DIRECTOR ENGLISH/ORIGINAL TITLE COUNTRY YEAR DURATION Min. Sec. Julia Milz NEVERMIND POLLY DE 2017 30 Robert Arnold HIGHWAY 380 NORTH US 2018 6 Stéphane Baz SAVOR IT / DEGUSTE FR 2018 5 Pola Beck KLEPTOMAMI DE 2017 9 58 Yoakim Bélanger ON THE 11TH OF APRIL CA 2017 24 Marko Belić FLIMFLAM HR 2018 8 David N. Bernatchez LITTLE STORIES /PETITES HISTORIES CA 2018 5 Renato Berta REPRISE CH 2018 7 50 Bill Brown XCTRY US 2018 6 18 Anna Denisova MARJANJA RU 2018 18 21 Diego Fandos AURORA ES 2017 10 Dinko Draganovic ROYAL BLUE / ROYALBLAU AU 2018 20 Ewa Górzna COLLAPSE FI 2017 7 32 Mike Hoolboom 3 DREAMS OF HORSES CA 2018 5 30 Nicolas Jacquet WEAKER SEX / SEXE FAIBLE FR 2018 14 52 Jacek Jędrzejczak EXONERATION PL 2017 4 49 Vladislav Knežević END CYCLE / ZAVRŠNI KRUG HR 2017 18 Kate Tessa Lee / Tom Schön SEC ROUGE DE 2018 26 Ricardo Vieira Lisboa REINALDO’S MOTIFS / OS MOTIVOS DE REINALDO PT 2018 8 Kumar Mayank HAIKU PH 2018 13 33 Marko Meštrović TRIP HR 2017 10 40 Ashique Mostafa INTERIORS & EXTERIORS BD 2017 8 Mark Olexa / Francesca Scalisi BLACK LINE CH 2017 10 29 Ranko Pauković 90 SECONDS IN NORTH KOREA HR 2018 15 Pantaleon/ Pilar Aldea SCIPIO'S ELEPHANTS ES 2018 5 49 Neli Ružić NOWHERE / NIGDINA HR 2018 17 Hiroya Sakurai THE STREAM VIII JP 2017 6 54 Dariusz Sipowski TOO – TASH UK 2018 11 48 Antti Tanttu QUALIA FI 2017 6 43 Jan van IJken BECOMING NL 2018 6 15 Sami van Ingen FLAME / POLTE FI 2018 15 Arian Vazirdaftari LIKE A GOOD KID / MESLE BACHE ADAM IR 2018 20 Vado Vergara FLOWERS / FLORES BR 2017 17 Hrvoje Wächter TARGET HR 2018 9 04 Timo Wright EX NIHILO FI 2017 8 20 Gu Yu THE GOOD ECUCATION / LA BONNE EDUCATION FR 2017 29 35
Marina Gumzi, Slovenia
Producer / scriptwriter. Studied dramaturgy, performance studies and film production in Ljubljana, Berlin, Ludwigsburg and Paris. After having worked alongside with theatre and performance artists for about a decade, in institutional theatres as well as with independent ensembles, she is now interested in creating and curating author-driven contemporary cinema. Works as a managing director of NOSOROGI, Ljubljana-based atelier for production of author-driven films by up-and-coming filmmakers (recent productions: PLAYING MEN, Matjaž Ivanišin, 2017; STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS, debut by Gregor Božič, in post-production). Lives in Ljubljana and Berlin.
Toni Meštrović, Croatia Born 1973 in Split, Croatia, graduated with a Graphic Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1999, where he produced graphic arts, sculpture and installation. Due to his interest in electronic audiovisual media, he studied Video/Digital Imaging at the International Summer Academy for Contemporary Art in Salzburg in 1997, and completed a two-year postgraduate diploma in Media Art at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne in 2004. Video, sound and audiovisual installations produced during Meštrović’s postgraduate studies explore his personal perception of the sea, and the island where he grew up. Upon his return to Croatia, his work deals with themes of cultural heritage, identity and the changes that have occurred in Dalmatia due to the period of transition. Since 1992, he has taken part in group and solo shows, as well as video festivals. He lives in Rijeka and Kaštela, and teaches at the Arts Academy University of Split, Department of Film and Video.
Jan Soldat, Germany Born in Karl Marx Stadt (now Chemnitz) on 21.2.1984, he has been making short films at Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt since 2006. He took up studies in film and television directing at the ‘Konrad Wolf’ College of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 2008. His documentary “Geliebt / Be loved” about Zoophilia, sexual and emotional relationships between men and dogs, participated in the short film competition of Berlinale in 2010. Two years later he took part again with his Coming-Of-Age short fiction “CRAZY DENNIS TIGER” in the Youth Program of the Berlinale, the Generation 14plus. Also in 2012 his documentary short „LAW and ORDER“, about two elderly men and their sadomasochistic fetishes, was screened in the Panorama section of the Berlinale and afterwards in about 100 Festivals. His film school graduation “Der Unfertige / The Incomplete” won the CineMAXXI Award for best short film at the 8th Rome Film Festival in 2013. “Haftanlage 4614 / Prison System 4614” his first longer documentary was screened at the 65th Berlinale Panorama in 2015. It’s the second part of his four-part prison play-observation.
- THE COMPETITION SHORTS
In the Competition Shorts category, the jury, consisting of Marina Gumzi, Toni Meštrović and Jan Soldat, has decided to reward the following films:
FLAME, Sami van Ingen, FI 2018.
A celebration of a fortunate accident – discovery of a nitrate reel of a supposedly lost Finish film from the 1930s. But it is not only that: it is also a whole new show! Digital intervention is used to heal damaged continuity and to re-create the narration with new accents. Combination of filmmaking techniques from different eras creates a delightful cinematic experience, complexly built but light in its flow, and fresh despite the fact that it is grounded on an old and damaged source.
TWO HONORABLE MENTIONS:
SCIPIO’S ELEPHANTS, David Pantaleon / Pilar Aldea, ES, 2018.
A curious miniature that offers a short yet enigmatic plunge into the unidentified southern land inhabited by men, dogs, harvesting machines and the guardian of fire. The film draws its charms from the powerful cinematography and compact editing, as well as from the semiotic openness through which the audience can assign own meaning to the narration.
END CYCLE, Vladislav Knežević, HR, 2017.
The captivating use of the continuous circular flow of the camera and the visceral quality of sounds of cracking of the skin of performer’s slow transformation provide an experience of a both futuristic and historical scope. By translating a humanistic stance into a coherent filmic entity, END CYCLE offers a forceful meditation on destruction, suffering and the resistance of the body.