Different, hybrid, encouraging and – the new normal

written by
Sanja Šamanović
Director of One Take Film Festival

At the end of every Festival, including its previous edition in 2018, my last words are "… and see you in two years". For the very first time, even as I write the lines of this editorial, I'm not sure if I will be able to fulfil my promise.

At the end of every Festival, including its previous edition in 2018, my last words are "… and see you in two years". For the very first time, even as I write the lines of this editorial, I'm not sure if I will be able to fulfil my promise.

We were planning on a big, multidisciplinary, and above all different tenth anniversary jubilee edition of One Take Film Festival. We ended up with only one of those things – different! Coronavirus disrupted everyone's plans, but somehow it seems to me that we're still holding on, retaining our enthusiasm that pushes us to go through with the Festival even when everything around us seems meaningless. And that, despite it all, we're still looking forward to our different, hybrid, smaller-scale, clumsy against the backdrop of the new normal, tenth One Take Film Festival.

It is encouraging that the Festival received the most submissions yet and that most of the selected authors wanted their films to be shown online as well. This indicates not only that authors are still creating in these particular conditions but also that they refuse to localise art, that they want to share it and, more than anything, that they recognise and support our own efforts to share the art of one take films and make it available to all.

This year, I won't not say much about the films, except that they are a reflection of the world we live in, its sadness, loneliness, existential problems, but often infused with a dose of humour as the only means to survive. We chose fewer of them than usual, but that's the new normal.

And so, as we often hear today, if epidemiological conditions allow, we will see each other at Kino Tuškanac for the tenth One Take Film Festival's live screenings and the award ceremony for the eleventh Vedran Šamanović Award, founded in honour of the Festival's originator. Still, don't forget to take the opportunity to watch the films online as well.

Finally, I will say it all the same, just a bit differently this time: See you next year already at the 11th One Take Film Festival in 2021!


fiction / Hungary, 2019 / colour / 12 min

director / Balász Simonyi
screenwriter / Balász Simonyi
cinematographer /Balász Révész
actors /Lilla Sárosdi, Tara Kollarszky, Roland Kollarszky, Tamás Vavrik
producers / Gábor Osváth, Nóra Alföldi, Balász Simonyi

This attempt at an anatomical representation of a “standard” terrorist attack is a simple, unremarkable story that follows the details of the everyday lives of a couple of randomly chosen people, their families, and their surroundings. Violence has become a part of our lives, penetrating our everyday and becoming commonplace. Through the eye of the outside, impartial, and formally uninterested observer, we follow the circumstances leading to an eruption of violence that will change the fates of the people observed.

Balász Simonyi is a Hungarian film director, screenwriter, producer, film and TV actor, and member of the European Film Academy born in 1980. His films have been distributed in over 20 countries and screened at numerous festivals, including Cannes, Sarajevo, Kraków, Seoul, Seattle, and Clermont-Ferrand. His feature-length documentary Ultra was named one of the best documentary films of 2017 by the European Film Academy.


fiction / Italy, 2020 / colour / 12 min

director / Federico Fasulo
screenwriter / Federico Fasulo
cinematographer / Nello Giordano
actors / Sebastian Balzarolo, Arash Roudakifar, Pietro De Nova, Monica Turri, Ginevra Fenati
producer /Giulia Dadamo

After he finally receives an invitation to an elite party at Dorsia, the most glamorous nightclub in Milan, an elegant and ambitious young man named Davide believes he will have a good time at the most exclusive event of the season. But Davide is stopped at the very entrance by a ruthless bouncer after his name cannot be found on the guestlist due to a mix-up. This does not discourage Davide, who braves new attempts to enter the club, meets stereotypical members of Milan's nightlife and ultimately shows his true face.

Federico Fasulo is a young screenwriter and director born and raised in Milan. He has been passionately engaged in storytelling since childhood, either through writing, making short videos or, as he jokingly adds, playing with Legos. His favourite film genres are psychological thriller, horror with subversive notes, and black comedy. Dorsia is his third short, realized after the project Art for Art's Love, his 2016 graduate film from the Met Film School Berlin, and the film Will There Be Enough Water? that he made in the meantime. After graduating from Met Film School, he studied at Scuola Mohole in Milan and collaborated as screenwriter and first assistant director on the 2019 short film Fulmini e Saette by Daniel Lince, which won the award for best short film at the CortoLovere International Short Film Festival.

The Lost Pen

fiction / France, 2020 / black/white / 15 min

director / Beraat Gokkus
screenwriter / Beraat Gokkus
cinematographer / Beraat Gokkus
actors / Ali Alwani, Hani Al Zeitan, Thelma Chikwanha, Elyse Ngabire, Ahmed Al Gabr, Murat Pomynytskyy, Oleksandr Pomynytskyy
producer / Beraat Gokkus

Karam from Syria is a poet and journalist who, while in exile in France, lives in the Maison des Journalistes, an association that provides refugee journalists from all over the world with refuge in Paris. One day, Karam has the verses of a new poem in his head but has nothing to write it down with because he had lost the one pen that he uses for poetry. It is a pen that his late mother gave him shortly before she was killed in a bombing raid during the Civil War. As he embarks on a desperate search for the pen, Karam meets other residents of the Maison des Journalistes and engages in conversations that uncover details about their refugee status and existential troubles.

Beraat Gokkus is a Turkish director and journalist who studied Political Science at Istanbul's Marmara University before relocating to Paris where he has been living since 2016. He is an award-winning director, having won the Best Short Film Award at the Berlin Short Film Festival in 2017 for his short documentary Breakfast of Champions from the same year and the Best Short Film Award at the Berlin Independent Film Festival a year later. His films have been screened in competition programs at numerous festivals around the world. He is currently preparing a feature-length film, a documentary, and a new short.

Young, but it will pass

fiction / Ukraine, 2019 / colour / 12 min

director / Nastya Feschuk
screenwriter / Nastya Feschuk
cinematographer / Anton Kuleba
actors / Anton Chernichko, Viktoria Rudaya, Elena Fesick
producer / Yelyzaveta Bondarenko

Dok u razgovoru s dvjema ženama odgovara na naizgled obična pitanja iz intervjua za posao, 27-godišnji Anton osjeća se prilično neugodno. Štoviše, njegova neugoda raste sa svakim novim pitanjem u odgovoru na koja sve više gubi sigurnost i samopouzdanje. Dok odgovara na odveć očita pitanja, kao i dok glavnoj urednici medija u kojem želi dobiti posao i njezinoj pomoćnici pripovijeda jednu od svojih priča, onu o dječaku koji je ljeto nevoljko proveo u dječjem kampu, Anton sve teže smislena pitanja razlikuje od provokacija. Njegov razgovor za posao tako se postupno pretvara u svojevrsnu ispovijed.

Born in 1993 in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, screenwriter and director Nastya Feschuk was already an avid lover of the seventh art at the age of 15. In the course of her studies, she was especially dedicated to philosophical reflections on film d'auteur, an extremely fruitful topic for analysis and interpretation. In 2018, she attended a documentary film workshop led by renowned Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Sergey Bukovsky, and this film, in which she aimed to point out the similarities between feature and documentary film, is her debut directorial project. The script is based on actual events from the life of Anton Kuleba, who plays himself in the lead role.

Water Boy

documentary / Lebanon, 2020 / colour / 1 min

director / Farah Abou Kharroub
screenwriter / Farah Abou Kharroub
cinematographer / Farah Abou Kharroub
producer / Farah Abou Kharroub

A Syrian boy is transporting water canisters on a wheelbarrow in a refugee camp located somewhere in Lebanon. When he runs into two of his peers, their aggressive attitude disrupts the boy's plans.

Palestinian producer, cinematographer, and director Farah Abou Kharroub was born in 1993 in Lebanon. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Film Directing from the Lebanese University in Beirut and has led several projects on MBC TV (Middle East Broadcasting Center TV) as director and producer. She has also collaborated on several projects in her home country as assistant director and is currently working on a Master's Degree in Film Directing at the renowned FAMU International Academy in Prague. On her own projects, she works as both cinematographer and editor, while her focus as a camerawoman and photographer is on documenting the stories and destinies of people from Palestine. Her previous short films Nafas, Florentina, and Summer have been screened at several festivals around the world, she has made a hybrid documentary titled The Seven Villages and is currently working on her feature-length debut The Wind Above the Clouds.

The Ice Cubes

fiction / Belgium, 2019 / colour / 10 min

director / Sara Dufossé
screenwriter / Sara Dufossé
cinematographer / Quentin Devillers
actors / Louise Manteau, Gaël Saudron
producer / Sara Dufossé

On a sunny morning, middle-aged Louise is woken up by a severe toothache. When she tells her ex-fiancé Jérôme, with whom she broke off her engagement a few months earlier, he decides to stop by to talk to Louise and agree on the division of joint property. Many details of their relationship begin to surface in the course of their conversation in the living room, from their relationship to both of their parents, mutual distance and loneliness, to the recognition of what separated them – and the awareness of lingering mutual feelings.

Belgian filmmaker Sara Dufossé was born in 1989 in Brussels, where she lives and works to this day. She attended the IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion) in her home country and graduated in directing in 2016. After collaborating on several projects as production manager, she founded her own production company La Ravageuse Saga in 2017. Dufossé made her directorial debut in 2015 with the short film Axelle, and the film that we are showing was previously successful at the Festival International du Film Francophone in Belgium, the Festival International du Film de Mons in Belgium and at the 22nd edition of the Barcelona Short and Animation Film Festival. The author claims that the film was created spontaneously, that it was written, produced, and fully realized in the span of only three months.

White Space

experimental / Spain, 2020 / colour / 6 min

director / José Antonio Valera
screenwriter / José Antonio Valera
cinematographer / Inma Bernal
actors / Alberto García Tormo, Mariela Lucas, César Pérez, Karmen Heredia, Carlos T. Blanco
producer / José Antonio Valera

The director of an audiovisual project invites the audience to get to know the creative process behind his work. We are invited into a space that resembles the inside of a cube and reflects the mind of the anxious director. The space is filled with people who want to help the director realize his audiovisual piece.

Producent, scenarist i redatelj José Antonio Valera rođen je u gradu Bullasu u španjolskoj regiji Murciji, gdje i danas živi i radi. Završio je scensku i audiovizualnu režiju na Higher School of Dramatic Art (ESAD – Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático) u Murciji, a završio je i Madrid Film and Audiovisual School (ECAM – Escuela de Cine en Madrid). Dosad je realizirao pet kratkih filmova, a jedan od njih, film Intenso: theatrical confession of love, osvojio je prvu nagradu u kategoriji kratkometražnih filmova i dokumentaraca na Festival de Arte Creamurcia. Njegov kratki film El Mando ušao je u završnicu Ibero-American Short Film Festivala, a Valera je i član žirija na 20. Murcia International Film Festivalu (IBAFF – Ibn Arabi International Film Festival).

In Perpetuum

fiction / Belgium, 2020 / colour / 6 min

director / Fernando Vandekeybus
screenwriter / Fernando Vandekeybus
cinematographer / Ilton K. Do Rosario
actors / Alexander Wolfgang, Ella Kempeneer, Vaïk Géczy, Wald Janssens
producer / Fernando Vandekeybus

In the dystopian world of an undefined future, four people are living in an underground shelter. In addition to the three young men, one of whom is trying to find some refreshment by submerging his head in an aquarium, there is also a girl, a gifted artist who spends her time drawing as one of the exhausted men rests his head in her lap. A large fan is constantly on to fight the overwhelming heat in the space they live in. However, the lighting is dim and the fan consumes a lot of electricity, which becomes especially problematic when the energy source is revealed…

Young Belgian filmmaker Fernando Vandekeybus is primarily an actor, known for his performance in the 2009 short film Autonomie de la volonté by his compatriot Antoine Cuypers, in addition to supporting roles in films made by his father, Wim Vandekeybus: the 2007 drama Here After and In Spite of Wishing and Wanting from 2002, the film adaptation of his father's performance Ultima Vez. Fernando comes from a well-known family of artists which includes his father Wim, predominantly a choreographer, and his father's brother, documentary filmmaker Lut Vandekeybus. The film we are showing is Fernando's authorial debut which he produced, wrote, and directed. In it, he expresses an affinity for existential drama set in the disquieting world of a dystopian future.


fiction / India, 2020 / colour / 7 min

director / Raghul Sukumar
screenwriter /Raghul Sukumar
cinematographer / Varghese David
actors / Magizhmathi, Shakthi Karthik, Mahendran, Ramachandran, Thiyagarajan,
Karuppusamy, Tara, Sivaji Dasan, Krishnasamy, Poonguil Babu,
producer / Raghul Sukumar

While a boy in the waiting room of a police station in an Indian city eats chips, his father is being severely beaten by an aggressive police officer in a nearby room. The policeman tries to force the boy's father to confess to a theft, doing it by order and under the supervision of the station commander. As the boy's mother is trying to enter the station to save her husband, the wrongly accused man might give in to the investigator's increasingly severe beatings.

Young producer, editor, screenwriter, and director Raghul Sukumar is a student of film directing, and the film that we are showing is his debut project. Raghul is also a freelance photographer and designer, an author who, in his own words, strives to produce socially-conscious and relevant work, follows current trends and popular culture, and actively combines professionalism with creativity. His film is based on actual events and engaged with the issue of the abuse of police force in his home country. With the film, Sukumar wants to draw attention to the inexcusable fact that, according to human rights activists, as many as 30% of all investigations end with extorted confessions from those who are often not the real culprits.


fiction / Israel, 2019 / boja / 13 min

redateljica / Avigail Graetz
scenaristica / Avigail Graetz
snimatelj / Eitan Herman
glumci / Gali Ashkenazi Levine, Esti Kosowitzki, Itai Chammah
producentica / Avigail Graetz

As they embark on a romantic journey without their daughters, a young couple stops by the grandparents who will take care of their girls while they are away. Everything seems idyllic despite petty complaints that are not unusual in such situations up until the grandparents ask who would take care of the girls in case something happened to them. This seemingly unprovocative inquiry complicates the situation to the point that the young couple's departure becomes uncertain.

Producer, screenwriter, and director Avigail Graetz was born in Israel in 1975 to parents of American descent. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Film from Tel Aviv University and a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from Ben-Gurion University. She has written six plays that have been performed on stage and currently lectures on the Israeli society as seen through film at Ben-Gurion University and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herziliya. Her play Ona'at Devarim (Verbal Wrongs) was staged in 2006 at the Acco Festival of Alternative Theater in Acre, and her drama In Case I'm Not Around, which she directed herself, was featured at the 2016 Israeli Festival. Her debut novel A Rabbi's Daughter earned her the PARDES Fellowship by the National Library of Israel and the Jewish National Fund Hebrew Literature Prize. Graetz has published several short stories, publishes poetry, and authors the column Portion of the Week dedicated to Buddhist philosophy. The film London is based on her play of the same name which was staged in Tel Aviv in 2018.

Under the Full Moon

fiction / United Kingdom, 2019 / colour/ 10 min

director / Ziyang Liu
screenwriter / Ziyang Liu
cinematographer / Pengyu Qin 
actors / Kevin Stephen-Jones, Kwame Augustine, Aiden Felgate
producer / Ziyang Liu

One evening, as he walks along the streets of a British city, a middle-aged man passes two men at the same time in a lit hallway: an older dark-skinned man and a young white man. A moment later he notices that his mobile phone is gone from his pocket and concludes that one of the men stole it. He confronts them and they both deny it, the dark-skinned man with noticeable fervour. This will shake the man, in part because he had a terrible day in which he lost his job and soon after his daughter after failing to protect her.

Award-winning producer, screenwriter, and director Ziyang Liu grew up in Shenzhen, China, where he was born in 1995. He earned a Master's Degree in Film Directing from the University for the Creative Arts in the UK in 2019 and is now pursuing an undergraduate degree in Film Production at the Shanghai Theater Academy in China. His films have screened at festivals around the globe, from Montreal to Warsaw, from China to Norway and Germany. His previous award-winning short film The Day I Met You was nominated for Best Short Film at the 18th Independent Days International Filmfest in Germany, while Ambiguous, another one of his shorts, was included in the InFocus: Shanghai Chine Cinema programme by the non-profit NewFilmmakers from Los Angeles. Under the Full Moon was inspired by the verses of the traditional Chinese song Shuidiao Getou by Su Shi.

A Good Friend

fiction / France, 2020 / colour / 14 min

director / Rock Brenner
screenwriter / Rock Brenner
cinematographer / Rémi Noëll
actor / Arnaud Delecrin 
producer / Rock Brenner

We observe a young man sitting at a table, talking to a good friend, and slowly lighting and smoking a joint. While the young man rolls and enjoys the joint, his conversational partner is convincingly arguing the validity of his views. The film questions the meaning and value of a good friend and the importance of their opinion to us.

Over the past decade, French editor, cinematographer, screenwriter, and director Rock Brenner has established himself as a low-budget film author. As a rule, he signs his projects in their entirety, having worked as a producer in the past four years and occasionally acting in his films since 2013. In the past eight years, his short films have screened at a number of festivals in France and abroad. He made his feature-length debut in 2017, the satirical comedy La Capitale du Bruit, also known as I Am Robert, whose protagonist fights noise pollution. In addition to the short film we are showing, Brenner recently completed another short titled Some Kind of Humanity which is being distributed to festivals around the world. He is currently co-authoring a collaborative feature-length film Quarantines.


fiction / India, 2019 / colour / 5 min

director / Ramesh Laxmanrao Holbole
screenwriter / Ramesh Laxmanrao Holbole
cinematographer / Kumaara Swaamy
gactors / Hemant Kadam, Umesh Dhoot, Ramdas Andhare, Akshay Talikote, Datta Lawnde, Vitthal Kachare, Prafull Talikote, Aniket Rao
producer / Srinivas Rao Tamarala

On a rainy night on a building site somewhere in India, a construction worker is day-dreaming about all the pleasures he will get to enjoy in the tomb one day, fantasising about all that he had been denied in his lifetime, from fine literature, the finest cigars and drinks to attractive girls. He sets out to wake his just-asleep colleagues who are complaining about being woken up so shortly after they fall asleep, but this is unavoidable as the boss is demanding that the construction site where they work be protected from rain.

Indian screenwriter and director Ramesh Laxmanrao Holbole was born in 1985 and lives and works in Pune, the second largest city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. This year, he earned a Master's Degree in Directing and Screenwriting from the Film & Television Institute of India in Pune. Before settling on filmmaking as his life's calling, Ramesh studied literature in Marathi, an Indo-Aryan language that is the majority language in Maharashtra, at Fergusson College in Pune. He is actively involved in numerous cultural and social activities and is the director of the Pimpri Chinchwad International Short Film Festival in Pune. His films have won numerous awards and recognitions at home and abroad, including at festivals in Italy and Romania. He is currently preparing his first feature-length documentary about the life and work of renowned Indian photographer Sudharak Olwe.

Liebe Grüße aus Graz von Superstudio

documentary / Austria-Germany, 2019 / colour / 25 min

director / Bernd Trasberger
screenwriter / Bernd Trasberger
cinematographer / Vincent Seidl
participants / Felix Obermair, Jan Senn, Massimo Vitiello, Stefan Gamper 
producer / Bernd Trasberger

Four young men are gathered around a copy of the Quaderna table, originally designed by Superstudio in the late 1960s for the furniture company Zanotta. As the four men take turns reading letters and excerpts from books that serve as witnesses of decades past, the simple-shaped table seems to be a direct link between them and the space they are in with the renowned architectural studio Superstudio. The studio was founded in 1966 in Florence by Italian Adolfo Natalini and Frenchman Cristiano Toraldo who were later joined by Gian Piero Frassinelli, Alessandro and Roberto Magris, and Alessandro Poli. They are the reason that Superstudio played a key role in the radical new rethinking of architecture and design in the late 1960s.

Bernd Trasberger is a German multimedia artist born in Mönchengladbach in 1974 whose works explore the transformations of urban spaces. All segments of his artistic creation, from painting and architecture to film, are inspired by modernism and modernist utopias from the period after the Second World War. His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, including the Wende Museum in Los Angeles, Berlinische Galerie and the Georg Kolbe Museum in Berlin, Centrum Kultury in Katowice, W139 Gallery in Amsterdam, Maison Neyrand in Lyon, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna, and the Copenhagen Art Festival. Liebe Grüße aus Graz von Superstudio is Trasberger's first film.


fiction / Kosovo, Croatia, France, 2018 / colour / 15 min

director / Lendita Zeqiraj
screenwriter / Lendita Zeqiraj
cinematographer / Sebastien Goepfert
actors / Arti Lokaj, Rozafa Çelaj, Adriana Matoshi, Ilire Vinca,
Alketa Sylaj, Melihate Qena
producer / Bujar Kabashi

While living under the same roof with several women belonging to different generations of his family, a boy from Kosovo named Genti fantasises about having a dog as a pet. But not only does the mother turn a deaf ear to his pleas, but the women Genti is surrounded with oppose each other loudly and increasingly temperamentally, falling into distressing discussions as they express their views on life, passion, and the patriarchy. When the whole situation ultimately gets out of hand, Genti decides to choose his own path, jumps over the fence, and ventures on a search for the puppy he longs for in the company of a Roma boy named Xeni.

Producer, screenwriter, and director Lendita Zeqiraj, who sometimes signs her films as production designer as well, was born in 1972 in Pristina. This filmmaker and visual artist completed her graduate and postgraduate studies in Visual Arts at the Kosovo Academy of Sciences and Arts in Pristina and studied Film Aesthetics in Paris at Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis. In 2014, she was named National Film Author of the Year and received a recognition from the Kosovo Ministry of Culture, while her short films Balcony and Fence have screened at more than 250 festivals around the world. The 2013 film Balcony premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival and travelled to festivals in Warsaw, Palm Springs, Busan, and a number of others, winning over 35 awards that include a Special Jury Award at the American Film Institute's Festival in 2013. The film Fence also screened at numerous festivals, including the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films ShortFest, and has been awarded at a dozen international festivals. The author made her feature-length debut in 2019 with the humorous drama Aga's House, which shares part of the plot and most of the cast with Fence.

The Next One

fiction / Czech Republic, 2020 / colour / 16 min

director / Dominik György
screenwriters / Dominik György, Pavlína Vítková
cinematographer / Lubomír Ballek
actresses /Lesana Sovičová, Jana Krajčiová, Ludmila Jakubův
producer / Dominik György

The place is Czechoslovakia, the year 1989. When she enters an abortion clinic, a lost, troubled young girl realises that she has forgotten to bring socks, without which her gynaecologist and nurses will not perform the procedure. As she speaks to the unkind nurses in hopes they could help her find socks, she observes the girls around her who have come to get an abortion either alone or accompanied by older women. In the midst of trauma and chaos, she manages to figure out how to get the indispensable socks.

Dominik György was born in 1998 in the town of Vel´ký Krtíš in central Slovakia, and has exhibited an aspiration to art and unusual things from an early age. As a child, he was interested in puppetry, writing, and botany; growing up, he realised he wanted to dedicate his life to acting and film. He has been studying Film Directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague since 2017 and is actively involved in editing and filming, as well as directing and acting. He is a creative and imaginative individual with a refined sense of humour, whose film work reveals an uncompromising dedication to achieving his visions and goals. Over the past eight years, he has made 15 amateur and student short films, an amateur feature-film Alice in Wonderland in 2012, and acted in any of his projects.

Poetry of Whispers

fiction / India, 2019 / colour / 9 min

director / Maharshi Tuhin Kashyap
screenwriter / Maharshi Tuhin Kashyap
cinematographer / Akashnadh NU.
actors / Maitri Das, Eemon Ray, Apurba Saha, Paarth Pratim Barua, Jitu Das, Pulkit Philip, Arnab Borah
producer / Sagar Mahindra

Life in an Indian city seems to be devoid of feeling, its people seeming distant even though they share the same space. At least that is what can be inferred from the events of an evening when young Biswa, frustrated by the monotony of his hostel life, quietly talks on his phone to his girlfriend Mukuta who lives in the village of Assam. Mukuta's mother has died and the girl is keeping her lonely father company. During the telephone conversation, Biswa realises that Mukuta's relationship with her father and her home differs significantly from his relationship with the city he lives in. However, everything may not be as it seems at first glance…

The project, on which he is credited as screenwriter and director, was made by young Indian Maharshi Tuhin Kashyap as an exercise in long-shot directing with the elaboration of mise-en-scène in the second year of Directing Studies at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) in Kolkata. The film has already won several awards, including Best Student Feature Film Award at the International Moving Film Festival in Abadan, Iran, and third prize at the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF) in Guwahati, Assam in India. When speaking about his film, Kashyap points out that shooting long shots must always be thoroughly thought out, meaningful, and justified, because it is an aesthetic choice and a directorial approach that must correspond to the film's story. It is also an achievement of metacinema in which Kashyap, according to his own words, wanted to be present. He also emphasises that special attention was paid to sound, which to Kashyap is logical as film is an audiovisual medium.

Welcome Home

fiction / Italy, 2018 / colour / 9 min.

director / Maurice Mbui Murage
screenwriter / Maurice Mbui Murage
scinematographer / Travers Jacob
actors / Cary Clankson, Christopher Lopez, Ilenea Antonizzi, Dario Greco, Brian D’agostino, Mauricio Pirella, Dario Dente, Michael Sanchez, Giuseppe Cavaliera
producers / Nick Wambugu, Christopher Lopez

On a warm evening on the streets of Naples, a young man sees an attractive girl who has recently returned to the city and whom he has not seen for a while. Thinking a night of love and fun is ahead of them, he leaves a friend in a bar and accompanies the girl on a walk through the city streets, planning to stop by a restaurant to grab a bite at her request. But their plans are thwarted by an encounter with an armed store robber, who takes them as hostages after the robbery that they witnessed. That, however, might be just the beginning of their troubles.

Born in the Kenyan capital Nairobi where he still lives and works today, screenwriter and director Maurice Mbui Murage gained film experience by participating in the production of several commercials, television dramas, documentaries, and short films. He is also the founder of the production company Folklore Ltd., which he leads as creative director, all the while striving to approach each new project as innovatively and energetically as possible. He considers himself one of the most demanding creative directors in Nairobi and believes he and his collaborators gave their all to the realisation of the film that we are showing.

Sound of Commitment

fiction / South Korea, 2020 / black/white / 4 min

director / Joonyoung Kim
screenwriter / Joonyoung Kim
cinematographer / Joonyoung Kim
actors / Dooho Ahn, Haune Lee
producer / Joonyoung Kim

A young couple passes their time in various ways in a cramped room. While the girl is writing something on the computer, the young man disturbs her with his guitar picking. After she fails to persuade him to stop, the girl gives him some money and sends him out.

Producer, cinematographer, screenwriter, and director Joonyoung Kim was born and raised in Seoul. His filmmaking is mostly inspired by films he had watched as a teenager, and films were also what prompted him to hitchhike around Australia at the age of 18 and later travel across Korea. While serving military service in his home country, Kim wrote a short novel that won a South Korean Defense Ministry award. After completing his military service, he got a job as a carpenter, but felt that he wanted to become an artist and use his creativity to express himself. Guided by this drive, he soon decided to study film directing and now lives in Budapest.

The City of Honey

fiction / Iran, 2019 / colour / 8 min

director / Moein Ruholamini
screenwriter / Moein Ruholamini
cinematographer / Reza Ghasemi
actors / Hasan Khoshhalalat, Paria Nikumanesh, Ehsan Mashalahzadeh, Abbas Arambon, Maryam Salmani, Mohhamad Reza Shirinkar, Mobina Mousevi 
producer / Moein Ruholamini

Somewhere in an Iranian province, a boy is sitting behind the wheel of an old car and pretending that he is driving through illuminated city streets at night, away from the terror of war. He is naive and ecstatic in his make-believe, often mentioning Uncle Adeh and perhaps even sharing the car with someone. However, the boy lives in a remote and isolated neighbourhood that could be invaded by armed people at any time.

Producer, screenwriter, and director Moein Ruholamini was born in 1993 in the Iranian city of Kashan in the north of the province of Isfahan. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and has been involved in art since 2015. He says he gained valuable professional experience in the course of filming his debut work, the short film The City of Honey. The film has already screened at some 50 festivals in Iran and abroad and won nine awards, including the Silver Award for Best Short Film at the Unknown Film Festival in Russia, and the Best Film award at both the 12th Entredodos Festival in Brazil and the Toronto New Wave Festival in Canada.


fiction / Ireland, 2019 / colour / 16 min

director / Michael-David McKernan
screenwriter / Michael-David McKernan
cinematographer / Adolf Franz ´Burschi´ Wojnar
actors / Michael-David McKernan, Toni O´Rourke, India Mullen, Patrick Flannery
producer / Micheál Fleming

As he drives a taxi through the streets of Dublin on yet another evening, lonely young Dara picks up a quiet girl named Sara. As he realises that something is troubling the girl, Dara decides to try and cheer her up with a casual conversation, among other things about Beethoven, whose music is playing on the radio. But Sarah is a withdrawn person, anxious and broken-hearted, and though Dara's attempts keep failing, he is not discouraged.

Michael-David McKernan is an award-winning actor and director who lives and works in Dublin. Having finished Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, he worked in theatres in Ireland and the UK. He acted in a prestigious production by London's National Theatre shortly before the start of the coronavirus pandemic and shared the stage with, among others, Ciarán Hinds and Dermot Crowley in the play Translations based on Brian Friel's acclaimed work. He also holds a degree in Film Acting from the Bow Street Film Academy and his screen acting portfolio includes the popular shows Red Rock and Quantico. The film Halo is his debut screenwriting and directing project, which premiered at Galway Film Fleadh and won the Best Director: Irish Short Award at the Cork International Film Festival. He has already completed his next film, the thematically timely short documentary How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic, which also premiered at Galway Film Fleadh where it was awarded in the Best Short Documentary category.

Boys Club

fiction / Australia, 2019 / colour / 5 min

director / John Riddell
screenwriter / John Riddell
cinematographer / Damian Jenkins
actors / Adam Drummond, Tim Kurylowicz, Scarlett Ritchie
producers / Sophie Kurlyowicz, John Riddell

As a man is standing next to a car in front of an abandoned production plant, another man is arriving by another car to hand over a bag of unknown contents. The first man allows the second man to open the trunk of his car and free a tied woman from it. Though that seems to be the end and the second man is expected to hurry away with the angry woman, the first man is not be able to start his car, which allows the other man to pull a gun from a hidden spot in his vehicle.

Australian John Riddell is an award-winning short film author and documentarist who lives and works in the Australian province of New South Wales, in the mountain town of Tumbarumba. In 2003, he earned an honorary degree in Film Studies from the Australian National University and has since built a career in the museum sector. His intensive work with other creatives and local government organizations on the creation of culturally relevant content has been recognized and awarded. Riddell claims to be a passionate filmmaker who likes to experiment and play with media conventions and preconceptions, and the film we are showing is exemplary of this. Over the last ten years, he has made a number of short feature and documentary films, participated in the realisation of the documentary series Talking Machines, and won multiple awards for his work, including at festivals in London and Los Angeles.


fiction / Mexico, 2019 / black/white / 102 min

director / Pablo Olmos Arrayales
screenwriter / Pablo Olmos Arrayales
cinematographer / Luis Enrique Carrión
actors / Antonio Alcantara, Italo Maximiliano Concha Veloz, Aaron Gomez, Markin López, Helena Puig, Axel Zapien
producers / Braulio Fragoso, Pablo Olmos Arrayales, Eugenia Orozco

Young Lili is excited and nervous about her evening date with Eduardo. She met him through an online dating app, so there is a level of uncertainty surrounding their first encounter. At first this seems to be justified as Eduardo is not only half an hour late for the date but is not answering her calls either. When he finally does show up and he and Lili go out together, she finds him to be charming, attractive, and a good listener. Moreover, she is having such a nice time that she agrees to stop by his house for dinner. Lili does not suspect that the seemingly perfect blind date is about to turn into something completely different as Eduardo has yet to show his true colours. 

Pablo Olmos Arrayales was born and raised in Mexico City and has been actively involved in film as a producer, editor, and director since 2003. He has directed commercial projects, mostly commercials, both in his home country and in Spain, and debuted as film editor, screenwriter, and director in 2003 with the short film Los Ventanales. His short films have screened at numerous prestigious festivals around the globe, such as the Cannes Short Film Corner, the Burbank Film Festival, Kosice International Monthly Film Festival, and Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya Festival in Sitges, Spain. The film we are showing is Arrayales' feature film debut.

Leah Is Pronounced Lee-uh

fiction / Spain, 2019 / colour / 4 min

director / Federico Calabuig
screenwriter / Federico Calabuig
cinematographer / Erny Gámez
actress / Lavinia Vila
producer / Federico Calabuig

Many years after she cut ties with her sister, middle-aged Marta decides to call her and finally break the silence. Marta wants to explain the reasons for her behaviour and offer her sister an appology for breaking off contact.

Producer, screenwriter, and director Federico Calabuig was born in Valencia in 1986. Storytelling has been his favourite pastime since childhood. After watching Richard Linklater's romantic drama Before Sunrise in 1995, he realized that he was born to be a screenwriter and director, i.e. that he wanted to have the same influence on others as Linklater's film had on him. Over the last ten years, he has been tirelessly making short films, and the one we are showing is his eighth. His films have screened at a number of festivals around the world where they have won numerous awards. He is also a writer and, in addition to the 2016 collection of short stories Mi corazón un Tamagotchi, he launched Patrones de papel, a project that he uses as a platform for publishing poetry and paintings.

In flagranti

fiction / Spain, 2019 / colour / 4 min

director / Nitya López
screenwriter / Nitya López
cinematographer / Mikel Villegas
actors / Leire López del Pueyo, Ibon Belandia, Josu Eguren, Igotz Etxabe, Dani Leon, Brais Pampin Rey, Marianne Viville 
producer / Nitya López

María returns from work earlier than usual because her boss gave her a day off for a special reason. It's Maria's birthday and she plans to spend it with her partner Jorge. But when she enters their apartment, María is struck by Jorge's lack of response to her greetings and questions. He has locked himself in the bathroom and seems to be hiding something from her. At first surprised, María soon becomes disappointed, offended even, although she is yet to find out the reason behind his behaviour.

Producer, screenwriter, and director Nitya López was born in 1996 in Basque Country. He made his first short film Jesus is B(l)ack in 2018, produced partly by Caostice and partly through a crowdfunding campaign. He won The Best Young Filmmaker Award for the film in 2019 at the u22 Film Fest in Barcelona for authors under the age of 22. In late 2019, he wrote and directed a promotional short film for the album Hemen Herensuegeak Daude by the Spanish band Liher and directed his first music video for the band's song Teloia in 2020. The film we are showing is his second short film, which was included in the competition programme of a section of Notodofilmfest in 2019. He is currently working on his next short film titled Ecdisis. Story of the Insect Man.


fiction / Germany, 2020 / colour / 9 min

director / Jannis Alexander Kiefer
screenwriter / Jannis Alexander Kiefer
cinematographer / 
actors / Gisa Flake, Jürgen Heimüller, Gregor Knop, Gabriela Lindl
producer / Jannis Alexander Kiefer

Three minutes before the start of a 4-person Zoom meeting, one of the participants believes she has thought of a great joke to welcome the rest, another managed to cram a bottle into their underwear, and all of them seem to have a strong internet connection. What could possibly go wrong in a situation like that?

Jannis Alexander Kiefer was born in Germany and studied Audiovisual Media in Berlin. He completed several internships in Munich, Freiburg, and Berlin. Since 2011, he has been working as a freelance cinematographer and second assistant director, and has been studying Directing at Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF since 2016. In his first year of study, he made a film titled Comments, which was selected for more than 80 festivals around the world and won several awards, including the German Short Tiger Award. In 2019, his film Kaiser premiered at the 53rd International Hot Film Festival, where it won the BILD-KUNST jury award and was chosen for broadcasting on the German TV channel 3sat. His graduation film Kollegen premiered in 2020 at the 36th Warshaw Film Festival and screened at the 47th Gent Film Festival.


experimental / France, 2019 / colour / 12 min

directors / Fu LE, Adrien Gontier
choreographer / Fu LE 
cinematographer / Adrien Gontier
actors / Longmen AN, Roxane Colson, Anne Constance SIX
dancers / Morgane Bellefet, Candice Besserve, Lorena Bianco, Eva Colpacci, Pedro Gomes, Valentine Malan, Lucie Mariotto, Gustave Pariente, Lisa Pleintel, Stéphanie Poey
production / Tetrapode, Famous, La Fabrique de la Danse

In the course of 12 minutes in a hall in Paris, 40 amateur dancers use dance and choreography to create an illusion of a growing crowd and symbolically convey current worldwide events. Associative depictions of migrations, gatherings, large protests and manifestations, or scenes from daily life on the streets of big cities are unveiled in front of the viewers. As an individual faces the movement of masses, the viewers observe his simultaneous attempts to resists the masses and surrender to their flow.

Fu LE is a French award-winning filmmaker and choreographer, part of the French dance group Tetrapode. He graduated in Sculpture from the Art Crafts National School in Paris before undergoing training in contemporary dance and physical theatre in South America and Europe. He recently visited Taiwan, where he devoted himself to researching social issues related to urbanization. He is currently working within the interspace of sculpture, dance, and video with the aim of combining visual art with the intimacy of the bodily senses. He strives to shoot films in a single shot or as close to one as possible and choreographs the movement in his film with refined precision.

Last Day

fiction / United States, 2020 / colour / 11 min

director / Szu-Wei Chen
screenwriters / Szu-Wei Chen, Constance Tsang, Alexander Yarber
cinematographer / Chris Chen
actors / Eleven Lee, Haosong Yang, Kean Tan
producers / Szu-Wei Chen, Tarek Aryani

One morning in a small apartment in Chinatown, New York, a young attractive Chinese woman is listening to radio news on the start of the construction of the border wall between Texas and Mexico while saying goodbye to a man she had just provided with sexual services. As the client is leaving, a young man, another one of her clients who harbours special feeling towards her, is climbing the stairs. He tells her that he is travelling to Texas that day to find work on the construction of the wall. She is not indifferent to this and gives him some money when he suggests she came with him. A sad Chinese song is playing on the radio as he leaves and the girl greets the next client…

Producer, screenwriter, and director Szu-Wei Chen is of Taiwanese descent and currently lives in New York City where he is pursuing a Master's Degree in Film at Columbia University. Growing up, he developed an interest in film under the influence of the works of directors such as Edward Young and Lou Yen. As he currently lives in the United States, he is trying to transpose their film language into films of his own which are marked by his experience of the New York everyday. His previous film Jay won the Alternative Spirit Award LGBTQ Short First Prize and the Youth Jury Award Best LGBTQ Film Grand Prize at the 2019 Rhode Island International Film Festival and screened at a number of other festivals, including BFI Flare, Palm Springs ShortFest, and HollyShorts Monthly Screening series. The film we are showing had its world premiere at the Maryland Film Festival this year.


experimental / Germany/Serbia, 2020 / colour / 5 min

directors / Tanja Brzaković, Jelena Bosanac
screenwriter / Milkica Stanhković 
cinematographer / Tanja Brzaković
actress / Jelena Bosanac
production / FilmKraftwerk

During the Coronavirus pandemic quarantine, a young woman called Jelena Bosanac is standing in front of a window in her apartment, letting her thoughts wander. In a time of complete isolation, her gaze is wandering in search for meaning until it finally spots the ones closest to her in the trees surrounding the building. She sees her father is a great pine tree, her mother in a tall birch. In the more distant trees, she recognises her friends and notices her former lovers even farther away. Memories and recollections become sources of meaning in a world that froze during the hard times of quarantine. 

Tanja Brzaković was born in Belgrade and graduated in Directing from the University of Belgrade and Universität Hamburg. She writes screenplays for short films and documentaries which she also directs, and her previous works have been screened at festivals around the globe, winning numerous awards along the way. Her film Hochzeitstag was featured in the Next Generation programme of German Films in 2002 and won the 13th Street Shocking Short Award. Hier bei mir was nominated for the First Step Award and won the Sehsuechte Producers' Award in Potsdam. Her documentaries Jovica and his teeth and The Chinese will come were screened at numerous festivals and shown on various TV stations across the Balkans. Her last short film God´s Will won the Audience Award for best short-length work at the Sedicicorto Film Festival in Italy.

Jelena Bosanac self-identifies as a Serbian-Croatian actress. She graduated in Drama from the Academy of Arts in Belgrade and participated in BITEF with her performance To be or not to be... a woman while she was still a student. After graduation, she moved to Italy where she took part in numerous projects by the theatre group Baal Teatro. She participated in a German-Serbian theatre production in 2012 and decided to pursue a master's degree in Germany based on the experience. She studied Performance Studies in Hamburg and graduated in Theatre Pedagogy from the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin. Her video work Molding a dream was chosen as part of an exhibit at the Bodies-Surfaces Festival in Venice, and the film we are showing has been previously shown at the Coroina Short Film Festival in Berlin and the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Den Haag.

A Boxing Country

fiction / Philippines, 2019 / colour / 6 min

director /Arjanmar H. Rebeta
screenwriter / Arjanmar H. Rebeta
cinematographer / Martin Andres
actors / Tracy Quila, Edward Escriber, Mario Escriber, Mark Henry Escriber, Jerrone Valenzuela, Lavisha Jusayan, Edward Monteroso, Glen Sastrillo
producers / Arjanmar H. Rebeta, Khaye Medina, Andy Valenzuela

From the very beginning of his boxing career to the claiming of the champion title, Paco “The Hammerhead” De Ocampo was the favourite of his fellow Filipinos who rooted for him wholeheartedly. However, at his peak, Paco becomes addicted to illegal substances, which ultimately leads to his professional and personal fall. As expected, this reflects on the support from his fans and nation who turn their backs on him, but Paco finally braves another shot at returning into the ring and regaining his title of champion.

Arjanmar Hernandez Rebeta is a professional photographer and filmmaker born in the Philippine city of Cabusao. He is the owner of the production company Mediarama Creatives & Pelikmata Productions, which he founded after completing all of his courses in Art and Philosophy during his Film Studies at the Asia Pacific Film Institute. In his explorations of film as a medium, he attended numerous workshops, sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and lectures by prominent and award-winning directors such as Brillante Mendoza, Babyruth Villarame-Gutierrez, and Ramona S. Díaz. He is currently studying screenwriting under the mentorship of renowned screenwriter Ricky Lee. Arjanmar Hernandez Rebet's films, such as the photo-documentary VIVA INA about the Peñafrancia Festival, which had been in production for five years, have been screened and awarded at a number of festivals in the Philippines and around the world, including the US, Canada, Belgium, Australia, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and India.

The Sacrifice

fiction / UK, 2020 / colour / 5 min

director / Shona Dutta Charlton
screenwriter / Shona Dutta Charlton
cinematographer / Pascale Neuschäfer
actors / Zara Aslam, Alicia Simai-Kral, Ambika Mod, Ruchika Jain, Melissa Suppiah, Jean-Pierre Boriau, Fagr Elkady
producer / Shona Dutta Charlton

Leila is a 13-year-old girl of Bangladeshi descent who lives in East London with her family. She is anticipating an arranged and imposed marriage to a much older man, and her older sister Rukhsana might help her avoid this fate. Rukhsana empathises with Leila as she has lived through a similar situation, and she might get additional help from Leila's girlfriend Margot. In the meantime, a goat is sacrificed before the wedding ceremony to pacify the extremely religious relatives.

Producer, screenwriter, and director Dutta Charlton is of Indian descent and has twenty years of experience in directing short feature and promotional films and documentaries. Her work is mostly tied to television, including prestigious broadcasting companies such as Discovery Networks International and the BBC. She has produced and directed a number of documentaries and currently makes short and Super 8 films. She was chosen to participate in the Think-Shoot-Distribute programme at the London Film Festival organized by the British Film Institute in 2006, received support from the Hubert Bals Fund in 1997 at the Rotterdam Festival and from the Charles Wallace Arts Trust two years later. Under the mentorship of Directors' Guild, she participated in the filming of the popular series Holby City and Silent Witness. She was selected to participate in the Directors UK Inspire Programme in 2019 and won the Arri Trinity Challenge a year later. Her recent short films have been screened and awarded at several festival.

Fourth Person Singular

fiction / Turkey, 2020 / colour / 6 min

directors / Oğuzhan Dursun, Büşra Dursun
screenwriters / Oğuzhan Dursun, Büşra Dursun
cinematographer / Oğuzhan Dursun
actors / Oğuzhan Dursun, Yasemin Dursun, Burcu Asel Dursun, Ahmet Ergül Dursun
producers / Oğuzhan Dursun, Büşra Dursun

When he enters his home that evening, a middle-aged man is somewhat surprised when his usually cheerful wife, older son, and younger daughter greet him with complete indifference. While his wife is watching TV in the living room and his daughter is doing the same in her room, his son is glued to his computer with headphones on. After he puts the kettle on, the husband and father is equally surprised as the rest of his household when the power unexpectedly goes out. The others quickly manage, light some wax candles, gather around the table and start recounting the events of that day. However, they are still acting as if he was not there.

Producer, cinematographer, screenwriter, and director Oğuzhan Dursun was born in Istanbul in 1988. After graduating in History from Boğaziçi University in his hometown, he earned a Master's Degree in Film and Television from Kadir Has University on the subject of found footage horror. Dursun is currently working on his PhD at the Department of History at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University. He got a job at the Turkish subsidiary of the broadcaster Al Jazeera, where he has been working as an online content editor for more than five years. He also enrolled in master's studies in Strategic Communications from Galatasaray University, and although he recently got married, he still finds time to play strategy games. The film we are showing is his fourth short directorial project that has been realised in the course of the past two years.

Producer, screenwriter, and director Büşra Dursun was born in Istanbul in 1994, where she graduated in Radio, Television, and Graphic Animation from Sabiha Gökçen Girls' Technical and Vocational High School (Sultanbeyli Sabiha Gökçen Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi). She received additional education in the field of film studies, undertook an internship in the editing department at Istanbul's Maltepe University, and began making her own films in 2013. She has also worked as assistant director at the Turkish TV channel Kanal 7, authored several short feature films and documentaries (Barınak, Lokmata, Telefon Bağımlılığı, Bir Umuttur Sigara, Kader), and is currently mostly dedicated to film editing and sound design.

The View From The Window

experimental / Italy, 2020 / colour / 1 min

director / Marco Chiappetta
screenwriter / Marco Chiappetta
cinematographer / Marco Chiappetta
producer / Marco Chiappetta

During the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, the film's author was intensely looking out the window, and it started to seem that something was happening outside. Was it only a dream? Or hope? Or the memory of what life used to be like?

Italian Marco Chiappetta was born in Naples in 1991. He graduated in Film Studies from Université Paris Diderot and has made several short films since 2009 that participated at numerous festivals around the globe. He works for Warner Bros., mostly directing behind-the-scenes documentaries.


fiction / Argentina, 2018 / colour / 6 min

director Sofia / Castro
screenwriter / Sofia Castro
cinematographer / Alberto de la Espriella
actors / Julieta Ferraro, Marlon Nazate, Loreley Ramírez, Edgardo Rosini, Pablo Trucco
producers / Sofia Castro, Delfina Cocciardi

Inspired by true stories of Chinese, Singaporean, but also Italian and other maids who make up a large part of the workforce in the coastal city of Monterosso al Mare in Liguria, the film is realised through a combination of acting and dance, with a dancer maid as its protagonist. While she is cleaning a room, the maid is listening to a radio drama about two lovers who want to run away from the girl's father. To succeed, they decide to kill the maid who is the unwanted witness of their plans. When the owner of the apartment that the protagonist is cleaning enters the room, events unfold that gradually obscure the boundaries between the two stories, the one we are watching and the one on the radio.

Argentine Sofia Castro studied Directing at the Universidad del Cine (FUC) in Buenos Aires, and the film we are showing is her debut short film as screenwriter and director. In 2017, while the project was still in development, she participated with the film in the Vórtice residence for screendance and experimental film development programme in Valparaiso, Chile, as well as in the 16th edition of the Buenos Aires Screendance Festival Lab. Once completed, the film took part in several festivals, including the Leeds International Film Festival, Festival Cinedans – Amsterdam Dance on Camera Festival for dance, film and media, and the In/Motion Chicago's International Dance Film Festival. The author is the first Argentine artist to be invited to participate in the International Encounters of Videodance in Valencia and the Durban's International Contemporary Dance Festival. She was awarded the Fondo Nacional de las Artes award for innovation in her work to date in her home country.


animated / Germany, 2019 / colour / 3 min

director / Seza Tan Selen
screenwriter / Seza Tan Selen
cinematographer / Seza Tan Selen
producer / Seza Tan Selen

Multiple individuals' fates cross one day on a busy city street. While two men wait for public transport and fast-food restaurant workers go through their daily obligations, one cyclist gets hit by a car. While an ambulance is arriving at the scene of the accident, a man who had been standing leaned on the restaurant wall enters the restaurant with a gun in hand and embarks on a robbery. Only one of the two men who had been waiting for public transport will enter the vehicle in the end.

Seza Tan Selen was born in Dortmund in 2002 and currently works in his hometown as a director. He made his debut feature film Neozoen during 2019 and 2020 with the help of both schoolmates, friends, professional filmmakers, and actors. Prior to that, he had made several short films that took part in numerous festivals and won, among others, the Best Camera Award at the Steinerei Festival in Germany in 2019. He is still studying and hopes to earn a degree in directing one day.

A Santa María’s tale

fiction / Uruguay/Italy, 2018 / black/white / 11 min

director / Emanuele Dainotti
screenwriters / Emanuele Dainotti
actors / Pepe Vázquez, Javiera Torres, Constanza del Sol, Sofia Ott, Dado, Luìs Scotti
producer / Emanuele Dainotti

This four-story artwork is inspired by the theme and atmosphere of a novel by Uruguayan writer Juan Carlos Onetti. The protagonists are people without hope, residents of the fictional Uruguayan city of Santa María, people who are forced to take nihilistic and dark actions with irreparable consequences due to a combination of circumstances. The project is a 4-channel installation created during the author's stay at the AIR MadreSelva art residence in Montevideo. The screen format is constantly changing, narrowing horizontally until it becomes impossible to watch.

Italian visual artist and filmmaker Emanuele Dainotti was born in 1987 in Milan and lives and works in Antwerp. His video works and video installations have been exhibited and awarded at exhibitions and festivals around the world, from the Museum of the Moving Image and the Hudson Valley MOCA in the US, Rencontres Internationales Paris and the Louvre Museum in France, FIVAC in Cuba and Museu de Arte Moderna to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, to XIV Mostra Internazionale del video d´autore Avvistamenti in Italy, CGAI in Spain, the Miden Festival in Greece, and the Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland. In 2018, he won the International Competition for Intermedia Artwork organised by the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and The Faculty of Intermedia and the Foundation for the Development of Intermedia Artwork. A year later, a jury chaired by Anisha Kapoor and Anda Rottenberg awarded him the Now You See Me award at a ceremony organised at Musée du Louvre in Paris.


fiction-documentary / Czech Republic, 2019 / colour / 11 min

director / Marie-Magdalena Kochová
screenwriters / Marie-Magdalena Kochová, Josef Kokta
cinematographer / Ludvík Otevrel
actors / Lucie Krátká, Matyáš Stiburek, Vojtěch Hlavárek, Vojtěch Komrzý, Vojtěch Božek, Barbora Šupová
producer / Augustina Micková
In what ways is our collective connection to technology and gadgets gradually developing and intensifying? How are technology and digital devices changing our existence and social lives? Engaged with these questions, communication experts James E. Katz and Mark Aakhus, who specialise in new media with a focus on the internet and social networks, developed unique theories and phenomenological analyses. Taking the cue from their research, the film explores the phenomenon of current mobile communication, taking the audience on an allegorical journey into the world of technology and its cold, isolated and hostile spaces, and presents them with ways in which smartphones, omnipresent in their everyday, function as literal and metaphorical windows into internet reality and, as often as not, bizarreness. Naturally, our interaction with digital devices is always a two-way street.
Czech screenwriter and director Marie-Magdalena Kochová was born in 1994. Having completed her New Media studies at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, she is currently studying documentary film at the Department of Documentary Film at the renowned Czech academy FAMU. Her directorial credits so far include the short feature films 6 minut from 2013 and Zdena a Filip from 2014. She won the Aramis Prize at FamuFest for her authorial report Interlocker 1 in 2017. Her film Will the World Remember Your Name? screened in 2017 at the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

The End of a Circle

experimental / Croatia, 2020 / colour / 3 min

director / Toni Meštrović
screenwriter / Toni Meštrović
cinematographer / Toni meštrović
producer / Toni Meštrović

A camera submerged under the sea films the events on the surface as the silhouettes of two human bodies enter the frame. A man and a woman are performing an act in which they enter the frame by swimming from opposite sides to meet at the centre and begin rotating. The woman is rotating the man as she swims before the figures gradually distance themselves from one another and, still floating on the surface, exit the frame on opposite sides.

First Film

documentary / Spain / France, 2020 / colour / black/white / 3 min

director / Ricard Carbonell Sauri
screenwriter / Ricard Carbonell Sauri
cinematographer / Ricard Carbonell Sauri
producer / Ricard Carbonell Sauri

Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory is the first film by the Lumière brothers Auguste and Louis, inventors and pioneers of cinema who screened the film on 22 March 1895 to showcase the Cinématographe, their new invention that they patented on 13 February of the same year. The film is a black-and-white silent documentary that contains all types of camera shots and demonstrates that its makers were familiar with the simplest forms of editing as well. The film we are showing is an homage to the epoch-making Lumière documentary.

Ricard Carbonell Sauri holds a PhD in Filmology from the Complutense University of Madrid and degrees from the Universities of Barcelona, Madrid (ECAM – Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid), and Cuba (EICTV – Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión). His films have screened at more than 150 festivals around the globe and won numerous awards. He has been awarded at festivals in San Francisco, Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, Sofia, Bucharest, Madrid, and Barcelona, among others. He also works as a film professor at the TAI (Transforming Arts Institute) Arts School at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

Industrial Dance

experimental video / Spain, 2020 / colour / 4 min

director / Luis Galindo
screenwriter / Luis Galindo
cinematographer / Luis Galindo
actress / Ariadna Llussa
producer / Luis Galindo

As a young dancer performs her dance act in a space within an industrial plant, the camera follows her movements, hiding behind columns and in that way highlighting the juxtaposition of the physical expression of her dance and the static parts of the plant. Highly aestheticized and sensual scenes arise from the contrast.

Luis Galindo is a Spanish screenwriter and director of several short film, documentaries, and video clips whose works successfully participated at a number of festivals in his home country and abroad. His previous feature film Kurczak advanced to the finals and won second prize in the 5th edition of the competition in Navarre, the Spanish autonomous community known as the "land of film" for hosting numerous national and international film projects. He founded the production company Luis Galindo Audiovisual, focused on the shooting and post-production of music videos, commercials, and video clips. Over the past 12 years, he has collaborated on more than 50 feature films made by several production companies, including Tornasol Films, Fernando Test PC, Oria Films, Morena Films, and many others, performing various jobs and functions.

Center for Art Education Zagreb
18:00 ONE TAKE IN SPACE The End of a Circle
    First Film
    Industrial Dance
14:00 ALMOST ONE Pan
A Boxing Country
The Sacrifice
The View from the Window
Last Day
Fourth Person Singular
A Santa María's Tale
15:30 COMPETITION 1 The Lost Pen
In Flagranti
Young, But It Will Pass
Leah is Pronounced Lee-uh
17:00 COMPETITION 2 Liebe Grüße aus Graz von Superstudio
Sound of Commitment
Boys Club
The Next One
Under the Full Moon
In Perpetuum
Welcome Home
18:30 COMPETITION 3 Banality
The City of Honey
Water Boy
A Good Friend
Poetry of Whispers
White Space
The Ice Cubes
20:00 AWARD PRESENTATION Vedran Šamanović Award
Grand Prix One Take Film Festival
Winning Films Screenings
21:00 COMPETITION 4 Rendez-Vous
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The Vedran Šamanović Award is presented in honour of the prematurely deceased Croatian cinematographer and director as the highest annual recognition to a film artist who – during the current year, in any area of filmmaking, and through both short and feature-length film – expanded the boundaries of cinematic expression in Croatian filmmaking through an innovative approach.

The jury reviews the entirety of Croatian film production of the past twelve months and selects an artist whose life and work best reflect the inquisitive and versatile profile of the artist that inspired the award.

According to the regulations agreed upon by the award's five founding film associations, the Film Artists' Association of Croatia, the Croatian Cinematographers Society, the Croatian Film Directors Guild, the Croatian Society of Film Critics, and the Croatian Film Association, eligible for the award are all Croatian films that have been publicly screened from June 30 of the previous year to July 1 of the current year, with the exception of this year when the end date coincided with the submission date for Days of Croatian Film. As this year's Days of Croatian Film, which include a large number of recent Croatian films, had been moved from the usual date in June to September due to the coronavirus pandemic, the jury was not able to review short and medium-length productions made in the period prescribed in the regulations, and the summer award ceremony at the Pula Film Festival has been postponed.

Croatian cinematographer, director, and photographer Vedran Šamanović (Split, 1968 – Zagreb, 2009), who received numerous awards at home and abroad, is the originator and long-time director of One Take Film Festival. In agreement with the associations that founded the Award, this year's winner will be announced at the 10th One Take Film Festival.

After the announcement, the audience will have the opportunity to watch the award-winning film at Zagreb's Kino Tuškanac on Saturday, October 24.

The winner of this year's Award is director Vladislav Knežević for his experimental film Colonello Futurista.


This year's Vedran Šamanović Award jury consists of film critic Dina Pokrajac, film director and screenwriter Ognjen Sviličić, and director and producer Sanja Šamanović.
Dina Pokrajac graduated in Journalism and Political Science from the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. Since 2019, she has been employed at Restart as the manager of Dokukino KIC. She is the director of Subversive Film Festival and the coordinator of the programmes of Film Mutations: Festival of Invisible Cinema and Series of Invisible Cinema. Her film reviews and essays have been published in the Croatian Film Chronicle, Filmonaut, Filmoskop on the Third Programme of Croatian Radio, web portals,, and Vox Feminae, Zagreb Film Festival's bulletin, the publication Subverzivac, and the biweekly magazine Zarez. She won the Vladimir Vuković Award for Best New Film Critic in 2017. She is a member of the Croatian Society of Film Critics and FIPRESCI.
Ognjen Sviličić graduated in Film Directing from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He has directed six feature-length films to date (Wish I Were a Shark, Sorry for Kung Fu, Armin, Two Sunny Days, These Are the Rules, The Voice) that won awards at local and international film festivals (Berlin, Venice, Warsaw...). He has also achieved success screenwriting award-winning films for other directors and wrote screenplays for several Croatian TV series. He is the author of the novel The Head of a Big Fish and teaches screenwriting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Sanja Šamanović is a director and producer. She published articles in several Croatian weeklies in the 1990s. She has been a member of Zagreb Cinema Club from 1996, where she directed her first films. She works as the producer and artistic director of the Art Organisation Mitropa. As a director, she has made several short experimental and documentary films (The Way Out, Terrace, Heritage). She has been the director of One Take Film Festival since 2011 and currently works at the Academy of Dramatic Arts as Head of Art Teaching Production.

Colonello Futurista 
Colonello Futurista / Colonello Futurista
Colonello Futurista
experimental / Croatia, 2019. / black/white / colour /19 min
director / Vladislav Knežević
screenwriter / Vladislav Knežević
cinematographers / Jasenko Rasol, Igor Zirojević
actor /Mirko Soldano
producer /Vinko Brešan


The film follows the flight of a spy balloon over Pula's Austro-Hungarian fortifications immediately before Italy entered the First World War in 1915. During the secret mission, a shot triggers an unexpected experience in an Air Force officer. We witness the successful and discipline-minded pilot's transformation into a person focused on the creative use of the open sky. The dream above, military formations below. In a vision, the officer dismantles the structures of the fortresses and enters a state of freedom in his own consciousness. The spectacular power of destruction felt in the fantastic, simultaneously eerie and intoxicating scene frees him from his mental restraints. His repressed energies surface through aeropittura… The film explores the potentials of media through a fusion of different performance procedures and genre determinants. The hybrid film form was realized through the narrative line using various animation techniques, a documentary atmosphere, and references to the early avant-garde period.


Vladislav Knežević was born in Zagreb in 1967. During his high school education, he participated in the work of Zagreb Cinema Club through the Centre for Culture and Arts CEZAKUM where he had made several experimental films until 1989. From 1989 to 1993, he studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts (Film/TV Directing) in Zagreb and at the De Vrije Academie (Audiovisual Dept.) In The Hague. Since 1988, he has primarily engaged in audiovisual research as a media artist who strives to create new film forms using photography, micro-animation, stereoscopic view, generative sound, and recorded material. His focus is on concepts related to the marginal areas of reality, the experientiality of new media images, the phenomena of scientific research, and the changes related to the material-immaterial structure of things. Since 1989, his films have screened at numerous festivals, exhibitions, and presentations (Clermont-Farrand, Oberhausen, Kyoto, Berlin, Albuquerque, Melbourne...).


Director and screenwriter. Born in Sarajevo, he graduated in Film and TV Directing from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. His first student short film 1/2 screened at the 60th Cannes Film Festival’s Tous Les Cinémas du Monde. His short films 1/2 and AgapE have participated in competition programmes at more than thirty international festivals, winning 14 international awards. The film Thanks for Sunderland is his first feature-length film, which won four Vesna awards at the 15th Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož, including the Best Film award. His second feature-length film Nika was named the best youth film of the Motovun Film Festival and screened at all major youth festivals. His short one-take film The Invisible Hand of Adam Smith screened at about fifty international film festivals and won eighteen international awards. He also directs utilitarian films.


Sculptor, visual and film artist. She graduated in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and has been continuously present on the local and international art scenes for many years. She uses various media of expression in her work, including sculpture and installations, film and video, performance and happening. The topics she engages with range from personal, intimate, and feminist-oriented to theoretical and conceptual explorations of the concept of art, the meaning and position of authors, audiences, and exhibits. She has won multiple awards. Her works can be found in public and private collections of contemporary art. She is employed as Associate Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb where she teaches in the Graduate Programme in Sculpture at the Department of Art Education.


Director and screenwriter. From 1989 to 1992, he worked in Zagreb Film’s Studio for Animated Film, first as a key pose draftsman, then as an animator, participating in the production of a dozen animated projects. In 1992, he began studying Film and TV Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, where he graduated from. He has been working as a freelance artist since 1993 and has written and directed many live-action and documentary projects. He is a member of the Croatian Society of Film Workers and the Croatian Association of Independent Artists. His directing credits include over a hundred episodes of various comedy series as well as five feature-length films: Let’s Go, Yellow! (2001), Tressette: A Story of an Island (2006), The Mysterious Boy (2013), Alka (2014), and My Grandpa Fell from Mars (2019). He won the Croatian Society of Film Critics’ Oktavijan Award four times: for the short animated film Wait for Me (1993) as a member of a group of authors, for his short film Hunt for Oneself (1994), the medium-length film New Year's Robbery (1998), and the short documentary The Counter (2001). The latter also won the Golden Olive at the TV Festival Bar, where he was also awarded the Silver Olive in the TV feature-length category the following year for Let’s Go, Yellow!. At the 2005 Days of Croatian Film, he won the Best Editor award for the short documentary From Dawn ‘Till Dusk. The film Tressette: A Story of an Island (co-directed with Pavo Marinković) has been his greatest international success. He engages in editing and colour correction as a hobby.


The Grand Prix is awarded to the best film in the Main Program. The Grand Prix of One Take Film Festival is a 10 cm3 cube made of transparent matt plexiglass glued together. A glance through the round aperture on one side of the cube reveals the text fitting to the One Take Film Festival.


Margareta Lekić was born in 1982 in Osijek. She graduated Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since 2004, she has exhibited her work at group exhibitions (for instance Essl Award – finals in the GALUrija gallery in Zagreb, 2005; Pasionska baština in the Krištof Stanković gallery in Zagreb, 2006, the second prize; Inter(Aktiv) in the Students’ Center gallery in Zagreb, 2006; Glass Cube within the Frankfurt Luminale 2006 in Mainz). Her works include public displays (for instance, the sculpture Rooster on Hvar island, 2005), performances Problem deconstructed in Indiana (USA).

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10th One Take Film Festival closed with an awards ceremony

After the two festival days, the 10th One Take Film Festival was closed with an awards ceremony on October 24 at Kino Tuškanac.

The three-member jury consisting of Vlasta Žanić, film and visual artist, and film directors Slobodan Maksimović and Dražen Žarković, the Grand Prix of the 10th One Take Film Festival went to the film Fence by author Lendita Zeqiraj, on the grounds that “the camera virtuously, in an almost documentary manner, follows a piece of that life in a circle between the house, the yard, and the street and in one shot combines different times, sublimates concurrent possibilities and impossibilities, nurtures family and neighbourly closeness, all the while pointing to insurmountable and antagonistic differences between generations and worldviews. Shooting the film in one continuous take gave it a dimension that could not have been achieved in any other way.” Through videocall, the author expressed gratitude for the award and added, “Zagreb and studying in Zagreb has always been a dream of mine, so a recognition from professionals in Zagreb seems like a dream come true.”

The jury decided to award director Dominik György with a Special Recognition for his film The next one, explaining that “the film's strong psychological charge is achieved through an extremely skilful and thoughtful use of the camera in a single take that is almost subjective, which both evokes rough times of the past and infuses anxiety into thoughts about the future.” The author accepted the award from Slovakia through videocall and thanked the jury. He said “hello to Zagreb and I am very happy about the special recognition,” adding that we all need to remain strong in these hard times, believe in a better future and treat each other kindly. 

The 11th Vedran Šamanović Award was presented as part of the closing ceremony, as always in honour of the prematurely deceased Croatian cinematographer and director as the highest annual recognition to a film artist who – during the current year, in any area of filmmaking, and through both short and feature-length film – expanded the boundaries of cinematic expression in Croatian filmmaking through an innovative approach. The three-member jury consisting of film critic Dina Pokrajac, film director and screenwriter Ognjen Sviličić, and director and producer Sanja Šamanović presented the award to Vladislav Knežević for his film Colonello Futurista, on the grounds that “this ode to creative destruction collages various animation and film techniques in an innovative way, aestheticises recorded military facilities and defamiliarizes their exclusively utilitarian function. In doing so, he masterfully sublimates wild spirituality and strong aesthetics, but also futurism’s glorification of violence. The result is an astonishing film hybrid that occupies a unique place in contemporary Croatian film and represents an intense experience of separation from the immanent, “this side” of the world through immersion into film.” Accepting the award, Vladislav Knežević thanked the jury and added that he is glad that “a new kind of position has been recognized for possible experimentations and cinematic explorations.”

Director Sanja Šamanović closed the ceremony by thanking the audience, those who watched the films online and those who decided to visit Kino Tuškanac for the festival screenings in these unprecedented times. She invited everyone to the 11th One Take Film Festival that will take place no later than next year, in 2021.

One Take In Space Program Kicked Off

The "live" festival programme kicked off tonight at the Centre for Art Education of the City of Zagreb with the opening of One Take In Space, a collaboration between One Take Film Festival and Vizura aperta. Festival director Sanja Šamanović greeted the visitors and used the opportunity to invite them to watch films from the 10th One Take Film Festival online or visit Tuškanac cinema and enjoy the screenings in person. Curator of the exhibition Davorka Perić emphasized that “the exhibition Re-Setting in Motion was opened today, at a time when public cultural festivals are re-closing. The three films that were incorporated into the space of Jozo Kljaković's house and Memorial Collection thus connect, in manifold ways, Jozo Kljaković's wishes for this space to live on through artistic activity and these films' ideas of setting in motion by performing an act in the water, dancing in a closed industrial plant, and projecting a film installation onto the Lumiere factory building. Together, they are pointing out the importance of artistic activity, openness, and the possibilities and importance of public action. The common motif of the selected works is the movement we long for due to the standstill in physical movement, as well as public cultural activity and the all-pervasive feeling caused by the prospect of a new lockdown.”  

The 10 th edition of One Take Film Festival, an international festival of films shot in one take

The 10th edition of One Take Film Festival, an international festival of films shot in one take, will be held on 23–24 October at Kino Tuškanac, the Centre for Art Education of the City of Zagreb, and online. Visitors will be able to see films from the competition, the Almost One programme, and the One Take in Space programme in Zagreb, with the competition and the Almost One programme also available online.

Out of a total of 40 films, the official competition consists of 25 films from 18 countries, from Ireland, Kosovo and Mexico to Iran, Lebanon and South Korea. 24 short films and one feature-length film are competing for the Grand Prix of One Take Film Festival. The best film will be chosen by a jury consisting of visual and film artist Vlasta Žanić, last year's winner, film director Slobodan Maksimović, and film director and screenwriter Dražen Žarković.

In addition to the competition, the festival brings the already well-established programmes such as Almost One, comprising eight films that have not been included in the competition due to the strict festival criteria. Three more films selected by curator Davorka Perić and gathered under the title Re-Setting in Motion are screened as part of the One Take in Space programme.

One Take Film Festival is an international festival of films shot in a single take, launched in 2003 by cinematographer and director Vedran Šamanović. The festival promotes creativity and innovation within the given framework of a single take and is open to all authorial attitudes and profiles, whether they come from film circles or have a background in related visual arts.

This year's hybrid edition of the festival has another particularity – a double award ceremony. On Saturday, October 24, at 8 p.m. in Kino Tuškanac, the 11th Vedran Šamanović Award will be presented in addition to the Grand Prix of One Take Film Festival. The Vedran Šamanović Award is presented in honour of the prematurely deceased Croatian cinematographer and director as the highest annual recognition to a film artist who – during the current year, in any area of filmmaking, and through both short and feature-length film – expanded the boundaries of cinematic expression in Croatian filmmaking through an innovative approach. This year's jury consists of journalist, political scientist, and film critic Dina Pokrajac, director and screenwriter Ognjen Sviličić, and producer and director Sanja Šamanović.