Sunday, 12 February
This screening session features 11 short films (see below). All selected films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Cinema Galeries (Studio)
26 Galerie de la Reine
Pre-registration for this screening has ended, but a few more tickets will become available at the cinema 10 minutes before the start.
THE EMERGENCE OF THE SOVIET BEAT (UK) BY JOHANNES MAGNUS AULE
Synopsis: An army of babushkas fight the invisible enemy to the west. Running time: 00:04:54.
CONTRAPUNCTUS (BELGIUM) BY LUNA BRUSSELAERS
Synopsis: A marriage falling apart. Running time: 00:05:00.
DRAGON (USA) BY DANE CREE, LISA POPPE
Synopsis: A lonely dragon makes his way through a series of emotional obstacles and physical changes as he goes on a search to find his friends. Running time: 00:04:30.
Selections/awards: Supernova Digital Animation Fest (Directors Choice Award), Changing Face IFF, Flip the Script Fest, Do It Zero - A Zero Budget FF, Overmountain Animation Fest, Super Shorts London (Best Animated Film), and more.
CIRCLE (USA) BY PHILLIP KAMINIAK
Synopsis: "Circle" is an analogy between the modern human being, living in mass cities, and the phenomenon of the circle of death - observed in nature with ants who are separated from the main foraging party and lose the pheromone track. They begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle, commonly known as a "death spiral" because the ants might eventually die of exhaustion. Shot in Mexico City by director Phillip Kaminiak, this vibrant and impressive city is a protagonist, symbolizing a life in endless high speed movement and the humans who are dedicating their lives to endless movement, self-exhaustion in a modern capitalistic-based world. Running time: 00:06:10.
SATAN 2 (FRANCE) BY MAXIME BOROWSKI
Synopsis: Music video for french noise band Adolfhibou, with the help of Elipou. Made of computer-interpolated sequences using handmade drawings. Running time: 00:03:53.
PLUM TREE / GORILLA / LADDER (USA) BY MAYA GURANTZ
Synopsis: Experimental video art pieces. Each a single choreographic move. The body’s interaction with tasks in the built environment—buying groceries, doing the dishes, changing a lightbulb. Running time: 00:04:45.
DARON, DARON COLBERT (USA) BY KEVIN EDWARD STEEN
Synopsis: Living on the edge of one the most polluted zip codes in the US, an actor prepares for a role. Running time: 00:14:00.
Selections/awards: Locarno FF.
LOSING IT (AUSTRIA) BY SASCHA VERNIK
Synopsis: After losing the tool he relies on most, a fraud information worker decides to go back in time to prevent it. Running time: 00:09:30.
Selections/awards: Venice Film Week, Producer's Night LA 2022, Boston Short FF (Best Animated Short), Toronto Arthouse FF, and more.
TIME CAPSULE (USA) BY LAUREN LOESBERG
Synopsis: A documentary created from home video footage from 1997-2005, set to the reading of a letter written for a time capsule found twelve years later. Running time: 00:11:36.
Selections/awards: Soo FF, First Take Shorts Series, Doc.Berlin (Best Essay Film), and more.
BLK (USA) BY NA FOREST LIM
Synopsis: Written & performed by Jassmine Parks, "blk" is the collective voice of Detroit's Black non-cis male artists and poets. It speaks healing for the millions of Black non-cis males who need it, for Black cis males to tap into the healing, and for those on the outside to examine the impact of silencing, erasing, and asking for trauma-driven narratives. Running time: 00:03:00.
THE PRISONER (POLAND) BY ŁUKASZ GIERAŃCZYK, FILIP DRZEWIECKI
Synopsis: One night with an ex-convict on the streets of Vancouver. Inspired by cinéma-vérité. Running time: 00:14:24.
Selections/awards: MakeDox Creative Documentary FF, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, Int. Short FF of Cyprus, Super Shorts London (Best Underground Film), and more.