Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 European Film Awards - Short Film Nominations

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions are proud to present this year's short film nominations.

At each of the 15 participating film festivals, an independent jury presented one European short film in competition with a nomination in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

These are the fifteen (15) short film nominees.

9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo, Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van der Meulen, Netherlands, 12' (documentary) Bristol Short Film Nominee
90 Grad Nord (90 Degrees North), Detsky Graffam, Germany, 21' Cork Short Film Nominee
A Man Returned, Mahdi Fleifel, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, 30' Berlin Short Film Nominee
Amalimbo, Juan Pablo Libossart, Sweden and Estonia, 15' (animation) Venice Short Film Nominee
Edmond, Nina Gantz, UK, 10' (animation) Upsala Short Film Nominee
El Adiós (The Goodbye), Clara Roquet, Spain, 15' Valladolid Short Film Nominee
Home, Daniel Mulloy, Kosovo and UK, 20' Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee
In the Distance, Florian Grolig, Germany, 7' (animation) Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee
Le Mur (The Wall), Samuel Lampaert, Belgium, 7' Ghent Short Film Nominee
Limbo, Konstantina kotzamani, France and Greece, 30' Sarjevo Short Film Nominee
L'Immense Retour Romance (The Fullness of Time Romance), Manon Coubia, Belgium and France, 14' Locarno Short Film Nominee
Падаща звезда Padashta Zvezda (Shooting Star), Lyubo Yonchev, Bulgaria and Italy, 28' Drama Short Film Nominee
Small Talk, Even Hafnor and Lisa Brooke Hansen, Norway, 21' Tampere Short Film Nominee
Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer (We All Love the Sea Shore), Keina Espiñeira, Spain, 18' Rotterdam Short Film Nominee
Yo No Soy de Aquí (I'm Not From Here), Maite Alberdi and Giedrė Žickytė, Denmark, Chile and Lithuania 26' (documentary), Krakow Short Film Nominee

The nominated films will soon be submitted to the more than 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Short Film 2016 will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 10 December, in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016. Streamed live here.

9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo by Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van der Meulen
Synopsis: One morning in August 2012, renowned Syrian photographer Issa Touma saw young men lugging sandbags into his street. It turned out to be the start of the Syrian uprising in the city of Aleppo. Touma grabbed his camera and spent nine days holed up in his apartment, recording what was happening outside. The result? An unprecedented glimpse into a war that has been raging for three years now.

90 Grad Nord (90 Degrees North) by Detsky Graffam
Synopsis: Germans wait at red traffic lights. But what happens when the green man simply won't appear? In the black comedy "90 Degrees North", Karl, businessman and young father, unwittingly stumbles upon a malicious traffic island in the middle of a forest and into an absurd urban fairytale that will turn his life upside down. "90 Degrees North" is a tale not only Germans can relate to, but everyone who has ever felt well and truly stuck in life.

A Man Returned by Mahdi Fleifel
Synopsis: “Are you busy?”, Reda asks his future wife on the phone. “I spend a lot of time thinking about our new life”, he says. “I mean, it might get really tough, our new life, and neither of us has tried it before. We’ll just have to make the impossible possible. With our love, our trust and our mutual understanding”. Reda is 26 years old. For the past three years he’s been living in Athens, hand-to-mouth and on petty crimes. He wanted to be recognised as a refugee in Europe. It didn’t work. Now he’s back at the place he originally fled from, Ain El-Helweh, the largest refugee camp in Lebanon. He is intent on creating a better life himself. The dream wedding will happen. The reality of the camp is the soil upon which the dreams are to sprout from. With drugs, or with drugs. With a war in Syria that can also be felt at the refugee camp. With confidence. For years now, director Mahdi Fleifel has been accompanying the men of his youth with a video camera in the style of Direct Cinema, thereby creating a proximity to his protagonists and their personal circumstances that could hardly be more immediate.

Amalimbo by Juan Pablo Libossart
Synopsis: the story of Tipuana, a five year-old girl who experiences the limbo when she tries to pass to ”the other side” in her desperate urge to meet again with her recently dead father. It is a short story that happens in an undefined place in an also undefined future.

Edmond by Nina Gantz
Synopsis: tells the story of an oddball character whose desire to be close to those around him reaches cannibalistic extreme.

El Adiós (The Goodbye) by Clara Roquet
Synopsis: A Bolivian maid attempts to honor the last wishes of her late mistress.

Home by Daniel Mulloy
Synopsis: As thousands of men, women and children attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family experience a life-changing journey of their own.

In the Distance by Florian Grolig
Synopsis: It's calm and peaceful above the clouds. But chaos lurks in the distance and each night, it draws closer.

Le Mur (The Wall) by Samuel Lampaert
Synopsis: Hong-Kong. A multitude of high-rise concrete buildings without personality. Inside, close studios where people live withdrawn into themselves. Until the day where Chung; a bachelor, decides to hang a picture on the wall.

Limbo by Konstantina kotzamani
Synopsis: The leopard shall lie down with the goat. The wolves shall live with the lambs. And the young boy will lead them. 12+1 kids and the carcass of a whale washed ashore…

L'Immense Retour (Romance) (The Fullness of Time Romance) by Manon Coubia
Synopsis: Sitting on the edge of the yawning rift, she has waited too long, far too long, for the mountain to give her back her lover, trapped in the ice.

Падаща звезда Padashta Zvezda (Shooting Star) by Lyubo Yonchev
Synopsis: Lilly is a divorced mother of two. Martin, who has recently come of age, and the little 5 years old Alexandra. One cold winter evening Martin takes Alexandra from kindergarten. In the dark streets of the neighborhood they become a part of a tragic accident that hardly can be forgotten or erased.

Small Talk by Even Hafnor and Lisa Brooke Hansen
Synopsis: Welcome to the Dvergsnes family! In this short film we follow the Dvergsnes family from Kristiansand, Norway, through three events that took place during the fall and winter of 2014.

Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer (We All Love the Sea Shore) by Keina Espiñeira
Synopsis: A group of men are waiting at the fringes of a coastal woodland for the journey to Europe, in limbo between time and place. A film is shot there with the men playing themselves. Fiction and documentary constantly intertwine. Myths from the colonial past collide with dreams of a better future in the former oppressor’s country.

Yo No Soy de Aquí (I'm Not From Here) by Maite Alberdi and Giedrė Žickytė
Synopsis: A Basque Country native among Chileans, Josebe struggles to share her memories and mother tongue with disinterested, somnolent men. As an eighty-eight year-old with a fading short-term memory and equally elderly company, time dissolves.

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