This year’s edition will also feature the traditional iShorts selection of short films. And it’s truly going to be a ride – you can expect the alien and the supernatural, and forces of evil and human love. The power of gravity and the desire to conquer distant worlds and to control new technologies and the future. This time we have focused on European short films that transcend established genre categories.
Crazy Crabs from Outer Space (Finland) Director: Magdaleena Jakkila | Producer: Johan-Sebastian Rintala | Cast: Lena Labart, Tuomas Rinta-Panttila, Saana Koivisto | Year: 2022 | Lenght: 23 min
As an impending invasion of space crabs threaten Earth, Pirjo and her alien pet crab Sebastian attempt a desperate escape. The Land of Milk and Honey (Belgium) Director: Isabelle Nouzha | Producer: Fragments asbl, Isabelle Nouzha, Zoo Théâtre | Cast: Olindo Bolzan, Romain David, Jérôme De Falloise | Year: 2022 | Lenght: 11 min | Animation
After a series of massive destruction the inhabitable territories left are protected by huge walls of separation. In between these walls, there is on one side a population of destitute survivors and on the other, elites willing to transform the popular rage into a workforce.
Growing (France) Director: Agata Wieczorek | Producer: Le Fresnoy | Cast: Nina Andre, Dominika Walo, Nela Wieczorek | Year: 2021 | Lenght: 18 min
Ewa takes up training in maternity nursing at medical simulation center. In the life-likerealm, pregnancy and labour are repetitively performed by artificial bodies in automatic procedures that allow no interruption. Recognizing human features in a pregnancy simulation female mannequin gives a start to a series of events that makes Ewa radically question the simulated maternity as a predestined experience.
Heartless (Island) Director: Haukur Björgvinsson | Producer: Haukur Björgvinsson, Tinna Hrönn Proppé | Cast: Jóhann Kristófer Stefánsson, Bríet Elfar, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir | Year: 2021 | Lenght: 16 min
Young couple Anna and Gunnar live in a society in which people are assigned a new spouse in a lottery every seven years. Full of heartache the couple lives their biggest nightmare in face of life with a new partner.
The Wooden Ghost (Česká republika) Director: David Daenmark | Producer: FAMU | Cast: Tomáš Pichl | Year: 2023 | Lenght: 11 min
An atmospheric film about a stubborn carver working on a woman’s effigy and an uninvited visitor in the middle of a dark night. Once the shutters fly open, strange things begin to happen. The horror short is a variation on EA Poe’s poem, The Raven, and cleverly combines live action with animated scenes.