The strong international identity of the event is the result of a selection that aims to add value to the differences between countries that are separated by the distance, giving back to the audience a heterogeneous outlook with the objective to give space to not so easily accessible works.

The countries represented are 42, of which 18 come from Europe, 9 from Asia, 2 from Africa, 5 from North America, 6 from South America and 1 from Oceania.

The choice of the short film format reflects the desire of La Guarimba to give visibility to works that would be excluded by the traditional market, but that stand out thanks to their quality.

The official selection has been divided into these competition categories: Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Music Video, Experimental Films and La Grotta dei Piccoli (a selection of shorts for children in collaboration with UNICEF).

We selected high-quality works in the categories of Fiction, Documentary and Animation, with the aim of representing a large variety of genres, according to the style, the topic and the imaginary, moving from thriller to the social drama, from dance to comedy. Together, the selection builds a mosaic of visions, restlessness, critiques and obsessions of new voices or affirmed artists that will guide the audience along the festival.

We decided to include music videos in the official selection, a narrative form that doesn’t always obtain the right recognition. We tried to give dignity to an art form that in this year’s selection unites the power of

image and sound all across the world. From animation to fiction, going through indie and electronic, rap and pop, stories interwave in stylistic and musical experimentations.

The Insomnia category is an exhibition of experimental cinema, born with the objective of discovering new imaginaries connected to the world of cinema and visual arts, a container open to unprecedented languages, new narrative techniques and the infinite possibilities of the film medium.

The last category is La Grotta dei Piccoli, an 80 short animated film program created with the collaboration of UNICEF Italia, with the objective of showing cultural works that wouldn’t be known in other ways to the new generations. Within this category, we created an environmental selection inspired by our sustainability project Cambur, where we aim to touch upon tough subject matters such as the conflict between humans and nature through the simplicity of animation.

In addition to the main competition, there will be three special programs: a selection of short films realized thanks to MigrArti project, introduced by the curator Paolo Masini; a selection of Sub-Saharan Africa shorts, curated by Karmala Cultura; the “Americania” program of shorts from USA, selected by Sam Morrill.

Official Programmers: Sara FratiniGiulio Vita, Alex Spagnolo, Pablo Cristóbal, Alicia V. Palacios Thomas, Marta MiquelJacinta Agten.

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FICTION

ASHMINA

Dekel Berenson | 2018 | 15′ | Nepal 

In an impoverished country, rife with contradiction, a young girl is torn between her obligation to her family and the influence of foreign visitors.

FAUVE

Jérémy Comte | 2018 | 16′ | Canada

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game, with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

BONOBO

Zoel Aeschbacher | 2018 | 18′ | Switzerland

When the elevator of their public housing breaks down, the fates of Felix, a disabled pensioner, Ana, a single mother struggling with her move, and Seydou, a young man passionate about dance, intertwine towards an explosive ending where their limits will be tested.

CA$H

Tan Wei Ting | 2018 | 11′ | Singapore

Four cashiers stage a revolt by locking themselves inside the supermarket late at night in protest at the prospect of losing their jobs to a cashless system.

SISTERS

Daphne Lucker | 2018 | 15′ | Netherlands

Three sisters grow up in a broken home.

MAW

Jasper Vrancken | 2018 | 20′ | Belgium

Richard has an unusual fantasy: he is sexually aroused by the idea of being eaten by an animal or monster.

IT'S SUMMER

Filip Bojarski | 2018 | 15′ | Poland

It’s the last day of school, but Ewa, a 40-year old teacher, has no plans for the summer holidays.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE WATER AND THE MOON

Jian Luo | 2019 | 15′ | China

During an abortion, instead of aborting the fetus, a girl gives birth to a live jellyfish.

PIG

David Aguilera Cogollo | 2017 | 11′ |  Colombia

A 74-year-old farmer called Angel has lost his sow from his ranch, but he has a clue that leads to the main market of the nearest town.

TO HEAVEN, TO GATHER

Li Yue Chang | 2018 | 24′ | Taiwan

A vast, blue sky. A long and endless mountain path. This is not an excursion but the journey of three-year-old Xiao Wu and her lamb.

DELAY

Ali Asgari | 2018 | 14′ | Italy / Iran

A man and his two children are late for their flight. While they wait for the next flight something happens that changes his point of view about being a father.

DIVERSION

Mathieu Mégemont |  2018 | 22′ | France

Joël, a small town journalist, goes to cover a case in the French countryside. When he stops after running over a dog on the road, he finds himself trapped in the stories he usually writes.

AQUARIUM

Lorenzo Puntoni | 2018 | 15′ | Italy

Two human beings, far one from the other, meet: the first and carefree day at the swimming pool, the last and dramatic step of a massacre’s plan.

PATHETICS

Terryn Yahya | 2018 | 28′ | Belgium

The last conversation between two best friends, Ludo and Karel, during the piano concerto of Ludo’s new girlfriend for whom he left his family.

VENDO PIPAS

Juan Diego Aguirre | 2018 | 15′ | Colombia / Venezuela

Yurani and other two Colombian teenagers try to survive day by day in the middle of the Venezuelan migration crisis.

MENINAS FORMICIDA

João Paulo Miranda Maria | 2017 | 12′ | France / Brasil

In a small Brazilian town, a teenage girl works everyday in a eucalyptus forest where she chases ants away with pesticides.

PEPITAS

Alessandro Sampaoli | 2018 | 8′ | Italy

Andrea, despite being over thirty, still lives at home with his mother and his visually impaired grandmother. His family doesn’t know but he has a part time job.

AURORE

Mael Le Mée | 2017 | 18′ | France

Aurore, a sixteen years teenage girl, discovers her body with her friends… With a supernatural finger.

BAMBOE

Flo Van Deuren | 2018 | 19′ | Belgium

A bunch of thirteen year old girls are spending their summer days on an abandoned piece of land, overgrown by bamboo.

MY BOY

Sarah Pellerin | 2018 | 12′ | Canada

As he takes part in his brother’s bachelor party, Louis (17) is confronted by this ritual that both celebrates and denigrates commitment and masculinity.

I'D NEVER BOTHER ANOTHER CHICKEN AGAIN

Helen Cho Anthos | 2018 | 3′ | USA

A remorseful man relives an intense childhood memory illuminating his greatest regret.

MILLER & SON

Asher Jelinsky | 2018 | 21′ | USA

A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night.

PERFECT LOVE

Darius Etemadieh | 2017 | 30′ | Germany

Driven into isolation by alcohol and leeching friends and confused by a distorted view on woman, sex and relationships, a desperate artist loses himself in the alluring illusion of a perfect love.

TO HELL WITH CODES

Leopold Légrand | 2018 | 14′ | France

Despite their high-security building, Death could easily get into their apartment.

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Florence Keith-Roach | 2019 | 13′ | UK

When Annabelle wakes up in a stranger’s bedroom on her 30th birthday, she thinks the day cannot get any worse. But then Bernard walks in …

ANIMATION

UNDER THE RIB CAGE

Bruno Tondeur | 2018 | 13′ | Belgium

This is the story of a guy who’s gonna die… Maybe.

SIMBIOSIS CARNAL

Rocío Álvarez | 2017 | 10′ | Belgium / Spain

A poetic journey through the history of desire and sexuality where the female pleasure, long ignored and repressed, takes pride.

PARASITE

Yajun Shi | 2018 | 2′ | USA / China

Parasite is about the conflict between human development and nature.

ALBA'S MEMORIES

Andrea Martignoni & Maria Steinmetz | 2019 | 7′ | Italy / Germany

Alba remembers how she fell in love with Pierino, friend of her brother, in the early fifties in Italy.

MR. MARE

Luca Tóth | 2019 | 19′ | Hungary

Love appears out of thin air like a tumor in the chest.

GOOD INTENTIONS

Anna Mantzaris | 2018 | 9′ | UK

After a young woman is responsible for a hit and run, strange and spooky things starts to happen …

FIGHTING PABLO

Robbe Vervaeke | 2018 | 8′ | Belgium

A young artist is working on a portrait when an unexpected moment of frustration and doubt shatters his inspiration.

EGG

Martina Scarpelli | 2018 | 12′ | France / Italy

A woman is locked in her home with an egg, which she is both attracted to and scared of.

JANET, WHO FELL FROM THE SEA

Isabel Greenberg | 2018 | 5′ | UK

A girl falls into an underwater town, haunted by the ghosts of unfinished stories.

OBON

André Hörmann & Samo | 2018 | 15′ | Germany / Japan

Akiko Takakura is one of the last survivors of the atomic bomb explosion of Hiroshima.

I'M GOING OUT FOR CIGARETTES

Osman Cerfon | 2018 | 13′ | France

Jonathan, twelve years old, lives with his sister, his mother and also some men. They all have the same face and nest in closets, drawers, TV set …

GRAND BASSIN

Héloïse Courtois, Chloé Plat, Victori Jalabert & Adèle Raigneau | 2018 | 7′ | France

An afternoon at the swimming pool.

CARLOTTA'S FACE

Valentin Riedl & Frédéric Schuld | 2018 | 5′ | Germany

As a child, Carlotta didn’t expect the people around her to have faces. She even doesn’t recognise her own face.

FLOOD

Malte Stein | 2018 | 10′ | Germany

A dirty lake bursts its banks and begins to flood the town.

BIG TOAST

Sacha Beeley | 2018 | 4′ | UK

Sleazy and vain Toast tries to win back an ex flame, the beautiful Egg, but the hideous Big Toast is now on the scene. It is time.

SWEET NIGHT

Lia Bertels | 2018 | 13′ | Belgium

In winter, in Himalaya, a bear does not manage to fall asleep. He thinks too much and is in the doldrums.

THE WHEEL TURNS

Sang Joon Kim | 2018 | 12′ | USA / South Korea

A prosaic subway operator turned into a toad rediscovers himself in a dystopian world.

SELFIES

Claudius Gentinetta | 2018 | 4′ | Switzerland

SELFIES is a fireworks display of grinning people who lose themselves in the abysses of human existence. A selfie race around the world.

BEAR WITH ME

Daphna Awadish | 2019 | 5′ | Netherlands

A short animated documentary on immigrants who left their home and crossed borders for love.

ETREINTES

Justine Vuylsteker | 2019 | 6′ | France 

Standing still in front of the open window, a woman stares at the dark clouds that obscure the sky.

DOCUMENTARY

TUNGRUS

Rishi Chandna | 2018 | 13′ | India

The lives of a middle-class suburban; Mumbai household turns topsy-turvy when the eccentric patriarch brings home a baby chick for his cats to play with.

ALL INCLUSIVE

Corina Schwingruber Ilić | 2018 | 10′ | Switzerland

Under the spell of mass entertainment on the high seas.

WHEN THE DRAGON CAME

Stefan Pavlovic | 2018 | 21′ | Netherlands / Hungary

A poetic documentary about two people walking through the same landscape, separately.

STILL FROM AFAR

Eva Van Tongeren | 2018 | 18′ | Belgium / USA

In ‘Still from afar’, Eva van Tongeren translates a months-long correspondence between the convicted and incarcerated paedophile Thomas and herself into an audio-visual monologue. The correspondence forces them to adjust their thoughts to the rhythm of each other’s letters. His imagination takes her to deserts where westerns are recorded, along the largest trees in the world, to the busy streets of Los Angeles. She sends him fragments of memories that will never be his.

OPERATION JANE WALK

Robin Klengel & Leonhard Müllner | 2018 | 16′ | Austria

Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s: The Division. The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation. Within the rules of the game’s software, the militaristic environment is being re-used for a pacifistic city tour.

THE SIX DEGREES OF FREEDOM

Sergio H. Martín | 2019 | 20′ | Spain

Welcome to the world of the high-performance sport, the place where desires, the bodies, and the technology hold hands in order to create the XXI century human being.

BAYANDALAI: LORD OF THE TAIGA

Aner Etxebarria Moral & Pablo Vidal Santos | 2018 | 11′ | Spain / Mongolia

From the inside of his yurt, deep within the heart of the Taiga, Bayandalai — an elder of the Dukhas tribe — muses about the significance of life and death in the largest forest on Earth.

THE MIGRATING IMAGE

Stefan Kruse | 2018 | 29′ | Denmark

“The migrating image” follows the pictorial flow of refugees on their journey to and up through Europe. The film is based on photos of refugees and turns the camera back on us —as we created them and ultimately consume them.

AP X SATI

Ekalak Klunson | 2018 | 6′ | Thailand

The daily life of a child in Thailand.

OUR SONG TO WAR

Juanita Onzaga | 2018 | 14′ | Belgium / Colombia

Crocodile-men, a mystic river, some kids that like fishing and war that ends share the same Colombian land: Bojaya.

ACADIANA

Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau & Yannick Nolin | 2019 | 10′ | Canada

May 2017. The city of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is the theatre of the mythic Crawfish Festival. It’s just another day, in America.

UOMINI E FUOCHI

Andrea Frenguelli | 2018 | 14′ | Italy

In a place like The Abruzzi, boundaries between ancient and modern are thin. Uomini e Fuochi is a short documentary about human’s desire and tension to blend with the infinite through ritual practices.

MUSIC VIDEOS

Pa'Lante

Kristian Mercado | 2018 | 8′ | Puerto Rico / USA

An estranged family tries to reconnect amid the wreckage of post-Maria Puerto Rico.

Music by: Hurray for the Riff Raff

Higher Than Houses

Oleg Trofim | 2019 | 6′ | Georgia / Russia

“Higher than Houses” is a hymn to a foolish young heart that wants to love so much.

Music by: Sirotkin

Kaatunga

Philippe Grenier | 2018 | 5′ | Canada

A young soldier deserts during a mysterious war and begins a long journey back to his hometown.

Music by: La Famille Ouellette

Panas

Sara Barreto | 2017 | 5′ | Colombia

A world composed by the elements that are materialized into all realities who coexist in the colombo-venezuelan plain, some of them strident, some other invisible.

Music by: De Juepuchas

October

Nicolee Tsin | 2018 | 4′ | Germany

‘October’ follows an eldery man through his dreams and memories as he learns to transcend the past that haunts him.

Music by: FELSMANN+TILEY

Chatroom

Maegan Houang | 2019 | 4′ | USA

A woman vies for attention from her cult leader.

Music by: Charly Bliss

Not Enough

Bear Damen | 2019 | 3′ | Netherlands

A paradisiacal, pleasantly tormented succession of situations with various characters.

Music by: Benny Sings

Wayside

Angela Stempel | 2018 | 3′ | Venezuela / USA

Entering a yoga class can become more than you bargained for.

Music by: Renata Zeiguer

RAPIN*

Gustaf Holtenäs | 2017 | 4′ | Sweden

Hypnotic animation by Gustaf Holtenäs lures you in to bear witness to the horrifying, graphically-depicted events.

Music by: Jenny Wilson

I COULD NEVER LIVE WITHOUT YOU BY MY SIDE

Raman Djafari & Daniel Almagor | 2018 | 3′ | Germany

Two lovers go on a drug induced trip with a fatal ending.

Music by: FJAAK

EXPERIMENTAL - INSOMNIA

Mudanza Contemporanea

Teo Guillem | 2018 | 20′ | Spain

It’s hot in a ramshackle attic, full-blown fans stir the atmosphere generated by the “exercises” of a weird tenant who manipulates objects.

Je m'aime

Katrin Ólafsdóttir | 2018 | 14′ | Iceland / China

On a secluded island, a hunter discovers that he happens to be a prey.

La Nuit D'amour

Fritz M Hasbrouck | 2017 | 7′ | USA

A pink iguana discovers an enormous gold phallus before falling in love with a flying double doll head genie who continually shifts forms.

Salt Water

Abe Abraham | 2017 | 6′ | USA

Dance-film set to the seismographic recordings of the earth’s vibrations.

Interceptor

Risto-Pekka Blom | 2018 | 5′ | Finland

In democracies, the use of brutal force has been replaced by structural violence, where the power is centered around a small economical elite pursuing their own interests.

MIGRARTI

KRENK

Tommaso Santi | 2018 | 14′ | Italy

A new student comes to the school from a far away country. Who is it? Where does he come from? It’s Krenk, so extraordinary to be scary.

IL MONDIALE IN PIAZZA

Vito Palmieri | 2018 | 15′ | Italy

November 2017: the Italian national football team does not qualify for the 2018 world championship. In the South of Italy, a group of people do not give up and decide to set up a parallel world championship to be played right in their hometown square. Italy will compete against other national teams made by immigrants.

AMBARADAN

Paolo Negro | 2017 | 15′ | Italy

“Ambaradan” is the history of a need: the need of feeling accepted, integrated and recognized by others. Luca desperately fights for this identity affirmation by the force.
His pride and his incapacity to accept himself will make his life sadder than when he was a kid and he felt the weight of feeling different because of the colour of his skin.

AMERICANIA

The Climb

Michael Angelo Covino | 2018 | 7′ | USA

A recent breakup fuels two friends during a long slog up a steep hill.

Agua Viva

Alexa Lim Haas | 2018 | 7′ | USA

A Chinese manicurist in Miami attempts to describe feelings she doesn’t have the words for.

Craig Finn - God In Chicago

Kristian Mercado Figueroa | 2017 | 5′ | USA

This is the story of two people brought together by tragedy and grief. They go on a quick and necessary mission and briefly get to step out of their normal lives. They find escape, wonder and hope in a place that is new to them.

Ivry

Jake Oleson | 2018 | 9′ | USA

A young boxer guides his protégé through his past growing up in the South Side of Chicago.

3,000 Miles

Sean Wang | 2018 | 5′ | USA

“On July 5th, 2016, I moved across the country to work and live in New York City for one year. This is a personal documentary of my year, chronicled by voicemails left by my mom.”

AFRICAN PROGRAM - KARMALA

THE FISHERMAN

Zoey Martinson | 2019 | 15′ | Ghana

An aging fisherman goes out to sea one day and returns with a talking fish.

TITHES & OFFERINGS

Tony Koros | 2018 | 16′ | Kenya

A fraudulent Kenyan pastor accidentally performs a real miracle.

ORDUR

Momar Talla Kandji | 2018 | 15′ | Senegal

Kader is a real estate company collector whose life takes an unpredictable turn overnight when he loses his old bag containing money belonging to his boss.

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