Habitat International Film Festival
6th - 15th May, 2022
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6th May 2022
7th May 2022
Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss
Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
Dr. G Prabha
Ajoy Bose & Peter Compton
8th May 2022
Vinothraj P S
Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia
9th May 2022
10th May 2022
11th May 2022
12th May 2022
Rahman Brothers (Shinos Rahman & Sajas Rahman)
Lijo Jose Pellissery
13th May 2022
Gentille M. Assih
14th May 2022
Carmen Lidia Vidu
15th May 2022
John David Seidler
Nitram (Caleb Landry Jones) lives with his mother (Judy Davis) and father (Anthony LaPaglia) in suburban Australia in the Mid 1990s. He lives a life of isolation and frustration at never being able to fit in. That is until he unexpectedly finds a close friend in a reclusive heiress, Helen (Essie Davis). However, when that relationship meets a tragic end, and Nitram’s loneliness and anger grow, he begins a slow descent that leads to disaster.
Savitri Antharjanam, better known as Kuriyeda Thu Taatri, is an enduring icon worthy of superstardom in women’s struggle for gender justice. The body blow struck at the vicious patriarchy that ruled her community is part of folklore in the south Indian state of Kerala. Taatri’s legacy fuelled intense debate in Kerala, particularly in the upper-caste Namboothiri Brahmin community which she belonged to in the last century. Changes came, but subjugation of women continued in one form or the other. This makes Taatri a legend and ‘Taya’ relevant even now. Noted writer, social reformer and freedom fighter V.T. Bhattathiripad, a Namboothiri himself described Taatri’s life as a tit-for-tat response to the male sexual anarchy in her community.
Tapashi returns to her countryside home to live a self-determined life after her higher education, but her family has already decided her destiny, from which no escape is possible!
Alma, a scientist, agrees to participate in a study in order to receive funding for her research. In the experiment, Alma is to spend a few weeks with a humanoid robot that adapts to her wishes and needs in order to become the perfect partner for Alma. After a few teething problems, Alma and the robot eventually find each other. But Alma wonders, what is the point of falling in love with a robot.
A reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.
We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner of war camp.
Simultaneously an ode and a lament, ABOUT ENDLESSNESS presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.
A Warsaw-based Vietnamese cook struggles to fit into the European culture, which his ten-year-old daughter has already embraced as her own. A story about love, misunderstanding and food.
Nina and Madeleine, two retired women, have been secretly deeply in love for decades. From everybody’s point of view, including Madeleine’s family, they are simply neighbors living on the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, sharing the tender delights of everyday life together. Until the day their relationship is turned upside down by an unexpected event leading Madeleine’s daughter to slowly unveil the truth about them.
Mikael is a doctor on night call. It’s a vocation. Between two patient-visits in slum areas, he cares for those whom no one else wants to see: the drug addicts, the homeless… He rubs shoulders with destitution. His life is in shambles. Especially when it comes to his pharmacist cousin who makes him write false prescriptions for Subutex. Overnight, he decides to get out of drug trafficking and rebuild his life. But there will be a heavy price to pay.
The film is like a stylization of silent cinema, connecting political and philosophical extremes of 1913 in a story of a young man participating at the creation of a new world. A mysterious adventurer, who was known as Peter the Lett, gets involved in a tragicomic and surreal race from a routine clerk job and a romantic passion in Riga to preparation of a world revolution in Vienna, psychoanalysis at Freud’s saloon and seduction of Mata Hari in Paris.
In 1893 on an isolated property, a heavily pregnant woman named Molly Johnson and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape. Her husband is gone, droving sheep in the high country. Molly then finds herself confronted by
a shackled Aboriginal fugitive named Yadaka. As an unlikely bond begins to form between them, secrets unravel about her true identity. Meanwhile, realizing Molly’s husband is missing, new town lawman Nate Clintoff becomes suspicious and sends his constable to investigate. The deadly encounter between Molly, Yadaka and the constable results in a tragic chain of events with Molly becoming a symbol of feminism and anti- racism.
The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson is a reimagining of Leah Purcell’s acclaimed play and Henry Lawson’s classic short story. It offers a powerful new interrogation of Australian history and a universal story of what a mother will do to protect her children.
Headstrong, feisty street dancer Rani works hard to take care of her daughter while reclusive weaver Shahdab discovers a new world in his friendship with an Israeli tourist. Exploring the love and hate dimensions in the ancient city of Varanasi, their cultural and political identities come to the fore.
A fund manager who has recently become a paraplegic uses an unsuspecting group of physically challenged people as cover to smuggle his illegal earnings across the Swiss border. In the process, he learns that there is more to life than money and finds happiness at a moment when he least expects it.
The Guerrasio family and their friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 16-year-old sister Chiara, as they compete on the dancefloor. It is a happy occasion, and the close-knit family is in top form. However, everything changes the next day when Claudio disappears. Chiara starts to investigate; as she gets closer to the truth, she is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself.
The film is a unique historical chronicle of the enduring love affair between The Beatles and India that started more than half a century ago.
Rare archival footage, photographs, eye-witness accounts and expert comments along with location shoots across India to bring alive the fascinating journey of George, John, Paul and Ringo from their high octane celebrity lives in the West to a remote Himalayan ashram in search of spiritual bliss that inspires an unprecedented burst of creative songwriting .
It is the first serious exploration of how India shaped the evolution of the greatest ever rock band and their own pioneering role bridging two vastly different cultures across the universe.
Two single women meet in a hospital room where they are both going to give birth. One is middle aged and doesn't regret it, while the other is adolescent and scared. The two women form a strong bond with one another as they both confront motherhood.
We are all humans – a moving and visually impressive 'heimat' film that gives sex workers a voice and reveals the seething abyss under the surface of the German provincial idyll, without losing its belief in humanity.
A hot-tempered alcoholic father drags his reticent son to a distant village to fetch back his wife whom he had chased away. But when the encounter turns ugly, the journey home through unforgiving Tamil Nadu barrens is fraught with the sweat and smudge of the deserted terrain where the land and human emotions lay brazenly palpable in the scorching heat.
Vicky, a 10-year-old boy, attends his grandfather's funeral in rural Kerala. During the next few days, his life changes as he learns more about his family, culture and himself
Clara, 40, is believed to have a special connection to God. As a ‘healer’, she sustains a family and a village in need of hope, while she finds solace in her relationship with the natural world. After years of being controlled by her mother’s repressive care, Clara’s sexual desires are stirred by her attraction to her niece’s new boyfriend. This newly awakened force takes Clara to unexplored territory, allowing her to cross boundaries, both physical and mystical. Empowered by her self-discovery, Clara gradually frees herself from her role as “saint” and begins to heal herself.
The film follows Anjali Arakkal, a junior journalist, who has set out to write an autobiography on convict C.K. Raghavan, who professes that he never committed the crimes he is in prison for.
“He has the same oral structure as my late husband.”
After her husband, Kyung-chi’s sudden passing, Min-hee moves to Jeju Island with a few unresolved questions in mind. She settles into the house Kyung-chi had always wanted, and gets to know a neighbor named Mok-ha and her twenty-year-old son, Tae-kyung. She takes a liking to self-confident and exuberant Mok-ha, but at the same time, has odd feelings toward Tae-kyung. As Min-hee learns more about them, she is swept over by a turbulence of emotions.
Pankaj is a small-town theatre actor with dreams of making it big in Mumbai. But faced with obligations to his family, which is under a deep financial strain post the lockdown, he is forced to weigh his dreams and make a choice.
When the curtain of green night rises, we will watch a fraction of one family’s drama.
A night guard finds a dead cat hanging by the neck. Because of this, he is tense but doesn’t say much about it to his wife. Wonhyung, the son of the night guard, works as a clinical social worker. He seems to only make ends meet. Then Wonhyung's grandfather's death drags this whole family into an unexpected journey of reminding them of old memories. And at the grandfather's house, they happen to meet one woman.
Usuf and his best friend Memo are Kurdish pupils at a boarding school secluded in the Anatolian mountains. When Memo falls mysteriously ill, Yusuf is forced to struggle through the bureaucratic obstacles put up by the school’s repressive authorities to help his friend. When the adults finally understand the seriousness of Memo’s condition and try to get him to the hospital, the school is cut off from the world by a heavy snowfall. With no way out and now desperate to find help, teachers and pupils engage in a blame game where grudges, feelings of guilt and hidden secrets emerge, as time ticks mercilessly on.
A life or death journey through the modern soccer industry. With pitch-black humour and a unique view of the world of sports, in his second feature-length film as director, Ronnie Sandahl looks at the true story of how 16-year-old soccer talent Martin Bengtsson was sold to a major Italian club – a childhood dream that turned into a chilling nightmare. A coming-of-age story about a young man’s passionate obsession in a world where anything and anyone has a price.
A conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters finally decide to come forward—not only to protect other young relatives, but to set an example for their daughters as well.
Rameshan, who has great love for cricket, fails to become a cricketer in his life. However, he tries to fulfill his dreams through his son when he realises that the child too has a passion for it.
In the city of Cochin a series of incidents connects the lives of a Tamil laborer couple, an actress, a builder, a criminal, and the wife of a businessman.
Preman is the caretaker of a flat at Cochin. Everyone in the flat calls him 'Natholi'. He faces some unfortunate events in the flat and begins to write a story with the same characters in his real life and plays with their lives in his story. The film revolves around the story of the conflict between Preman and the character he creates. He gradually loses control over the character he creates and it begins to act on its own. The rest of the movie is a display of Preman trying to wrest back control of his character and the ensuing plot twists.
Born as noble, one dreams to be humble. Born as humble, the other dreams to be noble. In 1801, after a new king ascended the throne, a scholar CHUNG Yak-jeon who served the late king is exiled to Heuk-san Island. When he lands on the unknown island with fears, rather he is amazed by wonders of various sea creatures. There he meets Chang-dae, a young fisherman who is a huge admirer of Confucianism and has a wide knowledge about the sea. Fascinated by his knowledge, CHUNG decides to write a book about the sea and asks Chang-dae to help him write the book, in exchange for helping Chang-dae’s study of Confucianism.
Three lives of autistic children, explored through their day-to-day lived reality, to unpack their world; and bring about a nuanced understanding so we can all co-exist with love and respect.
Who breaks the rule shall take responsibility for it.
There is a superstition in Korea that no one should visit a wake when there’s a baby under three weeks among the family members; but Woo-jin doesn’t believe it. He receives a text message that his ex-girlfriend passed away, and despite his wife’s dissuasion, he goes to the wake and mourns for her. After that day, strange things start to happen, and his baby becomes sick without reason. His wife now demands him to transfer this misfortune to other people by stealing a few things- two things from any store, one thing from a stranger.
2011, Kolkata, the Left parties have been voted out of power after three decades. And yet, at the surface ‘nothing’ seemingly happens. ‘Deep 6’ delves deeper into the personal and political world of a young solitary woman, and narrates Mitul’s (Tillotama Shome) story through haunting imageries, an evocative urban landscape, a dense sound design, and meditative long takes. Mitul strides through multiple lives, and encounters many ghosts – the living, the dead, and the undead. Mitul’s ‘ex-boyfriend’, Arka (Chandan Roy Sanyal), returns, since he would neither let go of the relationship nor their aborted political dream. Also, her deceased grandmother (Maya Ghosh) is back, and watches TV all day. Granny tells many tales of her lost homeland -- Bangladesh. Enduring ‘gas lighting’ by the intellectual big brothers, and moving between past, present and a possible future, Mitul radiates like a flame in the abyss, even when she walks alone into a restaurant, through the city and inside a cinema. On a rainy night, as Arka stands below her balcony, can Mitul turn a new leaf, and step into the future? 'Deep 6' is an experience of the city and of our quandaries, caught in the cabinet of times. It is a battleground of love, death, desire and despair.
Modan returns home after 15 years in prison for a murder committed to avenge his father's humiliation. Altered familial equations force him to rebuild his life with his frail mother and a new wife who's already a mother to a son. In spite of his honest attempts to forget the insults of the past, suppressed anger manifests itself in renewed violence.
A Theatre Group is rehearsing their play. On the day of performance, they reach the venue early in the morning and finish their final corrections and stage settings before evening.
After a long tedious annual day celebration of the resident's association, the group begins the Play.
Stela, a young Brazilian actress, decides to do a work on the letters exchanged between Latin American visual artists in the 70s and 80s. She travels to Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and Chile in search of her works and testimonies about the reality they lived during the dictatorships that most of these countries faced at the time. Amid the investigation, Stela discovers the existence of Ana, a young Brazilian woman who was part of this world, but disappeared. In 1968, Ana went from the south of Brazil, from a small country town, to the effervescent Buenos Aires, which was experiencing a moment of change in visual arts and behavior. Obsessed with the character, Stela decides to find her and find out what happened to her. The film is loosely inspired by the play There is more future than past.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Chae-geun, who is making a living through designated-driver service, lives in agony because he still cannot forget what happened in Gwangju in May 1980. To keep his word with his son, he decides to avenge those who do not show regret. Chae-geun uses his job to make an approach to one of the generals who were responsible at that time. Now, everything is ready for the revenge.
Rahim is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don't go as planned.
Vienna, 1920. The Austro-Hungarian Empire has collapsed. Peter Perg returns home from the Great War, after years of captivity. But the Vienna he comes home to is nothing like the place he once knew. The new Austrian Republic thrives on artistic freedom, but anti-democratic movements loom overhead. A stranger in his hometown, his life takes a turn for the worse when one of his former comrades is murdered. Suddenly the mysterious killings of veterans are mounting. Personally connected to the victims, Perg decides to bring the killer to justice.
Catarina Vasconcelos sifts through the memories and dreams of her ancestors. Vasconcelos presents her family's lineage, starting with her grandfather Henrique, who married her grandmother Beatriz on her 21st birthday. This is the beginning of a generational saga, told in shards of memory and voiceover.
In a remote village in the Carpathian forests, forgotten by the outside world, the last Austrians of Ukraine wrestle with the question of whether they should turn their backs on their homeland.
The fragile ecosystem of ‘Puthuyvype’ a small island in Kochi, the exotic migration of birds to the mangroves, the fisherman and the impending danger from a petroleum company has contributed to Joy’s metamorphosis. Locals recall in a tale mixed with myth, divinity and disturbing ecological disruptions 'Joy' may not be just an ordinary man.
During the lockdown that followed the outburst of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Bucharest invited 60 artists from both countries to talk about their own future, as well as about the transformations their art could undergo during this period and after the end of the health crisis. The short videos they sent were posted on the ACF Bucharest and Radio România Cultural pages on the social networks. Very quickly, they caught the attention of tens of thousands of people in both countries.
Based on this success, the ACF Bucharest team decided to entrust to the locally very well-known Romanian film and theater director, Carmen Lidia Vidu, the production of a documentary gathering excerpts of all these artists’ videos.
The documentary #newTogether is a true dictionary of ideas and states of mind during the pandemic period and, at the same time, a unique project in the Romanian cinematographic landscape. It was initiated and produced by a foreign cultural institute and not by a film production company, which is a pioneering approach.
In 2016, around mid- February, the state of Haryana found itself in a situation, when all of a sudden, the peaceful Jaat reservation agitation flared up into a devastating inferno of sectarian violence. This region, right from the beginning, has been famous for its unmatched spirit of harmony and peaceful co- existence. The very term ‘sectarian violence’ was alien to the people of this region but these countless incidents of violence changed everything. The very social fabric of Haryana was in tatters. Just like Draupadi from the epic Mahabharat, that spirit of harmony and peaceful coexistence found itself disrobed of its dignity, unguarded and abandoned, praying for some divine intervention.
Once upon a time there was a dark tale set in a small community somewhere in the world. A seemingly normal world silently festering with the sadism of fathers and the anger of diligent, desperate children.
Richard Wagner is working on his new opera "Tristan and Isolde". Mathilde Wesendonck and her husband, the silk-merchant Otto Wesendonck venerate Wagner. Mathilde is turning from a loving mother into a muse of the new music.
DIRO a SAMSA man goes to a neighbouring village to take part in the HANGSEU BISU which leads him to be confined and incidentally dies there. As a consequence, DIRO's wife has to take the entire responsibility of his three children. Working as an assistant mid-wife, she has to face several experiences which she despises. According to the custom of SEMKHOR if a woman dies during child bearing the infant is buried alive along with the mother. Diro's wife got her only daughter MURI married to DINAR at the age of 11 yrs only. Unfortunately Muri dies just after giving birth to a girl child. In a society where a woman can't even take a decision, how Diro's wife brings a new life to the infant of MURI is like an indication of a new dawn in SEMKHOR.
Dollu is the story of Bhadra, a Dollu drummer-dancer. Time puts his team to test as money becomes a bigger factor for the team while passion takes a backseat. The team leaves their village behind in search of greener pastures only to land in an unforgiving metropolitan city, Bengaluru.Bhadra realizes that their temple's annual rituals would remain incomplete without the team's performance. He sets out to reunite his team to keep the centuries’ old tradition alive. The hardships he faces and his path of realization that art isn’t defined by the constructs of the society; forms the journey of Dollu
In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son, Jack. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.
Jaakko is blind and disabled, tethered to his wheelchair. He loves Sirpa. Living far away, they have never met in person, but they meet every day over the phone. When Sirpa is overwhelmed by shocking news, Jaakko decides to go to her immediately despite his condition. In any case, he just needs to rely on the help of five strangers in five places: from home to taxi, from taxi to station, from station to train, from train to taxi and finally from taxi to… her.
Winter 1992, somewhere in the bleak, rundown expanses of northeast Germany, two police inspectors – one from the West, one from the East – are looking into the disappearance of two girls...and end up sinking deeper and deeper into the mire of the formerly divided Germany. A thriller with a sense of history.
A man who has strayed away from his family comes back home to discover corners he didn’t know existed and to mend relationships that had never really broken when he finds out that he has just two months to live.
In 1981 Taiwan invited women to a first World Cup in women’s soccer – at a time when the German Football Association (DFB) more tolerated than promoted women’s football, which had officially been banned in Germany until 1970. Since the formation of a women’s national team was not of interest to the DFB, the invitation went to the German record champions of the SSG 09 Bergisch Gladbach. In the film, the former players tell of the absurd conditions under which they fought for their great dream of soccer, against all odds and with a good portion of humor. Without any support from the DFB, they played the tournament of their lives in front of hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic spectators in the World Cup stadiums and live on Taiwanese television. Accompanied by historical film footage – contemporary testimonies of a man’s world, which today seem all the more anachronistic – the film tells a soccer story in which much more is at stake than sporting success, namely equal rights and recognition.
Amira, a 17 year old Palestinian, was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her imprisoned father, Nawar. Although their relationship since birth has been restricted to prison visits, he remains her hero. His absence in her life is overcompensated with love and affection from those surrounding her. But when a failed attempt to conceive another child reveals Nawar’s infertility, Amira’s world turns upside down.
Short Film 1
(Short fiction/ India/Hindi with English subtitles/ 2019/ 20 mins)
Dirs.Nishtha Jain and Deepti Gupta.
A conscientious young gynaecologist comes face-to-face with the reality of the 'women's ward' in a government city hospital.
Short Film 2
Fathima, The Oracle
( Tibetan, Ladakh, Balti, Hindi, English with English subtitles / 2019/28 mins)
Dir. Geleck Palsang.
In a small village in northern India, a Buddhist spirit possesses a young Muslim girl. As she goes into trance, she speaks a language different from her own. This inexplicable phenomenon breeds hostility within her community.
Short Film 3
Then Comes the Evening
( Serbia/ Serbian/2020/ 28 mins)
Dir. Maja Novakovic.
Bitter poetry of everyday life in the isolated hills of Eastern Bosnia shows the care and intimacy of two old women, both in their mutual relations and in their relationship with nature.
Short Film 4
Yet Another Winter
(Short fiction/Nepal/ Nepali with English subtitles/22 mins)
A faithful mother follows the rituals of the Shaman and embarks on a journey hoping that her deaf daughter might start to hear and speak.
Short Film 5
The Jujurana's Kingdom
(English/ 2019/ 10 mins)
Dir. Munmun Dhalaria.
A journey into the Kingdom of Jujurana, one of the most vulnerable pheasants on our planet, residing in the backdrop of extreme socio-political pressures exerted on a beautiful temperate and subalpine forest landscape. The red-faced, blue-wattled, horned male of the species is a gorgeous pheasant, mesmerising the females with his breathtaking courtship dance. This short film on the filmmaker's journey into the kingdom of the Jujurana, highlights what it takes to protect this species at a time that India is rapidly losing its biodiversity.
Short Film 6
Water Flows Together
USA/English/2020 /12 mins )
Dirs. Palmer Morse, Matt Mikkelsen, Taylor Graham.
Water Flows Together is told from Colleen Cooley’s perspective, exploring the ways in which her upbringing and her native identity have shaped the way she interacts with the world. The film is a meditation on the challenges Colleen and her community have faced, the unique relationship she has with the San Juan River, and the unique opportunities her role as a river guide affords as she seeks to create positive change.
Short Film 7
( Docu/India/Marathi/2020/20 mins)
An ethnographic film exploring the legend of a Mahadeo Koli Goddess Kaldu whose story and identity remains impregnated in the consciousness of the women of the tribe even today.
Short Film 8
The Spell of Purple
(Short fiction/India/Gujarati with English subtitles/ 2020/24 mins)
The sole owner of a small field in tribal Gujarat, is the target of envious neighbours who brand her a ‘witch’, and lurk in the shadows of both her land and her nightmares. Enveloped in fear, she looks for strength in other women, even as a new mother deals with loneliness and a young married woman is forced to reckon with turmoil of her own.
Into the Light features the liberating life stories and powerful words of inspiring Quebec women of African origin who’ve regained control over their lives after suffering from domestic violence. The film transcends prejudice and breaks the silence, pulling back the curtain on a poorly understood, hidden world, while testifying to the tremendous power that comes from overcoming isolation and accepting one’s self. It’s a luminous dive into the quest for personal healing and universal humanity.
1. The Dress (Short film/ Poland/Polish/2020/30mins)
Lust, sexuality and physicality. These are the deepest desires Julia suppresses while working at a wayside motel. That is until she crosses paths with a handsome truck driver, who soon becomes the object of her fantasies Dir.Tadeusz Lysiak; Cast : Anna Dzieduszycka, Dorota Pomykała, Szymon Piotr Warszawski, Andrzej Glazer, Lea Oleksiak, Michalina Robakiewicz, Maciej Robakiewicz, Ryszard Parol, Julia Kalinowska, Kinga Bloch, Wiktor Eychler, Antoni Strawa, Jakub Onichowski, Lidia Moroz, Konrad Krupiński, Monika Markowska; Script : Tadeusz Łysiak; DOP : Konrad Bloch; Editor : Mariusz Gos; Producer : Maciej Ślesicki; Production : Warsaw Film School. The film was nominated for Oscars in the Short Film Category. Multiple award winner including: Best Narrative Short at Atlanta Film Festival, USA, Bronze Tadpole for Konrad Bloch at Camerimage Festival, Poland, Grand Prize – Best Actress for Anna Dzieduszycka at Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA, The Winner in Let's Include category at Bengaluru International Short Film Festival, India, Best Student Fiction Film at IN THE PALACE Short Film Festival, Bulgaria
2. Mother's Day ( Poland/Polish/2021 /11 mins)
A short story about mothers struggling with extreme situations. The fox travels through the forest in search of food. When she reaches the edge of the forest, she comes across a lonely farm where she witnesses the stormy events involving a young woman expecting a baby.Dir. Patryk Kaflowski. Cast : Alina Szczegielniak, Wiesław Kupczak Script : Patryk Kaflowski DOP : Patryk Kaflowski, Patryk Roman Editor : Patryk Kaflowski, Michał WalterSound : Maciej Amilkiewicz Production : Szkoła Filmowa im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego
3. End of The World ( Poland/Polish/2020/16 mins)
A young journalist suffering from insomnia is contracted to conduct an interview with a well-known artist. Feliks’ hitherto urban lifestyle is being confronted with the tranquility of a country land, likewise are his deepest fears. Purely professional at first, their relationship becomes more of an intimate nature, creating a thread of understanding between Iga and Feliks. Both coping with their loss, try to overcome obstacles of getting to the other side of life. Dir. Karol Ulman. Cast : Małgorzata Gałkowska, Mikołaj Kubacki; Script : Karol Ulman ; DOP : Maksymilian Plater-Zyberk; Editor : Aleksandra Kasprowicz; Sound : Jacek Hamela; Production ; Szkoła Filmowa im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego.
4.Last Days of Summer ( Poland/Polish/2020/28 mins)
A summer idyll in a thriving family vineyard is interrupted by an assault on Yana, one of its seasonal workers. The victim’s story can only be confirmed by one person, her friend Tosia. The teenager faces a difficult moral dilemma between justice and protecting her family. What will she choose? Dir. Klaudia Kęska; Cast : Julia Kuzka, Grzegorz Damięcki, Monika Kwiatkowska, Sonya Slyusarenko, Jan Hrynkiewicz ; Script : Klaudia Kęska; DOP ; Kamil Małecki; Editor : Alan Zejer; Production : Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School.
5. Submission ( Poland/Polish/2021/26 mins)
Piotr, a good but unlucky angler living in a former Polish colony. He catches the largest and most disgusting fish at the greatest Millennium Fishing Competition. His life from this moment begins to change for the better, and the hero begins to see in her a salutary amulet in the fish that he caught. Unfortunately, at the same time the fish brings apocalyptic destruction to the world. Piotr will have to choose between his own good and his entire island community. Dir. Michał Ciechomski; Cast : Mirosław Haniszewski, Anna Krotoska, Michał Wójtowicz, Krzysztof Franieczek, Maja Pankiewicz; Script : Michał Ciechomski; DOP : Paweł Grabarek; Editor : Agnieszka Białek; Sound : Bartek Grzybkowski; Animation : Kacper Buratyński; Production : Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School
1.Bittu(India,USA/2020/ 17 mins)
A close friendship between two girls is eclipsed by an accidental poisoning at school. Based on a true story.
Director : Karishma Dev Dube | Cast :Rani Kumari, Renu Kumari, Saurabh Saraswat| Screenplay: Karishma Dev Dube| Producer: Shreya Dev Dube, Grace Evangelista| Cinematography: Shreya Dev Dube| Editing: Colin Elliott, Karishma Dube| Sound: Arjun G. Sheth| Music: Arooj Aftab
Awards & Festivals: Shortlisted for 93rd Academy Awards, Director Guild of America Best Student Film, Best Film IFFLA 2021, Best Director HollyShorts LA, Best Film Denver Film Festival, Festivals: Telluride Film Festival, BFI Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, HollyShorts LA, Dharamshala International Film Festival.
2. Khabsurat(India/Hindi/2021/15 mins)
Barkha a young small town woman tries to make it as a dancer in Mumbai, but pays a heavy price for the freedom offered by the big city to experiment with her own sexuality.
Writer & Director : Ashutosh Pathak | Cast : Naina Sareen |Producer: Vikramaditya Motwane |Cinematography: Ihjaz Aziz |Editor: Paromita Ghosh|Music: Neel Adhikari |Sound Design: Nishant Agarwal
Awards & Festivals : DIFF 2021, SAFFM 2021, Dialogues Kolcotta 2021
3. Undivided Solitude(2021/10 mins)
Much before Corona arrived, an elderly couple lived in a suburban town of West Bengal, in a humble abode with their son’s family, spending their times bantering with their grandson. Then, one day, the son left in search of a better life! The bond with their much-loved grandson was broken. And then there was Corona! The solace that they sought in their grandson’s photographs and his scribblings on walls was overlapped by alien-looking health-workers in PPE kits entering their house and lives! Can they save themselves and their home filled with memories of their little grandson fromthis unprecedented crisis?
Director : Bijoy Chowdhury| Cast: Lt. Dinesh Ch. Chowdhury, Sefali Chowdhury | Story & Screenplay : Bijoy Chowdhury| Producer : Bijoy Chowdhury| Cinematography: Bijoy Chowdhury| Sound & Editing: Korak Misra
Awards & Festivals : PSBT Fur Gold Lotus Award - Best Film (Fiction) in Professional Category,PSBT Fur Gold Lotus Award - Best Director (Fiction) in Professional Category, Anondolok Shortcut 2022 - Best Film, IIHS Urban Lens Film Festival
4. Chasing The Light (2021/5 mins)
This short film aims to capture the play of light in Harmeet’s house, the arrival of the monsoon and the renewal of hope during the lockdown.
Director, Producer & Cinematography: Harmeet Basur|Editing : Ankur Ahuja|Sound Design: Ankur Ahuja
Awards & Festivals :Best Film-Non Fiction, PSBT Film ChallengeUrban Lens Film Festival 2021, Lockdown Chaumasa- the Monsoon Festival 15, Moving Images: Experimental video art screening,Online Isolation Short Video Festival -Russia – Semi finalist,Festival Angelica US, 8th Goa Short Film Festival.
5. Mahalle’s School( Short film/Marathi/2021/10mins)
Janu and Vedu are attending online classes with limited resources for the first time. They explore this new world together with their parents. What starts as a look at a new kind of learning gradually evolves into an uninhibited and intimate portrait of an Indian family.
Director :Akshay Pradip Ingle|Cast: Janu, Vedu, Deepika , Umesh|Producer : Pooja Ingle, Abhishek Pawar|Cinematography: Akshay Ingle|Editing: Dhanesh Gopal, Akshay Ingle|Sound : Sudarshan Sawant|Music: Rohit Mulmule
Awards & Festivals: PSBT Silver Award - PSBT Film Challenge,Best Film on Children's Issues at 25th Film Southasia Kathmandu, 34th IDFA Youth Documentary Competition, 10th Dharamshala International Film Festival,UNICEF Innoceti Film Festival Florence, Toto Awards
6. Angh (India, Nagaland/ Konyak/2021/22 mins)
It is 1963 and Christianity has overwhelmingly taken a hold of Nagaland. Abandoned by his tribe and living in isolation following his wife’s death, a village chief and former feared and respected Headhunter proudly holds onto his ancestral ways, determined to carry them on to posterity through his son, Amao. But all the teenage boy wants is a sense of belonging.
Commanding visuals that evoke an aura of mythical proportions immerse us into a fascinating and little-known part of history. Working with non-actors from the indigenous population, Theja Rio tells a small intergenerational tale with beautiful intimacy, while also confidently inviting us to contemplate questions of immense scope and complexity, such as the political repercussions of homogenization of culture and the cost of religion to centuries-old tradition and thought.
Director : Theja Rio|Cast : Amo Rio, Johan Solo, Shekato Chishi, Nyeiang Konyak, Angmung Konyak, Thinu Seyie, Jothan Rengma, Menguseii Sorhie| Screenplay: Theja Rio| Producer: Theja Rio& Nancy Nisa Beso| Cinematography: Vincenzo Condorelli A.I.C|Editing : Bhupesh Micky Sharma| Music : Sagar Desai
Awards & Festivals : Special Jury Award - 2021 Clermont - Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Palm Spring International Short Film Festival 2021, Dharamshala International Film Festival 2021, IFFLA 2022
7. Cycle(Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Telugu/2021/20mins)
A wronged young tribal woman, in the absence of systemic justice, turns rebel, but struggles to be able to fulfill all the expectations that the path to retribution demands. A multilingual short film shot on a phone camera as found footage, and filmed in three uninterrupted long takes. The film features a large and ethnically varied cast, most of who were facing a camera for the first time ever.
Director & Screenplay :Devashish Makhija|Cast : Bhumika Dube, Mukesh Pachode, Jacky Bhavsar, Bhumisuta Das, Vijay Patidar , Muskan Maina, Anjali Goyal, Anju Chandravanshi, Sanjana Sanjana, Yaminee Gedam, Aashirvad Jha, Shubham Vishwakarma, Yashovardhan Sharma, Satish Malasiya, Kartik Soni, Anand Yadav, Ashraf Ali,Hardik Dhakite, Harshit Sharma, Shivli Rajput, Jitendra Parmar, Kashaf Khan, Nikhil Karosiya, Ranjit Thakur, Rehmaan Shaikh, Shiv Raghuwanshi, Uddesh Yadav, Ronak Singh, Vivekanand Daakhore | Producer: Devashish Makhija, Abhinav Singh, Pria Mundra, Sumeet Kamath, Sreeram Ramanathan| Cinematography: Vivekanand Daakhore, Bhumika Dube, Jacky Bhavsar| Editing: Devashish Makhija, Ronak Singh| Sound: Dibakar Saha
8. Insight Within(Short film/India/ English/2021/9 mins )
An inspiring film about how an unemployed, visually impaired, computer-illiterate dentist trained and found well-paying jobs for over 23,000 disabled youngsters without charging them a penny.
Director & Screenplay: Vijay Jodha|Cast: Dr. Jitendra Aggarwal, Ranjan Chopra, Sandeep Bhargava, Deepa Upriti, Rashid Khan| Producer: Centre for Social Communication and Change|Cinematography: Vijay S. Jodha|Editing: Sachin Meena|Sound: Vijay S. Jodha| Music: Pradeep Kotnala|
Awards & Festivals :Nominee, Tokyo Short Film Festival, True Colours Film Festival - Singapore and Japan, Gbeck Future Film Festival – Canada, Liberation Doc Fest – Human Rights Festival – Bangladesh,Tokyo Short Film Festival – Japan.