About This Shorts Program
This shorts program is a mix of genres, all from far away from the Great Lakes. Universal stories, different perspectives.
Jon Kenzie - Can You Decide
Audience Choice Award - Best Foreign Music Video
Director: Lu Pulici
Music Video, Italy, 2016, 5 min, English, Color
This is the official music video of the track “Can You Decide” written by the Manchester (UK) singer song writer, Jon Kenzie. The video tells a story of a lonely robot musician who is struggling between the desire to travel and play music throughout the galaxy or go back home to be with the one he loves. This short film has been a global collaboration, co-produced by Italian film company 22S Productions and the Spanish puppet company, Trukitrek. All the puppets and scenery have been recycled and skillfully crafted from waste materials.
Director: Nina Schipoff
Documentary Short, Germany, 2016, 1 min, None, Color
Qaleraliq is a spot on the map of South Greenland. Uninhabited and uncultivated, it is situated at the very end of a fjord, facing three glaciers. Space and time are out of focus.
I've Just Had a Dream
Director: Javi Navarro
Narrative Short, Spain, 2014, 7 min, Arabic, Spanish, Color
Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream.
My Little Brother
Director: Anthony Bennett
Narrative Short, New Zealand, 2016, 7 min, English, Color
A young boyʼs story of his little brother, the scary internet, and a nightmare vision
Great Lakes Connection: None (but I am a lifelong Chicago Bears fan for my troubles!)
Director: Martje Schreier
Narrative Short, Germany, 2017, 18 min, German, Color, Student Project (Filmarche Berlin)
Lucie, a spirited young urban woman, ends up in the middle of nowhere in the Brandenburgian province. Wandering about the fields in the sweltering midsummer sun, Lucie tries to make her way back home. When she stumbles upon a bus stop, she meets some strange people. The man who lives on potato chips, the bickering hippies, the mysterious billboard man--are they real or are they creatures of her tortured mind?
Director: Nicole Desjardins
Narrative Short, France, 2015, 2 min, French, Color
All the weapons of the world will never make us forget that we are all equals before nature.
Audience Choice Award - Best Foreign Narrative
Director: J. Enrique Sánchez
Narrative Short, Spain, 2015, 14 min, Spanish, Color
Forty years of marriage provides time for a lot of things. Sometimes too much.
Georgia & the Time Machine
Audience Choice Award - Best Foreign Narrative
Director: Daniel Utrilla Cerezo
Narrative Short, Spain, 2016, 7 min, English, Color
Itʼs a special day for Georgia. Her amazing invention is about to take its first flight, but she canʼt go without her father. She needs him to help make her time machine work, and to accompany her on the incredible journey of the imagination she is about to go on.
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Director: Toma Waszarow
Narrative Short, Bulgaria, 2016, 21 min, Bulgarian, Color
A bus stops at the villageʼs only intersection, where the traffic light is stuck on red. The bus driver refuses to move forward, which provokes a conflict. A story about the funny side of apathy, selfishness, and loneliness in a world where following the rules is a misunderstanding.
Ya No Te Quiero (I Donʼt Love You Anymore)
Director: Francisco Hervada Martín
Narrative Short, Spain, 2016, 2 min, Spanish, Color
The time ends with everything, except with the promises.
Director: Matt James
Narrative Short, United Kingdom, 2017, 3 min, English, Color, Student Project (Staffordshire University)
A short film about a woman that suffers from agoraphobia. She is delivered a letter that is not intended for her and she is forced to face her fears.
Director: Niccolo Bello
Narrative Short, United States, 2016, 6 min, English, Color
A no-dialogue dark comedy about a man and a drone.
Once Upon a Dream
Director: Anthony Nion
Narrative Short, Belgium, 2016, 13 min, French, Color
When Valentin meets Ludivine, he is convinced sheʼs the girl he has been dreaming of for the past weeks... Literally, the girl of his dreams! Only, Ludivine has a feeling this boy-meet-girl scenario will take a nightmarish turn...
Director: Tom Gargonne
Narrative Short, France, 2016, 10 min, French, Color
Gaspard does everything lightly until he finds a wacky project that motivates him. But his enthusiasm will be broken by criticism of his relatives. At work, he meets Nina, a full-of-life young woman who gives him courage to take the plunge.
Director: Viktor Hertz
Narrative Short, Sweden, 2016, 7 min, Swedish, Color
A young couple suffering from the worst imaginable form of "fear of missing out" decides to take on a tough challenge.