WENIFF – Program 2014

Thursday October 16th

19:00 – 19:30 Opening ceremony

19:35 – 19:55 Balcony

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Synopsis
Kosovo nowadays. Jeton, a 10-year-old boy is sitting on the edge of a balcony on the 4th floor. Neighbors and passers-by, terrified by this situation, call the police and firefighters for help. But the situation quickly becomes unmanageable.

Lendita zeqiraj

(Writer & Director)

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Was born in Prishtina, Kosovo in 1972. As a filmmaker and visual artist, Lendita has studied extensively in both arts in Kosovo and France. She graduates and postgraduates on visual arts at the Academy of Arts in Prishtina, Kosovo and followed post-master Film Aesthetics studies in Paris, France. She started to write and direct various artistic videos, short and feature films, experimental and documentaries, which have participated at many International Film Festivals, such as: Venice, Palm Springs ShortFest, Los Angeles, Dallas, Bermuda, Leeds, Oberhausen, Busan, Milan, Bradford, Thessaloniki, Trieste, etc., winning prizes in number of them.

20:00  –  20:28 THE  SWING  OF  THE  COFFIN  MAKER  (Germany)

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SYNOPSIS

Azerbaijan. Yagub lives with his adult son Musa in a small house in a desolate place. They lead a solitary life. Musa, mentally disabled and limited in his motor skills, assists his father with his work. Yagub is a carpenter and earns his money especially with coffins, which he carpenters for Georgians and Russians. Whenever being confronted with the clumsiness of his son he often reacts indignantly – with beating. When Musa is diagnosed with a deadly illness, the emotional numbing of the father slowly dissolves as he tries to

ELMAR  IMANOV

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Born 1985 in Baku, Azerbaijan. 2005-2006 studied filmproduction for six months in Freedonia production. 2006- 2012 studied directing at ifs international filmschool cologne. 2007/2008 six months practical training at several shootings in Baku, Azerbaijan (Studio Azerbaijan Film). 2012 Bachelor of Arts in Film Directing. 2012 Nominated for Studio Hamburg Young Talent Award in the category “Best Director” for “The Swing of the Coffin Maker”. The Student Academy Award Winner in the category “Best Foreign Film” 201i

20:35 – 20:59 Brick skin ( Barcelona )

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Synopsis

A group of disabled people wake up inside an abandoned factory, in the city of Barcelona. Mercedes will open doors, creating new paths, although some of them will be misleading. She will have toweave the different stories. However she will have to confront few mysterious barriers. Everydancer will face their limitations and disabilities to join the group. Each one of them has it own uniqueness hat through dance, and doing a solo or a duet, will help them find ways to express themselves andadapt to the mysterious environment.This story has a nonlinear structure that plays with a conceptual narrative close to magic realism.

Ferran Audi

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Trained as an actor at the Institut del Teatre  de  Barcelona, hemade début asstage director in 1987 in  Spain, and receivedthe  Adrià Gual Award  of the Generealitat  de Catalunya to the  Best   StageDirection Project of the Year. He       moved to  London and postgraduate at  the  Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He was a charter member of  the company Heightened Reality in London with Jordi Cortés and Eva Morkeset and of Alta Realitat in Barcelona (2003). He has taken part as anactor  in theatre productions, film and TV and he has put plays on stage in Spain, France, United Kingdom and  Norway.  In 2008 he directs the  Alta Realitat’s first full-length film:The    Frost with  Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and Bibi Andersson  among others. He  has  been drama teacher inScotland, Paris and Barcelona.  His last work as a stage directorin Spain is the show VIATGES, presented at the GREC 2012 Festival de Barcelona. He is member of the Catalunya Cinema Director’s School, member of the Cercle de Cultura, member of the Catalan Film Academy and ince 2003, General Director of Alta Realitat. His last cinema direction was the dance short film BrickSkin (www.brickskin.wordpress.com).

21:00 – 21:20   BLUE & MALONE, DETECTIVES IMAGINARIOS (Spania)

Synopsis

Berta, a little girl, wants to know why his brother doesn´t want to play with her anymore and hires the most incredible private couple of detectives imaginable: a plasticine dog called MORTANDO MALONE and a huge 3 meter tall blue tiger called BIG BLUE CAT.

21:25 – 21:40 ” Q and A session with the directors Ferran Audi and Abraham Lopez”

Abraham López, Marcos Valín

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Abraham López studies at EICTV and works as animator in TV series and as creative director and director in advertising for important brands (BMW, Adidas…). Directs the TV series “Mad and Bad” (2007) and “Clanners” (2011-2012, RTVE) winning several prizes. Nowadays he directs animation from his own production company. Marcos Valín studies at ECAM and directs “Atención al Cliente” and “Rascal Street” both nominated for Goya Prizes. Participates in “Planet 51” and works as a stop-motion animator in “O Apostolo”, “Frankenweenie (Tim Burton)” or “Solan og Ludvig (Norway)”.

21:40  –  21:55 EL RUIDO DEL MUNDO/ Noise of the World  Spania

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Synopsis

Musician, composer and animator.  He has directed and animated three shortfilms and a web series, composed the soundtrack of several shortfilms and three feature films, and has taught animation workshops around the world.  Winner of a Goya Award for his 2006 shortfilm Said´s Journey (2006).

Coke Riobóo

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A composer is afflicted by a strange illness: he can hear every noise in the world. Through his music, he will find a way to keep the noise under control.  Short film animated frame by frame with plasticine drawings on under-lit glass.

22:00 – 22:05  Bundet Norway

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Synopsis

A young man’s personal expression of being bound to something through music and vision.

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Director is a seventeen year old boy, from the island Valderøy. He has a big passion and love of cinema. His hobby is photography and his greatest admires are Stanley Kubrick, Terrence Malick, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky, Akira Kurosawa and yasujiro ozu.

22:05 – 22:28 Marioneta Ciega (Blind Puppet) / Mexico

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Synopsis

In this twisted tale, a depressed and often manic puppeteer leaves home to do another day of penance, trying to absolve the tortured memories of a drunken night – when the monster that dwells within him was unleashed. Blind Puppet… This is my penitence.

Jaime Fidalgo

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Born in Spain and raised in Mexico, Mr. Fidalgo started his film career in Guadalajara, where he  spent his childhood and adolescence, and then completed it in Orlando, Madrid and New York (New York Film Academy).
He has directed and edited music videos for bands such as Arcano, Vansen Tiger and Technicolor Fabrics; and in the film area, a diverse group of short films, among which the following stand out: IMAGO WINGS, GOLIATH, LAND OF BLOSSOM and SAMURAI (starring Andrés Montiel), which are touring around the world and obtaining official selections and awards in a variety of film festivals. His most recent film works include the thrilling ANIMAL WITHIN (starring Tomás Pozzi, Fernando Tielve and Dani Muriel) and the ambitious BLIND PUPPET (with Tomás Pozzi and Javier Botet). Mr. Fidalgo is currently studying the one-year Writing for Film and Television program at the Vancouver Film School.

Friday 17th

16:00 – 16:25  LAS VIUDAS DE IFNI ( Spania )

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Synopsis

Ifni dejó de ser provincia española en 1969, año en que fue cedido a Marruecos. En 1965, el régimen del General Franco promulgá una ley, que impedirá a muchas de las viudas del personal marroquí de la antigua colonia, percibir sus correspondientes pensiones de viudedad. Abandonadas por España y desprecidas por Marruecos estás mujeres viven hoy en condiciones miserables.

16:30- 16:50  The Hug ( Kososo )

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Synopsis

After seven years in prison, a mother wants to meet her children and ask for forgiveness. Meanwhile older son has to make a lifetime decision, to forgive his mother for murdering his father or to give up of getting back his missing mother’s love.

Lulzim Guhelli

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Born in a historical town of Prizren on 1971. After finishing high school and musical school (violin) in Prizren he started his studies of Acting in Faculty of Arts – University of Prishtina in 1991 and graduated in 1995. Since then, he played many characters of theatre plays and movie also in Kosovo Theatres. Besides being in front of camera he is very active as a producer of two TV movie serials in Kosovo. As a director and screenwriter, “The Hug” (Përqafimi) is his first challenge.

 16:55 – 17:10 The Naked leading the Blind

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Synopsis

A dissection of the human condition on a hot summer’s day blurred by alcohol, late night television and smoldering spirituality. “… and suddenly everything became clear to him.” Words filled with wonder and possibility. There are consequences as a result of such sudden awakenings. Love and marriage. Serve and observe. Open your eyes and you will see. Love through a blind man’s eyes.

Wim Vanacker

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Was born in Izegem, Belgium. After studying psychology and filmstudies in Gent and Antwerpen, he moved to Dublin to work as a psychologist in the field of drug addiction. During this period he was employed as a film critic and a programmer for several filmfestivals. After which he moved to Paris and picked up studying again at EICAR, the International Film School of Paris where he made two shorts. Endgame, which got selected for 25 festivals and won 5 awards along the way, and The Naked leading the Blind, which got selected for 20 festivals thus far while winning 13 awards. After graduating, he discovered Nisi Masa and started off working as the project coordinator of European Short Pitch to finally become the Head of the Script Department.

17:15 – 17:30  The Dinner ( Albania )

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Synopsis

Diana is 16yrs old and she lives with her younger sister and their father. Their mother died a few years ago…One day their father invited for dinner at their house his brother and his wife accompanied by a young women…

Suela Bako

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Was born, in 10/12/1976, in Tirana, Albania. She complited full acting studies, 1999, at the Academy of Arts in Tirana. She played as an actress in many short and feature films, and theatre. She also worked as a tv director from 2002-2013. I’m married, from 2003. She’ve 2 children. She’ve just completed the Studies in Master Deggre on film & Tv directing, at the University of Arts in Tirana. Her film works are: “Sea” short film, 11′ written & directed by Suela Bako – 2012 (Partecipated in TIFF) “Meditation with Shakespeare” Film etude 3′ directed & performed by Suela Bako – 2013 “The director” short film, 5′ written and directed by Suela Bako – 2013 (Partecipated in TIFF, Young Albanian Filmakers Festival, New York, USA) “The dinner” Short film, 15′ written &directed by Suela Bako – 2014 (partecipated in Gjakova Film Fest, Skepto International Film Festival, Sardegna, Italy, Tiff ODA, Deafilmfest, Albania, Dokufest, Prizren Kosove).

17:35 – 17: 48  Indoors 12.18 Argentina

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Synopsis

It’s Summertime. NAHUEL (18) spends some days at FRANCO’s (17) while his parents are out on vacations. After some drinks, weed and foolish games, sexual tension starts to rise between them, but they are not ready to acknowledge it.In this observational diptych, the narrator, Daan Bunnik depicts the struggles of observing the ageing bodies of his parents. The part about his father examines what it does to a child to see the ageing, naked body of his father and the part about his mother addresses the pain of a child to see his mother struggling with her less valid body. In this project Bunnik expresses the difficulties of not being able to avert the ageing process of his parents and having to adapt to and cope with this new situation.

Jonatan Olmedo

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Is a young Argentinian film director. He wrote and directed “(Des)encuentro” -“(Mis)match”- (2010) and “Puertas adentro” -“Indoors”-. Both short films were shown and awarded in several festivals around the world. He is currently working on his first major project.

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Jonatan Olmedo was born on September 10, 1988, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ever since he was a child, he has shown a particular interest in cinema which grew more intense during his high school years, when he began training to become a film director. Still, he acquired his more academic knowledge on the subject while studying at the Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica (“Cinematographic Research Centre”), where he gathered a working team and directed his first short film, “(Des)encuentro” -“(Mis)match”- (2010), which was awarded at the 8th edition of the Tandil Cortos festival. His last short film, “Puertas adentro” -“Indoors”, awarded at the 6th edition or Libercine festival- is currently being showed in many screens around the world. Meanwhile, he is also working on his first major project.

17:50 – 18:00  Godka Cirka / A Hole in the sky  ( Somalia )

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Synopsis

Godka Cirka 10  somalia – young alifa looks up at the somali sky. she thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess. she knows that the day that will changeher life forever is about to come.

 Alex Lora & Antonio Tibaldi

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 Alex Lora

Born in Barcelona, Alex studied Filmmaking in Spain, Italy and then in New York as a Fulbright scholar. He has worked internationally as script analyst, editor, cinematographer, writer and director. During the last years Alex has combined these activities teaching in presti- gious universities such Elisava, Blanquerna or University of Barcelona. is work has obtained more than 80 awards and has been screened in over 300 festi- vals in more than 40 countries. Among other important venues Alex has participated in the official section of Sundance, Berlinale Talent Campus, Cannes Short Film Corner, and has been one of the final nominees for the Os- cars-Student Academy Awards®, two times for the Gaudi? Catalan Academy Awards, and one time for the NY-Emmys®.

Antonio Tibaldi

Was born in Australia, raised in Europe and lives in NYC. He has written and directed feature films in the US, Canada, Australia and Italy. Credits include ON MY OWN (Alliance Atlantis), LITTLE BOY BLUE (Warner Bros.), CLAUDINE’S RETURN (Miramax). His work has been presented at major international festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, San Sebastian, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Montreal, Hamptons.

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18:35 – 18:40 Heshtje / Silence (Kosovo)

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Synopsis

Kosovo 1999. In the Midst of the deportation of civilians during the war, a father must choose between his daughter’s life and death in order to save her fthe horror.

Bekim Guri

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Bekim Guri Born 4 march 1983 . Study academy of arts from 2002-2006 in Tirana Albania.

18:45 – 19:05 EINE   GUTEGESCHICHTE /  A good story  (Germany)

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Synopsis

When Helga Landowsky discovers the broken jug in an antiques store near the German/Polish border, she wants to have it at any cost. But the old lady has reckoned without Jakub Lato. Because the antiquarian does’t want to trade his ware for money. In exchange for the jug, he wants Helga to tell him a story. And a story she can tell. It’s an experience from the second world war. A story about pain and loss. And while Helga is still narrating, she and Jakub begin to realize that both their lives are wondrously int erwoven. And that they are now, almost 70 years later, telling the story’s last chapter together. Because only this way, the story can finally become a good story.

Martin Christopher Bode

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After completing his degree in film studies at the Mallorca Film Academy and screenwriting in Berlin, Martin-Christopher Bode has worked on several international film sets. „A Good Story“ ist his short film debut.

19:10  –  19:28 Hacia Una primavera Rosa (Spania)

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Synopsis

Young members of the Arab LGBT community have to live clandestinely. They feel frustrated after the Arab Spring, so will be the moment of a Pink Spring?

Mario de la Torre

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Mario de la Torre made his debut with the shortfilm Chocolate con Churros (2006), winner of the New Arrivals award in the Rotterdam Film Festival. The documentary Harraga (2008) was nominated to the Goya Awards. La Condena (2009) was edited in the collection Filmoteca FNAC and screened in festivals all around the world. Hunger (2012), his last film, was selected in festivals as Sitges, Gijón or Odense.

19:30  – 19:45  EN DIRECTO / Live (Spania)

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Synopsis

A poor family on the day of their eviction, reality show allows a live issue its history. But what seemed a dream to save the home becomes a horrible nightmare.

Wenceslao Scyzoryk

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He is from Argentine. He studied Fine Arts and Computing in Buenos Aires. Never stopped participating in theater projects as an actor, but more as a hobby. He later moved to Spain where he learned photography and took a course of Cinematography at the ECAM. His teacher in film school integrated it into his own production company. There he acquired the knowledge to create Imagenfactory, his production company that signs his work as a filmmaker. Currently working as Post Production Supervisor at Madrid Film School.

20:10 – 20:17  Pocket parking Finland

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Synopsis

Man gets up to go and see if the car is parked correctly.

 Heikki Kujanpää

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Has worked as director, writer and actor in cinema, theatre, opera and television.  He is one of the founders of Q-theatre (Helsinki), where he’s been working since 1990.  Later he worked as a director general in Kuopio City Theatre.

20:55 – 21:00  The Fascist ( Finland )

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Synopsis

A traffic warden runs into a surprising argument with a persisting customer.

Taneli Mustonen

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Taneli Mustonen is a Finnish director and screenwriter known for, among others, his critically acclaimed domestic box office hit ”Ella and Friends” (2012). Mustonen is currently prepping the shoot of his next feature ”The Reunion”, as well as working on a slate of genre films and fiction series for Don Films, an independent production power house which he cofounded in 2010.

21:05 – 21:34  CHLOË – LA FAUTE À PAS DE CHANCE (Germany)

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Synopsis

Chloë is young, French and currently in London. She finds herself happily distracted after meeting a young stranger who whisks her away to a different and perhaps longed- for lifestyle. Back in her daily life she struggles with work and her relation-ship with her fiancé. At the core of this romanticism lay unfortunate timing and the temptation to be unfaithful.    End of production: 2013 short    Director Nathalie Kamber Screenplay Nathalie Kamber, Troy Hunter Production manager Nathalie Kamber Prdocution-Country Switzerland Shooting-Country England/France Genre Drama.

Nathalie Kamber

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Has worked and trained primarily as a director and cinemato-grapher since 2008, where she attended a foundation year in art at Zurich University of the Arts followed by film studies also at Zurich University of the Arts. Since then she has created short films in and out of her studies which she has both filmed and directed, as well as working in various other roles within production such as editing and producing. She has also participated in seminars and tutorials given by Stina Wehrenfels, Sabine Boss and Markus Imboden. In early 2012 she was part of an exchange program for a term at UCA Farnham in Surrey, England. There she took part in seminars given by Indra Bhose and ‘directing actors’ workshops given by Amanda Boyle.

21:35 – 22:05  Rrota Kosovo

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Synopsis

Uka is a 27 year old boy. He is a washing machine master. Besides this, he offers sexual pleasure for twomen, so he is the most adorable boy in the city for females of course. Uka has a friend who is called Zuka. He shares everything with him, even his deepest secrets eventhough they have completely different personalities. Uka goes from home to home, to fix washing machines, and to please women. He smiles to every women he sees…(etc).

Fisnik Muji

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A student at University of Prishtina in Prishtina. I study film making, I am in my last year of studies. During the past three years of my studies I realized  ten short films as assignments (semestral exams) that were assigned to us, to pass the academic years. Beside film making as a profession, my hobby is photography. I am a professional photographer too. Cameras have been my passion since I was a child. However, in my country art is not as supported as it should be. Nevertheless, I have never gave up trying to fulfil my aims and achieve success. Now I will write down the films that I have realized so far.

22:05- 22:35 Akslafjellets skjulte hemmeligheter (The hidden constructions of the city mountain Aksla) (Norway)

Synopsis

In the city mountain of Ålesund you can find more than 440 registered objects originating from the second world war. These are all well-documented. However, there are also eye-witness accounts and rumors that tell us there are large undiscovered military constructions left by the germans after the war, hidden deep inside the mountain core. In this film we follow a group of enthusiasts in search of the hidden constructions, among then Edgar Haugen and writer and war-historian Jan Olav Flatmark.

John H. Fylling

Is currently working as the city planner of Ålesund commune. An original member of the film club «Ålesund smalfilmklubb» since 40 years, mr. Fylling has previously worked on a number of short- and documentary films. He was the director of the movie «Jakten på det gode liv» (The search for the good life) and the production team leader of the movie «Vigrasenderen», which documents the history of broadcasting in Ålesund 1924-2011. The first movie won the norwegian amateur- championship for club-films and the second one was broadcasted on the norwegian state channel NRK 1 earlier this year. He is the project team leader of the movie about the hidden constructions of the “Aksla» city mountain. 

Saturday October 18th

12:00 – 12:27 Piano (Kosovo)

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Synopsis 

Time is everything. When you find out that you only have a few days to live, what would you do?What are the things that you value the most?

Xhelal Haliti

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Actor and Film Director.Has  played in several short films , and  feature films .Also as a director who has made two short films ! He  played in several movies , and has won several awards,the best actor 2009 in short film “Interview” He has first role in movie “Hekurishtja” winner of 12 prices around the world , Another film “Muri” he has first role, winner of two awards. Now he finished a short film “The Liberation” In cooporation between Kosovo Cinematography Center and Eureka Film & Production.

12:30 – 12:37  Leave of Absence  ( England )

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Synopsis

Leave of Absence is a story based on various true events that we have joined to create this narrative. Each phrase and action of the Police officers (the invisible force) is documented in various cases of police brutality.

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Row and Jack is formed by directing duo Josh Wroe (also editor and camera) and Jordan Jacques (dollar stretcher). They have known each other for more than 20 years (this doesn’t make them old), and have been creating together for 3. Josh, Canadian and English, graduated in direction and production at the national film school in London. If he doesn’t have a camera stuck to his face, he has his mac stuck to his fingers. The truth is, that with any other tool, the only thing he would do is search for the rec button

12:40 – 12:47  Wrong Place Wran Krim (Germany)

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Synopsis

A woman in red. A masked man on the run. A kidnapping. And only one place to hide. “Wrong Place, Wrong Crime” is a very contained comedy thriller about a hostage crisis in a broom closet.

Florian

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Worked as a dramatic consultant for the script agency FreeX and later joined Munich-based production company K5 Film as a junior producer, with a focus on low-budget and genre feature development, where he was involved in the production of three feature films. He also gained first experiences as a writer, co-writing the scripts for the horror thriller “Blood Trails” (released by Lionsgate) and the dramatic thriller “Blindspot”. Following his experiences with early self-produced short films, he directed four professional short films, which have been shown at over 70 international festivals and won several awards. He now works as a freelance writer, 1st AD, director, script consultant and screenwriting coach.

12:50 – 12:55 The Street / Kosovo

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Synopsis

Troi is a boy 10 years old, who goes in elementary school. After a school he must work at ironmongery. He earns money here just for survive.Troy is forced to build a mechanism to make the light in order to do the homework because in his village too often interrupt the elektricity.

Arber Krasniqi

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Born 04.04.1979 at Sharr. Elementary and secondary school finished at Pristina. He studied Faculty of Arts, Director film.Author of films: Rruga” Writer and Directing (2013)”Rrjeta” Writer and Directing (2014)Author of films: Writer and Directing Shpiksi” I have entered in Film Cloud- Berlinale ( 2013) and Canes Corner- France.

13:00 – 13:05  Vostok  (Finland)

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Synopsis

May 1961 Amateur radio operators Achille and Giovanni Judica-Cordiglia record the voice of an unknown female cosmonaut re-entering the Earth´s atmosphere in a malfunctioning spacecraft of the Soviet Vostok program. According to Soviet officials this never happened. If it did, she was the first woman in space.

Perttu Inkilä

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Is a Helsinki-based cinematographer and director, who wants to constantly seek new ways of telling stories and evoking feelings through pictures on the screen. He is currently working on short film projects, and his goal is to one day shoot a feature-length film. He has worked as a DOP on several international short film projects and his films have been screened on international film festivals, and won a couple of prizes too. Perttu is always looking for more opportunities in this field of work, which is so dear to him. He is inspired by nature and science as well as writing electronic music and passionate board game sessions. He is disgusted by belly buttons. Whistles in reverberant spaces. Stares at speakers when concentrating on music. Enjoys watching ice-hockey and submarine-related films. Likes to listen to the sound of new sneakers on a sticky floor and Polish truckers swearing.

13:10 – 13:24  BORDER  PAT ROL  (Germany)

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Synopsis

Carl, a young eager border cop is anxious to finish work so he can watch the big football match against Austria. Getting annoyed with his partner, Franz (who’s nearing retirement and likes to take his time), his plans are thwarted by the discovery of a suicide victim in the woods just near the Austrian border. The wily Franz realises this an opportunity for a bit of fun with his younger colleague, and sets about instructing him in making the body the Austrians’ problem. It all seems to work out well, except maybe the Austrians have seen this body before.

Peter  Baumann

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Born in Munich in 1978. After graduating from high school, Peter went to work as a production assistant for Tandem Communication (“The Pillars of the Earth”) where he got in touch with the production side of film making. He moved to Edinburgh in 2001 for the “Photography, Film and Imaging” course where he made his first 3 short films as writer/director. Upon graduating with a BA (Hons) in2005, Peter moved to Berlin, where he worked as freelance assistant director on several Film, TV and advertising productions, wrote and directed several short films and also studied as a director at Germany’s first self organized film school “Filmarche”.  In 2010 Peter was accepted as a writer in the MA Filmmakers program at the Northern Filmschool, where he graduated in 2013 with a Master in directing. He currently works and lives in Berlin, working as a freelance writer and director.

13:25 – 13:45  Tanku në shtëpin time /  Tank In My Yard  ( Kosovo)

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Synopsis

In  the yard of a house is a destroyed tank. The tank is left destroyed by a KLA soldiers battle in which the soldier was killed. The event takes place at the time during the las war in Kosovo and the struggling aftermath . The father of fallen son feels proud having the tank in his yard, but poor social conditions makes it harder for him to cope with the education of his martyred son children. After many attempts to find a solution, he’s forced to think that he needs to something a bout the tank.

Mentor Spahiu

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Mentor Spahiu was born on: 02/10/1988. He finished primary and secondary school in Prizren, After that he moved to capital city Prishitna where he studied directing at the Academy of Arts of Kosovo.

13:50 – 14:05 Føniks (Phoenix) (Norway)

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Synopsis

A girl in a wheelchair by her window. Conversation by phone in the background stating that she has to go back to the hospital for another surgery. Suddenly a bird is not dead, but injured. Just as she is about to put it in a box, her sister wheels the girl out. The sister is angry and upset at everything. They argue on their way to the hospital.

Richard von Løwensprung

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Born in Ålesund. Studied economics at BI- møre in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but have worked with childrens theatre in Ålesund and surroundings since 1993, and started to re-educate as a theatre-teacher at Volda university high school in 2012. Classes in filmmaking is a part of the education, focus on direction. Earlier projects in film is extras, bitpart and general casting in commercials, 15 so far between 2005 and today. List by request. Extra- casting in an international music video/ sponsored. Included commercial. (Swedish House Mafia/Volvo.) Bitpart and extra- casting in two german feature films, Studio Hamburg. (Untern Eis and Die alte die Elde, both 2015) Casting short sponsored film for Discovery Channel (Subaru/ 2015) Prop- master in a reallity show for MTV (2015)PA in a feature film (Ex Machina, 2015)

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14:40 – 15:10 Veien tilbake (The road to recovery) (Norway)

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Synopsis

This is the amazing and true story of a man on his way to recovery from a horrible accident that turned out to be his worst nightmare come true. The film shows how the combination of the norwegian welfare state and his own willpower made it possible for him to return to his normal life. Carpe diem!

Pål Magnus Tømmervold

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Was the ski instructor for Kjelsås IL. He and his friend Andreas Lindbæk made this documentary to show how life took a sudden turn after the horrible accident that put Tømmervold in a coma.

15:15 – 15:45 Njëri nga ata / ONE OF THEM

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Synopsis

Destiny in a postman’s bag.The postman is about to start the most important mission of his life. After reaching to an unusual dwelling, he searches for the four fingered person to deliver an errand. His fate and the past of other inhabitants lie in his bag.

Ilirjan Himaj

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Born in 03. 03. 1985. Birthplace, Gjakova. Elementary and gymnasium in Junik. Studied in Faculty of art department of painting, bachelor and master. In the same institution he has studies bachelor and master of Film Directing. Now he is working very successful as writer, director and producer of film in Kosovo.

15:50 – 16:00 Silence of our friends  (Finland)

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Synopsis

Elise is on her way to a school parent-teacher night. Her daughter’s been involved in a bullying incident. Elise arrives late to find that the others have already gotten started. To everyone’s surprise, the teacher has found an unusual way to convey the children’s situation.

Iile aka

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Iina Lempiäinen is a female director and scriptwriter from Turku, Finland (born 1989). She’s currently working on Finnish film industry as a freelancer and focuses on documentaries and short films. Iile graduated from Turku Arts Academy, Finland in spring 2014. The Silence of Our Friends is Iile’s thesis on direction for Turku Arts Academy.
ABOUT PRODUCTION: This is a short film dealing with parents´ attitude towards bullying. It has been screened on Henley Fringe & Film Festival 2014 in UK and on Blue Sea Film Festival 2014 in Rauma, Finland.

16:05 – 16:12 Skin Feels, by Daan Bunnik (Netherlands)

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Synopsis

In this observational diptych, the narrator, Daan Bunnik depicts the struggles of observing the ageing bodies of his parents. The part about his father examines what it does to a child to see the ageing, naked body of his father and the part about his mother addresses the pain of a child to see his mother struggling with her less valid body. In this project Bunnik expresses the difficulties of not being able to avert the ageing process of his parents and having to adapt to and cope with this new situation.

Daan Bunnik

In 2012 Daan Bunnik (Netherlands) graduated from the Piet Zwart Institute with his debut film ‘Skin feels’ (graded with distinction). In the film he aims, through examining the ageing body of his parents, to break the physical hierarchy of the parents-child relation and therefore to physically and mentally re-connect with my parents. With this film Bunnik won the Audience Award at dokumentART and the film screened at already 12 festivals in the world (a.o. IDFA, Encounters, Uppsala). As a filmmaker he is interested in this re-establishment of family relations.  Therefore his current project depicts the disconnected relationship of two adolescent brothers, which is strongly based on his own his relationship with his brother.

 16:15 – 16:42 Santra And  The Talking Trees (Finland)

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Synopsis

A young, modern, woman with a broken familybackround drifts up to north-east, to the border of Finland and Russia where she finds an old wise tribalwoman on and tries to become her grandchild. Animation and archives make this cinematic poem a different etnogaphic adventure.

Miia Tervo

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Documentary film directed by Miia Tervo.

16:45 – 16:48 Runner (Spain)

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Synopsis

Running: Passing fad or lifestyle?

16: 50 –16:55 Evil Love (Spain)

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Synopsis

An unsual and original narration where a fine sense of humor, in between black humor and tragic-ironic will
take you to a vision of love not precisely romantic. You will laugh out loud, but cry in the inside. How far would you go to get the love of your life?

Julio De La Rosa

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Is a singer, composer, original soundtrack composer on movies, writer, musical video director, and now, a shorts director too. After nine records, twelve original soundtracks, two story books, a poem book,  a novel, and fifteen musical videos, this is his first short.

17: 00 –17:14 Abriendo puertas / Opening doors (Spain)

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Synopsis

Opening Doors is filmed as a collage which represents different moments and aspects of the life of Juana; a woman diagnosed with schizophrenia who tries to recover and reclaim her normal life once her illness has stabilised. The return to work, the importance of family and friends, the therapeutic spaces, the medication, the stigma that some of the media creates about the illness, the loneliness and the fear all create a general image of the world that mentally ill people live in.

Tomás

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Born in Germany in 1968 and grew up in Barcelona where he studied artistic illustration at the School of Applied Art and Artistic Professions of Llotja. Since 1993 he has worked freelance in the field of computer graphics and illustration, and at present he is focusing on 3D animation and video graphics in his work, carrying out his own projects and orders from clients.

17:20 – 17:44 Con quién sueña Berta? (Who is in Berthas dreams? (Spain)

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Synopsis

Who’s in Berta’s dreams? Jonás and Alfredo have been friends since childhood. Alfredo trusts Jonás and Jonás knows Alfredo well. Alfredo is certain he has something that Jonás does not. Jonás wants everything Alfredo has. Alfredo knows how to love. Jonás does, too…

Francisco Javier Gómez Pinteño

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Studied film directing at the Catalan Film Studies Center, specializing in script writing. Professionally, he developed a career in advertising and film, working on major projects and garnering numerous awards including Best Picture America in San Francisco festival and the Government’s Award for best director. His directing career began in video art and evolved into short fiction with “The Son and the Father” defining his particular conceptual base, which culminates in “La Siesta” – an extremely simple project which explores human nature and investigates new narrative forms and staging.

17:45 – 18:20  Keys of Heaven (Finland)

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Iran, 1984. Homeless brothers Majid (15) and Adel (11) try to survive their daily lives in a war-torn country. They attend school and work in their spare time, but life gets harder day by day.

 

 

Guest movie (Not participating in the competition)

18:25 – 18:45 Black Country (Egypt)

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Synopsis

We meet Sudanese people in Egypt right before the referendum of Sudan dividing into North- and South-sudan: Noury and Tayfour are musicians from Sudan, but they have been living in Cairo, Egypt for more than 5 years. Noury is from Port Sudan, North Sudan. Tayfour is from the Nuba Mountains in North Sudan. We meet them on the top floor of an old building in downtown Cairo. The Tanbour is one of the oldest musical instruments in Sudan. It is an object of cultural unity, unrestricted by religion or nationalism and it exists in contrast to the racial nationalism that the South Sudanese are building their new state around. Just as music represents freedom, this documentary demonstrates how it can also be an object of unity in times of incredible changes in Sudan.

Mahmoud Omar

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Was born in Cairo in 1975. He worked for many years within information technology before he in 2000 devoted his life to directing, producing, acting, advertising and composing music.  Today he is a director of photography, assistant director, Music and Art video corespondent and consultant for interactive TV. He is now living in Paris, working on a new documentary fiction movie. His movie Black Country was selected for the Greenhouse training program for Mediterranean film school graduates and emerging filmmakers and showed at the Doha Tribeca film festival 2011.

18:45 – 18:54 : July 2011 (Sudan)

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JULY 2011 is a short film attempt to sketch the individual-land relations. It was filmed in the city of Kosti, which its dry port witnessed the deportation of the South Sudanese inhabitants in the wake the South Sudan separation.

Isaam Ahmed Abdelhafiez

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Photographer, Graphic Designer & Painter.

18:54 – 19:30 – Pause

19:30 : Closing and awards-ceremony