still from "Selection Process", dir. Carla Pereira

Play-off II

Competition screenings
For adults
Short films
7.30 PM


Films qualified for the "Play-off" will be judged by viewers. The animation with the highest percentage of votes will receive a wildcard and enter the International Competition.

Loop, Pablo Polledri, Spain, Argentina 2021, 8’

In this society each human being repeats the same action over and over again, in this society each human being repeats the same action over and over again, in this society each human being repeats the same action o ver and over again, in this society each human being repeats the same action over and over again.

A Short Film About Solitude, Maciek Stępniewski, Poland 2021, 3’12’’

A short film I made to break my friends hearts.

I gotta look good for the apocalypse, Ayce Kartal, France 2021, 5’37’’

March 2020. After China, the whole planet locks itself in. Our world, which we call real, is drained of what used to be its substance, and forms of digital life multiply, like these couples whose avatars share a common life in a virtual universe. But what if the crisis we are actually experiencing is not a pandemic, but an accelerated derealization of our lives?

A Tasty Fish, Chihiro Tazuro, Japan 2020, 7’38’’

A firstborn baby comes into this world. Her parents are human, but the baby is a fish - and into the lake she is thrown. Another baby is born. The little girl is unaware of having an older sister, but the two will meet, over shared blood and history, and through the future generation. This is the story of a common occurrence - a stillborn - told in an uncommon way, and the journey a sister will make to meet her kin.

Swallow the Universe, Nieto, France 2021, 12’18’’

"Swallow The Universe" is a Japanese Emaki manga (a hand-painted horizontal scroll) which tells the grandiloquent blood-and-thunder saga of a young child lost in Manchuria’s deep jungles. His sudden presence creates complete anarchy in the local fauna’s until-then perfectly organized and primitive world. Gifted with a striking beauty, the child’s presence awakens in the monkeys, tigers, anteaters and amphibians, envy and need of possession, originally human passions.

Untitled project, Kacper Buratyński, Poland 2021, 8’58’’

Two scientists are researching the discovered civilization of French fries. The film is an edited material intended to document the discovery.

Push This Button if You Begin to Panic, Gabriel Böhmer, United Kingdom 2020, 12’51''

Bartholomew Whisper went to the doctor today. There he met administrators keen on experimental surgery, and lonely MRI machines. At least the growing hole in his head was becoming quite beautiful.

Deep Water, Anna Dudko, Ukraine 2021, 6’

A lonely chubby mermaid is keen on peeking at people through the water pipelines using magic. One day she falls in love with a man and, blinded by passion, shows up int his apartment to satisfy her burning desires.

A Guitar in the Bucket / 버킷 , Boyoung Kim, Republic of Korea 2021, 14’51’’

In a world where you can rent everything you need from huge vending machines, a girl wants to be a guitarist but people choose her to be something else.

Selection Process / Proceso de selección, Carla Pereira, Spain 2021, 3’30’’

A cat goes to a job interview where his qualifications are assessed by three mice. As the interview progresses, the situation starts getting more and more awkward for everyone involved.