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We have received a record number of film entries for 10. Short Waves Festival – 2 450, out of which 32 were qualified for International Competition. Its program is a mirror of the modern world (or, in fact, worlds), in which we look at ourselves through the eyes of incredibly talented authors of short film art, coming from 24 countries, located on 5 continents. It turns out, however, that the geographical location, social and cultural conditions or values are not as much of a divide as we initially assumed. We stand as one in the face of changes, both global and the more private ones, that surprise us in the least expected moments of life.

International Competition is main competition at the Festival for the best productions from all over the world, up to 45 min long. Topic, form and genre are not subjects of rules restrictions.  The main goal of the Competition is to create a diverse programme with a fresh perspective on contemporary cinema and original film language.


When You Awake    

An unscientific and comedic study of what happens when two people are hypnotized leading into an exhilarating journey into the unconscious mind where all the images, sounds and music are from found footage.

USA 2016. Experimental. 11’. Director: Jay Rosenblatt. Production: Jay Rosenblatt Films.

Rosenblatt is a recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowship. A selection of his films had screenings at New York’s Film Forum and at MoMA.



Jay wakes up in Manila. He had a nightmare. He was in Athens. In his dream, Athens’ sun is so weak, you can look straight at it without getting blind. How does he dream of a place he has never visited?

Greece 2017. Fiction. 11’. Director: Jacqueline Lentzou. Production: Jacqueline Lentzou, Vicky Miha.

Lentzou graduated from the London Film School in 2013. Her work revolves around coming-of-age, loneliness, non-traditional family constructs, intimacy and dreams.


Lagi Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu (It’s Easier to Raise Cattle)

W odległej wiosce, dwie nastolatki łączy osobliwa przyjaźń. Kiedy jedna odkrywa mroczne sekrety drugiej, obserwuje zmiany zachodzące w nowej przyjaciółce, kumulujące się w formie przemocy, potworności i namiętności.

Malaysia 2017. Fiction. 18’. Director: Amanda Nell Eu. Production: Gan Hui Yee.

Born in 1985, based in Malaysia. Graduated from the London Film School with an MA in Filmmaking. She likes to explore the female identity within the context of South East Asia.


A Photo of Me

I’m a baby in 50s backyard with my toys and my family, facing a box ca

mera. I’m a sleepy child at the Darra “pictures”, waking up to a film noir. My mind flickers from past to present, in memories and dreams.

Australia 2017. Animation. 11’. Director: Dennis Tupicoff. Production: Jungle Pictures.

Graduated from Queensland University. Made his first film in 1976. Dennis has also been a lecturer, and conducted workshops in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia.



Two boys and a girl prepare for nightclubbing in the heart of Athens. Arriving, they face a deserted club, where music plays blaring but there is no one to listen. There, one by one falls asleep as they surrender themselves in a collective dream.

Greece 2017. Fiction. 25’. Director: Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis. Production: Despoina Sifniadou/BOO Productions.

Born with Greek/German nationality in 1983, Efthimis studied Informatics Engineering and Contemporary Arts at Le Fresnoy – Studio National in France. He participated in festivals such as Locarno Film Festival, Venice Film Festival.


What Happens to the Mountain

A long-distance driver, a drifter, journeys from a tenuous reality into a vision of the afterlife, called forth by the spirit of the mountain.

USA 2016. Experimental. 12’. Director: Christin Turner. Production: Christin Turner.

Turner (1985) is a filmmaker and artist based in Boulder, Colorado. Her films navigate the psychological terrains of landscape, material, and image.




Maryam’s husband does weightlifting at home. When a weight falls on his throat and puts him near death, the woman makes a decision.

Iran 2017. Fiction. 19’. Director: Kaveh Mazaheri. Production: Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS). Mazaheri (b. 1981) in Tehran, Iran. An interest in cinema led Mazaheri to writing for Iranian film magazines. He has made more than twenty documentaries and movies.


On the Ropes

“On the Ropes” reflects the Lebanese society through a family whose members’ life is suspended, stuck in Limbo, like everything else in the country.

Lebanon 2016. Fiction. 20’. Director: Manon Nammour. Production: Khabbaz production.

Nammour is a 26 years old Lebanese director and production designer, graduated in filmmaking from Notre Dame University. He has worked on short films, music videos and advertisement.



Another ordinary night for Deno and Sara, going through their usual routine. Only this time, as tension grows, a decision which may bring their future into question is born.

Macedonia 2016. Fiction. 19’. Director: Marija Apcevska. Production: Blazhe Dulev.

Apcevska (born in Macedonia) graduated at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Skopje. She continued her education at the New York Film Academy, LA with MA in filmmaking.



I Made You, I Kill You

I think that this film is necessary for me, in this moment of my life. I have always been ashamed to talk about my childhood and I think that this caused me a lot of sadness.

France/Romania 2016. Documentary/Animation. 14’. Director: Alexandru Petru Bădelită. Production: Le Fresnoy.

Multimedia artist based between Mexico and France. He is co-author of the project SEFT-1 Abandoned Railway Exploration Probe and collective Astrovandalistas.


Negative Space

A bittersweet story of a relationship between a father and his son, Sam. Always leaving on business trips, the father connects with Sam by teaching him how to pack a suitcase efficiently.

France 2017. Animation. 6’. Directors: Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata. Production: Ikki Films, Manuel Cam Studio, Ikki Inc.

Porter and Kuwahata are a filmmaking duo based in Baltimore. They made together many short films, TV commercials, music videos and comics.


Min Börda (The Burden)

A dark musical enacted in a modern market place. The employees of the various commercial venues, portrayed as animals, deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns.

Sweden 2017. Animation. 14’. Director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr. Production: Malade AB.

Animation director and costume designer based in Sweden. She received her MD in fine art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Filmography: “Bath House”, “Tord & Tord”.


Après le volcan (After the Volcano)

The earth quakes, ashes fall from the sky, and there’s this fire that firefighters don’t get to extinguish. The villagers decide to take refuge in the forest. Surronded by wild beasts, a new life begins.

France 2016. Experimental. 17’. Director: Léo Favier. Production: Les Films Sauvages

Favier (b. 1985) is an Berlin based author, designer and filmmaker. He graduated at the École supérieure des arts décoratifs of Strasbourg.


The Beast

An ordinary day at a Zulu cultural village. Shaka, their star performer, expresses his frustrations to his co-workers as he sits on display for tourists. When he reaches the end of his tether, his protest reaches Shakespearian proportion.

Brazil/France/South Africa 2016. Fiction. 24’. Directors: Samantha Nell, Michael Wahrmann. Production: Dominique Welinski.

Nell and Wahrmann are both directors and producers. Their film had premiere in the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.


Copa Loca

This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone – in every possible way.

Greece 2017. Fiction. 14’. Director: Christos Massalas. Production: Christos Massalas.

Massalas (b. 1986) studied at Kingston University and London Film School. His short films won awards at festivals such as Locarno, São Paulo, Uppsala. Currently based in Athens.


Armageddon 2

The Internet in Cuba is very slow. Movies, television, and information are exchanged through a black market system of media distribution via external hard drives known as “el paquete semanal.”

Cuba 2017. Experimental. 6’. Director: Corey Hughes. Production: Estephania Bonnett Alonso, Liliana Diaz Castillo.

Hughes, based in Baltimore, has participated in international workshops including the NYU/FAMU in Prague and Filming Cuba with Werner Herzog.



Somewhere between reality and fantasy, a woman’s consciousness is awoken through her inner journey that reflects the world around her.

Spain 2017. Animation. 8’. Director: Alessando Novelli. Production: UniKo.

Novelli is an Italian director. He currently lives between Spain and Portugal, running his new project Newgold and working as director, designer and animator.


La peau sauvage (Wild Skin)

The quiet life of a young and solitary woman is disturbed when she discovers a baby python in her apartment. This mysterious presence unleashes her deepest urges and will let her express for the first time who she truly is.

Canada 2016. Fiction. 19’. Director: Ariane Louis-Seize. Production: Art & Essai.

Graduated at the INIS film institute, won first place at SODEC’s “cours écrire ton court” contest. She co-writes her first feature film, “Three Monkees”.


The Rabbit Hunt

On the weekends during the harvest season, seventeen year old Chris and his family hunt rabbits in the sugarcane fields of the Florida Everglades. The film records a tradition by which migrant farm workers have been hunting and preparing rabbits since the early 1900s.

USA/Hungary 2017. Documentary. 12’. Director: Patrick Bresnan. Production: – Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas.

Bresnan is a visual artist and filmmaker. He holds a MD in Sustainability. He was named to Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.


Call of Cuteness

All that is outsourced gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground the cat’s body is devoured. Objects are fetishized. The bodies reveal the causes and effects of power, pleasure and hate.

Germany 2017. Animation. 4’. Director: Brenda Lien. Production: Brenda Lien.

Lien (b. 1995) works as an independent filmmaker and film music composer. She has won several prizes for her film and musical works and is a scholar at the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“.



In a natural crisis scenario, the entire population of Azores is forced to evict due to an uncontrolled plague of hydrangeas, a common flower in these islands. Two young soldiers, bound to the beauty of the landscape, guide us to the stories of sadness of those forced to leave the islands.

Portugal 2017. Fiction. 27’. Director: Jorge Jácome. Production: João Figueiras, Blackmaria.

Jácome (b. 1988) is a filmmaker, graduated in ESTC, in Lisbon. In his works he investigates relations between utopias, melancholy, disappearance and desire.


Perfect Darkness

Gus and Anna are on holiday. During a nightly walk, Anna does a confession. Can the couple, amidst the wild nature and under a full moon, overcome the conflict? A short story about the nature of love, filmed in one shot.

Belgium 2016. Fiction. 24’. Director: Maaike Neuville, Production: Brecht Van Elslande & Bert Lesaffer.

Neuville (b. 1983) uses her acting experience in her work as a director – and the other way around. Filmography: “Terug Weg”, Sonnet 81, Perfect Darkness, Rouwdagboek.



Rocío was detained in Rome. Waiting to be deported to her native country, she gets pregnant. According to the law, pregnant women can’t be detained, she is released with a pregnancy residency permission. Now, she is free, but also hast to continue with an undesired pregnancy.

Italy 2016. Fiction. 20’. Director: Carlo Sironi. Production: Giovanni Pompili.

At the age of 18 he began to study photography and to work on film sets. His short films have been well received and premiered at prestigious festivals.


Gionatan con la G (Gionatan with a G)

Gionatan is nine years old. In a hospital waiting room his mother is receiving medical attention. Secretely, he hears her mother lying about wounds on her face. With candy in his hands and a terrible idea in his mind, Gionatan decides to run away.

Italy 2016. Fiction. 15’. Director: Gianluca Santoni. Production:  Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Production.

Santoni (b. 1991) graduated from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia School. He made web series, commercials, short movies and films.



On his way to a military mission, Max is caught up in a war-game with his neighbor boys. As Max gradually loses his self control, the boys get involved with his internal warfare and loose their innocence.

Netherlands 2016. Fiction. 10’. Director: Christian van Duuren. Production: BIND, Joram Willink & Piet-Harm Sterk.

Van Duuren (1984) studied Audiovisual Media in Utrecht as D.O.P. and director. Selected work: “Letting You Go”, “Meantime” and “Gamechanger”.


Et toujours nous marcherons (And still we will walk on)

Simon arrives to Paris searching for his brother. Following his footsteps, he discovers the depth of the invisible city. They are those whose margin is territory, those who go without being seen. They are illegal and speak thousand languages.

France 2016. Fiction. 25’. Director: Jonathan Millet. Production: FILMS GRAND HUIT – HÉLICOTRONC – OFFSHORE.

Millet (born in Paris) studied philosophy and cinema. He travelled around the world shooting inaccessible countries like Iran, Sudan, Colombia and Pakistan.



Night. A young nurse wanders through the halls of a nursing home. The only thing she hates more than her job is old people. Upon entering room 12, she discovers that one of the patients has just turned one-hundred years old: there must be a birthday present somewhere…

Italy 2017. Fiction. 15’. Director: Alberto Viavattene. Production: Indastria Film, Grey Ladder.

Viavattene (b. 1986, Turin) took part in the camera department of Paolo Sorrentino’s productions like “Youth” and “The Young Pope” HBO tv series.


And So We Put Goldfish In The Pool

One summer day, 400 goldfish were found in the swimming pool of a secondary school. This is the story of the four 15-year-old girls who put there the fish.

Japan 2016. Fiction. 28’. Director: Makoto Nagahisa. Production: ProducerRobot Communications Inc.

Nagahisa (b. 1984) studied French Literature in Aoyama Gakuin University. His film won Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.



Catherine loves pets! But most of all, she loves her cat. As she grows up, she can not connect with other people. Her cat is her life, and little by little she grows up to be a crazy old cat lady… Will she ever find friendship or love?

Belgium 2016. Animation. 12’. Director: Britt Raes. Production: Creative Conspiracy.

Loves to draw and tell stories. Working in animation makes her happy every day.

She likes indie music, Totoro and riding her bike. Filmography: “Homemade”, “Les Dernieres Pieces”, “Child’s Play”, “Catherine”.

Wolta (Volte)

Zuzia is twelve and she’s been training as an equestrian vaulter for several years. She’s the ‘top mounter’, the capstone crowning their human pyramid. A new, intensive season begins and it turns out that the moves she’s involved in lack grace and lightness.

Poland 2017. Documentary. 14’. Directors: Monika Kotecka, Karolina Poryzała. Production: Studio Munka.

Kotecka (b. 1981) studied Social Sciences, Photography and Cinematography. Poryzała (b. 1978) is photographer and screenwriter. They work together as Kurkot Kollektiv.


Ain’t Got No Fear

A group of young teenage friends growing up in a remote industrial marshland in England sing along to the crushing demolition sounds of the power plant which makes everyone in their community unemployed.

UK 2016. Documentary. 10’. Director: Mikhail Karikis. Production: Mikhail Karikis.

Karikis is a Greek-British. His work embraces moving image, sound, performance and other media. Karikis’s works are exhibited widely including Venice Biennale.


Martin Pleure (Martin Cries)

Imagine you wake up one day, all your friends have disappeared. So you look. You look everywhere. Every hiding place, each inch of the city, all the marshes, all the rivers. You look, but cannot find them.

France 2017. Animation. 17’. Director: Jonathan Vinel. Production: AKA PRODUCTIONS.

Vinel (b. 1988) studied in the editing department of La Fémis. He works with Caroline Poggi. They are currently preparing their first feature film called “Jessica Forever”.




Rocío, czekając na deportację do ojczystego kraju, zachodzi w ciążę. Ciężarne nie mogą być przetrzymywane, dlatego do czasu rozwiązania zostaje wypuszczona. Musi kontynuować niechcianą ciążę na wolności.

Italy 2016. Fiction. 20’. Director: Carlo Sironi. Production: Giovanni Pompili.

At the age of 18 he began to study photography and to work on film sets. His short films have been well received and premiered at prestigious festivals.


Gionatan con la G (Gionatan with a G)

Gionatan ma dziewięć lat. W szpitalnej poczekalni podsłuchuje matkę, która kłamie na temat ran na swojej twarzy. Ze słodyczami w rękach i fatalnym pomysłem w głowie, Gionatan postanawia uciec.

Italy 2016. Fiction. 15’. Director: Gianluca Santoni. Production:  Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Production.

Santoni (b. 1991) graduated from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia School. He made web series, commercials, short movies and films.



W drodze na misję wojskową, Max zostaje wciągnięty w zabawę w wojnę z dziećmi sąsiadów. Kiedy traci kontrolę, chłopcy zostają wciągnięci w jego wewnętrzną bitwę.

Netherlands 2016. Fiction. 10’. Director: Christian van Duuren. Production: BIND, Joram Willink & Piet-Harm Sterk.

Van Duuren (1984) studied Audiovisual Media in Utrecht as D.O.P. and director. Selected work: “Letting You Go”, “Meantime” and “Gamechanger”.


Et toujours nous marcherons (And still we will walk on)

Simon przybywa do Paryża w poszukiwaniu brata. Podążając jego śladami, odkrywa głębię niewidzialnego miasta. Spotyka ludzi z marginesu, mówiących tysiącem języków.

France 2016. Fiction. 25’. Director: Jonathan Millet. Production: FILMS GRAND HUIT – HÉLICOTRONC – OFFSHORE.

Millet (born in Paris) studied philosophy and cinema. He travelled around the world shooting inaccessible countries like Iran, Sudan, Colombia and Pakistan.



Młoda pielęgniarka bardziej niż swojej pracy nie znosi tylko starych ludzi. W pokoju nr 12, odkrywa pacjentkę, która właśnie skończyła sto lat: gdzieś musi być jej prezent urodzinowy…

Italy 2017. Fiction. 15’. Director: Alberto Viavattene. Production: Indastria Film, Grey Ladder.

Viavattene (b. 1986, Turin) took part in the camera department of Paolo Sorrentino’s productions like “Youth” and “The Young Pope” HBO tv series.

Polish Competition is dedicated only for short film produced in Poland, up to 45 min long. Topic, form and genre are not subjects of rules restrictions. The Competition aims at presenting a diverse panorama of the latest short films, created by Polish filmmakers and at the same time open their way to international career by presenting them at the Festival.


There are actions one cannot take back, roads one cannot turn back from and choices that are final. The film protagonists of this set are too familiar with these situations. Some, facing the edge, encourage reflection on what we would do in their place. Others deliver the rite of passage; they cross the border between childhood and adulthood; they set out on the journey no one has ever come back from. All of it sounds very serious, but the radical actions presented in these stories will supply is with uncontrollable laughter material.


Strange Case

The last surrealistic journey into consciousness. The sequence of protagonist’s personal experiences and collective memory. Universe created by gentle brush strokes and spots of color.

Poland 2017. Animation. 14’. Director: Zbigniew Czapla. Production: Warsztat Filmowy – Tomasz Wolf.

Zbigniew Czapla is screenwriter, director, animator, painter and graphic artist. He graduated from the Graphic Arts Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Selected filmography: “This world” (2014), “T.” (2014), “Toto” (2013).


The Best Fireworks Ever

Contemporary world, one of the European cities. It depicts one day of life of three friends who, facing a military conflict in their country, must modify their plans for the future.

Poland 2017. Fiction. 28’. Director: Aleksandra Terpińska. Production: Munk Studio.

Aleksandra Terpińska graduated from Directing studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice. She is a director and screenwriter of short films, documentaries, commercials and music videos. Selected filmography: “America”, “Czech swan”, “Chicken”.



“Dust” shows the way of the body and belongings after the death of a single lonely person. Asks questions about the meaning of life, the importance of the individual and value of material goods.

Poland 2016. Documentary. 25’. Director: Jakub Radej. Production: WRiTV.

Jakub Radej is a director and screenwriter born in 1991 in Cieszyn. He is a graduate of Film Directing at the University of Silesia and the DOK PRO documentary course at the Wajda School. Selected filmography: ”Sweet Home Czyzewo”, “God bless you”., “Ghetto Gospel”.


Deer Boy

A short story about a strange weave of love and hate. Its beginning is the birth of a son of a hunter. The boy is born with small nodules, which over time turn into overgrown antlers that resemble a baby deer.

Poland 2017. Fiction. 15’. Director: Katarzyna Gondek. Production: Centrala.

Katarzyna Gondek is a writer and filmmaker. Born in 1982 in Poland. A graduate of film studies and documentary course in Wajda School. Selected filmography: “Figure”, “Bruise ballet”, “The Supreme”.


Bankiet (Banquet)

The main character is on a banquet during which he can not find the company where he found

himself. To keep up with the rest, he starts repeating the actions performed by other guests.


Poland 2016. Animation. 4’. Director: Julia Orlik. Production: Lodz Film School.

Julia Orlik was born in 1996, she graduated from Animation Films And Film Special Effects course at the Film School in Lodz.


Herstoria – a combination of English words her and story, is a narrative from the female perspective, told by a woman, but not always about a woman. It is not meant to be a catchy feminist label, but a change of perspective and a perfect occasion to examine the approaches to storytelling. The women’s world presented will not be colorful like a magazine, we will not always find fixed solutions for how to live and who to be. This world is a little bit more complicated, unpredictable and weird, while the heroes and heroines don’t have a ready answer to every question.



Zofia and Kuba are young parents in a small town. When Zofia has an opportunity to act in a film with a famous actress Marta, she decides to go to the casting with her baby. Then she has to decide which role to take.

Poland 2017. Fiction. 20’. Director: Katarzyna Iskra. Production: Gdynia Film School.

Katarzyna Iskra was born and raised in Polish mountains. She took her first steps in directing at Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of Gdynia Film School. Casting is her diploma project. Selected filmography (codirection):  “F. 63.9”, “Milk”, “Arrival”.


Oh Mother!


Mother and son are changing places and roles constantly: once, the mother is an adult, sometimes

son matures and takes care of suddenly childish mother. The arrangement works fine – until…

Poland 2017. Animation. 12’. Director: Paulina Ziółkowska. Production: Lodz Film School, Fumi Studio

Paulina Ziółkowska was born in 1988 in Wroclaw. She graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. She is currently studying animation at the National Film School in Lodz. Selected filmography: “Bless you!”,  “Flip flat”.



Five members of a rather peculiar family meet at the police station. Three grown-up children have

to testify against the man who beat up their father.

Poland 2017. Fiction. 24’. Director: Emi Buchwald. Production: Lodz Film School.

Emi Buchwald born in 1991. She graduated from Film Directing at the National Film School in Łódź. Prior to her education in Łódź, she had completed a documentary course at the Wajda School. Selected filmography: “Education”, “Driving school”, “Brothers”.


Marysia’s World

In intimate documentary about coming into adulthood. Marysia is 20-years-old and doesn’t know what to do with her life. She takes her phone everywhere and has strained relationship with mother.

Poland 2017. Documentary. 20’. Director: Katarzyna Ewa Żak. Production: WRiTV.

Katarzyna Ewa Żak was born in 1988. She is a student of Image Realisation at the Silesian University. She is also a photojournalist and an author of movie photos.




A woman who is an experienced breeder introduces a young girl to the world of purebred dog shows. The two of try to become friends, despite the ruthless competitiveness that holds sway in those circles.

Poland 2017. Documentary. 16’. Director: Natalia Pietsch. Production: Munk Studio, SFP, LeLe Crossmedia Production.

Natalia Pietsch was born in 1988 in Krakow. She graduated with honours from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice (graphics). She is studying Film Image Production at the University of Silesia.


A metaphor of two worlds is nothing new, yet it joins different stories together. Here we will find those who exist on the border of the worlds and see more, because they have an insight into the past and the future. Since there are two worlds. there must also be a clear borderline for the characters to balance on with acrobatic skill. It may also mean that there exists “here” and “there” – a place one starts from and a place one may reach. Does the fulfillment of dreams await there? If not, then what is there?


Impossible figures and other stories II

The protagonist of the film is a woman who trips and falls, while rushing around the house. She gets up, only to discover, that her home is built from paradoxes and filled with illusions

Poland 2016. Animation. 15’. Director: Marta Pajek. Production: Animoon sp. z o.o.

Marta Pajek was born in 1982 in Kielce. She graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, where she specialized in animated film. As part of an exchange programme she studied in Turku Arts Academy. Selected filmography: “Sleepincords”, “Next door”, “After apples”.



Beata is a telephone fortune teller and she’s advising thousands in her work. Her life changes drastically, when one of her readings almost leads to a tragedy.

Poland 2017. Fiction. 28’. Director: Kordian Kądziela. Production: WRiTV.

Kordian Kądziela is director and screenwriter. He has graduated from Film and television directing at the University of Silesia. Selected filmography: “Lockjaw”, “Larp” , “Boo!”.


Nothing New Under the Sun

Michal lives in the country and works at a cattle farm, comes back home, has dinner and rests. Every day in his life is the same. One day girl met on the internet is visiting him.

Poland 2017. Fiction. 25’. Director: Damian Kocur. Production: WRiTV.

Damian Kocur is studying cinematography at the University of Silesia. His movies were shown and prized at numerous festivals all over the world. Selected filmography: “The Return”, “What I want”, “Lesson”.


The Wizard of U.S.

Social satire on story by L. F. Baum. A mysterious tornado grabs Dorothy and takes her to an unusual place. She follows the yellow brick road to the wizard who will surely make her dreams come true.

Poland 2017. Animation. 23’. Director: Balbina Bruszewska. Production: WJTeam.

Balbina Bruszewska (b. 1982) is writer and director of animations and music videos. Graduate of the Polish National Film School in Lodz and the UCLA Extensios CA in writing for television. Selected filmography: “The good, the truth and the beauty”, “The city sails on”.

Dances with Camera is an international competition for short films, whose common language is dance and body movement. To participate in the selection are welcome dance productions from all over the world, which expose endless possibilities of physical expression, embodied through film medium, regardless of form and genre – from drama, documentary, animation to experimental projects and choreographic impressions.


The winners will be chosen by an international jury, which will award three prizes in every competition. The audience gathered at the competition screenings will decide about Audience Award. Total prize pool is 12 000 EUR

Dances with Camera I


Heron” is an improvised dance film about marginalization and urban rites of passages. The story and movements unfolded out of an intimate encounter with a wounded heron. Remaining beautifully defiant, utterly graceful and elevated out of his pain, he looked as impotent as I felt.

USA 2016. 5’. Director: Roxana Barba. Production: Roxana Barba.

Roxana Barba is a choreographer and performer whose practice incorporates interdisciplinary uses of dance, film and video. Studied at Pontificia Universidad Católica. Selected filmography: Zenú, Mango Season.


Individual performances or communal expression? We can become more than the just the sum of our parts if we come together. Six solo dancers walk on to a bare white stage, they start performing carefully choreographed individual dances. The film cuts between their performances, interweaving their dynamics and flow in to a single performance as the shots get faster.

UK 2016. 7’. Director: Simon Fildes. Production: Goat.

Simon Fildes has worked as a researcher, creative producer, project manager and teacher. He has spent most of his working life as a freelance in the arts, music and media sectors.

Carte blanche

A wandering poet. A wood of leaves and fleeting glimpses. What time is this? Just like a recurring echo, imagination is movement, movement becomes dance. In the middle of nature, in an ancient or future place that is only his own, some elusive figures come up beside the main character, tempting him with a sign, a dance, or a passionate embrace.

Italy 2017. 6’. Director: Augenblick. Production: Augenblick Associazione Culturale.

Augenblick is a video dance and performance collective, formed in 2014 by Alessandra Elettra Badoino. Since 2015 it’s been a cultural association based in Genoa, Italy.

In search of lost time

A man and a woman inhabit the same surreal location though not, apparently, at the same time. Marta Renzi directs this black-and-white meditation on memory and absence, joined by long-time collaborator Charles Caster-Dudzick (camera), as well as Aislinn MacMaster & David Thomson (performers).

USA 2017. 9’. Director: Marta Renzi. Production: And Dancers, Inc.

Creator of over 20 short films. Called “a fearless explorer of unconventional sites” for her site-specific choreography. Commissioned by public television to make 2 half-hour video dances in the 80s.


A house that is falling apart. A relationship that is crumbling. When there is nothing left.

Nederlands 2017. 1’. Director: Nicola Hepp. Production: Nicola Hepp.

Obtained her Master at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Her live performances have involved video and projections since 2003. Selected filmography: The Double, Walk, Echo.


A table, two chairs, some teacups… a lifetime together… Porcelain. A story of love…. life and its many changes, meeting, sharing, caring, dependency, and loss. A couple show their story, of how the strength of their relationship informs the way they adapt and accept a change brought on by a serious health issue.

UK 2017. 7’. Director: Roswitha Chesher. Production: Louisa Borg-Costanzi Potts, Trinity Laban

Roswitha Chesher originally trained as a dancer and choreographer at Trinity Laban. She creates dance for camera films and video installations for live work.

Cold Storage

Short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out for a wild all-night party.

Finland 2016. 9’. Director: Thomas Freundlich. Production: Lumikinos Production

Freundlich is leading practitioner in Finland’s vibrantly growing independent dance film scene. He makes dance shorts, documentaries, 3D projects and projection design for the stage.


Turkey is experiencing a disturbing political turn. Meanwhile, a man, troubled by the sounds of an increasingly menacing conflict, fails to find sleep.How to sleep while one hears the ghosts of war? Where did these explosions come from? From the city or his own head?

France 2017. 8’. Director: Alice Fargier. Production: bathysphere productions.

Fargier (b. 1984) is a Swiss French director. Her “The Water and the Wall” received many awards. She just finished her latest film, a short documentary called “The Visit”.


Uncertainty of reality that permeates daily life. Is what’s happening really happening? CARGO is a short, one shot dance film.

Germany 2017. 4’. Director: Jasmine Ellis. Production: Jasmine Ellis, Bad Posture Productions.

Ellis is a Canadian filmmaker and choreographer based in Munich. Co-founded Bad Posture Productions, dedicated to contemporary dance films. Selected work: PLAN B, INFORMATIE.

The Leaning and the Blind

By the Leaning tower of Pisa, an endless choreography goes on. Attempting to catch the iconic shot, people are posing as if holding the tower up. Hundreds of strangers fumble and probe at air, like the blind, finding their way. This creates a shared language of movement, a global game of chinese whispers.

Finland 2017. 12’. Director: Sara Pathirane. Production: Sara Pathirane.

Pathirane’s work deals with the tradition of landscape painting and the problematics of taking a picture. She works with video, painting and live-installations.

Жар Птица (Firebird)

An artistic impression, driven by the rhythm of the music and the freedom of the dance, creates a magical world, where Love is the leading metaphysical force that overpowers life and death.

Bulgaria 2016. 7’. Director: Velislava Gospodinova. Production: Red Stroke.
Freelance art director, compositor and animator. She works commercially in the field of visual effects and 2D compositing. Radiant person with dark imaginative mind and crazy twisted dreams.

The Dance of the Living Stones

An independent group of young Italian artists; a Sicilian indie-rock band; one of the greatest land-art works in the world and a small, fierce town always fighting to keep its memory alive. Combining land-art, dance and music is the ultimate goal of a project born to illustrate the image of Sicily and a piece of Italian history in a creative way.

Italy 2017. 5’. Director: Angelo De Grande. Production: Giuseppe Dugo

De Grande is an art historian with a PhD from Paris’ EPHE. His first work, “Sailor Acoustic Song for French chanteuse Irina R”, has won the Imperia Film Festival and the Avanca Film Festival in 2016.

Dance Rome Rise

You have walked free among the flowers by yourself. From me the beautiful world of colour and motion has been taken away. How do you feel if you knew the end of the world will come within three days? What would you do? How would you express that?

Italy 2016. 8’. Director: Javier Cardenete Rivera. Production: Filmo a.c., Real Academia de España en Roma.

Cardenete Rivera finished Complutense University of Madrid. He explores audiovisual narratives with fiction, non-fiction and videodance projects.

True Love Waits

A poignant tale of loss and loneliness. This dance film features world-renowned Batsheva dancer-choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith in a hypnotic performance to Radiohead’s “True Love Waits”.

Israel 2017. 3’. Director: Adi Halfin. Production: Dallas Simms.

Halfin is an award-winning director and screenwriter. Has screenings in over 70 film festivals, including Cannes and Berlinale, and have won international prizes. She divides her time between Tel-Aviv and Berlin.


Dances with Camera II

Above the light

Above the light” is set on a rooftop to the backdrop of sun set and city lights.

UK 2016. 6’. Director: Heike Salzer. Production: Salts & Jack Laidlaw.

Salzer is a German performer, choreographer, curator, lecturer and researcher. In 2017 she was invited to join the board of directors of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema.

Skuggdjur (Shadow Animals)

Marall follows her parents to a party and they want her to behave. As the evening progresses she finds the adults’ behaviour increasingly strange. Everyone at the party is trying to fit in, but not everyone succeeds. Marall also seems to be the only one seeing the shadow circulating inside the house.

Sweden 2017. 22’. Director: Jerry Carlsson. Production: Garagefilm International.

Carlsson graduated from Valand Academy in 2015. In 2015 Jerry was selected for the European Film Promotions programme “FUTURE FRAMES: Ten filmmakers to follow” at Karlovy Vary.

The doubts and reflections of Eve

The film inspiration was drawn from story of Eve, strong female character, that appears in holy books of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, it’s interpretations in painting, film and literature. Dance film inspired by a poem by polish writer Adam Zagajewski ”Try to praise the mutilated world”. The theme of the film is a contrast between incredible beauty of the world and it’s brutality and sadness.

Spain, Poland 2017. 9’. Director: Eva Campos Suarez. Production: Plat Artistic assosiation.

Campos Suarez is freelance photo- and videographer based in Brussels. She cooperates with polish choreographer Marta Kosieradzka.

Kalt (Cold)

Is about the suffer of a mother who is not able to feel love for her child, no matter how she tries. She falls into a depression, which makes it hard to go on with her life…

Germany 2017. 6’. Director: Sven Niemeyer. Production: red penguin

Niemeyer received his comprehensive theatre education with a focus on dance in Hamburg and Munich. Numerous trainings in Seattle, LA and NY let him ripen in the dance field. “Cold” is his first movie.

Eurêka !

A society of people with Down syndrome is living in the ruins of a former fairgrounds. They find a mechanical doll, played by the only nondisabled artist of the troupe. The disabled artists grab the doll, manipulating and making her into a circus number.

Canada 2016. 15’. Director: David B.Ricard. Production: Les productions des pieds des mains (Menka Nagrani)

B. Ricard (b. 1984) works as a cinematographer and video designer. He collaborated with the socially-engaged choreographer Menka Nagrani on this project.


Video that explores the idea of making the effort to adjust the moment by moment of timing of action. With the outcome of having alertness to tactics and setting goals. A female figure smashed into her own world, submitted to a bizarre journey of entrapment. Moves fiercely onto a narrow, rusty old space surrounded by windows that reflect the raging sea.

Greece 2016. 3’. Director: Aliki Chiotaki. Production: Aliki Chiotaki.

Aliki Chiotaki is an interdisciplinary artist who explores body motion, rhythms and forms in space through movement observation and videography. Her art crosses video, dance, drawing and photography.

The Yellow Room

We discover the isolated figures of Jessica and Junji, each encased in a solitary beam of warm light. They cautiously circle one another, collide and collapse. Limbs entwine, tangle and extend, bodies release and are caught before they crash to the ground. Are they lovers? Are they one?

USA 2017. 5’. Director: Sara Pathirane. Production: Visual Artist.

Pathirane’s work deals with the tradition of landscape painting and the problematics of taking a picture. She has studied in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and Accademia Albertina in Torino.


Bhairava evokes facets of Shiva, the Lord of Dance, as both the destructor of evil and the guardian of time. Dancer and choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa embodies the powerful and omnipresent persona of Bhairava, creating a vivid incarnation of the deity, set within the evocative landscape of Hampi, India.

Canada 2017. 14’. Director: Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer. Production: Mouvement Perpétuel.

Millar and Szporer met in 1986. Their professional talents merged ten years later with the video series Moments in Motion.

Ballata dell’ipocondria (Ballad of Hypochondria)

A path for music and images suspended between narration and experimentation, technology and tribalism. Primarily focuses on symbolic work on the color scheme, with choreography by Hilde Grella. and Loguercio’s playback that works sometimes with melodeon player Alessandro D’Alessandro, while the other guest are vocalists.

Italy 2017. 6’. Director: Antonello Matarazzo. Production: Antonello Matarazzo.

Matarazzo is painter and video artist. His work takes place in the most recent tendency called “Medialismo”, intended to integrate different media (photo, picture, video).