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.
Wars, xenophobia, climate change. We alienate ourselves from each other and instead stage ourselves on the internet. One might think that humanity was lost if it weren’t for the people who make a difference.
A troupe of clowns gather to perform a story about a Priest and a refugee. But as their misguided tale unfolds, the boundaries between fiction and reality begin to fray.
When the obsessive Instagrammer Florian takes too many selfies, he becomes transparent and has to struggle to keep his beloved followers.
Children are dancing on the music under the supervision of their teacher. A young lady witnesses the scene and disrupts their rituals.
When 21-year-old Melvin finds himself on a misty cliff an old lady in a wheelchair pulls him away from the edge and into “The Last Bar”, a quirky place of misfits. Conflicted about what he wants from his life, Melvin struggles with his inner demons pushing him towards the edge.
A world without war is another utopia that we can’t wait for anymore.
David lives alone with his kitty, Sandwich Cat. It seemed like an ordinary day, but an unexpected visit will lead him to a crucial reflection to humanity.
The woman and the man are in a room, a gecko sits in a terrarium, several flies are circling a lamp. Gradually we find more and more dependencies and analogies between their activities and observed elements as the rhythm of their universes accelerates. The microcosms shown seem to interact rhythmically and belong to some cosmic order.
An antique music instrument dealer receives a magical vinyl record from a traveller: “It reads your mind and plays your lost memories.“ Obsessed by this endless record, the antique dealer listens to it again and again and the memories reemerge until one last and most painful memory is revealed: How he got separated from his mother on the Swiss border during World War II.