The number of short films submitted to War On Screen shows no sign of waning, with more than 180 this year. And making our selection is all the more difficult as a result. All the more so given the even more striking diversity of approaches to our topic seen this year compared to previous years. Animation films, making up half of our selection, are likely responsible for the increased number and greater latitude of submissions, but not exclusively. Syria, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and the Great War are all covered, and often in unexpected ways, but zombies are not to be deterred and, unbeknownst to many, are a particularly ubiquitous phenomenon of 1950s France. The history of warfare is also given an unexpected twist. The number of short films foretelling future wars is an indication that they are far from a thing of the past, but our Belgian entry is not alone in taking a reassuringly light-hearted view.
The BEST SHORT FILM AWARD is delivered by a jury composed of high-schoolers passionned about cinema and presided by Etienne Labroue.
Etienne Labroue, who cut his teeth as a director on French satirical shows Les Guignols and Groland, has made a number of short films and recently presented his first feature-length work at the Etrange festival: L’Elan (“The Moose”) is the story of an elusive fluffy creature with a moose’s head.
BENDITO MACHINE - Jossie Malis Alvarez (2014) - Espagne
BUY OR DIE - Ulric Leprovost (2014) - France
INVASION - Hugo Ramirez, Olivier Patté (2014) - France
L3.0 - Alexis Decelle, Cyril Declerq, Vicent Defour, Pierre Jury (2014) - France
LE DERNIER DES CÉFRANS - Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun (2014) - France
POUVOIR AUX ROUX - Maxime Pistorio (2014) - Belgique
SULEIMA - Jalal Maghout (2014) - Syrie
TERRITOIRE - Vincent Paronnaud (2014) - France
THE NOSTALGIST - Giacomo Cimini (2014) - Royaume-Uni
TIŠINA MUJO - Ursula Meier (2014) - France
UNCANNEY VALLEY - Paul Winninger (2014) - France
VÅBENBRØDRE - Cav Bogelund (2014) - Danemark