& Diana van Houten
The Netherlands / Belgium
A dangerous intruder gives Pilar the chance to discover the wild animal within and the means to escape the post-apocalyptic village she lives in.
In a heavily polluted world, a young woman mourns the disappearance of animal species. When she falls ill due to a bacterial infection, nature appears to send her a message in her hallucinations.
Facing twilight years of loneliness and isolation, Hilda (Joan Collins) whilst clearing out her deceased husband’s belongings, unearths a long-buried secret. The find forces her to confront her past and break free from her solitude with an attempt to live the life that she always denied herself…
LA Shorts (won BEST ACTRESS)
Manchester Film Festival (BEST SHORT FILM)
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival
London Short Film Festival
New Port Beach Film Festival
Long listed for a BAFTA
A principal and teacher conspire to protect their students from an invisible predator lurking inside their school. Based on a true story.
2020 CLERMONT-FERRAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
LGBTQ - drama
‘Would you dare to jump if there were water?’, insecure teenager Alexander asks the boy he admires, who stands on a diving board in the middle of the beach. Cautiously dancing, they approach each other.
Chris, an autistic young man who camouflages his obsession with dive bombers, gets by with the help of Hans, the little guy who lives in his head and translates Chris’s social scripts for him. When zoologist Gwen invites Chris to meet her favorite chameleon, Chris and Hans move expeditiously ahead with a flirt script…but then the chameleon dies and Gwen needs Chris to go off script.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER Indy Shorts International Film Festival 2019
BEST ANIMATED FILM WINNER Salute Your Shorts Film Festival 2019
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER Anima Brussels 2019
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2019
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2019
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER Salute Your Shorts Film Festival 2019
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2019
JURY’S SPECIAL MENTION Animated Encounters Grand Prix 2019
Quote: ” “Mind My Mind” is a highly original animation that portrays the
experience of an autistic young man as he navigates starting a romantic
relationship and coping with the challenges of conversation and social
interaction. The film has a beautiful message: be yourself, and
celebrate the many positive qualities of being autistic. The animation
team are to be congratulated for their insight into how to convey what
goes on inside the mind of an autistic person during everyday
decision-making, including dealing with the stresses that arise from
ambiguity and sensory overload. It is encouraging that autistic viewers
themselves have endorsed this film as a way of helping others to
understand their experience.” Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director,
Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University”
Human Nature is a short animation film about the love animals have for people, and the harm they consciously or unconsciously cause to us.
WORLD PREMIERE TIFF 2019
KABOOM – Best Dutch Short Award
He calls himself „Catman“. Christian lives with his two cats Marmelade and Katjuscha.
They are inseparable. As he is yearning to become a father, he decides to fertilize his beloved cat Marmelade by an exquisite tomcat from abroad. “All Cats Are Grey In The Dark” is a melodrama that portrays an unconventional relationship between animal and human.
44th Toronto Int. Film Festival – IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film
52th Festival Dei Popoli Best Short Film
38th Uppsala International Short FD Audience Award
37th Sulmona Film Festival Best Short Documentary
27th Hamptons International Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Originality
72th Locarno Filmfestival Mention Special Premio Giuria dei Giovani
On the night of a lunar eclipse, we uncover the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town. From a pigtailed psychopath to naughty nuns and everything in between, this stop motion animated film conjures a comforting thought: that weird is relative.
Sundance Film Festival 2019
Ann Arbor Film Festival 2019
Atlanta Film Festival 2019
Athens International Filmfestival 2019
Santa Claus’ (Jan Sælid) whole existence is dependent on a little boy’s faith (Jonathan Gebuhr).
2019 Clermont Film Festival
2019 International Children’s and Youth Film Festival
2019 Tribeca Film Festival
A man, a woman and a meat grinder. Love is messy.
A sami man ends up in greedy and decadent claws as he tries to save both his reindeer herd and the woman he desires. An awful fable about fatal passion.
An Asian-American high school football player confronts his deepest fears after an
encounter with a mysterious figure.
72nd Cannes Film Festival – Cinéfondation
(Queer Palm Nominee)
Best Score – Brooklyn Horror Film Festival
Spokane International Film Festival
Toronto Inside Out
Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Taiwan International Queer Film Festival
…and many more
Alcopops, VHS tapes, cigarettes, boys, MSN Messenger, Placebo. Set on the Isle of Wight in 2003, fragments of the director’s own teenage video diaries collide with the fictional story of 15-year-old Tommy in this short film about a boy’s search for connection in the advent of the internet age.
Infatuated with his best friend’s boyfriend and unable to truly reveal himself to anyone, Tommy feels an overwhelming sense of isolation on the small chalk island he calls home. Desperate to be seen, he logs on to the family computer, clicks connect and opens MSN…
Film classics like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago” made Omar Sharif a world star. He was an actor, bridge player, nomad, womanizer and loved life. This portrait shows a man full of contradictions, who loved playing bridge more than the film business and who lived half of his life in hotels.
52 & 60 min.
A recently discovered archive reveals the story of the extraordinary life of the model agent Emmeline Snively, who ran the Blue Book Model Agency in Hollywood in post-war America. Many famous models, including Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield, started out at this modeling agency. Emmeline Snively was a Mother of Beauty for hundreds of models. She taught them how to walk and talk and even sent them out to get platinum blond hair or plastic surgery. The need to be pretty in post-war Hollywood was a phenomenon, and Emmeline Snively understood that.
This documentary reconstructs the way Emmeline created beauty and shows what’s left of it after all these years. The theme throughout the entire film is the meaning of beauty. Memories of youth, experience, aging and mortality create a history of time and place filled with humor, sadness and everything in-between, as these men and women navigated Hollywood and all its promises. A film about dignity, beauty and getting old.
52 & 73 min.
English / Polish
Ida Haendel is considered a legend among professional musicians and listeners of classical music alike. This documentary utilizes footage that was shot between 2009 and 2017, showing the life and work of British-Polish violinist Ida Haendel.
After having given her final performance, her everyday life oscillates between nostalgia and joy of living, between loneliness and hopefulness. Ida Haendel is a person of wisdom and humor, whole-heartedly accepting the challenge of spending her remaining years in a self-determined way. Though at some point she has to accept she can’t play the violin anymore, she refuses to stop singing.
“The Haendel Variations” is not an ordinary music documentary, it is not just another portrait of a world-renowned classical musician. Its rather restrained, more intimate approach focuses on the inner life of an extraordinary woman and on the two things that still give her life meaning: her love for music and for her fellow human beings.
Rain or shine, storm or chill; all year long the world is queuing up to see the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Who are all these visitors? Where are they from? And why are they here? This film watches the queue through the course of the four seasons, in search of stories from all over the globe.
Interviews with people from the line – both before and after their visit to the Secret Annex show how repression, discrimination, and dehumanization transcend the boundaries of time. We also learn that everyone in his own way feels connected to this extraordinary place. Personal stories are interspersed with passages from Anne Frank’s diary, read in many different languages by girls about the same age as Anne at the time.
Meanwhile we get an impression of everyday life as it unfolds around those waiting in line the canal boats, the street musicians, the ticket seller, the homeless man – For all its poignancy ”In Line for Anne Frank” is a document that also inspires hope.
Nominee Rockie Awards (History & Biography)