SHORTLIST is the 2nd round of pre-selection process. All titles that are on the 2020 SHORTLIST have passed the preselection and invited for the festival’s close consideration. However, due to the limited schedules and festival’s venues availability, they did not get into the live screening program. It is not uncommon this decision had to be taken through a heated debate between the programmers and the festival committee. SHORTLIST status is a respected achievement. Some of the films that have made it to the SHORTLIST was exclusively offered to be available at the Short Film Library and are accessible to be previewed exclusively by accredited festival members during the festival, 4 – 12 October 2020.
Adam H Stewart / Ireland / 2019 / 12:21
Set in Victorian London, Abe an overworked Irish writer draws inspiration from his day job to write a bloody brilliant novel
Awards/Screenings: Winner Golden Knight Malta International Film Festival, Winner Best Animated Sequence in a short film, Galway Film Fleadh
Matteo Moeschler / France / 2019 / 12:38
Odran has just returned to his native city, after a year spent in the countryside. His friends convince him to visit his ex, Anna.
Awards/Screenings: Festival du court métrage – Hors CompétitionIndieLisboa – International Competition
ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD
Nils Skapāns, Anna Zača / Latvia / 2019 / 06:37
Anna will fight to the end… for a chance to talk with someone.
Timothee Zourabichvili / France / 2019 / 22:19
A tourist couple go to Artworld, a mysterious park dedicated to art on the south korean shore, nothing happen as they expected.
BECOMING THAI CHINESE (穚)
Wai In Sarah Lam / Hong Kong / 2019 / 17:22
Awards/Screenings: Runner-up(Filmmakers Category) –
Engi Mahmoud / Egypt / 2019 / 04:59
Awards/Screenings: Short Film Factory (Romania) Award Winner – African Film Awards (London) Nominated
Azalia Muchransyah / Indonesia / 2019 / 01:00
Concrete Jungle is a reimagination of how nature should reclaim its rightful place amidst the busy and deafening city life.
Awards/Screenings: Official Selection of FLAME FirstCut
Loris Lamunière, Charles Mercier / France / 2019 / 13:24
This mockumentary places us in a distant imaginary future where life underwater has been replaced by a new generation of species.
Awards/Screenings: Corsicadoc- Nouveaux Talents Award Dawson City International Short Film Festival
EL ORO DE CAJAMARCA
Alexandre Regol / France / 2019 / 15:48
A short handcrafted 16mm documentary about the fights against one of Colombia’s biggest open-sky goldmine projects.
Awards/Screenings: Washington DC’s Environment Film Festival 2020, USAA nuu-ru-Aboro International Documentary Festival 2019, New-Caledonia
Arnaud Prochasson / France / 2019 / 03:40
Tom, on the phone with Emi, takes an alley.
Awards/Screenings: Best Director at the VIFF – Varese International Film Festival (Italy)
Alejandro Ariel Martin / Argentina / 2019 / 15:00
Epirenov is the last inhabitant on Earth. He monotonously walks around the desert in search of pieces necessary to build a partner
Awards/Screenings: Official selection: 41 Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de la Habana – Cuba
FANTASTIC CARS (Autos Fantásticos)
Barney Elliott / Peru / 2019 / 08:10
A father accompanies his son to a buy a used car but is telepathically seduced by Rosa – a pink limousine – to buy her instead.
Awards/Screenings: Best Comedy @ San Jose International Short Film Festival / Best Comedy + Audience award @ Canadian International Comedy Film Festival
FORGET ME NOT (相思河畔)
Anwar Johari Ho / Malaysia / 2019 / 17:50
A transnational romance between a Malaysian Chinese and a Chinese Mainlander is explored in three parts.
Awards/Screenings: Best International Short Film – Jaffna International Cinema Festival 2019 Official Selection – JogaNetpac Asian Film Festival 2019
GLASS CEILING (Le plafond de verre)
François Revouy, Mathilde Fénétrier / France / 2019 / 05:48
Leo and his parents are excluded from a safe zone because he has Asperger’s syndrome. But he created a special plant and his parents hope it will be a gateway to “The New Globe”.
Awards/Screenings: Best short Film at GreenFest of Belgrade (Serbia) / The International Film Festival on Disability (IFFD) of Lyon (France)
Pol Diggler / Spain / 2019 / 04:30
An ordinary schoolgirl’s life unravels after an evil creature takes over her body.
Awards/Screenings: Hexploitation Film Festival (BEST SHORT FILM), Monsters of Horror Film Festival (BEST COMEDY SHORT)
JUST ANOTHER TUESDAY NIGHT
Luiz Henrique Volpato Niehues / Brazil / 2019 / 16:47
The unknown artists of tomorrow in a day of singing, laughter, sorrows, and visual poetry.
Thomas Valette / France / 2019 / 07:27
A man decides to give up everything to face the elements. The race of a life against time, in search of redemption.
LAST INTERVIEW FILM OF JONAS MEKAS
Chihiro Ito / Japan / 2019 / 15:00
This is last filmed interview of Jonas Mekas. This is a last gift from Jonas to us.
Awards/Screenings: 2019 December “Last interview film of Jonas Mekas -version1-” Official Selection – Short Film Day | Kortfilmsdagen på Moderna Museet Malmö (Malmo, Sweden) July “Last Interview Film of Jonas Mekas version 1” Selected by Metropolitan Art Gallery Associati
MASTER PAINTER BAH BIZON
Uli Seis / Germany / 2019 / 01:30
The sheep Bah Bizon paints a landscape. Suddenly a wolf’s howl startles it! It will need all his artistic talent to save himself.
Awards/Screenings: Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (USA), Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival (South Korea)
MY BROTHER’S PIGEONS
Hardi Qadir / Iraq / 2019 / 24:07
Awards/Screenings: Best Short Documentary at CINE ANIMAL FEST, Bogotá-Colombia. Final list at European Film Festival, Moscow, Russia
Milica Rakic / Serbia / 2019 / 07:17
OUR PHOTO (Notre photo)
Yunji Lee / France / 2019 / 07:41
A girl comes in Paris to find her father. But she can’t find him, however she meets a man who looks like him…
Emma Keehan / United States / 2016 / 08:01
A cycle of pursued acceptance met by rejection is threatened when one character sees the world for what it truly is.
Awards/Screenings: Best Wisconsin Film/Grand Jury Prize – Best of the Midwest
OUTER SPACE LOVE STORY
Iva Gocheva / United States of America / 2019 / 10:21
Three women learn to navigate the nebulous constraints of a love triangle gone straight to the moon.
Awards/Screenings: Brooklyn Film Festival 2019 – Audience Award for Best Narrative Short
PER ASPERA AD ASTRA
Franck Dion / France / 2019 / 11:08
The daily life of a little hen housekeeper, torn between her work, her children and her old mother.
Awards/Screenings: Unifrance “Moviestar” Award for a short filmS pecial Mention in the Jaipur International Film Festival 2020
Paul Paulsen / France / 2020 / 13:57
The first movie entirely in voice overs. Get in the head of Tony, the biggest party freak ever.
Olga Khoroshavina / Russia / 2020 / 20:00
Dance the way you like, only you and the world.
Awards/Screenings: The best script
André Rodrigues / Portugal / 2020 / 07:13
A young woman by seeking for the truth puts herself in a life-and-death situation.
THE ART OF LOVE
Alejo Restrepo, Jaime Ackroyd / France / 2019 / 08:32
Inspired by The art of war of Sun Tzu and adapted to the stormy love relationship between two women in the middle of the desert.
Awards/Screenings: Double Winner (Best experimental and outstanding achievement) of Tagore International Film Festival 2020 / Official Selection Sunday Shorts 2020 / Semi Finalist Prague Independent Film Festival 2020
Katyayan Shivpuri / India / 2019 / 24:16
The comedian is a film about an ageing comedic actor in the Indian film industry who has no laughter le ft in his life.
THE SISTERS (Siostry)
Nuns Anuncjata and Benedykta (40 years in convent) – introduce us to the world behind the wall telling us about their lives and decisions in a specific way.
Awards/Screenings: 58th Krakow Film Festival – Silver Dagon Best Short Documentary 21st Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival – Grand Prix
THE SUN NEVER SETS
Idan Firdaus / Indonesia / 2020 / 19:25
A land spirit who fall in love with a mountain spirit on a hot day.
Jane Hae Kim / United States / 2019 / 13:33
Jamie, a hesitant woman travels home for the holidays to spend time with family. She finds there are still oceans between them.
Awards/Screenings: Queens World Film Festival and Dam Short Film Festival