Clermont-Ferrand Festival has been running since 1979, and is recognized as one of the largest international film festivals dedicated to short films with more than 7,000 submissions annually. Let’s take a look at the 2021 winners of the International and Lab Competition.
Three best friends, sworn virgins, get into a fight with local boys. When things get rough, they are saved by a girl in the making.
Special Jury Prize
Bashir attends his father’s funeral in rural Lebanon only to discover a pathogen infecting the trees across his village. A dark-comedy about tradition, grief, and the environment.
GOD’S DAUGHTER DANCES
A transgender female dancer, Shin-mi, gets a call from the Military Manpower Administration, to attend the Military Service Examination.
AFFAIRS OF THE ART
Best Animation Award
Look out: Beryl’s back. With Affairs of the Art, British animator Joanna Quinn recounts another gloriously unhinged chapter in the adventures of Beryl, the comic everywoman she unleashed upon the world with her debut film, Girls’ Night Out, which took home three major awards from Annecy in 1987.
Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan
In a rural coastal village in the Philippines, Mona trains under her mother to start work as a professional mourner-for-hire. After a botched performance, Mona retreats from her mother’s fury, and seeks out a shaman to cure her inability to cry.
Pat Heywood, Jamil McGinnis
Shaq, a young man grappling with depression, returns to his New Jersey hometown, where his exploration of grief and brotherhood transforms into the imagining of an inner life.
Special Jury Prize
Since the 18th October 2019, the streets of Santiago Chile have never been empty. The people on the street demand dignity. By increasing the price of the subway tickets, President Piñera’s government has unleashed a social crisis unseen since the 1970s.
Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Sabine is looking for a missing image: an incident that has left an indelible mark, one that everyone else remembers but her. But maybe this absence will allow her to move forward in life?
LETTERS FROM SILIVRI
“Letters from Silivri” draws on letters of the Turkish philanthropist and public intellectual Osman Kavala to document a timeline of his imprisonment.
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