The Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival*

What’s in a name? By Tara KARAJICA Borrowing Akira Kurosawa’s idea that the average length of a dream is five minutes, the Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival wants to attest to the dreamlike feature of a short film with its name and mission. But not only. Indeed, there is so much one can do with […]

Love is Blind

Directed by Dan Hodgson Love is Blind is a short comedy. It’s a fresh take on the traditional love triangle, but a lot of the joy comes from not knowing much about it… so that’s all I’m going to say!– Director Dan Hodgson SHNIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL, 2015, IN COMPETITION, SHNIT CINEMAS DAN HODGSON | 7 […]

My Honeymoon

Directed by Eileen Hofer In 2013, 11600 asylum seekers, most of them Syrians, arrived in Bulgaria, one of the poorest countries of the European Union. My friends and family gave me funds so I brought them food and useful items during a trip to Sofia. This is how I briefly meet Berivan and her husband. […]

Oh Lucy!

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi Hooked into taking over her niece’s English lessons, Setsuko, a fifty-five-year-old “office lady” in Tokyo, is at first taken aback by the blond wig and new identity as “Lucy” the unconventional teacher gives her — but being “Lucy” awakens desires Setsuko never knew she had. Oh Lucy! is a charmingly absurdist […]

Gleichgewicht (Keeping Balance)

Directed by Bernhard Wenger Denise, a 20-year-old girl, visits the Viennese ‘Prater’ amusement park nearly every day to take some rides on the electronic ‘Tagada’ carousel because it helps her to get over her difficult past. SHNIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL, 2015, IN COMPETITION BERNHARD WENGER | 6 MIN | AUSTRIA | 2015 shnit Open Finalist – […]

Yul and the Snake

Directed by Gabriel Harel Yùl, 13 years old, goes with his big brother Dino to conclude a deal with Mike, a thug escorted by his Argentinian mastiff. When things go wrong, a mysterious snake appears. SHNIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL, 2015, IN COMPETITION GABRIEL HAREL | 14 MIN | FRANCE | 2014 shnit Open Finalist – 20 […]

Alles Wird Gut ( Everything Will Be Okay)

Directed by Patrick Vollrath SHNIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL, 2015, IN COMPETITION A divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can‘t help feeling that something isn’t right. So begins a fateful journey. PATRICK VOLLRATH | 30 MIN | GERMANY, AUSTRIA | 2015 shnit […]

The Call

Directed by Zamo Mkhwanazi A pregnant prostitute, a taxi driver and an iPhone come together on an ordinary Johannesburg afternoon to decide the value of a life. Can two people, who do not know how to love, create a home? GFM: Having worked on over twenty-five television shows including The Lab, 90 Plein Street, Isidingo […]


Directed by Gareth Dunnet-Alcolcer Contrapelo is the story of a proud Mexican barber who is forced to shave the leader of a drug cartel. SHNIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL, 2015, IN COMPETITION, SHNIT CINEMAS, HEAVY SHNIT GARETH DUNNET-ALCOCER | 20 MIN | MEXICO, USA | 2014 shnit Open Finalist – 20 minute category Interview by Kelly Powell and […]


Directed by Coralie Fargeat SHNIT OPEN INTERNATIONAL, 2015, FEEL GOOD, A REAL TREAT Through the Reality + technology you can now have access to an “improved reality.” The chip implanted inside your brain affects your senses to change the perception of your image. Choose “who” you want to reflect, see you as you’ve always dreamed […]