Schedule 2020

The dates of the online screening event: 14th August - 28th August, 2020

Project Title Synopsis Duration Country Language Trailer URL Feedback Award
Nasir and The Others The story of addicted children living in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia that has been struggling with civil war and terrorism for years... Having lost his mother when he was seven years old and been living on the streets since then, Nasır is only one of the young people victimized by clashes in Somalia. Nasır and his friends strive to survive on the protocol road called “KM4” located between the buildings of Presidency and Prime Ministry of Somalia. The documentary questions whether Nasır and his friends, who have been engaged in numerous crimes like purse snatching, injuring, pickpocketing in addition to substance addiction under the difficult conditions of the street, will be able to find a way out of this life full of hardships. 0:32:00 Turkey Somali     Official Selection
The Chernobyl Saga - Irish Butter Case of India The Chernobyl Saga - Irish Butter Case of India is a documentary about a legal case filed in India. Being one of the very few films shot in Chernobyl, the interesting aspect of the film is that this Case was connected to Nuclear Incident at Chernobyl miles away from India. This is a documentary which breaks all genre stereotypes, by using various techniques of travelogue, narration, reconstruction and personal interaction. It tells us something not many people knew before watching it. 0:30:00 India English, Hindi   Best Documentary Short
F20 “F20” is a psychological thriller about a young girl, Martina who stays in the city during summer, forced to work in her father’s pizzeria to deliver pizza though she daydreams about going to the Party Beach. She starts a relationship with a young man, Filip, who spends most of his time at home playing videogames and ordering pizza. When Martina’s best friend goes to have fun over the weekend, her strict father forbids her to go, so Martina uses Filip to circumvent her father’s ban. However, instead of her dreams coming true, Martina’s reality quickly turns into a bloody nightmare. 1:30:00 Croatia Croatian   Official Selection
African Sonata Explore the exciting and wondrous animals of Africa in a musical fantasy world! From the tiny buzzing Flyolin to the kings of the African Sonata - the trumpeting Tubaphants, this is a celebration to rejoice in the gift of life and music! 0:01:52 United Kingdom English     Best Family Film
MY AMAZING GRACE MY AMAZING GRACE I’ve slept in motels with no bibles, or sheets. Cracks in the mirrors reflecting defeat. As I sent a silent prayer out on the wind, the sun laid a new ray of hope on my skin. Freeing me from every demon I believed… (chorus 1) You are my amazing grace. You love me from a place where words are unspoken. You wrap me in your embrace, and bless the days I waste until I’m unbroken. Rescuing the pieces of my soul, Your grace…makes me whole. (verse 2) You see me, completely, my failures, my faults. I stumble, you stop me from hitting a wall. When my faith is fading your strength makes me feel, like my heart is lined with conviction and steel. Freeing me from every demon I believed… (chorus 2) You are my amazing grace. You love me from a place where words are unspoken. You wrap me in your embrace, and bless the days I waste until I’m unbroken. Rescuing the pieces of my soul, Your grace…makes me whole. (bridge) Through your sacrifice I find, my scars and shadows left behind. (chorus 3) You are my amazing grace. You love me from a place where words are unspoken. You save me with your embrace. No matter what I face, I’ll never be broken. Rescuing the pieces of my soul, Your grace…makes me whole. 0:02:46 United States English     Best Song
The Last Victims A former member of South Africa's infamous death squad must atone for his past when he helps one survivor, search for the bodies of a missing anti-apartheid cell. Unaware that as they hunt for answers, they too are being hunted. 1:25:09 South Africa English   Official Selection
The Donbass children This is a movie about the Donbas war, first-person stories. You will hear the stories of so-called "ordinary people". These people suffered from irrational from a military point of view strikes on civilian targets. They are victims of someone's desire to wage war on their territory at all costs. There are no author's comments in this movie and no censoring of the thoughts of the local people. This film was made especially for spectators in Europe, who do not know what is happening in Eastern Ukraine. The purpose of the film is to arouse interest in the ongoing six-year armed conflict and to make people to start to think about the responsibility of each of us for peace in Europe. 1:00:00 Bulgaria Russian Official Selection
The Field of Miracles Two thugs that no one would like to meet in a dark alley, roam around at night in an empty field dominated by a large and solitary tree. Their nicknames are Fox and Cat. Cat is reluctantly digging a hole in the ground, while Fox is watching the work in progress. They convinced Pinocchio to bury his gold coins there and now they are looking for them. Due to their opposite personalities, the clash between the two is inevitable: Fox is confident and arrogant, while Cat is submissive and has trouble controlling his anger. The chatter goes from one subject to another and each thread is a possible source of conflict, until something snaps and the tables are turned. A common quid pro quo between individuals of dubious morality can have unintended consequences, especially if one of them has a shovel in his hand... Only one thing is certain: neither of them wants to divide the loot buried by the naïve Pinocchio. Who will find the coins and keep them for himself? Field of Miracles is a three chapter short film, a contemporary spin-off of the very well known Italian fairytale by Collodi with a final twist that leads us somewhere in between Beckett and Tarantino, with a sharp criticism of the narrow mindedness in modern society's values. 0:09:41 Italy English Official Selection
Generation Do Porn Documentary Exposing how social media, financial corporations and the hospitality industry aided and abetted the biggest porn sex trafficking crime in history. The victim faces have been blurred and concealed to protect their identities. The documentary has been cleared with the victims and their legal team. It has their full support. The documentary also makes a compelling case to raise the minimum legal age of consent to shoot porn. 1:11:32 Denmark English   Official Selection
A Symphony in Stone A 60 min documentary which celebrates Glasgow’s stunning cityscape and architecture.Examining how the city expanded into suburbs and neighbourhoods it offers many lessons for todays city planners and urbanists. It explains how the city’s phenomenal growth and the creation of wealth during the industrial revolution bought about innovation in planning, architecture and design, making Glasgow the second city of the British Empire. Interviews with key experts, aerial photography and archive footage are used to explore the work of well-known architects such as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Charles Wilson and Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the construction of Victorian and Edwardian Glasgow. The film makes excellent use of Glasgow talent: the work of a young, innovative company, Production Attic; Bill Paterson provides the linking narrative; the music was specially composed by Liam Paterson, Scottish Opera’s composer in residence and is performed by members of the Opera’s orchestra. Gavin Stamp, the renowned architectural historian and journalist, makes his final contribution in the film. Whilst acknowledging slavery and the tobacco and sugar trades as a prime source of Glasgow’s wealth, the film is in essence a celebration of the city’s unique townscape and architecture, as well as its significant influence as part of a design revolution across Europe. There is a three minute introduction available by actor Bill Paterson 1:00:00 United Kingdom English   Best Documentary Feature
Alija Alija, is an incredibly intimate look into the former Bosnian president’s life. Alija Izetbegovic led Bosnia out of one of Europe’s worst wars in modern history. But what of the man before the war and after? The filmmaker first met Alija in 1991 and has unprecedented access to his diaries as well as crucial interviews with those involved in Izetbegovic’s milestone moments; from his prison guard to his daughters and to three testifying presidents. The film deals with the famous trial in 1983, his infamous revolutionary books, the years spent in detention, his presidency, and the Bosnian war. An unforgettable historical figure, the film portrays a very intimate and human side of the man that has never been told like this before. The film is narrated in a unique biographical narrative, including animation and re-enactment of Izetbegovic’s life. It is the first documentary every made on Alija’s life in Arabic. 1:25:36 Qatar Arabic, Bosnian     Best Political Feature
Amore, non è come pensi The wife comes back home earlier than expected and catches her husband in bed with another woman. In anger, she tries to kill him, but accidentally she hits the lover. Now they need to decide what to do with the body and how to conceal it from the police that are knocking on the door... 0:10:40 Italy Italian   Best Drama Short
Salt and Pepper Cross roads, forms of love. Grandma Carmen's 80th birthday celebration will bring together several generations of women from the same family in a coastal hotel. A weekend, a family. Different paths, forms of feminism, ways of relating. 1:26:56 Spain Spanish   Best Cast
There Are Heroes (Stay Put Blues) A musical "thank you" to frontliners and a humorous look at my "stay put" experience (yes, I really do have three plants called Larry, Curly & Moe!) 0:05:15 United States English Best Music Short
L'Chaim Aviva a starving Jewish woman is hiding alone in the forest. She witnesses a German farmer beating his son brutally with a stick. Aviva sets out to help him knowing the risks if caught. 0:08:22 Australia English Best Actress
Game of Souls - Episode 14 Luise finds an old legend about the Franconians and the Wends, While she enthusiastically reports Kurt about it, the princess of the Wends Irene and the Franconian Prince Ulrich have a faithful meeting. Episode 14 from the fantasy web-series "Game of Souls": The girl Luise magically travels to the median age and there meets up with the reaver Heinrich. Together they start a fantastic journey, encounter legendary figures, knights an princesses and start a battle for their souls against the devil. 0:17:01 Germany German   Official Selection
Game of Souls - Episode 11 After a young girl is kidnapped from the village, the roamer Heinrich has to face his past, the mythical elves and his sworn enemy, the wild hunter, to save the girl. Episode 11 from the fantasy web-series "Game of Souls": The girl Luise magically travels to the median age and there meets up with the reaver Heinrich. Together they start a fantastic journey, encounter legendary figures, knights an princesses and start a battle for their souls against the devil. 0:20:33 Germany German   Best Fantasy
Unplugged In a world where phones are wired to their users, Tim searches for connection. 0:15:18 United States English     Official Selection
LOSIN' YOU A young musician is seeking inspiration through personal memories indirectly connected with the famous landmark that was destroyed in terrible storm. Inspiration is reflected through nostalgic moments of her love life. These emotions will affect her in an attempt to create a beautiful song. 0:20:00 Malta English   Official Selection
DEPTH OF PYAAR A film about two brothers - Yash is a charismatic young lawyer frustrated in his pursuit of justice, while Ansh is a social recluse due to his medical limitations - and how their lives are overturned when a sociopathic criminal targets them and their loved ones. Both are forced to make decisions about how far they will go for the people whom they love. 1:33:06 Canada English, Hindi, Russian   Best Feature
GUČA: Serbian Detox When you detox in Serbia, you eat, drink, and enjoy the music. The most celebrated brass band festival in Europe is in GUCA. Paradoxically, it is a backwoods village located in the very heart of Serbia, but it beats with a passion and rhythm that unites the whole world. An entire region is a unique place where East meets West and the North borders with the South. The Celtic rhythm, a southern warmth, the Latin romanticism, and the Slavic sentimentality is present everywhere. It radiates within the culture, the food, the people and the music. 1:02:00 Canada English, German, Serbian Official Selection
Nursery Rhyme of a Madman A poet trapped in an asylum strives to escape from two crazy doctors in competition over diametrically opposed schools of thought. He yearns for the freedom to live and create, but his hands are tied. As he meets a young nurse, reality turns taking us on a twisted and poetic journey. Canada ©2017 - director's cut - 90 min. 2019 1:30:09 Canada English   Official Selection
Under the weight of remorse Four women, Adelaide, Gloria, Isabel Cristina and Maria Eduarda, are in the reception room of a hospital. Even without knowing each other and taking advantage of this waiting time to be attended, they recount their lives until arriving at that hospital trying to understand what led them there. After several coincidences in their stories, they discover that their lives are linked to the same person, a man named Carlos Cesar. This unusual encounter involves drama, suspense and humor leading the viewer to the same sensations and feelings that the characters experience until culminating in a great discovery. 1:49:44 Brazil Portuguese @liliamoema Official Selection
The Rise of Whore Betsy Left for dead in the 1880s Oregon Territory, a former prostitute is discovered by a young girl who nurses her back to health so she can seek revenge. 0:16:00 United States English
Official Selection
I Don't Want To Stay Sometimes we struggle to leave the past where it belongs. 0:05:00 France English
Official Selection
nameless Experimental short developed in the spirit of 'the universe in a single atom'. This film is an animation made entirely from extreme close-up images of 3 large jellyfish. Anything is possible? Everything is possible. Official Selection - 7 International Festivals. Award Winner Animation and Experimental. 0:19:46 Canada   Best Experimental Short
A Deadly Charter A short suspense film that tells the story of two cousins, fueled by their own greed, as they plot to kill each other in order to inherit the family fortune...with ironic results. 0:32:08 United States English Best Thriller
Kuzra - A Reflexive Documentary of a Maltese True Crime Narrative in the 1800's. The psychology of a female homicide. Life is defined by paths and visual perceptions Paths offer opportunities for use and abuse Perceptions are mastered by the eyes that give way to interpretation Some eyes could see and tell . Others, Couldn't! A human's greatest struggle is fighting his own demons; Not being led into temptation and delivered from evil. Thus, the forbidden fruit is the ultimate sacrifice of atonement. 0:29:00 Malta Maltese     Official Selection
Hesar (Gate) The video is the backdrop for the song "Hesar" from Farnaz Ohadi's Persian Flamenco debut album. It focuses on themes of Iranian women's struggles, immigration, mental health and the artist's journey when she arrived in Canada in 1990. The movie traces the journey of the artist from her home land, Iran to Canada, the angst and confusion and pain of immigration and finally choosing to put down roots in a new land. ------------------------------ Translation of the chorus: What is it I am saying, behind this iron gate? What am I seeking among these hazy nights? What is it I hunt for in this strange city? Behind these impure walls? One night, the breath will say, no more and the breath will stop beating A blind bird will open its wings and will take my life with it as it flies away 0:05:04 Canada Persian
Password: Iranian Woman
Best Music Video
Silent Movie The “Cinema Mudo” project is the realization of a short film and at the same time helping and integrating residents of a community living in a high-risk area. All children (actors and actresses) who work in the movie are residents in the community Vila Torres, an at-risk area in Curitiba. They were chosen after a theater classes for children held in that community as part as the film project. Most of the residents of this community live from the collection and recycling of garbage in the city of Curitiba. The story shows three children (two boys and a girl), in the mid-thirties, setting up a movie frame projection room. 0:15:00 Brazil Portuguese   Official Selection
Sockeye Salmon. Red fish Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to fresh waters - to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year! But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible! 0:51:00 0:51:00 Russian   Official Selection
DIY CZARNOBYL Kreuzberg 2019 - an alternative enclave of squots, artists and all people living outside of society and its civilization requirements dies in a sea of commercialism and globalization. What was a protest against the capitalist society, today has become its part and folklore. There is a man living in this enclave who was one of the founders and the progenitor of this community of artists and all kinds of people living outside of society. Damian Terlecki, a pseudonym of Czarnobyl, is a product of punk and graffiti culture. As a young boy, he took part in Poland together with his friends on the punk trend and created the graffiti crew himself. At the end of the 1980s, he left for Berlin and settled in one of the squats in the Kreuzberg district. Today we come to him, to his family, to the place where he lives. The idea of widespread punk anarchy is dying. 0:15:00 France Polish   Official Selection
Into the Light of Day A Navy photographer's mate comes of age when he falls in love with an enchanting senorita in Rota, Spain, as he then follows his heart and searches for his future. 117 Pages Spain English     Official Selection
EU GENIU CIOCLEA He was born in the family of some country teachers. Having grace and knowing a lucky man went to the mathematics faculty of Moscow's "Lomonosov" University. By marrying the daughter of a senior secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he gets to play chess with Brezhnev, but this only serves him ironically to treat the empire's rulers. He is the author of the most expensive book of poetry in Romanian space, but he dies lonely, starved in his own unheated house and is found by his colleagues only after a few days. It is often compared to the writer Mircea Dinescu, and Claudiu Komartin said that without Eugen Cioclea Romanian poetry would be like a piano with some missing keys. 1:12:00 Moldova, Republic of Romanian   Official Selection
The animal that therefore I am “What does the animal see when it looks at me?” Three animals and a woman in an enclosed space. As they study each other, their own methods of communication create a wordless conversation. We view them in close-up and from various perspectives, with the woman as a solitary species in this universe. 0:10:37 Netherlands English, French
Official Selection
Misperception A teen is busted for a crime he didn't commit. Instead of jail time, he is sentenced to a police aid ride along program where he witnesses up-close the complexities of law enforcement and his community 0:10:51 United States English   Official Selection
Bad Furniture A man insists on being furniture for his wife. 0:09:59 United States English Best Actor
The World Between Us The World Between Us" is a 10-part, hour-long series that follows the aftermath of a mass shooting where the fates of all parties involved - the killer, the victims, the victims' families, the media and the defense teams are intertwined The son of Song Qiao'an, the editorial director of Pin Wei News, was the victim of the undiscriminating murder by killer, Li Xiaoming two years ago. Liu Zhaoguo, the husband of Song, is the founder of the Internet Herald. Going through the difficulties, the couple are filing for a divorce after the death of their son. However, the 11 year old daughter's behavior is getting out of order day by day. For the sake of their daughter, the two now force themselves to re-examine their wounds. Li Xiaoming’s defense attorney, Wang She, is still hoping to understand his criminal motive after Li Xiaoming’s death sentence. His determination then becomes the link between everyone’s fate… 0:52:00 Taiwan Chinese   Best Series
Drifting on the Roof of the World On the expanse of plateau in the north of Himalayas, Tibet has been occupied by People’s Liberation Army of China since 1959. 6 million Tibetans are under totalitarian rule and those who fled became refugees. There are about 150 thousand in exile around the world, with 130 thousand of them in India. 60 years have gone by, and they established their own administration, education and medical systems. But the descendants of the refugees are still refugees without nationalities. Nowadays, they’ve passed down to third, even fourth generation. Thinley and his wife Nyima were born and raised in Dharamshala in North India, and they are about to welcome their first child. They both work at Tara Tibet Beads factory run by a Tibetan that they call “the leader”. They can only get by, and a newborn means new expectations and challenges. 1:12:00 Taiwan Tibetan     Official Selection
51: After The Raid An aspiring journalist and her cameraman set out to find what happened after the terrible Area 51 “massacre” and reports of a missing alien. 0:42:51 United States English     Best Director
Dodsaang In the night we must face or be overcome with our demons behind our doors 0:01:00 United States English     Official Selection
A Stranger In Town A film about 2 outlaws who get in deep with a crooked landowning gunslinger, and one of them falls for a widowed young woman who lives with her friend a freed slave who helps her raise her baby. 0:28:03 United States English   Official Selection
It Never Entered My Mind Post-argument, a married couple realizes how much they rely on each other after a scare in their household. 0:04:18 United States       Best Animated Short
MO MO is a film about a determined single mother who gives up on her dream of becoming a musician and desperately takes a job as an English as a Second Language teacher to pay the rent. This job ends up opening her eyes to a familiar language and that language is called music; something that we all need in our lives. We all know that music is a universal language but realizing that it’s also helps people learn languages is pretty amazing. 0:16:48 United States English   Best Drama Short
Road 721 Road 721 is an allegory about global warming. Set in a number of California forests it tells the tale of Sam, a photo journalist from Los Angeles whose dream has been to write an essay about the state of forestry in the Redwoods as well as other wooded areas in the Western United States. What he encounters on his journey is mysterious, puzzling and ultimately terrifying. Road 721 is an environmental ghost story. A cautionary tale about our careless attitude toward the natural world and what occurs as a result of it. 0:25:13 United States English   Best Environmental Short
Triggers An aspiring conservative politician attempts to run for office whilst avoiding dealing with gun violence and personal tragedy in the age of right-wing media. Peter Shaver, a grieving conservative political candidate running for office in Oklahoma, is making his way to an interview where he is expected to respond publicly for the 1st time to personal tragedy & the recent events of gun violence in his hometown. Throughout the day gun violence trauma triggers flashbacks to the recent events that lead to this point in his life & his political campaign. 1:22:11 United States English   Official Selection
These Boots are Made for Walken Every time Ronnie gets his heart broken he takes on the persona of one of his favorite actors. This time it's Christopher Walken. Ronnie's brother, Benny, has always been the one to snap him out of it. Unfortunately, this time Ronnie has committed himself to a mental institution. When Benny meets a damsel in distress in the hospital waiting room, he hatches an idea. One that might not only save his brother and free an innocent pooch, but lift the spirits of the damsel's dance-deprived grandmother. 0:24:20 United States English   Best Short
BETWEEN PAIN AND AMEN A young composer and double bass virtuoso, who returns to Romania after studying in Vienna, is arrested by the political police soon after getting engaged and taken to the Pitesti prison, where a brainwashing and torture-based experiment is under way. The horrible communist experiment, copied after the Soviet model, is headed by the much-feared Ciumau. The composer survives unimaginable torture due to his strong religious belief and composes Ode to God. His music will eventually save his fiancee, Lia. The film is independent and inspired by true events. 2:05:05 Romania Romanian
Official Selection
blue Nora, born in a decent family, came to an island in Asia to escape from the anxiety of her coming wedding. She met a girl named Rox when watching the Mermaid performance, she met the actress Rox who desired to be a mermaid. They became close friends and Nora was never aware that it was a trap by Rox's boyfriend. In the wonderful ocean, the two girls were diving, laughing and having great time. Rox cannot stop telling the truth to Nora. On the other hand, Nora's fiancé also came to this island looking for her. They were overwhelmed by flush, temptation, conspiracy, and betrayal. In order to escape the pursuit of Rox's boyfriend, the three finally jumped into the sea 0:30:00         Best Cinematography
Yo Soy Manuel (Working Title) Glimpse of an undersized twelve year old boy working in the dumps of Managua 0:10:18 United States Spanish     Best Foreign Language Film