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International Competition 3
7. May 2021, 12:00 - 16. May 2021, 0:00
The International Competition (IC) is the beating heart of the festival. The best of current animated shorts from around the world are shown in this section. Films are humorous, contemplative, creative, or critical.
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Have a Nice Dog!Director: Jalal Maghout / Germany, Syrian Arab Republic / 2020 / 13:14 min / Screenplay: Jalal Maghout
Trapped in Damascus, surrounded by war, a lonely man becomes increasingly lost in his fantasies of fleeing and the inner dialogues with his dog.
Un Coeur d’OrDirector: Simon Filliot / France / 2020 / 12:45 min / Screenplay: Simon Filliot, Morgan Simon / World Sales: JPL Films
Who wouldn’t give everything for a child? A mother sees an opportunity to escape the hardships of a life of poverty by selling her organs to a sick, very rich, elderly neighbour. And she hands over her own flesh in exchange for gold. Little by little, necessity gives way to a craving for more gold.
CarrouselDirector: Jasmine Elsen / Belgium, Czech Republic / 2020 / 10:13 min / Screenplay: Jasmine Elsen / World Sales: Miyu Distribution
Rose grows up with her snails in the park. Their park. One day she is attacked by intruders. Or is it the other way around? A film about dehumanization.
Sad BeautyDirector: Arjan Brentjes / Netherlands / 2020 / 9:50 min / Screenplay: Arjan Brentjes / Distribution: / World Sales: SND Films
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.
Only a childDirector: Simone Giampaolo / Switzerland / 2020 / 6:47 min
„Only a Child“ is a visual poem created by over 20 animation directors under the artistic supervision of Simone Giampaolo, which gives shape and colour to the original words spoken by Severn Suzuki at the UN Summit in Rio in 1992, a child’s desperate call to action for the future of our planet. A film celebrating the environmental youth movement 30 years in the making.
Orgiastic Hyper-PlasticDirector: Paul Bush / Denmark, UK / 2020 / 7:00 min / Screenplay: Paul Bush / World Sales: Autour de Minuit
An animated extravaganza of plastic collected from beaches, roadsides, attics and junk shops. This is an elegy to a love affair that has gone sour, a fond farewell to that most beautiful material that has enslaved our planet: plastic.
Friend of a FriendDirector: Zachary Zezima / France / 2019 / 14:05 min / Screenplay: Zachary Zezima / Production: Sacrebleu Productions / World Sales: Sacrebleu Productions
A young man is sexually assaulted and subdues, punishes, then befriends his own attacker while confronting his past and the ambiguities of sexuality. Part fiction, part non-fiction, part autobiography and part dream, “Friend of a Friend“ attempts to broaden the conversation around abuse and its motivations and implications, as well as the survivor vs. assailant dynamic and results of ostracism.
Incomplete WomanDirector: Su-young Huh / South Korea / 2020 / 10:05 min / Screenplay: Huh Su-young / World Sales: KIAFA – Korean Independent Animation Filmmakers Association / AniSEED
One day, the dismembered body of a woman is found. Apart from her lower body and the left hand all body parts have disappeared without a trace and no evidence of any intrusion can be found. So her lower body and the left hand start searching for the others that have left because they hate each other so much.
Affairs of the ArtDirector: Joanna Quinn, Les Mills / UK/Canada / 2020 / 16:25 min / Screenplay: Les Mills
How many obsessions can one family have? In Joanna Quinns and Les Mills’ “Affairs of the Art“, we reconnect with Beryl, the working-class heroine who not only reveals her own obsession with drawing but exposes the addictions of her eccentric family, which include pickling, screw threads and pet taxidermy.
PračkaDirector: Alexandra Májová / Czech Republic / 2020 / 5:02 min / Screenplay: Martin Máj, Alexandra Májová
Wash and Love.