/atomium film awards

saturday, february 15


After a week of screening 100 films at the Atomium, Cinema RITCS and Cinema Galeries and its underground exhibition hall, the closing awards ceremony will be the cherry on top for the Brussels Independent Film Festival. Chocolate Atomium Awards will be presented in eight different categories to films chosen by this year's jury members.

The chocolate awards ceremony will be followed by more tasty treats, in the form of 10 short films hailing from all over the globe
.  All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.


Cinéma GALERIES (Theatre 2)

Koninginnegalerij 26 Galerie de la Reine

1000 Brussels

Free entry and popcorn.

Reservations for this screening are optional: 

Click here to request a reservation for this screening session, don't forget to mention your name and the number of seats you'd like.

Free drink after the screening:

On our closing night, we organise a free drink at 9PM in the lovely cafe of Cinema GALERIES. Join us and enjoy a chat with fellow filmmakers, jury members and other film professionals.

On (Australia)

by Jelena Sinik

In our age of attention scarcity, ‘On’ explores just where our gaze is falling. Take a curious and playful glimpse into both the connectedness and enduring loneliness of the modern condition, through this intimate and unexamined lens.

Benelux premiere

Category: animation, short

Duration: 00:02:05

Birth of a Poet (United States)

by James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán, Zachary Kerschberg

Birth of a Poet is a dramatic short film that captures the moment Stephen Dobyns transitions from a disillusioned journalist to an emerging poet. It is adapted from autobiographical poems.

Category: short

Duration: 00:14:23

petty thing (China)

by Li zexi

The summer afternoon was no special, until the kids, also gun fight lovers, hung around in the village and found a replica pistol. As the trigger was pulled, the whole wood was awakened.

Category: animation, short

Duration: 00:03:46


Short Calf Muscle (Netherlands)

by Victoria Warmerdam

Short Calf Muscle is an absurdist black comedy about Anders. And Anders is different. But he doesn’t know that. Yes, he’s also gay, but that’s not the point here. There is also this thing that others see but he doesn’t.

Category: short

Duration: 00:13:00

Rhizoma (Belgium)

by Santiago Pérez Rodríguez

Hounds and transmission towers. Frequencies of flesh and electric howls. A disturbing atmosphere where the animal, the organic and the industrial blend.

Category: animation, short

Duration: 00:03:00


Tungrus (India)

by Rishi Chandna

Tungrus (pronounced: toongroos) is a short documentary that observes a week in the peculiar lives of a middle-class suburban Mumbai household. What was once a home like a million others in the city, turns topsy-turvy when the eccentric patriarch brings home a baby chick for his cats to play with, much to the exasperation of his family.

Category: documentary, short

Duration: 00:12:56


Fifteen (Quince) (United Kingdom)

by Peiman Zekavat

Private video of Maria goes viral during a volleyball class in a school in Lima.

Category: short

Duration: 00:10:00

023_GRETA_S (Germany)

by Annika Birgel

A young actress' audition quickly spirals out of control, turning into an intimate and manipulative interrogation. As she fights to stand her ground, one pressing question will remain: how far will she go to get the role? 023_GRETA_S is a disquieting drama about the abuse of power in the film industry. 

Category: short

Duration: 00:11:59


On the Other Shore (United States)

by Gus Reed

A young man on a visit to his lakeside childhood home wakes up to find his long-absent sister has returned.

Benelux premiere

Category: short

Duration: 00:09:10


El Futuro (Mexico)

by Ernesto Martínez Bucio

Mother and son drive outside the city. The police has found some bodies and one of them could be Javier, her son, his brother.

Category: short

Duration: 00:13:00

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