Nominees for Best Experimental 2020

People doing moves

Director: Таэт Vremya art group

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 08:39

Synopsis: The movement of everyday life is often so familiar to us that we barely consciously perceive it. Our work is the attempt to make the seemingly-familiar movements unfamiliar (and vice versa) through repetition and alienation with the question: „Who actually controls whom?“

The Mini-Move research deals what an individual body can do. The intention is to recognize movements that have relevance to its body. For a short moment individual or social sculptures can emerge in space.


Director: Ilaria Di Carlo

Country: Germany

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: The path to paradise begins in hell” — Dante Alighieri. Loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Divine Way takes viewers along on the protagonist’s epic descent through an endless labyrinth of staircases. As the woman journeys deeper, the staircases mutate and she is trapped and pulled into their dangerous landscape, conducting us through more than fifty magnificent locations.


Director: Lamara Sogomonyan

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 02:58

Synopsis: #contact


Director: YUAN Lingxi

Country: China

Duration: 08:00

Synopsis: DUYIQINGJING is a Buddhism term which means if you are concerned by karma at a certain level you can see three space: past, present, future. A man who can see previous life finds his girl at a bar, while it turns out he is a patient runs out from a hospital named ‘Godlike’


Director: Rubin Stein

Country: Spain

Duration: 15:00

Synopsis: “A war. A child. A dream.”


Director: Evgenia Zaitseva, Stanislav Phalkov

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 17:07

Synopsis: The upcycle project is part of a huge collaboration with stylists, musicians and models. An experiment with a form in which you can come up with amazing results. The objectives of recycling are to draw public attention to environmental issues, reduce waste and foster a culture of responsible consumption.

Daddy hockey

Director: Pasha Timofeev

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 02:03

Synopsis: If I knew how precious these moments would become, I’d catch every word you say, DAD!


Director: David Magnier

Country: Ireland

Duration: 05:34

Synopsis: A young man throws himself off a lighthouse to end it all, but it’s just the beginning.

At the Time

Director: Nathan Johnson

Country: United States

Duration: 10:00

Synopsis: “At the Time” follows an individual’s relationship with addiction and the internal struggle that is yoked with that relationship. It is inspired by a loved one’s personal story of what they had experienced, at the time when they were at their deepest struggle.

The animal that therefore I am

Director: Bea de Visser

Country: Netherlands

Duration: 10:37

Synopsis: “What does the animal see when it looks at me?” Three animals and a woman in an enclosed space. As they study each other, their own methods of communication create a wordless conversation. We view them in close-up and from various perspectives, with the woman as a solitary species in this universe.


Director: Mira Ravald

Country: Finland

Duration: 13:44

Synopsis: OMI is an ode to water on a thin surface of a tight wire.   Inspired by mythologies of water deities, the short film OMI is a blend of dance and circus, combining elements of both afro-Cuban and Finnish folklore.  Exploring the similarities of these opposite cultures and balancing within duality, OMI pays homage to the water deity Yemaya and the serene Finnish landscape of lakes and forests.


Director: Allana Chumachenko

Country: Russian Federation

Duration: 08:55

Synopsis: A young architect, struggling with disturbing dreams, performs a routine ritual, appearing every day at work, developing a project for a large company. Every day, over and over again, he begins to notice that the features of his own face, his voice, his laughter, the lines that his hand draws itself sometimes out of his control. All this reminds him of some other person, a person who is familiar to him from the childhood, but whom he has never met.