COMPETITION PROGRAMME

The main programme consists of short feature films, chosen by the festival’s selector Maja Šuša. The competition programme has 20-30 films divided into six blocks. All screenings are free and most of the programmes are held outdoors, in Borići Park in the city center. Awards are handed out for: Best Film (Golden Imagination), Best Actor and Best Actress (Golden Interpretation), as well as the Youth Jury Award for Best Film (the youth jury consists of high-school students from Bajina Bašta). In 2016, with the support of the rental house “Cineplanet”, the award for Best Camera (Golden Visualization) was introduced. The award consists of renting equipment in the amount of 3000 euros for the next short film by the young director of photography, which should be used in the next year.

NON-COMPETITION PROGRAMME

As part of the non-competition programme, the closing film is a debut feature film from the country or the region, which, in the opinion of the festival’s team, marked the past year.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME 2024

Appalachia
Romania / 2022 / 27′ / Serbian premiere

director: Roxana Stroe
creenwriter: Roxana Stroe
cast: Phenix Brossard, Zea Duprez, Costel Cascaval, Gabriel Rauta, Cristian Bota, Stefan Mihai
produced by: Olivier Berlemont – Origine films (fr)/ Atelier de film (ro)
director of photography: Adrian Paduretu
edit: Cristi Dimitriu
sound: Julien Mizac

festivals:  Festival du film francophone de Namur (Belgique), Brussels Short Film Festival (Belgium), Bucharest International Film Festival (Romania), Cork International Film Festival (Ireland), Snow Leopard International Film Festival (Madrid, Spain), Vegas Shorts (USA), Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival (Istanbul, Turkey), Festival du film court francophone (Vaulx-en-Velin, France), Festival One Country, One Movie (France), Medellín International Film Festival (Colombia), Europa Film Festival (Spain), IPIFF INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS INDIE FILM FESTIVAL, Sleeping Owl Film Fest (India),World Film Festival (Barcelona), (Director, Drama, Actress, Best of Europa) Fantastic Film Festival (Barcelona), Anonimul International Independant Film Festival (Romania), Serile Filmului Românesc (Romania), Festival Delle Migrazioni (Italy), Rabat Author International Film Festival (Morocco), Beirut Shorts International Film Festival (Lebanon), International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino (Poland), Lisboa Indie Film Festival (Portugal), Star Film Fest Barcelona (Spain), Short Film Breaks (Romania), ClujShorts (Romania)

synopsis: Leo, a 17-year-old biker, and Raisa, the daughter of the pastor of a small conservative village in Romania, fall in love at first sight. But communitarianism and religious fanaticism threaten to destroy their relationship.

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Happy Birthday to us! / Srećan nam rođendan!
Serbia / 2024 / 19′ / World premiere

director: Tamara Tasić
screenwriter: Tamara Tasić
cast: Mina Nikolić, Jelena Tjapkin, Joakim Tasić, Mladen Lero
produced by: FMK, Fakultet za medije i komunikacije
director of photography: Vladislav Andrejević
edit: Tamara Tasić
composer: Pavle Popov
sound: Lazar Ciganović

synopsis: The story of two inseparable friends born on the same day of the same year. As they grow up, their unique, idyllic world—understood only by them—begins to crumble when one of them finds a boyfriend.

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Godspeed / Sa srećom
France / 2024 / 23′ / World premiere

director: Alexis Braun
screenwriter: Alexis Braun, Pierre Mamolo
cast: Séléna Diouf, Igor Kovalsky
produced by: Anne Luthaud / GREC
director of photography: Arsène Desmichelle
edit: Mihai Tranca

synopsis: Dior and Kenzo are simmering. Captives of a city stuck between mountains and sea, they dream of running away. When the wildfires devastating the region threaten the local zoo and its beasts, their rebellion breaks out of their imagination.

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The Witness / Svedok
Bosnia and Herzegovina / 2023 / 15′ / Serbian premiere

director: Alen Šimić
screenwriter: Alen Šimić
cast: Davor Golubović, Admir Žunić, Mirela Lambić, Sabit Sejdinović, Dino Bajrović, Enes Kozličić, Kerim Čutuna, Tatjana Šojić, Nadine Mičić, Kenan Hasanbegović
produced by: Benjamin Čengić, Mia Avdagić, Obojena Klapa
director of photography: Alen Alilović
edit: Adi Selimović
composer: Mirza Indigo Rahmanović
sound: Muhamed Bajramović

festivals: Sarajevo Film Festival – Short Competition, Bottrop, Passaggi D’Autore

synopsis: After finding out he owes money for college tuition, a small-time drug dealer and “perpetual student” decides to get his hands on a larger quantity of narcotics, not knowing that circumstances will place him in direct contact with the police.

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The Ghosts You Draw on My Back / Duhovi na mojim leđima
Serbia / 2023 / 15′

director: Nikola Stojanović
screenwriter: Nađa Petrović, Nikola Stojanović
cast: Anita Ognjanović, Admir Sehović, Jelena Stupljanin
produced by: Non-Aligned Films
director of photography: Mladen Teofilović
edit: Nikola Stojanović
sound: Bojan Palikuća

festivalis Sarajevo Film Festival

synopsis: Teenage Sara travels to a small provincial town to attend the memorial service of her grandmother. The usually quiet village is being disrupted by the construction of the new railway. While fighting her fears, Sara finds shelter in a worker from the construction site.

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Cross My Heart and Hope To Die / Kunem se životom
Philippines / 2023 / 17′ / Serbian premiere

director: Sam Manacsa
screenwriter:  Sam Manacsa
cast: Jorrybell Agoto, Aje Candelaria, Vincent Pajara, Rexon Anyayahan, Carla Zarcal
produced by: Chad Cabigon, Carlo Francisco Manatad
director of photography: Martika Ramirez-Escobar
edit: Carlo Francisco Manatad
sound: Sum-Sum Shen, Ilya Selikhov

festivals: ​​​​Venezia 80 – Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, Orizzonti Short Films Competition 2023, Italy – World Premiere, Orvieto Cinema Fest 2023, Italy – SNCCI Award, Kaohsiung Film Festival 2023, Taiwan – Jury Award
​Stretto Film Festival 2023, Italy – Best Short Film Award, Leeds International Film Festival 2023, UK -Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition (Best Short Film Award), ​PÖFF Shorts (Black Nights Film Festival) 2023, Estonia – Best Short Film Award, Singapore International Film Festival 2023 – Best Director Award, Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2023, Thailand – Best ASEAN Short Film Award, ​El Gouna Film Festival 2023, Egypt -El Gouna Golden Star for Short Film, Hainan Island International Film Festival 2023, China – Best Short Film Award, ​Pragueshorts Film Festival 2024, Czech Republic – Special Jury Mention, ​Festival Regard, Festival international du court métrage au Saguenay 2024, Canada – Grand Prix, ​Curta Cinema – Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival 2024, Brazil – Best Director Award, Vienna Shorts 2024, Austria – Honorable Mention, FILMAY Short Film Festival 2024, Republic of Macedonia – Best Director Award, Festival Internacional de Cine de Huesca 2024, Spain, Leiden Shorts 2024, Netherlands, ​Adriatic Film Festival 2024, Italy, ​​The Norwegian Short Film Festival 2024, Norway, Philosophical Film Festival 2024, Republic of Macedonia, Rooftop Films 2024, USA, ​Palm Springs International ShortFest 2024, USA
​Cinema Jove – Valencia International Film Festival​ 2024, Spain, ​​​FEST – New Directors/New Films Festival 2024, Portugal
​​Art Film Kosice 2024, Slovakia


synopsis: Mila struggles as she remains unpaid at work and a love interest becomes a source of comfort through his constant phone calls. But a promise of hope may also lead to tragedy and sad love songs.


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The Night Inside / La noche Dentro / Noć unutra
Spain / 2023 / 24′ / Serbian premiere

director: Antonio Cuesta
screenwriter: Antonio Cuesta, Adrián Pino
cast: Clare Durant, Ana Pariente, Rafa de Vera, Paula Díaz, Manuel Navarro, Lola Arellano, Mila Fernández Linares, José Rasero, Ignacio de la Puerta, Sofía Navarro
produced by: EL GOLPE CREATIVOS S.L.
director of photography: Manuel Montero ‘Monty’
edit: Ro Menéndez
composer: Fernando Infante
sound: Tres Gatos Sonido

festivals: II Certamen Cinematográfico Igualgaba 2024 (Spain) – jury award for best Andalusian short film, jury award for best cinematography, XXIV Festival de Cine de Sant Joan D’Alacant 2024 (Spain) – Ficus de Oro for the best work, Ficus for the best performance for Clare Durant, 17 Festival Internacional de Cine Bajo la Luna de Islantilla – Islantilla Cinefórum 2024 (Spain), 7º Santiago del Estero Film Festival (Argentina), 24 Festival Internacional de Cine de Lebu – Cinelebu 2024 (Chile)​, 39 Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (Mexico), Avilacine 2024 (Spain), Premios Fugaz 2024 (Spain), 9th Horrorant film festival Fright Nights 2024 (Greece), XXI Concurso de Iberoamericano de Cortometrajes Versión Española – Sgae 2024 (Spain), XXXIII Muestra de Cine Internacional de Palencia 2024( Spain), 24º Festival Internacional de cCine de Lanzarote 2024 (Spain), Festival de Cine de la Almunia – Fescila 2024 (Spain), Festival Internacional de Cinema de Tàrrega i Ponent – Galacticat 2024 (Spain), Busan International Short Film Festival 2024 (South Korea), Festival du Cinéma Européen de Lille 2024 (France), Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2024 (Japan), Málaga short corner – MAFIZ (Spain), XVIII Muestra de Cine de la Roda – Zinexín 2023 (Spain), Aguilar Film Festival 2023 (Spain), Festival de Cine de Sevilla 2023 (Spain)

synopsis: Belén, a young nurse, wakes up after being attacked. She is accused of ending the life of a child after giving him medicine. But she claims she injected the right medication and that she can prove it.


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NEW
Russia, Italy / 2024 / 20′ / Serbian premiere

director: Zhenia Kazankina
screenwriter: Zhenia Kazankina, Sofia Boteva
cast: Daria Mureeva, Vanda Konisevich
produced by: Stereotactic, Il Varco, Minerva Pictures
director of photography: Luda Kuropiatnikova
edit: Zhenia Kazankina
composer: Monika Mia
sound: Mitya Krupenya

festivals: GoShort FF Mammoth Lakes FF, Moscow International Film Festival, TiSFF – Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Yerevan International Short Film Festival

synopsis: Outskirts of Moscow. A girl comes to an unfamiliar apartment to look after a dog. After a while, she realizes that the owner of the apartment has disappeared. She finds herself into a series of people that have been taking care of the dog for years in that same apartment, creating a weird community around this strange absence of the owner.

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Creepy Crawlies / Susjede bubice / Komšije bubice
Croatia / 2023 / 19′ / Serbian premiere

director: Filip Zadro
screenwriter: Filip Zadro, Ivan Ožegović
cast: Živko Anočić, Iva Visković, Paško Vukasović, Tihana Lazović, Dado Ćosić
production: Tea Matanović / Akademija dramske umjetnosti
director of photography: Magdalena Ptiček
edit: Valent Balun
composer: Vid Hribar
sound: Filip Zadro

festivals: Dani hrvatskog filma, Zagreb Film Festival

synopsis: Cleaning your house with a faulty vacuum cleaner is like walking in circles. When you finish, you’re tired but you’re still right where you started.

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Small Timer / Petit Bras / Štoperica
France / 2023 / 20′ / Serbian premiere

director: Simon Hubert
screenwriter: Simon Hubert
cast: Mathieu Demy, Patrick d’Assumçao, Nathalie Cerda
production: Thierry Lounas
director of photography: Ronan Boudier
edit: Richard Marizy
composer: Maxime Hervé

festivals:  Jury Award for best short film, 36th festival de Velizy 2024 (France), 10th International Alexandria SFF (Egypt)

synopsis: Didier has dark thoughts and wants to end his life. He needs all the courage he can get to carry out his plan. Just not as he planned it…

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At Joanna’s / Chez Joanna / Kod Joane
Belgium / 2024 / 16′ / World premiere

director: Sandrine Collard
screenwriter: Sandrine Collard
cast: Veerle Baetens, Carmin Aubrun, Sam Touzani
produced by: Velvet films
director of photography: Lieven Van Baelen
edit: Alain Dessauvage
composer: Maxime Steiner

synopsis: When Joanna discovers that her car has been taken to the pound, she panics. In her frenzied race against time, Joanna is surprisingly willing to do anything to get her car back.

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Remote / La distanță / Distanca
Romania / 2023 / 22′ / Serbian premiere

director: Dana Rogoz
screenwriting: Dana Rogoz
cast: Andreea Vasile, Mădălina Craiu, Mirela Nicolau, Gabriel Spahiu, Toma Cuzin
produced by: Radu Dragomir / Tomato film
director of photography: Liviu Mardighan
edit: Ioachim Stroe
sound: Stefan Teodorescu

festivals: Festival du film francophone de Namur (Belgium), Anonimul International Film Festival (Romania), Bucharest International Film Festival (Romania), Festival Delle Migrazioni (Italy), Tirana International Film Festival (Albania), Mediterranean Film Festival (France), IBIZA Independent Film Festival (Spain), Festival International Music & Cinema Marseille (France), Star Film Fest Barcelona (Spain), Short Film Breaks (Romania), Clujshorts, Dallas Independent Film Festival (USA), ESTE film festival (Romania), MED – 17e edition « U Filmu Cortu » (Corsica)

synopsis: A businesswoman looking for a rural home in Romania takes her friend for an authentic country experience, but their stay in an old villager’s house takes a terrifying turn when a local man violently demands the money he has borrowed, plunging them into a nightmarish ordeal where crime and fear escalate.


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The Future is Bright and Unbearable / Budućnost je svetla i nepodnošljiva
Serbia / 2024 / 29′ / World premiere

director: Milena Grujić
screenwriter: Milena Grujić
cast: Vladimir Gvojić, Nevena Popović, Radomir Nikolić, Tamara Milošević, Želimir Gvojić
produced by: Fakultet dramskih umetnosti
director of photography: Milica Cimi Drinić
edit: Milena Grujić
composer: Tomislav Grujić
sound: Antonio Andrić, Stevan Masnec

festivals: LA Venice short film festival (online), Bucharest ShortCut CineFest (online)

synopsis: Having difficulties in facing the next stage of his life, Marko leaves home to walk around the city with a peculiar acquaintance.

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Under the Rug / Škafetin
Croatia / 2023 / 22′

director: Paško Vukasović
screenwriter: Paško Vukasović, Andrija Mardešić
cast: Snježana Sinovčić-Šiškov, Jasna Žalica, Stojan Matavulj, Roko Sikavica, Paško Vukasović
produced by: SABMARINE
director of photography: Frane Pamić
edit: Tomislav Stojanović
composer: Luka Gamulin
sound: Luka Gamulin

festivals: Zagreb Film Festival, Martovski festival, Festival mediteranskog filma Split

synopsis: Emotionally estranged father and son don’t know how to take care of a sick and immobile mother, so they bring in a caregiver, Sabina, who moves into their family home.


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Love Has Nothing To Do with It / לאהוב אותך אני לא חייבת / Ljubav nema ništa s tim
Israel / 2022 / 15′ / Serbian premiere

director: Yotam Knispel
screenwriter: Yotam Knispel
cast: Hannah Azoulay Hasfari, Yossi Yarom, Avi Azulay, Nili Tserruya
produced by: 2Team Productions, Nova Productions
director of photography: Zohar Mutayn
edit: Lynn Laor, Yotam Knispel
composer: Yoss Appelbaum, Yotam Knispel
sound: Lior Waitzman

festivals: Nominated for Israeli Academy Award – Best Short Film, Haifa FF Israel, Cinema South Israel, Mecal Pro Barcelona Spain, Gula FF Israel Winner – Best Screenplay, Friss Huss Budapest Hungary, Brejning Film Festival Denmark, Figari FF Italy, ShorTS FF Italy, KAOHSIUNG Taiwan, Yerevan Armenia, Accessible FF Turkey, 41st TOUS COURTS France, Planos FF Portugal Winner – Best Director, Best Actress, Best Film, Exground FilmFest Germany Winner – Best Int. Short Film, Int. Crime & Punishment FF Turkey, Lublin Int. FF Poland, FIACAH FF Mexico, Fish Eye FF UK Winner – Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Honorable Mention – Best Director, Best Cinematography, Pegaso FF Italy Winner – Best Actress, Honorable Mention. Lisboeta FF Portugal, IIFSF Gala Netherlands Winner, Outstanding Achievement, 33 Int. FF China, Rome Outkast Independent Award Italy

synopsis: Rina can’t look at her son Dean, who’s under house arrest at her home. Tomorrow Dean’s trial starts. As Rina doubts her ability to stand by his side, today, she will have to look into his eyes and hear the truth.


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Don’t Cry / Non piangere / Ne plači
Italy / 2024 / 17′ / World premiere

director: Niccolò Corti
screenwriter: Niccolò Corti
cast: Said Maghil, Imran Maghil, Mohamed Bouqnitra
director of photography: Paolo Foti
edit: Margherita Freyrie

festivals: Ischia Film Festival, Fescaaal, River Film Festival

synopsis: Mustafa is desperately looking for a vacant space in one of the few Islamic cemeteries in northern Italy. As no more are available, under the unsuspecting gaze of his son Chafik, he decides to find a solution on his own.

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You Land
Scotland, United Kingdom / 2023 / 15′ / Serbian premiere

director: Debora Maité
screenwriter: Debora Maité
cast: Anna Russel-Martin, Selina Boyack
produced by: Finite Productions – Carys Evans, Katie Mallinder, Mary-Helena Quigley
director of photography: Flora Fecske
edit: Isidora Charbila
composer: Larry Gus
sound: William Aikman

festivals: Torino Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Seoul International Senior Film Festival, Aegean Film Festival

synopsis: In the remote Scottish countryside, a downtrodden woman finds herself entangled in a newly-discovered influencer culture, whilst in search of respite from the humdrum of rural living and the impending weight of caregiving duties.


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Short Cut Grass / Niska trava
Croatia / 2023 / 26′

director: David Gašo
screenwriter: David Gašo
cast: Areta Ćurković, Živko Anočić, Vlasta Ramljak, Lovre Šokac, Igor Kovač, Sanja Milardović, Sandra Lončarić
produced by: Marta Eva Mećava / Akademija dramske umjetnosti u Zagrebu
director of photography: Tin Ostrošić
edit: Marta Bregeš
composer: Borna Maksan
sound: Dino Ljuban

festivals: 69. International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 29. Sarajevo Film Festival, 9. FeKK – Ljubljana Short Film Festival, 36. Filmski festival Herceg Novi, 45. Cinemed, 29. MedFilm Festival, 6. BiH Looks Around Festival, 21. Zagreb Film Festival / Kockice, 10. STIFF, 21. Filmski Front Festival, 17. Kustendorf, 10. Pančevo Film Festival, 23. BAFICI, 17. Leiden Film festival, 3. Linden Film Festival Cetinje, 20. FEST – New Directors New Films

synopsis: An early summer evening begins with a game, while one kid counts to three thousand, the others hide in a row of suburban gardens. During that time, a young father spends the rest of his day with someone else’s child, an old man awaits a call that will change his life and the future of a year-long friendship becomes uncertain. The game ends when mosquitoes start rising from the grass.

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The Mysterious Adventures of Claude Conseil / Les mystérieuses aventures de Claude Conseil / Misteriozne avanture Klod Konsej
France / 2023 / 24′ / Serbian premiere

director: Marie-Lola Terver, Paul Jousselin
screenwriter: Marie-Lola Terver, Paul Jousselin
cast: Catherine Salviat, Olivier Saladin, Leys
produced by: Les Films du Sursaut
director of photography: Guillaume Delsert
edit: Jeanne Sarfati
composer: Leys, Megbeatz, Grégoire Chauvot
sound: Gaël Eléon

synopsis: Claude Conseil lives with her husband in a house in the middle of the woods. She spends her time listening to birds. One day, mysterious phone calls break the calm of the forest.

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Bye Bye, Bowser / Ćao ćao, budalo
Austria / 2023 / 20′

director: Jasmin Baumgartner
screenwriter: Lorenz Uhl
cast: Luna Jordan, Laurence Hadschieff
produced by: Dominic Spitaler / ostblok
director of photography: Anna Hawliczek, Johannes Hoss, Adrian Bidron, Ioan Gavriel
edit: Matthias Writze
composer: Enzo Gaier, Matthias Oldofredi
sound: Manfred Führling, Markus Ortner, Nick Leroy Brown, Jón H. Geirfinnsson

festivals: Diagonale – Festival des österreichischen Films (Austria, March 2023), Vienna Shorts (Austria, June 2023) – Best Newcomer, Riga International Film Festival (Latvia, October 2023), Cinema Next Tour (Austria, October 2023), Kurz.Film.Zuckerl (Austria, October 2023), Black Nights Film Festival, PÖFF (Estonia, November 2023), Leuven Short Film Festival (Beligum, November 2023), Poitiers Film Festival’s (France, December 2023), Sundance Film Festival (USA, January 2024), Kustendorf Film and Music Festival (Serbia, January 2024), Premiers Plans (France, January 2024), Medina Del Campo Film Festival (Spain, February 2024), Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival (Germany, March 2024), Pragueshorts Film Festival (Czech Republic, March 2024), Make Believe Seattle (USA, March 2024), Indie Short Film Festival (USA, March 2024), Brussels Short Film Festival (Belgium, April 2024), Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (Argentina, April 2024), RiverRun International Film Festival (USA, April 2024), Internationales Studierendenfilmfestival Sehsüchte (Germany, April 2024), Cinema Talks Filmfestival (Austria, May 2024) – Winner in Cat. Regional, Al Este International Film Festival (Peru, May 2024), 23. Isola Cinema International Film Festival (Croatia, June 2024), Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (Germany, June 2024), Mo&Friese KinderKurzFilmFestival (Germany, June 2024)

synopsis: Luna rebels against the indifference of her artsy friends by writing a punk song about Laugo, the construction worker from across the street. The song goes viral and she decides to get to know him. When he stumbles into her reckless world with flowers in his hands Luna and her friends are amazed by his natural naive honesty. Will the clashing worlds of affluent neglect and working life lead to the collapse of their romance?

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Basri&Salma in a Never-Ending Comedy / Basri&Salma dalam Komedi yang Terus Berputar / Basri&Salma u komediji bez kraja
Indonesia / 2023 / 15′ / Serbian premiere

director: Khozy Rizal 
screenwriter: Khozy Rizal
cast: Arham Rizky Saputra, Rezky Chiki, Hj. Sugiati, Alghifari Jasin
produced by: John Badalu, Sue Turley / Hore Pictures, XRM Media
director of photography: Andi Moch Palaguna
edit: Khozy Rizal
sound: Sutarjo

festivals: Cannes Film Festival – Short Films Competition 2023, ​Guanajuato International Film Festival 2023, Mexico – Best International Short Fiction Award, ​Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2023, New Zealand – Best International Film Award, ​SXSW Sydney 2023, Australia – Best Short Film Award, Alice nella Città 2023, Italy – Best Screenplay Award, AFI FEST Film Festival 2023, USA – Special Jury Mention for Cinematography, Interfilm – International Shortfilm Festival Berlin 2023, Germany – Special Mention, ​Cork International Film Festival 2023, Ireland – Grand Prix International Short Award, Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2023, Thailand – Special Mention, Minimalen Short Film Festival 2024, Norway – Special Mention, ​International Filmfest Bremen 2024, Germany – Best Short Film Award (Humour/Satire Category), ​Cortisonici International Short Film Festival 2024, Italy – Special Mention

synopsis: A husband and wife married for 5 years, own an Odong-Odong at the carnival together, spending their days entertaining and taking care of other people’s children without any of their own. Between meddling relatives, self-doubt and an explosive confrontation, they uncover why they have not been blessed with a child.

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Boiling / Ključanje
Montenegro, Czech Republic / 2023 / 27′

director: Luka Đikanović
screenwriter: Ilija Đurović
cast: Lidija Kordić, Pavle Prelević, Dubravka Drakić, Aleksandar Radulović
produced by: Filip Poleksić
director of photography: Tomaš Lipsky
edit: Maja Benc
composer: Lado Raičković, Who See
sound: Luka Šuto

festivals: Leuven International Short Film Festival, Baku International Film Festival, Early Bird International Student Film Festival Sofia, FeKK – Ljubljana Short Film Festival, Student Los Angeles Film Awards, STIFF Rijeka, Film Front Novi Sad, Izmit International Short Film Festival Turkey, Midnight Soul Film Festival Sweden, PRVI KADAR-INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Sarajevo, Dalmatia Film Festival Split, Seanema Film Festival Montenegro

synopsis: Pent up social aggression affects a young couple already plagued by their internal problems.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes / Yan Xun Dao Le Yan Jing / Dim ti ulazi u oči
Singapore / 2022 / 19′ / Serbian premiere

director: Alvin Lee
screenwriter: Alvin Lee, Kew Lin
cast: Wang Weiliang, Benjamin Heng, Priscelia Chan, Oon Shu An
produced by: Alvin Lee, Angelina Marilyn Bok, Chew Pei Yi
director of photographyChuck Tham
edit: Ewe Shen, Tee
composer: NIL
sound: Lim Ting Li

festivals: 47th Hong Kong International Film Festival (2023) – Jury Prize, 33rd Singapore International Film Festival (2022)- Best Singapore Short Film Award, China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival (2022)- Best Short Film Award, National Youth Film Award (2023)- Best Short Film (Open Youth Category), 19th BuSho Film Festival (2023)- BuSHO Award for Best Screenplay, 19th BuSho Film Festival (2023)- Student Jury Best Short Film Award, Brno 16 International Short Film Festival (2023)- Jury Special Mention Award, 9th Jaffna International Cinema Film Festival (2023)- Best International Short Film, 10th Chong Qing Youth Film Festival (2023)- Best Screenplay Award, 13th Macau International Short Film Festival- Silver Award for Best Short Film, 13th Macau International Short Film Festival- Gold Award for Best Screenplay, 2nd Mint Chinese Film Festival- Audience Choice Award

synopsis: A funeral director finds himself hapless when the wrong body has been sent for cremation. When there seems to be no other way, he devises a plan for a sham funeral with the deceased’s three estranged children.

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Bull’s Eye
Serbia / 2024 / 16′ / World premiere

director: Petar Lakić
screenwriter: Petar Lakić, Nađa Petrović
cast: Ognjen Mićović, Aleksandar Petković
produced by: Fakultet Dramskih Umetnosti
director of photography: Miloš Radovanović
edit: Neda Živanović
sound: Nataša Šormaz

synopsis: Mateja starts dreaming about his best friend in a S&M bull costume. He tries to explain it to him.

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I Promise You Paradise / A’edak an Takoon Fel Ferdous / Obećavam ti raj
Egypt, France, Qatar / 2023 / 25′

director: Morad Mostafa
screenwriter: Morad Mostafa, Sawsan Yusuf
cast: Kenyi Marcellino, Kenzy Mohamed
produced by: Bonanza Films
director of photography:  Mostafa El Kashef
edit: Mohamed Mamdouh
sound: Moustafa Shaaban

festivals: Festival de Cannes – Semaine de la Critique, Cairo International Film Festival, Curtas Vila do Conde, Bucharest Short Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Tirana Film Festival, Shorts Mexico, etc.

synopsis: Following a violent incident; Eissa a 17 years old African migrant in Egypt is in a quest against time to save his loved ones whatever it takes.


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That’s It For Today / Za danas toliko
Serbia / 2024 / 105′

director: Marko Đorđević
screenwriter: Marko Đorđević
cast: Filip Đurić, Ivana Vuković, Nikola Rakočević, Goran Bogdan, Miona Pejaković, Milica Jovović
produced by: Altertise, Cinerent, Digital Goblen Media, Stiglitz Production
director of photography: Stefan Milosavljević
edit: Marko Đorđević
composer: Sofija Milutinović

festivals: 52. International film festival – FEST 2024 – Politika’s award Milutin Čolić for Best Serbian film, Award for the Best Actress

synopsis: By baking his favorite dessert – coconut cubes, the siblings manage to lure their eldest brother back home. Time seems to cease to exist, and a tale of happy people unfolds. Seemingly ordinary summer days turn extraordinary. In love with life, they elevate reality above the ground, dispersing any and all dark clouds with their joyous spirit.

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