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1 on 1, fiction, United Kingdom , 5', 2013
A story about parents, school and friendships, about the girl you love and being young, when all is possible. And about football; the mud, the blood, the passion, the tears and
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216 Months, fiction, France , 26', 2012
Nothing is comparable to the success of Maureen, the ventriloquist singer, except her belly: it is simply outrageous. But a shadow is hanging over her career and that of her man
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41° Parallel, fiction, Italy , 20'40'', 2013
September 11, 2001: it`s a day like any other in Naples, but soon an event will occur that is destined to remain ingrained forever in our collective unconscious. Everyone is imm
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8 Months, fiction, France / Turkey , 19'45'', 2013
Halit is an old retired man, who lives in a small village in Turkey. His life is planned around his phone calls with his son every Thursday who is making the military service.
A Strange Kind of Love, fiction, Hungary , 14', 2012
This is a story of a blind girl, who finds tranquility in painting. When a man enters her life to whom she has a strangely strong affection, her past start to haunt her, and she
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Adam’s Cellar, fiction, Hungary , 9',
To survive the war, Adam has moved underground. He is building his secret in the cellar for years, when suddenly she arrives...
Allelon Pathos, fiction, Bulgaria , 8'30'', 2014
Extraterrestrial agents send to Planet Earth with mission. To search and find the right and necessary ingredients, in order to give life to Cassava, mutated root that will stop
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Anacleto, fiction, Italy , 11', 2013
Anacleto, a man with a boyish spirit, asks Doctor Torelli, a peculiar psychotherapist, to help improve his self-esteem and regain control of his life. The psychotherapist will t
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Anacos, fiction, Spain , 6', 2013
The life of a person can be as easy and straightforward as his recipe for sponge cake.
Ani's World, fiction, Germany , 16', 2014
Ani's family is from Bulgaria and lives in Germany. The father is an alcoholic and prone to violence. Ani flees with her mother from home and ends up in a women shelter. The rel
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Arconada, fiction, Spain , 11', 2013
Jon wants to be Arconada, the mythical goalkeeper of Real Sociedad, but is the substitute goalkeeper of the school soccer team.
As a Team, fiction, France , 21', 2012
Cergy, suburb of Paris. Bastien, sixteen years old, has just won a decisive match with his team. While he celebrates the victory, Sékou, his best friend, announces him the stunn
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Backup, fiction, Finland , 4'08'', 2013
If you are not like everybody else, you might have to dive deeper to find friends.
Baghdad Messi, fiction, Belgium , 15', 2013
Iraq, 2009. Little Hamoudi (10) is totally obsessed with football. Just as the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the Champions League finale F
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Bandits, fiction, France , 16'24'', 2013
After having committed robberies on the parking of a supermarket, Jimmy and Limo, two young thugs, take shelter in a forest to escape their pursuers. On their way, they meet a w
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Barvalo, fiction, Denmark , 25'44'', 2012
Barvalo is a gypsy drama created through months of improvisation with local Roma's in North Zealand, Denmark. The young Gypsy Mile gets married to Simona and, as tradition calls
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Behind the Curtain, fiction, Finland , 7', 2013
School audition in the 80's. Mikko has been training very hard, but singing in front of an audience is not easy. It might be easier from behind the curtain.
Belinda Beautiful, fiction, Denmark , 23'09'', 2012
Belinda Beautiful is a story about a 14 year old girl who risks her only friendship with the younger Frederic in her longing for love and exploration of her own boundaries.
Bernard the Great, fiction, Canada , 9'14'', 2013
It’s Bernard’s birthday, but he’s not happy about it. His parents never accepted him like a child. Bernard doesn’t want to grow up if it means to be like them. So he creates a s
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Born to Run, fiction, Italy , 22', 2012
Father and son riding their Harleys on their last trip together. For Alessandro it’s time to make a choice between his father and his girlfriend. You can’t love two different pe
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Botev is an idiot, fiction, Bulgaria , 8'51'', 2012
Vasko has written an essay that offends and questions the mythological image of Hristo Botev, who is widely considered by Bulgarians to be a symbolic historical figure and natio
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Brick, fiction, Netherlands , 13'15'', 2013
Jeffrey, who lives in a small town near Arnhem with his father and his girlfriend, is about to become a dad. He spends his days working in the local brick factory and leads a li
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Brothers of Sorrow, fiction, Latvia , 8'03'',
The result of deforestation is known to cause the extinction of many species. Hunters spend their days drinking. Weapons and dissolute lifestyle drags them to the darkest corner
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Bué Sabi, fiction, Portugal , 20', 2013
Three unlikely best friends, one fateful night in Lisbon...
By The Border, fiction, Latvia , 5'39'', 2013
Andris came to the forest searching for a Christmas tree, however he found some criminal gifts instead. The feeling of happiness shifted to fear when he understood that he is no
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Ceramic tango, fiction, Canada / El Salvador , 9'54'', 2013
After a troubled night Riley decides to take a shower. An intruder, Henry, hiding in the shadows, pins him against a wall and taunts him with stories of his previous victims. He
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Closed Box , fiction, Italy , 23', 2013
For Enrico, life seems to be perfect: he has a devoted wife and two wonderful daughters. But the glossy everyday life fuels a hidden concern that will lead him to make a drastic
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Closer, fiction, China , 13'21'', 2013
A salesman in an abandoned warehouse accidentally discovered a diary, which documented the protagonist (Lam Hoi Sze) an adventure. She, living in single-parent families and havi
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Coconut Shy, fiction, United Kingdom , 14'49'', 2013
Patrick and Rosie have a unique relationship, which seems unbreakable. Friends since they were children, they share a love for 1930's Hollywood Musicals and dancing. One day, on
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Contre Jour, fiction, Bulgaria , 27', 2014
A young photographer is in love with his beautiful girlfriend, an old camera and Roland Barthes. Are his black and white pictures a true representation of reality? Or is it all
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Damn Girl, fiction, Denmark , 14', 2013
'Damn Girl' is a coming of age story about, Alex, a 12-year old tomboy. She hangs out with a group of only boys, drinks and paints graffiti at night etc. Confronted with an inci
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Deep Breathe, fiction, Hungary , 13', 2012
Did you ever get into a strange environment? Did you ever feel loosing ground under your feet?
Diego, fiction, Mexico , 15'06'', 2013
Diego is growing up in a family that lives day-by-day, where violence is equivalent to manhood. The threat of psychological and physical abuse looms over him every day. Diego is
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Dinola, fiction, Georgia , 15', 2013
The bullet shot. The engaged widow and the sacrificed relation of mother and child because of the Svanish tradition.
Dog’s Life, fiction, Lithuania , 24', 2013
Dalia is fifty, and still living at home with her mum who has recently been taken to hospital. Dalia decides to release their guard dog for a free run around which ends up in di
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Dorothea, fiction, Cyprus , 15', 2013
With a broken car, a camera in hand and a half-built house in the distance, a photographer finds herself facing a deeper and more unsettling part of her desires than she hoped.
Dreaming Apecar, fiction, Italy , 16'30'', 2013
Caterina is a 45-year-old Italian woman. She has lost her job and, since finding another one seems impossible, she has decided to work as a caretaker.
Dreaming of July, fiction, Bulgaria , 21'35'', 2013
Polly leaves her boyfriend and, with her friend Dilyana, goes for a hitchhiking trip along the sea coast. Waiting for the sunrise on July 1st is another attempt by these two fri
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Electric Indigo, fiction, Belgium , 24', 2013
It is sometimes complicated for a little girl to face peer pressure and becoming aware of her own identity, especially that she never knew her mother and that the only reference
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Even Cowboys Get to Cry, fiction, Netherlands , 20'04'', 2013
Sven (18) and Gijs (18) are one another’s best friends. When the two of them end up in a fight on a night out with a couple of guys in Amsterdam, Gijs gets beaten into a coma. S
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Evren'in Sonu, fiction, Turkey , 18'40'', 2012
It is Evren's 18th birthday, the day he will inherit the family fortune. Throughout the day both his grandmother and the family lawyer impose their sense of direction on his lif
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Exile, fiction, France , 16', 2013
A young African migrant’s first couple of hours on a European beach.
Fake Me a Happy New Year, fiction, Latvia , 30', 2013
Every year, Anita and her two children, daughter Santa and son Kristaps celebrate New Year’s Eve with grandma, uncle Peter and a feast fit for kings. Twelve years of birth, dea
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Fertile Land, fiction, Italy , 12'38'', 2012
Guillermo is ten years old and he spends his days playing with his friends. Everything changes one day, when they find a dying man.
First Lady of Dubrava, fiction, Croatia , 20',
Amra is a local rap singer and Dina is her little sister and an ever-present pain in the neck. Dina is asthmatic and often fakes asthma attacks in order to get what she wants. O
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Five Ways to Kill a Man, fiction, Germany , 12', 2012
"Five Ways to Kill a Man" is the story of a day in the life of Sam, a young man who lives in a world unlike ours. Sam's is a world where the effects of every decision he makes a
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Follow The Frog, fiction, United States , 3'09'', 2012
He's a good worker and firmly anchored in daily life. The needs of the environment make him take to his heels. Radical and intense.
Genesis, fiction, Italy , 18', 2013
The tragic experience of the death of a son and the gentle and silent way to overcome grief.
Glyn, fiction, United Kingdom , 11'52'', 2014
Glyn is a 10 year-old Welsh boy who lives in an isolated area and dreams to become an astronaut. He finds refuge in a caravan adjacent to his house to escape from his authoritar
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Hart/Coeur, fiction, Belgium , 21'35'', 2013
"Hart/Coeur" is a short film that tells the story of two young women spending a night out in the small town of Kortrijk. This night will take them to different places, random co
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Heart of Lead, fiction, Bulgaria / United Kingdom , 21'06'', 2014
Heart of Lead is a poetic piece structured around an ancient Turkish ritual for extracting fear from frightened people. As the rhythmical actions of the ritual are performed thr
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In Nomine Matris, fiction, Belgium , 12'10'', 2013
This film tells the story of Remy Wozniack, perpetrator of the 02/22 events in Belgium. Remy is a young man who finds out through a letter that his mother just died and that sh
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In Top Form? No, Thank you., fiction, Italy , 15', 2013
Two human beings who think not to be perfect get acquainted by chance and start a night-long trip in Rome, in search of the secret for their happiness.
Jump, fiction, Bulgaria , 30', 2012
A film about big jump of the little man.
Karaganda, fiction, United States , 25'57'', 2013
Vladimir and Aleksei are prisoners in a 1950s Soviet prison camp. They are friends, work together and even end up saving each other’s lives. But Vladimir’s wife is also behind b
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Little Darling, fiction, Croatia , 17', 2012
Two kids at the top of a skyscraper. A view of the sea. He is Tom Sawyer and she is Alice in Wonderland. They walk along the edge of the roof, doing everything they’re not suppo
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Little Secret, fiction, Czech Republic , 21', 2013
A short film inspired by the recent true story of a young boy who afraid of telling his mother what really happened, blames a serious injury - caused by his own carelessness - o
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Little Talks, fiction, Italy , 17'37'', 2014
Galya, a bulgarian girl, has recently reached her boyfriend, Petyo, who's been living in Milan for about two years. One day, Galya is called to replace a friend for a translatio
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Loneliness, fiction, France / Romania , 16'25'', 2012
A night of procedures, following the rape of Romanian prostitute. She can't speak French. A Romanian translator has to act a link between the victim and the public services.
Love, Dream and Heaven, fiction, Egypt / Jordan , 11'20'', 2013
A modern-day musical about expatriate Egyptian worker and his search for his home which is embodied in the love of a Syrian girl.
Luigi and Vincenzo, fiction, Italy , 4'05'', 2013
Luigi and Vincenzo have a great love, but a hidden life caused by shame and fear. They have no rights. No marriage, no family, no right to stay close their man the day he might
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Mad Sausage, fiction, Netherlands , 1'37'', 2013
If the sausage could talk, it would say a mouthful.
Maks, fiction, Slovenia , 15'29'', 2012
A boy decides to go visit his dying grandma despite his dad's disapproval.
Malpaís, fiction, Spain , 12', 2012
A man tries to start life in the stone by the volcano spit. An everyday marked by hostility of a beautiful and terrible environment.
Manhole / A Passo D'uomo, fiction, Italy , 13'50'', 2013
A contemporary Italian story, inspired by true events. A former factory worker and divorced father, crushed by unemployment, poverty and his gambling addiction, realizes that hi
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Margerita, fiction, Italy , 15', 2013
Efrem, gypsy boy and skilled pickpocket, faces his first theft in an apartment. An experience that will change his life.
Mike, fiction, United Kingdom , 7'30'', 2014
Mike, a teenager has to do a boring job, to take his little brother Jack to the hairdresser. As Mike is waiting for him in the car he starts to get worried when Jack takes too l
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Mrs.Colonel, fiction, Iran , 14'53'', 2013
An old woman is awaiting a “wedding”, which she wants to celebrate with her children. On this same day the pre world-cup football match (Iran-South Korea) is the most important
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Mura, fiction, Italy / United Kingdom , 15', 2012
Nino, a retiring mafia boss, is isolated from the world in a small attic. A family stumbles upon the mafia boss’ hiding place trying to find a new house to squat without knowing
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My Condolences, fiction, Estonia , 15'56'', 2013
Motive is an emotion, desire or physiological need that acts as an impulse to a criminal action. It’s the criminal reason but might also mean a theme that is repeated and elabor
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My sense of modesty, fiction, France , 20', 2013
Hafsia, a student in Art History, is going to have to remove her hijab for an oral exam. She goes to the Louvre to view the painting that she has to comment on.
Mystery, fiction, Spain , 12', 2013
They say that if you put your ear to the back of his neck, you can hear the Virgin Mary speak.
Newton's First Law, fiction, Italy , 19'40'', 2012
A body persists in its state of being at rest or moving uniformly unless it’s compelled to change its state by force impressed. But rest and motion are relatively distinguishabl
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On Your Lips, fiction, Finland , 7'50'', 2013
An afternoon at the amusement park. Viljami, 12, takes a step towards his adolescense.
Our skin is going to gray, fiction, Serbia , 12'30'', 2014
In a small apartment located in the concrete blocks of modern Belgrade, two artists are going through the personal creativity crisis in the time of global crisis. Minutes after
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Outlying, fiction, Bulgaria , 11'04'', 2014
A Hong Kong journalist visits a small island to interview Chow Yun Fat, but instead he explores the beautiful place and makes a stimulating acquaintance.
Paris, fiction, Bulgaria , 8'05'', 2014
Valeria is a nurse at a psychiatry. Her daily routine is quite grey and boring. But yet, she dreams of Paris. Her desire to set one of the patients free for a while is not well
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Phoney War, fiction, France , 13'07'', 2014
As his ill mother is brought to the hospital, young Matis must stay at the house of his grumpy and introvert grandfather. To escape boredom and loneliness, he decides to play wi
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Pride, fiction, Bulgaria , 30', 2013
A man of habit confronts a world in transition in his own kitchen.
Quota, fiction, Bulgaria / Russia , 20'11'', 2013
Young, unemployed Anton suddenly receives a hard-to-refuse offer from a mysterious Ministry of Quotas. There's a tough choice to be made.
Red roses, fiction, Italy , 15'59'', 2014
A boy and a girl on their first date. A bouquet of red roses. An unexpected encounter with a friend and in an instant: gossip spreads over the phone bouncing from mouth to mouth
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Registered, fiction, Germany , 16', 2013
Nike works at a grocery store which helps her pay for university. However, because of work she does not find the time she actually needs to study. So Nike has to find a way out
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RES, fiction, Cuba / Germany , 26'35'', 2013
12 year old Alejandro investigates on his own, trying to find out, where the money comes from, that his older sister brings home to the rather poor cuban family. He discovers a
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Rock, fiction, Russia , 29', 2013
The rock group had a car accident in a forest when they were going to meet with their producer. So a wild voyage has begun.
Rosenberg, fiction, Sweden , 23'51'', 2013
As a child prodigy, David Rosenberg played his trumpet at Carnegie Hall but was bullied for being a Jew. 30 years later, he’s lonely, living in a foreign land, alienated from hi
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Salam, fiction, Netherlands , 25', 2013
Eleven-year-old best friends Ara and Mo live in an asylum seekers’ centre where life isn’t always easy, especially when one of them disappears without a trace.
Sassywood, fiction, Italy , 15'07'', 2013
Sassywood is a parody of Matera, a small town in Southern Italy, that seems destined only to accommodate biblical movie sets. It is also a bitter reflection on the death of poet
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Saturnica, fiction, Brazil , 15', 2013
Ana is a young woman who hides a strange compulsion. She realized as a child and her mania grows along with her desire, through the stages of discovery, euphoria and suffering.
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Scars, fiction, Spain , 17'10'', 2013
Samuel has surprised his girlfriend with a trip to a country house, but she did not make any grace. Discussed. Samuel is about to hit her, but decides to leave the house to brea
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Seagulls, fiction, Belgium , 19'02'', 2013
Judith and Damien are actors. They are in love. To unite, to truly exist together, outside of their set, of their fictional world, they will have to leave the frame and cut the
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Second Voice, fiction, Romania , 13', 2013
Gabi, a social worker at a foster, finds herself trapped in her own preconceptions when a gypsy mother comes to take her children home for Christmas.
She Comes in Spring, fiction, Republic of Kosovo / United States , 16'11'', 2013
Goran, a single father living in a remote village of Serbia, returns home from the store to find his young daughter missing and a strange woman at his door. Goran is forced to r
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Simulacrum, fiction, Argentina , 14', 2012
While rehearsing for a concert orchestra, eight musicians move around the city in a mysterious choreographic movement. Like a clockwork mechanism, they get prepared to perpetra
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Small Yellow Field, fiction, India , 8'01'', 2013
In the vastness of the Himalayas, a young nomad's curiosity lies beyond the horizon.
Smile, fiction, Italy , 7'40'', 2012
The make-up of a clown always conceals a man with his own story: a personal story, sometimes happy and sometimes not funny at all, despite his make-up and clothes.
Stereo Love, fiction, Bulgaria , 9', 2013
A young couple has lost the spark and sunk into routine. Now their relationship is run by a mechanical voice coming through the stereo. It should rekindle their sex life, but so
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Terarij, fiction, Croatia , 25', 2012
Tina and her cousin Max cannot stand their Grandma's bad soup, scorching summer heat and utmost boredom any more. Both of them wish they were somewhere else, with some other peo
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That wasn`t me, fiction, Spain , 20', 2012
"Being a soldier is not difficult: either you get used to it or they kill you. The hardest thing is getting used to living with your memories and being yourself again after doin
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The Bridge, fiction, Bulgaria / United Kingdom , 10'47'', 2013
The story of a man in London. Waiting for his girlfriend, he goes through the deepest and scariest emotions and fears of his existence. Trying to have a cigarette at peace befor
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The Business, fiction, Italy , 15'48'', 2013
The story of a man and his workers whose life efforts are to save: it`s their business.
The Departure, fiction, Brazil , 15'40'', 2013
Clara is a six-year-old girl who is in love. She grows a peculiar passion for the moon and spends her nights under the moonlight, trying to understand what’s happening before he
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The Etude, fiction, Lithuania , 20', 2013
It’s a poetical story about two young theatre actors who are given a task – to create an etude, to imagine a story. Through their rehearsal they are trying to recreate a true ev
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The Fire, fiction, Russia , 25', 2013
The son of a country priest runs from his house after an argument with his father, but he is forced to come back to save his family.
The Fish, fiction, Latvia , 13'26'', 2014
Since his wife's death Albert, driven by loneliness, despair and longing for his deceased wife, agrees to take a spiritual session, just to be with her for one more time. The se
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The Girl and the Gondola, fiction, Italy / United Kingdom , 11'42'', 2013
10 year old Carla dreams of becoming a gondolier like her father. However, 900 years of Venetian tradition and the disapproval of her parents stand in her way.
The green dogs, fiction, France , 20', 2012
Two 50-year-old workers keen on football are threatened by the relocation of their factory in Romania. So they resume training with their mythic crew from the 80`s, “The green d
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The Heat, fiction, Poland , 23'30'', 2013
1. Coal or wood afire to redness, 2. High air temperature, 3. Vehemence of feelings.
The man who knew a lot, fiction, France , 20', 2013
Mister Beranger works at Paradesign, a big furniture store, where the employees live day and night in the sceneries. Beranger himself lives in a cardboard cottage living room an
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The smell of candles, fiction, Portugal , 26'05'', 2013
Sara and Gabriela finally meet for their mother's anniversary. Amongst the present silences and the confrontations from the past, the two sisters rediscover their intimacy in an
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The Snail’s Pace, fiction, Italy , 6'25'', 2013
Giovanni is playing with a snail slowly moving along a shop window, when he sees the melancholic Giulia, and decides to raise a smile from her.
The Swimmer, fiction, Lithuania , 28', 2013
Ariel, young and promissing swimmer, spends her summer preparing for the upcoming Olympics. In the pool, she meets Grete and despite the age difference, two become friends, as A
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The way, fiction, Ukraine , 21'06'', 2012
This is a story of a teenage boy who is neglected by his divorced parents. During one dangerous transfer from one parent to the other, he meets a person who seems to embody the
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Then I See Tanja, fiction, Croatia , 34',
Željko (16) and his younger brother have been living on their own since their mother ended up in hospital. Željko has set his mind on two things: he has to finally take the init
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To War We Go, fiction, Poland , 30',
Two friends Kuba and Michal are trying to leave their home town in a small Polish province. Allured by the promise of new professional experience and a decent wage they set off
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Tourist, fiction, Hungary , 15', 2012
While Bunny and Laci are facing serious issues in their relationship, Xiu Xiu and Lee are magnetized to each other from 10.000 miles away. Sudden changes stir up the everyday li
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Tree Without a Root, fiction, Bulgaria , 14'29'', 2013
Adapted from the short story by the famous Bulgarian writer Nikolai Haitov, „Tree Without a Root“ is a modern film, which deals with two of the most current topics of our time –
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Waiting for the Thaw, fiction, Belgium , 20', 2012
Long divided siblings meet for the moving out of one of them. The atmosphere is tense. Valery, Victor and Vincianne take the road, not knowing that the trip will be hazardous.
Wallpapers, fiction, Switzerland , 14'30'', 2013
Jan is a young student visiting his family after exam time and is looking forward to the familiar and cosy atmosphere at home. But some things seem to have changed and no one wa
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Way of the Danube, fiction, Romania , 12'46'', 2013
A 7 years boy lives with his Grandfather in a small Romanian village by the Danube. His parents are working abroad, in Vienna. The boy left at home misses them a lot. As he is h
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Without Milagros, fiction, Spain , 13', 2013
Milagros, a long-term unemployed woman, beautiful, independent, educated, single, and also in despair over the uncertainty her life is, she thinks about doing any type of job ev
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Wooden Hand, fiction, Tunisia , 23'13'', 2013
Amira, 5 years of age, lives with her mother in a small apartment in Tunis. On the day that she returned to the Koranic school, Amira was dearly wishing to enjoy the few remaini
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Youngblood, fiction, Lithuania , 18', 2013
It's a real challenge to get into the girls dormitory. You have to be careful, you have to be silent, nobody can notice you. Ben and Vega are sixteen years old. Ben and Vega are
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