices. Is he being tempted? Is his conscience being tested?
2. Black Dog / USA / Joshua Tuthill / 2017 / 15′
Utilizing archival footage and stop-motion animation, Black Dog is set during the US and USSR space race of the 1960’s amidst a time of heated social and political tension. Two brothers must deal with the sudden loss of their parents. As one falls into the darkness of a troubled marriage, the other must find an escape from the evil that is devouring his family.
3. Nothing Happens / Denmark / Michelle Cranot / 2017 / 11’50”
It’s freezing cold in the city suburbs. Yet some people are gathering. I watch them form a row across the horizon. We are all waiting for something to happen. But nothing does…
We have gathered to witness an event. To participate in being seen. The spectacle of watching and being watched.
4. Muteum / Estonia / Aggie Pak Yee Lee / 2017 / 04’10”
In an Art Museum, we better learn well, from outer to inner, from deep to very deep, serious and sincerely.
5. Bobo / Croatia / Andrej Rehak / 2018 / 14’40”
Bobo is the story about the smallest little boy in the world whose wish to grow up took him to an unexpected, fantastic journey.
The simple form of a children’s tale with a universal message speaks to all generations regardless of cultural, religious, political, national, ethnic or other contexts. The story of a little boy deals with the universal problem of fitting in. It is a story about a journey between two similar and infinitely different worlds within the same universe, a story of a journey from the world of misconception to a world of knowledge, from a world of inhibition to a world of fearless freedom, from a world of fictitious unhappiness to an imaginary world of happiness.
6. Keep Quiet / Russian Federation / Eugen Fadeev / 2018 / 0’30”
One guy shoots at the sky. It lights stars. The moon’s not pleased with the noise!
7. Circuit / Switzerland / Delia Hess / 2018 / 08’41”
On a small planet, caught up in their own little private universe, the inhabitants perform their poetically surreal actions, which repeat themselves in an endless loop. That they are all part of a complex little ecosystem which can only function if each of them plays his or her role, is something they are unaware of.
8. Love He Said / France / Ines Sedan / 2018 / 05’40”
1973, San Francisco. Charles Bukowski, underground poet and punk ahead of his time, reads his poem LOVE in front of a wild audience who came to listen to the trash poet’s provocations. But that day, instead of the punk, they found a broken man hungry for love.
9. Homesick / Israel / Hila Einy / 2018 / 07’15”
A crisis in a young woman’s life forces her to return to her parents’ home. Her reappearance shakes the delicate balance in the family nest.
10. Maned & Macho / Iran / Shiva Sadegh Asadi / 2017 / 10’49”
A young girl’s repressed emotions and instincts are embodied in some animals that come out of her dreams. However, no one in her family is receptive to these animals.
11. Half Night / Turkey / Ilhami Tunc Gencer / 2018 / 03’35”
12. The Feather Pillow / Brazil / Joseph Specker Nys / 2018 / 12’17”
Shortly after her honeymoon Alicia contracts an inexplicable illness, while her husband Jordan bear witness seemingly indifferent. Something hidden is driving her insane. The disease makes the young woman mix reality with gruesome hallucinations.
DAY TWO – Friday, 30.11.2018 / 21:30h
1. Gottlieb / Macedonia / Krste Gospodinovski / 2018 / 14’59”
Lost in the labyrinth of his subconsciousness Gottlieb struggles to find his way back to reality. Provoking deconstruction of his make believe world he puts his life at risk. At the end as his realities collide he becomes aware of his self-imprisonment.
2. Mermaids and Rhinos / Hungary / Viktória Traub / 2017 / 15’33”
Eight-year-old Tilda’s memories of her family as surrealistic visions come into life: the circus member ex-mermaid grandmother, the erotically overheated mother and the disappeared father whose broken heart, anger and jealousy manifest as a rhino. The acts of present and the past are in constant metamorphoses and transformation. The characters overstep their own and the surrounding world’s physical borders. Tilda’s life is full of grotesque, bizarre characters hungry for love. The atmosphere of wistfulness, desire, passion and sorrow frame the story.
3. Labirynth / Ukraine / Stepan Koval / 2017 / 08’03”
What about the labyrinth, except that it is a labyrinth?
4. Like an Elephant in a China Shop / France / Louise Chevrier / 2017 / 05’30”
What is the worst thing that could happen in a china shop?
5. The Round / Germany / Ceylan Beyoglu / 2018 / 12’00”
The afghan traffic cop Ali is standing at the intersection directing the traffic. Now he is dancing on his post like a ballet performance but still with solemn countenances. He has everything under clear control until foreign soldiers replace him by a modern traffic light. But that does not fit Ali at all. A power struggle starts between Ali and the traffic light. While Ali is trying to handle the steel monster, he becomes trouble with the Taliban. The chaos begins and society is divided.
6. Honk / Vietnam / Triet Le / 2017 / 02’54”
Satirical animation about abusive honking in Vietnam. The film depicts motorists and drivers using their voices to honk to run pass each other and the humorous consequences which follow.
7. MAGI/ Canada / Haofeng / 2018 / 01’54”
MAGI is a personal one-shot animation film expressing the artistic pursuit and energy of a 2D animator, created by using straight-ahead animation techniques through the medium of paper animation in three abstract stages: rigidity, malleability and epiphany.
8. Am I Oright / Taiwan / Yen Lian Chen / 2017 / 04’07”
The basic performance of the experimental animation, “AM I ORIGHT”, is based on sounds. The sounds which were recorded, mixed and edited, were used as the basic performance of the animation creation. To indicate the author’s actual experience of getting lost, growing, and transforming in the process of the creation journey.
9. After / Czech Republic / Matous Valchar / 2018 / 05’26”
What comes after death?
In our world, many people are thinking about this question. Various groups have diametrically different opinions, but they all have one thing in common. Almost every religion holds the conviction that their truth is the right one.
10. Dies Irae / France / Jordan Damour / 2018 / 02’32”
A young boy gonna live his first concert as a violin in an symphony orchestra, in front of the conductor and the audience. Can he overcome his fear?
11. Saturn in Leo / Croatia / Anna Sagadin / 04’44”
In outer space with no common physical laws, where on each planet lives but one creature, they’re faced with heaviness of free time. Each of them spends it differently indulging in useless activities and setting artificial goals for themselves due to lack of purpose, not knowing they were created merely for one lonely person’s amusement.
12. Tweet-Tweet / Russian Federation / Zhanna Bekmamabetova / 2018 / 11’10”
Our life is like walking on a tightrope. In times we are scared or lost we lose balance. When we are happy and excited we forget we walk on a rope. We can even fly!
Main characters are girl Luba and her friend Sparrow. Silly Sparrow doesn’t know fear. By playing with him Luba forgets her she is on a rope…
13. Bei Mir Bist Du Schön / Netherlands / Bouwine Pool / 2017 / 12′
A sweet granny looks forward to her granddaughter’s visit. But when the little girl arrives, things don’t go as smoothly as she had hoped for.
DAY THREE – Saturday, 01.12.2018 / 20:00h
1. Form B16 / Macedonia / Ivan Ivanovski / 2018 / 08’04”
Form B16 is a film about a man who gets the smallest piece of the pie. Stuck in a bureaucratic labyrinth, our hero goes through a number of absurd situations, and following the already established and predestined steps, he manages to end up at the beginning.
2. Tremore / Germany / Anh Tú Nguyen / 2018 / 4’30”
Subjects of universal humanity. Hand-drawn figures dance a contemporary dance of passion, agony, youth and grief.
3. Wildebeest / Belgium / Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips / 2017 / 19’08”
Going on a safari is a dream for many. For middle-aged couple Linda and Troyer, it turns into a horribly real adventure when they get left behind in the wilderness.
4. The Elephants Will Be Happy / France / Lucas Roussel / 2018 / 06’57”
Post-apocalyptic triptych, contemplating on the state of the world after humans have gone extinct. Insects have replaced humans and perpetuate their violence – a robot paints a fresco in memory of the past civilization – and a walking living plant lists the last surviving plant species.
5. Little Doll / France / Sirene Barralon / 2018 / 01’07”
Curiosity leads a little doll in a strange world…
6. The Brave Heart or (The day we enabled the sleepwalking protocol) / UK / Luca Schenato and Sinem Vardarli / 2018 / 09’52”
A quirky and surrealistic action/comedy where a brave heart takes a journey inside the body to try to sort out the problems of a hungover morning.
7. On the Road Side / Argentina / Isabel Macias / 2018 / 05’40”
A man suffers for the death of his family. Another, for the loss of his work. Together they will find a way to help each other.
8. The Green Key / Austria / Badri Skhirtladze / 2018 / 15’00”
The story about an Actress, Dakota, who lives in Amsterdam and works in a small, poor Theater. She tries to find herself and get back on her feet, forget the past and start a new life over again. She is bonafide and doing her job very well, not plays dirty games a and flirting with Staff, which will be a reason for violation.
The Story about a woman who tries to be strong and feel strong, defend herself from the dirty world and fight for her better future.
9. Fighting Pablo / Belgium / Robi Vervaeke / 2018 / 07’30”
A young artist is working on a portrait when an unexpected moment of frustration and doubt shatters his inspiration. Distracted by his own curiosity, he suddenly finds himself engulfed by a grande parade. Buzzing characters spirited from contemporary pop-culture and art-history crystallize out of the air. Unable to resist the charismatic pull of this vast and grotesque world, he joins in on an exploration through his own colorful ambitions. But when Pablo Picasso’s terrific charisma ends up threatening everything he holds dear, he learns to push back in order to rediscover his own voice.
10. Road to Prohibition / Spain / Javier Murciano / 2018 / 02’50”
Road to Prohibition, a jazzy comedy with vintage cars, irreverent persecutions and hidden speak-easier in the 20s of Prohibition.
11. Soaked / Belgium / Aurelie Lise-Anne Van Overloop / 2017 / 05’15”
A neurotic father locks his son, who wants to dive in the ocean, up in the house because the man is afraid something might happen to his dear boat.
12. The Twilight Witch / Czech Republic / Zuzana Skopalová / 2018 / 07’10”
The short animated horror film ‘Twilight witch’ created by drawing techniques of digital animation, it´s going to take us to the Czech countryside in the second half of the 19th century, into a time when people used to believe in folk superstitions, myths and various creatures. This is a disturbing story of a kid’s hero, seen by kid’s eyes, about possible and impossible things without prejudices. All good children know they have to be at home before the twilight. Even a little boy, who did not get back on time, knows it too. Caught in the web of his own fear, his furious run for his own soul begins. This is the story of a kid’s fantasy that isn’t always a safe and kind place because…
What you truly believe can become real…
DAY FOUR – Sunday, 02.12.2018 / 20:00h
1. Flowing Through Wonder / France / Joanna Lurie / 2018 / 14′
It’s time for the villagers to start their journey. They cross the perilous water in nutshells, with their loved ones to their final destination… where the blue sky and the blue ocean meet up.
When do we leave the world of the living?
2. Khadija / Syrian Arab Republic / Besh Idlbi / 2018 / 02’55”
An old grandmother trying to cope with the absence of her family, by diving into the past.
3. Ugly Fairy Tale / Bulgaria / Radostina Neykova / 2018 / 11′
Innovation handmade embroidery. Man and Woman spend their days in pointless arguments. One day their little House is fed up with their never ending quarrels and runs away.
4. The Last Cruise / Uzbekistan / Hristina Belousova / 2018 / 01’37”
Everyone has got a ticket for this ship but it sails… always at different times.
5. Dustrolls / Estonia / Katariina Aule / 2018 / 07’31”
An old blind watchmaker makes a living by repairing clocks, with a little help from his unnoticeable friends.
6. St(r)ay / Taiwan / Chiang Yao / 2018 / 08’34”
A camel, on a quest to find his missing wife in the desert, faces the dilemma of chasing his treasure or continuing his journey. ‘St(r)ay’ is a story of how someone recognizes the most important thing in life amid chaos caused by dementia.
7. Winter / Slovakia / Tomas Cerveny / 2018 / 05’58”
She’s cold, old and steady. Her name is Winter a she’s content. On her own and alone she rules the fairy woods from comfort of her magic hut. Nevertheless, misery is about to start, when someone slips in to her realm. The Spring. She’s witty, she’s young, she brings the life. She’s ready to be a big trouble for old gran. Is the Winter as powerful as to destroy the Spring? If so, what will be the cost?
8. Euphoria / Hungary / Katalin Egely / 2018 / 04′
In this world everything is of the same value with equal importance, and everything has a spirit, a role and is filled with life. We humbly accept brutality as part of the world and by doing so we can also experience the unity that frees us all from the sufferings of isolation. We are all part of the same struggles and harmony, ‘lifeless’ elements and living creatures alike, of this frantic dance of euphoria and acceptance.
9. Peace Carpet / Iran / Ziba Arshang / 2018 / 04’06”
Some people and animals are looking for a deer for hunting.
The deer is pregnant. Mother thinks life will save her child,
They are all woven on the carpet.
10. Vertigo / Latvia / Liana Mihailova / 2018 / 03’25”
While having an exciting summer swim and diving one after another in the water at the foot of a cliff, the main character is unexpectedly separated from the rest of his group of friends by an unsurpassable edge of the cliff and amplified experience. An animation inspired by phenomenon of acrophobia, fear of heights.
11. The N.A.P / Italy / Adolfo di Molfetta / 2017 / 08’15”
A peek into a cartoon, where everything is improvised
12. Seconde Chance / France / Victor Lemee / 2017 / 06’26”
In 1920, Jacques — traumatized by the war — lives as the reclusive groundskeeper of a cemetery. One night he encounters Henri, a young soldier, risen from his grave.
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