SHORT MATTERS is the European Film Academy’s short film tour which brings the nominated short films to audiences across Europe – and beyond. The programme featuring the European Short Film Nominees 2018 is a manifold panorama of young contemporary European filmmaking. This year’s programme is composed of productions/co-productions from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, UK & Ukraine. The members of the European Film Academy – more than 3,500 European film professionals − will select the overall winner, which will be presented at the 31st European Film Awards Ceremony in Seville on 15 December 2018. The short film programme is organised in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals,an independent jury presents one of the short films in competition with a nomination in the European Film Awards’ short film category. For the European Film Awards 2018, the programme included the following festivals:

★ 21 – 28 Oct. 2017: Valladolid International Film Festival (Spagna)

★ 23 – 29 Oct. 2017: Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Svezia)

★ 10 – 19 Nov. 2017: Cork Film Festival (Irlanda)

★ 2 – 9 Dec. 2017: Leuven Short Film Festival (Belgio)

★ 24 Jan. – 4 Feb. 2018: International Film Festival Rotterdam (Olanda)

★ 2 – 10 Feb. 2018: Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (Francia)

★ 15 – 25 Feb. 2018: Berlin International Film Festival (Germania)

★ 7 – 11 Mar. 2018: Tampere Film Festival (Finlandia)

★ 27 May – 3 Jun. 2018: Krakow Film Festival (Polonia)

★ 15 – 22 Jul. 2018: Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival (Portogallo)

★ 1 – 11 Aug. 2018: Locarno Festival (Svizzera)

★ 10 – 17 Aug. 2018: Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia Erzegovina)

★ 29 Aug. – 8 Sep. 2018: Venice Film Festival (Italia)

★ 17 – 22 Sep. 2018: International Short Film Festival in Drama (Grecia)

★ 25 – 30 Sep. 2018: Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival Bristol (Regno Unito)

To be considered for a nomination, a short film had to be screened in competition at one of these festivals. Eligible are directors born in Europe or with a European passport* whose films do not exceed a running time of 30 min. and match the genre regulations of the respective festival.

*European, in the sense of the European Film Academy, means geographical Europe, both EU and non-EU, and shall include Israeli and Palestinian.

 

 

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Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival (Portugal) EFA Short Film Nominee

AQUAPARQUE

by Ana Moreira

Portugal 2018, fiction, 17′

 

SYNOPSIS

In an abandoned waterpark, a girl and a boy are hidden from the outside world. Between the graffited ruins of the old swimming pools and blunt slides, they find a shelter to grieve from their loss of hopes and dreams.

 

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Berlin International Film Festival (Germany) EFA Short Film Nominee

BURKINA BRANDENBURG KOMPLEX 

by Ulu Braun

Germany 2018, fiction-experimental, 19’

 

SYNOPSIS

A presumably African village, inhabited by Germans. The film Burkina Brandenburg Komplex describes a geographical construction that makes use of ‘our’ medial and collective image of Africa and puts it to the test through inaccuracies. An archaeological find is made in a mine: a Ferrari. We tag along with Joachim on his everyday rounds. He has his heart set on realising a common energy project. The Museum of Prussian Cultural Heritage is run by a black woman. She presents artefacts from Western consumer culture with a special emphasis on German products. Joachim is involved in the ritualistic production of energy in the village, but gets excluded when the ceremony is nearing its finale, finally catapulting himself out of the ‘story/history’.

 

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Leuven Short Film Festival (Belgium) EFA Short Film Nominee

GRADUATION ’97 Випуск ’97

by Pavlo Ostrikov

Ukraine 2017, fiction, 19’

 

SYNOPSIS

Roman lives a lonely life in a provincial city and works as a technician. For the first time since graduation, Liuda, his ex-classmate,comes back to town. Nobody has heard anything from her for twenty years, but Roman is set on not losing her again.

 

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Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina) EFA Short Film Nominee

I SIGNED THE PETITION

by Mahdi Fleifel

UK, Germany, Switzerland 2018, documentary, 11’

 

SYNOPSIS

Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt. Over the course of a conversation with an understanding friend, he analyses, deconstructs and interprets the meaning of his choice to publicly support the cultural boycott of Israel.

 

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Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) EFA Short Film Nominee

KAPITALISTIS

by Pablo Munoz Gomez

Belgium, France 2017, fiction, 15’

 

SYNOPSIS

Santa Claus is capitalist. He brings toys to the rich kids and sweatshirts to the poor ones. Nikos, 5 years old.

 

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Cork Film Festival (Ireland) EFA Short Film Nominee

CONTAINER Kontener

by Sebastian Lang Germany 2017, fiction, 30’

 

SYNOPSIS

Maryna and Tava are working shifts on a milk farm in Eastern Germany. In the village, they are known as ‘the two Poles’. They themselves ignore each other existence. When the farm manager goes on a business trip Tava does not show up at work and seems to have disappeared. The next night a disturbing encounter takes place. Maryna wakes up in her container realizing that she is not alone: Tava is lying next to her, fast asleep, firmly clinging to her. But during night shift Maryna withholds the news of her compatriot having returned. When she returns to her container Tava has disappeared again. Her tracks are losing themselves at some drinking session in the surrounding countryside.

 

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Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden) EFA Short Film Nominee

MERYEM

by Reber Dosky

Netherlands 2017, documentary, 16’

 

SYNOPSIS

Filmed during the battle of Kobani, this film reveals the women at the heart of the fight against IS. With stoical perseverance and the aid of American airstrikes, these women are leading the fight for freedom.

 

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Tampere Film Festival (Finland) EFA Short Film Nominee

PRISONER OF SOCIETY სოციუმის პატიმარი

by Rati Tsiteladze 

Georgia, Latvia 2018, documentary , 15’

 

SYNOPSIS

“What it means to be a stranger in your own home and country? Prisoner of Society is an intimate journey into the world and mind of a young transgender woman, trapped between her personal desire for freedom and traditional expectations of her parents that threatens their unity.”

 

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Krakow Film Festival (Poland) EFA Short Film Nominee

RELEASE THE DOGS Lâchez Les Chiens

by Manue Fleytoux

France, Belgium 2017, fiction, 21’

 

SYNOPSIS

Anouck is a resigned girl, torn between two loves, two violences: her man, an attractive watchdog, and her little brother, a young mad pup. The night of the boy’s 18th, this delicate triangle explodes, Anouck’s revolt is on its way…

 

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Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France) EFA Short Film Nominee

SHAME СРАМ

by Petar Krumov

Bulgaria 2017, fiction, 24’

 

SYNOPSIS

Macho is a poor boy, who skips school to work on a construction site. The only ray of light for him is his girlfriend, Donna .Yet, she is ashamed of his mother, who works as janitor in their school. Macho has to chose between his mother and his love, and he finds his own way to deal with his emotions.

 

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International Short Film Festival in Drama (Greece) EFA Short Film Nominee

THE ESCAPE L’échappée

by Laëtitia Martinoni

France 2018, fiction, 10′

 

SYNOPSIS

Alice sings, wears make-up and cracks herself up. She is happy. Yet she is at the hospital, just out of surgery. She is very ill and totally bald. However, she is love with her surgeon. He is her savior and comes to see her every evening. Each of his visits is a magical moment for Alice and helps her forget her unbearable situation. Alice escapes into her own dreamworld and makes her life over into a sweeter, love-filled one….

 

 

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Venice Film Festival (Italy) EFA Short Film Nominee – European Film Award Winner

THE YEARS Gli Anni

by Sara Fgaier

Italy, France 2018,documentary, 20′

 

SYNOPSIS

A woman gives voice to Annie Ernaux The years’s text , a few collected fragments on the shores of a timeless Sardinia. Neither the words, nor the images, drawn from the family films, are expected to complete the narration of her story: places from her past. The mountains on the cost, a seascape, gardens, terraces, rooms of an apartment emerge like reflections of a fragmented and ever-changing memory, uncovered by a new light. The details in each gesture, in each face, of scenes of a life lived amongst family, reassembled and freed from their original context, become expressive elements of a confession that is both personal discovery and collective narration.

 

 

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Locarno Festival (Switzerland) EFA Short Film Nominee

THOSE WHO DESIRE Los Que Desean

by Elena López Riera

Switzerland, Spain 2018, documentary, 24

 

SYNOPSIS

In the south of Spain, a race of colourfully painted pigeons, will reward not the one who flies the fastest, but the one who will have known how to seduce a female pigeon, and to fly the longest time at its sides.

 

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International Film Festival Rotterdam (the Netherlands) EFA Short Film Nominee

WHAT’S THE DAMAGE

by Heather Phillipson

UK 2017, experimental, 7

 

SYNOPSIS

What’s The Damage is a proposition and provocation, answering back to ongoing crises under white patriarchy, relaying and augmenting feelings and gestures of chronic unease, protest and dissent. Phillipson’s summons and riposte storms in via menstrual blood, rising up against leadership circle-jerks, weeping vortexes, seared orang utans, animal-fat banknotes, and advancing supermoons, pizzas and drones.

 

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Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival Bristol (UK) EFA Short Film Nominee

WILDEBEEST

by Nicolas Keppens & Matthias Phlips

Belgium 2017, animation, 19′

 

SYNOPSIS

Going on a safari is a dream for many. For middle-aged couple Linda and Troyer, it turns into a horribly real adventure when they get left behind in the wilderness.