A deliciously dark comedy about a husband and wife whose different ideas of gender conformity lead to an unexpected confrontation. A short film from the animation trio who brought you the Oscar nominated short A Single Life.
English / French
The 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1955. 300.000 spectators are watching from the sidelines. It is 6:00 PM when Pierre Levegh’s car ploughs into the spectator stands, scattering the crowd with his car engine’s hot debris. It is a tragedy that will cost more than 80 lives. And yet, the race goes on. At Mercedes, a friend and co-pilot of Pierre Levegh’s is ready to take the relay. His name is John Fitch.
Akiko Takakura is one of the last survivors of the atomic bomb explosion of Hiroshima. During Obon, she receives the spirits of her parents and is haunted by memories. Her father is an authoritarian and traditional man. Akiko’s childhood consists of constant rejections and beatings. But the horrors of the atomic bomb and Japan’s subsequent capitulation change everything. Finally Akiko experiences fatherly love in the midst of Hiroshima’s ruins.
Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film
Krakow Film Festival (Oscar qualifying Silver Dragon Award, for best animation)
Huesca International Film Festival
Palm Springs Shortfest
Left behind at an isolated boarding school, young Will quickly becomes a target for bullying. Only the friendship from a small bird brings him solace. But as the bullying worsens, Will’s means of escaping the world grow darker..
An empty room with five people sitting at a table that seats six. Their withered bodies adorned with lush fabrics and jewelry, they spend eternity playing with their food. A charged silence fills the air. When the fragile equilibrium in the group is broken by the boy, the results are explosive.
A girl is studying the uneven bars. By presenting the girl’s life growth, from childhood to puberty, success of career and her relationship with her father, the film draws a picture of the girl’s life experience.
Staring at the Smartphone all the time, people are gradually alienating themselves from normal life and others nearby. This film, Life Smartphone, with its satirical and humorous style, serves to depict the current social situation and give people a chance to be introspective.
2017 Student Academy Award Winner and shorlisted for the 2018 Academy Awards.
In a universe where people are seeking connections with others, a
woman and a small child are brought together as mother and daughter. Inside the bubble of the mother’s protection, the child learns about love and trust, and ultimately how to form her own attachments.
Torill Kove was born and raised in Norway and now lives in Canada. Her three previous short films have all been nominated for the Academy Award, and Kove won the award with The Danish Poet. Kove has directed the feature film Hocus Pocus, Alfie Atkins and
written and illustrated several children’s books.
Selected for a.o. TIFF 2017 and BERLINALE 2018.
Abigail is heavily pregnant, But something is missing. Terrified about the imminent birth, she kidnaps a comforting partner in crime for one afternoon.
2018 Tel Aviv Student Film Festival- opening film
2018 Palm Springs ShortFest
2018 Encounters Film Festival
2018 Hamptons International Film Festival
Croatia / Slovenia / Sweden
After fleeing her violent father, 13-year-old Julija seeks comfort in her kindergarten friend Ana, who still lives on the island. But during a diving expedition, Ana only has eyes for her boyfriend. Feeling that she is increasingly being pushed away, Julija desperately struggles to gain recognition and attention. As her loneliness grows, her buried pain comes to the surface and confrontation becomes inevitable.
2017 Berlinale – Special Jury Mention
2017 Aspen Shortsfest
2017 Leeds International Film Festival
2017 Stockholm Film Festival
2017 CinEast Festival – CinEast Audience Award
2017 Chicago International Children’s Film Festiva – 1st Prize
2017 Festival de Cinéma Européen des Arcs
2018 Premiers Plans D’Angers
2018 Trieste Film Festival
In the short film SOAP, we accompany the Flemish retirees Gerben and Louise during a weekend getaway in Amsterdam. Their stay at Hotel Aphrodite initially seems solely about muddling through tourist masses and joint silent meals. But when Louise discovers the Aphrodite hotel soap, the weekend takes an unexpected and magical twist.
Drama / Thriller
The ordinary life of a Boston bred baggage handler is turned upside down when he steals a suitcase that contains terrorist plans. Inspired by true events on 9/II.
Starring Mojean Aria, Joseph Reitman and Charley Rossman.
Awards & Recognitions
*BAFTA Shortlist 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards – Live Action
*WINNER Best Drama USC School of Cinematic Arts First Look Film Festival 2017
*WINNER Audience Award Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Moebius Showcase 2016
Film Festivals & Screenings
*13th HollyShorts Film Festival 2017 (Competition), USA
*21st LA Shorts International Film Festival 2017, USA
*6th Long Beach International Film Festival 2017, USA
*35th Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2017 (Competition), USA
*Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 – The Moments that Define Us (Competition), USA
*Tribeca Film Festival 2017 – Shorts: Disconnected (Competition), USA – World Premiere
*USC School of Cinematic Arts First Look Film Festival 2017 (Competition), USA
*Screening at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Moebius Showcase 2016 (Competition), USA
Horror - LGBTQ
When a little bird suddenly drops dead in its cage, all eyes are on the cat. Desperately he tries to make everything right again, but actually making everything worse in the progress.
Selected for TIFF 2017!
After a traumatic encounter, a young, gay Egyptian joins the LGBT rights movement. When his safety is jeopardized, he must choose whether to stay in the country he loves or seek asylum elsewhere as a refugee. HALF A LIFE is a timely story of activism and hope, set in the increasingly dangerous, oppressive, and unstable social climate of Egypt today.
Film Festivals & Screenings
*2017 Docfest Sheffield
*2017 International Animation Film Festival Annecy
As the world starts moving around him, the young desert dweller decides to follow the footprints of his fellow tribesmen to the origin of natural forces, time.
A young girl happens to catch the most medium sized fish in the world and receives instant fame. But what happens when the fish gains weight?
Selected for Aspen International Short Film Festival 2017
There are things in life you never forget. One of them, like it or not, is “The Talk”.
In the film, adults share memories of the time when their parents first tried to explain sex to them. Using actual recordings of these recollections and a mix of hand drawn images, photographs, computer generated images as well as stop frame animated toys and props, the memories of several individuals have been caringly recreated in order to best present the awkwardness of one of life’s strangest occurrences.
– BEST ANIMATED SHORT: WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL, WARSAW, POLAND (2016)
– FIRST PRIZE – BEST ANIMATION: FLICKER’S RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, RI, USA (2016)
– BEST ANIMATION/EXPERIMENTAL: WINDY AWARDS, WINNIPEG FILM GROUP, WINNIPEG, CANADA (2017)
– PRIX DEVARTI AWARD: ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL, ANN ARBOR, USA (2017)
– HONARABLE MENTION: ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL, ATLANTA, USA (2017)
– AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARDS: DAWSON CITY INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, YUKON, CANADA (2017)
& Jascha Hannover
52 & 90 min.
Germany / Netherlands
English / German
He was one of Hollywood’s greatest writers and directors. Original footage of Wilder, conversations with his colleagues, archive and new film material document an eventful century in history and present a portrait of a man who was anything but boring.
Born Samuel Wilder in Galicia, Billy Wilder fled from Berlin as a young reporter via Paris and New York when the Nazis rose to power. He lived in many places; but it is in Hollywood that he ultimately settled. “NEVER BE BORING: BILLY WILDER” offers the viewer an intimate portrait of the star director and invites to take a glimpse at the machinery of the dream factory and Billy Wilder’s films, at their inner workings and mechanisms.
The Film offers insight into the life and mindset of a cinematic genius. Billy Wilder speaks for himself in countless original recordings and in exclusive newly filmed interviews his companions and contemporaries such as director Volker Schlöndorff, actor Mario Adorf, Swiss actress Marthe Keller and Paul Diamond, himself a script writer, son of Wilder’s most important writing partner, I.A.L. Diamond, reminisce about Wilder.
Via trailers and film extracts from his masterpieces the film documents and analyses Wilder’s cinematographic works; his tremendous standing in the industry is attested by conversations with his companions. His quotes, sometimes full of sarcasm, sometimes full of endearing humour, reveal much about the life of the famous writer and director. NEVER BE BORING: BILLY WILDER The film takes us to the places where these memories were formed.