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Imaginaria – Official Selection 2018

Imaginaria – Int. animated film festival
16th Edition | August, 21-25
Selezioni Ufficiali / Official Selection

Categoria/category: Animated Short Film

Metevze da gogona
 (Fisherman and the Girl) by  Mamuka Tkeshelashvili – (PREMIERE)
15′ | Georgia | 2018
A story about a five-year-old girl and her fisherman father and the parallel lives they lead while he goes fishing in the sea and she is busy at home.
Mermaids and Rhinos by Viktoria Traub
15’33 | Hungary | 2017
Eight-year-old Tilda’s memories of her family as surrealistic visions come into life: the circus member ex-mermaid grandmother, the erotically overheated mother and the disappeared father whose broken heart, anger and jealousy manifest as a rhino.
59 seconds by Mauro Carraro
14’ | Switzerland, France | 2017
59 seconds is short when it comes to changing the destinies of two people, of an entire region, or of a country, but it can seem like a long time when the earth is trembling.
Il s’est sassé quelque chose by Anne Larricq Dit Léride – (PREMIERE)
8′ | France | 2018
Today is the last day of the holidays. Everybody is looking at one another for the last time, and finds them all of a sudden more appealing.
Les enfants du Béton by Jonathan Phanhsay-Chamson
7′ | France | 2018
Am i french or chinese ? i wander in my identity questions. i face words from media with words from thoses children of the « second generation », trying to see more clearly. i recall france, my france. how..
The wayward kite by Yuting Hsueh
7’55 | Taiwan | 2017
Various kites dance in the sky. A little kite breaks its tether, fleeing to the city. The setbacks and wounds make it realize the real goal to fight for, ending up in a rocky way to try back to the sky.
Button by Maxim Kulikov – (PREMIERE)
7’55 | Russian Federation | 2017
Life bachelor covered only a computer monitor. One day he randomly finds a note from his childhood, and goes in search of the lost happiness.
A dark day of injustice by Daniela Fiore, Julio Azamor – (PREMIERE)
10’34 | Argentina | 2018
Tour of last day in the life of the journalist and writer Rodolfo Walsh. The one who was kidnapped and eliminated on March 25, 1977 under the last military dictatorship Argentina.
Heroes by Juan Pablo Zaramella – (PREMIERE)
3’10 | Argentina | 2018
Glory is at our fingertips!
Letting Go by Ülo Pikkov
10’43 | Estonia | 2017
Animated documentary about a young girl from orphanage who wants to let go of the shadows that haunt her past.
Monster by Martin Snopek – (PREMIERE)
7’04 | Slovakia | 2018
Monster is a short story dealing with the universal theme of human fear and threat. It brings the topic of global disasters which come to movement through someone powerful at the top of the pyramid. Unfortunately, it is highly topical nowadays.
Panta Rhei by Wouter Bongaerts
2’39 | Belgium | 2018
Like the beached whales he studies, introverted marine biologist Stefaan flees the ocean. But floods, leaking faucets and endless rain keep seeping into his life, and he can’t keep the water out…
Tweet-Tweet by Zhanna Bekmambetova
11’10 | Russian Federation | 2018
Our life is like walking on a tightrope. In times we are scared or lost we lose balance. When we are happy and excited we forget we walk on a rope. We can even fly! 
RAPIN* by Gustaf Holtenäs – (PREMIERE)
3’38 | Sweden | 2017
Swedish singer/songwriter Jenny Wilson doesn’t pull any punches on new album Exorcism, detailing her first-hand experience of a harrowing sexual assault and its aftermath. 
Sad weightlifter by Lisa Astretsova – (PREMIERE)
1’49 | Russian Federation | 2018
he alcohol trip of naked sad weightlifter.
A demostration of brilliance in four acts by Lucija Mrzljak and Morten Tšinakov – (PREMIERE)
15’03 | Estonia | 2018
The people are waiting for someone special. Someone special is born – a grown-up man in a suit. They follow the man and cheer for his theatrical but utterly pointless performances. 
The Round by Ceylan Beyoglu – (PREMIERE)
12′ | Germany | 2018
The afghan traffic cop Ali is standing at the intersection directing the traffic. Now he is dancing on his post like a ballet performance but still with solemn countenances. 
Cyclists by Veljko Popovic
7’20 | Croatia | 2018
The cycling season is nearing its grand finale. During the final race, the two men in the lead are competing for more than the Grand Trophy; they are fighting for the affection of a lady and fulfilment of their erotic fantasies. 
Etreintes by Justine Vuylsteker – (PREMIERE)
5’27 | Canada, France | 2018
Standing still in front of the open window, a woman stares at the dark clouds that obscure the sky.
Immobile, she fights against the remembrances of the past. In the clouds, a passionate embrace appears.
Funny Fish by Krishna Chandran A. Nair  – (PREMIERE)
6’20 | France | 2017
Somewhere in the middle of the ocean, a school of fish comes to the rescue of a goldfish floating on the surface of the water. They decide to do everything they can to help it back into the water and breathe. What they don’t know is that it’s actually a balloon.
Love he said by Ines Sedan
5’40 | France | 2018
1973, San Francisco. Charles Bukowski, underground poet and punk ahead of his time, reads his poem LOVE in front of a wild audience who came to listen to the trash poet’s provocations. But that day, instead of the punk, they found a broken man hungry for love.
Above All (Par-dessus Tout) by Lisa Klemenz – (PREMIERE)
10’42 | France | 2018
An archipelago. Two islands. Two young girls, really different from each other. Two journeys but a same desire to fly away. It’s time to take the plunge…
La nostra storia by Lorenzo Latrofa
4’31 | Italy | 2018
Emigration is a common territory that has involved many people all over the world. The stories of today’s emigrants are the stories of our past. Their ‘story’ is our story. It is everyone’s story.
32-Rbit by Victor Orozco Ramirez
7’45 | Germany | 2018
My grandmother was convinced that the only animal that made the same mistake twice is the human being.
An essay short film about my very own Internet, a parallel world where memory loss, errors, surveillance and addiction smear everything and everyone.
The Box by Dusan Kastelic
12’12 | Slovenia | 2017
You have probably heard of the phrase “To think outside of the box”? Well this is a film about such a box and the flat-headed creatures that live inside of it. Life in the Box is boring and miserable. Until one day when a new baby boy starts to grown in the middle of the Box! 
The Blissful Accidental Death by Sergiu Negulici
15’10 | Romania | 2017
Entering an antique shop, a man finds a drawing which is hiding a secret love letter on the back, written 70 years ago. The man takes an unusual train journey to meet the author, a woman who has lived important moments of the last century.
The N.A.P. by Adolfo di Molfetta
8’15 | Italy | 2018
A peek into a cartoonia, where everything is improvised
Death of father by Somnath Pal
10’16 | India | 2018
When Babu’s father passes away, he is caught in a web of age-old rituals and social formalities. As he looks for opportunities to cope with the loss of his father, death ends up being just another mundane routine for Babu.
Empty View by Ali Zare Ghanatnowi
18’06 | Iran | 2017
Mother keeps a look out for her son to return home from war. She knits him a pair of gloves remembering how her son rubbed his cold hands together on the wintry morning he left. 
Laymun by Catherine Prowse, Hannah Quinn – (PREMIERE)
4’42 | UK | 2017
The story of a gardener in a Middle Eastern war zone, fighting the destruction around her with life-giving plants.
Woody & Woody by Jaume Carrió – (PREMIERE)
12′ | Spain | 2017
Love, religion, death, sex… These are some of the vital worries and thoughts that used to concern the director of ‘Manhattan’ and that still concern the Woody of nowadays. A neurotic and brilliant author; now and before. A genius who actually can only have one interlocutor up to him: himself.
XOXO hugs and kisses by Wiola Sowa
14′ | Poland | 2017
We watch a game in which we cross the boundaries and transcend our sensuality beyond accepted norm. A kind of performance in which the characters are playing together, enjoying the pleasure, and at the same time struggling with their inability to create a deeper bond.
POUR 585 by Patrick Smith – (PREMIERE)
4’40 | USA | 2018
A timid character with a wine glass for a head grows larger than his numbered peers while participating in a prosaic cycle of pouring.
CEVA by Paul Mureșan – (PREMIERE)
9′ | Romania, Czech Republic | 2018
Everything avoidable during one’s lifetime might later become the building blocks of the afterlife. Here, fears have to be faced and journeys to be taken alongside one’s shadow.
Bloomstreet 11 by Nienke Deutz – (PREMIERE)
9’41 | Belgium, The Netherlands | 2018
Inseparable best friends spend their last summer holiday of childhood amusing themselves around the house. As summer progresses their bodies start to morph and shift and an awkwardness descends on their friendship. Puberty seems determined to interrupt their bond.
The Open Jaw (La gueule ouverte) by Augustin Guichot – (PREMIERE)
4’18 | France | 2017
A man at loose ends, torn by hunger, looks for ways to survive in a desolated landscape. His hopes rise again as he discovers a colossal building along his way.
Mercurio by Michele Bernardi
10’ | Italy | 2018
Through his passions that link him to his childhood, a young man manages to accept the unavoidable human condition’s rules. This way, he escapes the physical and mental alienation of the fascist dictatorship and gains absolute freedom.
Dead Reckoning by Paul Wenninger
3’ | Austria | 2017
“Dead Reckoning? is a ride around Vienna?s Ringstrasse boulevard and from there to go into the city, to fall, to eat, and finally to end up on the toilet. Death is always there, always in front of us. The film follows the cycle of life, the rhythm of the city.
Guide de Jardinage by Sarah Jane Scebat-Hatooka – (PREMIERE)
10’ | France | 2017
As Aria gives birth to her son, the happy event turns into a nightmare as she realizes that her child is covered in thorns. Full of guilt and unable to connect with him, she hides herself from the truth and looks in vain for a solution in a handbook for gardening.
Fest by Nikita Diakur – (PREMIERE)
2’55 | Germany | 2018
“Fest” is a tribute to Youtube culture. Similar to the protagonists in fail compilations, characters in “Fest” are dealing with unexpected results and the extreme situations. Freedom and spontaneity are common elements and are picked up within the animation. 

Categoria/category: Animated Short Film (student film competition)

Tangible by Laura Castillo – (PREMIERE)
9′ | Colombia | 2017
Juan is a lonely man who has lost the sense of his life, he decides to go out into the city searching for Ana, his old love, hoping to find in her his own reason for being. Ana has swept up into the routine and societal chaos. Juan’s pursue will guide him to rediscover and reinvent the city where he lives, aiming to find within and in himself what he believed to find in Ana.
Contact by Léa Bancelin – (PREMIERE)
6′ | France | 2018
Marie is a young woman in her twenties. One day, she unintentionally gives a call to her best childood friend, Anne. Marie then remembers her memories about Anne, and the feelings she had for her. Back in the present, Marie decides to do what she should have done a long time ago: delete Anne’s number and cut the last tie between them.
Fuse by Shadi Adib – (PREMIERE)
7’18 | Germany | 2018
A mousetrap snaps shut, a market place awakens. A group of men heatedly discuss how to kill the animal in the little box. One after the other, they try to trump each other’s sadistic fantasies, and even a stranger’s suggestion to let the creature loose, turns out to be a sick manipulation.
The End is Neigh by Dag Ove Solaas – (PREMIERE)
6’58 | Norway | 2017
A cowboy gets his best friend stolen, and goes on a quest to get him back
The Voyager by João Gonzalez – (PREMIERE)
4’39 | Portugal | 2017
“The Voyager” is an animation short film about a pianist living in a big metropolis, who suffers from agoraphobia (irrational fear of leaving home/public places) and is confronted with a need to go outside, to replenish his medications. 
Tendrils by Helen Woolston – (PREMIERE)
10’38 | Estonia | 2017
When one human finds shelter inside a botanical glasshouse, the plants use their strange beauty to tease and play with him, trying to reawaken a dormant connection. However, the plants have a completely different set of social norms than the visitor is accustomed to.
Moulinet by Sander Joon
5’51 | Estonia | 2017
There are some things we understand just naturally, and again some that we can’t understand no matter how hard we try.
Once in the Fields of Boredom by Teele Strauss
5’20 | Estonia | 2017
Once in the Fields of Boredom is a story about a couple whose life together has come to an end – they struggle with boredom.
Mutuem by Äggie Pak Yee Lee – (PREMIERE)
4’10 | Estonia | 2017
In an Art Muzeum, we better learn well, from outer to inner, from deep to very deep, seriously and sincerely.
A Table Game by Nicolás Petelski Mesón – (PREMIERE)
3’53 | Estonia | 2017
With every passing second, “A Table Game” reveals the rules of its world. Step by step – but not fully. What is the titular game? Who cheers for it? Why is this happening? These questions will lack clear answers.
Säen (Sowing) by Maryna Miliushchanka – (PREMIERE)
7’24 | Germany | 2018
Ukrainian wasteland. A girl, whose only treasure is a painted Easter egg, is shocked, as her grandmother puts a freshly slaughtered chicken on the table. Confronted with death for the first time, she leaves the house, questioning her tranquil life, only to face a new tragedy that will force her to give up her treasures. An allegorical journey to freedom and growing up.
Out of Touch by Arash Akhgari
1’50 | Canada | 2018
In search of a way out..To the other side of daily routines of modern life..Is there any message left for us to listen to? Are we gonna succeed or remain out of touch?..
Travelogue Tel Aviv by Samuel Patthey
6′ | Switzerland | 2017
A young art student from Switzerland arrives for six months in Tel Aviv.
Through drawing he will learn to analyse, understand and free himself to this contrasted environnement.
L’Anguilla (The Eel) by Silvia Bassoli, Giacomo D’Ancona, Maria Virginia Moratti – (PREMIERE)
7’37 | Italy | 2018
The friendship between two children raised together in the Po Valley countryside is lost when one has to move with his family. They will meet again as adults, thanks to the eel, a call from the dephts of the earth. The film is dedicated to the land and the people of the Emilia region, shaken by the earthquake in 2012.
Polvere sottile (Fine Dust) by Alessandra Boatto, Gloria Cianci, Sofia Zanonato
8’03 | Italy | 2018
The Earth succumbed to pollution, everything’s submerged by a sea of thin dark dust. A young woman has saved herself on board of an improvised raft and survives thanks to food she recovers in the abandoned city, plunging into the sea of dust. The woman will finally land on an island and find a small plant which she will grow with much love.
New Neighbours by Andrea Mannino, Sara Burgio, Giacomo Rinaldi
5’50 | Italy | 2018
Donald, a white nationalist, cannot stand the arrival of the new neighbours, while his little daughter can’t wait to play with a new friend. In a funny 1930s-style atmosphere, the film questions about our possibility of integration and peaceful coexistence.
Schnurksel by Leo Becker – (PREMIERE)
3’10 | Belgium | 2017
A jazzy music video documenting the making of an abstract animation.
Schnurksel is a looped animation made of 6 poster sized hand drawings which are printed on a lenticular sheet.
Leave With Me by Mel Wong – (PREMIERE)
3’36 | USA | 2017
“Leave with me” is an animation about a little schoolgirl whose imagination has taken over her world. Mocked by her classmates and belittled by her teachers, her world becomes twisted and the people in it turn into alien beings. Something is amiss in her surroundings however, and she must find it and confront it.
Enough by Anna Mantzaris
2’19 | UK | 2017
Moments of lost self-control.
Living Like Heta by Bianca Caderas, Isabella Luu, Kerstin Zemp
6’12 | Switzerland | 2017
Heta lives with her pet seal in her highly peculiar house full of curious rooms and endless corridors. Her entire life consists of carefully planned and conducted routines. When the latter get thrown into disarray, Heta‘s world begins to crumble, until she feels compelled to make an irreversible decision.
Mixed Materials by Anna Van Riel – (PREMIERE)
6’ | Belgium | 2017
Two young art grads are very determined to throw themselves into the art world and to be successful. But not everything goes as planned… Fortunately there’s always grandma.
Under the skin by Elena Meneghetti
3’47 | Italy | 2017
A video in which music and images are hypnotic ad reveal an intimate and complex world full of fantastic visions.

 


Categoria/category: Animated Short Film for Kids (Children’s Film Competition)

The First Thunder by Anastasia Melikhova – (PREMIERE)
5′ | Russian Federation | 2017
It is a musical fantasy about the awakening of nature and the character from winter hibernation, about the way out of its own “world” into a world which is full of beauty and adventures.
Between the lines by Koneva Maria
4’23 | Russian Federation | 2017
A Zebra finds she is completely alone in a world where everyone has a partner. So she searches for her love, despairs but finally finds another Zebra. These two match each other perfectly in their abstract love dance.
Periphery by Sasha Vasiliev – (PREMIERE)
4’16 | Russian Federation | 2017
The fairy story about a boy from the house near the precipice, who daily provides stability and safety of the whole world.
Meet by Hongliang Yuan – (PREMIERE)
5’25 | China | 2018
Because of the characteristics of the seasons, the electric fan and the heater can’t get the opportunity to meet each other. To get around this obstacle the fan seeks out ways to meet with the heater in a series of efforts and failures.
Two Balloons by Mark C Smith – (PREMIERE)
9′ | USA | 2018
Two travelers return to a place crossed by stars and clouds where love is at the beginning of everything.
One Small Step by Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas – (PREMIERE)
8′ | USA | 2018
An ambitious young girl endeavors to realize her aspiration of becoming an astronaut with the support of her humble father.
Miriam by the Lake by Riho Unt – (PREMIERE)
5’ | Estonia | 2017
Miriam’s family is outing by the lake. After a long and tiring day the whole family is resting in the tent, only Hen can’t sleep. She goes out for a walk. She hears a lot of frigtning night sounds and sees eyes blinking in the dark. The Hen crabs the photocamera to make pictures about the monsters surrounding her. In the morning everybody can see what the Hen was afraid of.
Aazar by A.Rodriguez, A. Labourel, F. Riquejo, I.o Acerenza, J. L. Herrera, J. Gonzalez
5’ | Spain | 2018 – (PREMIERE)
Aazar is a child, on a cosmic journey towards planet Earth. As she gets closer to the blue planet, obstacles she never imagined will change her destiny forever. This is a story about children, forced to leave their home to find a better world.
Roobi and Chickens by Babak Nekooei, Behnood Nekooei – (PREMIERE)
8’15 | Iran | 2018
One night, an alien comes into a forest with his spaceship in search of food and ends up in Roobi’s house. Roobi realises that the alien can help him solve his problem involving a rooster who lives nearby.
Dubak by Anna Kritskaya
6’40 | Russian Federation | 2017
A cheerful film about the harsh Russian winter.
Krasnoludki by Roman Burmakov – (PREMIERE)
4’49 | Belarus | 2018
A boy’s toy is broken and little dwarves (krasnoludki) living in his house decide to help him secretly.
GoodNight by Caterina De Mata
3’45 | Italy | 2018
A house in an Italian city suburb is crowded by people coming from different ethnic groups: an Italian wife and husband, a Nigerian couple with a new-born, a Peruvian family and an old man from India.
Moravilla by Rodrigo Cuadriello Garza – (PREMIERE)
6’19 | Mexico | 2017
In the town of Moravilla, something strange is happening with the rotten berries. A fat farmer with a mustache and a shoeless woman will disentangle this mystery while exploring the importance of caring and recycling.
Croc & Odile by Antoine Marchand – (PREMIERE)
1’32 | France | 2018
Two hungry crocodiles are lying on the shore of a river when a fly comes to satisfy their appetite.
The Hunt (La Chasse) by Alexey Alekseev – (PREMIERE)
5’36 | France | 2017
The disappointments of a short-sighted and harmless hunter who took with him by mistake a rabbit instead of his dog to go hunting in the forest. No animal has been injured…
Nina by Isabel Macias – (PREMIERE)
2’30 | Argentina | 2017
A little girl and her doll go everywhere together. Al times the world can be hostile.
Spindrift by Selina Wagner – (PREMIERE)
11’43 | UK | 2017
On a desolate island off the coast of Orkney, a young girl lives with her parents in a run-down and unloved croft by the sea. Her father has retreated far into himself and her mother can’t see past her own unhappiness, forcing the girl to survive on her own.
Tricky Violin by Olya Golubeva – (PREMIERE)
2’56 | Ireland | 2017
Tricky Violin is a short story about passion, self-growth and acceptance. Young girl Lara loves playing the violin, but while passionate, is unskilled. She attempts to perform for her parents and grandmother, but has no luck impressing any of them.
Belly Flop by Jeremy Collins, Kelly Dillon
4’52 | South Africa | 2017
Persistence pays off when an unashamed young girl leaning to dive is unperturbed by a talented diver who steals the spotlight.
Hitchhikers by Rafal Blecharz, Katarzyna Klas
3’20 | Poland | 2017
Road short about long road. The siblings are trying to reach the grandfather’s house. Hitchhikers meet different people on the road, but the real companion remains the home plant. A typical trip gradually becomes a journey to find own roots. What will happen when they reach the destination?
Washing Day by Claire Lamond – (PREMIERE)
2’43 | UK | 2018
A star has fallen from the sky, blackened by a wild forest fire. It seems that Fox will need some help to put it back up again.
Giant by Johanna Bentz – (PREMIERE)
15’13 | Germany | 2017
The heroine of the story is a girl called Ola, who becomes friends with a giant. “The Giant” is a fictional film with elements animated using rotoscoping.
Dog and Ball by Dennis Sisterson – (PREMIERE)
3’15 |UK | 2018
Dog just wants to fetch his ball, but a bull has other ideas.
Valemon by Stepanova Maria – (PREMIERE)
8’41 | Russian | 2017
This is a fairy tale about the search of the unattainable in life.
Prudence by Concha Alonso Valdivieso – (PREMIERE)
3’20 | Spain | 2018
Prudence searches through strange places for someone she lost a long time ago
Look by Meinardas Valkevičius
3’30 | Lithuania | 2017
Human activity does not always have a positive effect on our planet. The short animated film Look explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals. Dare to look and change the world.
Sweet Tooth by Hannah Anastasi – (PREMIERE)
1’29 | UK | 2017
It features a peculiar doodle nicknamed Crescent the Cat, whose first action, upon being drawn to life, is to devour a large jar of multicoloured candy…
The Girl And The Cat by Ervin Han, Bernard Toh – (PREMIERE)
12’48 | Singapore | 2017
A young girl is separated from her mother at a Singaporean night market and meets a cat who brings her deep into the underbelly of the bazaar where fantasy meets reality.
We will see someday by Nari Hong
6’30 | Republic of Korea | 2018
This story is about death. A while ago, I had met a cat on the way home. We’d carefully watched out for each other. Even though when we had known each other for a long long time, we had kept some distance all the time.
Volcano Island by Anna Katalin Lovrity
9’9 | Hungary | 2017
Somewhere, on an oceanic island, the forces of nature are still at work as in primeval times. A young, naive female tiger lives there in harmony with herself and nature.
Gelato – Seven Summers of Ice Cream Love by Daniela Opp
12’18 | Germany | 2017
The 20th Century was still young when Italien mountaineers conquered Germany with a sensation: Gelato!
On A Cloud by Zoë Claessens – (PREMIERE)
5’57 | Belgium | 2017
The ten year old Celeste, sits with her sick father in the airplane when she sees an obscure, human figure sitting on a cloud.
Big Bernards by Antone Dhondt, Joseph Loche
3’28 | France | 2017
Two hermit crabs goes to fight each other to seduce a female hermit crab ! Each one try to have bigger and sexier shell to win the competition and reach the heart of their beloved!
Lemon & Elderflower by Ilenia Cotardo
2’41 | UK | 2017
Two sibling hummingbirds have to build different inventions in order to solve their “big” problem: to take flight with other birds.
Flower Found! by John Leeuwerink – (PREMIERE)
6’46 | Netherlands | 2017
A beautiful red flower stands in the middle of the forest. When it suddenly disappears Mouse is very sad. Bird takes Mouse around the forest to search for the flower and other animals join in too. Then they think they’ve found the flower and things quickly get out of hand.
Where’s Ronald? by John Leeuwerink – (PREMIERE)
6’43 | Netherlands | 2017
Ralph gets a little rabbit for his birthday. But the next morning, he finds Ronald missing from his cage. So what do you do? You go after him! 
The eel, the weasel and the vulture by Suki
4’40 | France | 2017
Near an oak and a dried-up river, an eel, a weasel and a vulture meet. They talk to one another, but do not get along…