Saturday, 23 OCTObER 2021
This screening session features 10 short films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.
LAB111 (cinema 2)
Arie Biemondstraat 111
1054 PD Amsterdam
Reserve your tickets here, or simply show up at the cinema 15 minutes before the start of the screening.
Under current regulations all visitors are required to present a coronavirus entry pass (= a QR code showing you are fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a negative result from a coronavirus test taken less than 24 hours before entry).
I will go backwards of our path (Italy)
By Mattia Biondi
Synopsis: A backwards journey through the seasons and the units of the language. To change the prose of the world, its intact clock. There is always a place more thoroughly, lost images in minimum intervals. Running time: 00:02:50
Festivals: Istanbul International Experimental FF, Laceno d'oro, Bogotá Experimental FF, Flight Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Genova, Viewpoint Documentary FF, Sydney World FF, Screener Short Films London, and more.
About the director: Mattia Biondi is an italian independent filmmaker who works at the end of the images. His research is based on the use of minimal and essential technical instruments and it is oriented at the development of creative processes concerning the fusion of archival material and autobiographical elements. He is one of the curators of the Laterale Film Festival, the founder of the film distribution company Piccolo Cinema Ovale and the director of artistic laboratory Segmenta Infiniti.
You and Me (United Kingdom)
By karni and saul
Synopsis: Isolation dance music video by Karni and Saul for Micah P. Hinson's brand new song “You and Me”. Inspired by home, isolation, connection, dance, and zoom culture currently present in the world. Karni and Saul collaborated with 9 dancers from around the globe to create a choreography for one x 9. Touching on connection and lack of it, the craving for contact. And mainly our humanness. We will dance together again! Soon. Running time: 00:03:34
About the directors: Karni and Saul are a Bafta nominated directing duo. Karni studied photography and art at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Saul studied art and music and is a self-taught 3D animator and character designer. They like to create "casual fantasy”, a place where beautiful photography and film can meet animation and magical elements. They have directed produced and animated award winning music promos for artists such as Katie Melua, The Staves, Micah P Hinson, Beth Orton, Flogging Molly, and created mixed media commercials for clients such as Coke, Nokia, Bbc, Maynards, Sainsbury’s.
By Zahra Ahooei
Synopsis: Mahsa is an Iranian woman TV presenter. She sings and posts her videos on Instagram anonymously. As a result of this, Mahsa faces a challenge during one of her shows. She now needs to decide between leaving the country and losing her job… Running time: 00:14:55
Festivals: Venice Film Week, Boston Short FF, MikroFAF International Short FF (Winner Special Mention Plaque), Amsterdam Independent FF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Zahra Ahooei (Tehran, 1990) began her career as a writer, journalist and researcher within social, scientific and cultural realms in national press. After graduating from Hilaj Film School, Ahooei directed her first short film called “Extra Time” (2015). “Prestige” is her third short film.
Film Found (Denmark)
By Claudia Munksgaard-Palmqvist
Synopsis: Look at a mistake that is not human. Be present in the uncontrollable intervention of the material. Between control and chance, surface and void a film will (perhaps) be found. Running time: 00:03:30
Festivals: Norwegian Short FF, Odense IFF, Athens Animfest, Vienna International Film Awards, Copenhagen Short FF, and more.
About the director: Claudia Munksgaard-Palmqvist, is a Danish stop motion animator with a BA in animation from Volda University College. She has a background as a film projectionist, freelance writer for We Animate Magazine and works as a film programmer for Void International Animation Film Festival in Copenhagen. She has worked as a prop maker, set builder and animator on different projects in Norway and France, including the award winning short film Pearl Diver (2020) by Norwegian director Margrethe Danielsen.
By Liza Koifman
Synopsis: A lonely prostitute finds support in a single, drug dealing, mother. Their loyalty is tested after a traumatic incident. Running time: 00:22:55
Festivals: Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBTQ+ FF (Winner Best Dutch Short Film), Catharsis IFF (Winner Best Director), and more.
About the director: Liza Koifman was born in 1982 in the former Soviet Union. After the fall of the Berlin wall she moved to the Netherlands with her mother. Liza studied Production Design at the Dutch Film Academy. After graduation she gravitated towards the fashion industry and started a men's clothing label with her life partner Tomas Overtoom. After ten years in the fashion business she returned to her initial first love which is film. This time she takes a dive into independent filmmaking as a writer, director and actor.
The Moth (U.K.)
By Geordie Leyland
Synopsis: A lonely lightbulb remembers the love of its life. Running time: 00:03:00
Festivals: Birmingham FF, Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Verona IFF (Winner Best Super Short Film), Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Geordie trained as an actor at RADA in London. He has written screenplays and studied story & film for the last ten years, whilst doing various jobs - a film school receptionist, a photographer, a butler, a film set runner and for a while a door to door salesman. Today he is a scriptwriter. Most recently he has been making branded short films, for which he likes each one to have a strong narrative drive.
By Luís Soares
Synopsis: A sad and restrained man lying on the bed in his empty room. Hesitates, ponder hypotheses in a cycle without deciding, stuck. In exhaustion all anguish equals. Another man is sitting at the window: he looks at him and to the street. Characters in broken situations. The key positions, the suspended sequences, are shown. The man almost decides - and they almost return, inside and out, to them and to the city, time and movement. Infinite dawn. Running time: 00:07:00
Festivals: Slamdance FF, Indielisboa, Brussels Independent FF, Curta Cinema Brazil, Animac (Winner Audience Award), and more.
About the director: Luís Soares' (Lisbon, 1981) first animated film, Any Other Man, premiered at the Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival in 2012 and participated in dozens of international festivals and shows where it won five prizes. His second animated film, Poise, premiered at the 17th IndieLisboa in 2020.
I N T E R S T I C E (Sweden)
By Oskar Willers
Synopsis: When Anders makes an indecent proposal to his younger boyfriend Micke, things take a very sudden dark turn. Running time: 00:11:21
Festivals: BFI London FF, Venice, Film Week, Amsterdam Independent FF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Oskar Willers has studied Filmtheory and Filmhistory at Stockholm University and went to the hands-on Film Schools: Stockholm Film School and Biskops Arnö Screenwriting School. He has worked as a commercial film- and still photographer and for the last ten years he is also a teacher at Kulturama Film School in Stockholm. I N T E R S T I C E (M E L L A N R U M) is Oskar's directiorial debut.
I Want to Be the Ocean (Germany)
By Raman Djafari
Synopsis: A small community in the woods experiences a flooding. The people of the city recite a poem, admitting to their doubts. A meandering film about identity, uncertainty and the hope to escape it. Running time: 00:01:07
Festivals: Toronto Arthouse FF
About the director: Raman Djafari is an illustrator, animator and filmmaker based in Hamburg, Germany. With a background in illustration and design he ventured into animation, film and music videos. Through his work he tells both surreal and fragmented narratives that explore the human condition. Next to his own creative work he also teaches animation and illustration.
Ala Kachuu - Take and Run (Switzerland)
By Maria Brendle
Synopsis: Sezim (19) wants to fulfill her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks for a way out. Running time: 00:38:26
Festivals: Flickers' Rhode Island FF (Winner Marlyn Mason Award), Cleveland International FF (Winner Audience Choice), Brussels Independent FF (Winner Best Narrative Short), WorldFest Houston IFF, Solothurner Filmtage, USA FF, and more.
About the director: Maria Brendle is an award-winning director and scriptwriter based in Zurich, Switzerland. She received her bachelor’s degree in film from the Zurich University of the Arts and her master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience (aon) from the Academy of Neurosciense Cologne. Maria graduated the renowned Drehbuchwerkstatt Munich. She works with a focus on women issues.