International Narrative Shorts

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Best International Narrative Short

International narrative short films completed after January 1, 2016 and having their Mumbai Premier at KASHISH compete for this award. It carries a trophy and a gift hamper.

13.5mins / 2017 / Venezuela / Spanish with EST
Director: Marianne Amelinckx


Julia goes back to the pool and remembers that, sometimes, life challenges ourselves to keep going and make decisions.

10.51 min / 2017 / USA /  English
Director: Giovanna Chesler


A handsome artist realizes the consequences of her daily obsession with a coffee addict.

8mins /2016 / Canada / English
Director: Kristen Swinkels


‘Transmission’ is the story of Adam and Jeremy, two lost boys in the wilderness running from a virus that has altered the very face of humanity. Jeremy develops a crush on Adam and even when there is no society to either condemn or accept them Adam rejects him. But when the virus closes in on them the boys must decide if humanity is worth holding on to.

18.30mins / 2016 / Australia / English
Director: Goran Stolevski


A doctor’s tentative romance with the hospital’s Arabic interpreter is evolving into something deeper. But everything is not as it seems.

15mins / 2016 / Spain / Spanish with EST
Director: Ian Brooklyn


No way to Paradise is a short film that portrays the secret relationship between a couple lovers in a hotel’s room. Stigmata and Stereotypes catch the voice of one of them who attacks with his own weapons to the other.

15.01mins / 2016 / USA / English
Director: Brittany Alsot


Haunted by a past that never was, Justine gets a lesson in cooking and family ties from an unexpected source.

LADYBUG  (Mariquita)
17mins / 2017 / Italy / Spanish with EST
Director: Francesco Cocco


An important call is the trigger for Vicente to face an unresolved issue. A very intimate story about parent-son relationship, described in an authentic, sweet, visually expressive style and with a touch of humor.

23.22mins / 2016 / Kosovo / Albanian with EST
Director: More Raca


Hava’s brothers decide to divide their paternal property. According to traditional customs, the right to inheritance belongs to male descendants only whereas Hava has no right to inherit. The eldest brother is obligated to find a husband for his sister. Hava must be married and live at her husband’s house.

14.35mins / 2016 / UK / English
Director: Macéo Bhardwaj


Having faced a lifetime of discrimination and abuse – Ariel, a homeless transwoman has created a wall around her and will not let anyone in. After all, defence is the best form of attack. That is until her guardian angel ‘Paul’ comes into her life.

19.25mins / 2016 / France / French with EST
Director: Fabien Gorgeart


Alexina, a trainee school teacher in the young girl’s convent where she grew up, suffers from unbearables pains. After examination, the doctor finds out she is a hermaphrodite. According to him, since masculine prevails over all, Alexina is a man. She has no other choice than leaving her school as quickly as possible, giving up, her closest friend, Henriette.

STAY  (Bleib Bei Mir)
29.48mins / 2016 / Germany / German with EST
Director: Milka Mircic Martinovic


The timid painter Ruth mourns the death of her life-long neighbour und secret lover Marianne. At her grave she stumbles upon Marianne’s youthful likeness. It’s Marianne’s granddaughter Vera, who is on the search for a grandmother she had never met. Vera visits Ruth, wanting to find out more about her grandmother, and offers to pose for a portrait for the sensitive painter like her grandmother used to pose for her. Little does she know that her likeness to Marianne slowly evokes a hidden post in Ruth – a love story molded by romantic ideals and a blunt reality.

27.38mins / 2016 / France / French with EST
Director: Manuel Mercier


Joëlle is not your average father. When her son suddenly turns up in NY just when her life is in full reconstruction after a sex reassignment, she’s not ready to play the doting father. She can tell her son the contrary, he can see that she’s gone down a notch. Crap job, tiny flat. and there’s a transgender that support group meets there. She can’t take being constantly scrutinized, questioned and judged by every Tom, Dick and Harry. Her son’s arrival might just be the last straw. It’s emotional swings and roundabouts which won’t leave you the same person.

14mins / 2017 / The Netherlands / Arabic, English with EST
Director: Nish Gera


As the Syrian civil war rages, Sami has fled his hometown of Aleppo and now lives in Amsterdam. He hopes to be able to build a home here and be able to live openly as a gay man. Most of all, he hopes to escape the ghosts of the past that still haunt him. A chance encounter brings him face to face with Johan. Self-assured, direct and sensual – Johan embodies the spirit of this city. Over the course of a night, some unsettling secrets are revealed that will make both men confront some harsh truths about the very different worlds they come from.

21.27mins / 2016 / Ireland / English
Director: Graham Cantwell


The film tells the story of Lily, a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman.

6.51mins / 2016 / UK / English
Director: Gail Hackston


When eleven year old tomboy Jane inadvertently flirts with another girl at the local ice rink, she is amazed and surprised when the girl flirts back.

16.20mins / 2017 / Germany / German with EST
Director: Karsten Dahlem


When gang leader Ole (11) and his buddies Marco (10) and Milan (12) nicked twelve year old Davie’s school bag, Ole would never in his wildest dreams have imagined that a short time later he would appear on stage with Davie at a school karaoke contest dressed as a princess with makeup on… neither could his friends.

15.52mins / 2017 / Germany / German with EST
Director: Volker Petters


SUPERHEROES is a film about friendship, courage and tolerance. It is a story about teenage outsiders who are searching for their place in life.

Phil is too small for his age. This makes him the target of provocations by Samuel and his friends. When Phil unexpectedly receives support from lesbian girl Jo, Samuel isn’t happy. Phil is impressed by the somehow different Jo. However, they are not the only outsiders.

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