OFFICIAL SELECTION (10th Edition)

July 1, 2020

Ria
Directed by: Dennis Baumann
 
Category: Short, Student
 
Year & Country: 2019, Germany
 
Duration: 20 min
 
Synopsis: WWII through the eyes of a child that has never really seen the war. A fantasy-story, about family, growing up and learning to cope with difficult situations.
Little Maria lost her father to the war and her mother to the depression in the late 1940s. The only close relative she has left is her hard-working uncle Philipp. Philipp works in a small newspaper publishing house and writes short stories for the Sunday edition of the local newspaper.
One day he finds a short story of his niece between his documents. He first discovers a loving, fairy-tale child story - but as he soon finds out, there is much more to it.
Salad Daze
Directed by: Amelia Foxton
 
Category: Short
Year & Country: 2020, Australia
Duration: 4 min
Synopsis: An adventure in diversity of sexual preferences. Via the dessert menu...
The Lost Scot
Directed by: Julien Cornwall
 
Category: Dark Comedy, Drama
Year & Country: 2019, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 min
 
Synopsis: After a clay shoot goes wrong, a miserable cynic, an alcoholic and an accountant find themselves lost in the Scottish Moorlands with the body of a gamekeeper.
 
LET'S PRETEND I'M TALKING ABOUT YOU
Directed by: Daniel Pradilla De Bedout
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2020, United States
 
Duration: 20 min
 
Synopsis: Sebastian, a sommelier, decides to spend a weekend in the woods in the company of a strange woman. Memories of a previous relationship constantly invade Sebastian and jeopardize what appears to be the perfect encounter. As conversations occur, the identity of the strange woman is revealed and her connection with Sebastian's past is disclosed
Give me a smile
Directed by: Anja Gurres
 
Category: Short, Student
Year & Country: 2019, Germany
 
Duration:  8 min
Synopsis: For the first time since her husband's death, Ute visits their former FKK-club. Curiously she enters this familiar place and immediately receives a warm welcome. However, she painfully has to realise that in the eyes of her old friends she primarily has become the widow. Unintentionally she finds herself involved in a group game in which you have to make your teammates laugh by saying one simple sentence: "Hey Babe, I love you and if you love me too, give me a smile". Quickly this innocent game becomes an unexpected challenge for Ute.
Insectarium
Directed by: Kilian THOMAS
 
Category: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2019, France
Duration: 13 min
 
Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic Paris, Lisa and Mickaël are a couple of survivors who are looking for a solution to the shortage of insects. During one of their disputes, Lisa is stung by a venomous insect. They will have to cross the infested city to cure her ...
Dolls
Directed by: Valentina Letti
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: Russian Federation
 
Duration: 7 min
 
Synopsis:  An old dollmaker has a fabulous house, where living dolls dwell. Their days are exactly the same. But everything changes when one of the dolls finds a golden flower.
DEAR THIRTY YEAR OLD ME
Directed by: VID VALIC
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2018, Slovenia
 
Duration: 25 min
 
Synopsis:  A 30-something year old guy, still living a lifestyle of a teenager, tries to find his purpose in solitude and in balancing stones that just won't be balanced.
Inner-critic
Directed by: Tara Tusher
 
Category: Fantasy, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2020, United States
 
Duration: 5 min
 
Synopsis:  A heart broken woman battles her inner critic as she works on a potion to bring back her dead lover.
Breathless
Directed by: YiJia Fang
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2019, China
 
Duration: 16 min
 
Synopsis:  What you see is not necessarily true. A girl encountered a difficulty she considered the greatest one and ran away from home. She wanted to escape from reality, but had to take adventures in the face of unknown things. After running away from home, she came across all kinds of people and saw sceneries she had never seen before, and it seems that the light in her heart has been lit.6
One of the Missing
Directed by: Gábor Szentiványi
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2019, Hungary
 
Duration: 11 min
 
Synopsis:  A freedom fighter trapped under rubble-after the building he was hiding in is bombed-wrestles his demons as he faces certain death.
Decrescendo
Directed by: Olivia Chiesi
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: United States
 
Duration: 11 min
 
Synopsis: Young Benjamin, an avid music lover, reluctantly arrives to his estranged family's mansion for an imposed lunch. As the tense get-together moves forward, he progressively and inexplicably begins to lose his hearing.
In Love
Directed by: Zixuan Zhao
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2019, China
 
Duration: 30 min
 
Synopsis: The girl Mili who works in the dance room, finds out the secret of the new urban teacher. Because of dance, they gradually know each other. In the process of knowing each other, Mili’s passion for dancing is renewed by her teacher Wenhao, and at the same time Wenhao recovers from his trauma because of the help of Mili. This mutual companionship brings some warmth to the lonely souls of these two persons.
Mixed Reception
Directed by: Emma Richardson, Will Austin
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2019, United Kingdom
 
Duration: 5 min
 
Synopsis: Maid of Honour Joy gives a speech. But nothing is as it seems and the groom discovers more about his bride than he could ever have expected.
PARALLEL
Directed by: David Mahmoudieh
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2019, United States
 
Duration: 15 min
 
Synopsis: Two high-school students experience inappropriate behavior by their teachers, with differing outcomes.
(Written by and co-starring LA foster youth, and based in part on their real-life experiences)
All Through The Night
Directed by: Kiril Todorov
 
Category: Thriller, Drama
 
Year & Country: 2020, Czech Republic
 
Duration: 15 min
 
Synopsis: In the beginning of the 20th century an old and poor couple is living alone in their house in the middle of nowhere. One night they are visited by a stranger, who asks for shelter.

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