SECTION: Short Film Competition

With two thematically and stylistically varied programmes, the Short Film Competition is ideally suited for becoming acquainted with Eastern European cinema. Through the eyes of experienced filmmakers as well as those presenting their debuts, the audience can gain an overview of the different worlds of Eastern Europe with a professed universal appeal. We consequently encounter courageous and desperate heroes and heroines who are always trying to do the right thing, even if that sometimes means putting the well-being of others above one’s own. Many find themselves in a conflict between the morally correct decision and the personal consequences resulting from such a step. Often, they don’t have any other choice but to escape into an uncertain future. While the films may in fact use common role models and clichés, these are increasingly used to shed light on deeper truths such as corruption and racism, as well as to provide space for everyday stories and destinies. The directors with different professional backgrounds draw on various genres like the comedy, satire or drama.

The Friday evening during the festival will again be dedicated to the "Long Night of the Shorts" and whisk the audience away into a world of multifarious discoveries that are set to linger in people’s memories long after the evening has come to an end. ST

60 KILOS OF NOTHING

60 KILOS OF NOTHING

60 KILO NICZEGO

Piotr Domalewski
Poland / 2017 / 27 min
What do you do when the only right thing is forbidden? As he is working illegally on the construction site, a Ukrainian worker is denied medical help when he has an accident. When the site manager defies the boss's order, he is faced with an ...
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ENCOUNTER

ENCOUNTER

SEZNÁMENÍ

Lubomír Ballek, Terézia Halamová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 8 min
In fact, they only wanted to steal a little money. But when they are confronted with a completely unexpected situation during the break-in at an apartment, two thieves momentarily prove moral backbone by finding a compassionate solution to the ...
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FROM A GREAT HEIGHT

FROM A GREAT HEIGHT

FROM A GREAT HEIGHT

Vlada Senkova
Belarus, Russia / 2018 / 16 min
Mother and son say goodbye without a word on the platform. The loudspeaker announcement asks people to report any "suspicious persons". If a train journey is often about a departure or a new beginning, this film then shows that it can become an ...
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INT. KITCHEN. NIGHT.

INT. KITCHEN. NIGHT.

INT. KITCHEN. NIGHT.

Arkasha Nepytaliuk
Ukraine / 2018 / 4 min
A nervous married couple, two radiant high school graduates, an ambiguous folk song and a cake – the table is set for a disaster. A surreal satire about traditional values and antiquated prejudices.
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MIA DONNA

MIA DONNA

MIA DONNA

Pavlo Ostrikov
Ukraine / 2018 / 17 min
A parable of the common cliché that grown men will always remain children in their hearts and, to top it all, will eventually look for younger women – peppered with brief insights into everyday Ukrainian life.
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ONE MORE ONE LESS

ONE MORE ONE LESS

PLUS MINUS UNU

Ion Borș
Republic of Moldova / 2018 / 28 min
In the conflict between professional honour and responsibility for one's own family: a young doctor tries to help his patient by uncovering his boss’s false diagnosis. When he takes action, he is confronted with resistance and caught in a maelstrom ...
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ROAD ACCIDENT

ROAD ACCIDENT

DTP

Anna Dezhurko
Russia / 2018 / 13 min
Inattentiveness at the wheel forces a young woman to deal with the interaction between her privileges and the discrimination of others. A bitter drama about racism, corruption and civil courage.
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SHE

SHE

AJO

More Raça
Kosovo / 2018 / 12 min
Despair meets courage: the life of the young Zana seems hopeless. Her father closes the last free space in her future when he offers her to a stranger for marriage. But a fire is burning behind the silent facade of her innocent face.
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THE BRIBE

THE BRIBE

VZYATKA

Alexey Kharitonov
Russia / 2018 / 13 min
Those involved change sides several times during an anti-bribery campaign: a decoy convicts an official of bribery and entangles himself in a network of dubious offers. Satire about a corrupt system.
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THE CHRISTMAS GIFT

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT

CADOUL DE CRACIUN

Bogdan Mureșanu
Romania / 2018 / 23 min
Christmas 1989: while the Securitate outside is crushing riots critical of the regime, a family is preparing for a quiet celebration. But a letter to Santa Claus threatens to bring unpleasant truths to the public and destroy the safe haven.
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THE SEAGULL

THE SEAGULL

PESCĂRUȘUL

Maria Popistașu, Alexandru Baciu
Romania / 2018 / 16 min
Bird, eat or die: a wounded seagull makes everyday life difficult for a young woman and her sick father. A touching and intimate story about the age-related role change between parents and children.
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