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Under Another Sky (Adrián López) Spain

Under Another Sky
Adrián López
Spain. 2022. 19 min

Jonas is about to die. He is Sato’s father, a drug addict who is accidentally involved in a crime. Jonas, feeling guilty for so many years of abandonement, turns himself in to the police. Later on, the two confront the tragic event that gave meaning to their lives, changing them forever.


Graduated from ESCAC, he focuses his activity on filmmaking and advertising.
Director of the Second Unit in “El Orfanato”, he has directed numerous short films, including “Oz”, selected at the Gijón International Film Festival and the Malaga Film Festival, and “Cuerno de Hueso”, winner of the award Paul Naschy for Best Short Film at the 2017 Sitges Festival, the 2018 TAC Award (Terror Arreu Catalunya) for Best Horror Short Film produced in Catalonia and the Best Foreign Shortfilm at the 2017 Fantafestival in Rome.



The Tunnel (Mithun Chandran) India

The Tunnel
Mithun Chandran
India. 2021. 24 min

Surangas are man-made tunnels cut into hill slopes to extract groundwater, commonly found in northern Kerala. The film centers around two brothers who have recently arrived at a village for work as suranga diggers. A while later, an old man and a boy arrive to work at a stone pit. But none of these people are who they claim to be. What are their secrets?
What connects them? With the water they bring, surangas are meant to be life-givers. But can they also bring death to some? Reminiscent of classic Westerns, ‘Suranga’ crisply narrates a gripping tale of crime and punishment.


Mithun Chandran began his career as a software engineer in the IT industry after his B-Tech graduation. Later in 2014 he left his job and started following his passion, directed the short film ‘Thavidupodi Jeevitham’ which was highly appreciated. He continued his journey by joining Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata for PG in Direction & Screenplay Writing. As part of his academics project, directed the short movie Bhoomi , documentary Pilandi and diploma film Suranga.



Amira (Mohamed Diab) Egypt. Offcial Section

Mohamed Diab
Egypt. 2021. 98 min

Amira, a 17-year-old Palestinian, was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her imprisoned father, Nawar. Although their relationship since birth has been restricted to prison visits, he remains her hero.
His absence in her life is overcompensated with love and affection from those surrounding her. But when a failed attempt to conceive another child reveals Nawar’s infertility, Amira’s world turns upside down.


Mohamed Diab is a prominent Egyptian filmmaker who began his career as a screenwriter. His work has achieved commercial success in the Middle East as well as international acclaim. In 2010 he made his directorial debut CAIRO 678, about a trio of female vigilantes who fight sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo.
In 2016, he followed up with the Cannes Un Certain Regard opener CLASH (2016), an action-packed political thriller shot entirely from within the confines of a police truck. His latest film AMIRA (2021) centers around the phenomenon of Palestinian prisoners conceiving children through smuggled sperm. The Disney+ and Marvel Studios series Moon Knight marks his US directorial debut.


The fact that there exists some form of immaculate conception in the most sacred and divided place on earth, is fascinating yet surreal. AMIRA is a microcosmic exploration of the division and xenophobia that exists in today’s world. In the process of unraveling our heroine’s identity, the film begs the question, is hatred nature or nurtured?




Coming Out… (Naman Gupta) USA

Coming Out with the help of a Time Machine
Naman Gupta
USA. 2021. 15 min

Sid plans to come out to his conservative, community-oriented parents at a local diner. If anything goes wrong, Sid could lose the support of the people who matter to him most. Luckily, he has the power of time travel on his side-and he will do anything in his power to emerge from this encounter unscathed. Coming Out With the help of a Time Machine gives a heartfelt sci-fi twist to tales about family dynamics and acceptance.


Naman Gupta is an award-winning director & writer. Originally from India, now based in Los Angeles. Diverse, inclusive and loves blending fiction with contemporary social issues so that his films can reach a wider audience.

Selected Work:

  • “Coming Out With The Help Of A Time Machine”, a social sci-fi dramedy,
  • “Inconvenient Love”, an interracial comedy pilot.
  • “Groomstick”, a social dramedy, was sold to “Runaway Productions”.
  • “Lilly Riggs”, a neo-noir thriller, was released on Amazon Prime and made its North American TV debut on ShortsTV in 2020.
  • “The Process”, a suspense thriller, will be released on European TV & Flights post covid.


Coming Out With The Help Of A Time Machine started with a Youtube video. A video of a same-sex couple describing their experience of coming out to their Indian parents. It was honest, funny, and emotional. My writing partner, Janki, had shared the video with me with a note saying we should do a coming out story.
However, I did not want to do just another coming out story. So we sat on it, while we worked on other fun projects. Then one day, as I was scribbling a time loop scene set in a diner, it hit me. Having a passion for sci-fi and blending fiction with contemporary social issues, why not tell the coming out story in a new and fresh way… the sci-fi way. Something bold, exciting, and genre- bending. Thus, the idea of Coming Out With The Help Of A Time Machine was born.
As a director, I’m known for my stylized and beautiful visuals. However, the characters and their stories are always the heart of my films. To me, at its core, Coming Out With The Help Of A Time Machine is a story of family and acceptance, with strong LGBTQ+ and sci-fi themes.



Martin (Dani Zarandieta) Spain

Dani Zarandieta
Spain. 2021. 5 min

An unexpected call, a pending conversation and the need to find a television. A promise has guided Martin’s life for the last ten years leading up to this moment.


Dani Zarandieta (Seville, Spain, 10/19/1980). Director and screenwriter with training in Physics and a degree in Audiovisual Communication. He worked as a cameraman at Antena 3 and in 2010 he moved to New York to study at the New York Film Academy, where he shot the short films “12:26 – 12:31” and “Second Round”, both at international festivals. In 2013 he returned to Spain only to shoot his first feature film, “Found in NYC” (“Met in NYC”), which he made between his hometown and the streets of New York, also with success at festivals (Seville European Film Festival , Manhattan Film Festival). A year later, he returns to New York and continues his career as an advertising and film editor such as “Stealing Chanel” for Lifetime. At the end of 2015 he moved to Los Angeles to direct two plays and his days back and forth between the US and Spain continued in 2016 when he returned home. He currently works as an editor of television programs in Spain, advertising director and developing his own projects. “Nanny” is his eighth short as director, after “Animal” (2020), “Ley de vida” (2018), “Why” (2017), “Saras” (2012), “…Sus muertos!” (2012), “Second Round” (2012) and “12:26 – 12:31” (2011).



Son of Barren Land (Somnath Mondal) India

Dukhu Majhi, Son of Barren Land
Somnath Mondal
India. 2021. 28 min

This documentary is about an old man named ‘Dukhu Majhi‘, who lives with his family in a remote village at the foothill of the Ayodhya , about 350 km from Kolkata (India). In summer, the temperature in that area rises up to 50 degrees Celsius. This grey-haired old man has established an identity of his own. He spends most of his time planting trees and caring for them. He moves on an old bicycle with two canisters, sacks, shovels, burned wood and saplings.


Somnath Mondal has completed Bsc.(Honours) in Physics from Calcutta University and Post Graduate Diploma in Cinema (specialization with SRSE) from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune (India) on the year 1993. He has worked as Assistant & Chief Sound Recordist in Mumbai and and Kolkata up to the year 2003. Presently, he has been working for Information Education Communication Division of Government of West Bengal, India since the year 2003. There, he has been making some TV spots /programs regarding Mass Education on Health issues. His script “Madan Veri” (a Docu feature on a dying musical instrument) got the best script writing award in the Chalachitram National Film Festival 2020.
The documentary “Dukhu Majhi – son of the barren land” his debut film. This film won the 2nd best documentary award at the Bengal International short Film festival 2022.



Kekee Manzil, House of Arts (Behroze Gandhy, Dilesh Korya) India

Kekee Manzil, House of Arts
Behroze Gandhy, Dilesh Korya
India. 2021. 93 min

In Kekee Manzil: House of Art a daughter journeys to find how her father catalysed the contemporary art movement in India as it achieved independence in 1947. But how did he get to this point? Back in 1941, Kekoo Gandhy came to the aid of a man whose car got stuck in the sand on Juhu beach in Bombay. A friendship started and a business partnership soon followed. The pair established Chemould Frames, which became the largest picture frame enterprise in Asia. A chance encounter, the first of many moments of serendipity helping launch the most significant Indian art movement from the city.


Behroze Gandhy is an independent producer who jointly founded the company Hindi Picture in 1982, initially distributing Hindi films for Channel Four Television. After 1989 Hindi Picture produced programmes for British television. Behroze Gandhy’s has produced numerous multicultural programmes and series for Channel Four Television. In 1996, she produced a documentary on the Indian actor Sanjay Dutt.
Behroze’s drama credits as producer include Flight, a feature for Screen Two at the BBC; and Surviving Sabu, a short film for the Arts Council of England. Behroze says: ‘From 2002, I began recording my father and mother, Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy, as they were witness to key moments of the Indian contemporary art movement from the early 1940s, and established the first contemporary art gallery in Bombay. This period coincided with the emergence of India as an independent nation, which made a record of this period crucial. Simultaneously, I also carried out interviews with contemporaries on that journey, including Raza, Tyeb Mehta, and Krishen Khanna. After my parents passed away in 2012 and 2013, I realised that this was material for a unique documentary, which would reflect the story of Indian art from a personal point of view.


Dilesh Korya is a British Asian filmmaker and editor based in Bristol, with a career that spans 30 years. For over 20 years he has been editing documentaries for BBC and Channel 4. Many have won awards and garnered big audiences and critical praise.
Prior to this, Dilesh had made numerous short films, both drama and documentaries. His film ‘Sari’ has been shown at festivals and awarded a number of commendations.
Dilesh is a filmmaker that works across all areas of film production. Not only did he direct and edit ‘Kekee Manzil’, but also shot many scenes, produced the graphics and co-wrote the film.
Kekee Manzil is his first feature documentary, taking nearly five years to make. He is currently finishing off a film script, researching a number of new feature documentaries, as well as editing a major new series for BBC2 about the creation of the United Kingdom, with by David Olusoga.




A Night in The Cosmico (Luis de Val, Diego Herrero) Spain

A Night in The Cosmico
Luis de Val, Diego Herrero
Spain. 2021. 15 min

A low-class law student struggles against his destiny: failure. He has to study for an exam, and since he can’t concentrate, he goes to the Cósmico bar with the idea of having a coffee and focussing. After witnessing the breakup of the waitress with her boyfriend, the girl and the student are left alone at the bar. It is then that an intense conversation begins and teaches them something about who they are, and it will change the way each character sees life: by finding each other, they find themselves.


Luis de Val has cinema in his DNA. Born in 1979 in Barcelona, his father, Luis de Val Sr., was one of the most respected professionals in the industry for decades. In 1993 he founded Manga Films, one of the leading independent distributors in the sector in the 90’s and 00’s. Luis de Val Jr. started working on Manga Films, where he led the production part within the company.

In 2005 he founded the production company Media Films, with which he produced such iconic films in Spanish cinema as “Yo soy la Juani” by Bigas Luna, “Héroes” by Pau Freixes, “Katmandú, un espejo en el cielo” by Icíar Bollaín or the winner of 3 Goya awards, “El truco del manco” by Santiago Zannou. In May 2015 he founded Youplanet, an agency of representation of youtubers and influencers with a clear objective: to create a media group for Spanish-speaking audiences around the world. His latest production, “Vosotros sois mi película”, by Carlo Padial with the youtuber Wismichu, together with his cinematographic DNA, have led him to want to fulfil a dream he always had: to write and direct a short film. “A night in the Cósmico” is his first foray into film narrative.




Desire (Hansraj Arya) India

Hansraj Arya
India. 2021. 11 min

Desire knows no boundary. It germinates anywhere it wants and can grow into anything. “Chaah” (desire) is about one such desire that grew into 10-year-old Lekhraj’s mind but he doesn’t have the courage to ask his parents – Raju and Geeta. Raju – a laborer – understands this and promises Lekhraj to fulfill any of his desire if he scores well in exam. The result day comes and Lekhraj does get good marks. While Raju is extremely happy, he is wary of Lekhraj’s desire. What will the kid want? And will Raju be able to fulfill his desire as promised? The short film follows a simple predicament of a father struggling to fulfill his son’s desire.


Hansraj Arya is a filmmaker who hails from a small village of Tonk, Rajasthan. He completed his post-graduation in Mathematics from Central University of Rajasthan in 2019. During his college days, he scripted and directed several plays and also performed in theatre. After college, he started participating in several theatres in Jaipur and Delhi. To follow his dream passion of storytelling, Hansraj started his career in film making.
In 2019, he began his career as a script writer and director in a production house in Delhi. Later, he shifted to Mumbai to work with Laughing Colours as a writer. After working on various short films, he has finally made his directorial debut with “Chaah” (desire).



The Way We Are (Nihit Bhave) India

The Way We Are
Nihit Bhave
India. 2021. 18 min

A husband recounts the days of being in school, being different from other boys, realizing that his body reacts to men, the way other boys’ bodies react to women.

A wife realizes that she has always let other people dictate what she eats, what she wears, what she studies, who she marries, and how she has sex. She wants to be liberated. Why has she kept it all within her so far?

As the couple finds words to own their truths, they start searching for words to tell them to each other.



I was a film journalist and critic with India’s leading publications, the Times of India and Hindustan Times, and I have been working as a screenwriter for the last 5 years. My screenwriting credits include Anurag Kashyap’s film, Choked, and his next film, Dobaaraa. I have also co-written the second season of the Netflix series, Sacred Games. Apart from writing, I have worked with Kashyap’s team as an assistant director and script supervisor.


When I decided to make a short film, I knew that it had to tackle the issue of belonging to the gay community in India. I identify as a cis gay man, and I needed to talk about men in India who don’t have the vocabulary to come out of the closet, let alone live their authentic lives. As I started writing the film, I realized that a good foil to my male protagonist would be a woman who has suppressed all her needs, desires and wishes. In my opinion, the experience of being a woman and being a closeted gay man have a lot of overlaps in a society as restrictive as India.
As an introvert, I have also often sacrificed a lot to avoid confrontation of any kind, so I knew that I had to marry these issues in The Way We Are.

A large part of the Indian society still looks at marriage as a burden, a responsibility to be checked off. Women are expected to be subservient, men have a specific toxic masculine role to play. Sometimes, as in movies, chest-thumping acceptance of self is not instantly an option. I want to tell more stories of queer people and women in India, and I hope The Way We Are is a step in the right direction for it.