INFO • COVID-19

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND LOOK AT ME • 2020

DIRECTOR: Andrea Castoldi

COUNTRY: Italy

RUNTIME: '5

 

SYNOPSIS: Giulia learned to live with eyes closed, reading the words from the back. The unsaid, the part kept behind.

 

NOMINATIONS:

• Best Short Film

SHORT FILMS

MANASANAMAHA • 2020

DIRECTOR: Deepak Reddy

COUNTRY: India

RUNTIME: '17

 

SYNOPSIS: A young man muses on the nature of love, recounting three relationships from his past. The girls in his life resemble three different seasons, namely Chaitra (Spring), Varsha (Monsoon) & Seeta (Winter).

 

NOMINATIONS:

• Best Short Film

• Best Direction

DIRECTOR: Romuald Boulanger

COUNTRY: France

RUNTIME: '25

 

SYNOPSIS: in a Los Angeles radio station. The host of an emblematic night talk show (William Baldwin) gives advice to live callers. One call will destroy his career, his family, his life.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Short Film

TALK • 2019

DIRECTOR: Tommaso Burbuglini

COUNTRY: Italy

RUNTIME: '14

 

SYNOPSIS: It is the luckiest day of Pietro, a boy who tries to survive by avoiding duties and responsibilities. Driven by external forces to an unusual take on courage, he find in his hands an opportunity for work that could change its destiny. Pietro could take this opportunity if it were not that Fortune requires preparation.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Short Film

IMPIETRO • 2020

DIRECTOR: Washington Calegari

COUNTRY: Brazil

RUNTIME: '12

 

SYNOPSIS: Alvaro has been quarantined for 97 days without leaving home, and uses delivery apps to order everything he needs. When the delivery man arrives at the building with another meal, an unexpected situation imposes a difficult decision on Alvaro. From the flow of consciousness of the character when dealing with his dilemmas and original beatbox compositions, the film explores the difficulties of social isolation and Alvaro's attempts to creatively occupy time.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Short Film

BEAT 97 • 2020

DIRECTOR: Giuseppe Piva

COUNTRY: Italy

RUNTIME: '19

 

SYNOPSIS: Clara has promised her father to look after their hotel in the woods. There is no one but her and the stressful waiting for any customer to arrive. To kill the time, the girl can rely only on her passion for thriller novels. When she hears from the news about a bank robbery and when Hans – a mysterious man with a bag and a lot of cash money – arrives at the hotel, she convinces herself he might be the robber.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Short Film

THE RECEPTIONIST • 2019

DIRECTOR: Diana Coelho

COUNTRY: Brazil

RUNTIME: '20

 

SYNOPSIS: When she gets the news that her daughter is spending a few days with her, Bianca decides to resume the unfinished construction in the concrete slab of her small house. The plans, however, don't go through as planned.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Short Film

UNDER CONSTRUCTION • 2019

DIRECTOR: Liz Fania Werner, Carlos Montaner

COUNTRY: USA

RUNTIME: '13

 

SYNOPSIS: Into the Uncanny Valley is a psychological horror/thriller with a touch of dark comedy that explores the cost of choosing to live without empathy - a trait traditionally associated with the feminine - in order to succeed in a man’s world.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Short Film
• Best Actress:
 Kimberly Alexander

INTO THE UNCANNY VALLEY
• 2020

DIRECTOR: Ricardo Vargas Lozano

COUNTRY: Mexico

RUNTIME: '26

 

SYNOPSIS: In a crime-ridden Mexico, two police officers risking their own lives trying to save a young kidnapped woman, unaware that they are entering to one of the most dangerous neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Short Film

THE DIVIDED LIGHT • 2020

DIRECTOR: Laura Bellomo, Liza Dennis

COUNTRY: Australia

RUNTIME: '20

 

SYNOPSIS: Four friends are due to meet up for their ten year reunion dinner, when an insidious comment in their group chat threatens to undo the entire friendship, one personal belief system at a time. An exploration into the toxicity of narcissism, and how we internalise, personalise and perpetuate the lies that come from those closest to us. Each woman striving for their own unachievable version of perfection, what are the effects on their relationships with their family, friends and themselves? Will they overcome obsession, anxiety and competition for perceived success? Who will choose self worth over social expectations? What happens when the invisible thread of connection finally snaps?

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Short Film

REALITY CHEQUE • 2020

DIRECTOR: Marcus Svanberg

COUNTRY: Sweden

RUNTIME: '11

 

SYNOPSIS: This is a film about a woman who, on the surface, has everything. But something seems to be missing, perhaps the longing for a child who has died or never been born. Suddenly the emptiness, the feeling of how unhappy she really is, comes crashing down. When she kills a butterfly she gets a sense of relief, a feeling of control. But only for a brief moment.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Short Film
• Best Director

KILLING SMALL ANIMALS • 2020