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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 consists of 6 film selections encompassing 6 broad subjects, full of unexpected approaches related to fiction, visuals and form. Authors of the presented films are not afraid to take risks while exploring the concept of art, often heading towards experimental impressions. They present the ambivalence of worlds that amuse, intrigue, disturb and awe, but what’s most important – shape us.


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 a perfect occasion to not only appreciate the most interesting films, but also to share with the viewers the most interesting elements of the short film world. That is the reason why this year competition submissions were open and free. We have received over 2000 films. Their quantity and quality is an indisputable proof that short cinematography is doing incredibly well in Poland. Encompassing various forms, with film lengths varying from 4 to 30 minutes, directors reach for a broad palette of emotions and forms of expression. They amuse, mislead, experiment and encourage reflection. Let’s be honest, short, and not beat around the bush: yes, these three competition sets contain all shades of Polish short cinema. From euphoria and banquet, through fireworks to dust.


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 short film competition that showcases films that share a common language of movement and dance. The screenings include films from all over the world, exposing the audience to immense possibilities of physical expression and film portrayal. This year we have selected 23 titles from 14 countries, which will be seeking appreciation of both the Jury and the audience. The program includes fiction, documentaries, animations, experimental projects and choreographic impressions. There are reflective works, but also films meant to amuse. Just like every year, the program will
be filled with dance, corporal narratives and unexpected searches in movement.

Dances with Camera has been a part of Short Waves Festival for 5 years, the screenings consistently meet with enthusiasm of both dance and film aficionados. Hence, for the 10th edition of the festival, in addition to the competition screenings of Dances with Camera,
we also prepared a special screening of Polish dance films, Polish Moves.


19:00 (90’ + Q&A) | Dances with Camera I |Słodownia +3 | 10 PLN | PL + ENG

19:00 (90’ + Q&A) | Dances with Camera II | Słodownia +3 | 10 PLN | PL + ENG

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).


The international competition entitled Urban View returns to the festival program with double the strength. Carefully selected images present a man’s surrounding in a codified form. The authors of films dedicated to the subject of architecture and urban design focus on the element that usually constitutes solely a backdrop to cinematic narratives. The reveal elements of reality in a non obvious way, deconstruct the aesthetic order and present known and unknown sites. Urban View offers a compliation of perspectives from all over the world, gives inspiration and evokes reflection on living and existing in a specific space. Through various cinematic forms it penetrates the urban tissue and follows the volatile life pace of its residents. Architecture is not a mere scenography for everyday life, but assumes the role of the main character who leads the viewer through its history by means of the cinematic medium’s visual layer. And this history will have you hooked!

Tshweesh (Disruption)

The football World Cup kicks off today and the people of Beirut are eager for the big awaited event.

While life moves on normally in such a day, the signal of the first match seems to be disrupted by

strange audio waves.

Lebanon 2017. Documentary. 26’. Director: Feyrouz Serhal. Production: Fiction 2.0, Roummana, Zeitun Films, Placeless Films.

Feyrouz Serhal acquired her Master’s degree in Film and Screen Studies at Goldsmiths College

University of London, after having worked as director and producer at Arab TV channels in the Middle East. Her first short fiction film “Tshweesh” was premiered in Locarno. Serhal is in development of her first feature film.

Contact: feyrouz@roummana.com



The Nest

A story about how quickly social harmony can break down when people are pushed out to the sidelines. A single-mum family are driven to extreme behaviour when they are evicted from the house they live in illegally and replaced with second-generation immigrants.

UK 2016. Fiction. 20’. Director: Jamie Jones. Production: Shelley Jones.

Jamie Jones is a director from London who started his career shooting documentaries for networks like the BBC and MTV. He has written and directed an array of award-winning short films, winning the Film London competition at BAFTA for his short film “The Birdcage”. He is currently in post-production for his first feature film.

Contact: jamie@beyondfiction.co.uk




Wolkenkuckucksheim (Cloud-Cuckoo-Land)


With curiosity about how we are shaped by the spaces we grow up in, a filmmaker questions her parents – two architects – about their creative process in designing her childhood home.

Germany 2016. Documentary. 7’. Director: Lilian Hess. Production:  Lilian Hess.

Lilian Hess is a German documentary filmmaker based in London. She focuses on stories about

youth, relationships, and family histories. Previous films include “Anna” (2016) and “Revising

Anneliese” (2017).

Contact: lilian.s.hess@gmail.com



Project X

A top-secret handbook takes viewers on an undercover journey to TITANPOINTE, the site of a hidden partnership. Narrated by Rami Malek and Michelle Williams, and based on classified NSA documents, Project X reveals the inner workings of a windowless skyscraper in downtown Manhattan.

USA 2016. Documentary. 11’. Directors: Laura Poitras, Henrik Moltke. Production: Field of Vision.

Laura Poitras is a filmmaker and journalist. Her film “Citizenfour”won an Oscar for best documentary. Her reporting on NSA surveillance received the George Polk Award for National Security journalism, and shared in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service. She recently exhibited her first solo museum show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Contact: studio@praxisfilms.org


Nature: All Rights Reserved

In a world where the original nature is widely disappearing, there seems to be a new form of nature: artificial nature. The essayistic documentary examines the context, experience and various forms of this simulated nature in a experimental way.

The Netherlands 2016. Documentary. 22’. Director: Sebastian Mulder. Production: Sebastian Mulder

Sebastian Mulder has always been fascinated with the changing relationships between humans and nature and hopes to examine this subject more in his future work. Sebastian Mulder has a love for experimental en poetic documentaries.

Contact: sebastianlevimulder@gmail.com


Leninopad (The Fall of Lenin)


An ironic documentary film about the farewell to the phantoms of the USSR in Ukraine.The spiritual session with the ghost of Lenin guides us through our past, present and future. The film presents the dawn and the twilight of idols, and the curious afterlife of history’s ghosts.

Ukraine 2017. Documentary. 12’. Director: Svitlana Shymko. Production: Yulia Serdyukova.

Svitlana Shymko is an independent director from Ukraine, a graduate of the DocNomads international MA program in documentary film directing. Her short films were shown at numerous international film festivals. Svitlana is working on developing political, social, and feminist topics in documentary cinema.

Contact: svitlana.shymko@gmail.com


Impresso in-urbe

“Impressio in-urbe” goes through the textures of the urban space: the materiality of architectures, corners and prospectives, the drawings of pavings, the squares, the bricks. It’s a detailed decomposition of the city’s “cloak”.


Italy 2017. Documentary. 17’. Director: Giuseppe Spina. Production: Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Nomadica, Home Movies.

Giuseppe Spina’s work investigates on cinematic language, sound and writing’s experiments.

He is the director of Nomadica – an international network for the experimental cinema.

Contact: info@nomadica.eu


Livorno 32

A house on the outskirts of the city in the dark of night: Inside the apartments, one by one, the lights go out. Late at night, a boy receives a phone call from his father asking him for one last favour. He always says it’s the last one.

Israel 2017. Fiction. 11’. Director: Miki Polonski. Production: Miki Polonski.

Born in Bat Yam, Israel, Miki Polonski graduated in film from the Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv. His short film “Ten Buildings Away” (2015) premiered in Cannes while “1 Building and 40 People Dancing” (2015) was screened at DocAviv and the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers’ Forum. Miki Polonski is currently developing his first feature.

Contact: contact@ilyamarcus.com


The recipe is simple, while the method – foolproof. 10 programmers and directors of the most interesting short film festivals in Europe have joined forces and created a competition set of 10 films. Fresh, inspiring – simply the best. A subjective review of the newest trends in short cinematography prepared by people who watch hundreds, or even thousands of short films a year. The final selection includes both experimental forms and society-focused cinema, coming-of-age stories and an animated musical. Everything you’d want to watch in the short cinema category and much, much more. This special program will be viewed by an international jury consisting of 20 prominent short cinema representatives who will award one winning title with the prize of 10 thousand PLN.

Best of Ten is a project based on values particularly important to film festivals: exchange, collaboration and sharing what is best with others.


Prima Noapte (First Night)

Selected by Maja Šuša – Bašta Fest

Alex’s birthday is approaching, and his father Calin has prepared a very special surprise: the first night with a girl.

Romania 2016. Fiction. 17’. Director: Andrei Tanase. Production: Bogdan Craciun.

Andrei Tănase studied cinema at the National Film School in Bucharest and works as a freelancer. His filmography includes awarded short films such as “Summer Break” (Luna Prize at NexT IFF 2015).

Contact: andrei.tns@gmail.com


We Love Moses

Selected by: Rich Warren – Encounters Short Film Festival

When Ella was 12, she had her first fight. And when she was 12, she discovered sex. Now 18, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her brother’s best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.

UK 2016. Fiction. 15’. Director: Dionne Edwards. Production: Georgia Goggin.

Dionne Edwards – b. 1986. Selected filmography: “Hi, Miss!”, “Ball Talk”, “We Love Moses” (which premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2016 and has won multiple awards worldwide). Contact: tengtengfilms@gmail.com


Min Bӧrda (The Burden)

Selected by Lucile Bourliaud – Flatpack Festival

A dark musical enacted in a modern market place, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues 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”.

Contact: niki.lindroth@gmail.com


Killing Klaus Kinski

Selected by Per Fikse – Minimalen Kortfilmfestival

The weather and the overpowering jungle lead the film crew to plot the assassination of the main actor. We revisit a myth of the history of film when in the toughest part of shooting Fitzcarraldo, the director Werner Herzog fantasize about killing actor Klaus Kinski.

Colombia, Greece 2016. Fiction. 21’. Director: Spiros Stathoulopoulos. Production: David Corredor. Stathoulopoulos is a film director and screenwriter best known for “PVC-1” and “Meteora” – film nominated  for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Contact: david@candelariafilms.com

The Hollow Coin

Selected by Sven Schwarz – Internationales KurzFilmFestival Hamburg

Existing between spy thriller and prank call, this charmingly facetious video is about a man at a payphone desperately trying to retrieve his SD card, which is hidden in a hollow coin.

USA 2016. Experimental. 12’. Director: Frank Heath. Production: Frank Heath.

Frank Heath (1982, USA) is an artist and filmmaker living and working in New York. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, e.g. in New York and Hong Kong.

Contact: frankheath@gmail.com


Kino Rialto / 24.03.2018 / 16:00 / 90’



Selected by Sanne Jehoul – Glasgow Short Film Festival

For over 35 years Yussuf Mume Saleh journeys at night to the outskirts of the walled city of Harar to bond with his beloved hyenas.

Ethiopia 2016. Documentary. 6’. Director: Jessica Beshir. Production: Jessica Beshir.

Jessica Beshir was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She is an actress and producer, known also for “Heroin” (2017) and “He Who Dances on Wood” (2016).

Contact: jessybeshir@gmail.com


La Bouche (The Mouth)

Selected by Laurence Boyce – PÖFF Shorts


A man learns of the brutal death of his daughter, murdered by her husband. Suspended time oscillating between the need for peace and the desire for vengeance. A musical film performed by the master percussionist from Guinea, Mohamed Bangoura, aka “Diable Rouge,” loosely based on his own life.

France 2017. Experimental. 19’. Director: Camilo Restrepo. Production: 5 à 7 Films.

Born in 1975, in Colombia. Lives and works in Paris. His filmography includes “Cilaos”, “Impression of a War”, “As the Sun’s Shadow Continues to Extend When it is Setting”.

Contact: contact@camilo-restrepo-films.net



After School Knife Fight

Selected by: Anne Gaschütz – Filmfest Dresden

Laëtitia, Roca, Nico, and Naël get together in a wasteland for their final rehearsal. The group will soon no longer exist because Laëtitia is going faraway to study. A story of these young adults who don’t want to say goodbye.

France 2017. Fiction. 21’. Directors: Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel. Production: Ecce Films.

Jonathan (1988) studied editing department at La Fémis. Caroline (1990) studied at Paris IV University and University in Corsica. Their short film won Golden Bear (Berlinale Shorts).

Contact: rinaldi@eccefilms.fr  




Gutten er sulten (The Hunger)

Selected by Vincent Langouche – Internationaal Kortfilmfestival Leuven

A sixteen-year-old boy seeks out a vicious criminal to prove his grit. An expressive suburban gothic tale which enters the mindset of a teenager and explores the phenomenon of sensation seeking at a young age.

Norway 2017. Fiction. 20’. Director: Kenneth Karlstad. Production: Petter Onstad Løkke.

Karlstad (b. 1984) is an Oslo based director doing music videos, ads and fiction. In 2015 won an award at the Norwegian Short Film Festival for “Told You by Eva & the Heartmaker”.

Contact: Toril.Simonsen@nfi.no



The Fifth Wall

Selected by Doris Bauer –  VIS Vienna Shorts

A glass pane undergoes major physical forces — a metaphor for the omnipresent displays and signs of our time, for our society, linked to the screen.

Austria 2017. Experimental. 12’. Directors: Florian Kindlinger, Peter Kutin. Production: Kutin | Kindlinger. Artistic duo works with sound and its extensions. Consequently seeks for friction and its potential, for psychological twists between the relations of sound–image–object.

Contact: kutin@klingt.org

Kino Rialto / 24.03.2018 / 18:00 / 90’

Stary człowiek i może

This special selection shifts old age from the margin to the very center. “Old Man Who Can” presents stories on maturity and its various dimensions: romantic, funny, melancholic and rebellious. The protagonists approach life with humor, respectable bravery and vitality. Sometimes, despite the difficulties and falls they manage to convince us that the fall of one’s life is full of color, while most of the shades of the palette are warm.


Poland 2017. Documentary. 17‘. Director: Andrzej Święch


Na językach

Poland 2017. Animation. 4‘. Director: Karolina Borgiasz



France 2016. Fiction. 20‘. Director: Christophe Switzer


True Blue

Greece 2016. Dokument. 29‘. Director: Haris Raftogiannis


11 Life Lessons From an Awesome Old Dyke

USA 2015. Documentary. 9‘. Director: Allison Khoury

Oscar® Nominated Shorts fabuły i animacje

Academy Awards are one of the most prestigious distinctions in the world of film. Since the 1930s,  the most important representatives of the film industry do not forget to honor short films that constitute a significant part of American cinematography. During the 90th anniversary of the celebration, 15 short films will be competing for the golden statue, in 3 categories: animation, live-action adn documentary. Despite the fact they are rarely mentioned in the press, these sets tackle  significant subjects and show unique stories.

Best animated short movie:

Dear Basketball / reż. Glen Keane / USA 2017/ 6‘
Garden Party / reż. Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon / USA 2016 / 7‘
Lou / reż. Dave Mullins / USA 2017 / 7‘
Negative Space / reż. Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata / France 2017 / 5‘
Revolting Rhymes / reż. Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer / UK 2017 / 29‘

Łączny czas: 54 minut

Total time: 54 min


Best short actor movie :

DeKalb Elementary / reż. Reed Van Dyk / USA 2016 / 21‘
The Eleven O’Clock / reż. Derin Seale / Australia 2016 / 13‘
My Nephew Emmett / reż. Kevin Wilson Jr. / USA 2017 / 20‘
The Silent Child / reż. Chris Overton / UK 2017 / 20‘
Watu Wote/All of Us / reż. Katja Benrath / Germany 2017 / 22‘

Łączny czas: 96 minut

Total time: 96 min

Dances with Camera: Polish Moves!

Dance is a philosophical act – movement is an act of thought. Polish moves is a selection of Polish films, in which different ways of thinking about dance and movement intersect.

The presence of dance in the Short Waves Festival program has become an established tradition, thanks to the international competition Dances with Camera, has been presenting selected dance films to Polish audiences for the past 5 years. This year, for the 10th anniversary festival edition we are broadening this program by a special screening called Polish moves, focusing on dance films created by Polish artists.


City Tissue
Poland 2016. 3’.
Director: Marta Kosieradzka.


Gatunki chronione (Endangered Species)
Poland 2014. 18’.
Director: Anu Czerwiński.


Poland 2017. 1’.
Director: Natalia Wilk.


Dom (Home)
Poland 2017. 2’.
Director: Adam Bartoszewicz.


A Rare Window
Poland 2016. 4’.
Director: Łukasz Zięba.


Poland 2017. 2’.
Director: Alicja Miszczor-Jobda.


Inicjacja (Initiation)
Poland 2017. 18’
Director: Iwona Pasińska.


Passar calle. Zmierzanie (Passar calle. Wending)
Poland 2015. 9’.
Director: Anna Ochman.


Syrenada (Sirenade)
Poland 2016. 8’.
Directors: Krystyna Lama Szydłowska, Zofia Tomczyk.


Poland 2015. 4’.
Directors: Alicja Hoppel.


DANCE.DOC – Anita Wach – MAAT FESTIVAL 2013 ‘border line’
Poland 2013. 21’.
Director: Patrycja Płanik.

Girl Power Shorts

The reality presented in this film selection is focused on female protagonists and their extraordinary or completely ordinary life stories. The audience will have the opportunity to meet the coming-of-age Tex, Meryem – the woman at the heart of fight against the Islamic State or a group of close friends who are dreaming of getting away from the small town in Japan. Girl Power Shorts explore friendship, love, loss, rebellion and fight, and present an inspiring perspective on what it means to be a girl and a woman in the modern world.


The Netherlands 2017. Documentary. 15’.

Director: Reber Dosky



The Netherlands 2017. Fiction. 18’.

Director: Jonas Smulders



The Philippines 2016. Fiction. 15’.

Director: Carlo Francisco Manatad



The Netherlands 2017. Fiction. 22’.

Director: Isabel Lamberti


And So We Put Goldfish In The Pool

Japan 2016. Fiction. 28’.

Director: Makoto Nagahisa


Kino Rialto / 22.03.2018 / 22:00 / 90’

Comedy Shorts

Comedy Shorts is a selection that aims to match the different tastes of audience members, presenting a broad palette of humour. This time it will not only show funny and abstract everyday situations, but also focus on interpersonal relations, in which humor plays a significant role. During the screening the viewer will expose TV reality, get caught in kidnapping of a famous actor, or take a closer look at a romantic relationship between a robot and a girl. The goal of this set is to make the audience laugh at all costs. A comedy set is a great warm up before a Friday night!

The Artificial Humors

Portugal/Brasil 2017. Fiction. 30‘.

Director: Gabriel Abrantes



Romania 2017. Fiction. 25‘.

Director: Andrei Huteleac


Studio 5 (Because The World Never Stops)

Sweden 2017. Documentary. 12‘.

Director: Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck


Klem (Stuck)

Netherlands 2016. Fiction. 10‘.

Director: Mathijs Geijskes



Sweden 2017. Animation. 8‘.

Director: Patrik Eklund

Hot Shorts

It’s the hottest selection of Short Film Festival 2018! Films, in which the characters not only discover their body and sexuality, but are also trying to understand what sex is in context of interpersonal relations and how it influences their identity. The selection tells a story of strong, brutal at times, passion, first flirting attempts and an obsessive infatuation. Different representations of sexual experiences, more or less intense, will fill the cinema hall with a pleasant air of sensuality.


Klimat i Wanilia

Poland 2016. Documentary. 16‘
Director: Bogna Kowalczyk



Belgium 2016. Animation. 7‘

Director: Lora D’Addazio


Night of Ponchongas

Spain 2013. Fiction. 15‘

Director: Roberto Bueso



Belgium 2016. Ficiton. 12‘. Director: Laura Hermanides

La Nuit Je Danse Avec La Mort (Night I Dance With Death)

France 2017. Animation. 6‘. Director: Vincent Gibaud



UK 2016. Fiction. 13‘

Director: Sophie Ansell, Annie Jenkins


Le banquet de la concubine (Banquet of the Concubine)

China 2012. Animation. 12‘

Director: Hefang Wei


Kino Rialto / 24.03.2018 / 22:00 / 80‘

SWF dla Dzieci: KUKI

The KUKI Shorts for Kids program aimed at children aged 4-9, shows that a little cinematic imagination goes a long way. See mountains, eggs and a computer come to life; the tale of friendship, awkward situations at bus stations and even the remarkable everyday routine of a young boy in India.

Overall, an entertaining and diverse collection that demonstrates the astonishing stylistic and narrative range of short film – from challenges such as poverty to films that are insightful, wonderfully silly and even eye-opening.

Some Thing

Germany 2015. Animation. 7’.

Director: Elena Walf



Germany 2008. Animation. 3’.

Director: Markus Kempken



Switzerland 2014. Animation. 2’.

Director: Andreas Hummel


Zwei Freunde (Two Friends)

France 2014. Animation. 4’.

Director: Natalia Chernysheva


Forever Mine

The Netherland 2013. Animation. 7’.

Director: Michael Visser  


The Wild Life of Koyaa – Phone (3/4)

Slovenia 2005. Animation. 3’.

Director: Kolja Saksida


Freilandeier (Free-Range Eggs)

Germany 2006. Animation. 10’.

Director: Daniel Faigle



India, UK 2011. Documentary. 9’.

Director: Andrew Hinton


Electric Soul

Finland 2013. Animation. 5’.

Director: Joni Männistö

Short Matters is a unique project of European Film Academy, which shows a manifold panorama of the most important young contemporary European filmmaking. The initiative is organised in cooperation with a series of film festivals throughout the continent, at which the best films are selected for competition eligible for the European Film Awards. When the annual cycle is complete the members of the European Film Academy elect the overall winner. This time the audience will have the opportunity  to see three exciting, jam-packed programmes presenting contemporary problems from the most diverse parts of the world.

Short Matters I


Coco is 17 and desperately wants to become famous, even though she seems to lack the necessary talent. On her online „Coco Channel“, she creates a confident persona she wishes she could be in real life.

Austria/Germany 2016. Documentary/Fiction. 30‘. Director: Jannis Lenz.

Programmer: Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival


Young Men At Their Window

Two graphic designers at work, by mistake, start playing with an empty scanner’s possibilities. They venture into assumptions, eventually open up to each other, and let go of the strange images, until they let go of themselves.

France 2017. Fiction. 18’. Director: Loukianos Mashonas

Programmer: Locarno Festival


The Disinherited

Los Desheredados is a portrait of the director’s father facing the end of his family business. Pere Ferrés is 53 years old and owns a small bus company. Lack of money forces him to drive clients to bachelor parties. Eventually he’s running out of patience.

Spain 2017. Documentary/Fiction. 19’.  Director: Laura Ferrés.

Programmer: Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival



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.

Programmer: Sarajevo Film Festival


Abstract haiku-like situations reveal the change in atmosphere on one planet, caused by the change of gravity and light. This pulsing planet makes the inhabitants become one with each other in various ways.

Hungary/France 2016. Animation. 14’. Director: Réka Bucsi.

Programmer: Uppsala International Short Film Festival

Short Matters II

En La Boca

In Buenos Aires, the Molina family lives and works in the shadows of the legendary Boca Juniors stadium. Selling fake tickets to the soccer games, they constantly get in conflict with the corrupt police.

Switzerland/Argentina 2016. Documentary. 26’. Director: Matteo Gariglio.

Programmer: Krakow Film Festival


The Circle


‘In Mesopotamia, there are children of different ethnicities, religions and languages.”  Zelal, a 7-years old Kurd girl experiences an ordinary school day. Everything changes when a Turkish teacher introduces the letter of the week ‘O’…

Turkey 2016. Fiction. 14’. Director: Rûken Tekeş.

Programmer: International Short Film Festival in Drama


Information Skies

Information Skies takes place in a forest somewhere in the not-too-distant future. It questions how deep immersion in digital augmentation, combined with our persisting emotional limits as humans, is altering our capacity to decide on what constitutes ‘reality’.

Netherlands 2017. Experimental fiction. 24’. Director: Metahaven (Daniel van der Velden & Vinca Kruk).

Programmer: International Film Festival Rotterdam

You’ll be fine

Give it time. You’ll get over it. Jean celebrates his birthday, gets drunk and recalls the dreadful weekend that led to his break-up with Mathilde.

France 2017. Animation/Fiction. 15’. Director: Céline Devaux.

Programmer: Venice Film Festival


Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.

Spain 2016. Fiction. 15’. Director: Juanjo Giménez.

Programmer: Film Fest Gent

Short Matters III

Fight on a Swedish Beach!!

EPIC BEACH FIGHT!! This is what happens when you yell sieg heil and call someone’s wife a whore.

Sweden 2016. Fiction. 15’. Director: Simon Vahlne.

Programmer: Valladolid International Film Festival


The Party

Belfast 1972. Laurence welcomes his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up with them.

Ireland 2016. Fiction. 14’. Director: Andrea Harkin.

Programmer: Cork Film Festival



Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. However, things become even tenser when a hospital employee asks them to sign some papers…

Romania 2016. Fiction. 20’. Director: Adrian Silișteanu.

Programmer: Tampere Film Festival


The Artificial Humors

The “Aritficial Humors” tells the story of an indigenous girl living in Mato Grosso who falls in love with a robot that is a rising stand up comedian in Brazil. Gabriel Abrantes’ film talks about humor, anthropology and artificial intelligence.

Portugal 2016. Fiction. 29’. Director: Gabriel Abrantes.

Programmer: Berlin International Film Festival

This year the geographic focus subject of the festival is Great Britain. The IN OR OUT motto entails a commentary of post-brexit reality communicated through the language of film. We will concentrate on social themes – explore the idea of community in the context of space, interest and values. What does it mean to be “in” or “out” of national or local community, peer group? How are the relationships shaped in micro-communes of excluded individuals? We invited leading short film festivals from the UK to co-create events with us: London Short Film Festival, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and Glasgow Film Festival. In addition to film program, we will also be offering meetings with filmmakers and industry events – Creativity Talks organized in collaboration with British Council.



London Short Film Festival: Young Rebels / 20.03 / 17:00 / Kino Muza

Encounters Short Film Festival: British Animations / 21.03 / 17:00 / Kino Muza

New Queer Visions Festival: Brytol bites / 22.03 / 17:00 / Kino Muza

Glasgow Short Film Festival: Short Docs from UK / 23.03 / 17:00 / Kino Muza

Encounters Short Film Festival: Deaf Shorts / 25.03 / 13:00 / Kino Pałacowe

London Short Film Festival: Young Rebels

Programmer: Philip Ilson

In the wake of Brexit in the UK, these films look at national British identity through the eyes of young people. Local community is important to the rebellious characters portrayed here, though they are aware of their own culture within that community. Britain was built on such characters who’s independence has helped to forge it’s growth, whether powerfully independent women, people of colour and mixed race who have created the cultural identity of the UK, or by wanting to create a joy in people coming together in harmony!


UK 2017. Fiction. 13’.

Director: Aneil Karia



UK 2017. Fiction. 18’

Director: Phil Sheerin



UK 2017. Fiction. 19’

Director: Eva Sigurdarottir



UK 2017. Fiction. 19’

Director: Gordon Napier


Joy in People

UK 2017. Fiction. 15’

Director: Oscar Hudson


Łączny czas / Total time: 84’

Encounters Short Film Festival: British Animations

Programmer: Kieran Argo
Britain – the land of diversity, conflict and contradictions! Presented here is a short animation programme from the Encounters Festival in Bristol in the South West of England. Whilst the UK along with the rest of the world wrestles with an unprecedented painful period of flux and dangerous political posturing, the short films in this programme demonstrate the consistent diversity of creative talent and the story-telling ability of many emerging and established British animators.


Films to Break Projectors

UK 2017. Animation. 5’

Director: Tim Grabham


For Ray

UK 2017. Animation. 4’

Director: Heidi Stokes



UK 2016. Animation. 2’

Director: Emma Allen


The Ship

UK 2017. Animation. 3’

Director: Natasha Price


The Strongest of the Strange

United Kingdom 2017. Animation. 3’

Director: James Merritt


Life Cycles

UK 2016. Animation. 4’

Director: Ross Hogg



UK 2017. Animation. 9’

Director: Quentin Haberham


Not the End of the World

UK 2017. Animation. 8’

Director: Jack Bennett


The Station

UK 2017. Animation. 4’

Director: Jocelyn Wat


British Cakes 4 British Boys

UK 2017. Animation. 3’

Director: Tobias Cameron



UK 2017. Animation. 1’

Director: Marta Lemos


Invisible Barriers

UK 2016. Animation. 2’

Director: Mustashrik Mahbub



UK 2017. Animation. 3’

Director: Jessica Mehler


Johnno’s Dead

UK, France 2017. Animation. 8’

Director: Chris Shepherd


Łączny czas / total time: 72’

New Queer Visions Festival: Brytol bites

Programmer: Simon Savory
UK-based film programme New Queer Visions presents a selection of feisty shorts that reflect on British queerness past and present, each offering a fascinating insight into what rarely first meets the eye. From transgender parenting and butch/femme relationships to foul-mouthed Deaf comedy and dinnertime magic tricks, viewer discretion is advised: some of these films bite!


The Colour of His Hair

UK 2017. Documentary. 23’.

Director: Sam Ashby



UK 2017. Fiction. 15’.

Director: Joseph Adesunloye


Silent Laughs

UK 2016. Documentary. 10’.

Director: Natalia Kouneli


Everything that I’m Not

UK 2017. Documentary. 15’.

Director: Roman Manfredi



UK 2017. Fiction. 14’.

Director: Anne-Marie O’Connor


Where We Are Now

UK 2017. Documentary. 9’.

Director: Lucie Rachel


Fay Presto: Queen of Close-up

UK 2017. Documentary. 17’.

Director: Hanna Aqvilin


Łączny czas / Total time: 103’

Glasgow Short Film Festival: Short Docs from Scotland

Programmer: Sanne Jehoul

Scotland has gone through a tumultuous few years in which engagement with grassroots movements and cultural identity has peaked, through the independence referendum, Brexit, and the discouraging state of UK politics. There’s much to feel anxious about, many reasons to be pessimistic about our collective future. These films are rooted in that context, but while being critical of our current society they also show the resilience of our communities and their sense of hope, optimism and empowerment.



UK 2014. Documentary. 11’

Director: Igor Slepov


Who Are We?

UK 2016. Documentary. 4’

Director: John Smith


Mining Poems or Odes

UK 2015. Documentary. 11’

Director: Callum Rice


Random White Dudes – Young Fathers

UK 2017. Documentary, music video. 4’

Director: Young Fathers


The Banana Republic

UK 2017. Documentary. 11’

Director: Scott Calonico


We Journey Together

UK 2017. Documentary. 9’

Directors: Moya Crowley, Chris McGill


United We Will Swim… Again

UK 2015. Documentary. 26’

Director: Fran Higson


Łączny czas / total time: 76’

Encounters Short Film Festival: Deaf Shorts

Programmers: David Ellington, Rich Warren

Encounters is proud to present this special Deaf Shorts Showcase programme. The films selected for this programme feature the representation of Deafness not as the main form of conflict but as part of a wider narrative. The filmmakers come from both Deaf and hearing backgrounds however the end results present a unique representation of the Deaf community in the 21st Century. Programmed in partnership with Deaf filmmaker and artist David Ellington, and Encounters Festival Director Rich Warren.


Swimming in the Desert

USA 2017. Fiction. 17’

Director: Alvaro Ron



Australia 2016. Fiction. 11’

Directors: Sophie Hexter, Poppy Walker


Nevith the Dragon

UK 2017. Animation. 9’

Director: Paul Miller


The silent child

UK 2017. Fiction. 20’

Director: Chris Overton



UK 2014. Fiction. 7’

Director: Bim Ajadi


Silent Laughs

UK 2016. Documentary. 11’

Director: Natalia Kouneli


The Song for Single

China 2016. Fiction. 6’

Directors: Zheng Xiaosan, Sam Zheng


Sign of an Affair

UK 2017. Fiction. 28’

Director: Louis Neethling


Łączny czas / total time: 109’


An art event prepared by the founders of Short Waves Festival to celebrate its 10th anniversary. During the opening night we will be focusing on the power and poetics of cinema that is an opportunity for the direct encounter between creators and the audience. The event does not have the gala character, and is rather a play on the festival aesthetic and red carpet convention. The event screenplay includes a review of the best films from all the festival editions and performance and visual art elements with a soundtrack made by an experienced composer, DJ and producer Elvira.

All-In is a celebration with support of amazing guests, while the title refers both to the film choices from the past ten years of the festival and combining various art disciplines into one cinematographic experience.

Scenariusz i reżyseria: Szymon Stemplewski, Krzysztof Łukomski

Muzyka: Elvira

Goście specjalni: REBEKA, All-In Performance-Team

Współpraca: Franciszek Sterczewski, Agnieszka Obszańska

Design & visuale: Adam Romel

Aula Artis / 20.03.2018 / 20:00 / 90’

Random Home Cinema

The unique ambiance of our cinematic house parties is back once again at Short Waves Festival!

This year’s Random Home Cinema is constituted by four film screenings prepared by curators and programmers from the leading European film festivals*, their content is kept secret until the beginning of the event. It also includes additional attractions planned in coordination with the theme of the screening, music, performance art… and above all: an active involvement of apartment owners in designing an unconventional home cinema – according to their preferences and interests. All this makes Random Home Cinema an action against the “fourth wall” and deconstructs a traditional role division during a film screening, and allows the viewers engage in a non-traditional way. And gives you an memorable house party experience – one for the books! And who doesn’t like these?

* Film program was created in collaboration with Warsaw Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Torino Short Film Market

Prywatne mieszkania / 21-24.03.2018 / 20:00

KINO FORMA | Off The Beaten Track

A premiere of an event giving a new form and quality to film screenings. A site-specific production dedicated to the space of Farby club located in an old art supplies shop in Poznan’s Wilda district. The club is known for its support of independent culture, particularly music. The true nature of this space will be demonstrated during KINO FORMA: Off The Beaten Track, an event dedicated entirely to the concept of sound. The event will be based on a carefully selected film program that aims to exhibit the relationship between sound art and everyday life. Matching scenographic and performative elements will add a unique theatrical touch to the project.


Farby / 22.03.2018 / 18:00 / 19:15 / 20:45 / 60’

Farby / 23.03.2018 / 18:00 / 19:15 / 20:45 / 60’

Farby / 24.03.2018 / 18:00 / 19:15 / 20:45 / 60’

A Wall is A Screen

A Wall is A Screen is an initiative born in Hamburg. It has emerged from a reflection on modern urban trends, urban space organization and their social consequences. The event combines a guided tour and a film screening. The tour route is themed and designed to correlate with a specific urban space. The authors of the project are cinema aficionados and film industry professionals: Peter Stein, Sabine Horn, Sarah Adams, Sven Schwarz and Sylvia Grom. The main aim of the initiative is to demonstrate the versatility of short film, its potential to be coordinated with the surroundings and to view the urban tissue through the lens of film production. The initiative has been developing since 2003 and had visited over 30 countries. The Poznań premiere of the event is presented in collaboration with Goethe Insitute.


Stary Rynek / 23.03.2018 / 19:30 / 90’


For our festival’s 10th Birthday, we decided to prepare a special film screening from the past 9 editions selected by… the Short Waves Festival audience! We have conducted a 10 day poll between February and March during which our attendees could vote for their favorite short films from all over the world. This way we have compiled a 90 minute set of our viewers’ favorites. This event is a perfect occasion to learn about the festival’s history and catch up on modern short cinema classics. You can’t miss out on this one!


Dom Tramwajarza / 25.03.2018 / 17:00 / 90’

SWF: Award Ceremony

Award ceremony during which we will be showing the winning short films.

Kino Pałacowe / 25.03.2018 / 20:00


Poznań ID, an industry event organized during SWF will be presented in the form of European Short Pitch. It is an initiative that focuses on promotion of European short film co-productions. It is constructed of three stages: a screenwriting workshop, an online session and co-production forum. Young professionals will come to Poznań between 21 and 25 of March to pitch their projects. They will present them in front of film industry representatives: producers, distributors and sales agents – it is an opportunity to assure successful development of their projects. Pitching is becoming more and more popular in the film industry. We want to introduce this technique of idea-sharing to Polish film community so all pitching sessions are open to the public. European Short Pitch will be closed with an award gala combined with ESP: Screen It! – a screening of films created thanks to European Short Pitch.

European Short Pitch is organised by NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema, present in 31 european countries. Ad Arte Foundation, the organiser of industry programme POZNAŃ ID, is a co-organiser of coproduction forum as part of ESP.

Kino Rialto / 23.03.2018 / 20:00 / 120’
Kino Rialto / 24.03.2018 / 9:30 / 210’

European Short Pitch: Screen It!

European Short Pitch is happy to present 4 most recent short films from the last edition of the scriptwriting workshop combined with a post-production forum as a part of Short Waves Festival. Undeniably European and doing incredibly well at festivals, they perfectly represent what ESP is all about: promotion of promising young filmmakers.


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


Deer Boy

Poland 2017. Fiction. 15’
Director: Katarzyna Gondek


Into the blue

Croatia 2017. Fiction. 22’
Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović


Mother’s Day

Lithuania 2017. Fiction. 13’
Director: Kamile Milasiute

Kino Rialto / 24.03.2018 / 20:00 / 90’

Creativity Talk: Access to audiovisual Culture

A discussion panel that explores techniques of increasing the access to audiovisual culture for people with various disabilities. Organizers of two leading European film festivals and an expert on accessibility of culture and counteraction against gender, ethnic and disability discrimination will share their experiences. The event is supported by Nice People From Poznan Foundation.



Gaia Meucci – Encounters Film Festival

Marcin Halicki – Fundacja Mili Ludzie

Anne Gaschütz – Filmfest Dresden


Moderator: Emilia Mazik – Short Waves Festival

Biurowiec Za Bramką / 23.03.2018 / 15:00 / 60’ / ENG

sign-ups avalaible at zapisy@shortwaves.pl

Creativity Talk: Film Programming

A discussion panel with special guests focuses on the art of film festival programming and the role of film programmers in the film industry. Is it possible to compare a festival programmer’s role to the role of a visual art curator? What trends may be observed in creation of festival programs? Is festival programming related to the emergence of cultural politics?



Philip Ilson – London Short Film Festival

Sanne Jehoul – Glasgow Short Film Festival

Lucile Bourliaud – Flatpack Festival

Enrico Vannucci – La Biennale di Venezia


Moderator: Laurence Boyce – PÖFF Shorts

Biurowiec Za Bramką / 24.03.2018 / 13:30 / 60’ / ENG

sign-ups avalaible at zapisy@shortwaves.pl

Cinematic brunch - meet the programmes!

Are you a director? Maybe you are interested in learning what it’s like to produce a film festival? A Saturday brunch is an exciting opportunity to meet the programmers of European film festivals and the guests of the 10th Short Waves Festival. In a pleasant atmosphere, with a coffee cup in hand, one will be able to find out how long does the selection process take, what are the films the programmers are looking for, and ask them questions about the ins and outs of their profession.

Dobra i Wino / 24.03.2018 / 12:00 / 90’ / ENG

sign-ups avalaible at zapisy@shortwaves.pl

The after hours spot we’re inviting our audience to this year is a cafe-club PIES andaluzyjski. The program includes film screenings from our festival friends: Żubroffka International Film Festival, La Guarimba International Film Festival, Filmfest Dresden and a special screening celebrating 10 years of collaboration with Munka Studio. The screenings will include a  music setting tailor made to match the tone of each film prepared by DJ Piniata.

The casual atmosphere of PIES andaluzyjski will allow for conversations with guests and film industry  professionals and dancing to the sets prepared by our local DJs. After the opening audiovisual spectacle All-In, the evening will be completed by a cross-genre sonic journey led by Michał Strugarek who will be mixing jazz samples, soul vocals and cosmic synthesizers.

On a Friday night the sounds will be provided by Khamen from Wypożyczalnia Kumpli collective, who is also associated with Braintease and Redroom, working on a solo project, and known for his signature deep bass groove and melodic beats. Saturday will belong to Pudel [WOSK Sound System] who will share his favorite sounds of soul, disco, new wave and house.

All –In Afterparty: Michał Stugarek dj set / 20.03.2018 / 21:30

Wypożyczalnia kumpli dj set 23.03.2018 / 23:00 /

Pudel [WOSK Sound System] dj set /24.03.2018 / 23:00

Videoclips from Żubroffka

Programmer: Maciej Rant


A special set of music videos from a competition of music clips os an International Short Film Festival ŻUBROFFKA from Białystok. ŻUBROFFKA is an event without borders, respecting difference and diversity so characteristic of the Podlasie province – a meeting place of creators open to the world and people. The next edition of the festival will be taking place on 5-9 December 2018.

DVA: No Survi  

Slovakia 2015. 3’.

Directors: Andrej Kolencik, Peter Skala


Tommy Cash: Leave me alone

Estonia 2015. 3′.

Director: Tomas Tammemets (Tommy Cash)


Los Viejos: Amnesia en el Estado

Mexico 2016. 3’.

Director: Esteban Azuela


Bonobo: No Reason (ft. Nick Murphy)

UK 2017. 4’.

Director: Oscar Hudson


Rio Wolta: Through My Street

Switzerland  2015. 5′.

Director: Piet Baumgartner


Trevor Dickson: Powers

France 2015. 3’.

Director: Romain Laurent  


Husky: Ghost

Australia 2017. 3’.

Director: Jonathan Chong


Zebra Katz ft. Leila: God of Ghosts / Nu Renegade

Austria 2015. 12′.

Director: Florian Pochlatko


Antony & Cleopatra: Love Is A Lonely Dancer

Spain, UK 2016. 3’.

Director: Alan Masferrer


Raffertie: Last Train Home

South Africa 2016. 4’.

Director: Gerhard Human


Flying Lotus: Fuckkkyouuu

United States 2015. 8’.

Director: Eddie Alcazar


Mark Pritchard ft. Thom Yorke: Beautiful People

UK 2016. 6′.

Director: Michał Marczak   


The Blaze: Territory

France 2017.  6’.

Director: The Blaze  


Łączny czas / total time: 63’

Short fictions from La Guarimba

Programmer: Giulio Vita

We wanted to bring a selection of films from different continents, the ones that represent the vibe of our festival. Italy, Senegal and Peru are the countries that were invited to show four films that have been presented in our competition in the past editions. Combining animation and fiction, comedy and drama, love and hate, we hope you enjoy our insane guarimbero selection!


La flèche delta  

France, Italy 2014. 9’.

Director: Francesco Vecchi


One seat in the plane

Senegal 2016. 16’.

Director: Khadidiatou Sow



Italy 2014. 18’.

Director: Grazia Tricarico


Porno Star

Peru 2011. 19’.

Directors: Yashim Bahamonde, Nelson Mendoza


Total time: 62’

Shorts from Filmfest Dresden: Dance!

Programmer: Anne Gaschütz / Filmfest Dresden


Bodies seamlessly intertwined. Smooth moves to the rhythm of  kitsch Japanese pop.




Music. Dance. Motion.

Will take us to places where the movement of the body is an act of freedom.

Where others lure us into their surreal worlds by seductively shaking their hips.

Where one overcomes demons through a simple form of dance.

Mothers and daughters may finally find a common language.

Hatred may transform into a movement of the many.

Rhythm may conquer fear.

A stranger may for this one brief moment become the closest person in one’s life.

Above all, you, might be dancing  by the end of the night, too.



France 2017. Animation/Documentary. 13’.

Director: Frank Ternier


The Ordinary

France 2016. Fiction. 10’.

Directors: Julien Dara, Simon Dara  


Kolmnurga afäär

Estonia 2012. Animation. 12’.

Director: Andres Tenusaar


She / Her

The Netherlands 2015. Fiction. 11’.

Director: Sonja Wyss  


Reizigers in de Nacht

The Netherlands 2013. Fiction. 10’.

Director: Ena Sendijarević


Nou Nen feat.utae

Japan 2015. Animation. 3’.

Director: Sawako Kabuki

10 Years with Munk Studio

Programmerka: Kaja Klimek

In March 2018 it will have been 10 years since the creation of Studio Munka that has produced 8 feature film debuts and almost 200 short films that are a part of the “30 minutes”, “First Documentary” and “Young Animation” projects. Young filmmakers who want to produce their first project in a professional setting may count on artistic, production and promotional support. The debuts in the Studio were made by Jan P. Matuszyński, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Bartosz Konopka, Borys Lankosz, Maria Sadowska, Kuba Czekaj and Piotr Domalewski.

Aria Diva

Poland 2007. Fiction. 30’.

Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska



Poland 2015. Documentary. 15’.

Director: Paulina Skibińska



Poland 2010. Animation. 6’.

Director: Piotr Adamski


Jak głęboki jest ocean

Poland 2013. Fiction. 30’.

Director: Filip Syczyński  


Kawałek lata

Poland 2010. Documentary. 23’.

Director: Marta Minorowicz