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THE ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL IS AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS SHOT IN ONE TAKE, THAT IS FILMS SHOT WITHOUT INTERRUPTION, FROM THE MOMENT OF TURNING THE CAMERA ON TO THE MOMENT OF TURNING THE CAMERA OFF. THE ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL ELIMINATES A SEEMINGLY INDISPENSABLE PART OF A FILM - NAMELY, EDITING - AND THUS PROHIBITS CUT, DISSOLVE, FADE IN/OUT AND ALL OTHER TYPES OF TRANSITIONS. IN THAT WAY, THE ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL MAKES ROOM FOR A MORE STIMULATING CONCEPT OF FILM AND MORE EXITING FILM-MAKING. THE ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL INCLUDES FILMS OF ALMOST EVERY GENRE IN IT'S PROGRAMME (DOCUMENTARY, FICTION, EXPERIMENTAL, MUSIC VIDEO AND COMMERCIAL). THE RUNNING TIME OF THE FILMS IS NOT LIMITED. THE ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL PRIMARILY EMPHASISES THE AESTHETIC ACT OF FILM-MAKING, AND THE ONE TAKE IS CONSIDERED ONLY A FRAMEWORK FOR IDEAS, EMOTIONS, STORIES… FOR WE SHOULDN'T FORGET THAT LONG AGO WORKERS HAD LEFT THE LUMIERE FACTORY IN "ONE TAKE" ALSO. THEREFORE, ONE SHOULD NOT BE FASCINATED WITH THE FACT. THE ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL, ALONG WITH THE OFFICIAL COMPETITION, OFFERS NUMEROUS OTHER EVENTS - INTERESTING ADDITIONAL FILM PROGRAMME, PREMIERES, LECTURES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, FILM WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS AND OF COURSE, GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE. THE ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD, AND IT TAKES PLACE IN ZAGREB. THIS YEAR THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES IT'S NINETH EDITION. THE ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL WILL, IN IT'S THREE-DAY PROGRAMME, CONVINCE YOU IN THE POSSIBILITY OF EXCLUDING THE CLASSIC CONCEPT OF FILM EDITING IN FAVOUR OF CAPTURING A PART OF REALITY IN ITS CONTINUITY, WHERE THE DIVERSITY OF CINEMATIC LUDISM IS NEVERENDING, AND THE RESTRICTION INCREDIBLY ENTICING.

Films as a Reflection of a New Reality that Waits for No One

by
Sanja Šamanović
Director of One Take Film Festival

Each festival edition brings something new, and if the last, decennial was important from a global perspective, showing that it can be done even in times like these, that interest in culture exists independently and despite external issues that surround us, the eleventh edition is important for many other reasons. Conceptually and to me personally.

The first festival was held in 2003, the second in 2004, and since then biannually. Then, last year, following a large number of submissions, preparations wrapped in uncertainty and a hybrid form, program viewership figures for the platform came in, erasing all the problems surrounding the covid- organisation – and a decision has been made, one that is quite unusual for these uncertain times. Namely, we decided not to wait two years. We decided to restart the annual edition. And we once more decided on a hybrid concept.

And without a shred of doubt, we are sure that we have made a good decision.

Because the films you have the opportunity to see at this year’s 11th One Take Film Festival prove it. Everything came to a halt for almost a year. Then we learned to live and work with covid – films are being prepared, shot, and finished, slowly but surely becoming a reflection of a new reality, a reality that cannot wait two years. And the audience doesn’t want to wait either.

We can fall into a pattern of yearning for past times, times when going to the cinema was a special, almost mystical experience of sitting in a darkened hall, waiting in silence for the film to begin. But times have changed, and we have changed along with them.

Just as we came to accept coexistence with covid, we gradually but surely did the same for the availability of festival film programmes online, watching films when we want and as many times as we want. And I don’t think that’s bad. On the contrary, our audience has expanded, and I consider every new viewer of such a specific film form a festival success.

And me, I have also adjusted, accepted that not many viewers will watch my carefully conceived slots from the comfort of their living room in the way that I had imagined. That I leave to the cinema audience. The at-home audience is sure to skip some films, fast-forward others, return to some more than once. To be perfectly honest, I have not yet accepted this reality but I am trying. Times and habits change.

I look at my twelve-year-old son who, might I say, genuinely enjoys watching films and, still, I see his restlessness and his impatience while doing so. It is clear that cinema cannot mean the same thing to me and to today’s generations, hooked to the internet day and night. But I try to teach him how to watch films, that films are not meant to be paused halfway through to check TikTok or status updates. And I try to teach him to appreciate the effort put into films by their authors. I try to have conversations about films with him. And I try to teach him that films are not meant to be watched on cell phones!

This is why this 11th One Take is extremely important to me personally. Precisely because of that twelve- year-old and the cell phone that’s glued to his palm – and the decreasing amount of time I have for him. From next year onwards, someone new, a younger colleague, will take over the organisation of the Festival. I will continue to choose films for you – I will always have time to watch films!

Last but not least, in addition to many excellent films and a number of new festival programmes, don’t miss out on Nomophobia, a film based on a true story, my “organisational” LAST TAKE.

52Hertz

fiction, Iran, 2020., color, 15 min

director / Asghar Abbasi
screenwriters / Asghar Abbasi, Mostafa Beiranvand
cinematographer / Farzin Ebrahimi
actors / Ramin Maraghi, Tannaz Rezaee, Narges Derakhshan, Payam Rahimi
producer / Narges Zare


about the film


Sitting in the car one evening, young Ramin and a girl his age pull out guns and point them at each other’s heads, agreeing to pull the triggers at the same time in the moment the song on the radio ends. But how and why they had found themselves in that situation in the first place, and what do a soldier – who asked Ramin’s companion to lend him her cell phone – and a slightly older blonde woman – who talks to someone excitedly on the phone – have to do with all this?


about the author


Iranian screenwriter and director Asghar Abbasi, born in 1979, first graduated in Film Studies from Tehran University of Art and later obtained a master’s degree in Film Art. To date, he has made more than thirty short films and documentaries for which he has won numerous awards at various festivals both in the country and abroad. His more recent films Setin and Bells were successfully screened at the 5th edition of the Make Art Not War Teaser Future Film Festival in 2020, while Setin was also screened in the same year at the HECare Film Festival, an environmentally focused event in Pickering, Canada.

Allen Screw Loose

fiction, UK, 2021., colour, 5 min

director / Orlando Cubitt
screenwriter / Orlando Cubitt
cinematographer / Elliot Dupuy
actor / Tom Andrews
producer / Matt Jones


about the film


Walking along a wooded side path one day at dusk, in the company of barely an occasional jogger running past him, a middle-aged handyman is confessing to the camera. He is one of those whose ads are spotlighted in the newspapers, the one called up in cases of serious breakdowns, the one whose services cost an arm and a leg. He is the one being hired in complex cases, when he is the last hope. Otherwise, he likes to stay inside his “cave” and is often very reluctant to go out into the field. After all, he is a moody character whom you might not want to upset and whom you should keep your distance from whenever possible.


about the author


Screenwriter and director Orlando Cubitt is a freelance video editor and filmmaker from London. As an editor, he works on commercials, music videos, multi-camera projects, films for marketing agencies, and dramas. He is also a skilled editor of Instagram and other social media content, and is experienced in both re-editing existing and creating new visual content on social networks. As a filmmaker, he has made several short films for Film London and Creative England. He brings his experience as a narrator to every project he works on and uses Adobe Premiere Pro C for editing.

Almost Midnight

fiction, Slovenia, 2021., colour, 20 min

director / Jan Fabris
screenwriter / Jan Fabris
cinematographer / Vida Habjanič
actors / Arna Hadžialjević, Miha Rodman
producer / Jan Fabris


about the film


After bringing her handsome peer home one evening, an attractive girl begins a game of seduction. As she prepares drinks for them both, puts on romantic music and dims the lights, he seems equally interested in her. It is revealed that they came to her apartment after a graduation anniversary, but she is surprised that they had not met while in high school. He pushes her onto the bed in a fit of passion, but then unexpectedly reveals something that will change the relationship between them in an instant.


about the author


Producer, screenwriter and director Jan Fabris was born in Ljubljana in 1986. He developed an interest in the seventh art in childhood and has intensively dedicated himself to film and film history since 1999. Nevertheless, he graduated with a degree in chemistry in 2010 and earned a doctorate in biomedicine four years later. He made his directorial debut in film in 2011 with the short Dovzetnost, followed by the short films Spremembe and Modri zajcek, all of which precede the film being screened at the Festival. In 2020, the same year that Skoraj polnoč was shot, Jan made his latest film Deset do sedmih. He has received awards for Skoraj polnoč at several festivals, notably the San Francisco Indiefest where he won the Jury Prize for Best One-Shot Foreign Language Film, the Mindfield Film Festival in Albuquerque where he won the Diamond Award for Best Film and Best Director, and the Genre Celebration Festival, where the film was recognized as Best Drama Short.

Dark Angel

fiction, Denmark, 2019., colour, 20 min

director / Svend Ploug Johansen
screenwriters / Svend Ploug Johansen, Mads Koudal
cinematographer / Tobias Scavenius
actors / Mads Koudal, Ditte Ylva-Olsen
producers / Tivi Magnusson, Kim Magnusson, Svend Ploug Johansen


about the film


After a nervous drive, a man pulls up his car near a railroad track. He starts pulling a black canvas bag out of the trunk but is held back by a collision with an attractive blonde girl dressed in black. Although this does not stop him from going forward with his plan to place an explosive on the tracks – set to activate in three minutes – before the train passes, he may change his mind after he again runs into the girl who is now more open with expressing romantic feelings.


about the author


Danish producer, screenwriter, and director Svend Ploug Johansen, born in 1970, has been working in film for almost two decades. Up to date, he has made more than ten short films, several films for the Danish national broadcasting station DR, and multiple television series for the Danish TV channel TV3. Several of his short films have received awards at both local and international festivals, including those in the UK, Canada, the US, and Mexico. As an artist, he pays special attention to visual components of cinema, telling stories primarily through images, with little or no dialogue. He prioritizes experimenting with camera angles, long shots, and counterpointing wide shots and close-ups. He describes his films as very poetic, mostly thanks to their aestheticized visuals, but considers film music very important as well, to such an extent that he sometimes uses
music as the main means of expressing emotion and spirit, as well as creating the atmosphere. He also works in the advertising industry and has directed more than a hundred commercials.

Diagonal

fiction, Switzerland, 2019., colour, 6 min

director / Anne Thorens
screenwriter / Anne Thorens
cinematographer / Oskar Rosetti
actors / Leonor Oberson, Cyprien Colombo
producer / imaginastudio


about the film


A young couple hooks up on a bed in a room one night, but mutual enjoyment is interrupted by the question of whether the man has any kind of birth control with him. This briefly distracts them both, especially the man who is considering giving up before it becomes clear that his enthusiasm has not waned at all…


about the author


Anne Thorens is a trained actress from Switzerland who turned to film after graduation. Initially she focused on screenwriting and had some of her scripts featured in the competition for the SIRAR Award at the International Screenwriters Festival in Valence, France. She gravitates towards topics that intrigue her in her private life as well, such as what she calls the grey zone in interpersonal relationships and the limitations of intimate relationships. However, she is most preoccupied with stories about the human search for freedom, a subject present in most of her scripts. The film being screened at the Festival is her directorial debut which had its world premiere in 2019 at the Huesca International Film Festival in Spain, where it was nominated in eleven categories and won in six. Her debut has so far been successfully screened at over thirty festivals around the world.

Flexible Choices

fiction, Greece, 2020., colour, 13 min

director / Thodoris Vournas
screenwriter / Alexios Kotsoris
cinematographer / Fanouris Kazakis
actors / Nick Mellos, Giorgos Gogonis
producer / Thodoris Vournas


about the film


As part of the audition for roles in a project in development, two handsome young actors rehearse a provocative scene in the presence of the director. In it, one of them openly expresses sexual attraction towards the other, which makes the other man uncomfortable to the point that he is on the verge of leaving the audition. However, a cat-and-mouse game gradually develops between the two young men and the roles might end up reversed.


about the author


Director and producer Thodoris Vournas is a filmmaker based in Athens. After studying Tourism Management at the TEI (Technological Educational Institute) in Athens, he took up studying Film Directing at the IEK AKMI (IEK – Vocational Training Institute) in Thessaloniki. He has had an active presence on the film scene since 2010 and has since then directed eight short films that have been screened at several national and international festivals with success. He also works as a theatre director with over twenty theatre productions under his belt.

Forgive Me

fiction, Spain, 2019., black-white, 3 min

director / Cucho L. Capilla
screenwriter / Tony Pérez
cinematographer / Cucho L. Capilla
actresses / Gema Pérez, Alejandra López
producers / Antonio López, Ana C. Urdiales


about the film


As she prepares a meal while waiting for her daughter to return to the apartment at any moment, a middle-aged woman is surprised by a little girl who suddenly hugs her from behind and asks for forgiveness. When the woman asks what she should forgive her for, the phone unexpectedly rings and the woman receives a call that would change her life forever.


about the author


Cucho L. Capilla is a Spanish director of short films for which he is also credited as both screenwriter and cinematographer. His works encompass short films and television – he has been employed at a television station in the Spanish city of Melilla since 1998. He is particularly interested in filming, editing, and post-production. The film being screened at the Festival is his fifth and most recent achievement. It is a minimalist, anxious drama and the author’s most frequently shown and most awarded work – at festivals in Spain and abroad. The director’s films, including The Letter, Not Tonight, The Inheritance and El Taconeo, have been screened at more than forty festivals, winning ten national and international awards.

Free

fiction, Chile, 2019., black-white, 20 min

director / Sebastián Ramírez
screenwriter / Sebastián Ramírez
cinematographer / Matias Del Pino
actors / Juan Pablo Cabrera, Rodrigo Calderón, Andrés Rebolledo, Daniel Morera, Macarena De la Fuente, Josefina Lanyon, Bastián Solis
producer / Felipe Barriga


about the film


As he spends another night behind the wheel of his taxi, young Santiago has no idea that this particular night in the city streets would soon turn into a genuine nightmare. First, a blonde girl running away from a man jumps into his car. When she exits the vehicle a few blocks further ahead, a police officer, who is Santiago’s age, gets into the car. The officer finds a bag of cocaine on the floor of the car and threatens to arrest Santiago and sentence him to three to five years in prison. The only way around it is to orally satisfy the officer. However, with that, the taxi driver’s troubles on that fatal night have only just started.


about the author


Sebastián Ramírez was born in Santiago de Chile in 1988. In addition to studying theatrical arts, which he began in 2007, he has been studying film since 2014. His primary interests are directing and photography, both in theatre and in film, and his work is thematically focused on political and social phenomena, always aiming for discernible levels of criticism and social reflexivity. In addition to his continual work in theatre, he is constantly involved in film, directing short documentaries such as A Simple Man in 2016, as well as short films that include the one being screened at the Festival.

Gladiator – pt. 3 – official music video

music video, Italy, 2020., colour, 5 min

director / Tommaso De Portu
screenwriters / Tommaso De Portu, Alice Silvestrini
cinematographers / Tommaso De Portu, Alfredo Tarantini
actors / Teresa Canciello, Tomas Marlia, Luca Giacomini


about the film


Waves are breaking on the beach, but otherwise it seems like time has stopped. A woman stands on the beach at dusk, staring ahead with an unsettled gaze. But there is also a child by her side, looking in the same direction. What happened? What is it that has upset them so much?


about the author


Tommaso De Portu, born in 1997, is an Italian theater and film director, screenwriter and actor who, in the making of this music video, tried his hand in filming and producing as well. Tommaso felt the urge to pursue art during his high school years when he studied music as a co-curricular subject and learned to play the clarinet. Even then, he participated in and won awards at numerous competitions as a clarinettist. After graduating from the Tito Lucrezio Caro High School in Cittadella, he enrolled in classical studies in Rome and studied economics and business. In 2017, he spent two months in London studying Film Acting at the Actors Studio and Pinewood Studios, subsequently trying his hand as first assistant director, production assistant and script supervisor at a two-week internship. Since 2017, Tommaso has been serving as the director of the Thiaso Teatro theatre troupe and worked as the assistant director for the play Romeo and Juliet at Teatro Ghione in Rome in 2019. The music video being screened at the Festival is his authorial cinematic debut.

Hair

fiction, Spain, 2020., colour, 3 min

director / Milena Viitman
screenwriters / Milena Viitman, Verica Nedeska
cinematographer / Michell Rivas
actors / Evgeny Viitman, Xavi Roqueta
producers / Milena Viitman, Vibha D. Melwani


about the film


As they comment, off-screen, on the rather well-attended opening of the open-air human hair exhibition, two men wonder if the exhibits really are female pubic hair. Who could even tell the difference, one of them wonders, while the other remarks that an exhibition of his ex-partners’ hair would have no bounds. But who exactly are the men whose comments the audience hears?


about the author


Director Milena Viitman was born in Ohrid in 1989. After graduating high school, she moved to Prague, where she first studied the humanities, then film and directing at the renowned Prague Academy FAMU – Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění. She currently lives and works in Barcelona and, after taking a five-year break from work after childbirth, children and parenthood have become some of the central topics of her work. In her professional work she also directs music videos, while one-shot films are her passion and present a unique challenge. She has made two short films, which she financed herself. Milena is involved in photography, writing, and film editing as well. Her current experience also includes working as assistant camerawoman and trying her hand as assistant director.

Hawaii

fiction, Iran, 2020., color, 27 min

director / Morteza Fereydouni
screenwriters / Morteza Fereydouni, Souroush Javadzadeh
cinematographer / Farzad Mehrdadi
actors / Feriyal Sangari, Amirhosein Asefi, Elahe Farazmand, Zahra Aghapour, Elham
Gholami, Eiman Lotfollahi, Fariborz Zidesaraei, Mehrad Kamali
producer / Morteza Fereydouni


about the film


In the car ride from the house of the people they had just visited, a middle-aged man and his wife start a serious discussion that soon escalates into an argument. While he resents her open flirtation with the host and bases his suspicions about her infidelity and affair with the man on it, the woman in turn starts complaining about her husband’s own inappropriate behaviour around the host’s wife and questions his fidelity as well. However, they are only two of eight people whose paths will briefly intertwine when they reach old Mash Babe’s house.


about the author


Producer, co-writer and director Morteza Fereydouni was born in the Iranian city of Shiraz in 1993. By profession he is an architect, having graduated from the University of the Arts in Tehran, but his interest in architecture of cinematic works led him to work in film from the very start. The film being screened at the Festival is his directorial and production debut, which he finalized after five years of working on the film in various roles, including assistant director, editor and cinematographer. His authorial debut has so far been screened in competition at the Iranian Short Film Academy Awards.

Hysteria

fiction, United States – Venezuela, 2020., colour, 78 min

director / Carla Forte
screenwriters / Carla Forte, Vicente Forte
cinematographer / Pedro Guevara
actors / Melena Gonzalez, Agustin Segnini
producers / Alexey Taran, Carla Forte, Melena Gonzalez, Agustin Segnini


about the film


After a traumatic event from the past, middle-aged Marina has become unable to recognize her own emotions and is no longer able to love or feel someone else’s love for her. Wanting to rekindle at least a part of their relationship, her partner Martin decides to take Marina to an isolated hut in the woods for a few days, hoping that spending time together in a pleasant setting might help her reconnect with him. In order to achieve this, he starts forcing her to perform certain psychological exercises, which she, in turn, finds unbearable. Martin hopes that Marina could once again become the energetic and passionate person she once was. To that end, he begins pressuring her to tell him how much she loves him. When he finally realizes that his approach is not producing the desired effect, Martin proposes to Marina, unaware that this will provoke a hysterical reaction in himself.


about the author


Originally from Venezuela, director, screenwriter and producer Carla Forte lives and works in Miami. She is a trained contemporary dancer and holds a bachelor’s degree from the Dance University Institute in Caracas. She quickly established herself as an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates dance, film, and performance through various media, focusing on emotions and emotionality as a starting point. In 2005, she founded Bistoury Physical Theatre & Film with choreographer Alexey Taran in Caracas, an avant-garde art platform that combines dance, theatre, and film, and which has been operating in Miami since 2007. Her feature films and experimental works have been screened at prestigious festivals around the world, from Salerno and Atlanta to Miami, and have been featured in a number of galleries in major cities around the world, from Rome and Marseille to Lincoln, Nebraska. Her films have been distributed by various companies such as Gravitas Adventures, South Florida PBS, and Troma Entertainment. She has won several awards and recognitions for her artistic achievements and has attended several art residencies around the world.

Mourning Rites

fiction, Germany, 2020., color, 12 min

director / Alejandro Mathe
screenwriters / Quentin Nedballa, Maximilian Stolz
cinematographer / Marcel Reiter
actors / Paul Wollin, Merle Wasmuth
producer / Leonie Haberkamp


about the film


On a rainy evening in Germany during the 1980s, a grieving Patricia wants to invoke the spirit of her late grandmother in a self-service laundry. She wants to perform a specially prepared ceremony in exactly the same place where her grandmother had died, but the ritual is hindered when an unexpected guest knocks on the door. Enter cross-dresser Faye, a temperamental and chatty person whose intrusiveness and verbosity ruin Patricia’s spiritual plans.


about the author


Director Alejandro Mathé was born in Ibiza in 1990. During his childhood, he spent summers with his German grandparents, touring Schwartzwald and many Central European countries, an experience that he credits for his penchant for anxious, dark stories. After graduating high school, he started directing plays performed by children’s and youth theatre groups. He completed his studies in Translation and Interpretation at the University of Granada in Spain in 2013 and founded the Anamnesis theatre troupe in 2010 while still at the university. A scholarship enabled him and the troupe to participate in the III International Festival of University Theatre in Granada. After graduating, he spent one year in Guildford, UK, and has been living in Münster since 2014. Since then, he has dedicated himself to self-teaching, exploring all aspects of film work, from working on set design and painting scenery to making puppets. He has been studying Film Directing at the ifs (internationale filmschule) in Cologne since 2019.

No Room for Myself

fiction, Portugal, 2021., colour, 15 min

director / Ana Domingues
screenwriter / Ana Domingues
camerawoman / Ana Domingues
actress / Inês Sá Frias
producer / Ana Domingues


about the film


While she excitedly draws children’s drawings, young Marta is dressed, looks, and acts as if she were a child herself. But soon, she is shown in another room of her home as an elegantly dressed and busy businesswoman. Not long after, in another room she is a girl stripping in front of a laptop, communicating with someone who is watching her over the web. A little later in yet another room, she is also a timid young woman filming herself with a webcam. And those aren’t all of Marta’s identities. The question is how many persons can live inside a body, and how many versions of ourselves exist at all?


about the author


Ana Domingues was born Leiria, Portugal, in 1997. She has had a strong desire to tell stories from a young age and, in time, wished to turn those stories and various ideas into films. After graduating in media studies, where she had the chance to work in numerous job positions in new media, acquaintances with people in film circles led her to an internship at a production company, one she is currently undergoing. Continuing her education within the media milieu, the first film she finished was her graduate film – the one being screened at the Festival. She both directed, wrote and produces it. Ana is interested in all aspects of film work, especially directing, camera work and post-production.

Noises

fiction, Mexico, 2020., colour, 5 min

director / Moisés Suárez Aldana
screenwriter / Javier Carreon
cinematographer / Ernesto Horn
actors / Alfredo Horn, Valeria Alba
producers / Alfredo Horn, Javier Carreon


about the film


After a series of sleepless nights, a young man is again struggling to fall asleep in the bed in his room. What keeps him awake is a chaotic voice he hears inside his head, which is getting louder and louder. He turns to his mother for help with silencing the voice, but she does not respond, which further worsens his condition. To silence it, the young man will resort to a radical act.


about the author


Director Moisés Suárez Aldana was born in the city of Ciudad Mante in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas in 1945. He began his career as an actor, playing such cult characters as Pájara Peggy in the hugely popular television entertainment program La Carabina de Ambrosio, which aired from 1978 to 1987, the character of Gatto GC on Canal 5, and Don Cecilio Buenavista in the long-lived and popular TV series Chespirito. He also appeared in Hollywood productions such as The Mask of Zorro directed by Martin Campbell and For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada by Dean Wright. He currently plays Arthur López in the beloved comedy TV series Vecinos.

Okay Tomorrow

fiction, USA, 2020., color, 8 min

director / Tyler Chadney
screenwriter / Chelsea Murphy
cinematographer / Alec Waldoch
actors / Chelsea Murphy, Ekin Dedeoglu, Janlyn Williams (voice)
producers / Chelsea Murphy, Ekin Dedeoglu


about the film


Returning to their apartment, young James finds his girlfriend Christine disturbed and on the verge of tears. Another one of their arguments is about to begin, which James claims he is not prepared for and really does not need. Christine soon starts to calm down, and things seem to be taking the right turn, especially as James tells her that he had bought an engagement ring. However, not everything may be as it seems.


about the author


Director and actor Tyler Chadney was born in 1993 in the city of Duluth, on the shores of Lake Superior in the US state of Minnesota. He discovered his affinity for film at the age of four when he was particularly mesmerized by the cult western High Noon with Gary Cooper and learned its storyline virtually by heart. Growing up, he began writing his own stories, which in time transformed into continuously writing short prose and film scripts and eventually resulted in him trying his hand at film production as well. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the University of Minnesota at Duluth, only to finally become aware of his love of film, especially film acting, during his final year of study. His first more concrete film project saw him in the role of production assistant on director Wesley Ellenwood’s mystery thriller No Blood of Mine. This opened the door for him to work on other productions, such as Lance Todd’s fantastic thriller Artificial and the drama I Voted, co-directed by Harris Dirnberger and Chris Parr. Thanks to these projects he moved to Los Angeles in 2016, where he soon began working on the production of both web series and short films, as well as more expensive and ambitious projects such as the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder.

Property

fiction, Canada, 2020., colour, 4 min

director / Jackie Bateman
screenwriter / Jackie Bateman
cinematographer / Luke Strahm
actors / Vivian Davidson, Julian Hicks, Toby Lissett, George Bateman
producer / Vivian Davidson


about the film


Standing in a filthy basement dressed in jeans and a dirty blue T-shirt, a middle-aged woman is sobbing, her hands clutching a crumpled photograph of a boy. A knock on the door scares her and she tries, unsuccessfully, to drive away those who want to enter – three young men, among them her son from the photograph. He is now a teenager who, after many years, sees his mother, a woman who has spent the entire time after the kidnapping in captivity.


about the author


Born in the UK and raised in Kenya, writer, screenwriter and filmmaker Jackie Bateman found a home in Canada in 2003 and still lives there today. She has written three award-winning novels, a trilogy of psychological thrillers that also serve as character studies, published by the Vancouver - based publishing house Anvill Press. Jackie also wrote and directed two short films, A Parallel Life and the film being screened at the Festival, both of which have already been shown at numerous festivals around the world. She is currently developing a series of short films entitled Three Line Stories. Jackie wrote her screenplay debut for the feature film Salome Magic, which is still in development, and its outline was included in the selection of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. Additionally, she works with young and non-established writers as a consultant at Storybox in Session, attends writing residencies, has led a number of creative writing workshops, and also works as a copywriter in the advertising industry and marketing.

Shit Happens

fiction, Indonesia, 2020., colour, 6 min

director / Conrad Pamungkas
screenwriter / Conrad Pamungkas
cinematographer / Tunggul Rajdipa
actors / Don Fahri, Edison Laubana, Wilay, Stanislaus, Revylia Soraya, Bery Purnomo, Muhammad Bahuri, Ulil, Bambang Tridoyo, Sugi
producers / Sandi Farid, Sabungan Benny Marpaung, Dian Shanty, David Namora
Andries


about the film


When he barely regains consciousness on the streets an Indonesian city, a middle-aged man with a bruised face counts the money he has in his pockets and swears in distress. He then proceeds to stagger down the street, where a man paints a portrait of his daughter with a small portrait as a reference, and manages to heavy-handedly steal a passer-by’s wallet. The wallet may contain enough money for what the beaten protagonist, claiming to have been robbed himself, needs.


about the author


Screenwriter and director Conrad Pamungkas was born in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, in 1976. He works as a freelance photographer and film and video director, mostly for the companies that he shoots commercials for, and collaborates with musicians on music videos.

Sofia

fiction, Portugal, 2019., color, 10 min

directors / Gonçalo Viana, Filipe Ruffato
screenwriter / Filipe Ruffato
cinematographer / Gonçalo Viana
actors / Anna Leppänen, Filipe Ruffato, Manel Abreu, Hélder Mendes
producer /Catarina Matias


about the film


One evening, rushing through the streets of a Portuguese city towards the building where she lives, a young girl suspects that the two hooded young men walking behind her might harm her. She picks up her pace and it seems to her that they have taken her cue. As she steps under an underpass, she begins to panic. However, a young man with a beard pops up, approaches her and addresses her by the name of Sofia – and the two hooded men continue past them. The girl does not know the young man but appreciates him coming to her aid, and they continue walking towards her building together, talking along the way. While her name is not Sofia, he is called António and comes from Brazil. Though they share some opinions and views, it soon becomes apparent that Sofia is prone to prejudices and stereotyping.


about the authors


Screenwriter and lead male actor Filipe Ruffato – who co-directed the film as well – met its other director Gonçal Viana – who also filmed it – while they were both studying architecture. Even then, the two future filmmakers realized that they differed on numerous grounds, from educational background and life experience to taste, but that they had a similar affinity for film and a compatible vision of the kind of films they would like to make and that they like to watch. The two have been working together since. In addition to sharing their titles of director, cinematographer and editor, they are also good friends who can talk about anything for hours on end. They have a mutual understanding that serves as an added advantage and makes it easier for them to collaborate on the film projects they are working on and planning to make.

Soul Catcher

fiction, Australia, 2021., colour, 10 min

director / Jay Jay Jegathesan
screenwriters / Simon Richard, Jay Jay Jegathesan
cinematographer / Jenina David
actors / Jay Jay Jegathesan, Mirae Jang, Sophie Civitico (voice)
producers / Radheya Jegatheva, Jay Jay Jegathesan


about the film


As he sits at a table in a room, the charming middle-aged Brock Aloysius Chopra talks to a woman – who is offscreen – very suggestively about three women who have strongly influenced him and who he claims have changed his life. As he talks about them, Chopra sounds rapturous and very convincing. The three women who influenced him at different stages of his life were very dynamic and contributed to his self-awareness. One of them was a healer, the other a rebel, and the third a mentor, and Chopra claims they had found their ways into his heart in different ways. But is everything he says true?


about the author


Behind Australian Jay Jay Jegathesan is more than a quarter of a century of artistic activity, both in acting, mostly in theatre, and voice acting. A stage performer first, he also lends voices to characters in animated films and narrates short films, not only in Australia but also in Malaysia and Japan. In the course of his career, he has also appeared in the popular Australian drama series The Heights, and he himself highlights his work in production and narration of the short animated films iRony and The Quiet, which have been screened at more than five hundred festivals in fifty-five countries across the world. The films have won more than two hundred awards at these festivals, received nominations for the Australian Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (AACTA), and have been screened at seventeen festivals whose winners qualify as Oscar nominees.

Story.Telling

fiction, Brazil, 2021., colour, 30 min

director / Fábio Brandão
screenwriters / Fábio Brandão, Silvio Gonzalez, Rafael Schubert
cinematographer / Luis Vizú
actors / Silvio Gonzalez, Rafael Schubert, Raphaela Palumbo, Giovanna Muricy, Ana Clara
Lima, Mnauricio Piancó, Daniel Baroni, Luca Porto, Allan Miranda
producer / Roby Amaral


about the film


Two friends, both screenwriters, are developing a story for their next film in a relaxed, homey atmosphere. Although horror is a bit uncomfortable for one of them, it definitely has to be horror, because horror is what the audience loves. It could be a horror film like Scream, a story of a group of young people arriving at a haunted house, in which a killer with a knife and a mask on their face has already killed a girl. Both screenwriters enjoy fleshing out their characters, just as they enjoy devising slasher scenes.


about the author


Director and screenwriter Fábio Brandão studied audiovisual production and began his career as a cameraman in the sports newsroom on Brazilian Globo TV before he was promoted to executive cameraman in 2013. As a cameraman and director, he has worked on a number of important sports series and documentaries and was one of the cameramen on the Extreme Planet series, nominated for an International Emmy Award in 2012, during its first and second seasons. In 2017, he served as the production director and stage director of the show Ippon – A Luta da Vida, the first reality show on the subject of judo on Brazilian television. In 2019, he became the director at Estúdios Globo, the entertainment department of Globo TV. He made his directorial debut in film in 2012, when he wrote and directed the short film NÓS, which launched his career as an independent filmmaker. His career gained momentum in 2016, when his second short film FIM was screened at fifteen festivals in ten countries around the world, winning two audience awards. In 2020, he presented his third
hort film Delphine, a horror story underpinned by immortal love, which has won 39 awards so far. The film being screened at the Festival is his fourth film, a cross between comedy and horror, succeeded by another short, a romantic thriller Death Doesn’t Love You from 2021.

Tâm

fiction, Australia, 2020., color, 12 min

director / Noora Niasari
screenwriter / Noora Niasari
cinematographer / Sherwin Akbarzadeh
actors / Jillian Nguyen, Nick Barkla
producer / Noora Niasari


about the film


Having woken up one night on a bed in a hotel room, a hungover young girl tries to figure out where she is. After she sees a man sleeping and snoring next to her, she somewhat pulls herself together and tries to sneak out of the suite. However, she does not succeed in her attempt as the man wakes up and forces her to have sex.


about the autor


Noora Niasari is a producer, screenwriter and director born in Teheran and raised in Australia, where she earned a master’s degree in Film and Television from the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2015, her graduate film The Phoenix was nominated for the Art Directors Guild Award and included in the Accelerator Lab selection at the Melbourne International Film Festival. In 2017, her short film Waterfall also competed at the Melbourne International Film Festival, and her documentary Casa Antúnez was nominated for the New Talent Award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest. This year, she is developing her debut feature film Shayda in collaboration with producer Vincent Sheehan and simultaneously working on a film adaptation of the novel Raya by Iranian-American author Mahsa Rahmani Noble, a project produced by Sister & Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment.

The Miracle of Saint Anthony

fiction, Spain, 2021., colour, 3 min

directors / Alfonso Camarero, José Luis Ducid
idea / Alfonso Camarero, José Luis Ducid
cinematographer / Alfonso Camarero
actor / Michael Martin Morgan
producer / Alfonso Camarero


about the film


The story of one man’s unusual troubles during lockdown. There is plenty to do even when locked inside your home. But if you are a smoker and cannot smoke because you cannot find your tobacco? Then all you can do is turn to a saint for help.


about the authors


Alfonso Camarero was born in Galicia, Spain, and is a multidisciplinary artist who has been infected with a love of film and music since childhood. He studied sound editing and philosophy, and has won seven international awards for his work as a screenwriter, director and composer. He has his own recording studio where he produces musicals and works on various audiovisual projects. José Luis Ducid is a painter, poet, actor, director and musician born in Buenos Aires in 1969. As he raises a glass of his beloved whiskey, he refuses to be called Creole Bukowski, a nickname by which he is known in art circles. In 1994, he emigrated to Spain, where he has since published three poetry collections. He studied film at the Escola de Imaxe e Son art school in Coruña and began directing afterwards. He has won several awards as a director and screenwriter of short films like Cubalibre and Unha Estrella. Among other things, he has tried his hand at working in the theatre and has so far staged the monodrama Cómo nacer humano y convertirse en Argentino and the weekly show Aperitivo Kill.

Triage

fiction, Germany, 2021., colour, 10 min

director / Dino Stahl
screenwriter / Dino Stahl
cinematographer /  Paul F. Roloff
actor / Ryan Wichert
producer / Dino Stahl


about the film


Sitting in a semi-dark tent near a battlefield, an elite British soldier and doctor recounts the trauma he is dealing with. 25-year-old soldier Andrew has recently been killed; despite the doctor doing everything in his power, the young man could not be saved. No matter how hard the doctor tries, he cannot help more than ten soldiers on the battlefield at once. Although deaths are inevitable in such circumstances, each new death represents a new trauma.


about the author


Producer, screenwriter and director Dino Stahl was born in Munich. He first studied industrial engineering in Keiserslautern, then film and television directing in Hamburg. His short film Der Tankwart was nominated for the Deutscher Nachwuchsfilmpreis in 2019 and screened with success at a number of festivals, including the Noble International Film Festival in Bangalore, The Lift-Off Sessions in Pinewood, MOSIFF – Montenegrian Film Festival in Montenegro, and WICA – World Independent Cinema Awards in Los Angeles. His short film TRAKT X was awarded as the best film at the Unschärfe Filmfest in 2020. The film being screened at the Festival is his fourth short film to date.

When I Dance, the Earth Trembles

fiction, Germany, Italy, 2020., colour, 20 min

director / Otto Lazić-Reuchel
screenwriters / Otto Lazić-Reuchel, Lilian Sassanelli, Najib Abidi, Emmanouela Nikoli-
Dolianiti, Jörg Petzold
cinematographer / Pascal Messmer
actors /Najib Abidi, Emmanouela Nikoli-Dolianiti, Jörg Petzold
producer / Otto Lazić-Reuchel


about the film


Early one morning, having left the building in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district where he lives, young Najib seems to be walking aimlessly down the street, still hungover after two days of dancing. He is an immigrant, does not speak German well and gets the most enjoyment out of dancing, even though he sometimes gets weird looks because of it. He meets his friend Mana, a young girl who moved to Berlin from Greece, and the two engage in a lively conversation about dancing, their shared passion. While Najib stays in the S-Bahn train they are driving in, Manu exits and continues on foot after a not-so-pleasant exchange with a young German who insists she is Spanish. After a while, she puts on an evocative mask and starts to dance but gets hit by a car driven by an older man named Jörg. He is a family man who has just found out that it has been three months since his wife received her last salary. All the while they are constantly under pressure from high rent, loans, and the possibility of being evicted from their rented apartment.


about the author


Otto Lazić-Reuschel was born and raised in Trieste. After spending several years in Chiapas, Mexico, where he shot his first documentary Que Pasa? in 2011, he moved to Berlin where he had lived for eight years. While participating in the Balkan Onions project, he collaborated with the transcultural organization RomaTrial, which works to affirm Roma culture and anti-racism. As part of the same project in 2015, he made the documentary In Between about the lives and destinies of Albanians, Roma, and Serbs after the Kosovo War. His more recent achievement RISKI from 2017 tells the story of a group of young people in Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, in an area near the border with Morocco. He is currently working on his new documentary project Drajčići. A Village at the Edge of Europe about Drajčići, a Kosovo settlement in the Sredačka county near Prizren, and its inhabitants. Though still in development, the project has already been selected for four international workshops, the Balkan Documentary Center, IDFA
Academy, Docs Barcelona, and Balkan Film Market – Pitch Balkan. Since 2019, he has been attending ZELIG – School for Documentary, Television and New Media in Bolzano, Italy. The film being screened at the Festival is his debut short film.

Witch Trilogy 13+

fiction, Turkey, 2019., colour, 15 min

director / Ceylan Özgün Özçelik
screenwriter / Ceylan Özgün Özçelik
cinematographer / Gözde Koyuncu
actors / Derya Pınar Ak, Tuğrul Tülek, Arif Cambaz, Mustafa Cambaz, Muhittin Çağdaş,
Melih Kiraç, Ismet Köroğlu, Serhat KuralAhmet Alkiş Peker, Canberk Yildiz
producer / Armağan Lale


about the film


In a dark and damp basement, a fourteen-year-old girl is sitting on an antique metal bed. Not far from her stands a young bearded man, next to him a middle-aged man, and there are several other men in the room. As the camera circles the space, describing the room and showing the men who are present at the scene, a man in a white lab coat enters from the background, approaches the bed, and observes the girl. When the camera turns back to the girl, her face exhibits visible scars, and it soon becomes evident that the cast of men in the basement has changes.


about the author


Screenwriter and director Ceylan Özgün Özçelik was born in Istanbul in 1980. She received a law degree from Marmara University in her hometown, where she still lives today, but has never practiced law – she has always been drawn to media, especially radio and television. She produced and hosted a number of cultural radio programmes and TV shows from 2003 to 2015 and had worked as a film critic for 14 years, publishing texts in print and online. With three short films behind her, she made her feature film debut Kaygi/Inflame which had its world premiere in the Panorama Special section at the 67th Berlinale in 2017. The film won the Gamechanger Award at the 2017 South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and has been shown at forty festivals around the world. The film being screened at the Festival is part of her new project entitled
Witch Trilogy, for which she chose the forms of short film, feature film, and feature documentary. She was an artist in residence at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in 2018 and won a scholarship from the non-profit organization SFFILM for the Witch Trilogy project the following year.

Dogs

fiction, Malaysia, 2020., color, 16 min

director / Andy Darrel Gomes
screenwriter / Andy Darrel Gomes
cinematographer / Kiefer Yu
actors / Nigel Zhen, Geraldine Piong
producer / Andy Darrel Gomes


about the film


Young Nigel and Mei, his peer, have only recently entered into a relationship, but Nigel had to go into self-isolation due to a chickenpox infection shortly after they started dating. Since then, the two have been communicating online. While Nigel recalls the time they had spent together prior to his infection, his illness reminds Mei of her childhood relationship with her father. Nigel notices that Mei seems less and less interested and more and more distant, especially as she begins to wonder about the true nature of their relationship.


about the author


Andy Darrel Gomes is a Malaysian director, screenwriter, actor and educator, working both in theatre and film. After graduating from Universiti Putra Malaysia with a degree in English and Performing Arts, he has completed a number of theatre projects, including the staging of Veil at the opening of the Yasmin Ahmad Museum in 2014 and the play Tiga which was staged in 2016/2017 in collaboration with the Five Arts Centre of Kuala Lumpur. In film, he mostly works as a screenwriter and director, and his short film to date – including the award-winning films Hawa and My Ba’s Radio – have been screened at festivals around the world, from Japan and across Asia to the US. He acted in the films Ola Bola from 2016 and Aqerat (We the Dead) from 2017. Advocacy is an important aspect of his work and he often collaborates with the youth. Moreover, in 2017, he founded the Project Spect-Actor theatre whose work thematizes oppression of the youth. He currently also works as a lecturer at the Department of Performing Arts and Media at Sunway University in the Malaysian state of Selangor.

FROM NEAR

fiction, Germany, 2018., color, 5 min

director / Daniel Popat
idea / Daniel Popat, Hoang Quynh Nguyen
cinematographer / Hoang Quynh Nguyen
actors / Julia Strowski, Viktor Weinberg, Hoang Quynh Nguyen, Daniel Popat
producer / Daniel Popat


about the film


Four young people are driving around in a car somewhere in Germany, engaged in an interesting conversation. Two girls are of Asian descent, the driver is not a native German either, and the other young man is of Russian descent. While the two young men speak German well, just like one of the girls, the other young Asian woman sitting in the passenger seat does not know a word of the languages but manages by speaking English. This immediately becomes the point of contention, with the driver believing that everyone who comes to Germany must know the language. The situation becomes even more complicated when an unbearable scent starts spreading inside the vehicle.


about the author


Producer and director Daniel Popat was born in Munich in 1990. From 2012 to 2015, he studied acting at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz and East 15 Acting School in London. He has been studying Film Directing at the Film Akademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH since 2017. In 2018, Hostel won the Golden Lola, the German Short Film Award. During the academic year 2019/20, as part of his study programme, Daniel made the web series All In which was met with considerable critical acclaim.

Hostel

fiction, Germany, 2018., color, 10 min

director / Daniel Popat
screenwriters / Daniel Popat, Aleksandra Pjatkova, Viktor Weinberg
cinematographer / Masha Biller
actors Aleksandra / Pjatkova, Viktor Weinberg
producer / Daniel Popat


about the film


When a young man knocks on the door of a women’s room in a Berlin hostel, inside he finds a girl who is surprised to learn that he is definitely looking for accommodation as all the other rooms are already occupied. Her surprise deepens when the young man – who says his name is Viktor – reveals that he is from Kolomna, the same town in the Russian province that she, too, comes from. The girl soon tells him her name is Sara, and suggest that they toast their shared origin with cognac. But what they drink may not be cognac, the young man may not be called Viktor, and the girl’s name may not be Sara either…


about the author


Producer and director Daniel Popat was born in Munich in 1990. From 2012 to 2015, he studied acting at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz and East 15 Acting School in London. He has been studying Film Directing at the Film Akademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH since 2017. In 2018, Hostel won the Golden Lola, the German Short Film Award. During the academic year 2019/20, as part of his study programme, Daniel made the web series All In which was met with considerable critical acclaim.

The Town of Forgotten Things

animated, I Italy, 2021., colour, drawing on paper, 18 min

directors / Francesco Filippi, Massimiliano Frezzato
screenwriter / Massimiliano Frezzato
drawings / Massimiliano Frezzato
voice / Lucia Gadolini
producer / Francesco Filippi


about the film


It all starts on a night when a little girl visits the narrator in a dream and tells her to travel to the city of Sha, find a guard, and make herself useful. When she awakes, the narrator flies across a dark desert until the most unusual city she has ever seen appears before her. After she lands on a dilapidated balcony without a living soul around her, a pleasant warm wind blows through the city. She then hears a soft hum and thinks that she has seen an old man, but it turns out to be a blackbird that manages to feed a snail on its shoulder. The narrator is surprised that there is not a single glass in the window frames across the whole city, only to soon realize that she has arrived in Sha, a city where forgotten things are accumulated.


about the authors


Francesco Filippi was born in 1981 and graduated from the Giovanni Prati Classical Gymnasium in Trento. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Social Sciences from l’Universitàà Ca’ Foscari in Venice and a Master’s Degree in the History of European Civilization, as well as Ethics, Politics, and Religious Sciences from l’Universita degli studi in Trento. He works as a freelance artist, director, screenwriter and animator with a preference for stop-motion animation. He has won numerous awards for his work, and his most famous short films are Red Hands, Memorial, Loser Leg, and Home. Since 1999, he has been writing essays and books on animation theory. A lot of his time is dedicated to working with the youth, teaching animation workshops for children throughout Italy.

Born in Turin in 1967, Massimiliano Frezzato studied art in his hometown, and won his first prize as a comic book artist at a competition in Prato in 1989. In 1990, in collaboration with American screenwriter Jerome Charyn, he began working on the graphic novel series Margot and produced his most famous work, I custodi del Maser, during the 1990s. Soon after it was first published in 1996, the comic was translated into a number of languages and published in many countries, including French, Belgium, Portugal, the US, Germany, Poland, and Denmark. His comic book art, notably Pinocchio and Petar Pan, was influenced by numerous famous comic book artists such as Moebius, Enki Bilal, Tanino Liberatore, as well as the great masters of manga Hayao Miyazaki and Katsuhiro Ōtomo.

A person walking on tiptoes

experimental, Republic of Korea, 2021., color, 10 min

director / Jongkyun Shin
screenwriter / Jongkyun Shin
cinematographer / Jongkyun Shin
actor / Sanghyun Seo
producer / Jongkyun Shin


about the film


A person with a black blindfold is climbing and descending a metal structure in an industrial plant. On the symbolic level, the scene reflects the past and present of Korean society, populated by individuals with different ideologies and reflections about society.


about the author


Jungkyun Shin is a video artist originally from Seoul. He graduated from the Department of Painting at Seoul National University, and has so far held five solo exhibitions, participated in several group exhibitions, including Korean Youth Artists at the MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Seoul and Nevertheless, History Continues at the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong. His films were also featured at the Non-syntax Experimental Image Festival in Tokyo and An Ordinary Day Film Festival in Stockholm. This film was awarded as the best video achievement at the FilmÓptico – International Art Visual and Film Festival in Tarragona, Spain. His works are exhibited in the Busan Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Busan and the ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts in Brussels.

Beneath

experimental, France, 2021., black & white – colour, 4 min

director / David Ellis
screenwriter / David Ellis
cinematographer / David Ellis
producer / David Ellis


about the film


The surface of the sea right next to the shore is filmed while a thunderstorm looms. As thunder grows louder, as does the patter of rain, an enigmatic white veil appears beneath the surface of the sea, separating the two worlds.


about the author


Over more than two decades of filmmaking, director, film and video artist David Ellis has established himself as one of the more prominent representatives of the new wave of experimental film. Recognizable by his forever original, distinctive, and visionary style, Ellis authors profoundly personal works in which narration is redefined through the absence of dialogue, through a distinctive narrative and poetic sensibility which replaces traditional story with pure art, incorporating the interplay of image and sound which allow viewers to create their own narratives. His approach to filmmaking is exploratory – moving images do not always have to make complete sense. Why would films offer fixed stories when viewers are able to create their own, drawing on personal life experiences. These are precisely the kinds of films Ellis wants to make, citing pioneers of early 20th-century avant-garde film such as Man Ray, Hans Richter, Walter Ruttmann, Viking Eggeling, among others, as his idols. Recently, he has been using experimental practices to implement elements of various artistic movements into his work, primarily Cubism, Russian Constructivism, and Suprematism, especially from the works of Kazimir Malevich, Aleksander Rodchenko, and similar artists.

Every skin contains a will

video art, Argentina, 2020., color, 2 min

director / Analía Zalazar
screenwriter / Analía Zalazar
cinematographer / Dante Cosenza
producers / Analía Zalazar, Dante Cosenza


about the film


On grey steps somewhere, a wind current is playing with two brown paper bags shaped like women’s shoes. As the wind carries them, the bags seem to seduce and flirt with each other for a quick moment before abruptly entering into what looks like fierce conflict. All the while the bags produce sounds identical to those that actual shoes would make.


about the author


Co-producer, screenwriter and director Analía Zalazar was born in the city of Paraní in the Argentine province of Entre Rios in 1968. She is a painter and visual artist who graduated from the National Fine Art School Prilidiano Pueyrredon in Buenos Aires, where she still lives and works. She has participated in numerous video art festivals in the country and around the world, from the International Festival of Video Art in Camagüey, Kuba, and the Short Film Festival in Alexandria, Egypt, to the International Video Art Festival Nodo in Caracas, Venezuela, and the International Video Art Festival Urbs Urbis in Cuenca, Ecuador. She has received numerous awards and recognitions at festivals in Argentina and abroad.

I Exist

fiction, Argentina, 2020., colour, 6 min

director / Gisela Supichatti
screenwriter / Gisela Supichatti
cinematographer / Lucia Carcedo
actors / Guillermo Donicelli, Leonor Zanoni
producer / Gisela Supichatti


about the film


A bearded man at the onset of middle age is lying on muddy ground in a numb state naked from the waist up, illuminated only by headlights of a car or a similar light source. As he seemingly lies dead, female hands emerge from darkness, gently caressing him as if trying to revive him.

about the author


Director, screenwriter and producer Gisela Supichatti was born in the city of Zenón Pereyra in the Argentine province of Santa Fe in 1986. She began studying Film and Television at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (National University of Córdoba) in 2005 and, having graduated with a degree in Audiovisual Media and Production, began working in photography. While she was mostly shooting important events and performances, she began producing her own films and is currently working in the marketing and communications department at Agencia Internacional Borneo. In 2013, she made her directorial debut with the short film Bajo el cielo azul and made the short film Síntoma two years later. Her more recent achievements are the short films Existo part I and Existo part II which are currently in post-production while she works on her new project, the animated film Utópico astronaut, her first collaboration with the production company Produsión Jurásica Produxiones.

It's Late

fiction, Germany, 2021., colour, 8 min

directors / Salman Vakili, Sahar Darvishzadeh
screenwriters / Salman Vakili, Sahar Darvishzadeh
cinematographer / Salman Vakili
actresses / Sahar Darvishzadeh, Mahsa Fallah
producers / Salman Vakili, Sahar Darvishzadeh


about the film


In broad daylight, a woman at the onset of middle age knocks on the door of young Mahsa’s house. When no one answers, she worries that something might have happened to Mahsa. Eventually, she manages to enter the house and finds the girl leaving a room with a closet. Their conversation reveals that both of them are worried, even scared, with Mahsa considering running away and leaving everything behind. They have a special relationship, the kind not only not tolerated, but severely punished in Iran.


about the authors


Iranian Salman Vakili and his compatriot Sahar Darvishzadeh founded their film workshop in 2014, where they produce short films made by children and adolescents. They also direct their own short films, most of them exploring the topics of environmental protection and human rights. Their films have been screened at numerous international festivals, from Canada and Russia to France, Italy, Spain, Serbia, the UK, and Brazil, winning multiple awards.

Subservient

fiction, Iran, 2021., colour, 12 min

director / Yaser Baezegar
screenwriter / Solmaz Etemad
cinematographer / Bayram Fazli
actors / Mehrnoosh Sattari, Aghil Bahrani, Mobina Eyvazi, Mahsa Ghoreishi, Alireza Soleimani, Amirmansour Esfandiari, Mahsa Allahyari, Meysam Amirzedeh, Soudabeh Binakhahi, Rasoul Hoseinpour, Reza Azimi Rad, Elaheh Kheiri
producent / Arezoo Khanjani


about the film


At a family celebration where everyone else seems to be having a great time, a young Iranian woman is anxiously watching the people around her. There’s her husband, confidentially speaking to a young woman who acts overly familiar with him, and then there are these other people that she does not know. As drama – and perhaps tragedy – looms, the same feelings arise in another young woman in the same crowd.

about the author


Iranian director Yaser Baezegar, born in 1984, settled in Teheran after graduating with a degree in Film Acting, where he still lives and works today. From 2008 to 2018, he primarily acted in theatre but made his directorial debut in film in 2011 with the short Night-Interior-Red. He made the short film Comment in 2018 and filmed another 12-minute short 10-35 this year; the film being screened at the Festival is his third out of four in total. Originally titled Subservient, this film has been screened with success at a number of film festivals in the country and abroad, including the Milazzo Film Festival in Italy and the Lonely Seal Film Festival in the US.

The Moth

fiction, UK, 2020., colour, 11 min

director / Jake Murray
screenwriter / Paul Herzberg
cinematographer / Andrew Glassford
actor / Victor Power
producer / Jake Murray


about the film


A young Briton of African descent, John Gabriel, recounts an event that changed his life forever – his accidental encounter with a former soldier from South Africa whom he met during a train ride ten years earlier. Back then, John initiated a conversation with the former soldier and in turn received a very disturbing testimony of the traumatic events from the war in Sudan that the soldier had participated in. What he heard on that train ride causes still causes insomnia and nightmares to this day.


about the author


Jake Murray is an award-winning British theatre director with almost thirty years of experience. He is a freelance artist who has worked in some of the most prestigious theatres in Britain during his career. He started writing film and television screenplays about ten years ago. He has several projects in development, including Cassie, an eight-part supernatural horror drama set in contemporary London, and the feature films The Dead of Jasra, a zombie story set in Iraq, and the humorous horror drama Braindance. He is currently working with producer Paul Blacknell on an ambitious TV project, a sci-fi epic titled Olympus 3000, and is preparing a series of screenplays, including those for the feature films Blood Red, a drama about a werewolf set in present-day Manchester, the occult horror drama The Reign of Samael, a story about Nazis in Berlin in 1938, and the urban thriller The Chase set in northern England. One of his screenplays has already been adapted for the screen in the short film Sorrow – and he does not lack ideas for new projects either.

Waiting

documentary, Croatia, 2021., colour, 5 min

director / Lara Lalić
screenwriter / Lara Lalić
cinematographer / Lara Lalić
producers / Lara Lalić, Kino klub Split


about the film


On a sunny summer day in Rijeka, next to the fountain on Adriatic Square near Korzo, the author finds two people. They are linked by the site of action and their marginalized social status – one of them is trying to earn some money by singing to recorded music and the other by begging on the corner of a nearby building – but also by a shared passion for a song they will eventually identify with.


about the author


Lara Lalić is the sole author of the short documentary Waiting. She was born in Makarska in 1989 and received a graduate degree in Acting from the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka. She is an active member of Cine Club Split. The film material was shot as part of her acting studies graduate project. The song Dođi was used in the film with permission from its author and the band Parni valjak.

Wrapper

fiction, Spain, 2019., colour, 16 min

director / Agustín Rubio
screenwriter / Agustín Rubio
cinematographer / Tono Balaguer
actors / María Almudéver, Carles Gonzaléz
producers / Emilio Oviedo, Agustín Rubio

about the film


A young psychologist named Anna is seeing a new patient for the first time. Martí, an ambitious and talented actor, is a teenager whose behaviour has considerably changed over the past few months. Martí has suddenly become a conflicted young man and is starting to see Anna at the explicit request of his parents, one that strongly opposed. When she engages in a conversation with Martí, Anna begins to unfold the background of the change in the young man’s behaviour and the context of his intimate and family life.

about the author


Agustín Rubio is a Spanish director, screenwriter and producer born in Valencia in 1978. He teaches Audiovisual Communication at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón in Spain and has so far produced, directed and partly edited three short films and one feature film, all of which he also wrote – The Landing from 2017, Embolcall from 2019, The State of the Sky from 2021, and the feature film Non-Living from 2020. His films have been screened at renowned festivals around the world, including the Bermuda International Film Festival and Festival Internacional de Cine de Lebu in Chile, and received awards at, among others, Molins Horror Film Festival in Barcelona, a manifestation known as TerrorMolins.

All for One and One for All

fiction, Slovenia, 2020., colour, 4 min

directors / Filip Peruzović, Žiga Čamernik
screenwriters / Žiga Čamernik, Ivica Gunjača, Lidia Janjić, Kristian Koželj, Anja Paravinja, Filip Peruzović
cinematographer / Filip Peruzović
actors / Ivica Gunjača, Lidia Janjić, Kristian Koželj, Anja Paravinja
producer / Sebastjan Pikl


about the film


Four young people get in a car, and at first it seems like they are in for a pleasant ride – the two young women and two young men seem to be friends. Before the woman behind the wheel starts the vehicle, she and both men put on protective masks. The other woman refuses to do so as she considers such protection unnecessary. When the other passengers start insisting that she put on her mask and she persistently refuses to do so, tensions between them rise and escalate into serious conflicts.


about the authors


Filip Peruzović was born in 1986. He graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb with a degree in Feature Film Directing. He is the director of the feature film Trebao bi prošetati psa (Walk the Dog), based on a screenplay by Tomislav Zajec, a film that won the Croatian Theatre Award for Best Drama in 2015, and for which Franjo Dijak won Best Lead Performance the following year. He has won the Rector’s Award for the short film Tetrapak, attended the Sarajevo and Berlinale Talent Campuses and worked as an external associate/director at HRT, on the shows Briljanteen, Knjiga ili život, Stand Up 3, Juhuhu, and Generacija Y from 2009 to 2015. Since 2015, he has worked as an independent artist, working on external productions mainly for HRT (Slatka kuharica, Sigurno u prometu). His short film Kava sa džemom won Best Short Film at the Pula Film Festival in 2013 and was screened at more than twenty international festivals.

Žiga Čemernik was born in 1975. After graduating in political science, he earned a master’s degree in anthropology. In addition to being a freelance actor, he also works as an instructor, pedagogue, director, and critic who describes himself as a “student of life.” Among other things, he has performed as an actor with his colleague Vesna Tominac Matačić in the play Darivanje at Theatre EXIT Summer Nights.

leo

fiction, Iran, 2021., color, 6 min

director / Mohammad Moein Rooholamini
screenwriter / Mohammad Moein Rooholamini
cinematographer / Reza Ghasemi
actors / Hasan Khoshhalat, Mohammad Matin Ziafat, Mostafa Moosavi
producer / Mohammad Moein Rooholamini


about the film


Having found themselves in a singular situation, a boy named Khalid and his younger brother watch a football match through a wire fence. Khalid tries to convey the events on the field as vividly as possible as the team they support should take the lead or even score the victory thanks to the “young Messi.” Khalid narrates the match in graphic detail because his brother is blind, but that may not be the only aggravating circumstance in the reality that surrounds them.


about the author


Producer, screenwriter and director Mohammad Moein Rooholamini was born Kashan, Iran, in 1993. He holds a degree in accounting, but his passion lies in film and the seventh art. He has become particularly interested in artistic creation in 2015 and has since made two short films, The city of honey and Leo. The films have been included in the competitions of sixty international festivals, winning twenty awards. Rooholamini's films were screened at the 67th edition of the prestigious International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, among others, and won awards at the 12th Entretodos Film Festival in Brazil, the Toronto New Wave Festival in Canada, the Alba Film Festival in Italy, and the 2nd American Film Festival, where the director won Best Short Fiction.

Old Memories

documentary, India, 2021., colour, 2 min

director / Allabhya Ghosh
screenwriter / Allabhya Ghosh
cinematographer / Allabhya Ghosh
producer / Partha Ghosh


about the film


This one take film is the author’s nostalgic recollection of his birthplace and one-time neighbourhood, from the street where he used to play football with his friends to his elementary school where new buildings now stand.


about the author


Allabhya Ghosh was born in the Indian metropolis of Kolkata in 1976. His favourite hobbies are drawing and clay modelling, he does not believe in the importance of formal education, and he is a passionate writer of newspaper articles, poetry, short stories, and novels. He works as a screenwriter on Bengali Television Channel and has acted in a number of Bengali films and TV series. In recent years, he has directed and produced independent feature and documentary films, while his poetry, short stories, and novels have been published in numerous publications in the country and abroad. His first collection of poetry titled The Mirror was published when he was only 17 years old.

The Fox

fiction, India, 2019., black-white, 93 min

director / Hemwant Tiwari
screenwriter / Hemwant Tiwari
cinematographer / Supratim Bhol
actors / Hemwant Tiwari, Auroshika Dey, Parimal Aloke, Tirrtha Murbaadkar, Shilpa Sabhlok, Mohit Kulshrestha, Navneet Sharma, Roshan Sajwan
producers / Gopal Singh, Mou Talukder, Hamwant Tiwari


about the film


More than a decade after being high school sweethearts, a young Indian man and his schoolmate reconnect through social media. But life circumstances have changed for both of them – both are now married and feel like complete strangers to one another. Wanting to recreate some of the magical moments from their past, they meet again but realize that it cannot happen in the way they would like. When the car they drive breaks down in the middle of the road, their relationship explodes in drama as the idealized past clashes with the present, forcing them to ask themselves if they are willing to jeopardize their marriages by rekindling an uncertain romance.


about the author


Director, screenwriter, producer and actor Hemwant Tiwari was born in the Indian state of Bihar and grew up in the city of Gurgaon in the state of Haryana. After attending a military public school, he earned his degree as a correspondence student at the University of Delhi. During his studies he worked at a call centre, wanting to save up money to kickstart his future career in Mumbai. He started performing in theatres after completing an acting course at Barry John Acting Studio. The show Medinah, in which he played one of the lead roles, soon went into distribution, gaining great popularity and garnering excellent reviews. In the meantime, he also played an important role in the acclaimed drama Ram Singh Charlie and the short film Panah which captured both critics and audiences. Before that, he played the protagonist in the short Zindagi Bahut Khoobsurat Kai (Life is beautiful) from 2013 which was screened with success in the competition of the Cannes Film Festival. He made his directorial debut in 2014 with the short thriller Salaam (an ode to friendship), in which he also acted, while the film screened at the Festival is his feature film debut.

The Man & His Boat

experimental documentary, India, 2021., colour, 11 min

director / Mahima Tagore
story / Ernest Hemingway
cinematographer / Mahima Tagore
participant / a man
producer / Mahima Tagore


about the film


A boat is seemingly floating on the ruffled surface of the sea. As a man starts approaching the boat on foot, it becomes clear that the boat had ran aground. The man proceeds to attempt to refloat the boat.


about the author


Mahim Tagore is a student of Film Directing at the Film & Television Institute of India. She started working in theatre at a young age, which has led to her directing her first theatre production in her final year of college at Miranda House at the University of Delhi. After graduating in Philosophy from Miranda House, she enrolled in Film Directing Studies at the FTII (Film and Television Institute of India). Besides reading and walking, Mahim thoroughly enjoys watching films, an activity which is, in her case, comparable to meditation.

The Story So Far

fiction, India, 2016., black-white, 5 min

director / Brishbhanu Baruah
screenwriter / Brishbhanu Baruah
cinematographer / Ashutosh Kumar
actors / Mukul Mehdi, Rajarshi Naina, Anunay Kushal, Vinita Sias, Shardul Sam, Ashmita Malyaj
producer / KFTII, Pune


about the film


 A group of young people of different characters and interests sit in a cafeteria and talk over coffee and juice. While some discuss films and ways in which parts of them have been shot – and how they would have done it – others read books or quietly talk about everyday things. Soft music is coming from the speakers, and a young man is crying inconsolably at another table, until he finally manages to calm down and compose himself.


about the author


Screenwriter and director Brishbhanu Baruah was born in the Indian state of Assam, where he graduated in Film Directing from the FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) in the city of Pune. Thematically, his work is dedicated to the exploration of poetics and subtlety in individual destinies and experiences. In the technical sense, it explores the reach and possibilities of digital photography and digital media. Brishbhanu is also a poet, with the photographic essay Kashmiri Shawl Wallahs of Guwahati standing out among his works to date. The film, presented as a leitmotif, uses a quote from Douglas Adams’s satirical science fiction novel The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

NOMOPHOBIA

fiction, Italy, 2018., color, 15 min

director / Ado Hasanović
screenwriter / Elisa Bondavalli
cinematographer / Juri Fantigrossi
actresses / Lisa Granuzza Di Vita, Tiziana Bagatella
producer / Ado Hasanović


about the film


It is afternoon somewhere in the Italian region of Tuscany, one alike so many that came before it. The seemingly quiet day in central Italy is suddenly and fundamentally disrupted when a mother decides to take away her teenage daughter’s mobile phone. From the perspective of middle-aged Marie, it looks like she is punishing her daughter Jessica not only straightforwardly but also leniently given the revelations that she received at a parent-teacher meeting. However, the punishment may have unexpected consequences as Jessica is completely obsessed with and addicted to her phone.

about the author


Ado Hasanović, born in Srebrenica in 1986, is a Bosnian producer and director based in Rome. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as the Creative Director of the Srebrenica Short Film Festival. He graduated from the Sarajevo Film Academy as a film director in 2013. He later attended the National Film School “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia” in Rome, where he specialised in film directing. In 2015, he became the artistic director of the Mediterranean Short Film Festival in Sant’Antioco, Italy. In the meantime, he completed a Master’s Degree in Dramaturgy as a guest student at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. He has won several international awards for his short films The Angel of Srebrenica, Blue Viking in Sarajevo, Mum, Breath of Life Srebrenica, and Pink Elephant. His debut feature film I Am Ana, made in collaboration with the Italian production house Il Gigante, is in development. The film won the Focus Fox Studio Award at the 15th Sofia Meetings co-production market.

CENTAR ZA LIKOVNI ODGOJ GRADA ZAGREBA

18:00 - 22:00ONE TAKE IN SPACEA Person Walking on Tiptoe
Beneath
Every Skin Contains a Will
I Exist


   

KINO TUŠKANAC

15:00ALMOST ONEHostel
The Town of Forgotten Things
Dogs
From Near
   
16:00COMPETITION 1
Gladiator - Pt. 3 
Diagonal
Soul Catcher
Mourning Rites
Story. Telling
Tâm
Forgive Me
Hawaii
   
18:00ONE TAKE IN INDIAThe Man & His Boat
The Story so far
Old memories
The Fox 
   
20:00COMPETITION 252Hertz
Property
Okay Tomorrow
Hysteria
   
   

KINO TUŠKANAC

16:00COMPETITION 3 The Miracle of Saint Anthony
Triage
Flexible Choices
Noises
Hair
Allen Screw Loose
Sofia
   
17:00ONE TAKE (IN)EQUALITYThe Moth
It's Late


Waiting
Subservient
Leo
Wrapper
All for One and One for All
   
18:00COMPETITION 4Radionički programi

When I Dance, the Earth Trembles
Dark Angel
No Room for Myself
Shit Happens
Free


Almost Midnight


Witch Trilogy 13+
   
20:30AWARD CEREMONYAward presentation
Wining film screening – ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX


Wining film screening – VEDRAN ŠAMANOVIĆ AWARD
Last Take - Nomophobia
   
   
23. 10. 2021. 

Competition Program I, II, III i IV


Almost One

One Take In India

  
24. 10. 2021.

Competition Program I, II, III i IV

One Take (In)Equality

Last Take

 

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about the award

The Vedran Šamanović Award is presented in honour of the prematurely deceased Croatian cinematographer and director as the highest annual recognition to a film artist who expanded the boundaries of cinematic expression in Croatian filmmaking through an innovative approach in any area of filmmaking, both short and feature-length films, in the course of the current year.

In choosing the winner, the jury reviews the entire Croatian film production of the past twelve months and chooses an artist whose life and work best reflect the inquisitive and versatile profile of the artist that inspired the award.

According to the regulations agreed upon by the award’s five founding film associations, the Film Artists’ Association of Croatia, the Croatian Cinematographers Society, the Croatian Film Directors’ Guild, the Croatian Society of Film Critics, and the Croatian Film Association, eligible for the award are all Croatian films that have been publicly screened from June 30 of the previous year to July 1 of the current year, with the exception of the previous two years when the end date coincided with the submission date for Days of Croatian Film.

Croatian cinematographer, director, and photographer Vedran Šamanović (Split, 1968 – Zagreb, 2009), who received numerous awards at home and abroad, is the originator and long-time director of One Take Film Festival. In agreement with the associations that founded the Award, this year’s winner will again be announced at One Take Film Festival.

After the announcement, the audience will have the opportunity to watch the award-winning film at Zagreb’s Tuškanac Cinema on Sunday, October 24.

The winner of this year’s Award is director Mateja Zidarić for the experimental film The Pleiades.

about the jury

This year’s Vedran Šamanović Award jury consists of director Dana Budisavljević, film critic Jelena Pašić, and film critic Diana Nenadić.

Dana Budisavljević graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Department of Film and TV Editing. She has worked as an editor, production assistant and film festival organiser. She made her directorial debut with the documentary Straight A’s and gained wider popularity with Family Meals, a family film about coming out. She has produced several documentaries and feature films. Her first feature-length film The Diary of Diana B. premiered at the Pula Film Festival in 2019 and won six awards, thus becoming the first ever film to win jury, critics and audience awards in the 66-year history of Croatia’s oldest festival and making Dana Budisavljević the first ever female director to receive the Grand Golden Arena for Best Film.

Jelena Pašić graduated in Art History and Cultural Anthropology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has collaborated on various exhibition and research projects, coordinated and organised several exhibitions and workshops, and published articles on topics in the field of contemporary art practice, design, and architecture in the magazines Zarez, Život umjetnosti, Kvartal, and on the show Triptih on Croatian Radio. She regularly publishes texts and reviews in the film magazine Filmonaut. She has been employed by the arts Zagreb Film Festival since 2013.

Diana Nenadić graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. She has been published in Slobodna Dalmacija, Nedjeljna Dalmacija, Quorum, Vijenac, Kolo, Zarez, the Croatian Cinema Chronicle, etc., and film radio shows (Filmoskop, Filmološki ogledi and Teorija u prvom licu) on the Third Channel of Croatian Radio. Since 2000, she has served as publishing editor and curator of the Croatian Film Association’s film archive and accompanying programmes of ZagrebDox and Zagreb Film Festival. She is a two-time winner of the annual Vladimir Vuković Award for film criticism (1996 and 2006). She has been the Vice President of the Croatian Society of Film Critics from 2008 to 2013 and its President from 2013 to 2017.


explanation

The Vedran Šamanović Award winner for 2021 is the film The Pleiades by Mateja Zidarić. Digital technologies have radically expanded the cinematic field and its possibilities on stylistic and formal as well as aesthetic and semantic levels. In one of her texts, German artist and theorist Hito Steyerl suggested that art history of the 20th century should be interpreted as an attempt at anticipating the mechanical image, at making images produced by machines for other devices more understandable to man, for humankind to, in time, adopt a posthuman view that is increasingly dictating everyday life. There might indeed be something emancipatory in this idea, but shouldn’t the task of the digital image, developed as a consequence of humankind’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge, be to return us to the quintessentially human, to expand our understanding of the world?

The Pleiades by Mateja Zidarić is a film that does just that. Different types of digital image interweave into a dense visual fabric, a film garment that deftly dissolves into an associative network of visual and linguistic concepts and ingenious analogies. Starting from the personal, in an effort to come to grips with her own fears, the author of The Pleiades looks up both into the universe and ahead – at an ultrasound image that poses a threat of an unwanted diagnosis and into the computer screen from which she ventures into the process of confrontation and acceptance of uncertainty.

Images edited into different layers – from WhatsApp messages, satellite images of the Moon’s surface, and ultrasound images of the female body to scrolling through Google search results and footage of the author herself – correspond to the sedimentation of meaning and symbols that have its roots in classical antiquity. The author uses them as means of telling a story about fear and hope, weakness and strength, the particular and the eternal, all within the duration of twelve minutes of film. The ancient here fuses with the present, mythology with reality, the unknown with the known, micro turns to macro, what is far becomes close, and the (female) body comes in tune with the universe. The personal is in this case transposed into the universal (Latin universalis, from Latin universus = taken collectively), and movement in the (film) image is in line with the movements of a mind in a constant search for answers. And this motion gives rise to emotion.



The Pleiades


experimental, Croatia, 2021.

colour, black/white, 12 min

director / Mateja Zidarić

screenwriter / Mateja Zidarić

cinematographer / Mateja Zidarić

producer / Mateja Zidarić (Kinoklub Zagreb)

about the film

There has been a small shift in one of the microcosms. To this shift, I purposefully ascribe meaning borrowed from mythology. Myth as a metaphor, or myth as a means of destruction of everyday fears that might arise...

about the author

Mateja Zidarić graduated in Mathematics from the Faculty of Science in Zagreb. She dedicated her dissertation to research of mathematical content in literary works, subsequently adopting a similar focus in her work in film. In 2016, she enrolled in the beginner’s Film School workshop at Cinema Club Zagreb (KKZ) and joined acting workshops in the following years (2017/18, Kubus). Since 2018, she has attended a number of KKZ’s workshops (I wasn't born yesterday, Glitch Art, Sketch-Rehearse-Play, Summer Adventure, Film Essay) and the online workshop Enigmatic Images with Fred Kelemen at Cine Club Split. In this period, she made the films Nepovrat (2018, workshop I wasn’t born yesterday), Space Deposits (2019, workshop Sketch-Rehearse-Play), Hamilton Walk (2020), Crvena (2020, workshop Film Essay), and The Pleiades (2020/21, workshop Film Documentalism). Two years ago, she put together and led a programme Research Saturday within KKZ’s Screening Saturdays, combining experimental film and hand-picked scientific concepts. This year, she won the award for Best Experimental Film at the 30th Days of Croatian Film in Zagreb for her film The Pleiades.

LENDITA ZEQIRAJ (Kosovo)

Producer, screenwriter, and director. Lendita Zeqiraj, who sometimes signs her films as production designer as well, was born in 1972 in Pristina. This filmmaker and visual artist completed her graduate and postgraduate studies in Visual Arts at the Kosovo Academy of Sciences and Arts in Pristina and studied Film Aesthetics in Paris at Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. In 2014, she was named National Film Author of the Year and received a recognition from the Kosovo Ministry of Culture, while her short films Balcony and Fence have screened at more than 250 festivals around the world. The 2013 film Balcony premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival and travelled to festivals in Warsaw, Palm Springs, Busan, and several others, winning over 35 awards that include a Special Jury Award at the American Film Institute's Festival in 2013. The film Fence also screened at numerous festivals, including the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films ShortFest, and has been awarded at a dozen international festivals including last year’s One Take Film Festival. The author made her feature-length debut in 2019 with the humorous drama Aga's House, which shares part of the plot and most of the cast with Fence.

IRENA MARKOVIĆ (Croatia)

Produced. Born 1965 in Zagreb. Graduated Mathematics and Computer Science at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. Irena is also a graduate from EAVE programme for European and international audiovisual producers. In 2003 Irena co-founded the production company Focus Media where she works as managing director and producer of various projects. In 2006 she produced her first feature film, Slow Days directed by Matija Kluković, which won the Best Croatian Film Award at the Zagreb Film Festival (2006) and was internationally premiered at the 2007 International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film has screened at several other film festivals winning both audience and critical acknowledgements. In 2009 she produced short film Caio Mama directed by Goran Odvorčić, which was screened in competition of Cannes Film Festival 2009 and won the special mention by the Sarajevo Film Festival Jury 2009. She is a coproducer of the feature film Penelope by Ben Ferris (Australia, shooting was in Croatia) and TIR by Alberto Fasulo (Italy, Award for the Best Film at Rome Film Festival). She is a coproducer of the feature film Catalina by Denijal Hasanović (Poland) and coproducer of the feature film Voevoda by Zornitsa Sophia (Bulgaria). In 2020 she produced feature film Tereza37 directed by Danilo Šerbedžija, which won Golden Arena Awards for Best Film, BestDirector, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing and Best Make up at the Pula Film Festival 2020. She is a coproducer of the feature film Mother by Zornitsa Sophia (Bulgaria) which is in postproduction.

DAVID LUŠIČIĆ (Croatia)

Director, production designer, architect. David Lušičić was born in 1976 in Rijeka, Croatia. He works as an independent audio-visual expert, film director, producer and contemporary art project manager. He finished his MA studies in TV and Film directing at Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. He holds a Master degree in Scenography from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, and MA in Architecture from Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. He is a founder of Greta Creative Network, an organisation that launched the Greta Gallery and Interface Vide Art Festival. He has worked as an independent audiovisual expert on project evaluations at the EACEA in Brussels. He teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts and at the University of Algebra in Zagreb the courses Visualisation of storytelling, Visual interactive media and Presentation techniques. After completing the production of his first film project, the feature omnibus Trasmania, which premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2016, he dedicates himself entirely to filmmaking and launches an independent production through which he has produced a number of audiovisual projects. He is the author of several short films, the last of which Faceless has been awarded with the first prize at Revenue of Croatian Filmmaking, as well as the Best Regional Film at Liburnia Film Festival 2020. He is currently finishing his first feature length documentary Mlungu – The White King and developing his second documentary film project Via Roma.

ONE TAKE FILM FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX

The Grand Prix is awarded to the best film in the Main Program. The Grand Prix of One Take Film Festival is a 10 cm3 cube made of transparent matt plexiglass glued together. A glance through the round aperture on one side of the cube reveals the text fitting to the One Take Film Festival.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Margareta Lekić was born in 1982 in Osijek. She graduated Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since 2004, she has exhibited her work at group exhibitions (for instance Essl Award – finals in the GALUrija gallery in Zagreb, 2005; Pasionska baština in the Krištof Stanković gallery in Zagreb, 2006, the second prize; Inter(Aktiv) in the Students’ Center gallery in Zagreb, 2006; Glass Cube within the Frankfurt Luminale 2006 in Mainz). Her works include public displays (for instance, the sculpture Rooster on Hvar island, 2005), performances Problem deconstructed in Indiana (USA).

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CLOSING CEREMONY

After its three days, the 11th One Take Film Festival closed with an awards ceremony onOctober 24 at cinema Tuškanac.

The three-member jury consisting of director and last year’s winner Lendita Zequiraj, producer Irena Marković and director David Lušičić awarded the Grand Prix of the 11th One Take Film Festival to the short film Hawaii by Iranian director Morteza Fereydouni. They stated: The jury has unanimously decided to give the best film award to the short film Hawaii, in which parallel stories intertwine within a single shot. The film invites us for slices of its characters' lives by going to the core of human relationships in a patriarchal society, where the script takes the lives of real people almost verbatim, presenting the struggle with rules and the ways of breaking them with subtlety and rawness all at once. The attention to detail and the attentive directing make this one take an outstanding cinematic achievement.

The 12th Vedran Šamanović Award was also presented in the final evening of the festival, awarded in honour of the prematurely deceased Croatian cinematographer and director as the highest annual recognition to a film artist who expanded the boundaries of cinematic expression in Croatian filmmaking through an innovative approach in any area of filmmaking, both short and feature-length films, in the course of the current year. The three-member jury consisting of director Dana Budisavljević and film critics Jelena Pašić and Diana Nenadić awarded Mateja Zidarić for her experimental film The Pleiades, stating: Different types of digital image interweave into a dense visual fabric, a garment of film that deftly dissolves into an associative network of visual and linguistic concepts and ingenious analogies. Starting from the personal, in an effort to come to grips with her own fears, the author of The Pleiades looks up both into the universe and ahead – at an ultrasound image that poses a threat of an unwanted diagnosis and into the computer screen from which she ventures into the process of confrontation and accepting uncertainty. While accepting the award, author Mateja Zidarić thanked the jury for the recognition, saying that she has been an active member of Kinoklub Zagreb since 2018 and sadly had not met Vedran, but that the present and future of Kinoklub are possible thanks to its present presidents, as well as the legacy of their predecessors, among which Vedran Šamanović holds a special place. And finally, as KKZ Šamanović told KKZ Mateja.

At the end of the ceremony, the festivals director Sanja Šamanović thanked the audience, those who watched the films in the cinema and many who watched them online. She thanked all her long-term collaborators who have been part of the organizational team through the years. Since 2003 when the festival was launched, the team had Vedran, Goran, Krsto. who is still a part of the festival, Irena, Alicia, Ljubo, Mladen, Alisa, Dubravka, Boško, Davorka, Marija, Andra, Kristina, Ksenija, Vanja, and many others who have brought the festival to its eleventh edition. She announced the organisers of the next edition of the festival and invited the audience to the 12th One Take Film Festival to be held in 2022.

After the awards ceremony, the audience had the opportunity to watch both winning films and this year's Last Take, the film Nomophobia by Bosnian director Ado Hasanović.