Short Film 2017

As a central part of the festival, IFFR Short Film is a unique showcase of artists’ moving image and experimental film for works under 60 minutes. Shown on a variety of formats from 3D to 35mm film, it is a celebration of film and video in all their forms.

At this page the line-up of all selected short films for IFFR 2017 will be presented. Towards the festival this page will be updated frequently in order to serve as an ideal navigation page.

(Last update 15 January 2017) 

The total selection of short films at IFFR 2017:

Tiger Competition for Short Films

Established in 2005, the Tiger Competition for Short Films presents cinema under 60 minutes in all its forms: fiction, documentary, essay film, animation and more. Brand new films from all around the world are presented to enthusiastic audiences and a jury of three international film professionals.

Tiger competition for Short Films 1

This programme features new works by Makino Takashi, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Prantik Basu.

  • On Generation and Corruption by Makino Takashi, Japan, 26', WP
  • Rubber Coated Steel by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Lebanon/UK, 22', WP 
  • Sakhisona by Prantik Basu, India, 26', WP

Tiger Competition for Short Films 2

This programme highlights new work from Jorge Cadena, Esther Urlus, Laure Prouvost and Su Hui-yu.

  • El cuento de Antonia by Jorge Cadena, Colombia/Switzerland, 30', IP
  • Deletion by Esther Urlus, Netherlands, 11', WP
  • Into All That Is Here by Laure Prouvost, UK, 9'
  • Super Taboo by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan, 19', WP

Tiger Competition for Short Films 3

This programme consists of new works by Maria Zennström, Rosa Barba, Basim Magdy, Serge Onnen and Sverre Fredriksen.

  • Last Days of Leningrad by Maria Zennström, Sweden/Russia, 28'
  • From Source to Poem by Rosa Barba, Germany, 12', WP
  • No Shooting Stars by Basim Magdy, Egypt/Switzerland, 14', WP
  • Cloacinae by Serge Onnen & Sverre Fredriksen, Netherlands/China, 25', WP

Tiger Competition for Short Films 4

This programme focuses on new work by Sebastián Diaz Morales, Gao Yuan, Laura Kraning and Vladlena Sandu.

  • The Lost Object by Sebastian Diaz Morales, Netherlands, 13', WP
  • Lunar Dial by Gao Yuan, China, 15'
  • Meridian Plain by Laura Kraning, USA, 18', IP
  • Holy God by Vladlena Sandu, Russia, 25', IP

Tiger Competition for Short Films 5

New work by Ico Costa, Simon Fujiwara, Manuela de Laborde and Metahaven in this programme.

  • Nyo vweta Nafta by Ico Costa, Portugal/Mozambique, 20', WP
  • Joanne by Simon Fujiwara, UK, 14', IP
  • As Without So Within by Manuela de Laborde, USA/UK/Mexico, 24'
  • Information Skies by Metahaven, South Korea/Netherlands, 24', WP

Tiger Competition for Short Films 6

Programme of new work by Lois Patiño, Cécile B. Evans, Siegfried A. Fruhauf and Omer Fast.

  • Fajr by Lois Patiño, Spain/Morocco, 12', WP
  • What the Heart Wants by Cécile B. Evans, Germany/UK/Belgium/Australia, 41', WP
  • Fuddy Duddy by Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Austria, 5', IP
  • August by Omer Fast, Germany, 16', WP

Bright Future Short

IFFR presents short films in curated compilation programmes but also as part of performances, installations and in conjunction with feature films. The selection covers a spectrum of moving image practice that includes auteur-driven narrative works, experimental films, works by visual artists and films that refuse to be pinpointed to existing genres or styles. Bright Future’s Shorts programme focuses on experimental driven films.

Up Close and Out of Reach

About the exceptional relationship between filmmakers and artists and their subjects, particularly humans. How close can you, are you allowed to, should you, do you want to get to someone when looking for the essence? And what happens when you think you have reached it?

  • Bad Mama, Who Cares by Brigid McCaffrey, USA, 12', IP
  • Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week by Steve Reinke, USA, 14'
  • Ayhan and Me by belit sağ, Netherlands, 14'
  • DAT LIKWID LAND by Jacob Dwyer, Netherlands/USA, 29', WP
  • AAA (Mein Herz) by Katarina Zdjelar, Netherlands, 5', WP

Behind the Facade

An interior, a sheet of paper, a car-free motorway and a bright blue sky explode in a surfeit of colour. Precise observations, scintillating rituals and curious conversations remove the mask.

  • The Happiest Barrack by Noémi Varga, Hungary/UK, 16'
  • Foyer by Ismaïl Bahri, France/Tunisia, 32'
  • Disseminate and Hold, Rosa Barba, Brazil/Germany, 21'
  • Explosion Ma Baby by Pauline Curnier Jardin, Netherlands/Italy/France, 9', WP

Languages, Gestures, Movements

Communication is key. Bridging cultural differences with language skills alone is hard, if not impossible. Listen to the emphases and nuances, view the poetry in word and gesture. Technology may help, but can also get in the way, hogging the limelight.

  • The Seaweed in Your Hair by Daphné Hérétakis, France/Greece, 8', IP
  • Das Gestell by Philip Widmann, Germany/Japan, 30', WP
  • Eaves Apart by Sebastian Buerkner, UK, 5', IP
  • The Sailor by Giovanni Giaretta, Netherlands, 9', WP
  • See a Dog, Hear a Dog by Jesse McLean, USA, 18', IP

Mythical Ifs

Sometimes what seems out of reach is right within our grasp. Not letting space limit their motion and thoughts, the subjects of these films twist mythical ifs into something we can touch.

  • Kairos by Stefano Canapa & Elisa Ribes, France, 11'
  • Cilaos by Camilo Restrepo, France 13'
  • Ciudad Maya by Andrés Padilla Domene, France/Mexico, 24'
  • What Happens to the Mountain by Christin Turner, USA, 12', WP
  • If It Was by Laure Prouvost, UK/Germany, 9', WP

Living Archive

It’s astounding how much humans want to hold onto and record the world around us and our place in it. These filmmakers and artists go beyond that. They conversely leave out information, filter, select and organise differently. Their specialities are constructing narratives, distilling meaning from footage or shifting shoot

  • Flight Paths by Robert Todd, USA, 12', IP
  • The I Mine by Emilio Moreno, Spain/Netherlands, 27', WP
  • 025 Sunset Red by Laida Lertxundi, Spain/USA, 14', EP
  • Children of Lir by Katherin McInnis, USA, 6', EP 
  • The Colour of His Hair by Sam Ashby, UK, 21', WP

Obstructed Landscape

Sublime landscapes: fascinating and terrifying at the same time. Sometimes the view is obstructed by an historical event, a natural phenomenon, a personal vision, the gaze of the media, ambiguous images.

  • Atlante 1783 by Maria Giovanna Cicciari, Italy, 25', IP
  • Latency Contemplation 2 by Cho Seoungho , USA/South Korea, 8', WP
  • Only the Beloved Keep Our Secrets by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Palestine, 10'
  • The Watchmen by Fern Silva, USA, 10', WP
  • The Remnant by Judith Westerveld, South Africa/Netherlands, 19', WP

(In)definite Views

We don't often think about how we see. From augmented reality to bioanalysis of perception, these four films reconsider how we look at the world and question the nature of seeing.

  • Eye Farm by Beny Wagner, Netherlands, 20', IP
  • The Hollow Coin by Frank Heath, USA, 12', IP
  • DOA (Dead on Arrival) by Manuel Saiz, Spain, 17', WP
  • Indefinite Pitch by James N. Kienitz Wilkins, USA, 23'

Cardinal Directions

Movement because it’s possible, because you have to, because you are dragged along in search of a new country. From historic contemplations and an abstract road trip to waiting for freedom; the various tempos pull you along and allow you to pause for a moment.

  • The Sea Is History by Louis Henderson, UK, 28'
  • Toutes directions by Billy Roisz & Dieter Kovacic, Austria, 13', WP
  • Há terra! by Ana Vaz, Brazil/France, 13'
  • Blue Sky from Pain by Stéphanos Mangriotis & Hyacinthe Pavlides, France/Greece, 15', IP

Forces of Nature 

Our earth is being turned inside out, peeled apart and burnt up from the inside. What does the future hold in store: a new equilibrium with renewed biodiversity or just a disaster? Simon & Garfunkel have put their money on the latter.

  • Kaltes Tal by Florian Fischer & Johannes Krell, Germany, 12'
  • Where Shapes Come From by Semiconductor, UK, 11', WP
  • The Flavor Genome by Anicka Yi, USA/Brazil, 22'
  • Delete Beach by Phil Collins, Germany/Norway, 6', IP
  • Bridge over Troubled Water by Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jari Kallio & Antti Jussila, Finland, 28'

Signs of Life

Signs of life can be found in the most unusual places: in a volcano, a sound booth, the graveyards of a Haitian village, and in swarms of pixels that fill the frame.

  • Um campo de aviação by Joana Pimenta, Portugal/Brazil/USA, 14'
  • Whipping Zombie by Yuri Ancarani, Italy, 27', WP
  • Pattern Language by Peter Burr, USA, 10', WP
  • Waypoint, Follow, Orbit, Focus, Track, Pan by eteam, Croatia/USA, 14', WP
  • On the Origin of Fear by Bayu Prihantoro Filemon, Indonesia, 12'

Panta Rhei

Film is beautiful, film is wonderful, but - above all - film is tangible. Filmmakers go travelling with their cameras incorporating saturated colours, flicker effects, dust and other imperfections into their visual language.


  • Everything Turns... by Aaron Zeghers, Canada, 12', EP
  • The Captured Light of an Instant by Lichun Tseng, Netherlands, 21', WP
  • Luna e Santur by Joshua Gen Solondz, USA, 11'
  • 350 MYA by Terra Jean Long, Canada/Morocco, 5'
  • The Last Train by Dianna Barrie, Australia, 13'
  • Highview by Simon Liu, USA/Hong Kong/UK, 20', IP

Voices Short Film

Narrative driven short stories

Short Stories: Thicker Than Water

A car ride like any other, a night on the beach, an abandoned crane and babysitting with illuminated shoes. Our closest relationships are the most challenging, but the characters in these films are coping in their own unique way.

The Brother 

  • The Brother by Léa Triboulet, USA/France, 9', IP
  • Setembro by Leonor Noivo, Portugal, 33'
  • Three Steps by Ioseb Bliadze, Germany/Georgia, 19', WP
  • Babes' Not Alone by Lee Yi-shan, Taiwan, 26', IP

Short Stories: Mental Picture 

Four daring cinematic statements about longing, loss and the deep impression some memories and desires leave in our mind.


  • El sueño de Ana by José Luis Torres Leiva, Chile, 7', WP
  • Ceata by Adrian Voicu, Romania, 27', WP
  • Constelações by Maurílio Martins, Brazil, 25', IP
  • Que vive l'Empereur by Aude Léa Rapin, France, 25'

Short Stories: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Four new beginnings, four stories of the isolation that prevails. Unresolved matters are complicating things and confronting them is never easy.


  • Transition by Milica Tomovic, Serbia, 21'
  • Written/Unwritten by Adrian Silisteanu, Romania, 20'
  • Non castus by Andrea Castillo, Chile, 22'
  • Retrett by Itonje Søimer Guttormsen, Norway, 30', IP

Short Stories: Personal Distance

A city, a moving box, an apartment and a hospital bed constitute the fragile territories you enter in this stylistically diverse programme on metropolitan intimacy. 

The House or a Machine for Living in

  • Long bueno by Abílio Dias, Brazil, 30', WP
  • The House or a Machine for Living In by Catarina Romano, Portugal, 12', IP
  • Antes de irme by Mariana Sanguinetti, Argentina, 10', WP
  • Das by Jelmer Wristers, Netherlands, 40', WP

Deep Focus Short

The Short Specials section within Deep Focus presents retrospectives of invited filmmakers. It also presents Artist Talks, a series of lectures by invited filmmakers and artists, open for all audiences.

Nuts & Bolts: Sound systems

Informed by research and even hardcore science, these demonstrations of acoustic inventiveness illustrate that there are still original methods and techniques for opening up the universe of sound.

  • An Epilogue by Keith Sanborn, UK/France/USA, 4’, WP 
  • What Is an Apparatus? by Sean Lynch, Ireland/Canada/USA, 29’, EP 
  • Little Doorways to Paths Not Yet Taken by Aura Satz, UK, 7’ 
  • The World by Mika Taanila, Finland, 8’, WP 
  • The Great Silence by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Puerto Rico, 16’, IP

Regained: Imai Norio: Time Severed, Jointed and Stretched

  • En (Circle) by Imai Norio, Japan, 0’ 
  • Floor by Imai Norio, Japan, 3’ 
  • Jointed Film by Imai Norio, Japan, 20’ 
  • On Air by Imai Norio, Japan, 21’ 
  • Pizza Time by Imai Norio, Japan, 10’ 
  • Time in Square by Imai Norio, Japan, 9’

Regained: 1917 – Europe’s Optical Illusion

  • Ein Neuer Apparat zur Verhütung von Kinobranden, Germany, 4' 
  • Journaal, France, 5' 
  • Mädi macht Krieg, Oskar Einstein, Germany, 9' 
  • Accelerando, Georg Wasner, Austria, 40', IP 
  • De Europeesche oorlog, France, 15' 
  • London - British Fact and German Fiction, UK, 7 
  • Extraction de mineral de fer dans l'Oural, France, 5'

Regained: Family of Man

Vintage political paranoia from Belgium, Eisenstein’s posthumous outing as a homosexual, a mountain of mutilated female bodies and a Brazilian family album. On the psychology of collecting and the dangerous tendency to also categorise people.

  • Answer Print, Mónica Savirón, USA, 5'
  • Conseil d'Etat, Fanny Zaman, Belgium, 8'
  • Sergei/Sir Gay, Mark Rappaport, France/USA, 36', IP
  • What Happened to Her, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, USA, 15'
  • Ghost Children, João Vieira Torres, Brazil/France, 16', EP

Regained: where were we

Since television and later the world wide web have radically altered our notion of time and space, our sense of experiencing the world has also changed. These essayistic short films from around the globe invite meditation on how we inhabit this planet, both on the surface and below.

  • Burning Mountains That Spew Flame by Samuel M. Delgado & Helena Girón, Spain, 14’, EP
  • Colossal Cave by Graeme Arnfield, UK, 11’
  • A Place I've Never Been by Adrian Flury, Switzerland, 5’
  • Remote by Eva Giolo, Belgium, 24’, IP
  • The Stability of the System by Sasha Litvintseva & Isabel Mallet, UK, 17’, IP
  • Tempo of Tomorrow Revisited by Josh Gibson & Annie Gibson, USA/Cuba, 14’, EP

Joost Rekveld: The Motors of Invention

Many of Joost Rekveld's early films find their inspiration in fundamental characteristics of the film apparatus. This programme provides an overview of the development of this strand in Rekveld's work.


  • #2 by Joost Rekveld, 12'
  • VRFLM by Joost Rekveld, 2'
  • #3 by Joost Rekveld, 4'
  • #7 by Joost Rekveld, 32'
  • #5 by Joost Rekveld, 6'
  • #11 Marey <-> Moiré by Joost Rekveld, 21'

Joost Rekveld: Light Matters

These four films show the evolution in Rekveld's focus on light and deal in very different ways with the interaction between light and matter.


  • #23.2, Book of Mirrors by Joost Rekveld, 12'
  • #37 by Joost Rekveld, 31'
  • #43.6 by Joost Rekveld, 11'
  • #67 by Joost Rekveld, 8', WP

Su Hui-yu: The Midnight Hours

Midnight is when artist Su Hui-yu is most awake. Walking through the haze of Taiwan’s history, he finds naked bodies telling stories of oppressed sexual thoughts. Most titles in this compilation programme will be shown for the first time in a film festival. 


  • Stilnox Home Video: The Midnight Hours by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan, 21', WP
  • Man Carrying Shame by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan, 5', WP
  • Thou Shalt Not Self-pollute (Dr. Kinsey) by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan, 13', WP
  • The Upcoming Show by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan, 17'
  • Nue Quan by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan, 9', 
  • A Man After Midnight by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan, 5', 

Perspectives Short

Black Rebels: Afro Future

Historical overviews are often painful for people of colour. Looking to the future keeps hope alive, but the present always has roots in the past.

  • Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation by Sondra Perry, USA, 9’, EP
  • Remigration by Barry Jenkins, USA, 19’ 
  • The Golden Chain by Ezra Claytan Daniels & Adebukola Bodunrin, USA, 14’
  • They Charge for the Sun by Terence Nance, USA, 16’, IP

Black Rebels: Freestyle

Experimental space for idiosyncratic artists who make their own rules. They also depict how rules can be broken using their own, unique imagery.

  • Kindah by Ephraim Asili, USA/Jamaica, 12', IP 
  • KBELA by Yasmin Thayná, Brazil, 22', EP 
  • Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation: Number One by Sondra Perry, USA, 26', EP
  • Improvement Association by Kevin Jerome Everson, USA, 12', WP
  • Identification by Mike Hoolboom, Canada/USA, 29', WP

Black Rebels: Let Love Rule

A loving manifesto aimed at turning every nation, community and individual into a State of Love. Stop fighting and let love rule in all its shapes and guises!

  • Reluctantly Queer, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/USA, 8' 
  • My Josephine, Barry Jenkins, USA, 9' 
  • Chlorophyl, Barry Jenkins, USA, 17' 
  • Tall Enough, Barry Jenkins, USA, 7' 
  • Bayard & Me, Matt Wolf, USA, 16' 
  • 195 Lewis, Chanelle Aponte Pearson, USA 45', IP 

Black Rebels: Twilight City

Shrouded in dusk, a meditative glimpse of London in the Thatcher era. A fictional letter and reflections by British cultural critics and activists clarify the complex fabric of the city. This documentary by the co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective is introduced by June Givanni, former head of the African Caribbean Unit of the British Film Institute.

  • Baldwin's Nigger by Horace Ové, UK, 48'
  • Twilight City, Reece Auguiste, UK, 60'

Picture Palestine: Minutes, Myth and Treason

Mythologies of resistance meet sci-fi dystopias and the realities of occupation and war.

  • A Boy, a Wall and a Donkey by Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine, 5’ 
  • In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain by Larissa Sansour & Søren LindPalestine, UK/Denmark/Qatar, 29’ 
  • One Minute by Dina Naser, Jordan/Belgium, 10’
  • The Pessoptimist by Mirna Bamieh, Palestine, 13’ 
  • Flower Seller by Ihab Jadallah, France/Palestine/UK, 15’

Picture Palestine: Ruptured Chronologies

A filmic political timeline that intersects with the tumultuous developments from the First Intifada and the Oslo Accords to the uncertain present and a speculative future.

  • Introduction to the End of an Argument, Elia Suleiman, Palestine, 42'
  • 20 Handshakes for Peace, Mahdi Fleifel, Germany/Palestine, 3' 
  • Like Twenty Impossibles, Annemarie Jacir, Palestine, 17' 
  • And Yet My Mask Is Powerful, Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Palestine, 8' 

Dinamo screening


IFFR invited 16 independent distributors of video art and experimental film from the DINAMO network to each submit a film title on the theme 'borderless'. 

Troublemaker on the Frequency

  • Amora by Ezra Wube, USA, 2'
  • Film Display by Seo Shunzo, Japan, 5'
  • home by Pieter Geenen, Belgium, 12', IP
  • Rhizomatic Directed Simulation by Alexandra Gelis, Canada, 6', EP
  • Grid Corrections by Gerco de Ruijter & Michel Banabila, Netherlands, 1', WP
  • Chicxulub - Tierra Extraterrestre by Helene Garberg, Mexico/Denmark, 6'
  • Liquid Solid by Nicky Assmann & Joris Strijbos, Netherlands, 7'
  • Chacarita by Guillermina Buzio, Canada/Argentina, 3', IP
  • Troublemaker on the Frequency by Clark Nikolai, Canada, 5', IP
  • The Edges of Dagenham by Peter Wareing, UK, 9', WP
  • De hand by Frank Bruinsma, Netherlands, 3'
  • Xénogénèse by Morishita Akihiko, Japan, 7'
  • Reply; Repeat Repeated; Delete; Favorite; Favorited by Ouchi Rieko, Japan, 6', EP
  • Fire by Lucy Parker, UK, 6', IP
  • Waste No. 2 Wreck by Jan Ijäs, Finland, 10'
  • Schwerelos by Jannis Lenz, Austria, 9'


IFFR invited 16 independent distributors of video art and experimental film from the DINAMO network to each submit a film title on the theme 'black & white'.

Rodney King

  • all-around junior male by Lindsay McIntyre, Canada, 8', EP
  • Ulrich Gregor and Heidi Kim at the W Hong Kong Hotel by Friedl vom Gröller, Austria, 3'
  • The Invader and the Origin of the World by Nicolas Provost, Belgium, 4'
  • Abu Ammar Is Coming by Naeem Mohaiemen, UK/Lebanon/Bangladesh, 6'
  • Touch of Inga by Okuyama Jun'ichi, Japan, 11'
  • The Mourning of the Sea by Miguel Peres dos Santos, Netherlands, 8', IP
  • Keep on Turning by Karin Wiertz & Jacques Verbeek, Netherlands, 3'
  • Black and White Film by Robert Huot, USA, 9'
  • Untitled, 1925 by Madi Piller, Canada, 9'
  • Remedies – Rongoã by Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko, Finland, 6',
  • Just by Joon Soo Ha, South Korea/USA, 6'
  • The Radio Wave Beneath the Dirt Ice and Flowers by Sandy Ding, China, 10'
  • Rodney King by LPC – Erik Pauser & Johan Söderberg, Sweden, 4'
  • Jillian Dressing by Joanna Paul, New Zealand, 3', IP
  • Die Pferde des Rittmeisters by Clemens von Wedemeyer, Germany, 10'
  • Last Light Breaking by Leslie Supnet, Canada, 9'



A number of supporting films that have their global or international premieres at IFFR 2017 collected in a single programme.

Greetings from Aleppo

  • El becerro pintado by David Pantaleón, Spain, 10', WP
  • Three Wavelengths by Mikko Keskiivari, Netherlands 9', WP
  • Couplets for an Everlasting by Eve Begoña Vicario, Spain, 5', IP
  • Greetings from Aleppo by Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen & Thomas Vroege, Syria/Netherlands, 16', WP
  • Ain’t Got No Fear by Mikhail Karikis, UK, 10', EP
  • Commodity City by Jessica Kingdon, USA, 10', EP
  • Welcome Home Allen by Andrew Kavanagh, Australia, 11', IP
  • Rhinoceros by Sebastian Buerkner, UK, 3', IP
  • Extrapolate by Johan Rijpma, Japan/Netherlands, 2'
  • Fish Story by Charlie Lyne, UK, 13', EP

Other preludes

El Becerro Pintado

  • Birds (beta) by Fukada Koji, Japan, 7', IP
  • The Donkey, Chinlin Hsieh, France, 21', WP
  • Glove by Bernardo Britto, USA, 5'
  • Hierro by Eva Claus, Belgium/Spain, 17'
  • How Green Was the Calabash Garden, Truong Minh Quy, Vietnam, 15', IP
  • Lethe by Dea Kulumbegashvili, Georgia/France, 15'