Rauf (Soner Caner, Baris Kaya) Turkey

Soner Caner, Baris Kaya
Turkey. 2016. 90 min

Rauf hopes to win over his big crush, the older Zana, with the help of the colour pink. But what does pink really look like anyways, and will he even be able to find it in his snowy little Kurdish village up in the mountains? Meanwhile, disturbing rumours sweep in from the outside world.


Barış Kaya is a filmmaker from Turkey. Kaya studied at the film and TV faculty at Anadolu University in Eskişehir. He worked in film productions and made a number of TV commercials. He collaborated on the film “The Breath (Nefes)” directed by Levent Semerci, in 2009. He made his directorial debut in 2016 with the feature drama “RAUF”. Rauf made premiere in Berlin FF – Generation competition, won 29 awards in 91 international festivals.




The Miniaturist of Junagadh (Kaushal Oza) India

The Miniaturist of Junagadh
Kaushal Oza
India. 2020. 29 min

The ravages of Partition have compelled an old artist, Husyn Naqqash, to sell his ancestral home in Western India and move with his family to Karachi, Pakistan. When Kishorilal, a stoic and stone-hearted man, who has bought the house, comes to know that Husyn is a well-known miniature painter and has an invaluable and rare miniature collection, he schemes to get hold of the collection. But all is not what it seems and there is a secret about the collection that Husyn’s family is holding back. Not only from Kishorilal… but also from Husyn.


Born and raised in Bombay, Kaushal Oza graduated in Film Direction and Screenwriting from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune) Indian’s premier film school. He has twice been awarded the National Film Award for his short films Vaishnav Jan Toh and Afterglow by the President of India. His films have won 15 International best film awards and have been screened in Clermont Ferrand, New York, London, Los Angeles, Beijing, Singapore, Goa, Colombo etc. His third short film The Miniaturist of Junagadh begins its festival journey in 2021. He is currently on the pre production of his feature film Little Thomas, whose script was mentored at NFDC Film Bazar, Goa and Cinekid, Amsterdam.


The Miniaturist of Junagadh was born out of the grief that I experienced at the loss of home. Home, in the literal sense, when my family’s century old ancestral home was to be razed to ground to give way to a housing complex. And home in the philosophical sense, as the tolerant nation I grew up in elected a religious fundamentalist as prime minister, and I, like my many liberal compatriots, was robbed of the secular heritage India’s founding fathers had bequeathed us. Soon, a citizenship law was proposed that marked religious minorities, and can one day become the basis of deporting Indians on religious grounds.

Husyn, the blind miniaturist of the film, also finds himself being forced out of his house on the eve of Indian Independence. In the aftermath of ethnic violence, it is not just his home that is being taken away from him, but also his art. The art of Indian miniature paintings is a confluence of Islamic and Hindu traditions and is a testament to the true heights the human spirit can scale, when minds, cultures, and religions, assimilate. It is through this art that Husyn speaks to his tormentors; and in his own way, breaks free of the tyranny of lines, be they borders or religious divides.

The Miniaturist of Junagadh, although rooted in India’s difficult past, speaks to the world of today – a world ravaged by religious, ethnic, xenophobic and racist violence. It is a film about a lost art, shot in my own ancestral house before it is torn down. It is at once a lament, and at once, like in Husyn’s final act of bridging cultures, a prayer of hope.




American Anomie (Shahriar Azim) USA

American Anomie
Shahriar Azim
USA. 2020. 25 min

Timir, a young south-Asian student attends a prestigious Los Angeles music academy, chasing his dream of becoming a classical composer. To scrape together money for tuition he manages a shady motel in South LA where he lives with his girlfriend, Sarah. He struggles to find meaning in his music when faced with the grinding poverty and depravity the motel residents experience each night. As he watches his dreams, his relationship, and his ambitions slip away, Timir finds himself at a crossroads.


Born and raised in Bangladesh, Shahriar Azim is an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. In 2010 he moved to Moscow after receiving a scholarship in Journalism. He made his first short documentary film “We are Global Citizen” (2014), a documentary that deals with the suffering caused by war and how traditional media helps to publicize the narrative of warmongers rather than stopping them down. In 2015 Shahriar made his second short Documentary Film “Freedom 404”, depicting journalism in Bangladesh.
After graduating from PFUR (2015), he branched out into fictional storytelling instead of working as a journalist and moved to Los Angeles. Since 2016 Azim continuously making various kinds of short films such as Osmosis (2016), Black beans (2017), Widh (2019).
“Widh” was screened in multiple film festivals and won the audience choice Award at Ojai short film festival (2020).




Crossroads (Faysal Soysal) Turkey

Faysal Soysal
Turkey. 2013. 116 min

Benjamin is a volunteer in Bosnia, dealing with the gruesome aftermath of the war while trying to get away from his own devastating past in Turkey, which still haunts his dreams. To cope he must return home to heal old wounds and possibly, face new love.


Faysal Soysal was born in Batman in 1979. He left medical school to focus on poetry and cinema in 2000. Between 2003 and 2007, he finished MA on “Film Directing” in Tehran Art University-Iran and at the same time “New Turkish Literature” at Van Yuzuncuyil University-Turkey. He did 4 short films in Iran, which were awarded at international film festivals. With ‘Dreams of Lost Time’(35mm), he’s become closer to find his own cinematographic language. In 2008, with a scholarship, he attended to the New York Film Academy and directed 4 short films. He has been selected for Talent Campus of Sarajevo Film Festival at 2009. He did his first feature film ‘Crossroads’ in 2013, (Filmed in Turkey and Bosnia) and it got 13 awards from film festivals. He did documentary series for Al Jazire and TRT TV. He used to be voluntary of Doctors Worldwide and produced Africa documentaries about their aid. They have been screened on TRT Documentary Channel in the name Worldwide Stories as 11 episodes. He published books on poetry and cinema. He is the director of International Amity Short Film Festival since two years. He finished his second feature film Silenced Tree as a first co-production of Turkish-Iranian at 2020.




Bal (Semih Kaplanoglu) Turkey

Semih Kaplanoglu
Turkey. 2010. 103 min

Yusuf is an only child who lives with his parents in an isolated mountain area. For the young boy, the surrounding forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure when accompanying his father on the job. Yusuf watches in admiration as his beekeeper father Yakup hangs specially-made hives at the top of the tallest trees. With the skill of a tightrope acrobat, he must often suspend dangerously from the uppermost branches to gather honey. The strong bond that he has with his father cannot protect Yusuf from becoming an outsider during his first year of school. Yusuf’s stutter shames him in front of his classmates during oral reading assignments. Yusuf’s anxieties escalate when his father must travel to a faraway forest on a risky mission. His father gone, Yusuf slips into silence to the distress of his pretty young mother Zehra. Days pass and Yakup still does not return. Yusuf sees his mother becoming sadder everyday. Yusuf summons all of his courage and goes deep into the forest to search for his father. A journey into the unknown…


Semih Kaplanoglu is one of the most profiled writers/ directors/producers of present-day filmmaking in Turkey, having received important national awards such as the Golden Orange (Antalya IFF) and the Golden Tulip award (Istanbul IFF) for his third feature »Yumurta« (Egg). His feature films have also screened at festivals around the world, earning him international awards, such as FIPRESCI prize for »Süt« (Milk) at the Istanbul International Film Festival and the Best Film Alternativa award for »Melegin Düsüsü« (Angel’s fall) at the Barcelona Independent Film Festival.
»Bal« (Honey) is the third part of the Yusuf Trilogy, which traces the origins of a soul. Like in his previous films, Semih Kaplanoglu decides to work without music to create the emotional world of the film.


2010 »Bal« (Honey, feature film)
World premiere in Berlin 2010

2008 »Süt« (Milk, feature film)
World premiere in Venice 2009

2007 »Yumurta« (Egg, feature film)
World premiere in Cannes 2008

2004 »Melegin Düsüsü« (Angel’s fall, feature film)
World premiere in Berlin 2005

2000 »Herkes kendi evinde« (Away from home, feature film)





A Fish Tale (Emmanuelle Mayer) Israel

A Fish Tale
Emmanuelle Mayer
Israel. 2019. 52 min

Johnny believes in the future of Africa. He lives in Israel, but dreams of returning home with modern fish farming techniques. His wife, Thérèse, sees little hope back home. She is determined to create the best possible future for their children, whatever the price may be. When their visas expire, tensions between the two arise, leading to an inevitable clash. Emmanuelle Mayer’s directorial debut is a moving documentary portrait, pieced out of ten years of intimate footage.

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My Brother Artyom (Roman Trofimov) Russia

My Brother Artyom
Roman Trofimov
Russia. 2021. 25 min

Nikita is twelve. And he is bullied by school hooligans and an overbearing mother. He patiently suffers and accumulates offense. It all lasts until his half-brother Artyom returns from the correctional boarding school. He involuntarily pushes the boy to a terrible way of solving his problems.


Graduated German Sidakov’s drama school (theater director 2013-2014, theater & film actor – 2015 – 2016). Filmed over 50 musical clips.
-“Mother” short film, 2013 (Artyom Semakin, Ingrizh Olerinskaya)
-“Looser” short film, 2019 (Nikita Elenev, Ivan Fominov), movie featured on Kinotavr at short movie category in 2019.
-“Missing” Russian TV show (5 episodes, 2013)
-“Witnesses” Russian TV show (2 episodes, 2018)




How Dad Nicked the Snow for Mom (Sasha Karmaeva) Russia

How Dad Nicked the Snow for Mom
Sasha Karmaeva
Russia. 2021. 13 min

Short story about a father who was aimed to make peace with mother, and about mother, who tried to save her daughter from all the troubles, and about a daughter, who just wanted to watch cartoons.


Born in Tolyatti, studied in Literature Institute n.a. M. Gorkiy (art critic), in 2019 graduated from the workshop of V. Menshov on fiction filmmaking in VGIK.




Here Lived and Worked… (Aleksey Krasnotcvetov) Russia

Here Lived and Worked…
Aleksey Krasnotcvetov
Russia. 2020. 24 min

Sergey, a worker of a small country town, tries to read the epigraph on the memorial board that has been set by his window on the wall of the house he lives in on the third floor. This board out of nowhere brings the spirit of adventure into the settled life of the typical Soviet neighbourhood. The way of achieving the goal turns out to be far more important than the goal itself. That is the story of a small, touching and funny feat.


Aleksey Krasnotcvetov- is an actor and director.
Graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Theater Arts in 2008.
Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art in 2019 with a degree in Film and Television Director.




Second Chance (Marija Dzidzeva) Macedonia. Official Section

Second Chance
Marija Dzidzeva
Macedonia. 2019. 79 min

Macedonia, 2001. The interethnic conflict is on the edge of a Civil War. Violence has infected every pore of life. Regardless of their nationality or social status, all people share the fear of a hopeless future.”Second Chance” follows the stories of three women, need to respond to the many challenges of that terrible time. Sandra, Angelina and Eleonora living in the same building. Each one of these women struggles to find meaning in their existence, in the absurd and meaningless times, and surrounding. And each one of them faces her own personal demons, and struggles to preserve her humanity.

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