The selected films are:
10:34 to Belgrade, Ioana Grigore, Romania/Serbia
A While Ago, Stela Pelin, Romania
Anew, Ema Muc, Slovenia
Chat With Alice, Sandra Isabela Țenț, Romania
Forever, Monika Rusak, Croatia
Glances of Closed Eyes, Dora Filipović, Serbia
If I Had It My Way I Would Never Leave, Marko Grba Singh, Serbia
Indonesia, Daria Blažević, Croatia
Into the Winter, Alina Olariu, Romania
Little Fish, Maja Križnik, Slovenia
Love, Boya Harizanova, Bulgaria
One Night, Strahinja Savić, Serbia
Riot Ana, Klemen Berus, Slovenia
Tattoo, Ahmet Bikiç, Turkey
The Bus, Samet Yalçın, Turkey
The Day I Tried to Live, Alin Barbir, Romania
To Ana. Yours, Santa, Mirona Radu, Romania
Treetops, Filip Heraković, Croatia
White Elephants, Todor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
10:34 TO BELGRADE
DIRECTOR: Ioana Grigore
You kids must memorize everything that happens in your life, because that’s who you are and that will keep you going. Both the good and the bad things will give you strength when some difficult moment occurs.
Ioana Grigore is a third year student of Film Directing at I.L. Caragiale, Bucharest. Film credits: Emanuel (2014), Flux Reflux (2015), etc.
2015 18' Romania, Serbia
SEECS International Student Film Festival 2016 (Best Documentary Film)
A WHILE AGO (Cu ceva timp în urmă)
DIRECTOR: Stela Pelin
Everybody has a way to cope with loss. Trying to overcome the chaos that surrounds her and the inevitability of death, Olive choses loneliness. Her friends think otherwise and try to help by convincing her to join them on a short trip.
Stela Pelin received a master's degree in Film Directing from the Caragiale University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography. Some of her student films: Self-Portrait, Beneath the Earth, Maybe Next Time.
2015 23' Romania
Gold Panda Film Festival 2015, CineMaIubit Film Festival 2015
WHITE ELEPHANTS (Beli slonove)
DIRECTOR: Todor Dimitrov
She is pregnant, He is a foreigner. She is lonely, He wants her to abort. For Her the rocks look like white elephants, for Him white elephants don’t exist. They both go through the dark tunnels under the rocks where their love dies. When they go out of the darkness into the light, She is determined to keep the child.
Todor Dimitrov (1977) graduated in 2001 from NATFA as an actor. He is currently studying Film and TV Directing at the same university. He has made several shorts and documentaries.
2015 20' Bulgaria
Sofia International Film Festival 2016, SEECS Short Film Festival 2016
CHAT WITH ALICE
DIRECTOR: Sandra Isabela Țenț
One year after finishing high school, a young artist from Bucharest called Alice has to quit college so that she can take care of her newly formed family. She decides to find a job, hoping this will offer her a better living. However, despite becoming financially stable, the job ends up alienating her from her loved ones.
Sandra Isabela Țenț is a thrid year student of Film Directing at the Caragiale University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography.
2015 20' Romania
International Student Film Festival CineMaIubit 2015 (Best Documentary), Gopo Awards 2016 (Best Short Documentary)
IF I HAD IT MY WAY, I WOULD NEVER LEAVE (Da se mene pita, nikad ne bih otišao)
DIRECTOR: Marko Grba Singh
Abdul and Hamza, immigrants from Somalia, hide in an abandoned house near the border, waiting for the right moment to resume their journey. They sleep during the day, and travel during the night.
Marko Grba Singh (1988) will enroll this year in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. His short documentaries At Least We've Met and Pale premiered at Visions du Réel. His film Abdul & Hamza premiered at FID Marseille, winning Special Mention.
2015 15'49'' Serbia
Beogradski festival dokumentarnog i kratkometražnog filma 2015 (Best Short Student Film), Filmski festival Herceg Novi 2015 (Special Award), Filmfestival Cottbus 2015
DIRECTOR: Daria Blažević
Matija is a young mother taking care of her son while her husband is away on business. When someone breaks into her car, Matija meets a friendly police officer. One day, he drops by for a cup of coffee.
Daria Blažević (1987) holds a degree in Film Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art and the Film Academy Vienna. She is the secretary of Kinoklub Zagreb and NISI MASA president. This is her graduation film.
2015 22'30'' Croatia
Zagreb Film Festival – Kockice 2015, Kratki na brzinu 2016 (Special Mention), Festival mediteranskog filma Split 2016
INTO THE WINTER (În iarnă)
DIRECTOR: Alina Olariu
Christmas is about gathering with family. But for a divorced mother and her daughter, Christmas is just another occasion to discover loneliness. When do people feel more apart, when they resemble too much, or when they have almost nothing in common?
Alina Olariu (1984) studied Classical Music and continued her education in Film Directing. Films: The Present, Bucharest Trilogy, Two Years. This is her graduation film.
2015 17'38’’ Romania
ONE NIGHT (Jedna noć)
DIRECTOR: Strahinja Savić
Lasting friendship between two girls is put to the test when one of the girls decides to move abroad.
Strahinja Savić (1991) has made more than thirty short films. He received a degree in Film Directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in 2014 as a top student in his class. This is his MA graduation film.
2016 17'53’’ Serbia
Beogradski festival dokumentarnog i kratkometražnog filma 2016
DIRECTOR: Filip Heraković
After her son's failed suicide attempt, the mother visits the man who saved him. At first, it seems she merely wants to thank him, but soon, her true intentions are revealed.
Filip Heraković (1989) holds a BA in Film and TV Directing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. He is currently attending a Master's Degree Program in Film Directing.
2016 16’17’’ Croatia
Croatian Film Days 2016
DIRECTOR: Boya Harizanova
30-year-old Boris arrives to a mountain village to give the belongings of Radko, his friend who died in an accident, to his living relatives – the grandparents. He realizes that the grandparents didn’t know about their grandson’s death. Boris decides to stay for dinner, uncertain about what to do.
After receiving a degree in Journalism at the Sofia University, Boya Harizanova studied Film and TV Directing at NATFA. During her studies she made four documentaries and two feature films.
2015 24' Bulgaria
LITTLE FISH (Male ribe)
DIRECTOR: Maja Križnik
BRINA: Hey, Bor. Grandpa told me there are fish in this lake that could bite off half of your leg.
Maja Križnik (1986) graduated Philosophy and Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Arts. In 2012, she started studying Directing at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television. Shorts: The House Of Open Arms (2014), ZOO (2015).
2015 22'8’’ Slovenia
Prešeren Award for students of UL AGRIFT for best director of TV drama and short film 2015, Skomrahi 2015
ANEW (Na novo)
DIRECTOR: Ema Muc
Daša and Petra are trying to cope with a terrible loss, each of them in their own way. It seems as though they will never find a common path towards the end of this nightmare.
Ema Muc (1993) made several short films: Escape (2013), Nazdar! (2014), Squirrels (2015), etc. Anew is her graduation film (BA).
2015 19'4'' Slovenia
Roma Cinema Doc 2015, Skomrahi 2015
GLANCES OF CLOSED EYES (Pogledi zatvorenih očiju)
DIRECTOR: Dora Filipović
Film showcases the sense of hearing as an important factor in interacting and communicating in today’s society. The focus is on blind and visually impaired people who introduce us to their way of life through the help of sound and how sound helps them in their daily lives.
Dora Filipović completed her master’s degree programme in Recording and Sound Design. She has worked on various short and feature films as sound designer and sound editor. She participated in the 2016 edition of Berlinale Talents. This is her MA graduation film.
2015 15'44’’ Serbia
Beogradski festival dokumentarnog i kratkometražnog filma 2016, DOKUMA 2016, Zlatna Buklija 2016 (Special Award), Best Film Award at the International Festival SEECS in Istanbul.
DIRECTOR: Klemen Berus
Sandi and Ana, former classmates, meet each other after several years. Ana, Sandi's primary school crush, is now an avid protester, while he is a guitar master. But will he be able to strum the strings of Ana's heart?
Klemen Berus (1993) directed several short student films: Gasoline (2013), Sleeping With Tito (2015), etc. His highschool short film Disconneted was selected for the Slovene National Film Festival. This is his graduation film (BA).
2015 24'10’’ Slovenia
Prešeren Award for students of UL AGRIFT for two best narrative short films 2015, Kragujevački festival antiratnog i angažovanog filma 2015
TATTOO (Dövme (Deq))
DIRECTOR: Ahmet Bikiç
Mankind has made many efforts to understand what has been happening in nature, and for those phenomena that it wasn’t able to grasp, it created symbols in order to materialize them. Today, any drawing on the body is named a tattoo. This documentary is a pursuit of the secret meaning behind the tattoos of Şanlıurfa.
Ahmet Bikiç (1980) completed his postgraduate studies at the Department of Communication Design in Istanbul Kültür University, where he continues working at the Centre for Research and Development.
2015 20' Turkey
Göbeklitepe Film Festival 2016, Kar Film Festival 2016
THE BUS (Otobüs)
DIRECTOR: Samet Yalçın
While Onur goes about his daily life, by chance, he comes upon a funeral. This funeral reminds him of his late grandmother. Onur was never able to accept and wrap his head around his grandmother's death.
Samet Yalçın (1996) holds a BA in Communication Design, and is currently studying film directing.
2016 17'48’’ Turkey
Kar Film Festival 2016
THE DAY I TRIED TO LIVE
DIRECTOR: Alin Barbir
A visual experiment entering the musical realm. A light that is heavily laying on your shoulders. Distorted shadows endlessly extending themselves into tears. The states of a single whole overturned on the background of an endless darkness.
Alin Barbir (1981) graduated the Faculty of Economic Studies with a master’s degree in Marketing. In 2009 he graduated the School of Photography ArtImage. He is studying Cinematography, Photography and Media at the Babes-Bolyai University, third year.
2015 6’51’’ Romania
Digital Transilvania #2.0 2015
TO ANA. YOURS, SANTA (Pentru Ana. Cu drag, Mos Craciun)
DIRECTOR: Mirona Radu
On the occasion of Christmas and winter holidays, Andrei tries to reconnect with his daughter, Anna.
Mirona Radu (1986) is doing her Master's Degree in Film Production. She graduated Film and TV Directing and Photography. Her shorts have been screened all over the country and her photos have been exhibited both in Romania and abroad.
2015 12'45’’ Romania
DIRECTOR: Monika Rusak
The films centres on the transience of life and the lost love of protagonist R. J. (89), whose voice guides us through the film. The director talks about old age and love as the main support for the elderly.
Monika Rusak (1991) completed the undergraduate course in Multimedia, Design and Application in Varaždin. She received her graduate degree from the Department of Media Arts and Practices (Intermedia) at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka.
2016 11'33’’ Croatia