Student Competition Program 2




Friendly Fire


Israel, 2022, 06:20


Director:Tom Koryto Blumen

School: Department of Screen Based Arts Bezalel Academy of Arts Design


Next to the West Bank barrier, a soccer game between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian boy deteriorates into an unequal battle.

Each frame was physically painted on the wall.




Russian Federation, 2022, 03:37


Director: Ekaterina Ganakh

School: SMF animation studio directing courses (workshop of M. Aldashin, A. Alekseev, I. Kovalev)


A story about how important it is to stay calm and not panic, even if you know that a fiery meteorite will fall on you in a minute.



Serbia, 2022, 04:00


Director: Katarina Kovjanić

School:Faculty of Technical Sciences


A short movie inspired by Franz Kafka's novel, telling the life story of Gregor Samsa, who suddenly woke up transformed into a cockroach.



Glass Fingers / Degete de sticlă

Romania, 2022, 06:58


Director: Alina Gheorghe

Škola/School: National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" in Bucharest


A woman gives shape to octopuses out of her own flesh. When she runs out of material she has to face what she has created.



Holes / Luknje

Slovenia, 2022, 06:35


Director: Sofiya Kruglikova

School: University of Ljubljana


Loneliness. Strong wind and aurora. What do you feel when you listen to the ocean or when an aurora takes you towards the storm? Fear? Are you losing yourself in this crazy environment? Can you eventually become a part of the whole universe and leave everything behind?



Stinky in the Dark Forest

Croatia, 2022, 10:52


Director: Sunčana Brkulj

School: Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb


Stinky is born from a flower into the Dark Forest. He explores it, growing in the process. When he takes on the responsibility of caring for another creature, he must come to terms with the fact that there is more to the forest than just fun and whimsy.


Merciful Angel

Serbia, 2023, 09:39


Director: Bettina Sremko

School: MOME


“Merciful Angel” is a short 9-minute animated documentary about the NATO airstrikes which occurred in 1999 in the former republic of Yugoslavia. We are able to get a glimpse of the events through the eyes of two young boys and their family. Through the combination of 3D animation and 2D rotoscopy, we are able to observe almost lifelike characters in a documentary manner, and dream sequences that are able to convey the fear that came with the war situation unfolding. The movie was inspired by interviews, in which the subjects participating were able to tell their own stories. These stories were then put together, building up to a visual narrative that's understandable even for those who never experienced a similar situation.




Russian Federation, 2023, 01:58


Director: Sofia Perova



When the sound of the city merges and the fast rhythm starts to get on your nerves, it's time to turn the tide and go to a quiet place. "OUT" is a short animation about a man, tired of the hustle and bustle of city life, who is given a chance to escape from annoying car horns to the sea, where he finds peace.



Lights / Světla

Czech Republic, 2023, 08:26


Director: Jitka Nemikinsová

School: Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU)


Lightbulbs are throwing a party for growing up flames to welcome them in the system that will let them shine and protect them. But one flame likes to play with fire and rebels against the system.



Lucky's plan(e)t

Serbia, 2023, 04:53


Director: Marko Vasić

School: Faculty of Applied Arts


Dragan the dwarf goes to the meadow every morning where he ritually waters the flower, for years. But one day Dragan finds out that the dwarf Ljubomir took the flower in an unknown direction.




Turkey, 2023, 02:22


Director: Maya Ipekci

School: Ringling College of Art and Design


Groundskeeper is a story about a loving garden gnome couple who are set on a new journey when something unexpected happens to them.



Following The Soup / Sequitur pulmenti

Ukraine, 2023, 01:47


Director: Viktoria Sazonova

School: Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Karyi University of Theatre, Cinema and Television


The everyday life of people, including Anastasia, changes due to the sudden onset of active hostilities throughout the country. The story portrays the chronology of emotions experienced by the heroine and the people around her during the wartime events.




Germany, 2022, 06:56


Director: Karla Riebartsch, Lion Durst

School: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg


Based on the famous Chilean "Riot Dog" Negro Matapacos.

A stray dog gets to know María, a young protester. Together they radicalize. One day both go a step too far. They're being separated and María goes to jail. When she gets out her courage and will has left. But when she finds out that the dog kept going to protests until he died and furthermore got famous for it she takes new courage.