Monstra Festival

Student Shorts

Student Shorts

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Student Shorts 1
Dahu
Country: Belgium , Year: 2020 , Duration: 6 mins.
Sinopsys:
Lou and Julie became friends in a summercamp. Together, they decided to go hunting the legendary Dahu. But the two friends eventually split. Julie gives up the hunt in the grip of teenage daydreams, while Lou immerses herself body and soul in this quest.
Credits:
Director: Mona Schnerb Writer: Mona Schnerb Production: Vincent Gilot Music: Balita Roelison Sound Design: Timon Krzewski, Diane Chambriard
Ubasute
Country: Netherlands , Year: 2020 , Duration: 8 mins.
Sinopsys:
A man is forced by famine and ancient tradition to carry his loving elderly mother to the top of a mountain, to leave her there to die.
Credits:
Director: Alexander Bierling Writer: Alexander Bierling Production: Jasper Witteman, Chantal Prijs
The Macabre Dance
Country: France , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
In a theatre, Death comes on stage, she takes a poor woman and a rich man into the audience to make them dance. The rich man refuses, a chase begins between Death and man.
Credits:
Director: Nina Wozniak Writer: Nina Wozniak Music: Yoann Huguenet Sound Design: Yoann Huguenet Animator: Nina Wozniak
30 Days of Shoegazing
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2019 , Duration: 5 mins.
Sinopsys:
Introversion and shyness are gifts, embracing them is a skill to learn.30 Gifs convey the recurring emotions inside me. As an introvert, when there are many feelings and thoughts going on inward my body and brain, it is important to understand myself by distinguishing each obscure emotion. By doing so, I find myself gradually free from suffering self-harshness of my personalities.
Credits:
Director: Pei-Hsin Cho Animator: Pei-Hsin Cho
Let's meet yesterday
Country: Bulgaria , Year: 2019 , Duration: 6 mins.
Sinopsys:
“Let’s meet yesterday” is a short film about two people, strangers at first, who decide to dive into the adventure of being together.
Credits:
Director: Iva Tokmakchieva Writer: Iva Tokmakchieva
Right Now, I am
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2020 , Duration: 5 mins.
Sinopsys:
‘Right Now, I Am’ is an autobiographical, emotional journey through the past up to now.
Credits:
Director: Ciara Kerr
Grandpa's journeys
Country: Czech Republic , Year: 2019 , Duration: 4 mins.
Sinopsys:
Grandfather remembers old times, when he was traveling with his friends around the world and they had so much fun.
Credits:
Director: Tereza Simanovska
Leaf
Country: Belarus , Year: 0 , Duration: 6 mins.
Sinopsys:
Huge sailor gets an autumn leaf from a small girl. It reminds him of his home. How long he has not been there? He runs to meet his old parents. What will he find there?
Credits:
Director: Aliona Baranova Writer: Aliona Baranova Music: Petr Mazoch Sound Design: Jiří Gráf Animator: Aliona Baranova
Helfer
Country: Hungary , Year: 2020 , Duration: 10 mins.
Sinopsys:
„Helfer” is about a young woman who is struggling with anxiety and recurring nightmares that she wants to end. She seeks out a helper, who offers an alternative solution, but in the process she must confront her greatest fears. The film details their relationship in a surreal world through symbolic events.
Credits:
Director: Anna Szöllősi Production: József FÜLÖP
En Rang Par Deux, Meeting Aliou e Afif
Country: Italy , Year: 2020 , Duration: 7 mins.
Sinopsys:
The idea for this film comes from the encounter with two African boys who live in Rome, and is based on their music. Tunisian Afif and Senegalese Aliou tell their different stories, talk about friendship, immigration, freedom and, above all, about the fundamental value of making music together.
Credits:
Director: Margherita Giusti, Elisabetta Bosco, Viola Mancini Production: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, sede Piemonte - Dipartimento Animazione (Torino) Music: Aliou Diop e Afif Ben Fekih (King Kong Collective) Sound Design: Vito Martinelli Animator: Margherita Giusti, Elisabetta Bosco, Viola Mancini
We can still be friends
Country: Poland , Year: 2020 , Duration: 5 mins.
Sinopsys:
An unrequited love for a friend grows out of control.
Credits:
Director: Ewa Sztefka Writer: Ewa Sztefka Music: Kacper Krupa Sound Design: Tomasz Kaczor Animator: Ewa Sztefka
Dandelion
Country: Portugal , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
Sinopsys:
A chat between three friends, who feel trapped by the standards of society, but who want to fight for their dreams and what they believe, because nobody will do it for them.
Credits:
Director: Catarina Abrantes, Mariya Toma, Miguel Henriques Production: Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies - Department of Cinema and Media Art
Watermelon Please
Country: Singapore , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
Sinopsys:
A young man experiences a chain of events which lead him to think about his own impending end.
Credits:
Director: Lim Jia Ying Writer: Lim Jia Ying Sound Design: Jevon Chandra
Carried Away
Country: France , Year: 2020 , Duration: 5 mins.
Sinopsys:
A dark comedy about antagonist twins who have to fulfill their mother’s last will : bury her corpse in the forest.
Credits:
Director: Etienne Fagnère, Manon Carrier, Johan Cayrol, Alo Trusz, Jean-Baptiste Escary
Student Shorts 2
Sorry, I don't understand
Country: Belgium , Year: 2020 , Duration: 6 mins.
Sinopsys:
A careless foreign student, without knowledge of the local language, arrives to a new country and tries to reach the school. Through a series of funny situations, her ignorance will help her to make the wrong choices for the rest of her life.
Credits:
Director: Natalie Feoktistova Sound Design: Ilya Pevtsov
Dogs
Country: France , Year: 2019 , Duration: 7 mins.
Sinopsys:
A young Polish partisan flees from the Warsaw Uprising. Whilst hiding in the yard of a countryside manor, he is chased up a tree by a large wolfhound. With his rifle out of reach, there seems to be no way to escape his predicament.
Credits:
Director: Benjamin Berrebi, Jakub Bednarz, Diego Cristófano, Théo Lenoble, Mohammad Babakoohi, Karlo Pavicic-Ravlic, Marthinus Van Rooyen Writer: Benjamin Berrebi, Jakub Bednarz, Diego Cristófano, Théo Lenoble, Mohammad Babakoohi, Karlo Pavicic-ravlic, Marthinus Van Rooyen Music: Vladimir Guicheff Bogacz /Izbicki Bartosz Sound Design: Cédric Denooz Animator: Benjamin Berrebi, Jakub Bednarz, Diego Cristófano, Théo Lenoble, Karlo Pavicic-Ravlic, Marthinus Van Rooyen
The Sugarcane Man
Country: South Africa , Year: 2019 , Duration: 5 mins.
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Siderea
Country: Italy , Year: 2020 , Duration: 7 mins.
Sinopsys:
A girl lives locked in her home surrounded by a high hedge. When the wind carries onto her balcony dry leaves, empty shells, faded petals and other small fragments from the woods - she collects them to keep them indoors and admire their beauty. It will be the wind that accidentally forces her to leave the house, to venture beyond the hedge and to lead her to an encounter with nature and with her self.
Credits:
Director: Elisa Bonandin, Fiorella Cecchini, Isabel Matta, Carlotta Vacchetti Writer: Carlotta Vacchetti Production: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Piemonte - dipartimento Animazione
The Song of A Lost Boy
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2020 , Duration: 10 mins.
Sinopsys:
Ben a young choir boy, who after his voice breaks mid solo, has a crisis of faith, decides to run away from his community. He happens upon a group of nomads who take him in, though Ben hides a secret about who he really is, and must decide what to do with it.
Credits:
Director: Daniel Quirke Writer: Brid Arnstein Production: Jamie MacDonald
Forget Me Not
Country: Czech Republic , Year: 0 , Duration: 7 mins.
Sinopsys:
The impact of communism was huge. The destiny of orphans was taken from foster care to an institutional care. Theanimated document with the testimony of the man who grew up in the constitution and the woman who solves the problem from the outside, shows that despite 30 years of freedom from communism, Czech Republic still desperately needs a revolution in this area.
Credits:
Director: Adela Križovenská Writer: Adela Križovenská Production: Matěj Kačírek Music: VERSUS Sound Design: Ondřej Vomočil Animator: Adela Križovenská
Cockpera
Country: Croatia , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
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Them people
Country: India , Year: 2020 , Duration: 6 mins.
Sinopsys:
A small child raised to conform to the expectations of society, is unable to differentiate between love, hate and fear. ‘Them people’ is a short animation film, inspired by a self composed poem that speaks about the growing intolerance towards “the other”, and the obsession to define one’s own identity.
Credits:
Director: Nausheen Javed Writer: Nausheen Javed Production: kunsthochschule für Medien Köln Music: Troy Vasanth Sound Design: Troy Vasanth Animator: Nausheen Javed, Rajesh Thakare
Pearl Diver
Country: Norway , Year: 2020 , Duration: 9 mins.
Sinopsys:
Three couples are facing different challenges:A middle aged hedgehog falls in love with a balloon, but finds it difficult to maintain his grooming routine. A couple of arctic lovers are experiencing a coldness between them, and two oysters are losing patience as they wait to be on the same schedule.
Credits:
Director: Margrethe Danielsen Writer: Margrethe Danielsen Production: Endre Eidsaa Larsen
Anna and Manon go to the Sea
Country: France , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
Sinopsys:
After a summer camp, Anna and Manon decide to go and live by the sea so they never have to part.
Credits:
Director: Catherine Manesse Music: Oscar Aubry Sound Design: Hervé Guyader
Dandedog
Country: Portugal , Year: 2020 , Duration: 5 mins.
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NoWhereMan
Country: United States , Year: 2020 , Duration: 5 mins.
Sinopsys:
NoWhereMan is a five-minute 3D animated short film, about a hero who is sacrificed by the government and the masses. The story follows a marshal who announces their first ever travel experiment to the public. However, the experiment goes haywire when the hero gets trapped in the repetitive timeline forever. Behind this shallow success is an ironic truth.
Credits:
Director: Kuan Ting Lu, Chong Liu Production: Terrence Masson, Han Chen Chang Music: Pano Fountas Sound Design: Denis Nechipurenko
Student Shorts 3
Med Cezir Tango
Country: Spain , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
Sinopsys:
Alone in an empty house, a little girl creates a magical ritual.
Credits:
Director: Isabel Loyer, Meriç Atalar Writer: Isabel Loyer, Meriç Atalar Production: Isabel Loyer, Meriç Atalar
Love in the Clouds
Country: France , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
Sinopsys:
In the wilderness, a giraffe couple puts on a performance every night at twilight. Animals come to listen, and take a well-deserved break to eat, and be eaten.
Credits:
Director: Jaimeen Desai Music: Serge Besset Sound Design: Marie Moulin
In suspense
Country: Italy , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
You remain on hold, waiting for the end of the age of playing. The wait does not have a clear connotation. The only certainty is that it will bring about change
Credits:
Director: Martina Venturini
O Black Hole!
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2020 , Duration: 14 mins.
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Winter Memories
Country: Iran , Year: 2020 , Duration: 7 mins.
Sinopsys:
An old lady who has a memory problem cyclically remember memories of a time when she tried to make a shawl for her father who went to war and never returned.
Credits:
Director: Zahra Kababian , Amir Mahdi Safdari Writer: Zahra Kababian , Amir Mahdi Safdari Production: Mrs Maryam Kashkoolinia, Mr Amir Hossein Salehi
In Her Boots
Country: Austria , Year: 2019 , Duration: 6 mins.
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Have a Nice Dog!
Country: Germany , Year: 2020 , Duration: 13 mins.
Sinopsys:
Trapped in Damascus, surrounded by war, a lonely man becomes increasingly lost in his fantasies of fleeing and the inner dialogues with his dog.
Credits:
Director: Jalal Maghout Writer: Jalal Maghout Production: Karsten Matern Music: Dascha Dauenhauer
To the dusty sea
Country: France , Year: 2020 , Duration: 12 mins.
Sinopsys:
Left alone in the deepest of the summer, Malo and Zoe are trying their best to catch their mother’s elusive eye…
Credits:
Director: Héloïse Ferlay Writer: Héloïse Ferlay Music: Antonin Tardy Sound Design: Antoine Martin, Xavier Drouault, Gilles Marsalet, Lucien Richardson Animator: Gwendal Stephan, Héloïse Ferlay
Mime Your Manners
Country: United States , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
An arrogant man named Julian is transformed into a mime. Given a taste of his own medicine, he must grow to be a better person to be freed.
Credits:
Director: Kate Namowicz, Skyler Porras Writer: Skyler Porras, Kate Namowicz Production: Ringling College of Art and Design
Check-in
Country: Portugal , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
A young man with his whole life ahead of him, is stuck in his work routine at the airport. The days repeat themselves, over and over again, until one day he decides to change it all.
Credits:
Director: Samuel Guerreiro, Guilherme Bosco Writer: Samuel Guerreiro, Guilherme Bosco Production: Universidade do Algarve - ESEC
Student Shorts 4
In your dreams
Country: Czech Republic , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
Sinopsys:
This short film was created as a diploma film in the final year of Vyšší odborná a Střední umělecká škola Václava Hollara. The main topic of this film is dreaming, and the story immerses the spectator in its fantastic world, which lacks the traditional logic of everyday life. The film features several typical panic-inducing dream motifs. The dreaming characters find themselves in uncomfortable situations and as the story progresses the absurd events are becoming increasingly more dramatic causing further chaos.
Credits:
Director: Natálie Durchánková Music: Black Rose Beatz
Un diable dans la poche
Country: France , Year: 2019 , Duration: 6 mins.
Sinopsys:
A group of children witnesses a crime and is forced to remain silent. Auguste, the youngest, finds the burdentoo heavy and decides to reveal this secret. To punish this treason, the rest of the kids plan to get rid of him.
Credits:
Director: Antoine Bonnet , Mathilde Loubes Writer: Antoine Bonnet , Mathilde Loubes Music: Anna CORDONNIER, Amandine ROBILLARD Sound Design: Jean-François LEGER, Christophe BURDET, Nadège FEYRIT, Cédric DENOOZ Animator: Antoine Bonnet , Mathilde Loubes
Something Borrowed
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2020 , Duration: 8 mins.
Sinopsys:
Pen to paper, a sweet old woman (Jane Horrocks) can’t find the right words. But when she lends her pen to a hopeless young chap, it’s more than just words that elude her.
Credits:
Director: Micky Wozny Writer: Nathan Hardisty Production: Andrew St Maur
Ego Echo
Country: Belgium , Year: 2020 , Duration: 7 mins.
Sinopsys:
Echoing through a room, like a ripple in the water, an ego lingers in a sensitive body. Hiding. Holding on. As a person tosses and turns between their need to belong and seizing a chance to move on, a moment of awakening unfolds in the silence.
Credits:
Director: Ezra Belgrado Writer: Ezra Belgrado Production: Ezra Belgrado Music: Anke Verslype Sound Design: Arzu Saglam
Machi
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
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Two Little People
Country: Australia , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
There were two little people living together in the wheat field. The woman is deeply longing to the man after he left
Credits:
Director: Xin Li Writer: Eléonore Mongiat Production: Xin Li
Tenant
Country: Ireland , Year: 2020 , Duration: 6 mins.
Sinopsys:
Girl moves into apartment and becomes consumed with curiosity for her reclusive, strange flatmate
Credits:
Director: Sarah Benson Sound Design: Faith Nico Animator: Hollie Hamill, Rory Martin, Owen Peurois, Ruth Harbison, Eamonn O Neill, Eimear Young
So I Picked Up the Worm
Country: Japan , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
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Hello
Country: Portugal , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
Hello is a film that explores the fear of singing in public through the both the real and the dream world.
Credits:
Director: Francisco Brito Production: Francisco Brito
The Incredible Wardrobegadget of Dr. Stein
Country: Czech Republic , Year: 2019 , Duration: 15 mins.
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Harry
Country: Switzerland , Year: 2019 , Duration: 6 mins.
Sinopsys:
Harry is a completely hairy person whose hair rapidly grows and falls out again. He tries to deal with this problem and to keep his apartment in order before his lost hair gets out of hand.
Credits:
Director: Markus Eberhard Writer: Markus Eberhard Production: Gerd Gockell Music: Céline Fankhauser, Yanick Herzog Sound Design: Thomas Gassmann, Simon Ackermann
Thorns and Fishbones
Country: Hungary , Year: 2020 , Duration: 10 mins.
Sinopsys:
Three young children, bored and neglected, live off the adventures they create in their own heads, until a day comes when they try to reach the outside. The mother, always busy, seems completely emotionally detached from her surroundings. As the children grow and the mother’s routine is ever more tiresome, the secrets of the mysterious house become apparent.
Credits:
Director: Natália Azevedo Andrade Writer: Natália Azevedo Andrade Production: József Fülöp Music: Csaba Kalotás Sound Design: Csaba Kalotás
Student Shorts 5
Subject
Country: Israel , Year: 2020 , Duration: 9 mins.
Sinopsys:
Deep in the heart of wild mountains, a woman is conducting a research about the border between wild and human. The subject of the research is an odd creature - partly human, partly animal. Slowly, the borders between the two begin to blur.
Credits:
Director: Renen Adar, Neta Zaidel Writer: Renen Adar, Neta Zaidel Production: Renen Adar, Neta Zaidel Music: Bar Karti
The Dragon Head Tree
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2020 , Duration: 7 mins.
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Fur Coats
Country: Czech Republic , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
Sinopsys:
A young lady in fox fur coat enters a café. It’s not just that some feel the urge to make the fur fly. She also arouses lusts which have been kept under control by their owners.
Credits:
Director: Lucie Vostárková Production: Kamila Martincová Music: Erik Snopko Sound Design: Zuzana Švancarová
Opa & Omi
Country: Belgium , Year: 2020 , Duration: 2 mins.
Sinopsys:
A child meets his grandparents
Credits:
Director: Antoine Vignon Writer: Antoine Vignon Production: Vincent Gilot Music: Uptake Quartet / Bastien Brison Sound Design: Kevin Feildel
Roach
Country: Argentina , Year: 2020 , Duration: 13 mins.
Sinopsys:
Gregorio is just another person in the city. He lives alone in a small apartment with no sunlight. He works in a factory and goes back home in the evenings to have dinner in front of the TV. One day, upon coming home from work, he discovers that a little cockroach has been stealing food from his kitchen. Instead of killing it, Gregorio takes pity on it and adopts it as a housemaid. The cockroach grows under strict discipline as Gregorio gradually sees the life he knew change completely.
Credits:
Director: Agustín Touriño Writer: Matias Deon, Exequiel Ayala Lucarelli, Agustín Touriño Production: Emanuel Gutierrez, Andres Grabois
Tayau
Country: Mexico , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
This is a story about life and sacrifices to nature, a story of indigenous groups which is based on respect for astral beings and inner love. A boy named Tayau will have to make a sacrifice to give light to the world in which he lives.
Credits:
Director: Christopher Aguilar Writer: Christopher Aguilar
Guilt
Country: Poland , Year: 2019 , Duration: 6 mins.
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The Bond
Country: Serbia , Year: 2020 , Duration: 7 mins.
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In the intimate world of a man and a woman, the bond that unites them is a tangible golden thread. Over time, the couple becomes entangled in a multitude of failed attempts to deal with personal problems.
Credits:
Director: Miljana Tešović Writer: Miljana Tešović Production: Iva Ćirić Music: Miloš Drndarević Sound Design: Miloš Drndarević Animator: Miljana Tešović
It Comes in Waves
Country: Germany , Year: 2019 , Duration: 8 mins.
Sinopsys:
In a small village by the sea the boy Howard lives in fear of what lies in wait for him in the waves. In the middle of a stormy night a race begins and he needs to face his worst fears.
Credits:
Director: Simon Heitmann, Celia Kaspar Writer: Simon Heitmann Production: Celia Kaspar
Stray Back
Country: Taiwan , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
Story about a dog afraid of towels.
Credits:
Director: Chen-Yi Liu
Shi Yang
Country: France , Year: 2020 , Duration: 4 mins.
Sinopsys:
Undefeated for 20 years, relentless pirate queen Cheng Shi Yang finds herself at the mercy of an enemy who forces her to reconsider her past and her choices.
Credits:
Director: Elena Rocchini, Lua Lima, Olivia Nan Nguema, Pham Cyril-Lâm Nguyen, Lucile Fouquet, Charlotte Stadnicki Writer: Olivia Nan Nguema Music: Adam Chahboun Sound Design: Olivia Nan Nguema, Olivier Michelot
Bye Little Block!
Country: Hungary , Year: 2020 , Duration: 8 mins.
Sinopsys:
The protagonist learns that soon she will have to leave her blockhouse flat for good. After receiving the upsetting news she is overwhelmed with emotions. Her teardrop of farewell grows into a concrete monolith. When the drop hits the ground a surreal panorama of the block - she used to call home - unfolds.
Credits:
Director: Éva Darabos Production: József Fülöp, Eszter Glaser Music: Dávid V. Bodnár Sound Design: Dávid V. Bodnár
Polyphony
Country: United Kingdom , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
An ode to my music-obsessed family.
Credits:
Director: Saskia Hanssen Writer: Saskia Hanssen Production: Saskia Hanssen Music: Fire Sex Jam – Henry Hanssen, Almonds and Olives – Aaron Lieberman, Leveled Up! – Bad Snacks, Give Me More – Henry Hanssen, Come Away Death – Annabel Hanssen
Worn Out Words
Country: Portugal , Year: 2020 , Duration: 3 mins.
Sinopsys:
Two fish, green and orange swim in a fantastic universe. The two enter into an animated pursuit generating several metamorphoses in the spaces in which they are. Each transformation represents a different phase of the relationship between the two, interpolated with excerpts from the poem.
Credits:
Director: Maria Giraldes Writer: Maria Giraldes Production: Maria Giraldes