Tuesday, September 29, 2015

28th 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 15 nominees.

Çevirmen (The Translator), Emre Kayiş, UK and Turkey, 23' Sarajevo Short Film Nominee
Dissonance, Till Nowak, Germany, 17' Berlin Short Film Nominee
El Corredor (The Runner), José Luis Montesinos, Spain, 12' Valladolid Short Film Nominee
E.T.E.R.N.I.T., Giovanni Aloi, France, 11' Venice Short Film Nominee
Field Study, Eva Weber, UK, 20' Cork Short Film Nominee
Fils du Loup (Son of the Wolf), Lola Quivoron, France, 23' Locarno Short Film Nominee
Kung Fury, David Sanberg, Sweden, 30' Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee
Kuuntele (Listen), Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni, Denmark and Finland, 13' Tampere Short Film Nominee
Naše Telo (Our Body), Dane Komljen, Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina, 14' Rotterdam Short Film Nominee
Over, Jörn Threlfall, UK, 13' Bristol Short Film Nominee
Piknik (Picnic), Jure Pavlović, Croatia, 13' Drama Short Film Nominee
Smile, and the World Will Smile Back, Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh and the Al-Haddad family, Israel and Palestine, 20' Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee
Symbolic Threats, Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke and Matthias Wermke, Germany, 15' Grimstad Short Film Nominee
This Place We Call Our Home, Thora Lorentzen  and Sybilla Tuxen, Denmark, 30' Krakow Short Film Nominee
Washingtonia, Konstantina Kotzamani, Greece, 24' Ghent 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 2015 will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin on Saturday, 12 December.

Check available info, trailer/excerpt for nominated shorts.

Çevirmen (The Translator) by Emre Kayiş
Synopsis: Yusuf is a 13 years old refugee boy who lives in a small Turkish border town in exile with his grandparents. He works on a sand quarry to support his family. The environment of the poor neighborhood and quarry are hostile, Yusuf spends his days in a complete alienation. The only things, which make Yusuf exciting, are the tumbling pigeons and the existence of a 15 years old girl, Amina, who absolutely doesn't have an idea of him. Yusuf keeps making dreams about her. One day she comes to him and ask for his help that makes Yusuf very excited but after realizing her intention Yusuf finds himself in a position that gives him an unique power. He has to make a decision between using his power wisely and abusing it.

Dissonance by Till Nowak
Synopsis: A genius musician lives a lonely life in a surreal, floating world. He plays the piano every day in a gigantic concert hall, but there is nobody to listen. One day his animated world collapses and reality breaks out. The film seamlessly transforms from an animation into a live action drama, reflecting the journey from his psychotic mind into the real world. He only has one wish: To play for his daughter, which he is not allowed to visit.

El Corredor (The Runner) by José Luis Montesinos
Synopsis: 5 years ago the boss closed the company and fired 300 workers. The first day that he goes out to run he meets one of them.

E.T.E.R.N.I.T. by Giovanni Aloi
Synopsis: Italy, 2015. Ali, a Tunisian immigrant working in asbestos removal, receives the Visas which will allow his wife and daughter to join him. To be ready to welcome his family, he must make a radical choice.

Field Study by Eva Weber
Synopsis: A story about the latent poisons in power, knowledge and innocence, Field Study tells the story of a young, shy student on a field trip to post-communist Poland who very abruptly comes of age when he makes the choice to withhold a truth.

Fils du Loup (Son of the Wolf) by Lola Quivoron
Synopsis: In a former army fort, young Johnny learns to train and command Iron, his first attack dog.

Kung Fury by David Sanberg
Synopsis: During an unfortunate series of events a friend of Kung Fury is assassinated by the most dangerous kung fu master criminal of all time; Adolf Hitler, a.k.a Kung Führer. Kung Fury decides to travel back in time, to Nazi Germany, in order to kill Hitler and end the Nazi empire once and for all.

Kuuntele (Listen) by Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni
Synopsis: A foreign woman in a burqa brings her young son to a Copenhagen police station to file a complaint against her abusive husband, but the translator assigned to her seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words. A tense, diamond-hard film about cultural isolation and bureaucratic ignorance.

Naše Telo (Our Body) by Dane Komljen
Synopsis: From here, you can see everything: the sea to the right, the mountains to the left, the sky in between.

Over by Jörn Threlfall
Synopsis: 'Over' appears to present a police crime scene. Over the course of 14 minutes and 9 wide shots (told in reverse order), we watch as an intriguing story unfolds and heads towards a dramatic conclusion. What has happened in this quiet, suburban neighborhood? Has there been a murder, a hit-and-run, an accident? The reality is both profound, and deeply unexpected.

Piknik (Picnic) by Jure Pavlović
Synopsis: Sarajevo, heavy traffic. A social worker accompanies fifteen year-old Emir to visit his father in prison in Igman, but they arrive late thanks to a road accident. The short visit becomes the tale, without pathos or sentimentalism, of a powerful and difficult father-son relationship.

Im Tekhayekh, Ha'Olam Yekhayekh Elekha (Smile, and the World Will Smile Back) by Yoav Gross, Abdelkarim Al-Haddad, Ahmad Al-Haddad, Diaa Al-Haddad, Ehab Tarabieh, Shada Al-Haddad
Synopsis: One cold December night, Israeli soldiers come to the Palestinian family home in Hebron and knock on the door. They've come to search the house. The teenage son reaches for the family's video camera. As the search unfolds, a strange power struggle evolves, pitting gun against camera.

Symbolic Threats by Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke and Matthias Wermke
Synopsis: Poetry or threat? An act of surrender or perhaps art? These were the theories that New York puzzled over last summer. How can one incident be interpreted in so many ways? By means of press reports, Symbolic Threats allows the public at large to express their extreme disparity of interpretation. Inspired by the heated debate over the two „White American Flags“ that suddenly appeared on the towers of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the film asks what kind of societal scope art has in the present day. What happens when threatened freedom reinstates art with the element of danger? Who or what makes it into a threat? Are we safe in the city? What is next?

This Place We Call Our Home by Thora Lorentzen and Sybilla Tuxen
Synopsis: In this film war is an atmosphere, rather than journalistic facts. Through music we visit all layers of society. In the form of a poem we show how it feels when your country is in an invincible conflict. Dusk is setting the scene for the war that came unpredicted. Two friends spend their nights awake playing. One is preparing to go back to the front, the other for their separation. Our soldier smokes his last cigarette in the window before taking the elevator to certain death. Proud pinetrees and current rivers depicts the country he is fighting for. Mother asks for faith and prays for the sons of Ukraine. A babushka at Maidan sings: "if he meet death - may it be instant if he get wounded - may he get well".

Washingtonia by Konstantina Kotzamani
Synopsis: Washingtonia starts when the giraffes heart can no longer be heard. Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. Washingtonia is the only palm tree that its heart is not devoured by the red beetle. Because it’s heart is small and dry and no one likes small and dry hearts.

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