The Music Video International Competition will take place also in this year’s edition of the Short Film Festival, where music videos made by students from universities and film schools all over the world will be presented. Our goal is to celebrate the community of film directors who dedicate their art to music. A jury of professionals appointed by curator Giovanni Bedeschi will present a selection of the finalist videos to be screened during the Festival, making their vision — usually an individual experience enjoyable on the small TV screen — a collective experience.
Walk the dog before I sleep (2’30”, Turkey)
DIRECTOR: Ata Kaan Koc
INSTITUTE: Izmir University of Economics
SYNOPSIS: In my project I use a mechanism made up of 3 glass bases. These levels allow the animation to acquire depth: alternating them, I can show the background and the foreground. To obtain visual consistency, I placed a fourth glass. The aim is to create an animation with colored paper and then synchronize it with the rhythm of music and lyrics. The video tells of a man who pretends not to exist, an oneiric story about loneliness and fear.
PROFILE: Ata Kaan Koc studied graphic design at the University of Yaşar between 2014 and 2016. After graduating, he started studying visual design at the University of Economics in Izmir. He also studied at the Department of internal architecture and environmental design.
Bedroom bossa nova (4’59”, UK)
DIRECTOR: Luke Naylor-Perrott, Imogen Rae
INSTITUTE: University of Cambridge/University of Amsterdam, University of Oxford
SYNOPSIS: Bedroom Bossanova: 1. A lyrical fusion of samba and jazz, typically performed in the bedroom. 2. An unattainably perfect partner, expert in sensual dancing, romantic dining and inciting faintings. (Often sought after by desperate single people, with a wild imagination.)
PROFILE: Luke Naylor-Perrott (University of Cambridge/University of Amsterdam). Master’s student and filmmaker, Luke has made charity and sports promotional films, documentaries and music videos. He is currently working on a short fiction film about sexuality, dance and duality.
Imogen Rae University of Oxford). Imogen has been writing music since the age of 13, and is now juggling her career as a Junior Doctor, alongside her songwriting. She lives in North London, and has recently released her EP Doctor Doctor.
Faded (3’07”, India)
DIRECTOR: Hibban Ashraf
INSTITUTE: Whistling Woods
SYNOPSIS: A more simple and darker version of Alan Walker’s Faded with visuals to give you both a sense of satisfaction and of anxiety.
PROFILE: Hibban Ashraf is a Kashmiri Filmmaker based in Mumbai, India. He is a cinematographer, writer and a director. He has made short films, music videos and documentaries and aspires to be making international cinema in the future.
La casa dell’Orco – The house of the orc (6’59”, Italy)
DIRECTOR: Roberto Pisapia
INSTITUTE: Università degli Studi di Salerno
SYNOPSIS: In the heart of a village in Irpinia, an Oger demands offers to satisfy his hunger. A simple shepherd called Silpa and his wife Matulpa, stumble into the ritual sacrifice and cannot avoid to participate. te. A song inspired by the homonym Irpinia legend coming from San Michele di Pratola Serra (Av).
PROFILE: Roberto Pisapia is attending the master’s degree course in Corporate Communication and Media with a specialization in Media Theories. He is a freelance videomaker and has worked on several commercials, short films and music videos; he was also assistant director for Gabriele Marino, Giovanni Mazzitelli and Pasquale Falcone. He also collaborates with director Maria Giustina Laurenzi for the UNISA Cinematographic Language Laboratory.
Run, don’t stop (3’45”, USA/Taiwan)
DIRECTOR: Chia-Yu Hsieh
INSTITUTE: New York Film Academy
SYNOPSIS: Only you can save yourself.
PROFILE: Chia-Yu Hsieh is from Taiwan but has been living in LA for more than three years to dedicate himself to filmmaking. He decided to make this music video because he discovered a connection between the song and himself. He asked the writer Dede Harlan why this song had been made and what it meant to him. Luckily Harlan allowed him to use his song to make this music video and even sponsored him.
Milo and pink regret (5’26”, Canada)
DIRECTOR: Robin Johnston
INSTITUTE: Sheridan College’s
SYNOPSIS: Milo and Pink Regret is a musically driven short film about the delicate relationship between a chain-bound father and his son. Milo Horner is the sole caretaker of his son Thomas. Try as he might to give Thomas a happy life, the chain that binds Milo limits his existence inside their home. If he ever hopes to free both himself and his son from the self-destructive cycle he has been living, Milo must face what lies at the other end of the chain.
PROFILE: Robin Johnston. Director, cinematographer and writer, Robin Johnston was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario. As a graduate of Sheridan College, Bachelor of Film and Television Production program, Robin Johnston has an artistic drive and a desire to tell unconventional and unique stories. Drawing inspiration from the works by Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson and Christopher Nolan, Robin has carved out a style of direction that is quirky, dark, and hugely dependent on music.
MTV is my friend (8’33”, Romania)
DIRECTOR: Radu Popovici
INSTITUTE: West University Timișoara
SYNOPSIS: Cristi is a young man who is living a lonely and pointless life. Every day he does a boring job, he has no friends, receives no visitors, no phone calls, not even a postcard. This depressing existence is pushing him towards suicidal actions. The only reason in Cristi’s life is the joy of listening to the music. MTV is his friend. One night, an ordinary night as many others, Cristi lives an extraordinary experience.
PROFILE: Radu Popovici was born in 1991 in the Republic of Moldova. He graduated from the Department of Graphics, Faculty of Arts and Design, West University Timișoara. His first projects were linked to theater. In these last years he has focused on animation projects and worked for Rumanian studios. He also works on personal projects, including Mtv is My Friend and the design for Hercule waiting for investors, a performance with animation and live sound. He is currently developing new animation and multimedia projects.
Stelahr – Everything a lover does (3’19”, Germany)
DIRECTOR: Emilia Zieser
INSTITUTE: Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg
SYNOPSIS: The music video to Everything A Lover Does, written and performed by Stelahr.
PROFILE: Emilia Zieser is a Berlin-based filmmaker. She is currently studying for the Bachelor of Animation at the Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg, where she works and experiments in the fields of hand-drawn animation, stop-motion and 3D animation. She has recently worked on the documentary short film Dear Darkness, which was screened at several festivals including DOK Leipzig and IDFA.
Isis broken feat. Netu – Devil gasoline (5’19”, Brazil)
DIRECTOR: Danilo Vieira
INSTITUTE: Federal University of Sergipe
SINOSSI: At 10.10 pm the Brazilian newscast announced “the night of the crime”: for the next twelve hours, every crime would be legal. The video clip takes the perspective of those who commit a crime in the slums of the city, with unconventional figures.
PROFILE: Danilo Vieira. Degree in Cinema and Audiovisual at the Federal University of Sergipe. Danilo Vieira has worked on productions of various forms and audiovisual platforms for 4 years. He is currently working at TVUFS, producing and modifying institutional contents referring to university. He has directed a series of documentaries and two short films. This is the first time he has directed a music video.