PROGRAM 2021
WORLDWIDE COMPETITION
BLOCK I
ФАНАТЫ [THE FANS]
Seva Galkin
2335Russia2020

In Moscow, two skinheads kill homosexual men while being in a sexual relationship with one another. Based on a true story, the film inquires about masculinity, identity, and a sense of belonging in contemporary Russia. The film’s brutal aesthetic conveys anger, fear, and frustration of those confused by crony capitalism and government-sponsored propaganda.

LES CRIMINELS [THE CRIMINALS]
Serhat Karaaslan
2346FranceTurkey 2020

Late at night in a small Turkish town, a young couple tries to find a hotel room to spend the night together. They are rejected from all hotels for not having a marriage certificate. Once they believe they’ve found a trick to use, the situation gets outa of hand.

SPRÖTCH [SQUISH]
Xavier Seron
2045Belgium2020

FLO has to go to Marrakech for work. So, it’s TOM who takes care of SAM, their 5-year-old son. Flo left him a list of tasks to complete during his absence. Despite this, Tom forgot Sam’s guitar course. From his ryad, Flo calls to blame him. Tom hates being caught. He picks up Sam. The car comes out of the garage at full speed. SPROTCH. Tom just crushed something…

ستاشر [I AM AFRAID TO FORGET YOUR FACE]
Alaa Sameh
1455Egypt France2020

After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes.

WE WON'T FORGET
Morais Edgar, Eberl Lucas Elliot
1345United StatesPortugal2021

A woman’s frustrations boil to the surface while hosting a party for her friends, culminating in a public freakout that turns into collective hysteria.

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BLOCK II
BLUESTAR
François Vacarisas
2408Belgium2021

Tom is 15 years old. He’s staying at his father’s house for the weekend, to spend an oppressive father-and-son moment under the looming shadow of a deceased brother. However, Tom has come with a bottle of Bluestar, a product that exposes blood trails. With his friend Kevin, he wants to visit an abandoned house at night, the one in which a man killed his entire family. This ghastly escapade will take an unexpected turn for Tom: the Bluestar has something to reveal to him.

ANITA
Sushma Khadepaun
1758IndiaUnited States2020

Anita, a young Indian living in the USA returns to India for her sister’s wedding. She counts on her husband’s support to announce some great news. All excited, her family immediately has a baby in mind, but their joy is short-lived. Anita found a job.

SALTO [LEAP]
Juan Baio, Eino Antonio
237ArgentinaFinland2021

On the rooftop of a massive building, surrounded by the blazing Buenos Aires’ skyline, two friends are taking a relaxing sunbath. In the flash of an instant an unexpected event takes place, which will call into question their friendship and leave them both on the brink of a resolution that could change their lives.

SUNSET COUNTRY
Petra Leslie
1341Australia2021

On a scorching hot weekend in rural Victoria – love, loss and grief culminate leaving an aging father and his daughter to contemplate his impending mortality.

LE BAIN [THE BATH]
Anissa Daoud
160TunisiaFrance2020

Following the business trip of his wife, Imed, young father in his 35, finds himself alone for the first time having to take care of his 5-year old son Hedi for a few days. It’s his wife who has usually taken care of the daily needs of the child. Imed, as a good Arab father, after a short moment of resistance, seems to appreciate the opportunity of a privileged time with his son, “between men.»
But this simple and banal interlude in the life of a family reveals in Imed a dark side tied to a heavy secret.

NUEVO RICO
Kristian Mercado Figueroa
1607United StatesPuerto Rico2021

NUEVO RICO is a bold venture in creating Latinx-Futurism. A brother and sister stumble upon a celestial secret that changes their lives forever and propels them into Reggaetón stardom, but they soon discover that their newfound fame comes at a deep price. The narrative aims to put a spotlight on contemporary issues facing Puerto Rico, exploring the future of its culture, the effects of commercialization and its current colonial status.

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BLOCK III
MTI
Mauricio Corco
1819Chile2021

Mti (29), an haitian inmigrant, after years of saving money during his stay in Chile decides to return with his wife and daughter in Haiti. However, his plans will be truncated by the unexpected theft of his money.

DAS SPIEL [THE GAME]
Roman Hodel
1709Switzerland2020

A whistle. The stands of the stadium get loud. The players protest angrily. The presenters follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. The whole stadium watches him. Now he has to decide. With the referee Fedayi San we experience the highs and lows of a football game, what it means to earn respect on the field and direct the energy of an entire stadium.

IMPORTANT POLICE SHIT
Andrew Betzer
1219United States2020

A group of police cadets are mercilessly hazed as they suffer through the worst day of their training, their hell day.

TANG JËR
Selly Raby Kane
1337Senegal2020

An unusual Tangana tenant observes in his mysterious restaurant, the incessant ballet of the beings that populate the city of Dakar. Between juicy omelets and steaming skewers, soups and condensed milk, Onfaaya soothes the restless,
heals the wounds and welcomes everyday life as it presents itself, whatever the cost might be …

SOLAR ECLIPSE
Raha Amirfazli , Alireza Ghasemi
1412FranceIran2021

Saaghi and her two friends have come to the largest park in Teheran to take pictures of the one-in-a-century total eclipse announced later in the afternoon. Mischievous and rebellious, they steal a camera stand, lie to their parents and discuss boys as well as an upcoming party. Their wanderings lead them to a remote part of the park. As the sun disappears, Saaghi sees something that should have stayed hidden.

WINE LAKE
Platon Theodoris
931Australia2020

A homeless Irish alcoholic and an artistic backpacker clash on a Sydney street. The backpacker becomes the focus of her anger over a misunderstanding. But the backpacker’s innocence catches her off guard and they quickly develop an unlikely connection over his art. The pair discover the power of genuine self expression and creativity.

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TRECEA UN PRINȚ CĂLARE [ALONG CAME A PRINCE]
Cristina Grosan
2202RomaniaCzech Republic2020

During an acting workshop, Alex (16) and Vicky (19) start bonding. By dawn, Alex gets tipsy. Vicky helps him to his room and takes their bonding one step too far. Alex awakes in the midst of the sexual act. In shock, he sends her off. Either cheered or blamed for, the next day everyone has a strong reaction. But neither him nor his entourage realize he’s a victim of un-consented sexual relations.

UN CAILLOU DANS LA CHAUSSURE [A STONE IN THE SHOE]
Eric Montchaud
1130FranceSwitzerland2021

A pupil arrives in a new class. He’s different from the other pupils, he’s a frog in a class of rabbits.

WANNEER IK ONTPLOF [WHEN I EXPLODE]
Angelo Raaijmakers
717Netherlands2020

While his girlfriend puts the cake for his surprise party in the oven, Chris (30) gets a stomach ache. He finds out there is a ticking time bomb in his belly, which he initially tries to conceal from his friends. But when Chris is about to explode, bomb expert Alim is rustled up to defuse the tension. The problem seems to be connected to the existential questions Chris has been asking himself: has he found his true love, is he who and where he wants to be?

НИНА [NINA]
Hristo Simeonov
1904Bulgaria2021

Following her dream of leaving for Spain to pursue a better life, Nina 13-year-old-roma girl must become a skilled pickpocket. This could happen under the control of the bossy Vasill, but Nina is feeling trapped in her relation with him. There are days when she is almost ready to run away from him. In one of these days Nina is caught red-handed, but her victim decides not to call the police and, instead, offers help.

MOMENT
Geoffrey Uloth
1959Canada2019

Brutally attacked by three masked men on Halloween night, a homeless girl faces her worst nightmare… until time stops… and she meets two mysterious superheroes who can’t save her, but might help her save herself.

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UN MONDE SANS CRISE [A WORLD FREE OF CRISIS]
Ted Hardy-Carnac
2653France2020

Emilie, a 30-year-old woman, as lively as clumsy, fails all her recruitment interviews. Under pressure, harassed by her landlord, she is expecting a lot from the interview she has this afternoon. But in a near future where the social standards are not exactly the same anymore, nothing will go as planned…

BLAUWE MAANDAG [BLUE MONDAY]
Gregory Samson
2338Netherlands2020

Ben and Nina are dealing with the death of their son. During a car accident, Ben and Luca got stuck in the water. While gasping for breath, Ben couldn’t save his son in time. He’s dealing with an unbearable guilt and is unable to communicate this to Nina. Nina, in her own grief, is having a hard time coping with Ben’s behaviour. Ben has to face his guilt when making a first step in his mourning. This puts a lot of pressure on their relationship: Nina and Ben are getting more distant from each other.

EL ÚLTIMO TORERO [THE LAST MATADOR]
Katariina Lillqvist
707SpainCzech Republic2020

When the last bullfighting arena in Catalonia has turned into a shopping mall, an old matador has to earn his living in the bars of Barcelona. One night, a bored Russian president pops in, trying to freshen up his too long holidays. In no time he feels an urgent desire to try on his luck as a corrido hero before it is too late.

TITAN
Valéry Carnoy
1854Belgium2021

Nathan is thirteen years old boy. Driven by his new friend Malik, he prepares himself for a strange ritual to become a member of a teens gang.

BENZTOWN
Gottfried Mentor
445Germany2021

A town is driven mad. The city of Stuttgart fights back with heavy action against its traffic chaos, with far reaching consequences. Other cities might follow the signal…

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THE LETTER ROOM
Elvira Lind
3231United States2020

A dark prison comedy about the secret life of a correctional officer who gets transferred to a job in the letter room, where a new world suddenly opens to him.

STRONG SON
Ian Bawa
313Canada2020

An endearing portrait of a South Asian father as he attempts to give life and marital advice to his bodybuilding and image-obsessed son. This deeply touching, comedic short film is an autobiographical piece that stars the director’s own father.

HOMME SAGE [MIDWIFE MAN]
Juliette Denis
1803France2021

Julien takes up his duties in a maternal child care center in a difficult neighborhood. He will very quickly be confronted with the difficulties that make the daily life of the center team. During his first consultation he finds himself face to face with Asma, who became pregnant following a rape.

EL LLIBRE [THE BOOK]
Francesca Català
303Spain2019

A librarian is bored sitting at her desk until one book falls down from the shelves and interrupts her monotonous day.

SINKENDE SCHIFFE [SINKING SHIPS]
Andreas Kessler
2046Germany2020

Sara and Theo take a trip with their ten year old son to the Black Forest. A fight escalates and Theo abandons his wife and son in the forest. Back in the hotel everything returns to normal. At least so it seems.
In the afternoon, the three set off to the lake. Theo’s rage explodes again and we understand more and more that violence is a part of this family’s everyday life.
While swimming Theo unexpectedly gets into danger and almost drowns. Suddenly Sara — only for a short moment — has his life in her hands.

HAND IN HAND
Ennio Ruschetti
342Switzerland2019

Only a formal handshake separates two politicians from a sealed contract. But as both stubbornly try to gain the upper hand within the gesture, their grim intransigence takes on a monstrous life of its own.

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L'AVENTURE ATOMIQUE [THE ATOMIC ADVENTURE]
Loic Barché
2619France2019

Algeria, 1961. France has just detonated its fourth atomic bomb. A group of seven soldiers is sent to the point of impact to take samples and measure radioactivity. But the further they go, the more the Captain, a war veteran in his fifties, is confronted with the paradoxes of a changing world.

ANJA
Benő Baranyi
1907Hungary2019

A young medic, Levente, spends his internship at a rural hospital in Hungary. He starts to question his trust in his teacher, professor Kovács, after a case with a Gypsy woman who had just given birth.

L'ABAT [STRIKE]
Olivier Côté
1906Canada2020

Jules (17 years old) is invited to hang out with some revelers. Excited at the opportunity to impress the group, he invites them to his family’s bowling alley. He tries to follow their debauchery, but loses control of the chaotic night. Exposed to the group’s real nature, he will need to find the courage to defy them.

SNORRIE [MUSTACHIO]
Victoria Warmerdam
1127Netherlands2021

Absurd tragicomedy about thirty-something Freek, who is reuniting with his imaginary friend from the past, who is looking for closure.

WOCHENBETT [POSTPARTUM]
Henriette Rietz
439Germany2020

»POSTPARTUM« is about the chaotic phase in life of a fresh mother. Pumped up with hormones and lacking sleep, this intense time has burned deep into the protagonist’s heart. This film is an honest and very personal insight into the world of an overwhelmed mother, who seriously thought that parental leave would become a sort of sabbatical.

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MAALBEEK
Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
1603France2020

Survivor but amnesiac of the attack at Maalbeek metro station on 22 March 2016 in Brussels, Sabine is looking for the missing image of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.

SAD BEAUTY
Arjan Brentjes
950Netherlands2020

In a heavily polluted world, a young woman mourns the disappearance of animal species. When she falls ill due to a bacterial infection, nature appears to send her a message in her hallucinations.

KHARCHANG [CRAB]
Shiva Sadegh AsadI
1046Iran2020

A shy and isolated boy wants to join a theatre group at school, but he gets bullied by the other members of the group and they offer him no role except the role of a crab.

THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN
Kevin Mcturk
1633United States2019

In this handcrafted epic puppet film set in a world of demons and ghosts, a lone samurai and his odd companion, a cursed severed head, seek vengeance in a haunted world.

The Haunted Swordsman is a live action samurai tale set in a world of demons and ghosts that will utilize 36 inch tall bunraku puppets, traditional in-camera effects and good old-fashioned smoke and mirrors trickery.

THE EDGE
Zaide Kutay, Géraldine Cammisar
723Switzerland2020

A withdrawn truck driver collides with his parallelism and the world goes off the rails.

MULM
Tobi Trebeljahr, Carol Ratajczak
651Germany2020

A visual trip through the protagonist’s warped consciousness
The self-isolated, obsessive protagonist, in a dead world full of backpackers, watches a distant star which sends out impulses.
Unnerved by his neighbours cat which disturbs him with its constent screaming, he slowly decends into madness.
In he middle of a surreal desert he finally has to face the connection between cat, backpacker and star..

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SCARS
Alex Anna
1009CanadaFrance2021

Alex Anna’s body is a canvas : her scars come to life to tell a new story of self- harming. Live action and animation intertwine in this short and poetic documentary, both intimate and universal.

直到海里长出森林 [WHEN THE SEA SENDS FORTH A FOREST]
Guangli Liu
2110France2020

An encounter with a forgotten community in Chinese history was the starting point of this project. Over time, I gradually established an image of French Indochina in the 1970s. It isn’t about judging history through the mixture of 3d and archive, but to provide a space in which the past can seek to become present again.

D'EAU ET DE ROCHE [WATER AND ROCK]
Bertrand Rocourt
90France2021

A poetic journey into the world of cave diving in the French Alps.

WE HAVE ONE HEART
Katarzyna Warzecha
1120Poland2021

After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters exchanged years ago between his Polish mother and his father, a Kurd living in Iraq. This is an opportunity for him to find out more about his father, who he never knew. The juxtaposition of animated drawings and archival material takes us back forty years into the past and enables us not only to feel the emotions linking the lovers living in different parts of the world, but also to uncover an extraordinary family secret.

DAS SPIEL [THE GAME]
Roman Hodel
1709Switzerland2020

A whistle. The stands of the stadium get loud. The players protest angrily. The presenters follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. The whole stadium watches him. Now he has to decide. With the referee Fedayi San we experience the highs and lows of a football game, what it means to earn respect on the field and direct the energy of an entire stadium.

THE VIBRANT VILLAGE
Weronika Jurkiewicz
655Poland2019

In a quiet Hungarian village, men gather to swill beer at the bar. Meanwhile, the women are busy at work, contributing their time to the mass production of sexual satisfaction.

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PANAMA MAN
Zygintas Papartis
447LithuaniaSpain2021

Single, middle aged, Panama Man, suffers from aquatic anxiety. Taking the advice of a colleague, he travels to an off peak holiday resort to indulge in new experiences and finds himself truly alone for the first time in his life. Always playing it safe, Panama Man, has made himself a to do list, most challenging on his list is overcoming his anxiety by going for a ‘ — swim in the hotel pool’ a remedial task that is a lot more complicated than he had hoped. Panama Man must leap beyond the uniform of mundane life to uncover what’s beneath his surface.

13
Shinya Isobe
1001Japan2020

This film is continued interval shooting and multiple exposure the setting sun from the same position and same angle by 16mm film. The shooting period extends to 5 years. No digital copy-paste was done, all the sun that appeared was actually shoot.
This is both a record of days and a creative act of personal image, neither of which can be determined. It is just like a painter drawing a picture, like a poet writing a poem.
Title «13» derived from the fact that the interval shooting was done at 13-second intervals.

THE END OF SUFFERING (A PROPOSAL)
Jacqueline Lentzou
1414Greece2020

Sofia is panicky, again. The Universe decides to contact her. An other-wordly dialogue. A planet symphony for Mars, where people dream awake and fight for love.

REPRISE
Kenji Ouellet
2314Germany2021

Reprise is a playful narrative experiment of a critical nature — a riddle in a seamless loop.

THE FOURFOLD
Alisi Telengut
713Canada2020

Based on the shamanic and animistic beliefs and rituals in Mongolia and Siberia, the film is about the indigenous knowledge and wisdom: Nature is the homeland of human being, Tengri is the deity and the father sky, Earth is the mother with rivers nourishing all beings, paganist and pantheist gods co-exist with all mortals. Against the backdrop of the modern existential crisis and the human-induced rapid environmental change, there is a necessity to reclaim the ideas of animism for environmental ethics and non-human materialities.

QUEEN OF DOTS
Michael Lyons
22French Polynesia2020

The Queen of dots is also a queen of Instagram and Tumblr.
Love forever.

ВАДИМ НА ПРОГУЛКЕ [VADIM ON A WALK]
Sasha Svirsky
80Russia2021

Finally, Vadim goes out of a tight square space where he has been used to sitting. He embraces the brave new world and his renewed life.

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LA RESSOURCE HUMAINE [THE HUMAN RESOURCE]
Adriana Da Fonseca
2705Belgium2020

Camille, a sensitive, dreamy, and seemingly misfit young woman, has no choice: she must work. Nobody avoids social rules very long. She is dropped overnight into the cruel and merciless world of business.

SPRÖTCH [SQUISH]
Xavier Seron
2045Belgium2020

FLO has to go to Marrakech for work. So, it’s TOM who takes care of SAM, their 5-year-old son. Flo left him a list of tasks to complete during his absence. Despite this, Tom forgot Sam’s guitar course. From his ryad, Flo calls to blame him. Tom hates being caught. He picks up Sam. The car comes out of the garage at full speed. SPROTCH. Tom just crushed something…

WANNEER IK ONTPLOF [WHEN I EXPLODE]
Angelo Raaijmakers
717Netherlands2020

While his girlfriend puts the cake for his surprise party in the oven, Chris (30) gets a stomach ache. He finds out there is a ticking time bomb in his belly, which he initially tries to conceal from his friends. But when Chris is about to explode, bomb expert Alim is rustled up to defuse the tension. The problem seems to be connected to the existential questions Chris has been asking himself: has he found his true love, is he who and where he wants to be?

KOLLEGEN [GOOD GERMAN WORK]
Jannis Alexander Kiefer
1405Germany2020

In their daily routine the two craftspeople Uli and Didi work in their workshop and reflect on old teachers and the upcoming Village fair but also on the new guests in the village. These guests have given them an unusual commission: To build parts of a concentration camp on German soil — in 2020. In search of recognition for their work, they do not compromise themselves and do their best to meet the demands of their clients, an international film production company. The company is shooting a historical film in the neighborhood and the village ist upside down. GOOD GERMAN WORK is the absurd clash of a Brandenburg landscape with the film world, and in every frame one question resonates inevitably: Is this completely normal or purely insane?

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THE EXPECTED
Carolina Sandvik
1430Sweden2021

A pregnant woman is lying in a tub. A man is preparing breakfast in the kitchen. Suddenly the woman starts bleeding and moments later the man finds her drained of all her blood — her empty skin is floating in the tub. She is moved to the bedroom where she remains confined, unable to do anything but staring and blinking. The father-to-be anxiously moves around the flat until he decides to pour the blood from the tub into the couple’s aquarium. Hours, days or weeks pass. Something is moving in the aquarium. It seems to be growing larger every day, but without revealing its full shape.

GO BACK
Matthew Barber, Nathaniel Barber
628United States2019

In the fall of 1978, a distraught commuter , Scott, disregards his relationship issues with his girlfriend while he travels down a haunted country road. Along his journey, he is given multiple signs and opportunities to «go back» and fix his life only to discover that the roads inhabitants have other plans.

RETRATO IMAGINARIO [IMAGINARY PORTRAIT]
Felipe Martinez Carbonell
1354Argentina2020

Valeria, a young artist with a certain mental imbalance who cannot distinguish between the real and the imaginary, draws a family portrait for the anniversary of her mother’s death. Through the portrait she draws, she manages to connect with her late mother to free herself from the abuse of her father and her grandfather.

PHLEGM
Jan-David Bolt
624Switzerland2021

Oscar’s late. In the surrounding skyscrapers hands are shaken and contracts are signed. That’s the last thing he needs right now. Where do these damned snails come from?

CHANGELING
Faye Jackson
930United Kingdom2019

A new mother is increasingly mesmerised and appalled by the strange transformations happening around her baby. She instinctively hides them, unaware that the final metamorphosis will be hers.

A LITTLE TASTE
Victor Català Gonzalo
511Spain2019

A little girl runs through the forest as if something or someone were stalking her. When she reaches a small clearing, she finds another girl playing alone on a swing…

СБОРЫ [BEFORE WE LEAVE]
Natalia Gurkina
923Russia201

A story about the memory of the dead, about life after death and about love after leaving forever.
The family packs for the moving. Mom gets nostalgic sorting stuff out. Son indifferently throws books and toys in his backpack. Dad tries to slip away to say goodbye to his friends. And only the Youngest Daughter can not find her deal.

ENDGAME
Magalie De Genova
1137Canada2020

A single father (Matthew Sauvé) catches his 10-year-old son William (Sage Burigana-Marcus) revealing too much personal information in an online game and tries to educate his young son about the importance of internet safety.

To emphasize his point he tells his son a chilling story about a boy named Colby (Findlay James Davies), who just like him, made the same mistake. William gets more than he bargained for when his father’s story tears the boy’s reality apart.

He will never be the same again!…and neither will you!

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ΑΠΟΔΡΑΣΗ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΕΥΘΡΑΥΣΤΟ ΠΛΑΝΗΤΗ [ESCAPING THE FRAGILE PLANET]
Thanasis Tsimpinis
1728Greece2020

A few hours before the world ends, two men have an unexpected encounter, while a strange pink fog is spreading throughout the city. Their romantic affair will only last for a day. But in a broken world filled with fear, sharing a few intimate moments seems to be enough for them to feel safe, against the upcoming end.

WICHITA
Sergine Dumais
536United States2020

Sara is in bed with her lover when her husband calls. When he asks for something in his sock drawer, she runs home, stalling for time, asking endless questions about Wichita, Kansas.

CRISS CROSS
Fritz Penzlin
729Germany2020

Criss Cross is a film about love and borders.
Which is stronger?
An unfortunate chain of events motivates a couple in love to try and defy the obstacles between them. Can they be overcome?
Or might digging underneath be a better solution? And just when you think it’s getting easier, bureaucracy and the past get in the way!

HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH
Tebogo Malebogo
1000South Africa2020

After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo — nothing will ever be the same between them.

LOVE IS JUST A DEATH AWAY
Bára Anna Stejskalová
1052Czech Republic2020

A tender story about finding love even amid utter decay.

COVID LOVE
Rene Nuijens
600Netherlands2020

After months of lockdown, bars and restaurants are back in business. But dating remains a bit uncomfy. Check out Covid Love, a short movie by Rene Nuijens. Made in times of Corona when the entire Dutch film industry was dealing with an unwanted break. Featuring Harry Piekema at his best. Because, you know, rules are rules and safety first. Even when you’re ‘gourmetting’, the famous Dutch grill tradition. Enjoy your meal with Covid Love.

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TRACING UTOPIA
Catarina De Sousa, Nick Tyson
2609Portugal2021

Tracing Utopia is an odyssey into the dreams of a group of queer teens in New York City as they envision a better world. Directed by Catarina de Sousa and Nick Tyson, this short documentary imagines a form of queer community transcending time, through glimpses of a utopia made manifest in the streets, in community spaces, and online. A collaborative manifesto weaves these pasts and futures together-calling for the change that queer youth strive for today: “As queer teens in Queens, we demand this in order to build a better world.”