For the first time in the history of the festival, the international competition will be divided into five thematic blocks: Encounters, Weird For It, It Stays In The Family, Growing Up and finally, Borderlines, where works of transborder (and honorary) Hungarian authors were selected that otherwise could not make the Hungarian competition.
The latest films of multiple award-winning authors will be presented, such as the new work of Polish-Hungarian Tomek Ducki, Plantarium. Ducki’s 2007 animation film, Life Line, has gained considerable international attention, making waves at prestigious A-list festivals.
Honorary Hungarian filmmaker Peter Strickland, director of Katalin Varga and Berberian Sound Studio promises a pleasant tingle with his short film Cold Meridian on the topic of the ASMR phenomenon. In Slovenian-born Áron Botka Horváth’s short film Bits, Zsolt Nagy promises his son to take him to the Hungaroring. FAMU graduates Michaela Mihályi’s and David Stumpf’s animation Sh_t happens was also selected for this year's Venice Film Festival.
Hungarian audiences will have the chance to first see the Oscar® nominated animation short Genius Loci (directed by Adrien Mérigeau) at Friss Hús, as well as Berlinale Golden Bear winner My Uncle Tudor by Olga Lucovnicova. Béla Tarr’s former student, Rand Abou Fakher’s short film So We Live also had its debut at Berlinale Shorts.
Stephanie, a short film about a young gymnast by Leonardo van Dijl, was selected for Cannes Film Festival’s short film program, Sticker by Georgi M. Unkovski was featured at Sundance Film Festival, as well as The Criminals, directed by Serhat Karaaslan, a film depicting the hardships of a Turkish couple. The latter also won a prize for its screenplay at Sundance. Several short films are dealing with the exploitative nature of tourism: the French short Massacre by Maïté Sonnet and the Nepalese Ashima, directed by Dekel Berenson as well.
Amongst the returning authors are Ivar Aase, who won the prize of best international short film at Friss Hús in 2017 with his film Glass House, and is now in competition with Cam Boy, a film about a peculiar love story.
The international competition’s jury will award the prize for best short film as well as the jury’s special award, and the audience will also be able to vote for its favorite international film.
The detailed lineup and information on the films can be found here.