International Competition is open to contributions by filmmakers of all nationalities, produced by individuals, international film schools, film studios and production groups from all around the world, including the Baltic countries. We accept films of all genres not exceeding a length of 30 minutes and produced within the last 2 years [2011-2012]. Submissions are possible for directors of all age groups, and we also particularly welcome works of experimental nature both in contents and aesthetics.The works for International Competition are selected according to their correspondence to the following technical and artistic criteria: the films should be technically advanced and artistically well executed, with an original idea, story and details.
Prizes and Awards:
Grand PRIX - Golden Anna
1923 aka Heaven, Max Hattler, Denmark, 2010, animation, 1:50'
1925 aka Hell, Max Hattler, Denmark, 2010, animation, 1:36'
1925 aka Hell is an animation loop directed by Max Hattler, inspired by the work of French outsider artist Augustin Lesage. The film is based on Lesage's painting 'A symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World' from 1925.
All Men are Called Robert / Tous les hommes s'appellent Robert , Marc-Henri Boulier, France, 2010, fiction, 5:50'
A naked man, his body covered with bruises, is running in the woods. He stops suddenly : who is this mysterious woman calling for help? And who are those men who are trying to shoot him
An Island / Une Île, Ugo Bienvenu, France, 2011, animation, 5:50'
Robert, around fifty, is fascinated by his neighbour whom he spies on with the help of the holes he drilled through the wall between their two apartments.
Armadingen, Philipp Käßbohrer, Germany, 2011, fiction, 23'
Walter and his wife Helga have drifted apart for some time now. After finding out that a gigantic asteroid is about to hit the planet in 16 hours, Walter is determined to make this day the nicest one of their lives.
Bad Luck City, Aaike Stuart, Netherlands, 2012, experimental film, 11:30'
Bad Luck City follows a man on his solitary and superstitious journey through the city. A dark song about an urban cowboy, shot in black and white.
Barbakan, Bartłomiej Żmuda, Poland, 2010, fiction, 24'
Based on a true story. Emil B.(21) is coming back home from working in Germany. In Poland, there is Anna (18) waiting for him. Emil’s arrival is supposed to solve their financial problems. Unfortunately, something goes wrong during Emil’s trip.
Broad Sense, Pilvi Takala, Finland, 2011, experimental film, 08:50'
“Broad Sense” is based on an three day long intervention in the European Parliament in Brussels. The video reveals the diversity of security responses to the artist’s visits.
Burger Deluxe, Christian Ricken, Germany, 2011, fiction, 15'
A crazy comedy about two “burger-nerds“ and their nocturnal struggle for the last BURGER DELUXE - cooked on Germany‘s last remaining “Grillmatic 2000” , built in 1978. A story about an irrational desire, which is suddenly stronger than everything else, because it symbolizes their friendship.
Caffeine, Danae Diaz un Patricia Luna, Germany / Spain, 2011, animation, 8'
In a mechanical world of men, a mass of identical people start their day with coffee. At a certain point of a typical working day, one of them wants a break from his routine.
Cold Water / Água Fria, Pedro Nieves, Portugal, 2011, documentary, 14’
Disillusionment helps the feet enter the cold water. It’s like a whisper indifferent to the distorted music that echoes round the beach. Disillusionment makes these people beg to heaven what they cannot achieve on earth. How many are the dreams they dare not dream?
Decapoda Shock, Jovier Chillon, Spain, 2011, fiction, 9:15'
An astronaut returns to Earth after a fatal accident on a distant planet.
Encounter / Begegnung, Mathias Zuder, Germany, 2011, fiction, 7:17’
Hanna wants to help a stranger, but instead of gratitude she faces anger. This disturbing encounter starts to haunt her, and not only in dreams.
Even / Ausgleich, Matthias Zuder, Germany, 2011, fiction, 9:7'
Will Mario remember the man sitting opposite him during an offender-victim mediation?
The only thing that to get him out of this would be the truth about the violent attack that night.
First Aid/Ezra Rishona, Yarden Karmin, Israel, 2010, fiction, 15:55'
A day before his wedding, Shai visits his ex-girlfriend Tamar for a tempestuous encounter. Tamar leaves him a hickey, entangling the situation.
Frozen Stories / Opowiesci z chlodni , Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Poland, 2011, fiction, 26:35'
The worst employees of a supermarket have to find a goal in their life. They have two days to make it.
Haikus for Karaoke, Roberto Santaguida, Canada, 2011, experimental film, 4:29'
Haikus fashioned from found karaoke videos.
Haurup Hoffnung, Ionas Amelung, Germany, 2011, fiction, 19:58'
A sad but funny story about a corrupted couple that try to save their relationship by spending quality time at the countryside. On the way back to town they meet Murphy and his law. That means that from now on everything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Hello My Name Is Olga, Tatiana Korol, United Kingdom, 2011, fiction, 37:55'
Fifty-something Franz is a motor mechanic and an ageing playboy from Austria and Olga a
struggling nurse in her thirties from Ukraine. Both are looking for love abroad and meet through an online dating agency.
Hermeneutics, Alexei Dmitriev, Russia, 2012, experimental film, 3:15’
A film concerned with the philosophy of hermeneutics within the context of the Second World War.
I Love My Job, Tellervo Kalleinen, Finland, 2008, fiction, 25'
The filmmakers invited employees to Göteborg and Helsinki to describe conflicted situations in their work places and invent a fictional ending to the events.
Il Capo, Yuri Ancarani, Italy, 2012, documentary/experimental film, 15’
The work in a marble mine is coordinated by using a sign language that can be understood by both - humans and machinery.
In Your Interest / Bättre Ränta, Jimmy Olsson, Sweden, 2012, fiction, 10'
It’s an ordinary day at the bank. A somewhat stressed young man makes an entrance and sits down among the other waiting customers. When it’s his turn at the lady cashier’s he suddenly draws a pistol and declares a bank robbery. It is a situation that could have terrifying consequences if it weren’t for the the cashier’s unusual take on the situation…
Infernal Nuns, Carlo Jelavic, Germany, 2011, fiction, 2:30'
When Pope Innocentius VIII is doomed to die, Marie Claire, an innocent nun, is ready to sacrifice everything. But her undying love for the holy father will be her downfall.
Interlude, Ruaridh Webster, United kingdom, 2010, fiction, 6:30'
When two people with a shared interest meet, anything can happen.
Mixed Doubles / Double Mixte, Vincent Mariette, France, 2011, fiction, 25'
While awaiting an important trial for which he is a witness, Jean is placed under the protection of Arthur, a rather intrusive cop, to put it mildly. Seeing danger everywhere, Arthur decides to take Jean to his sister's house. But is Jean really safer in the company of the creepy Margaret?
Moxie, Stephen Irwin, United Kingdom, 2011, animation, 5:40'
A pyromaniac bear misses his mother.
Nazi Goreng, Nathan Nill, Germany, 2011, fiction, 6:30’
The world of the young neo-Nazi Jan is somewhat constricted but stable. At least until he escapes from the police and ends up in an Asian strip club - an experience that throws his world into disorder.
New Skin, Olivia Horton, France/ USA, 2011, fiction, 11:40'
Helen, a single woman struggling with her past relationship and her addiction to alcohol, spends New Year's Eve working at a gas station. Just before midnight, she meets an intriguing young man.
Of This, Men Shall Know Nothing, Fritz Stolberg,United kingdom, 2010, experimental film, 6:13'
Leaning on the work of Max Ernst, this black and white super-8 journey sends its heroine on a psycho-sexual quest to become an androgynous whole by uniting her feminine and masculine aspects through the use of alchemist and occult ritual.
Planet of Sexes, Anssi Kasitonni, Finland, 2012, experimental film, 10:35’
An unexpected love awaits a lonely US Air Force pilot on the planet of female warriors, castration robots and lizard creatures. The action switches from the blackness of space to the surface of the desert planet and into fortresses under its surface. Sweeping intergalactic vistas are interlaced with tight close-ups of the actors’ faces.
Rosette, Romain Borrel, Gaël Falzowski, Benjamin Rabaste, Vincent Tonelli, France, 2011, animation, 5'
A woman at a butcher shop fancies not the hams and sausages but the butcher himself. Her take on relationships is full of stereotypes and meat products.
Screwed Up, Kris Hofman, Great Britain/Austria 2011, animation, 4:55'
Today’s tales of Romeo and Juliet are ever more often short-lived. But as we tend to dispose of relationships with growing flippancy, we time and time again have to come to terms with the notion of not knowing a good thing until its gone.
Strawberry Fields / Landerdbeere, Esther Bialas, Germany, 2011, fiction, 12:37'
Marie hates the strawberry stall next to the field where she has to sell fruit after school.
Stefan loves sleeping with her, but does not love her. And Philip hates that Marie doesn’t love him.
The Bus / Otobüs, Olgu Baran Kubilay, Turkey, 2011, fiction, 13:32'
Uğur is a disabled guy who takes the same bus everyday. He faces too many new characters on this bus. But today is the day when one move of his will change many lives.
The End of the World, Chris Downs, Spain, 2012, fiction, 19'
1st of May, 2021
"The Economic Fall" has brought hunger, war and despair to what is left of society. A solitary man in search of work and food, rummages his torn down city, encountering other survivors of the crash.
The extraordinary life of Rocky / Het bijzondere leven van Rocky De Vlaeminck, Kevin Meul, Belgium, 2010, fiction, 13:36'
A dark, modern tale about lots of bad luck and a tiny bit of bliss. Rocky grows up surrounded by death: everyone he loves dies in a freak accident and each time he's at the center of it all. Rocky decides to stop loving, he thinks this is the solution for the horror to stop. Is it?
The Father, David Easteal, Australia, 2011, fiction, 16:15'
Haunted by his past, a man searches for forgiveness. However, getting it may come at a cost.
The Last Match, Kirsten Carina Geisser, Ines Christiana Geisser, Germany, 2012, animation, 1:19'
Dusty and sexy! A short western story.
The Rite, Michael Pearce, United Kingdom, 2010, fiction, 16:50'
On the day of his son`s birthday, Mike wants to prove that he has changed and is willing to re-connect with his family.
The Sole, between Water and Sand/ La Sole, entre l, Angele Chiodo, France, 2011, documentary/animation, 15
More than 45 million years ago the sole developed an asymmetrical form, and even up to this day nobody knows why. In the winter of 2010 a team of researchers set out to solve this mystery of evolution. They are accompanied by the director and her grandmother.
The Spectres of Veronica, Dalibor Barić, Croatia, 2011, experimental/animation, 7:45'
Veronica is haunted by ghosts of her future. Trapped in a cobweb of superficial images and emotions, her identity melts away, but she keeps tailoring timeless patterns in search of her own replacements.
The Three Sisters, Tim Tamke, Germany, 2011, fiction, 5'
Three sisters, a room, a dream, the past and no future. Is the fulfilment of your longings better than the longing itself?
Tilman in Paradise / Tilman im Paradies , Julian Vogel, Germany, 2011, documentary, 26:48'
Tilman is different from the other men that are frequenting brothels. He is looking for love. Will Tilman find his paradise?
Where Are They Now?, Joanna Coates, United Kingdom, 2011, fiction, 14'
She wakes, hungover, with a younger man. In the silent suburban morning of a Northern town they share some moments, illuminating their differing lives, briefly intertwined.