Diogenes 2023 Participants

Program: Competitive

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Sergei Kask

Country: Estonia

Film title (in English): One

Duration: 07:03

Film synopsis (in English): A guy from a dysfunctional family leaves home. On the street, he also does not feel that belongs.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cejoms641ds

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Mariam Sakhokia

Country: Georgia

Film title (in English): You and Me

Duration: 11:11

Film synopsis (in English): Short film about successful and powerful woman who is a couples therapist and the author of the book “Healthy Relationships.” On an ordinary yet profoundly meaningful day, compassionate and insightful Anna discovers the stark contradictions between her life and her values.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hTSHaPfpJA

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Elena Chirila, Ana Gurdiș

Country: Romania

Film title (in English): Tell me a poem

Duration: 11:36

Film synopsis (in English): The sequences of a personal diary, highlighting the child-adult evolution, accompany the viewer on a journey marked by uncertainty, helplessness and self-doubt, which eventually lead to escape. The video-poem oscillates between poetry and documentary, emphasizing a woman’s struggle to free herself from repression and regain her voice and strength. Director Biography – Elena Chirila, Ana Gurdiș Elena Chirila (b. 1999, Chisinau) is a visual artist, having a context-based practice. Her works deal with issues such as the dematerialization of the work of art or the personal perception, in relation to the collective one, of the materiality of places.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6s0rROMMVs

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Sahan Khalaj

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): Another day

Film title (in the Native language): Rozeh Digar

Duration: 13:42

Film synopsis (in English): Mohsen is a 28-year-old boy who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.He is a photographer and has been photographing people in a complex for more than 10 years.The rhythm of his life is slow compared to society and people.Most people know Mohsen’s collection and greet him.Mohsen has a crush on a girl named Mehsa who works in a cafe, and he frames a photo of her that he secretly took and presents it to Mehsa and informs her of this interest.Mehsa is shocked to hear this and leaves Mohsen.Mohsen also leaves the group.The camera stays in the set and watches the life of the people that night and the next morning without Mohsen’s presence, and at the end (the next morning) we see Mohsen moving around the set.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRuTCabc3bs

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Saeed Bojnoordi

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): Cocoon

Duration: 15:00

Film synopsis (in English): Musa suffered a nervous shock in the aerial bombardments of the war and has woven a mental cocoon for himself and avoids others. This loneliness has turned him into an artist painter, but the void of love in his life is evident.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyyZcE4rwj8

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Ali Riahee

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): Disgrace

Film synopsis (in English): Nessa is a young girl who has a suitor for her, but her brother is trying to prevent her from marrying. His brother knows that if Nessa gets married, the secret between them will be revealed. Nessa has lost her virginity due to her brother’s rape and because of this she is afraid of getting married.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHdqlPzSpcc

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Irakli Lomsadze

Country: Georgia

Film title (in English): Golden fish Georgia

Film synopsis (in English): The film shows the developments in Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYmunJFlxs0

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Diek Grobler

Country: South Africa

Film title (in English): Last Word

Film synopsis (in English): Every fourteen days a language dies. A woman searches the city for somebody who speaks her language. A Linguist notices her voice and follows her through the city.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZGvkJtcvJI

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Ali Khalidi

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): Pitajh

Film synopsis (in English): In the prison barber shop A prisoner’s final request before his execution is to have his hair cut so that he will look good when he meets his family for the last time. He comes face to face with a prison guard who is willing to carry out the death sentence for leave taking.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVhgZbp0nSQ

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Majid Halavaei

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): The Dream I’ve Never Had

Film synopsis (in English): An old man needs someone to tell him stories to fall asleep. So he hires a girl as a roommate and they make a contract, as long as she tells him stories at nights, she can live in the extra room that he has in his apartment. tonight, the girl is invited to her friend’s birthday party and she is looking for an excuse to leave…

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2QitrA84MI

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Negah Sohrabi

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): The Other

Genre: Experimental

Film synopsis (in English): Farhad is a young historian who is hired by a widow to organize her deceased husband’s diaries.During the process, he meets the old woman’s niece and falls in love with her.Their romance takes an unexpected turn when Farhad realizes that he is, in fact, the old man born into a new body (EXPERIMENTAL Movie)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFCNrFv0DMo

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Michal Zolnowski

Country: Poland

Film title (in English): Unknown

Film synopsis (in English): Alice, a college student, receives mysterious chat messages from an unknown person which reveal intimate details about her life. The story explores split personality issues.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmwUCOMwykY

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Aida Tebianian

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): Witness

Film synopsis (in English): Shermin is a young girl who is in a dilemma to save her father’s life, and finally she makes a difficult decision

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPLAw-_pBKQ

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Mohammad Reza Yarikia

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): The Creature

Film synopsis (in English): A couple go to the forest to sacrifice an animal to the goblins in order for their child to be born healthy, but they are not alone in this forest.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhaYTCRbSqE

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Mohammadreza Farzad

Country: Poland, Iran

Film title (in English): Subtotal

Film synopsis (in English): Do you keep an account of your gray hairs? Of the number of passes you made at women? Of the number of houses, you have owned or rented? Of the number of kisses, you have exchanged? Of the number of times, you’ve flown in dreams? You may have not. Makes no real difference in a life lived beyond numbers. Subtotals (Majmouan) is an essay film about an accounting never being applied to one’s life products. Inspired by a short story of the same title by Gregory Burnham and Autoportrait by Édouard Levé, wholly composed of 8mm home movies of Ukraineian people, Subtotals is a meditation on the uncertainties of a life that doesn’t hand you any bills.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGlTTbA5J6s

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Юрій Леута

Country: Ukraine, Poland

Film title (in English): Mother

Film synopsis (in English): Somewhere in the present-day Ukraine, torn by the military aggression, two journalists are trying to cover the scale of destruction and suffering – and stay alive. They accidently meet a confused woman whose story is emblematic of the nationwide drama that is happening at this very moment.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gemt8BTkxA

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Barbara Peikert

Country: Switzerland

Film title (in English): WavesWaterWall

Genre: Experimental

Film synopsis (in English): The idea of the mystery and secrets of the oceans could be that the unknown is still amazing and terrifying origins. Large letters over more than 50 verses and lines emphasize the harsh forces or heroic fantasy of the mysterious episodes punctuated by the roaring, rocking waves and orchestral waterfalls; inspired by the poem of ” The Castaway from WavesWaterWall” An exciting origin story and a poem I wrote a few years ago motivated me to present a kind of storytelling performance in this film project. It shows a struggle of the forces of nature and how the danger of the wilderness can be without glorification, but encourages the castaway to act when and where the real danger is to face this situation. Unfortunately, the castaway could not handle the ocean currents and provoked an accident. Repeated trauma and overuse shows physically with the whole torsion of a squeezed body.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAmbASN96w

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Jon Lewis

Country: Brazil

Film title (in English): Tempus Transit

Genre: Experimental

Film synopsis (in English): Tempus Transit looks at a human impulse that does not necessarily correspond with its projected image. This impulse creates an energy that stays with us and diffuses what we envisage as sound; an energy that has unique ways of emerging via the sweep of colour and timbre, the intensity of the gesture, the tempo of the spoken word. It also pays homage to the spirit of dance, exposing our senses to the inherent fragility of the human condition and the latent possibilities of encountering ourselves. Who are we and what are we?

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmUyOrsqSJM

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Harry Afrikyan

Country: Armenia

Film title (in English): Invisible Bridges

Genre: Video art

Film synopsis (in English): The film represents a reflection on the “bridge of the soul” from the “mundane” to the “eternal”. Here, the big megapolis personifies “the world”, India is the “cradle of eternity”. “Inner bridge” It reminds of the experience of assimilated people in India. What is India in their eyes?

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOiPk2jex24

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Serhii Rakhmanin

Country: Ukraine

Film title (in English): Why the square

Film synopsis (in English): Why did Kazimir Malevich refuse any colorful images and place “Black Square” at that very famous exhibition? Thus, he set completely new tasks for art. For us, the square is a symbol of the pristine darkness of the Universe before the emergence of the world. Anxious and tragic today. New York, a huge metropolis, and Bilopillya, a small town in Ukraine. Life interrupted by a senseless and merciless war. Disturbing music (composer Anton Baibakov) emphasizes the tragedy of what is happening. The image and music merge together and go into the “Black Square”. A new stage of life is inevitable. Life after the victory of good over evil.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjURingfCtU

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Mehdi Golmoradi

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): Lost Focus

Film synopsis (in English): A man taking photos in the park becomes captivated by a beautiful girl. As he tries to capture a clear portrait of her, he realizes that she too is a photographer. They keep running into each other in the park, and the man tries to take a sneaky photo of the girl without her noticing. However, as the story unfolds, their true intentions are revealed to each other in a surprising way.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIgMjYCMefs

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Henrik Dahlbring

Country: Sweden

Film title (in English): Shards

Film synopsis (in English): After their father’s suicide attempt, siblings Maja and Maximilian meet up to clean their father’s house before his discharge from the hospital. Director Statement Shards developed from my own experiences growing up with a suicidal and an alcoholic parent. Those feelings of guilt, shame and sadness often led me to a state of total helplessness which I wanted to depict in the film. Having a sibling through all of this also made me interested in how we handled it so differently and how doing so lead us down separate paths, ultimately dividing our relationship.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8uc5q_LSVY

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Ihor Shukatka

Country: Ukraine

Film title (in English): don’t tell anyone

Film synopsis (in English): A father who works overtime is not in an close relationship with his son. Despite this, he wants to find out why his son suddenly returned home with bruises on his face. The resolution of the unknown conflict turned out to be unexpected for everyone.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCPxViSjEhc

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Ramon Catà Figuls

Country: Spain

Film title (in English): Jump

Film synopsis (in English): Sabrina is an official who works in the Jump! program, financed by the Ministry of Health. This program is designed to help anyone commit suicide, regardless of whether they have a pathology or not. Pablo goes to Jump! as a patient, but his doubts grow as the moment to jump into the void approaches, and he puts Sabrina in a difficult situation.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuZJqLJVw4Q

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Cristina Mediero

Country: Spain

Film title (in English): Night Show

Film synopsis (in English): Actress Enma Santana (Cristina Mediero) attends the Late Night presented by actor Ken Appledorn’s ‘Night Show’. She is invited to promote her new film “This is me”, and during the program an uncomfortable secret will be uncovered that will put the presenter of the program in check.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRJB5bsG0zM

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Jaime Lozano

Country: Colombia

Film title (in English): Wandering

Film synopsis (in English): A woman always walks the same streets that bring her the memory of the fateful day she received the tragic news of the death of her fiancé while she was waiting at the altar. Over the years this road becomes his route of madness and over time this route is also his salvation.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO2oOPOtTsg

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): David Fernández – Trovador

Country: Spain

Film title (in English): The Journey

Film synopsis (in English): A journey to London. A couple in love. They get to the city as shadows: the baggage packed hurriedly, the angered shouts. The wound between them growing deeper. However, the hope of forgiveness still remains. A short film narrated by the three times Spanish Academy Award winner Raúl Arévalo, and featuring the special collaboration of Spanish Academy Award Nomenee Aura Garrido, leading role in series like “The innocent” (Netflix) or “A private affair”.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrT4Nwjr-YE

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Aleksandre Tvalavadze, Datuna Kapanadze

Country: Georgia

Film title (in English): One hundred and eighty degrees

Film synopsis (in English): The main hero of the film is a young boy, who is full of social and civic responsibility. Even while walking on the street, he cleans up other people’s garbage, fixes messy road signs, and caresses homeless animals. The young man shows a special warmth towards his acquaintances and neighbors, which is also felt when talking to them. Everything changes when the character goes home and sits on the laptop. He turns from a loving, responsible citizen into a social network person, that is, he expresses aggression for no reason towards people who have a different opinion. He refers to such issues as sports; politics; religion; and culture. After the ego boost, he gets a sense of peace and contentment.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP_0HjdOnN4

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Aleksei Borovikov

Country: United States

Film title (in English): Brother

Film synopsis (in English): With his wedding to Carlos approaching, Tony, a young immigrant to the US, invites his conservative elder sister to the ceremony — a fateful decision that forces Tony to choose between his family and his happiness.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8vjeO1IVD8

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Aleksandra Zhukova

Country: Georgia

Film title (in English): Marta

Film synopsis (in English): Marta really needs money. She decides to earn them in a non-standard way.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioW-MyB_WFc

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Tammy Mamistvalov

Country: Israel

Film title (in English): Mamis Tvalebi

Film synopsis (in English): Amit, a young woman in her twenties, is living with her traditional Jewish parents. One ordinary Saturday afternoon, her mother urgently wakes her up, and asks her to go to the synagogue, since her father didn’t come back from the Morning Prayer, and she is worried. Amit obeys her mother’s call and enters the sacred male sanctuary, only to find her father there, drunk. In the synagogue she also meets another significant figure in her life, she is forced to confront her father, and must break the rules in order to bring him back home.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkK6IL89IYE

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Hamidreza Arjomandi

Country: Iran

Film title (in English): The Borders Never Die

Film synopsis (in English): A couple (Kurds of Iraqi Kurdistan) have decided to cross the border because of the war in their land. The woman is pregnant. They have difficult and impassable roads ahead of them.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ6M7-cJrPI

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Daniel Sousa

Country: Portugal

Film title (in English): Missing Footsteps

Film synopsis (in English): Portuguese Cobblestone is one of the biggest symbols of Portugal culture: is an icon of engineering, pride and a stone in the shoe of urban mobility.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCvaUSBrpbM

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Adil Frank

Country: Kazakhstan

Film title (in English): Snow is falling

Film synopsis (in English): A single lonely man is spending all the time in a virtual reality, where there is a program copy of his ex-wife. Every time after they have an argument he restarts the program, until a failure occures…

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_-cAU8qtPs

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Meri Dishnica

Country: Italy

Film title (in English): Bubbles

Film synopsis (in English): A forty-year-old woman named SOL, floats in a long-distance relationship bubble, along with her longtime boyfriend FRED. She starts the day waiting for the wake-up call to accurately perform her morning ritual— which seems to be a video call with Fred. He is so far away that the sunrise at Sol’s window marks the sunset at his’. They both look weary and on the verge of frustration as they wait to see each other at Christmas— so the story goes, and for some bizarre reason, their meeting never occurs.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7xaw7hHFgQ

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Nadiia Khatymlianska

Country: Germany

Film title (in English): Rudi

Film synopsis (in English): RUDI tells the story of retired loner Rudi, who falls in love with a perfect illusion of a beautiful woman, in fact his new neighbor Kim. In doing so, he leaves his long-established, conservative comfort zone unnoticed until he finally collides with reality.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgPjIYDynBc


Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Masha Mollenhauer

Country: Germany

Film title (in English): Pool Party

Film synopsis (in English): 15-year-old Maya only sees the flaws of her body, especially when it’s squeezed into a bikini. But then a coincidental encounter at the pool forces her to challenge her insecurities and ultimately question the relationship to her body.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq_VRvp-Cq8


Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Janina Hüttenrauch

Country: Germany

Film title (in English): Home

Film synopsis (in English): She had prepared herself for his release from prison. However, when the day comes, she is unsure how to deal with the man who had meant everything to her. While she struggles with herself, time is running out because the neighborhood has gathered outside.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II4AwbXApMQ


Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Katharina Sporrer

Country: Germany

Film title (in English): Hardflip

Film synopsis (in English): The decision has been made: A popular skate park is to be demolished and the site is to make way for a modern housing complex. The 16-year-old skater Lucy does not let this get her down and tries to prevent the construction project. But even the foreman Ralf, does not let the rebellion of the young people sit on his hands, until both face each other in a final protest action.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP0QZeF2EFI


Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Lukas Treudler

Country: Germany

Film title (in English): Overlooked

Film synopsis (in English): Her best friend’s birthday party turns out to be a bitter disappointment for Julia. Everyone seems to overlook her. Resigned, she leaves the party, but on her way home makes an encounter that gives her a new perspective.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7IlS3R6qRU


Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Reza Sam Mosadegh

Country: Germany

Film title (in English): Chokehold

Film synopsis (in English): Senna, a supermarket cashier, feels like an outsider. She is often ridiculed by her colleagues and customers, who make fun of her quirky interests and unconventional style. Despite her loneliness, Senna remains friendly and hardworking. She does her best to make ends meet. In an underground wrestling club she finds refuge and can escape her everyday life, there she finds a community that accepts her as she is. But then Senna makes a terrible mistake that threatens to destroy her found happiness and acceptance. She has to face the consequences of her actions. On this journey, Senna learns valuable lessons about self-acceptance, the importance of community and the power of forgiveness.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m3_LAK7T-0


Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Alejandro Valenzuela Pérez

Country: Chile

Film title (in English): Pure House

Film title (in the Native language): Casa pura

Film synopsis (in English): This is a fashion film made for the Argentine store “Casa Pura”, whose products denote simplicity and delicacy. A brand that is closely linked to the feminine and the natural. With this premise, we have created a montage that transmits these principles based on reconnecting with the origin, with our essence and nature. An audiovisual presentation that mixes textile garments with their fine and simple designs, in a beach environment where walking barefoot is a sign of freedom and connection with the earth, in a story that invites us to close our eyes and be aware that life is today.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3FZ21xT3u0

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Nadav Lapid

Country: France

Film title (in English): The Premiere

Film title (in the Native language): La Première

Film synopsis (in English): Somewhere in the future, a star wakes up on the day of her party, her premiere at the famous festival. All that remains of the grandeur of the screen is the little phone. So we can have a goodbye kiss.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKv2035lmjI

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Serkan Aktaş

Country: Turkey

Film title (in English): Mirrorty

Film synopsis (in English): “Mirrorty” is about the mysterious disappearance of a man who lives alone in a city where people are vanished mysteriously, who is alienated from society and ignorant to social tragedies.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkbgvDqRzX0

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Vitaly Androsyuk, Daniil Zhyugzhda, Yana Aristova-Galinovskaya, Julia Pintsak

Country: Belarus

Film title (in English): New Year’s Kaleidoscope

Film synopsis (in English): New Year’s almanac of directors debuts.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5xwxvszHHo

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): James Carman

Country: United States

Film title (in English): Bitter Brownies

Film synopsis (in English): In this dark comedy, a devious thief pilfers lunches from the company refrigerator. Staff employees are out for blood. Where will the food bandit strike next?!!!

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3Fck0iS2as

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Martinet Stéphane

Country: France

Film title (in English): Whites Pages

Film synopsis (in English): Jean, 70, is offered by an antique dealer a book whose pages are completely filled with blank pages. He returns home and discovers that the last page of the book is printed, recounting the last moments that have just unfolded. Does he hallucinate due to his alcohol consumption, that is in any case what his best friend Emmanuel thinks.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOcsAxiPKEE

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Joe Chang

Country: Canada

Film title (in English): Pray

Film synopsis (in English): The film is about an artist’s real life and pious prayers. The film expresses the artist’s desire for peace and a better life, but also shows the artist’s exploration, helplessness and confusion. This contradictory state of mind will stay with the artist for the rest of his life.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS3YOh0axz8

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Kateryna Finkel

Country: Ukraine

Film title (in English): Pharmaceutist’s hobby or family psychologist

Film synopsis (in English): Due to rumors, the information that a drugstore can buy poison, which can not be found in the human body, is rapidly spreading. A certain layer of people with impious intentions, actively became interested in this store. The pharmacist, in turn, instead of meeting the needs of clients, with blackmail but with humane intentions, forces visitors to sign papers guaranteeing the safety of the future victims chosen by them, in parallel conducts a psychological conversation with the guests.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlzsSs5gqpM

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Anna Mamaiashvili

Country: Georgia

Film title (in English): Samgori girls

Film synopsis (in English): After the collapse of the oil market, Nato, Manana and Iveta were forced to start trading outside in the evenings. Despite hard physical work, they try not to lose their zest for life.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjBnHh_cegs

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Archil Tsivilashvili

Country: Georgia

Film title (in English): About me and others

Film synopsis (in English): The short film tells the story of Giorgi Chkonia, a veteran of the Abkhaz war, who provided us with unique footage of the war, Abkhazia and the heroes fighting there. The short film tells us the story of George Chkonia, a veteran of the Abkhazian war, who provided us with unique footage of the war, about Abkhazia and the heroes fighting there.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lES8Q1yZUos

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Javid Samadov

Country: Germany, Azerbaijan

Film title (in English): Half Steel

Film synopsis (in English): When Polad was a young child, his father did not return from the war. His father’s decision to save civilians instead of returning home to his young Polad shattered Polad’s childhood. Thus, the child Polad died, and a soldier was born within him. For several years, Polad studied military tactics to win the war that his father could not. In the final battle, Polad lost both of his feet, but it was only then that he realized he had regained his lost freedom. Paying the price of his health and both feet, the soldier Polad died, and the free Polad was born. Almost half of Polad’s body is made of steel, and it brings a smile to his face when he thinks about it: How would his father react if he knew that Polad (Steel in Azerbaijani) would one day be half made of steel?

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWvc8_2PRqU

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Chiara Sulis

Country: Italy, Spain

Film title (in English): The Hedgehog Tree

Film synopsis (in English): Little Antonio and his friend Sebastiano, hidden behind a bush, curiously observe how a family of hedgehogs picks apples from the trees, stabbing them with their quills. Fascinated by the little animals, the two children decide to take them to Antonio’s house. But while they are playing with their new friends, a snake approaches the little hedgehogs and tries to eat them. Suddenly a fox jumps the fence and scares Antonio who, running, falls into a dark den. Snails magically light up and illuminate the den and the characters who live there: the man of science, the man of god, the man in a jacket and tie and the artist. Each of them gives Antonio advice on how to get out of the den. Once outside, Antonio sees a farmer chasing the fox and decides to let the little hedgehogs go free.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kan5FHNaAzw

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Kim Culetto

Country: Germany, Switzerland

Film title (in English): Helianthus Annuus

Duration: 10:47

Film synopsis (in English): During the dress rehearsal of their joint children’s play, director Christina tries to get the best out of her actors Robert and Emil to ensure that the play will be a success the next day. After everything seems to be sitting perfectly, she suddenly receives a phone call that throws the rest of the rehearsal into disarray and calls into question the work she has done so far. Will the premiere take place the following day?

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9n-apcKd-M

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Kathrin Wüscher

Country: Germany, Switzerland

Film title (in English): Roman

Duration: 07:19

Film synopsis (in English): During a boozy Christmas dinner Tim runs into his boss. Fearing for his job he desperately tries to downplay the situation and to convince his boss of his abilities. That actually seems to work – albeit differently than Tim would have expected. When the CEO of the company appears on the scene as well, the tone suddenly shifts and Tim discovers unexpected potential.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-DQFrIsKDE

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Ilja Baumeier , Kim Culetto

Country: Germany, Switzerland

Film title (in English): Justus

Duration: 10:37

Film synopsis (in English): Finally, Randolf feels the wind of driving again together with Merlin: After 17 months of imprisonment, he lets his friend drive him through the country roads in Justus, their old Opel Kadett, just like before. When Randolf opens his drug stash in the car, of which Merlin knows nothing, the friendship is put to the test and Justus witnesses their questions of guilt and the growing rift.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpq3990ZIso

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Roberto Galante

Country: Italy

Film title (in English): The Lixera

Film title (in the Native language): La Lixera

Duration: 12:05

Film synopsis (in English): Maputo, the capital city of Mozabimque, has one or may be two million inhabitants. A few neighborhoods have houses or more precisely brick shacks, some paved roads, mostly a wide range of huts without basic sanitation services, where day by day men, women and children scrape food together in slow and quiet despair-the only chance they have to survive. In Maputo there is an area called the dump district, La Lixeira. The dump is a metaphysical scenario, metaphor of our world, so aseptically modern, a kind of reversed utopia of our fate. About 700 families dig their way through these new mines of modernism. La lixeira is the place where the tangible and the intangible waste, the human waste, combine together in a visual short circuit. Man himself is reduced to being rubbish. It is a paradigm of the economical, social and existential topographies of our Earth. A sort of peaceful camouflage of despair, a cruel inhumane condition lived by its protagonists with the levity, fatality and irony which are the features of these almost unworldly people.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTTMTD03k7U

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Björn Kohler

Country: Germany

Film title (in English): Dawn

Film title (in the Native language): Morgengrau

Duration: 07:13

Film synopsis (in English): Lucie and Walle meet at a department store and fall in love with each other. A few years later: Lucies alcohol problem burdens the marriage. But there’s always a tomorrow to make things better and rescue what you love. Or maybe not?

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz-xZVGQSdg

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Jerzy Czachowski

Country: Poland

Film title (in English): Burial

Film title (in the Native language): Pogrzebanie

Duration: 14:25

Film synopsis (in English): Poland today – after the publication of the near total abortion ban regulations. A man and a woman bury a chest on the random field. Meanwhile, the owner of the plot calls the police. The couple is being accused of commiting a crime. As it turns out the chest hides a different secret than the one the police and the plot’s owner suspected. Will the painful confrontation with the emotions and the loss, in addition to the life-changing news be the end or the beginning of a new relationship between the couple?

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4cMN1SETI0

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Andrey Vasilyev

Country: Georgia

Film title (in English): It will be 6500 rubles

Duration: 05:00

Film synopsis (in English): Ksenia and Denis are married. There has been a crisis in their relationship for a long time. They join sessions of psychotherapy, but it doesn’t give a result. One day the doctor invites them to try his own very special and original method of solving the problem.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l12CxkCrHi4

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Dr. Lisa Spencer & her Middle School Students

Country: United States

Film title (in English): LoveDontBully

Duration: 09:30

Film synopsis (in English): A teacher and her middle school students talk about, interview, act out and research bullying, both at school and as a society.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxzdFZ1098E

Program: Competitive

Film author(s): Martin Gerigk

Country: Germany

Film title (in English): Night Ride from LA

Duration: 05:00

Film synopsis (in English): His experimental films won several international prizes and were screened at noted festivals like Asolo Film Festival, International Digital Arts Festival Videoformes, Girona Film Festival, Salento International Film Festival, Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, USA Film Festival, New Jersey Film Festival, Sidney International Film Festival, Fargo Film Festival, Sherman Oaks Film Festival, Canberra Short Film Festival, Film and Video Poetry Symposium Los Angeles, Syracuse Film Festival or ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3CvlvVlXDw