National Competition 4 (NC4)


WED 23/10 AT 19:00 REGINA
SAT 26/10 AT 11:00 FYRIS


Secretly she is filming everything. In a surreal apartment a cougar, a guest, a child, and promises of a dog if the child plays along.

SWEDEN 2019. Experimental. 20 min. DIRECTION/SCRIPT/PRODUCTION: Joanna Rytel PHOTOGRAPHY: Lisabi Fridell. Joanna Rytel graduated in 2004 from the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. She has developed a complex artistry, which always points out our times’ most poignant issues of gender, power, and identity. The festival screened a retrospective of her works in 2013. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: Stay Ups (2017, screened at Uppsala), Moms On Fire (2016, screened at Uppsala), Once upon a time there was an unfaithful mummy (2013), On top of your gaze (2013), Me seal, baby (2013), The seal (2011), Unplay (2010), Flasher Girl On Tour (2010), Gang Bang Barbie (2010), To Think Things You Don’t Want To (2005), Then I’ll Take Your Cat (2002), Animal Performance (2002)


An audiovisual poem floating through an apocalyptic landscape devoured by boreal wildfires and the ruthless exploitation of fossil fuels. Recorded at the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta, Canada during the wildfires in 2016.

SWEDEN/CANADA 2019. Experimental/Documentary. 13 min. DIRECTION: Michel Wenzer, Philippe Léonard PRODUCTION: Alberto Herskovits. Michel Wenzer is a critically acclaimed director and composer. His feature AT NIGHT I FLY was awarded the Guldbagge for Best Documentary in 2012. Philippe Léonard is a media artist working with film, photography and video, conceiving projections for live concerts and working as a cinematographer.


Bella is waiting for her boyfriend Gabbe at Sonja’s Grill. He is late. An old sms-conversation between Gabbe and his ex girlfriend puts their relationship in a new light and an argument between Bella and Gabbe ensues, entirely in rap verse.

SWEDEN 2019. Fiction. 8 min. DIRECTION: Måns Nyman PRODUCTION: Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå SCRIPT: Kristoffer Malmsten PHOTOGRAPHY: Erik Persson. Måns Nyman is an award-winning music video and commercial director. In 2017, he studied Directing at Stockholms Dramatiska Högskola, where he developed the script for this film. In his work, he seeks to convey emotion and musicality. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: Screen to screen (2014)


“We knew they were building something in the parking lot outside. We felt the house shaking and saw how the door frame and the stairwell burst.” In a vibrant short film, Astrid Askberger tells the story of how it feels to get a new wall ten meters from her window.

SWEDEN 2019. Documentary. 5 min. DIRECTION/SCRIPT/PHOTOGRAPHY: Astrid Askberger PRODUCTION: Kristina Meiton. Astrid Askberger, b 1979, is a documentary filmmaker who examines political themes from a personal perspective. She received an MA in Film from Valand Academy in 2018. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: Pussyhats och vårt dåliga samvete (2018), Bröd och rättvisa (2018), Livet. Kollektivet (2017), Jag var också med (2017), Gretas guide till galaxen (2016)


The film is about rock & roll in at the height of the USSR, where everything from the west was banned and music was marked as propaganda. At the end of the 1960s, Anatoli Abramovitch and his band became huge rock stars in a small, isolated town on a hot, touristy, Crimean coast. The film is also the story of a father and daughter and the art of dealing with life, death, and everything in between.

SWEDEN/RUSSIA/UK 2019. Documentary. 12 min. DIRECTION/PRODUCTION: Angelika Abramovitch. Angelika Abramovitch was born on Russia’s Crimean coast. After the fall of the Soviet Union, she moved with her parents to Sweden. Currently, she is studying Directing at Stockholms dramatiska högskola. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: Blue Moon (2016)


Jamila and her friends are practicing for the talent show, and nothing can get in the way of Jamila’s focus. Not even her little sister Leila’s question about the family’s asylum case. But when the police suddenly appear at school, Jamila starts to worry. Will performing risk their safety, or should she leave and risk her new friendships?

SWEDEN 2019. Fiction. 13 min. DIRECTION/SCRIPT: Sophie Vuković PRODUCTION: Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå PHOTOGRAPHY: Karin Stenwall. Sophie Vuković, b 1988, is a Stockholm-based film director. She is currently pursuing an MA at the Royal Academy of Arts. Sophie’s first short film earned her praise, and her debut documentary feature Shapeshifters had its cinema release in 2017, following several award nominations and critical acclaim. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: 09:05-11:05, Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B (2015), Hungry (2013)


A married, openly gay teacher in Wales faces the choice of betraying his family or his core values when his older sister asks him to step back into the closet for her wedding in Turkey.

SWEDEN/UK 2019. Fiction. 19 min. DIRECTION/SCRIPT: Mikael Bundsen PRODUCTION: Isabella Rodriguez, Grant Vidgen PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristoffer Jönsson. Mikael Bundsen has a BA in film directing from Akademin Valand Film. His film MOTHER KNOWS BEST premiered at Berlinale in 2016 and has won a number of awards, including the Iris Prize – the world’s largest LGBT short film prize SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: Mother Knows Best (2016, screened at Uppsala), Det Bor Inga Bögar i Bollebygd (2015, screened at Uppsala), Bättre i Berlin (2012, screened at Uppsala)


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