International Competition 4


28. April 2023    
21:00 - 23:00


Gloria 1
Königstraße 20, Stuttgart, 70173


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.

Salvation Has No Name
Salvation Has No NameDirector: Joseph Wallace / Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom / 2022 / 16:50 min / Screenplay: Joseph Wallace / Production: Delaval Film, Animation People, Autour de Minuit / World Sales: Autour de Minuit

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.

NobodyDirector: Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, Marieke Blaauw / Netherlands / 2022 / 9:16 min / Screenplay: Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, Luuk van Bemmelen, Marieke Blaauw / Production: Job, Joris & Marieke / World Sales: SND Films, Kaboom Distribution

When the obsessive Instagrammer Florian takes too many selfies, he becomes transparent and has to struggle to keep his beloved followers.

Bird in the Peninsula
Bird in the PeninsulaDirector: Atsushi Wada / France, Japan / 2022 / 16:08 min / Screenplay: Atsushi Wada / Production: New Deer / World Sales: Miyu Distribution

Children are dancing on the music under the supervision of their teacher. A young lady witnesses the scene and disrupts their rituals.

The Last Bar
The Last BarDirector: Arne Hain / Germany / 2022 / 13:21 min / Screenplay: Theresa Worm, Torben Hensel / World Sales: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

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 guerra finita
A guerra finitaDirector: Simone Massi / Italy / 2022 / 4:44 min / World Sales: Emergency

A world without war is another utopia that we can’t wait for anymore.

Sandwich Cat
Sandwich CatDirector: David Fidalgo / Spain / 2022 / 10:57 min / Screenplay: David Fidalgo / Production: Testaferro / World Sales: Marvin & Wayne

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.

KoniunkcjaDirector: Marta Magnuska / Latvia, Poland / 2022 / 6:55 min / Screenplay: Marta Magnuska / Production: Animoon / World Sales: KFF Sales & Promotion

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.

The Record
The RecordDirector: Jonathan Laskar, Sophie Laskar-Haller / Switzerland / 2022 / 8:44 min / Screenplay: Jonathan Laskar / Production: Papier perforé / Punched paper films / World Sales: Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V.

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.

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