BEST GAME EVER

Hungary| 2018|20’|FIC| Albanian Premiere| Director: Kristóf Deák

When two CCTV technicians find out about an AI machine threatening their jobs, they must get out of their chairs to beat the system – leading them to an unexpected solution.   The new short film of Academy Award-winner Kristóf Deák.

BITTER SEA

UK|2017|15’|FIC| Albanian Premiere| Director: Fateme Ahmadi

An immigrant single mother has recently fled to London to build a better future for her daughter. She’s found a job and place to live, but the landlord has a strict “no children allowed” policy. Trapped in an impossible situation, she has to find a way to hide her daughter being in the flat.

CARLOTTA’s FACE

Germany|2018|5’|DOC| Albanian Premiere| Directors: Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld

As a child, Carlotta didn’t expect the people around here to have faces. She even doesn’t recognize her own face. Years later, she learns about a rare, untreatable deficit of her brain. It was art, after all, that offered her a way to finally recognize herself.

CIRCUIT

Switzerland |2018|9’|ANI|Albanian Premiere | Director: Delia Hess

On a small planet, caught up in their own little private universe, the inhabitants perform their poetically surreal actions, which repeat themselves in an endless loop. That they are all part of a complex little ecosystem which can only function if each of them plays his or her role, is something they are unaware of.

CLEANING WOMAN

Finland|2018|16|FIC| Albanian Premiere | Director: Teemu Nikki

When author Katariina Ohtola decides on a change, the services of a publisher, a reporter and a cleaning woman are called for.

COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO

India|2017|15’|FIC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Reema Sengupta

In a country where marital rape is not a legal crime, it took a lot for Smita to escape an abusive marriage. She lives in a one room apartment in Mumbai, earning her living by making imitation mangalsutras (necklace worn by married women). But the recent tranquility of her life is shaken when the doorbell rings.

CROW’s NEST

Netherlands|2018|13’|FIC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Flynn von Kleist

Joey (13) returns home to live with his mother, Daphne, after she has won a long legal battle to regain custody over him and his brother Ricardo (8). On the day of their reunion Daphne takes her sons to a bowling alley to celebrate, until their resolve to restore the balance of their relationship is tested by an unexpected crisis.

EVA

Switzerland|2018|15’|FIC|Regional Premiere| Director: Xheni Alushi

Eva is an introverted young girl who discovers a gateway to a parallel world, in which she finds comfort and ease for her guilt.

FLOUR

Venezuela|2018|15’|FIC| Regional Premiere| Director: Joanna Nelson

A middleclass working professional struggles to buy food amid Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis. When buying flour for his mother’s birthday cake, he gets caught in the violent looting of a food truck and a conflict arises.

FLOOD

Germany|2018|10’|ANI|Albanian Premiere| Director: Malte Stein

A dirty lake bursts its banks and begins to flood the town. At last there´s a good reason to keep the son at home. But in isolation, nightmarish associations start to mix with reality. And whilst outside the world sinks peacefully under water, a domestic apocalypse rages inside.

HEARTHS

France|2018|18’|DOC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Paul Heintz

A slow movement along residential spaces, empty streets, plain facades. The sound is made up of a voice-over relating the first time, desire, dizziness of the ignition, blackout. Mixing stories with the idea of domesticity, here we understand that this is about another kind of ignition.

I-OCCUPY

Italy|2018|2’25’’|ANI|Albanian Premiere| Director: Lorenzo Lodovichi

A political manifestation is unfolding. At one point a Molotov is thrown to the cops. It’s a clash. Camilla helps a wounded among the protesters, climbs into the ambulance, crosses the security barrier and immediately gets out of the running vehicle to find herself in front of a mysterious palace.

LA NORIA

Spain|2018|12’|ANI|Albanian Premiere| Director: Carlos Baena

A young boy who loves to draw and build ferris wheels encounters strange creatures that turn his life upside down.

LITTLE WAVES

Canada|2018|12’|FIC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Ariane Louis-Seize

On family reunion day, Amelie feels out of place and lonely as her favorite cousin brings a lover over for the first time. Noticing their young passionate love, she allows her own fantasies to run wild, although some sensations are a lot more powerful than she thought.

LOBSTER DINNER

Italy|2017|14’|FIC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Gregorio Franchetti

Left home alone one evening, a 12-year-old boy steals some live lobsters from his parents’ fridge and takes them as a gift to the single working class mother of his school friend, only to claim in her house a place that goes well beyond that of a dinner seat.

LOVE 404

Poland|2018|17’|DOC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Agata Baumgart

Rena is on the threshold of adulthood. For her and her mother, the Internet is a form of escape from their humdrum everyday lives. In the world of talent shows, Facebook and YouTube, the keyboard seems to be a gateway to fame and love. Yet the border between fantasy and reality is quickly obliterated.

MAVERICK

Belgium|2017|20’|FIC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Domien Huyghe

After the death of his father, eight year old Stan uses his own fantasy as his main coping mechanism. The day he and his family are about to move, Stan thinks that he shot down a plane. Frightened but with confident spirit, he goes into the woods to find the crashed device.

OMARSKA

France|2019|19’|DOC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Varun Sasindran

Omarska attempts to erect a virtual memorial for the victims of the Bosnian war, using archive material, videos and statements from survivors in a 3D animation.

PAMÇKA

Germany|2018|11’|FIC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Elda Sorra

Axi, the mother’s Pekingese dog has died. Marina the younger daughter, who still lives with her mother, is instructed to go and get Greta, her older sister. Greta, who tries to distance herself from her family, reluctantly follows their request and learns at lunch that the mother, while burying the dog in the garden, has made a finding, which apparently belonged to the long-dead father. Arrangements have been made to get rid of the fund and Greta, who does not want to know anything about it, finds herself in the midst of it. This whimsical tragicomedy short film portraits a fragment of an unusual mother-daughter relationship with strong, but somewhat headstrong women and a weird situational comedy.

PASSAGE

Serbia|2019|7’|ANI|Regional Premiere| Director:Igor Coric

After our hero, a young boy, is left alone to die in the midst of war and destruction, the last members of his tribe are dismantled to basic geometric forms under enemy fire. Taken by the feeling of sorrow and loss, the boy builds a totem out of their remains. Armed with this new structure, he continues towards another confrontation, with an unexpected twist.

PATISON AVENUE

Greece|2018|12’|FIC| Director: Thanasis Neofotistos

Yanni’s mum is on her way to audition for a role as Shakespeare’s Viola, when she discovers that her young son has been left home alone. Through a series of phone calls, she fights to balance the most important roles of her life, whilst walking in the most controversial area of central Athens, Patision Avenue.

PORTRAITS OF MY MOTHER

Germany|2019|11’|DOC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Tavo Ruiz

This is a documentary about my mother and the moment that changed her life. Through her narration, my mother confesses to me what she remembers from the moment she was raped as a child. By painfully recalling this traumatic event, she reflects on the sexual abuse of children and the scars that these events leave in a person’s life.

SELFIES

Switzerland|2018|4’|ANI|Albanian Premiere| Director: Claudius Gentinetta

In a veritable firework display of digital self-portraits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing and dreadfully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.

SKIN

USA/FRA|2018|20’|FIC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Guy Nattiv

A small supermarket in a blue collar town,a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

THE BOOGEYWOMAN

USA|2018|17’|FIC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Erica Scoggins

Late blooming Sam Rains finally gets her first period at the annual all-night skate. At first a triumph, her new condition brings strange side effects. An erie electrical problem has the kids teasing about “the Boogeywoman,” a local legend, a sorceress who feeds on men’s souls and eats little girls. When a friend leaks about Sam’s period, the boys tell her she’s fair game for The Boogeywoman. With an expected tryst derailed, Sam leaves the skating rink in a fever only to meet the legend in the flesh. Instead of a monster, Sam finds a mother, a goddess, a mentor–opening the door to womanhood.

THE HUNT

France|2017|20’|FIC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Jean-Pierre Dupuy

One day in November 1973, a father takes his eight-year-old son hunting for the first time…

THE REMIGRANT

Kosovo|2017|20’|FIC| Director: Astrit Alihajdaraj

The Remigrant tells a story about Bashkim (50) and his son Besnik (17). They have a lot in common. They both had to leave their homes at their young age. The father had to flee to Austria because of the war in Kosovo and his son has to go back to Kosovo at the request of the father. The return to Kosovo after seventeen years in Vienna is a hard growing up test for both of them. The strong desire for the place of childhood connects and separates father and son alike.

THE TRAFFIC SEPARATING DEVICE

Sweden|2018|15’|DOC|Albanian Premiere| Director: Johan Palmgren

A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm. It is supposed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. It turns into a disaster as normal cars continue to go there and hundreds of cars get destroyed every week. Tragic and funny situations occur and we follow the whole mess of human failures.

TIMMY

Bul/Ger/Bel|2018|15’|FIC|Director: Lyubo Yonchev

When an alienated mother returns to Bulgaria to abduct her own 12-years-old son, she learns that it is not always easy to avoid making the same mistakes. She is determined not to leave her son again. Is it possible to leave your child… twice?

WAKA HUIA

Belgium|2019|15’|ANI|World Premiere| Director: Laurent Leprince

An old man of Maori origin crosses the world between dream and reality in the footsteps of his grandfather killed in Belgium during the First World War.