From hundreds of entries responding to our Border Crossing theme, we bring you some of the best short films and artists’ videos from all over the world, each competing for a cash prize sponsored by Inntravel and awarded by our stellar jury: Guardian’s Head of Film Catherine Shoard, artist-filmmaker Marcus Coates, and head of the International Competition at Oberhausen Short Film Festival Hilke Doering. Presented by broadcaster and model Eunice Olumide.
Pilar Mata Dupont | South Korea | 2013 I 5min
A North Korean monument is brought to life, playing with the significance of 'the embrace' as representation of the reunification in the South Korean national psyche. The two figures embrace in joy, only to have their bliss dissipate and a new, and unexpectedly uncomfortable, era to emerge.
Federico Adorno | Paraguay | 2014 l 13min
A ghostly tale based on a real life massacre in 2012. A group of peasants assist one another to make a clandestine border crossing in to La Estancia where they begin their search to find missing relatives following a mass murder.
Ian Nesbitt | UK, Borneo | 2014 | 12min
Despite having been a settlement for longer than the city across the bay, and having an estimated population of 10,000, the unnamed floating village on Gaya Island is not recognised by the Malaysian government and does not appear on any maps.
David Pérez Sañudo l Spain l 2013 l 17min
Set in the Basque Country in 2015, where police arrests are on the decrease and public opinion normalised. One night, a non-nationalist politician receives a death threat; meanwhile a young woman dies as the result of being caught up in a Basque Regional Police attack.
Martha Colburn | Netherlands | 2013 | 7min
A heady mix of stop-frame animated dolls and butterflies, together with found footage, as the main character enters a war zone through the television. Inspired by Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, who remained in the Soviet Union after the 1917 revolution, under Stalin’s regime.
Roy Dib | Lebanon | 2014 | 19min
A documentary about love and place. A Lebanese gay couple decide to take a forbidden road trip to Ramallah. The film is recorded with their camera as they chronicle their journey. The viewers are invited through the couple's conversations into the universe of a fading city.
A joint UK premiere with Safar: The Festival of Popular Arab Cinema
Carolina Hellsgård | Germany | 2013 | 14min
Amal, a 13-year-old refugee from Lebanon, deals drugs in the Hannover subway system. He lives an isolated life in an asylum home outside the city. One day he meets a young German girl called Clara, who might be his saviour.
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