Director: Erik Sémashkin
High School: Lycèe Louis Pasteur
Ukraine/France, 2’54”, animation
SYNOPSIS: A grape gets eaten and a long and perilous journey within the human body begins.
PROFILE: Arrived from Ukraine in France in 2012, Erik Sémashkin mixed his love for building with his passion for directing and cinema. Today he is a young student who tirelessly tries with all his energy to carry out relevant projects. He uses his experiences for inspiration, but also turns to topical issues, linking ecology, working conditions, international conflicts, anything that can offer him new hints for his works.
The Field Trip
Director: Gahyeon Kim
High School: Hanlim Arts High School
Republic of Korea, 10’23”, fiction
SYNOPSIS: Kang, a high school student, lives a life totally devoted to study, bearing the silent pressure of what is expected from him. Kang, who is tired of such a monotonous life, misses school for the first time in his life without any plans, and by chance he meets Jun, a child who has run away from home.
PROFILE: Student of Hanlim Multi Art School (South Korea), Gahyeon Kim has so far worked on the films The Field Trip and I’ll always let the camera roll! as director and screenwriter.
Director: Andreas Hans Duerr
High School: Geneinschaftsschule Langenau
Germany, 6’43”, animation
SYNOPSIS: Hunted by men unable to see reality, the main character wanders through the maze of a dystopian city.
PROFILE: Andreas Dürr was born in Blernstadt, Germany on August 2nd, 2004. Right from his very early years, he has shown great interest in filmmaking and 3D animation. At the age of 16, Andreas created the short film Fishing. The following year he created Disconnected Head which further showcased his skills in filmmaking and 3D animation. After Fishing Andreas shifted his focus towards animated films. He has since been working on more animated projects.
Director: Ralph Hutchins
High School: Richard Huish College
United Kingdom, 10’08”, fiction
SYNOPSIS: Bonfires follows the story of two brothers that get caught up in an illegal dumping scheme.
PROFILE: Writer and Director Ralph Hutchins grew up in Somerset, England and spent seven years making home movies before working on two commissioned projects in the summers of 2021 and 2022, entitled The Kickabout and Bonfires. Bonfires is his latest project that focuses on a strong message that anyway amuses his audience. In September Ralph intends to attend a film school in America to pursue his goal of working in film.
Director: Joel Rodríguez Orth
High School: Escola d’Art d’Olot
Spain, 7’21”, animation
SYNOPSIS: A masked character is lost in a dark forest. Luckily, he finds another character who accompanies him to a specific place to help him. Once there, the companion decides to leave. The protagonist despairs, but in the end he manages to get out of there.
PROFILE: Joel Rodríguez Orth was born in a little village in Catalonia, Spain. When he finished his compulsory studies, he started a 2-year course called “Batxillerat” which prepareed him to enter University. He attends this course in an Art school called “Escola d’Arts i Disseny” which is located in the city of Olot. He learnt a lot about art and its techniques. As his final project, he decided to create this short film in stop-motion animation, Skógur.
The Atar Experience
Director: Jonathon Charlie Copson-Pacal
High School: John Curtin College Of The Arts
Australia, 4’07”, fiction
SYNOPSIS: Atar students daily life is centered on fighting to find a balance between social and school life. This life slowly deteriorates and reveals the truth on how people deal with school related difficulties.
PROFILE: Jon Copson is a filmmaker who lives in Western Australia Perth. He attends John Curtin College Of The Arts and he’s currently in his 12th Year of high school. . When he is not busy with his studies, he is engaged in commercial photography, videography and in making films, mostly shorts. He wants to eventually direct big productions in the future and become a full-fledged director.
Úzkosti – The Anxieties
Directors: Anežka Kozlová, Matyáš Lada
High School: SPSST Panska
Czech Republic, 14’19”, documentary
SYNOPSIS: Sinking, darkness, pounding, distress, anguish, fear… this is also a way to describe mental states defined as anxiety. Ten authentic testimonies of people who have experienced and overcome anxiety.
PROFILES: Anežka Kozlová is in her final year of high school. Since childhood, she has always been interested in theatre and directing. She believes that the tool we use to create something depends on the subject itself. Matyáš Lada attends Panska High School. He loves cinema, filming and performing art. He enjoys experimenting with different audiovisual forms of art.