EFA Programme Short Matters! is the European Film Academy’s short film tour which brings the short films nominated for the European Film Awards to a series of film festivals and institutions across Europe and beyond. Coming from various regions of Europe the EFA Programme featuring the short films, nominated for the European Film Awards, is a manifold panorama of young contemporary European filmmaking.
The creation of the European Film Academy (EFA) was the initiative of a group of Europe’s finest filmmakers brought together on the occasion of the first European Film Awards Ceremony held in 1988. EFA was founded in 1989 as the European Cinema Society by its first president Ingmar Bergman and 40 filmmakers to advance the interests of the European film industry. Wim Wenders was elected as first chairman of the association which two years later was renamed European Film Academy. Current chairwoman is Polish director Agnieszka Holland.
The European Film Academy (EFA) now unites more than 3,000 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting European film culture. Throughout the year, the EFA initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic, and training aspects. The programme includes conferences, seminars and workshops, and a common goal is to build a bridge between creativity and the industry. These activities culminate in the annual presentation of the European Film Awards.
Germany/ 2015/ Animation/ 17'
Director: Till Nowak
Scr: Till Nowak
Cinematographer: Ivan Robles Mendoza
Cast: Roland Schupp, Nina Petri, Hannah Heine, Klaus Zehrfeld, Leslie Barany, Mirko Thiele
STORY: A genius musician lives a lonely life in a surreal, floating world. He plays the piano every day in a giganticconcert hall, but there is nobody to listen. One day his animated world collapses and he must face reality. He only has one wish: to share his music with his daughter, but her mother doesn‘t allow it.
France /2015/ Fiction / 14’
Director: Giovanni Aloi
Scr: Nicolo Galbiati
Cinematographer: Andrea Baronne
Cast: Serena Grandi, Ali Salhi
STORY: Italy, during the year 2015: Ali, a Tunisian immigrant working in asbestos removal receives the visa which will allow his wife and daughter to join him. To get ready to welcome his family, he must make a radical decision.
UK/ 2014/ Fiction/ 20’
Director: Eva Weber
Scr: Line Langebek
Cinematographer: Chloe Thompson
Cast: Bradley Hall, Magdalena Rozazska, Olaf Marchwicki, Slawomir Holland
STORY: Martin, a shy Englishman in his early 20s, is in Poland doing a field study on river pollution when he seesa woman and her son bathe in the river, a moment of pure joy. Later, he discovers that Ewa works at theguest-house he’s staying at and he warns them not to bathe in the river due to the pollution from thenearby factories. Jacek, Ewa’s son, helps Martin with his research and he becomes something of a fatherfigure to him.
Sweden/ 2015/ Fiction/ 30’
Director: David Sandberg
Scr: David Sandberg
Cinematographer: Mattias Andersson, Martin Gardemalm & Jonas Ernhill
Cast: David Sandberg, Eleni Young, Leopold Nilsson, Jorma Taccone
STORY: Miami Police Department detective and martial artist Kung Fury time travels from the 1980s to World War II to kill Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. “Kung Fuhrer”, and revenge his friend’s death at the hands of the Nazi leader. Anerror in the time machine sends him further back to the Viking Age.
Denmark/ Finland/ 2014/ Fiction/ 13'
Director: Hamy Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni
Scr: Hamy Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni Камера
Cinematographer: Lars Vestergaard
Cast: Zeinab Rahal, Amira Helene Larsen, Alexandre Willaume, Nanna Bottcher, Yusuf Kamal El-Ali
STORY: A foreign woman in a burqa brings her young son to a Copenhagen police station to get away from her abusivehusband, yet the translator assigned to her seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words to the police, thus corrupting the truth of her terrible situation.
Serbia/ Bosnia & Herzegovina/ Germany 2015/ Experimental/ 15’
Director: Dane Komljen
Scr: James Lattimer & Dane Komljen
Cinematographer: Dane Komljen
STORY: From here, you can see everything:the sea to the right, the mountains to the left, the sky in between.
UK/ 2015/ Fiction/ 13’
Director: Jorn Threlfall
Scr: Jorn Threlfall
Cinematographer: Richard Mott
Cast: Jim Woods
STORY: “Over” presents a crime scene. During the course of nine wide shots, told in reverse order, we witness anintriguing story unfold. What has happened in this quiet neighborhood? A murder, a hit-and-run, an accident?The reality is profound, and deeply unexpected.
Croatia/ 2015/ Fiction/ 13’
Director: Jure Pavlović
Scr: Džejna Avdić & Jure Pavlović
Cinematographer: Almmir Fakić
Cast: Emir Mušić, Aleksandar Seksan, Senad Alihodžić
STORY: Sarajevo, rush hour. Emir (15), accompanied by a social worker, is on his way to meet his father Safet for a weekend picnic at Igman, a semi-open penitentiary. Due to the heavy traffic they are late...
SMILE, AND THE WORLD WILL SMILE BACK
Israel/ Palestine/ 2014/ Documentary/ 20’
Director: Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh & the al-Haddad family
STORY: One cold December night, Israeli soldiers come up to the al-Haddad family home in a Palestinian neighbourhood of Hebron and knock on the door. They’ve come to search the house. Diaa, the teenage son, reaches for the family’s video camera. As the search unfolds, a strange power struggle evolves, pitting gun against camera. The night grows colder, and the soldiers take Diaa outside and order him to face the wall. They won’t leave until he stops smiling.
SON OF THE WOLF
France/ 2015/ Fiction / 23’
Director: Lola Quivoron
Scr: Lola Quivoron & Pauline Ouvrard
Cinematographer: Lucie Ternisien
Cast: Emile Berling, Stephane Lanneval, Loic Habert, Miglen Mirtchev
STORY: Between the walls of an ancient military fort, Johnny, a young boy, learns how to train and dominate Iron, his first guard dog.
Germany/ 2015/ Documentary/ 15’
Director: Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke & Matthias Wermke
STORY: Poetry or threat? An act of surrender or perhaps art? These were the theories that New York puzzled overlast summer. How can one incident be interpreted in so many ways? By means of press reports, SymbolicThreats allows the public at large to express their extreme disparity of interpretation. Inspired by theheated debate over the two “White American Flags” that suddenly appeared on the towers of New YorkCity’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the film asks what kind of societal scope art has in the present day. Whathappens when threatened freedom reinstates art with the element of danger? Who or what makes it intoa threat? Are we safe in the city? What is next?
Spain/ 2014/ Fiction/ 12’
Director: Jose Luis Montesinos
Scr: Jose Luis Montesinos & Iakes Blesa
Cinematographer: Marc Zumbach
Cast: Miguel Angel Jenner,Lluis Altes
STORY: Five years ago the boss closed the company and fired 300 workers. The first day that he goes out to runhe meets one of them.
UK/Turkey / 2014/ Fiction/ 23’
Director: Emre Kayiş
Scr: Emre Kayiş
Cinematographer: Nick Cooke
Cast: Sherko Ali, Gamze Kacak
STORY: Yusuf, a Syrian refugee boy who lives in exile in a remote Turkish border town is chosen for his newfoundpower but he has to experience how to use it, at the cost of his innocence.
THIS PLACE WE CALL OUR HOME
Denmark/ 2014 / Documentary/ 30’
Director: Thora Lorentzen & Sybilla Marie Wester Tuxen
Cinematographer: Thora Lorentzen& Sybilla Marie Wester Tuxen
STORY: A documentary film from Ukraine, summer 14. In this film war is an atmosphere, rather than journalistic facts. Through music we visit all layers of society.In the form of a poem we show how it feels when your country is in an invincible conflict.
Greece/ 2014/ Fiction/ 24’
Director: Konstantina Kotzamani
Scr: Konstantina Kotzamani
Cinematographer: Giorgos Karvelas & Giannis Kanakis
Cast: Mamadou Diallo, Eutychia Stefanidou
STORY: Washingtonia starts when the giraffe’s heart can no longer be heard. Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertimesadness because of the heat. WASHINGTONIA is the only palm tree that its heart is not devoured bythe red beetle. Because its heart is small and dry and no one likes small and dry hearts.