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International Competition 7

Out of nearly 6800 short films submissions (received in 2020 and in 2021), 98 films from 36 countries will compete for the prizes in the International Competition.

In addition to the films selected in 2021, the 24th edition of the BSFF also welcomes the films selected for the International Competition in 2020 which had to be postponed.

Winners of the Grand Prix in the International Competition and National Competitions are considered for pre-selection for the Oscars® in the Best Fiction/Animation Short Film category provided that the film complies with the Academy’s rules. 


Sinkende Schiffe | Andreas Kessler
Germany - Fiction - 2020 - 21' - Color
Sara and Theo take a trip with their ten year old son to the Black Forest. A fight escalates and Theo abandons his wife and son in the forest. Back in the hotel everything returns to normal. At least so it seems. In the afternoon, the three set off to the lake. Theo’s rage explodes again and we understand more and more that violence is a part of this family’s everyday life. 

Instrucciones para soltar | Gustavo Gamero
Mexico - Fiction - 2019 - 8' - Color
Two women meet while on holiday and their brief but intimate encounter leads one of them to later recount it. With the audio of their conversations and beautifully shot 16mm visuals, we are taken through those few moments the two shared together. A film as a sweet and somber ritual of letting go.

Night Shift | Eddy Schwartz, Yordan Petkov
Bulgaria - Fiction -2020 - 28'40" - Color
Single and unemployed, 40-year old Anton takes up a job in an illegal coal-mine where he accidentally uncovers a secret – and in this town, some secrets better remain buried.

End-O | Alice Seabright
United Kingdom - Fiction - 2019 - 15' - Color
Jaq is angry. But she also wants to have sex. This should be straightforward -angry sex is one of the pre-approved genres for copulation. But her body is out to sabotage her coitus in the worst way…. endometriosis.

Los pájaros vuelan de a dos | Juan Felipe Grisales
Colombia - Fiction - 2020 - 16' - Color
Ana and Yeison are a teenage couple who decide to travel from their town to the city of Medellín to perform an illegal abortion. Both of them, ready to carry out their plan at any cost, face the hostility of the city and will try to stay united in the midst of adversity.

Pierre, Medicanalisophile | Clément Riere
France - Documentary - 2020 - 8' - Color
Pierre is a collector of medical analyses. He welcomes us to his home to show us his world and tell us about the non-negligible impact of the Internet on his particular collection.

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