The European Short Film Audience Award recognizes films which won the National Audience Award in their country during the previous year.
See below the 9 very best European short films which make up the programme of the ESFAA 2021-2022:
MOTHER’S by Hippolyte Leibovici
Belgium – 2019 – 21’33 » – Documentary
Brussels Short Film Festival 2020
The documentary paints a portrait of a drag family from Brussels spanning four generations during an evening backstage. As layers of makeup and alcohol erode away the masculinity and feminize them their hearts begin to open. Difficult subjects are addressed (suicide, coming out or maternal love, for example), the jokes merge and generational misunderstandings inevitably insert themselves in discussion.
IN OUR SYNAGOGUE by Ivan Orlenko
Ukraine – 2019 – 19’24 » – Fiction
Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz Art Audience Award 2020
A boy tries to find out what happened in the old local synagogue. Obsessed, he is chasing something he never saw and does not pay any attention to what is happening around him.
O NOSSO REINO (OUR KINGDOM) by Luis Costa
Portugal – 2020 – 15′ – Fiction
Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival Audience Award 2020
In a village where time and space run out, a child dwells in the death vortex.
NO MORE WINGS by Abraham Adeyemi
United Kingdom – 2019 – 10’35 » – Fiction
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival Bristol Audience Award 2020
At a divergent point in their lives, two lifelong friends (Ivanno Jeremiah, Parys Jordon) meet at their favorite South London fried chicken shop.
FERROPITOS by Nüll García
Spain – 2020 – 14′ – Fiction
Alciné – Festival de Cine Alcalá de Henares Audience Award 2020
A model is taking a photo shoot with a recognized photographer. He proposes to take the photos with the naked torso to convey that insecurity caused by nakedness. He wants to talk about how vulnerable women feel in this society.
FLIEßENDE GRENZE (FLUID BORDER) by Joana Vogdt
Germany – 2020 – 17′ – Fiction
Interfilm – International Short Film Festival Berlin Audience Award 2020
The border between East and West Germany runs right through Schaalsee lake. The attempt to solidify the dividing line shows just how fluid it is.
CONFINES DEHORS by Julien Goudichaud
France – 2020 – 24’05 » – Documentary
Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival Audience Award 2021
March 2020, a global pandemic hits humanity. In an empty and silent Paris, there remain urban ghosts, Sarah, Nelson and Katia, who have no other choice but to be locked out. These people forgotten by the health crisis ask us: how to continue to survive in a world at a standstill?
NA KRANCU MIASTA (THE EDGE OF TOWN) by Daria Kasperek
Poland – 2019 – 14’24 » – Fiction
Short Waves Festival Audience Award 2021
At the edge of town we can reach places we do not ordinarily visit. At the edge of town there is a forest. To reach its source, you have to cross the darkest places.
KANSANRADIO – RUNONLAULAJIEN MAA (A PEOPLE’S RADIO – BALLADS FROM A WOODED COUNTRY) by Virpi Suutari
Finland – 2021 – 26′ – Documentary
Tampere Film Festival Audience Award 2021
A carnivalesque portrayal of the Finnish landscape of the soul and abode.