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Competition Programme 2021 Selection

We’re eager to present you 22 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2021:

All That’s Left, Hugo Salvaire, Belgium
Birt Right, Inbar Horesh, Israel
Blue Frontier, Ivan Milosavljević, Serbia
Consuming Contemporary, Ana Aleksovska, North Macedonia
Development, Nikola Vučinić, Montenegro
Dévier, Oona von Maydell, Germany
Elusiveness, Marija Vulić, Serbia
Home Sweet Home, Agata Puszcz, Poland
Meatophile, Farid Haji, Iran
Nina, Hristo Simeonov, Bulgaria
On The Boat, Baizak Mamataliev, Kyrgizstan
Parade, Lena Milović, Denmark
Pipo & Blind Love, Hugo Le Gourrierec, France
Rain, Piotr Milczarek, Poland
Return, Rustam Khalikov, Uzbekistan
Rio, Zhenia Kazankina, Russia
Sand, Bartosz Tryzna, Poland
Swarm, Stefan Koutzev, Germany
The Uncertain ONE, Vera Suratel, Moldavia
The Verdict in the Case of K, Özgür Anil, Austria
To Vasota, Petar Pešut, Serbia
Towards Evening, Teymur Hajiyev, Azerbaijan
We wish to take the opportunity to thank all the authors and distributors who submitted their films. After seeing 439 short films from around the globe, we can conclude that it was a great year in the world of shorts, and that we could have screened even more films if we had more festival nights on our hands. Kustendorf Competition Programme will be streamed between Friday 22 January and Monday 25 January 2021, along with the other festival programs.

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Submit your film!

Kustendorf International Film Festival Competition Programme is dedicated to showcasing short films. Submissions for Competition programme at Kustendorf 2021 are now open. We are looking for narrative, documentary, animated or experimental films under 45 minutes.

Submit your film by filling out the application form. Please include streaming/download links for the film, director’s portrait and film stills. Send it all to kustendorffestival@gmail.com not later than 1 December 2020.

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Kustendorf 2020 Awards Winners

Golden Egg Award went to Bogdan Mureşanu for The Christmas Gift:

An engaging immersion in the intimacy of a family in Bucarest in 1989. An extraordinary, witty, sarcastic portrait of paranoia and stifling fear of living under Causescu’s regime.

Decision of the jury was announced by Paolo Virzi, member of the jury, while the award was handed by special guest of the festival, Italian film actress Micaela Ramazzoti.

Silver Egg Award went to Aliaksei Paluyan for Lake of Happiness

A wonderful cinematic mise-en-scene that reveals a work of a highly talented author. The story of young Jasja, who escapes from an orphanage to eventually come back, shakes us and touches our hearts.

The award was handed by Vladislav Tkachiev, member of the Jury.

Bronze Egg Award went to Ingride Santos for Beef:

The thoughtfull and effective portrait of an intense and tough challenge between a literature teacher and her rebel pupil. A conflict that is also a relationship of love.

The award was handed by Paolo Virzi, member of the Jury.

Michael Amathieu decided that Vilko Filač Award for Best Cinematography winner was Hamad Bagheian for his work in The Other, directed by Samko Brothers. Amathieu’s explanation was as follows:

An extraordinary example of cinematography that supports a narrative vision, in a story perfectly told and set, with authentic characters, strong identity and an original tone.

Special Mention of the Jury Award went to Andrei Hutuleac for Havana, Cuba. Festival Jury said the film is:

Witty and desperate, comic and at times grotesque, played wisely by a talented cast, a night in Bucarest in which lonely people meet on board of a taxi.

The award was handed out by special guest of the festival, Italian comedian Enzo Greggio.

The Most Poetic Film Award, decided by Kustendorf organization team went to Dimitar Kutmanov for The Home Far Away:

For creating a dreamlike world in which everyday objects and mundane actions became powerful expressions of longing and belonging.

The award was given by film actor Miloš Biković, special guest of the festival.

 

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Competition Programme Selection

We’re eager to present you 21 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2020:

Afterlife, Pavel Ruzyak, Russia
Adult, Zhanna Ozirna, Ukraine
All Cats Are Gray In the Dark, Lasse Linder, Switzerland
Beef, Ingride Santos, Spain
Documentary Movie, Piotr Pawlus, Katarzyna Warzecha, Poland
Havana,Cuba, Andrei Hutuleac, Romania
Home Far Away, Dimitar Kutmanov, Bulgaria
Lake of Happiness, Aliaksei Paluyan, Belarus
Meatgrinder, Vladislav Bakhanovich, Russia
Nowhere Under the Rainbow, Régis Delicata, France
One Who Brings the Rain, Isidora Veselinović, Serbia
Plan C, Sylwia Rosak, Poland
Regression, Zuo Aiping, China
Sunday, Andor Berenyi, Hungary
The Carp Pond, Yang Guomin, China
The Christmas Gift, Bogdan Muresanu, Romania
The Last Image of Father, Stefan Đorđević, Serbia
The Other, Saman Hoseinpuor, Ako Zandkarimi, Iran
Then Comes the Evening, Maja Novaković, Serbia
Third Look, Efrat Rasner Shefa, Israel
Tina & Sendy, Hani Domazet, Croatia

We wish to take the opportunity to thank all the authors and distributors who submitted their films. After seeing 722 short films from around the globe, we can conclude that it was a great year in the world of shorts, and that we could have screened even more films if we had more festival nights on our hands. The festival will take place between Monday 13 January and Saturday 18 January 2020.

You’re can further explore our Competition programme here.

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Submit!

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Submissions for short films are now open. We are looking for narrative, documentary, animated or experimental films under 45 minutes. Selected films will be part of the Competition programme at Kustendorf 2020 and their authors will be invited to the Festival in January.

Submit your film by filling out the application form. Please include streaming/download links for the film, director’s portrait and film stills. Send it all to kustendorffestival@gmail.com not later than 1 December 2019.