13 International short films | 100min
Guests: Liana Smbatyan, John Pank, Ian Kevin Scott
We stare into the critical face of the Christmas season. It is not only joy, but also greed and arrogance that tenaciously show themselves during the Christmas period. Besides immense subjects like the environment, poverty or war, these 13 short films focus also on less obvious problems like the dangers of modern technology, the ambiguity of missionary work or domestic violence.
1975. MENSAJE NAVIDEÑO DE SU MAJESTAD EL REY DE ESPAÑA / 1975. CHRISTMAS MESSAGE OF HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF SPAIN
Antonio Antón | Experimental film | 2min | 2015 | ES | OmeU
After a long dictatorship arrives transition to democracy. The King of Spain shares his deepest thoughts.
WHILST THE WORLD SLEEPS
John Pank | Thriller | 8min | 2015 | UK | OV | German premiere
We spend our time earning money, to then spend money on materialistic possessions, in order to bring happiness to ourselves or those around us. Yet we bear no thought to those whom have suffered to bring us that happiness.
LES MAISONS DU NORD / THE NORTHERN HOUSES
Guy Bordin, Renaud De Putter | Documentary | 21min | 2015 | BE, CA | OmeU | German premiere
A documentation about two former Roman Catholics in the 1950s in the Canadian Arctic whose fates show their fascination with a world they advocate, while hastening its irreversible mutation.
LE RAMONEUR / THE CHIMNEY SWEEP
Nicolas Bianco-Levrin | Animation | 2min | 2015 | FR | OV
A chimney sweep works on the roofs of Paris. A strange surprise departs the chimney. His life will be changed by it forever.
LA GALETTE DES ROIS / KING CAKE
Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau | Dramedy | 9min | 2014 | FR | OmeU
At Epiphany, a middle-class family gets together for the French traditional King Cake. The course of the meal is slightly disturbed when Quentin, 8, decides to give the leftover piece to the homeless person downstairs.
SANTAS OF COCHIN
Christon Joseph | Documentary | 4min | 2016 | IN | OmeU
A journey of two kids and Santa Claus, along the streets of Fort Kochi.
Liana Smbatyan | Documentary | 11min | 2016 | PT, AM | OmeU | international premiere
For Hrach and Vick, who live in an Armenian village on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan, the real Santa is not coming to either country, whilst the Azerbaijani soldiers are sleeping, in order not to be killed.
ARIELS JULAFTEN / ARIEL’S CHRISTMAS
Kristine Rande | Drama | 4min | 2015 | NO | OmeU | German premiere
10 year old Ariel must celebrate Christmas alone after her mum has fallen asleep, and through Ariel’s eyes we see how things really are.
TOPSY TURVY XMAS
Molly Brown | Music Video | 5min | 2012 | UK | OmeU | German premiere
Some form of angel speaks of Santa and his dancing little helpers.
William R. Coughlan | Comedy | 8min | 2009 | US | OV | German premiere
At the Christmas party of Chain Mail International, we are offered a glimpse into the inner workings of the business, which consists of reading and forwarding chain letters.
Areum Han | Drama | 11min | 2014 | IN | OmeU
On a dismal Christmas eve, Christo passes out after drinking a bottle of Champagne. He wakes up to find that his dream has literally come true: he has a beautiful, loving wife and an adorable son. Christo is equally confused and overjoyed by his miracle.
Brandon Polanco | Mystery | 14min | 2015 | US | OV | German premiere
An epic transformation manifests from a seemingly routine interview.
THE CHRISTMAS HUMAN
Andre Maat | Comedy | 1min | 2015 | NL | OV | International premiere
Can you imagine a Christmas night when humans become trees and trees become humans?