SHORT MATTERS! is the European Film Academy’s short film tour which has brought the nominated short films to audiences across Europe.
The EFA Short Film Initiative has long been an established item on the annual international short film agenda. It is organised in co-operation with fifteen partner festivals at each of which an independent international jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a nomination for the award European Short Film. During the past fourteen years, the interest in the short film initiative and this collection of short films has constantly been increasing. The nominated films go through a series of 50 screenings across Europe and beyond. From Portugal to Georgia, from Finland to Israel, and from China to Brazil, we are proud to draw attention to these short films and their creators.And I invite you to leaf through this booklet and meet the nominees – creative people from all over Europe.
This great short film initiative wouldn’t be possible without our friends in the world of short films and I wish to thank all our partner festivals for yet another fantastic year full of surprises and discoveries!
Thank you & bedankt!
Chairwoman, EFA Board
by Till Nowak
Germany 2015, animation, 17′
A genius musician lives a lonely life in a surreal, floating world. He plays the piano every day in a gigantic concert hall, but there is nobody to listen. One day his animated world collapses and he must face reality. He only has one wish: to share his music with his daughter, but her mother doesn‘t allow it.
EFA Venice Short Film Nominee
by Giovanni Aloi
France 2015, fiction, 14′
Italy, during the year 2015: Ali, a Tunisian immigrant working in asbestos removal receives the visa which will allow his wife and daughter to join him. To get ready to welcome his family, he must make a radical decision.
EFA Cork Short Film Nominee
by Eva Weber
UK 2014, fiction , 20′
Martin, a shy Englishman in his early 20s, is in Poland doing a field study on river pollution when he sees a woman and her son bathe in the river, a moment of pure joy. Later, he discovers that Ewa works at the guest-house he’s staying at and he warns them not to bathe in the river due to the pollution from the nearby factories. Jacek, Ewa’s son, helps Martin with his research and he becomes something of a father figure to him. As a thank you for letting Jacek help him out Ewa invites Martin for dinner before he is to return home to England. Martin misunderstands the invitation and at the end of the night, a little tipsy, he tries to kiss her – but is rejected. The next day he speaks to a lab technician in the UK about the samples he’s sent back for testing– there is some pollution but not where Ewa and Jacek have been swimming. When Ewa doesn’t show up for work and still hurting from the rejection Martin leaves without passing on the message that the river is fine to swim in.
EFA Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee
by David Sandberg
Sweden 2015, fiction, 30′
Miami Police Department detective and martial artist Kung Fury time travels from the 1980s to World War II to kill Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. “Kung Führer”, and revenge his friend’s death at the hands of the Nazi leader. An error in the time machine sends him further back to the Viking Age.
EFA Tampere Short Film Nominee
by Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni
Denmark – Finland 2014, fiction, 13′
A foreign woman in a burqa brings her young son to a Copenhagen police station to get away from her abusive husband, yet the translator assigned to her seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words to the police, thus corrupting the truth of her terrible situation
EFA Rotterdam Short Film Nominee
OUR BODY Naše Telo
by Dane Komljen
Serbia – Bosnia & Herzegovina 2015, experimental, 14′
From here, you can see everything: the sea to the right, the mountains to the left, the sky in between.
EFA Bristol Short Film Nominee
by Jörn Threlfall
UK 2015, fiction, 13’
Over presents a crime scene. During the course of nine wide shots, told in reverse order, we witness an intriguing story unfold. What has happened in this quiet neighborhood? A murder, a hit-and-run, an accident? The reality is profound, and deeply unexpected.
European Film Award WINNER – Drama Short Film Nominee
by Jure Pavlović
Croatia 2015, fiction, 13’
Sarajevo, rush hour. Emir (15), accompanied by a social worker, is on his way to meet his father Safet for a weekend picnic at Igman, a semi-open penitentiary. Due to the heavy traffic they are late…
EFA Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee
SMILE, AND THE WORLD WILL SMILE BACK
by Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh, the al-Haddad family
Israel – Palestine 2014, documentary, 20′
One cold December night, Israeli soldiers come up to the al-Haddad family home in a Palestinian neighbourhood of Hebron and knock on the door. They’ve come to search the house. Diaa, the teenage son, reaches for the family’s video camera. As the search unfolds, a strange power struggle evolves, pitting gun against camera. The night grows colder, and the soldiers take Diaa outside and order him to face the wall. They won’t leave until he stops smiling.
EFA Locarno Short Film Nominee
SON OF THE WOLF Fils du Loup
by Lola Quivoron
France 2015, fiction, 23′
Between the walls of an ancient military fort, Johnny, a young boy, learns how to train and dominate Iron, his first guard dog.
EFA Grimstad Short Film Nominee
by Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke
Germany 2015, documentary, 15′
Poetry or threat? An act of surrender or perhaps art? These were the theories that New York puzzled over last summer. How can one incident be interpreted in so many ways? By means of press reports, Symbolic Threats allows the public at large to express their extreme disparity of interpretation. Inspired by the heated debate over the two “White American Flags” that suddenly appeared on the towers of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the film asks what kind of societal scope art has in the present day. What happens when threatened freedom reinstates art with the element of danger? Who or what makes it into a threat? Are we safe in the city? What is next?
EFA Valladolid Short Film Nominee
THE RUNNER El Corredor
by José Luis Montesinos
Spain 2014, fiction, 12′
Five years ago the boss closed the company and fired 300 workers. The first day that he goes out to run he meets one of them.
EFA Sarajevo Short Film Nominee
THE TRANSLATOR Çevirmen
by Emre Kayiş
UK – Turkey 2014, fiction, 23′
Yusuf, a Syrian refugee boy who lives in an exile in a remote Turkish border town is chosen for his newfound power but he has to experience how to use it, at the cost of his innocence.
EFA Krakow Short Film Nominee
THIS PLACE WE CALL OUR HOME
by Thora Lorentzen, Sybilla Marie Wester Tuxen
Denmark 2014, documentary, 30′
A documentary film from Ukraine, summer 14. In this film war is an atmosphere, rather than journalistic facts. Through music we visit all layers of society. In the form of a poem we show how it feels when your country is in an invincible conflict.
Two friends on the floor
proud pine trees and current rivers
grenades without detonation.
In the staircase dust is dancing.
Women bring home sunflowers.
Deafening silent is Ukraine,
before the boys are leaving.
War is strange,
people try to make sense,
in this place we call our home.
“War” is normally understood as action, and the images we think of are the ones from a battlefield. In this film, “war” is something else. It is depicted as most people will experience it; something out of your control, far away from you, something you worry about. A worry you try to suppress, while trying to continue living. Something that might separate you from someone near to you.
With a main focus on imagery over dialog and with a fragmented storyline, the film depicts the conflict in Ukraine, and how it affects everyday life of those who stay at home; of those who is waiting.
EFA Ghent Short Film Nominee B
by Konstantina Kotzamani
Greece 2014, fiction, 24′
Washingtonia starts when the giraffe’s heart can no longer be heard. Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. Washingtonia is the only palm tree that its heart is not devoured by the red beetle. Because it’s heart is small and dry and no one likes small and dry hearts.