OFFICIAL PROGRAMME

SELECTION OF 44 SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

6 blocks: 5 for adult audiences and 1 for family audiences.r

>> 9 premieres in Spain

>>  27 premieres in Galicia

Awards

Block 1

27

Flóra Anna Buda | 11 min | France / Hungary | 2023 | +16

Alice is 27 years old today. Even though she is suffocating a bit, she still lives with her parents and tends to live in her dreams to escape her dreary everyday life. After a psychedelic party on a factory roof, she has a serious drunken bike accident. Will this give her the courage to become an adult?

D'UNE PEINTURE À L'AUTRE [FROM ONE PAINTING TO ANOTHER]

Georges Schwizgebel | 3 min | Switzerland / France | 2023 | +16

Two paintings that relate to each other, or the representation of a woman of color in the 19th and 20th centuries. Olympia (1863) by Edouard Manet is a painting in which we see a naked woman staring confidently at the viewer and behind her a black maid holding a bouquet of flowers no doubt offered by an admirer. In reference to Olympia, Félix Vallotton painted La Blanche et la Noire (1913) which shows a young naked white woman, and next to her a dressed black woman, probably her partner, who is smoking a cigarette.

LA GRAN CITA DE CONEJ [THE BIG DATE OF CONEJ]

Pablo Río | 7 min | Spain | 2023 | +16

Conej wants to give his girlfriend Claire the best gift in the world on their date, so he builds a rocket to take her to space; a truly unusual plan. That is why Conej will have to work very hard to persuade Claire to accept to go with him to the moon in a great and sidereal trip through the cosmos and beyond.

THE MEATSELLERS

Margherita Giusti | 17 min | Italy | 2023 | +16

The Meatseller is the true story of Selinna Ajamikoko, a young Nigerian woman who dreams to become a meatseller like her mom. In order to achieve her dream, she begins her voyage towards Italy, an experience full of atrocity and bestiality. This animated journey, led by Selinna’s own voice, guides us through the quest for identity that characterizes every human being.

TEACUPS

Alec Green – Finbar Watson | 8 min | Australia / Ireland | 2023 | +16

For almost half a century, Don Ritchie would approach people contemplating suicide at the edge of a cliff, just 100 feet from his home, his palms facing up. Voiced by Hugo Weaving, Teacups explores Don’s surreal interactions with years of suicidal individuals and his journey to reconcile the suicide of his best friend.

LA LOI DES CINQ ÉPIS [THE LAW OF FIVE EARS]

Yana Ugrekhelidze | 12 min | France | 2023 | +16

At the session of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR “The Five Spikelets Law“ was passed, according to which all grain yields in Ukraine are confiscated. The father of a family tries to hide grain for his family in the barn, but is caught and shot.The mother is left alone with four children.

DRIJF

Levi Stoops | 15 min | Belgium | 2023 | +16

Jeremy and Aurora are lost at sea. In the vast openness of the ocean they are cooped up together on a small tree bark. As they fail to understand each other’s desires and boundaries, the fight for their survival and the survival of their relationship becomes a bloody mess. Will our castaways be able to grow while trying to make it back to shore, or will they lose a piece of themselves along the way?

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Block 2

THE WAITING

Volker Schlecht | 16 min | Germany | 2023 | +16

Karen Lips is researcher and lives for several years in a tiny little shack in Costa Rica to observe frogs. When she leaves the cloud forest for a short time and returns, the frogs are gone. All of them. Karen sets out to find them – and encounters a horrible truth.

PUNTO Y LÍNEA HACIA EL COSMOS [POINT AND LINE TOWARDS THE COSMOS]

Pablo Ballarín | 8 min | Spain | 2023 | +16

A cosmic entity talks to humankind. Meanwhile, three dinosaurs cross the desert guided by a shooting star.

THE FAMILY PORTRAIT

Lea Vidakovic | 15 min | Croatia / France / Serbia | 2023 | +16

A quiet Sunday afternoon in the aristocratic, family home, just before the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Andras and his daughter Zsofia are caught by surprise when Andras’ brother Zoltan intrudes in the intimacy of their home, along with his big family. A poetic, dark, and somewhat humorous social observation, in which family ties and relationships are broken down and dissected to pieces.

EL ÚLTIMO MUFLÓN [THE LAST MOUFLON]

Omar Al Abdul Razzak – Shira Ukrainitz | 10 min | Spain | 2023 | +16

A young mouflon tries to survive the last campaign of extermination against his congeners on the volcanic island of Tenerife.

THE FOLLOWING SEASON

Natko Stipaničev | 5 min | Croatia | 2023 | +16

Some false confessions, repeated over time. Some declarations of love and some invented memories.

THE GARDEN OF HEART

Olivér Hegyi | 11 min | Hungary / Slovakia | 2023 | +16

Dániel Juhász is an aspiring painter in his early twenties. He is in the final interview for a spot in the Academy of Fine Arts painting department. While sitting outside the Academy building, he listens to a meditation and imagines he’s in a lush garden full of flowers.

AU 8ÈME JOUR [THE 8º DAY]

Agathe Sénéchal – Alicia Massez – Elise Debruyne – Flavie Carin – Théo Duhautois | 8 min | France | 2023 | +16

It took 7 days to create the world, it only took one to disrupt its balance.

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Block 3

A KIND OF TESTAMENT

Stephen Vuillemin | 16 min | France | 2023 | +16

A young woman comes across animations on the Internet that have clearly been created from her private selfies. A stranger with the same name confesses to identity theft. But death is quicker than the answer to the question: “Why?”

DIE GRAUE MARCH [THE GREY LANDS]

Charlotte Waltert – Alvaro Schoeck | 12 min | Switzerland | 2023 | +16

An autumn day and the first winter night in the high mountains: it is hunting season. The paths of animals and humans cross and fade away. Swathes of mist blur the boundaries between dream, imagination and reality.

AVETIMOLOGÍA

Xosé Zapata | 9 min | Spain | 2023 | +16

Avetimología is an animated short film that combines stop-motion and 2D techniques. It was commissioned by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) from the animation production company Sygnatia as part of the Cultural Programme of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2023 and tells the story of Europe and Spain through different species of birds that accompany us on a journey through history, art and nature.

OUR UNIFORM

Yegane Moghaddam | 7 min | Iran | 2023 | +16

An Iranian girl unfolds her school memories by going through the folds and fabrics of her old uniform. This film is a social satire about the clothing conventions imposed on young children.

QUASE ME LEMBRO [I ALMOST REMEMBER IT]

Dimitri Mihajlovic – Miguel Lima | 9 min | Portugal | 2023 | +16

A woman wanders through the impermanence of her childhood memories, trying to rebuild the story of the house where her grandfather lived.

ALGUÉN ME CHAMOU SERPE NEGRA [SOMEONE CALLED ME BLACK SNAKE]

Borja Santomé | 10 min | Spain / Galicia | 2023 | +16

Through a series of captivating visual and sound experiments, it takes you on a journey into the unknown, where enigmatic silhouettes wander through city and coastal landscapes, fueled by a thirst for adventure. With elements of spirituality, psychedelia, and delirium, the film celebrates creative spontaneity and invites you to indulge in the wonders of curiosity, madness, and pure artistic experimentation.

LE SEXE DE MA MÈRE [MY MOTHER’S SEX]

Francis Canitrot | 15 min | France | 2023 | +16

At fifty years old, Eli takes care of his mother. Intrusive and lustful, the old lady is nostalgic about her wild youth, sex is an obsession for her.

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Block 4

LA PERRA [THE DOG]

Carla Melo | 14 min | France / Colombia | 2023 | +16

Being a daughter, being a mother, becoming a woman.I n Bogota, a bird-girl leaves behind the family home, her domineering mother and faithful dog to go and explore her sexuality.

VILLA MADJO

Elen Sylla Grollimund | 13 min | Belgium / Ivory Coast | 2023 | +16

Beginning from the observation that her father, who is white and was born in Africa and that her mother, who is black and was born in Europe, the director asks herself about being biracial and reveals the complex history of her family, from colonialism to the experience of the interracial couple in Europe in the 1950’s and 60’s.

HUMO

Rita Basulto | 12 min | Mexico | 2023 | +16

Daniel is a boy who travels on a train toward a dark destination. The helplessness and tragedy of the war have turned him into a despondent passenger with no future. His innocence and imagination will be the only momentary escapes from his fatal destiny. The “smoke house” awaits him.

LA MUJER ILUSTRADA [THE ILLUSTRATED WOMAN]

Isabel Herguera | 8 min | Spain | 2023 | +16

In Ahmedabad, Isabel gives an animation workshop on Mehndi design to a group of temporary tattoo artists. She asks them about their dreams: Ramia would love to fly, Saadiya dreams of an all-woman parliament, Shubhashree longs to travel to Switzerland, and Samira voices her independence through rap.

BOX CUTTERS

Naomi van Niekerk | 8 min | France / Netherlands / South Africa | 2023 | +16

A young woman recalls a day when she was attacked by three men on her way home, but daily life must resume its course.

LOVE ME TRUE

Inés Sedan | 8 min | France | 2023 | +16

Laurence is desperately looking for love. Advised by a friend, she connects to online dating sites to find her soulmate. She becomes addicted to her phone and to a toxic man. Adapted from the report “Love me Tinder” by Alain Lewkowicz, produced as part of the radio program of Sonia Kronlund “Les pieds sur terre” on France Culture.

NUN OR NEVER

Heta Jäälinoja | 8 min | France / Netherlands / South Africa | 2023 | +16

A nun digs a man out of the ground and loses her grip on everyday life. Can secrets and harmony coexist?

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Block 6

WILD SUMMON

Karni Arieli & Saul Freed  |  14 min  |  UK  |  2023  |  +16

A natural history fantasy film following the dramatic life cycle of the wild salmon in human form. Narrated by Marianne Faithfull.

DE IMPERIO [FROM THE EMPIRE]

Alessandro Novelli | 13 min | Portugal / Spain | 2023 | +16

During a peaceful night, a group of fugitives tries to find its way to the centre of the building, where the entire resistance is gathering. Evading the surveillance, they go through the rooms of the Giants and witness their macabre routines.

TO BIRD OR NOT TO BIRD

Martín Romero | 9 min | Spain | 2023 | +16

To bird or not to bird, that is the question. A critical and kaleidoscopic view of the current world told through the tragicomic and grotesque experiences of some birds.

ALEPH

Slobodan Tomić | 7 min | Croatia | 2023 | +16

Aleph represents a unique point through which we can see all events in space and time.

LA SAISON POURPRE [THE PURPLE SEASON]

Clémence Bouchereau | 9 min | France | 2023 | +16

On an island at the edge of the mangrove, girls live to the rhythm of the climate. Heloise, the youngest, is timidly discovering her new environment. Lucia, who is entering puberty, hunts wild geese to feed the group. Sarah, the youngest, seems more and more ready to succeed her.

ASTORIA

Franck Dion | 9 min | France | 2023 | +16

An astronomer is overwhelmed by the ramifications of her research and goes into exile.

WANDER TO WONDER [DEAMBULAR PARA ASOMBRARSE]

Nina Gantz | 12 min | Netherlands / Belgium / France / UK | 2023 | +16

Mary, Billybud, and Fumbleton star in an eighties kids’ TV-series called Wander to Wonder. After the creator of the show has died, they are left alone in the studio. Struggling to find enough to eat, they continue to make—increasingly strange—episodes for their fans.

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