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European Short Film Nominees 2016 on Tour

SHORT MATTERS is the European Film Academy’s short film tour which brings the nominated short films to audiences across Europe –and beyond. The program featuring the European Short Film Nominees 2016 is a manifold panorama of young contemporary European filmmaking. This year’s program is composed of productions/co-productions from Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, Lithuania, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Syria, The Netherlands, and the UK.

Detailed information on the films can be found here: 

The members of the European Film Academy – more than 3,000 European film professionals − selected the film 9 DAYS –FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO by Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen and Issa Touma, a co-production between The Netherlands and Syria, as the overall winner, which was presented at the 29th European Film Awards Ceremony in Wrocław/Poland in December 2016.

When the annual cycle is complete in September, the EFA Members get to watch all nominated short films and it is they who elect the overall winner: the European Short Film, which will be presented at the 30th European Film Awards Ceremony on 9 December 2017 in Berlin. 

We have selected a short list of shorts from Europe for your viewing pleasure:

EL ADIOS (THE GOODBYE) — SPAIN, 15 mins Directed and Written by Clara Roquet


Rosana, a Bolivian maid, has worked for Angela, the elder matriarch of the Vidal family for the last ten years. On the day of the funeral of her beloved Angela, Rosana is not allowed to grieve with the rest of the family. On the contrary: she is forced to work. THE GOODBYE is an intimate story about how emotional bonds supersede social conventions, racial labels or family regimes.

SMALL TALK  — NORWAY, 21 mins.   Directed by Even Hafnor, Lisa Brooke Hansen


Welcome to the Dvergsnes family! In this short film we follow the Dvergsnes family from Kristiansand, Norway, through three events that took place during the fall and winter of 2014.

90 DEGREES NORTH — Germany, 21 mins.  Directed and Written by Detsky Graffam


It’s a fact: good Germans wait at red traffic lights. But what do you do when the green man simply won’t appear? Taking place almost entirely on the most pernicious traffic island imaginable, 90 DEGREES NORTH is a humorous, fantastical parable offering an extreme take on the notion of following the rules of a civil society.

HOME — Kosovo/UK film, 20 mins. Directed and Written by Daniel Mulloy


Thousands of men, women and children struggle to get into Europe as a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday.

LE MUR (THE WALL) — Spain/China, 8 mins. Directed and Written by Samuel Lampaert

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Hong Kong. A multitude of concrete skyscrapers without personality. Inside, cramped studios where the anonymous live among themselves. Until the day when bachelor Chung decides to hang up a picture …