European Short Film Competition Programme 3

Tria (I 2022)
Meat Me (NL 2022)
Flyby Kathy (POR 2023)
Plastic Touch (E 2022)
Manta Ray | Raie Manta (F 2022)
Staging Death (D 2022)


Italy 2022 – 17:20 min – Director: Giulia Grandinetti

In a dystopian Rome, a law is enforced which doesn’t allow immigrant families to have more than three children. If a fourth is to be expected, he or she must be born, however, one of them must then be killed, giving the females priority for sacrifice. Zoe, Iris and Clio are three sisters, but one of them will soon be killed …

Giulia Grandinetti

Giulia Grandinetti (born in Macerata on 04/02/1989), ever since she was a child, loved bringing people together and telling stories to try and move the world into a different direction. She defines herself a dystopian director: she loves to play, distorting rules of society, and of the human being.

Meat Me

Netherlands 2022 – 11:03 min – Director: Jan-Willem de Kraaij

Jake is searching for love, or, at least just a fuck buddy. One night, while chatting with various girls, Jake finally seems to connect with a girl named Rose. After sending her picture, Jake is horrified by her mutilated appearance and decides to ghost her. Obviously not happy with Jake’s rejection, Rose begins to hunt him down.

Jan-Willem de Kraaij

Jan-Willem de Kraaij graduated from the Hoge School van Kunsten Utrecht as a director and writer. Besides filmmaking, Jan-Willem is active as a motion graphic artist. In the creative design of his films and designs, Jan-Willem feels strongly connected to a magical realism.

Flyby Kathy

Portugal 2023 – 11:16 min – Director: Pedro Bastos

In 1981, English actress Kathy Harcourt mysteriously disappeared from the United States. 40 years later, this story unfolds, from an old 35mm copy of the last film Kathy Harcourt stared in. This film retraces this brief episode of the golden age of adult cinema.

Pedro Bastos

Pedro Bastos was born in Guimarães, Portugal, in 1980, where he lives
and works. He is a visual artist, filmmaker, poet and screenwriter. He is currently filming Less than 50km from Home – a cinematographic project around the industrial region of Vale do Ave, where he lives, based on its oral history and traditions.

Plastic Touch

Spain 2022 – 11:38 min – Director: Aitana Ahrens

A sex doll called Lucy wakes up in the bedroom of a doll brothel. She lives with Mina, another doll. Together they watch TV: their window to the real world. They imagine themselves living far away. After a while, Lucy wants to escape. But Mina doesn’t want to leave. Lucy has to choose between freedom and the doll she is in love with.

Aitana Ahrens

Aitana Ahrens made during her formative years at ECAM several short films. Some of them part of the training and others fruit of the urgency and desire to film. Plastic Touch is her final ECAM short film. Cleo is coming over tonight, If we?re together this is Alaska or The Fire that we caused are other short films that come from all production ranges: from homemade to larger budgets. In the case of Aitana the experimental impetus is maintained in any budgetary value.

Manta Ray | Raie Manta

France 2022 – 30:30 min – Director: Anton Bialas

Manta Ray is a fragmented portrayal of three characters in search of poetic and liberating openings in a muzzled and gradually authoritarian Paris of the 2020’s. United under the sign of the Manta Ray, Kamilya, Ghost Rider and Gilles, each in their own way, organizes his secret melody, crafts a situation, where, alternately, a sense of lightness can be found, suffocated screams can uprise and reality be distorted into new horizons.

Anton Bialas

Anton Bialas was born in 1990 in Paris, from a Swedish mother and a German father. He pursues cinema studies at Paris III La Sorbonne. His first film, Behind our Eyes (2018), has been selected at the FID Marseille, and has then been screened in many international festivals. In 2020, his film At the Entrance of the Night, premieres in the Berlinale official competition. Thus, The Blackbird Group Noir (2021) is selected in the official competition of the Visions du Réel festival in Switzerland, as well as in the Brive medium-length film Meetings.

Staging Death

Germany 2022 – 08:20 min – Director: Jan Soldat

Udo Kier dies his way through film history. He screams, falls, lies, is cut into pieces, shot or commits suicide. Again and again his empty gaze, again and again his rigid body. In 54 years as an actor, Udo Kier played in more than 170 feature films, 120 series episodes and 50 short films. More than 70 times Udo Kier tried to give an expression to dying and death. In Staging Death, these representations of death merge into a montage of the most diverse shots, film formats, special effects and sound designs.

„Directors are now thinking increasingly strained about what new ways they can kill me. […] At some point, somebody would have to make a montage of all my film deaths.“ Udo Kier (Interview Subway Magazine #145, December 1999)

Jan Soldat

Jan Soldat was born in 1984 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz). He first studied from 2003 to 2006, before producing films together with Frank Schubert and as part of the Chemnitz Kunstfabrik. From 2008-2014 Jan studied film and television directing at the University of Film and Television “Konrad Wolf”. Today Jan has already realized over 100 cinematic works.