International Competition Section

July 30, 2016

Short films by new creators from all over the world, the best of which are awarded and promoted.

This year’s 70 films compete for the following awards:
Best Movie·Best Director·Best Screenplay·Best Cinematography·Best Editing·Audience Award

This year, this section is divided into 2 sub-programmes. Terraces T1 & T2 will host one common set of movies, and terraces T3 & T4 will host the other one. All movies will be shown 2 times, so you will have the chance to catch one more time that one that got your attention!

*All movies are subtitled in English.

International Competition | Programme


International Competition | Movie Guide

1. Adaptation (1)

Adaptation (Adaptacja) | Bartosz Kruhlik, Poland, 2016 | 24:50 

Adaptation: 1. Structural or functional evolution of an organism towards higher survivability. 2. Process of an individual becoming better suited to environment and more resistant to outer stress. 3. The ability of eyesight to adjust to seeing in the dark.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 24.08 & T2 on 26.08 | trailer 




2. Age of rason (5)

Age Of Reason, The (L’ Age De Raison) | Mathilde Petit, France, 2016 | 16:07

In Pablo’s world, each citizen chooses his career at the age of seven – with disastrous consequences for society. Pablo and his friends decide to take matters into their own hands.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 24.08 & T2 on 26.08 | trailer





3. Anenome (2)

Anemone (Anenome) | Deukyun Hwang, Republic of South Korea, 2016 | 07:00

An unexpected visit triggers an elderly woman’s memories of her past as a sex slave during the war.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 24.08 & T2 on 26.08 | project page






4. Artun (2)

Artun (Ártún) | Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, Iceland, 2014 | 21:18

Arnar, a boy from a small town has never kissed a girl. His best friends tell him about girls in the city that get high and easy to make out with when they smoke cigarettes. Arnar questions their story but decides to go with them to find out for himself.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 24.08 & T2 on 26.08 | project page





5. Ashen (3)

Ashen (Cenizo) | Jon Mikel Cabllero, Spain, 2016 | 09:58

Ash made a very important promise to his wife: Protect the house from any threat.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 24.08 & T2 on 26.08 | trailer







6. BARAKA (2)

Baraka| Néstor Ruiz Medina, Spain, 2015 | 22:06

In the months before the war in Iraq, Abdel and Umayr, two brothers who are very close, will be forced to separate from each other. Months later, with the war in full swing, they will meet again, but neither of them is the same.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 24.08 & T2 on 26.08 | trailer





7. Battle

Battle, The | Hiroshi Azuma, Japan, 2016 | 12:37

A Chinese and a Japanese soldier run into each other, Chinese soldier pulls the grenade, they both die. In between death and live (it is a small room) they wake up, and still fighting each other without noticing
they are dead.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 24.08 & T2 on 26.08 | project page




8.Beast, The (2)

Beast, The | Daina O. Pusic, Croatia, 2015 | 20:00

The relationship between a hundred year old woman and her daughter is forever altered when a bat flies into their home and decides to settle in.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 25.08 & T2 on 27.08 | trailer






9. Bleeding

Bleeding | Kanama Ümit Dogan, Turkey, 2016 | 08:36

Bleeding is about a one day of a girl living in Inner Anatolia, who arrives to a small town with his father to enter boarding school exam. Within the last few minutes of the exam her nose begins to bleed,
and does not stop through the journey back.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 25.08 & T2 on 27.08 | trailer





10. break

Break, The | Ken Williams, Ireland, 2015 | 17:00

A film about a family of recession refugees looking to take a break from the fallout of the economic crash in Ireland in 2008.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 25.08 & T2 on 27.08 | trailer






11. Bridge, The (2)

Bridge (Puente) | Javier A. Vigil, Argentina, 2016 | 16:54

Andrés and Ana are involved in the inability to cross a bridge. Isolated, join in a discussion through their own fears and disappointments, looking for ways to finally cross to a place that will lead to a new destination.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 25.08 & T2 on 27.08 | trailer





12. Brother, the (2)

Brother, The | Dimitra Mitsaki, Greece, 2015 | 09:16

The Brother is a period short film, which is set to a village in Southern Greece in the beginning of the civil war (1946). A father and his two children, a boy and a girl, are dealing with the loss of the older son,
war and hunger. The film follows the last day before the boy of the family leaves to join the partisan army.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 25.08 & T2 on 27.08 | project page



13. bumb !!!

Bump | Sam South, United Kingdom, 2015 | 11:41

We don’t know where they are or why they’re there. A short psychological thriller.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 25.08 & T2 on 27.08 | trailer







14. Buthcer ears

Butcher’s Ears, The (Schlachters ohren, des) | Marius Staubach, Germany, 2015 | 08:58

A deaf butcher decides to get a functional hearing implant, that provides him with the ability to hear. Soon he gets a complete new awareness of what his job is really about…

Film’s screenings: T1 on 25.08 & T2 on 27.08 | trailer





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Capsule | Irdit Kaso, Albania, 2015 | 18:55

Keli works as a welder in a factory. He did not receive a salary for nine months. The bank is obliged to seize his apartment because of non-payment of his loan. Keli tries to find a place to live.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 25.08 & T2 on 27.08 | trailer





16. Chop

Chop | Conner Bell, United States, 2015 | 10:50

As a blind son is forced to chop wood for his sickly father on their rural farm, the younger son sees an opportunity to test his brother’s fragile psyche.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 25.08 & T2 on 27.08 | project page






17. Conversation (2)

Conversation, The (Biseda) | Gledis Bica, Albania, 2016 | 08:49

It`s Holiday and Andrea is making preparations. The night reserves an unexpected event…

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | project page






18. Dar Al

Dar Al-Harb | Colling Rene & Jan Fabi, Germany, 2016 | 05:25

After an Arab father hosts a western journalist, who is supposed to smuggle his daughter to Europa, a heavy fight between father and mother flares up after the mother discovered the intentions of her

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | trailer





19. Dark, the (3)

Dark, The | KVR Mahendra, India, 2015 | 14:24

Telangana (a southern Indian state) 45 years ago. Yadagiri is in his hut, playing with his 6 year old daughter, when suddenly the police shows up and arrests him. His daughter waits for him -even past midnight- to continue playing. Why Yadagiri did not return home, forms the rest of the story.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | project page



20. Dog Bowl (3)

Dog Bowl | Gordy Hoffman, United States, 2015 | 19:10

A heartbroken girl spiraling through life stumbles upon the true nature of her existence after stealing the vest off of a service dog.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | trailer






21. Dream on (4)

Dream On | Grzegorz Adach & Olga Izdebska, Poland, 2015 | 06:00

The power of dreams to break us out of the repetitiveness of life depicted in a film which might itself be a dream.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | trailer






22. Dreams on Sale (5)

Dreams On Sale | Vlad Buzaianu, Romania, 2016 | 09:23

In a world where people are able to record, buy and sale dreams, many are starting to lose the ability of dreaming. Dreams have become a new form of art and a selling product for the rich class.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | trailer





23. Drizella (3) copy

Drizella (Javotte) | Sarah Hirtt, Belgium, 2015 | 18:12

Lucie and Chris, two women in their 40s from opposite social conditions, meet at their parents’ s wedding – Lucie’s father marries Chris’ mother. The wedding party is at its height when Chris exacerbated by her in-laws, and Lucie, pregnant nine months gone, end up locked in the basement. The spicy confrontation is bound to happen!

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | trailer



24. DUO (2)

Duo | Claudia Bottino, France, 2015 | 21:39

The wanderings of a father about to be hospitalized, looking for a place where his dependent son will be cared for. Within one day, this quest becomes a real journey… Maybe their last one together.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | trailer





25. Eddie (3)

Eddie | John Lynch, United Kingdom, 2016 | 14:57

Alone in an underground facility deep below the mountains, a tired researcher performs endless tests on Eddie, his desperate, mute test subject, while he juggles running the facility and keeping his sanity. Just what is wrong with Eddie anyway? How long does he have to stay down there? And why won’t his employer return his messages?

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | trailer



26. eye for eye

Eye For An Eye | Antoneta Kusijanovic, Croatia, 2015 | 05:00

Four-year-old Marinela is kept away from her friends, held captive at the table by her father until she finishes her soup. But she strikes back at him with an act that will change their relationship forever.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 26.08 & T2 on 24.08 | project page





27.Ferris Wheel (3)

Ferris wheel (Cohingcha-sawan) | Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Myanmar & Thai, 2015 | 24:31

A stateless woman crosses the river between Thailand and Myanmar with her 5-year-old son to find a job in the city. On their journey, they meet a mysterious monkey mascot who takes them to an unexpected destination with a colorful ferris wheel.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 27.08 & T2 on 25.08 | trailer



28. Firefly (3)

Firefly | Georgios Soumelidis, Greece, 2015 | 13:23

Two former agents went separated due to unpleasant events. Now they meet again after a long time…

Film’s screenings: T1 on 27.08 & T2 on 25.08 | trailer






29. floating bodies (3)

Floating Bodies, The (Los cuerpos flotantes) | Michelle Gualda, Argentina, 2015 | 14:15

A broken down relationship comes to a point of no return when all time drama queen Pepi throws a surprise party for Eva, her girlfriend.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 27.08 & T2 on 25.08 | trailer





30. Floating (2) copy

Floating Melon (Fu Guo) | Roberto F. Canuto & Xiaoxi Xu, Argentina, 2016 | 19:17

Anything can happen between the shards of reality. Following an afternoon of passion, Xiao Cheng’s dreamy drug fueled state is interrupted by the harsh reality of his lover dead in his bed, not something the Chinese authorities look kindly on.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 27.08 & T2 on 25.08 | trailer




31. Four days ing October (5)

Four Days In October (Cuatro días de Octubre) | Àlvar Andrés Elias, Spain, 2016 | 15:07

Hugo is a shy psychologist, yet he directs and listens to his patients’ considerations. However, this therapist- patient role is just a cover to hide his true self. Esther -a patient- tells Hugo she decided to stop the therapy and she goes away without any explanation. Hugo needs to find answers because he feels that something’s going on.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 27.08 & T2 on 25.08 | trailer



32. Future Perfect (1)

Future Perfect, The | Nick Citton, Canada, 2015 | 10:45

Somewhere between then and now, a time traveler defies his orders, and compromises a future he cannot un-learn.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 27.08 & T2 on 25.08 | trailer






33. getting fat in a healty way (5)

Getting Fat In A Healthy Way (Как да надебелеем здравословно) | Kevork Aslanyan, Bulgaria, 2015 | 22:16

In a world where gravity is weak and skinny people fly into the sky, Constantine has never left the apartment he shares with his father Atanas. But one day the beautiful stewardess who moves into the building will change Constantine’s life forever.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 27.08 & T2 on 25.08 | trailer




34. Hasti

Hasti | Kamal Parnak, Iran, 2016 | 09:33

Hasti is the story of a little girl whose mother’s death becomes the starting point of an inner journey, which leads her to perceive the death concept.

Film’s screenings: T1 on 27.08 & T2 on 25.08 | trailer






35.Human Mirror (2)

Human Mirror, The (El espejo humano) | Marc Nadal, Spain, 2015 | 15:58

Based on a true story. A 17 year old girl sees each day the cruelties announced in the news and his mind is getting closer and closer to the dangerous lifestyle of society.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | trailer





36. I'd rather not say (3)

I’d Rather Not Say (Prefiro Não Dizer) | Pedro Augusto Almeida, Portugal, 2015 | 10:00

The day begins with an exchange of favors. An interview, a football game, cigarettes after cigarettes. Routine fragments of those who live in an isolated space which labels and conditions life choices.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | trailer





37. ID (3)

ID (Reconocimiento) | Celina Font, Argentina, 2015 | 08:51

A Man and a Woman await. In that awaits a painful past and the imminence of an uncertain future unravels.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | trailer






38. Impact (3)

Impact | Jean-Pierre Michael, France, 2014 | 07:28

A forensic expert starts the study of a crime scene. And what she’s about to discover is beyond imagination.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | project page






39. In the DMZ (2)

In The DMZ (500m) | Hyung Jun Jeon, South Korea, 2015 | 16:38

Since 1953, people in Korean Peninsula have not been able to crossed the frontier between South Korea and North Korea blocked by the Demilitarized Zone.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | trailer






40. In the Middle of Desert_still

In The Middle Of The Desert (Sa-mak Han Ga-un-de-seo) | Han Young Chae, South Korea, 2015 | 19:02

Dawn, a man comes to the construction site to bury somethings. Then he runs into a watchman who asks him to find Jong-il and his mom.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | trailer





41. Inside the box (3)

Inside the Box (Всё в ящик) |  Igor
Kagramanov, Russian Federation,

2016 | 09:33

The artists’s life is like TV-series, where he himself plays the main role. And the most dramatic moment, when the relations with his sweetheart are glowing, is ruined by the director bursting into their life.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | trailer




42. Last Wish (3)

Last Wish, The (El Último Deseo) | Manfred López Grem, Mexico, 2016 | 07:04

A kidnapped woman tries to argue her way to freedom with one of her captors.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | project page





43. Leave me

Leave Me (Laisse Moi) | Tommaso Gorani, France, 2015 | 16:37

After a suicidal attempt stopped at the last minute, Lucie lives in complete apathy. Sam, her son, is trying to help Lucie to get started once again, but this charge is getting more and more heavy and difficult.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | project page





44. locksmith (1)

Locksmith, The (Ο Κλειδαράς) | Miltiades Christides, Greece, 2015 | 05:11

A down on his luck locksmith, who hasn’t had a lot of customers lately, finds himself at the service of an unexpected customer who really needs his help.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | project page





45. Lola

Lola | Alice Redman, United Kingdom, 2016 | 03:34

An ambitious and lonely receptionist finds companionship as she connects the calls of a kindred spirit.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 24.08 & T4 on 26.08 | trailer






46. March (3)

March 4 | Dimitris Nakos, Greece, 2015 |  15:00

Maria, a young girl from Ukraine, looks after Mrs. Ourania in a Greek village. When Mrs. Ourania dies, Maria hides it from her children, afraid that she won’t get her monthly salary. Only Chris knows her secret. March 4 is her last chance. A socio-political allegory of our times.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 25.08 & T4 on 27.08 | trailer




47. Meet, the

Meet, The (Bстреча) | Ina Hrabarenka, Poland, 2016 | 11:00

A chance encounter of a man and a dog might save one of them – and not the obvious one.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 25.08 & T4 on 27.08 | trailer






48. Moment, A (3)

Moment, A (هظحل کی) | Naghi Nemati, Islamic Republic of Iran, 2015 | 13:02

A series of unexpected events few minutes before the death of some people…

Film’s screenings: T3 on 25.08 & T4 on 27.08 | project page







49. Move on (3)

Move On (A Página) | Guilherme Andrade, Brazil, 2015 | 15:00

Two mothers, a crime. Two sides of the same story and the hard process of moving on after losing the anchors of their lives.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 25.08 & T4 on 27.08 | trailer






50. Night Circus (4)Night Circus, The | Eskild Krogh, Denmark, 2016 | 08:49

Two men go about their business, removing the departed  from local mob hits, when business as usual suddenly becomes rather unusual.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 25.08 & T4 on 27.08 | project page






51. of sheep of men

Of Sheep And Men | Iiro Holopainen, Finland, 2014 | 06:06

One morning, David wakes up to the realization  that he might not be a sheep after all.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 25.08 & T4 on 27.08 | trailer






52. Offside (2)

Offside | Jimmy Dean, United Kingdom, 2015 | 17:34

After learning from her father that she will soon lose her place on the local boy’s football team, eleven-year-old Kirsty struggles to come to terms with her evolving identity as a young woman.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 25.08 & T4 on 27.08 | project page





53. Old king

Old King (Starý Král) | Kilián Vrátník, Czech Republic, 2015 | 15:30

One day, one party, three people. A father and his two sons are trying to find reconciliation after they were separated by the communist regime. A view into the relationships of a family damaged by Alzheimer’s, as finding grace, forgiveness and silver lining seems beyond this family members’ reach.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 25.08 & T4 on 27.08 | trailer



54. On board (3)

On Board (A Bordo) | Davi Mello, Brazil, 2015 | 22:37

Lucia, pregnant with her first child, is preparing to be a single mother.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 25.08 & T4 on 27.08 | trailer







55. Otto (3)

Otto | Sinhué F. Benavides, Mexico, 2016 | 12:40

Based on a story by Stephen King, Otto is the story  of a man, that from a fatal incident, he develops a sense of guilt that goes from misgiving to resignation. A duel between duty, guilty… and fear.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 26.08 & T4 on 24.08 | trailer





56. Senior Teacher (3)

Senior Teacher | Sha Mo, China, 2015 | 23:53

Mr. Hu, a well-respected teacher, gets into trouble when he punishes Sharon -a student- by hitting her on her face with a book. She passes out, and afterwards she says that she can not hear. His colleagues and even family are growing away from him. Realizing that his life is sinking into a mess, Mr. Hu determines to prove his innocence.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 26.08 & T4 on 24.08 | trailer



57. silent (2)

Silent | Jeong Zion, South Korea, 2015 | 10:44

The teacher opens the folder and no one knows what will happen.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 26.08 & T4 on 24.08 | trailer







58. Snail, The (3)

Snail, The | Mohammad Towrivarian, Iran, 2016 | 10:44

As a last resort, three young people decide to leave Iran illegally, with the help of a human trafficker who try to smuggle them out of the country. Religious beliefs of the trafficker leave them in dire straits in the mountains of the border between Iran and Turkey where they wander, having no way.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 26.08 & T4 on 24.08 | trailer





Sottoterra (Under The Ground) | Federico Olivetti, Italy, 2016 | 14:23

A little girl, Lisa, finds a deep and frightening hole dug in a path among the trees. Lisa, convinced that the hole hides a monstrous secret, obliges a friend, Michele, to go down it. He comes out of the hole shocked and silent. Lisa goes back to the path to discover the truth.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 26.08 & T4 on 24.08 | trailer




60. Stolen (2)

Stolen Conscience (Conciencia Robada) | Jose Juan, Spain, 2016 | 22:59

Andrés suffers from schizophrenia and believes to have it under control. He attends a multifamily therapy where he explains his testimony as an example of fighting this disease, which arose as a result of the consumption of cocaine. However, an unexpected diagnosis may change everything.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 26.08 & T4 on 24.08 | trailer



61. Success (2)

Success (Υспех) | Eugene Orlov,
Federation Russian, 2015 | 16:00

A young actor, who can’t manage the role of a villain, has to meet his girlfriend’s mother the day before the performance. His thoughts about the performance and his role, and the desire to make a good impression on the mother helped him to create an image of a first-class gangster.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 26.08 & T4 on 24.08 | trailer




62. Such a shame (2)

Such A shame (Τι Κρίμα) | Takis Papanastasiou, Greece, 2015 | 20:00

In black and white Athens, lazy by conviction Nikos will fall instantly in love with carefree Louise. However, love is a hard thing. Love doesn’t forgive anyone innocent.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 27.08 & T4 on 25.08 | project page





63. That little drive thing (3)

That Little “Drive” Thing (Un Petit Côté) | Yoann Luis, France, 2015 | 09:32

A tormented father is driving his son to work. The young man will use this time to announce an important revelation.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 27.08 & T4 on 25.08 | project page






64. Theft (3)

Theft (Hurto) | Jeronimo Garcia Castela, Spain, 2016 | 11:00

A thief breaks into a house. There are not many value things in it, but he keeps on looking for something to steal around the different rooms, about to leave suddenly he find something of value.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 27.08 & T4 on 25.08 | trailer





65. Three minutes

Three Minute Warning | Iqbal Mohammed, United Kingdom, 2016 | 11:36

In Palestine, a 14-year old girl called Mariam cares for her disabled mother. One night, an Israeli «knock-on-roof» bomb is dropped onto their building allowing them only three minutes to escape before it is demolished.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 27.08 & T4 on 25.08 | trailer




66. To save Beth (2)

To Save Beth (Para Salvar Beth) | Theodoro Cochrane, Brazil, 2016 | 19:28

A man’s life is modified as he is hired to take a little female dog for treatment sessions at a vet clinic. This unexpected situation will interfere in his own marriage and in the way he perceives the world.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 27.08 & T4 on 25.08 | trailer





67. Platform 13 (3)

Platform 13 (Perron 13) | Camiel Zwart, Netherlands, 2015 | 13:51

The tragicomic story of a Japanese railway conductor. With his equally strong as graceful movements he keeps the biggest crowds under control. But than he ends up in his biggest nightmare: a strange new world, in which he and his signals prove unnecessary.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 27.08 & T4 on 25.08 | project page




68. PostmanPostman In Underwear, The | Daniel Binsted, Ben Ziv, Israel, 2016 | 14:38

Two brothers tell the story of an eccentric postman who falls in love for the first time in his life. In an attempt to help him express his love they embark on a journey in which they will experience the difference between fantasy and real love.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 27.08 & T4 on 25.08 | project page




69. portager

Potager, Le  The (Vegetable Garden) | Gregoire Berthon, France, 2015 | 11:00

When the man crushes his cigarette into the ground of his vegetable garden, he doesn’t realize the outcomes of his deed. The cigarette butt, as a seed would, has unexpectedly grown. Stunned by the phenomenon, he decides to thereto plant day-to-day residues and objects. His imagination will take him further…

Film’s screenings: T3 on 27.08 & T4 on 25.08 | trailer





70. Unhappy one copy

Unhappy One, The (Nelaimīgais) | Karlis Vitols, Latvia, 2015 | 15:29

One ordinary day, the best worker of the factory – Aigars – gets fired. The reasoning – he is unhappy. Turns out that the whole society is overwhelmed with the cult of happiness and Aigars fails to join in the false paradigm. However, to regain his job, Aigars is forced to familiarize with this haze of positivism which leads him to seeing something that others do not.

Film’s screenings: T3 on 27.08 & T4 on 25.08 | trailer



You can download the entire 2016 programme here Taratsa IFF Programme 2016! (notice: New location for terrace T7, Pavilion 6, TIF-Helexpo, 154, 154, Egnatia str.)