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OFFICIAL SELECTION (18th Edition)
June 11, 2024

FICTION
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Give Way To The Right
Directed by: Mikhail Shklofsky
Category: Short
Country: Russian Federation
Duration: 14 min
Synopsis: In an effort to end the abusive relationship, Sasha leaves her husband, taking her daughter and mother with her. When the car gets stuck in a dead traffic jam, Sasha starts having a panic attack. When her mother tries to intervene in the situation, it only gets worse.
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A Show of the Stray

Directed by: Qi Tan

Category: Short


Year & Country: 2024, China

Duration: 15 min

Synopsis: Rong, a well-educated law student and a once-submissive son, met a girl and decided to be an actor against all judgement and difficulties. He was struggling between dreams and reality and looking for his true self.
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The Journey

Directed by: Dan Istrate

Category: Short

Year : 2023, United States

Duration: 24 min
 
Synopsis: A musician wakes up to find a mysterious beautiful woman in his bed. Will she ever reveal her true identity?
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Death date

Directed by: Alex Mathieson
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2023, United Kingdom

Duration: 17 min
 
Synopsis: Boy Meets Girl on the Day of His Death
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Oranda

Directed by: Livan Garcia-Duquesne

Category: Short, Student

Country: United Kingdom
 
Duration:  28 min


SynopsisIn the depths of a secluded forest, two estranged protagonists reunite, concealing hidden truths from one another and perhaps even from themselves. As they confront their tangled past, the atmosphere grows increasingly tense. The man boasts of his achievements, while the woman questions the authenticity of their connection. As day fades into night, eerie rituals unfold, plunging the narrative into a surreal dimension.
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What A Catch

Directed by: Thomas Pickering
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2024, United Kingdom

Duration: 5 min
 
Synopsis: On a late night trip to the lake, a victorian fisherman's evening takes a sinister turn.
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The perfect morning

Directed by: Lena Tusche
 
Category: Short, Student
 
Year & Country: 2022, Germany
 
Duration: 19 min
 
Synopsis:  
When a veteran TV host is threatened with being replaced by a younger colleague, she begins secretly watching her competitor through her window while becoming increasingly obsessed with turning into a better version of her.

Operation Dynamo

Directed by: Charlie Painter
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2024, United Kingdom

Duration: 19 min
 
Synopsis: Operation Dynamo is based on a true story of survival, sacrifice and duty. The film takes it's name from the evacuation of Dunkirk in May 1940, and represents one of an untold number of personal stories that will be forever lost unless passed on, like this one was to me. It follows two unlikely comrades in their battle for survival, during one of the most pivotal events of World War II.
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Promised Land

Directed by: Tullio Forgiarini
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2023, Luxembourg
 
Duration: 11 min
 
Synopsis:  
Victim of school bullying, Robin doesn't feel he belong here and would really like to be somewhere else. Hana, a refugee, does not really feel welcome here. The wickedness of the world unites this improbable couple and will embark them on a dangerous journey to lands on the borders of real and imaginary.
M jako Máma

Directed by: Nina Bhatt
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2023, Czech Republic
 
Duration: 20 min
 
Synopsis:  A desperate mother, who has been fighting for financial aid to improve the quality of her severely disabled son’s life, is at the end of her tether.
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The Rooms

Directed by: Heeryun You
 
Category: Short


Year & Country: 2023, Republic of Korea
 
Duration: 25 min
 
Synopsis: Cast in a green light, a long corridor seems never ending in sight. Jun-sang faces multiple rooms in this long corridor, meeting various and bizarre people from door to door.
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PIECHT

Directed by: Luka Lara Steffen

Category: Short, Student

Year & Country: 2023, Germany

Duration: 30 min
 
Synopsis: For 17-year-old Johanna, a vacation in idyllic Piecht is anything but relaxing. While her mother dreams of an ecological alternative life, a real nightmare unfolds for Johanna as she is confronted with a far-right community and their backwards ideas. She bravely tries to get to the bottom of what is happening, but encounters brutal resistance.
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Civil Servant

Directed by: Serkan Bayrak
 
Category: Short

Country: Germany
 
Duration: 19 min
 
Synopsis: “Staatsdiener” describes the story of Christian and Thomas, who work for the city of Duisburg. They are ordered to go into the forest to inspect benches. The two hardly know each other and don't exactly harmonize well with each other. The decisions about the benches is affected. On their journey, they meet a homeless man who doesn't want to "vacate" his bench. Through philosophy of life, he opens up new ideas for both of them.
Distant Space

Directed by: Rohan Jones
 

Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2023, Australia


Duration: 18 min

Synopsis: Robbie Scott is working for a commercial mining company on Mars. The vicissitudes of the alien Martian world and the commercial space base have dissolved his sense of humanity. He is morally and physically lost. Through an apparition of his daughter, his sense of humanity is restored and he can be hopeful of rescue and redemption.

 
Sails of Sorrow

Directed by: Artemisia Refle
 
Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2023, Austria
 
Duration: 11 min
 
Synopsis: A small group of family members has gathered for a funeral reception to bid a final farewell to Heinzi, the departed patriarch of the family. Expectations and worldviews of family members collide, leading to exchanges of trivialities and moments of rudeness, gradually thinning the table. Where has everyone disappeared to? A reflection on the wordlessness that accompanies grief.
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Vial

Directed by: Caroline Iaffaldano

Category: Short
 
Year & Country: 2023, United States

Duration: 19 min
 
Synopsis
When an aging supermodel's appeal begins to dim, she visits a magical apothecary in hopes of revitalizing her appearance and quickly learns that beauty comes at a price.
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