Shortcutz Berlin #107 Session – Wednesday, April 1st

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The first round of competition shorts of the month of April is here! The shorts this week are the following:

Short #1: “Berlin Troika“, by Andrej Gontcharov

Synopsis:

During a stormy night of grave political crisis, an expert interpreter suffers a nervous breakdown. Young diplomat Konrad Gelb is recruited to step in and interpret between the two conflicting superpower leaders, who seem to hold the fate of humanity in their hands – an absurd responsibility, which by extension rests on the shoulders of the young interpreter. He must balance the oversized egos in the room and maneuver the world’s destiny to either peaceful resolution or total annihilation.

Short #2: “Time in Depth” Torsten Lang

Synopsis: TIME IN-DEPTH is a music video for the Berlin based band Excessive Visage, whose extraordinary musical journeys get extended by another dimension in this animation piece. It tells the story of a child, rejected by her drug addicted mother and who tries to find a new family in a bunch of weird fellows sitting in the forest by the fire. Unexperienced in social manners she blunderingly chooses to try out devious feints to make these poor outlaws dependent on her.
And then she has to stick with the plan…

The Special Guest is Senny Rapoport, photographer and filmmaker. More info about his work here.

We will have two Guest Shorts:

Simjonov“, by Senny Rapoport

Synopsis: Mr. Simjonov has a visit from two representers of his bank, they bring bad news, Simjonov is going to loose his apartment for not being able to pay the mortgage. But the the bunkers do not imagine how far the Russian welcoming spirit can go.

Skype“, Senny Rapoport

Synopsis: This short will try to quickly explain how to use Skype calls and bring a little example to what pleasant, and unpleasant situations it might bring.

Check the complete details of the screening in our website: https://shortcutzberlin.wordpress.com/

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

The entrance is free!!

Shortcutz Berlin – Winner of the Month of March 2015

The Winner of the Month of March is “Disruptions”, by Felipe Frozza and Ulrike Fläming! Congratulations to both. The Prize: 1 month free DVD rental at the Filmkunst Bar Fitzcarraldo for each of them! Congratulations to both!

 

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Synopsis: “Disruptions” deals with the difficulties of movement in a real conflict situation.A dancer starts developing a choreography in front of the wall between Israel and Palestine, but the adverse circumstances prevent its completion.

Shortcutz Berlin #106 – Winner Session: March 25th

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The last screening of the month is coming this Wednesday – we are waiting for all of you!!

It is also the “Winner Session” of March and we will announce and screen the winner short of this month, voted by our jury!

The shorts running for competition this month are:

Short #1: “Üto”, by David Buob
Short #2: “Blur Blue”, by Sonja Polligkeit
Short #3: “Taipei Recyclers”, by Nikki Schuester
Short #4: “Cat and Mouse”, by Anthony Straeger
Short #5: “Disruptions”, by Felipe Frozza and Ulrike Fläming
Short #6:”Macramé”, by Maria Steinmetz

The Guest Short is “Roadtrip” , by Xaver Xylophon

The Special Guest of the evening is Matteo Cassese, a consultant and entrepreneur passionate about innovation and technology and founder/organiser of the Berlin Video Meetup.

Find more about his work at the website: http://www.lafabbricadellarealta.com/

The program speaks for itself, so…. what are you waiting for?

See you all there!

FREE ENTRANCE

Shortcutz Berlin #105 Session – March 18th

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The third round of competition shorts of the month of March is here! The shorts this week are the following:

Short #1: “Disruptions“, by Felipe Frozza and Ulrike Fläming

Synopsis: “Disruptions” deals with the difficulties of movement in a real conflict situation.A dancer starts developing a choreography in front of the wall between Israel and Palestine, but the adverse circumstances prevent its completion.

Short #2: “Macramé“, by Maria Steinmetz

Synopsis: A young girl gets raped and gives birth to the child conceived. She is tormented by pain and hatred. Never the less, she se:les into the live with a child, learns to love it and finally is able to enjoy motherhood. Some day, the kid expresses the wish to learn to know it’s father, invoking a feeling of betrayal in it’s mother.

The Special Guest is Moritz Lehr,  musician and filmmaker, but most of all a festival programmer from Kassel, now located in Berlin. He has worked for several festivals and is now amongst other things curator of the “Decibel” programme at interfilm Berlin, which focusses on films about music, musicians and creativity in general. Moritz likes Werner Herzog, schnitzel and dogs. On good days, he also likes experimental films, but most of his free time he invests in american television.

The Guest Short is “The Light of My Eyes“, by  Daniel Holmes

Synopsis: Darren has a unique talent: he can see noise. This ability not only makes his life more colorful, but it also helps him to reconnect with an old love-affair.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
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Shortcutz Berlin #104 Session – March 11th

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The the second round of competition shorts of the month of March includes the following shorts:

Short #1: “Taipei Recyclers“, by Nikki Schuester

Synopsis: Taipei – ghosts and gods, typhoon and nakasi musicians. In the urban hideouts of Taipei little creatures come to life. These are digitally composed with collected waste from the streets and typical local products. The clatter of the limbs of these creatures interacts with the soundscapes of Taipei.

More information about Nikki’s work at her website – here.

Short #2: “Cat and Mouse“, by Anthony Straeger

Synopsis: A short picture story by Willhelm Busch.

The Special Guest of the evening is Santiago Gomez Rojas, the programmer of the Spanisches Filmfest Berlin.

The Guest Short is “0,60 mg“, by Gerard Martí Rodríguez

Synopsis: Carkoma and his friends laugh at Copito and bully him; meanwhile, Dani and Ainhoa have a quarrel once more. They all were leaving the disco when they unexpectedly found themselves trapped in a police sobriety checkpoint. Will they come through?

You can watch the trailer here.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Shortcutz Berlin #103 Session – Wednesday, March 4th

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Shortcutz Berlin starts again this week! After a short break, we are back with a great selection of short films for you to watch in our cosy venue – LAGARI.

The first round of competition shorts of the month of March includes the following shorts:

Short #1: “Üto”, by David Buob

Synopsis: On Utö, the southernmost inhabited island in Finland, an unusual love triangle is taking shape. What’s the difference between dance moves sparked by joy and wild movements driven by rage?

Short #2: “Blur Blue“, by Sonja Polligkeit

Synopsis: In a blur blue second in an aquarium, a boy and a girl have a crush on each other. What if their reality and dreams built up a highly complex cloud of wishes and boundaries?

More info about Sonja’s work on her website here.

The Special Guest of the evening is Matthias Groll, the programmer of “Berlin Shorts” at interfilm Berlin.

The Guest Short is “Aleyna – Little Miss Neukölln“, by Stepan Altrichter

Synopsis: Aleyna is 11, she is Turkish and lives in Berlin, Neukölln. She’s a normal girl with a lot of self confidence and she knows what she wants. In school she gets mobbed sometimes, because of her „fattynes“, as she calls it. Her biggest passion, however, are bollywood dances– and nothing can stop her. She wants to overcome her „nervousity“ and show everyone her talent at her first public
appearance.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

And don’t forget: the entrance is free!!