︎September 23 - 26


The Louxor’s Necklace,  15’, Antoine Pineau, Francia

Under the rotunda of the Louxor movie theater, in the Parisian neighborhood of Barbès, a schoolteacher named Solange Billaudaut has he necklace snatched off. A few days later, she meets her attacker in an interrogation room, in the presence of a police inspector and his secretary. A game of charades begins, but the masks progressively drop, as the story takes a slightly strange turn.

Antoine Pineau studied film at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University. After having worked in various film-related professions, he directed his first short film, “Le Sully”, in 2012.

Un Piano Perfetto, 15’, Roberto Achenza, Italia

Two penniless and hopeless friends, in order to shake up their lives, improvise themselves as thieves and attempt a robbery in a bar.

Roberto Achenza was born in Sassari on 1 October 1984. After his artistic studies, he began working as a filmmaker, making shorts, commercials and music videos. From 2013 he began to work in various film productions, including short films and feature films, covering the role of script supervisor, director of photography or director.

The Cloud is Still There, 18’,  Mickey Lai, Malesia

When her grandfather becomes terminally ill, Xiao Le, a young Christian woman, must make a decision about whether to intervene through the family's Taoist rituals. Pushed by the desire to save her grandfather's soul, she begins to pray secretly at her bedside. When her mother discovers her deception she is devastated.

Born in 1995 in Malaysia, Mickey Lai is a writer and director. In 2020 she obtained the Master of Fine Arts - Film and TV Production at the Met Film School in London. She works actively in her country as a freelance director, assistant director and editor. Recently his semi-autobiographical debut short film "The Cloud Is Still There" was selected at the prestigious 25th Busan International Film Festival and Norwich Film Festival (BAFTA qualifying).

La Grande Onda, 15’, Francesco Tortorella, Italia

The entrepreneurial turning point of one of the most brutal and powerful criminal organizations on the planet: the 'Ndrangheta, told through the life and death of an ordinary man.

Author, creative director and director, he started as an illustrator and animator, for many years he worked as Art & Motion Director for the most famous brands such as Mini, Mastercard, Mercedes Benz, Apple, Ferrari and with international broadcasters such as Sky, Fox, Rai , Cartoon Network. He has taken care of the identity of numerous TV shows and contents for dozens of international events, has written and directed two animated short films, music videos, commercials and advertising campaigns, collaborating with international agencies such as the Oscar-winning studio for special effects Pixomondo. in Beijing. In 2014 he founded the film, TV and digital production house Made On VFX srl where he holds the role of Executive Creative Director.

L’Oro di Famiglia, 15’, Emanuele Pisano, Italia

A young petty thief and a robbery. Among the stolen Goods, an object captures his attention: not gold, not silver and not ancient memorabilia, but something much more precious than the worth returning.

Born in Scordia (Catania/Sicily) in 1988, he moved to Rome (italy) where he obtained a Drama and Arts Degree from DAMS at Roma Tre. He found fame in the field of short films in 2009 with Rec Stop &Play, which received various accolades, including the award for Best Short Film at the Taormina Film Fest. He has directed many musical videoclips (Ultimo, Briga, Mostro,Lowlow and Gianluca Grignani). From 2018 to 2019 he directed the second and third seasons of the series Sara and Marti for Disney Channel. He has also directed Sara and Marti-The film. Since 2014 he has worked as a TV director for different programmers on the RAI, Mediaset and Discovery channels. His short film The family Gold was released in 2020.

Al Tabbab, 7’, Khalifa Al – Mana, Qatar

Al Tabbab is the story of a boy and his father, accompanied with their goat, on an old dhow sailing to a secret ritual site where they perform an ancient offering ritual in order to harvest pearls from a mysterious Sea Monster. On this journey, the boy sets sail determined to impress his father and make him proud. But searching for pearls is no easy task and with the odds against him, the boy struggles with his father’s demands and he can’t help but feel like he’s a big disappointment. But when the Sea Monster prefers the boys pet goat to the usual offerings, the boy must perform a gallant rescue in order to save his friend from certain death and to show his father that he’s ready to be his own man.

Khalifa Al Mana is an engineer, 3D animator and filmmaker. He has completed an intensive 18-month program on Character Animation and had recently directed his first 3D Animated Short Film entitled Al Tabbab. In all of his work, Khalifa is striving to put the Qatari Animated Film industry on the map internationally and regionally. He is committed to telling original Qatari and authentic Arab stories of great cultural relevance to the world.

Broken Roots, 4’, Asim Tareq, Sarah Elzayat, Giordania

Adam, a 10-year-old boy who personifies his discomfort with a black tree in the middle of the desert, tries to fill the void within himself by drawing. The only color he knows is black, although his room is full of colored boxes.

Asim Tareq (director, motion designer, composer, 3D animator, modeler) and Sarah Elzayat (character designer, concept artist and 2D animator) are both graduates in animation and multimedia from the University of Petra in Jordan. They work together in the direction and creation of the animated short film "Broken Roots". Previously their collaboration led to the creation of numerous projects, including the opening of the Karama Film Festival.

Oltre i Giganti, 9’, Marco renda, Italia

To get out of one's mental prisons, one must see the present. A Don Quixote physically stuck in a dimension that he does not perceive as new, keeps repeating himself in the fight against the Windmills. A child and his dreamy and pure gaze on those same mills will awaken the man who will understand that he is free.

Marco Renda studied directing at Pigrecoemme and graduated in film direction at the Nuova Università del Cinema. With BATMAN SENZA CONFINI he is selected at the Centro Sperimentale. Degree in Literature, winner of the scholarship at FABRICA di Benetton. With the short film SUGAR PLUM FAIRY he obtained the Globo d'oro 2015. Long experience in the fiction industry, in 2010 he directed together with Raoul Bova AMORE NERO. EDHEL is his first feature film of him. He writes and directs the award-winning APOLLO 18. In the same year he directed, together with Raoul Bova, the film ULTIMA GARA.

Dajla: cinema and oblivion, 15’, Arturo Dueñas Herrero, Spagna

Life is going on in Dakhla, one of the Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria, forgotten for 45 years. The celebration of a film festival, the Fisahara, breaks the monotony. The event ends, life (and oblivion) continues.

Arturo Dueñas (Esguevillas de Esgueva, Valladolid, Spain, 1962). Bachelor of Arts, Qualified in Cinematography and Filmmaking Course at the New York Film Academy. Full member of the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain. Actor, director, producer, editor and scriptwriter in several short films, he has produced and directed the feature films Amateurs (Aficionados, 2011), selected and awarded in over 30 international festivals, Corsairs (Corsarios, 2015), Mission: Sahara (Misión: Sáhara, 2016), Built lands (Tierras construidas, 2019) and Pessoas (Pessoas, 2020).

Danzamatta, 5’, Vanja Victor Kabir Tognola, Svizzera

The morning after a wild party, David and Oscar discover that their roommate Robin is still dancing.
What the heck is going on?

Born in 1994 in Mendrisio (Switzerland). In 1998, after being exposed to high doses of film and TV, he falls in love with the cinematic language. Being an idiom intuitive to understand, but quite hard to speak, he decides to study Film to improve his fluency. From 2016 to 2021 he studied Bachelor of Arts in Film at the Zurich University of Arts.

The Black Veil, 16’,  A.J. Al-Thani, Qatar

Reem, a young Iraqi woman, escapes her home in the middle of the night. She lives in Mosul after being forced to marry an ISIS soldier. Reem finds help in a taxi driver named Ahmed to help her escape Mosul and find her family again.

A.J. Al-Thani is an award-winning Qatari filmmaker. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Communications and a concentration in film. She began to pursue her dream of being a filmmaker with the launch of the Doha Film Institute (DFI). Her relationship with the Institute began in 2010 when she participated in one of its first film workshops, which opened the door for many local filmmakers to pursue their passion. For almost 10 years, she has been developing her skills with the help of the Institute. A.J. Has made two short films ‘Kashta’ (2016) & ‘The Black Veil’ (2019).

St George and the Dragon, 3’, Gus Kearns, Regno Unito

A family of medieval entertainers perform the legend of ‘St George and the Dragon’ for the local townsfolk. This film is a homage to the "Mystery Plays" of the medieval era which were typically performed by a travelling troupe for both adults and children to enjoy.

Gus Kearns is a UK based model maker, animator and filmmaker. As a child he performed in various Australian Circus' with his family before moving to the UK and in 2019 he graduated with a BA in 'Stop-motion Animation and Puppet Making' at Staffordshire University. He has professional experience working on stop-motion feature films and commercials.

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