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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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.
Horror - LGBTQ
Mikaela had a sex reassignment surgery . One night out she meets a guy who follows her home. The movie Undress me examines our perceptions of gender and how our identity can be formed by the perceptions of others.
Teddy Award – Best Short Film, Berlin International Film Festival.
Best International Short Film – Tel Aviv International Film Festival, Israel.
Best International Short Film – Filmout, San Diego (US).
Special mention – Sicilia Queer Filmfest, Italy.
Best Short Film – Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, Czech Republic.
The high school jury’s special price of the conseil general de l’Essonne – Festival of european cinema in Essonne, France.
Best Short Film – Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival, Russia. International award – Festival International of Short Film and Animation of Barcelona 2014.
Special Mention – Next Film Festival 2014, Romania.
International Jury Award Best Short Film – Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival South Africa.
Loke’s Sister 2014 – Tupilak, Nordic Rainbow Cultural Worker’s. For outstanding contributions to trans culture.
Lolly Award for best xposed short, XPOSED International Queer Film Festival, Tyskland
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.
BERLINALE 2017 – SPECIAL JURY MENTION
ASPEN SHORTSFEST 2017
“The Tumblies” are an animated 3D series for a pre- school audience (ages 2-5). The Tumblies are colourful characters each made out of three or four separate discs, placed on top of each other. These discs are not fixed to one another, so a Tumbly can fall apart. Which often leads to slapstick-like and playfull scenes. The colourful Tumblies discover the world playfully.
Set against the backdrop of a cruel North Dakota winter, White Earth is a tale of an oil boom that has drawn thousands to America’s Northern Plains in search of work. Told from the perspective of three children and an immigrant mother whose lives are touched by the oil boom, each story intertwines with the others – exploring themes of innocence, home, and the American Dream.
Harm and Helena, a middle-aged married couple, are upside down in their car alongside a remote road. To make matters worse Harms leg is stuck and help doesn’t seem to be near.
Can their relationship survive when they need it the most?
– Grand Prix Canal+ Award, l’Etrange Festival 2016 – Paris, France
– Best Director, DaKINO International Film Festival 2016 – Bucharest, Romania
– Platinum Remi Award, WorldFest-Houston 2017, Houston, USA.