Non-competition programs
Netherlands, 2021
Director: Eliane Esther Bots
Timing: 22 min

IN FLOW OF WORDS follows the narratives of three interpreters of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. They interpreted shocking testimonies from witnesses, victims and perpetrators, without ever allowing their own emotions, feelings and personal histories to be present. Contrary to their position at the tribunal, this film places their voices and experiences center stage.
Eliane Esther Bots
Director’s biography:

Eliane Esther Bots (1986, The Netherlands) graduated cum laude from the Master of Film at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. Her films have been screened at IDFA, Berlinale, Cinema du Reel, New York Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Go Short and Kassel Dokfest. She works as a lecturer for ‘Moving image’ at the University of the Arts in Utrecht.
France, 2020
Director: Paul Mas
Timing: 14 min

Julie can't fit into her school. The arrival of Emile, an autistic child, will change the game.
Paul Mas
Director’s biography:

Paul Mas obtained an Assistant Director Diploma at the EMCA animation school of Angouleme (France) with his graduation film "Children". He lives and works in Paris, and makes stop motion short films.
Israel, 2020
Director: Rona Segal
Timing: 23 min

In Israel, soldiers are recruited at the age of 18. A couple of months later, they are already in charge of Palestinian civil life, in almost every aspect. Their missions might include breaking into family homes, enforcing lockdowns, or arresting children. Six ex-soldiers face the camera, and recall their recent service. Including rare cell-phone footage, captured by local witnesses, MISSION: HEBRON offers an unflinching guide to the most troubled city in the West Bank.
Rona Segal
Director’s biography:

Rona Segal is an Israeli director and screenwriter. Rona has written the feature film SIX ACTS (2013), Winner of the TVE “Another Look” award in San Sebastian Film Festival 2012, Best Screenplay and Best Debut at the Haifa Film Festival 2012, Jury’s award at the POEF 2013, and more. SIX ACTS was distributed worldwide by Playtime. Rona has directed two web series, TRAIL BLAZERS (2018) and CAUGHT IN THE WEB (2020), which premiered at Fipadoc, Biarritz, and was nominated for Best Israeli web series 2020. Her latest short documentary, MISSION: HEBRON, premiered at IDFA 2020, and was selected as an EFA Short Film Candidate by Tampere Film Festival 2021. Later this year, MISSION: HEBRON won the Oscar-qualifying Best Film award at Short Shorts Film Festival in Japan, Best short documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival and Human Values award at Drama Short Film Festival in Greece.
Spain, 2020
Director: Fernando Pomares
Timing: 18 min

Two Syrian brothers illegally cross a border to enter into a westerner country. Their sister narrates this journey where present time, past or the oneiric all jumble together to become both a dream and nightmare of our current world.
Fernando Pomares
Director’s biography:

Fernando Pomares is a filmmaker and creative director who combines projects between live-action and animation. His first feature film, DEATH IN LA ALCARRIA (La Muerte en La Alcarria), was released at Visions Du Réel Festival. His last short film, THE MARTYR won the Golden Spike at SEMINCI in Valladolid in 2020. He has directed the animated series TALKING TOM (Over 100 Million Views on YouTube) and is the co-creator of ANA FILOUTE (France Television) for the Oscar-nominated studios Folimage and Les Armateurs. His animated short film MORNING COWBOY was premiered at the Berlinale (2017) and was selected in almost a hundred international and national festivals. He is currently directing his first 3D animated feature film with the Production Tilma Films. He is also a professor of documentaries and projects at ESCAC and a professor of directing in BAU's Master in Stop Motion Animation.
Kosovo, 2021
Director: Samir Karahoda
Timing: 15 min

In post-war Kosovo, driven by the ambition of keeping their beloved sport alive, two local players wander from one obscure location to another carrying with them the only possession of the club: their tables.
Samir Karahoda
Director’s biography:

Samir Karahoda began working as a photographer in 1992. In 2003 he completed his photography studies at the Academy of Fine Arts at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. In addition to his work as a photographer, he is also a cinematographer, tutor and curator of the short film program at the DokuFest, Documentary and Short Film Festival in Prizren. His documentary short film IN BETWEEN was his directorial debut, which in 2019 had its world premiere at the Berlinale as the first Kosovar film to compete at this festival. IN BETWEEN was also a candidate for the European Film Awards. DISPLACED is his second short film which had its premiere at the Official Competition at Cannes Film Festival.
Serbia, 2020
Director: Gorana Jovanović
Timing: 11 min

Sanja is a tough 13-year-old girl who doesn’t like to show her emotions to anyone, least of all to her crush Darko, but when she starts to suspect that something has happened to her troublesome but beloved dog Krle, it will become ever so hard to keep her feelings under control.
Gorana Jovanović
Director’s biography:

Gorana Jovanović is a writer and director from Belgrade. After graduating from the University of Westminster, Gorana worked as a script consultant and writer on several feature and short films, before starting to produce her own films. She wrote the short British drama MERCURY (2018, dir. Kyla Simone Bruce), which won the Best Screenplay award at the 2018 Festival Européen Court Métrage in Nice. Her 2020 short film ARMADILA premiered in the TeenArena section of Sarajevo Film Festival and, after being selected to screen in competition at Uppsala, Trieste and Go Short - Nijmegen, ARMADILA won the Oscar-qualifying Best Film award at Vienna Shorts and the Best Short Film award at Motovun Film Festival, becoming the festival’s EFA Short Film Candidate.
France, 2020
Director: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Timing: 16 min

Survivor but amnesiac of the attack at Maalbeek metro station on 22 March 2016 in Brussels, Sabine is looking for the missing image of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.
Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Director’s biography:

Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis is developing a "cinématière", a hybrid artistic practice that expands cinema to the field of contemporary art. His work questions technologies, memory, the virtual and explores the porous worlds of the image. His films have been selected and awarded in numerous international festivals (Cannes, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, BFI London, IDFA...). In 2020, his film MAALBEEK was selected at the Semaine de la Critique - Cannes and received the Bayard for best short film at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, the first prize in the national short film competition at the Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival. Born in France in 1988, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis lives and works between Paris and Brussels.
Germany, 2020
Director: Katharina Huber
Timing: 21 min

"Some days she imagines that by her sheer will she can make body parts fall off of people who seem vicious to her. And some other days everyone around her looks beautiful. And when she was little, she wished that flowers would grow out of her footprints." - Gasmask
THE NATURAL DEATH OF A MOUSE is not only about saving mice or refusing bananas or making sacrifices against the hypocrisies of daily life in the „spoiled and cultivated“ parts of the world. It is also about a person with red arms, who is entering the desert of her conscience to find out whether and how she can be a good human.
Katharina Huber
Director’s biography:

Katharina Huber studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne until 2012. In 2014, she went to London with a DAAD scholarship for her Masters at the Royal College of Art. Since returning to Cologne she has been working as a freelance independent artist and filmmaker.
Albania, Spain, 2020
Director: Lorin Terezi
Timing: 23 min

A newly married woman lives with her in-laws while her husband works in the neighboring country, Greece.
Lorin Terezi
Director’s biography:

Lorin Terezi is an Albanian author, mostly known in his country as a theater director. For cinema, he directed TIRANA 100KM, a short film selected in more than 50 international festivals.THE NEWS is his second short film co-produced by Mailuki Films.
France, 2021
Director: Nicolas Gourault
Timing: 19 min

A deadly accident between a self-driving car and a pedestrian sets off an investigation about the role of human workers in the training of driverless cars. Testimonies from vehicle operators guide us through a night shift where the landscape merges with data from the car’s sensors.
Nicolas Gourault
Director’s biography:

Nicolas Gourault is a French artist and filmmaker trained in contemporary art schools such as Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, but also in visual studies at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, or with Forensic Architecture. His work is imbued with this double training and aims at linking visual issues with political concerns by means of a documentary critique of new media. He focuses on the forms of alterity which resist within so-called controlled spaces.