Fot. still from "Love in the times of coal-based economy", dir. Tomasz Siwiński

International Competition I

Short films
Competition screenings

Miłość w czasach gospodarki opartej na węglu / Love in the times of coal-based economy, Tomasz Siwiński, Poland 2021, 11’55’’

A prehistoric fish takes its first step on dry land. A cuddling T-Rex couple is about to become extinct. Meanwhile in Poland, it is 1963, and the Winter of the Century is in full swing. Chimneys cheerfully spit out clouds of black smoke. A young coal loader is madly in love with a beautiful crane operator. The heat of his love will not let him freeze while he trudges through snow drifts, guided by wild desire. Our hero and heroine, still totally unaware of global warming and excessive CO2 emissions, will play their parts in the human comedy of love and death.

Elo / Tie, Alexandra Ramires, Portugal 2020, 11’38’’

Under a gloomy sun, two characters with symmetrical handicaps look for adaptation.

The train driver, Christian Wittmoser, Zuniel Kim, Germany 2021, 5’45

In the five-minute animated documentary film The Train Driver, an anonymous train driver recounts his experience with suicide on the rails. Six times he experienced people taking their own lives before his eyes. While surf fishing, he tries to distract himself - but does something like that really leave no trace?

Własne śmieci / Your Own Bullshit, Daria Kopiec, Poland 2020, 6’26’’

There's nothing better than dinner with family, alhough it seems lika a looped script that repeats itself infinitely. Also, except food, you have to swallow the words of your loved ones. Sometimes they're bitter. Sometimes they're so repetitive they make you want to puke. Perfectly repeated for many long years.

Blue Monday, Katarzyna Orłowska, Poland 2020, 1’18’’

It's Monday afternoon, and the city drowns in rain and melancholy. A woman in a red coat is dreaming of an escape from the monotonous rhythm of everyday life.

 Los Huesos / The bones, Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña, Chile 2021, 14’22’’

Los Huesos is a fictitious account of the world’s first stop-motion animated film. Dated 1901 and excavated in 2021 as Chile drafts a new Constitution, the footage documents a ritual performed by a girl who appears to use human corpses. Emerging in the ritual are Diego Portales and Jaime Guzmán, central figures in the construction of authoritarian and oligarchic Chile.

Have a Nice Dog!, Jalal Maghout, Germany 2020, 13’14’’

Trapped in Damascus, surrounded by war, a lonely man becomes increasingly lost in his fantasies of fleeing and the inner dialogues with his dog.

Brunch, Marnik Loysen, United Kingdom 2021, 5’30’’

Animated comedy short film which looks at the generational disputes between millennials and baby boomers.