Germany/Austria/China/Portugal // 14 min.
In Wuqiao, a small Chinese city, the inhabitants are engaged in the circus. For decades generations have presented themselves as clowns, magicians, acrobats and trainers. During the Spring Festival holidays, the Wuqiao Acrobatic World becomes a large playground for spectators. Surrounded by Buddha temples and Taoist sculptures, the artists create their own space of circus tradition, imagination, illusion and reality. "Circo Wuqiao", a film about fragments of circus life, performative existence and the love of play.
17th VIS Vienna Shorts Festival, Austria, 2020. Special program "Film Art Love"
31st Cinemagic International Film Festival for Young People, UK, 2020
27th International Independent Film Festival Publicystyka Ireneusz Rad, Poland, 2020
34th Braunschweig Internacional Film Festival, Germany, 2020
2nd Asian Film Festival Los Angeles Hollywood, USA, 2020
74th Festival Internazionale Cinema di Salerno, Italy, 2020
34th Stuttgarter Filmwinter - Festival for Expanded Media, Germany, 2021
41st Brussels Independent Film Festival, Belgium. 2021
Jury’s Choice Award - 40th Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival, USA, 2021
Turkey // 8 min.
Billions of people around the world have been physically isolated and captive by the Covid-19 pandemic. On the verge of reshaping the ways in which we represent, affect and perceive urban space, we need to recognize, define and assume this great void that we face. "Great Emptiness" reveals the unprecedented desolation of public spaces within the megacity with its selection of archived drone footage. From roads to parking lots, from airports to train stations, from the Bosphorus to Istiklal, the lack of activity and fluidity that shapes the urban space encloses a strange look at the familiar. Human presence; invisible, but undeniably present. The notion of justice, including climate justice, is more readable in megacities; Socio-economic injustices are fundamentally linked to cultural or symbolic injustices. Looking down from a bird's perspective during the confinement clearly shows segregation, even in the absence of people strolling the streets. Aerial imagery can serve as an unbiased analytical device to interrogate urban conditions. On the other hand, the feeling of the city during the quarantine period evokes Lautréamont's poetry in which we "live" a spectacular reality in a very surreal impression. As a general paradigm in the broad spectrum of social existence, when the irreducible materiality of the human body fades, the city becomes "a cat" without a witness, none of us can be sure whether it is alive or dead. If we are given the opportunity to testify, we know that Istanbul is there, awaiting the resurrection of its citizens. Human presence; invisible but undeniably present.
Milano Design Film Festival
World Architecture Festival (WAF)
Germany // 20 min.
Anke Ames is an artist. In particular a musician. Accordion, violine, but mainly the viola. Her music polarizes by being improvised, an more an expression of her feelings than written for the entertainment of her audience. Likewise bulky is her poetry. Her texts are about her disease, a bipolar, manic-depressive disturbance, about her stays at a psychiatric clinic, mania, depression. Or they are declarations of love to her husband, life or music. Her relationship towards people close to her she calls „devouring shadows“. She absorbs everything negative, off the others, and transforms it to art. Her role is that of a scapegoat, black sheep or a draughthorse. That drives her into depression. Or into mania, which is something very beautiful, if it would not be intoxicating. In this documentary we follow the thoughts of the artist, get enchanted or disturbed by her poetry, her music or pictures.
Conquering Disabilities With Film International Film Festival, 2021, USA
London Arthouse Film Festival, 2020, United Kingdom
Festival De Cine De Los Llanos, 2020, Venezuela
Mostra De Cinema Imprópria, 2020, Portugal
Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival, 2020, Russia
Best script, Austin Arthouse Film Festival, 2020, USA
Víctor Augusto Mendívil
Peru // 14 min.
This is the story of Don Rafael Castrillon, a master toymaker with more than fifty years of experience and a former Mr. Peru in bodybuilding. His story is a one-way ticket towards the manufacture of the traditional (incomplete) wooden toy.
Dili International Film Festival, 2021, East Timor
Festival Internacional De Cine L'hiff – Barcelona, 2021, Spain
Wallachia International Film Festival, 2021, Rumania
Festival Internacional De Cine Documental Acampadoc, 2021, Panama
Serenity Screenings, 2021, United Kingdom
Festival Internacional De Cortometraje Uvaq, 2021, Mexico
Osaka International Film Festival, 2021, Japan
Afro Civilization, 2021, USA
Construir Cine, 2021, Argentina
Muica - Muestra Itinerante De Cine Africano, 2021, Colombia
Kalakari Film Fest, 2021, India
11th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, 2021, India
Festival Internacional De Cine De Taxco, 2021, Mexico
Festival Internacional De Cine De Tequila, 2021, Mexico
Stir And Fry International Short Film Competition, 2021, United Kingdom
Halifax Black Film Festival, 2021, Canada
Aao Creative Collective Indian Short Film Festival, 2020, India
Lift-off Global Network Sessions, 2021, United Kingdom
Festival Nacional De Cine De Huánuco, 2020, Peru
Festival De Cine De Los Llanos, 2020, Venezuela
Jaguar Emergente, Festival de Cine de Europa de Lima, 2021, Peru
Best documentary, Festival Internacional De Cine De Tepic, 2021, Mexico
Best documentary, Filmhaus Berlín, 2021, Germany
Second Best documentary, Festival De Cortometrajes Parwarimun Muhu, 2021, Peru
Best documentary, Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente desde los Extramuros del Mundo, 2021, Chile
Best documentary, Latinuy, 2020, Uruguay
Special mention, Patagonia Media Festival, 2020, Argentina
Ricardo Valenzuela Pinilla & Mario Rojas
Chile // 15 min.
Blondie is a Chilean street rapper who shares his work in the Santiago subway. His rhymes, traveling in wagons throughout the city, outline the reality of the capital's slums, where drugs and violence coexist with hopes and dreams.
Fecich, Festival De Cine Chileno De Quilpué, 2021, Chile
Docsvalparaíso | Festival Internacional De Cine Documental, 2020, Chile
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