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Shmama (Miki Polonski) Imagineindia 2018

Shmama                                                                                                                                      Miki Polonski                                                                                                                            Israel. 2017. 25 min

Leah works as a maid in the hotel during the day, while Meital, her daughter, sings at the hotel’s lobby at night. They live trapped in their relationship, surrounded by the Dead Sea.

MIKI POLONSKI

Miki Polonski, 35, born and raised in Bat Yam, Israel. He graduated with distinction from the Film Department of Minshar School of Art, Tel Aviv. He was chosen to participate in Fred Kelemen Master class at Tel Aviv University and graduated with distinction.
He directed:
“Ten Buildings Away” (Short fiction, 2015, La Cinéfondation in Cannes, winning 8 international awards, above 40 festivals, nominated for the Israeli Academy Awards).
“Albina 12” (Short fiction, 2012, nominated for the Israeli Academy Awards, special mention Tel-Aviv International Short Film Festival).
“1 Building and 40 People Dancing” (Documentary, 2015, won the Perlov Fund Prize, DocAviv Film Festival and the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers’ Forum competition, winning 5 international awards, above 10 festivals)
He was chosen to participate in the 2016 German-Israeli short film project, Storyvid, among 5 promising directors.
In 2016, “Shmama”, won best script in the Sam Spiegel and Gesher Multicultural Film Fund script competition.
Polonski received in 2016 a development from the Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts for his debut feature film.

CONTACT

KM Productions
Kobi Mizrahi
1 Simta Almonit St.
Tel-Aviv 6326637, Israel
kobmiz@walla.com
+972-525785388

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Tradition (Lanka Bandaranayake) Imagineindia 2018

Tradition                                                                                                                                   Lanka Bandaranayake                                                                                                        Srilanka. 2016.

An old woman decorates a bride with the traditional Sri Lankan jewelry. She describes the symbolic meaning of each jewelry piece. Those meanings carry the girl to her past relationships and their deep scars. The bride’s ultimate destiny seems something illusive.

LANKA BANDARANAYAKE

Ms.Lanka Bandaranayake was born in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. She started her career as an actress in 1998. Since then she has won several acting and costume designing national awards. Later she also became a national award Winning Drama Producer and Director.
Her first short film “Tradition” was produced in 2016.

CONTACT

Lanky Films :  lankabandaranayake@ymail.com

Hamja (Mehdi Ghanavati) Imagineindia 2018

Hamja                                                                                                                                          Mehdi Ghanavati                                                                                                                  Afganistan. 2016. 58 min

The film tells the story of a man called Abdolhassan who has built a village for himself and his family. The village is located in the south of Iran in Boushehr. Their income comes from farming and livestock. There is a private school at the village where the students are all brothers and sisters. Abdolhassan has managed to electrify the village.He has four wives and 27 children.

MEHDI  GHANAVATI

Graduated in filmmaking from Ahvaz Soureh University, Ghanavati began his artistic career in 2002. He got his bachelor’s degree in filmmaking in 2013. He is a filmmaker and a photographer. His directorial film works include Usual Lunatics (2003), Jajim (2004), Sneeze (2013) and Yaft Abad (2013)

CONTACT

mohammad.fartousi@gmail.com

 

Bones for Otto (Matei Lucaci-Grunberg) Imagineindia 2018

Bones for Otto                                                                                                                        Matei Lucaci-Grunberg                                                                                                      Romania. 2016. 29 min

Two prostitutes meet on a deserted road. One is used to the nightly routine but is having trouble coming to terms with the competition – a naïve beginner who is just discovering what the oldest profession is all about. Time spent together gradually reveals that neither has anything to reproach the other for. They both need money, whether to feed their family or to fulfill a lifelong dream. With its comic tone, Bones for Otto doesn’t take aim at women on the streets, presenting them instead as strong individuals whose lives have taken an unexpected turn.

Matei Lucaci-Grunberg

Matei Lucaci-Grunberg (b. 1989, Bucharest) is a theater and film director, screenwriter, and playwright. He earned his bachelor’s in film direction from the National University of Theater and Film I.L. Caragiale (UNATC) in Bucharest. He completed his master’s at the same university and is currently pursuing a doctorate. His theater and film productions have earned him national and international awards.

     

CONTACT

Matei Lucaci-Grunberg

E-mail: m.lucaci.grunberg@gmail.com

Romanian Film Promotion
52, Popa Soare Street, 023984, Bucharest
Romania
Tel: +40 213 266 480
Fax: +40 213 260 268
E-mail: info@romfilmpromotion.ro
www: www.romfilmpromotion.ro

Meral, Kizim (Süheyla Schwenk) Imagineindia 2018

Meral, Kizim                                                                                                                            Süheyla Schwenk                                                                                                                  Germany. 2016.  21 min

Meral, a young paraplegic girl, is not only bound to bed because of her illness but also to her traditional family – which she thought she had escaped long time ago.
No one can accept her illness, only to her younger sister she has a special relation.

SÜHEYLA  SCHWENK

Süheyla Schwenk was born in Sweden / Göteborg. When she was five, she moved with her family to Turkey, where she grew up. She studied acting in Istanbul and completed with the master degree. Now she lives in Berlin since 2009. Since 2012 she studies directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). She makes movies which are about politics, social and woman rights.

FILMOGRAPHY 

2016/ SEVINCE/ DCP/ 30Min (Toronto International Film Festival 2016, Max Ophüls Preis 2017)                                                                        2015/ MERAL, KIZIM/ DCP/ 22Min (Achtung Berlin 2016 Best short Movie Award, !f Istanbul 3. Audience Award, Max Ophüls Preis 2016, Lausitziale 2016, 45. Lubuskie Filmsummer, World Cinema Amsterdam 2016.)

2014/ PERI GEHT AUS/ DCP/ 7Min

2013/ STEMPEL/ DVD/ 5Min

2012/ DER ANFANG/ DVD/ 2Min

2012/ OPFER/ DVD/ 6Min

CONTACT

Production:
DFFB (a.zaluska@dffb.de)

Sevince (Süheyla Schwenk) Imagineindia 2018

Sevince  (Germany)                                                                                                              Süheyla Schwenk                                                                                                                  2016.  30 min

Peri wants to leave and to be free; she does not just exist for her husband and daughter. It’s not only the Burka creating the borders of her life in the German society, her mind is divided too. She is convinced that she doesn’t have the right to live out the life she wants and worries what will happen to her if her secret is discovered by a her husband who has just made a decision that will throw her life off track.

SÜHEYLA  SCHWENK

Süheyla Schwenk was born in Sweden / Göteborg. When she was five, she moved with her family to Turkey, where she grew up. She studied acting in Istanbul and completed with the master degree. Now she lives in Berlin since 2009. Since 2012 she studies directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). She makes movies which are about politics, social and woman rights.

     

FILMOGRAPHY 

2016/ SEVINCE/ DCP/ 30Min (Toronto International Film Festival 2016, Max Ophüls Preis 2017)                                                                        2015/ MERAL, KIZIM/ DCP/ 22Min (Achtung Berlin 2016 Best short Movie Award, !f Istanbul 3. Audience Award, Max Ophüls Preis 2016, Lausitziale 2016, 45. Lubuskie Filmsummer, World Cinema Amsterdam 2016.)

2014/ PERI GEHT AUS/ DCP/ 7Min

2013/ STEMPEL/ DVD/ 5Min

2012/ DER ANFANG/ DVD/ 2Min

2012/ OPFER/ DVD/ 6Min

CONTACT

Production:
DFFB (a.zaluska@dffb.de)

The End (Jiri Volek)

The End (Jiri Volek) Czech Republic                                                                           27 min.  2016

Mara, an exemplary factory worker and father of two is striving for a better life for his family. His efforts are derailed by his brother-in-law Paja, a hopeless teenager roped into the football hooligan life by his girlfriend, Dana. When Mara’s wife asks him to tag along with Paja at a football match, he has no idea that his life is about to change. In an unexpected turn of events, Mara gets in.

JIRI VOLEK

Jiri Volek was born in Kolin, Czech republic, right next to the grocery store from Forman’s Black Peter. He studied architecture and graphic design in Prague and later on he started his film studies at FAMU with Vera Chytilova as his mentor. In 2010 he shot the movie “Bastards” about growing aggression among teenagers and the thin line between foolish pranks of boredom and pathological violence.

In 2012 he made his movie “Open Call” that was nominated for the Best Student Film at Cesky lev national film awards. This movie is a bitter sweet summer story about two girlfriends stranded in a carousel of questionable castings for young girl models. Jiri is also an author of a very successful chapter “Flag Bearers” in the project “Tribes 0” where he reveals the onset of the british hooligan “illness” during 1970’s. He also shot a television adaptation of this chapter for Czech television.

With his currently finished movie “The End” he won Czech television’s competition “The Accelerator“ selecting the most ambitious scripts from all Czech film schools for future co-production.

Jiří Volek

 

FILMOGRAPHY

The End / 2016
Open Call / 2012
Rays Of Death / 2012
This Is The End / 2011
Bastards / 2010
Anticorra / 2009
Way Back / 2007

CONTACT

Tomas Smrcek | Punch
+420 737 411 965
tomas@punch.cz

Amir & Sara (Jalal Hussaini)

Amir & Sara (Jalal Hussaini) Afganistan                                                                 11 min. 2014

Amir and Sara live a normal life together. Amir goes to work and comes back home every day until he has an accident that forces him to open his eyes… Only to find out that everyone around him live with theirs closed.

JALLAL HUSSAINI

Jalal Hussaini had studied cinema in Kabul University. He started by
editing for other students and his first short film was ANGELS OF
EARTH earned many awards inside the country. Jalal’s short films got selected in many festivals and residences worldwide, including
the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Asian film academy in South
Korea.

In 2014 AMIR & SARA got selected in Clermont Ferrand in France and then he decided to go to Germany  and start a new life.

FILMOGRAPHY

2017 My Brother Is Coming Back
2014 Amir and Sara
2012 The Outpost
2010 1988-2010
2010 In The Name of Opium
2010 Parenthesis
2009 Angels of Earth

CONTACT

Tora Bora Media
info@toraboramedia.com

Red light (Toma Waszarow) Bulgaria

Red Light (Toma Waszarow)  Bulgaria                                                                     2017. 22 min

In a small village, a bus stops at the only intersection, where the traffic light is stuck on red. The bus driver, refuses to move forward which provokes a conflict with the passengers and the local law enforcement. A story about the funny side of apathy, selfishness, and loneliness in a world where following the rules is a misunderstanding.

TOMA WASZAROW

Toma Waszarow is a director, producer and editor. Founder of production and distribution company – REVO FILMS, based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Studied Film and TV Directing at SW University, Bulgaria. Participated at Berlinale Talent Campus, Sarajevo Talent Campus, TOSMI, How to Say It.
His director’s debut THE KISS is 1 minute short, selected to more than 40 festivals, 5 times awarded and was seen by more than 13 millions of viewers in YouTube.
In 2015 and 2016 Toma Waszarow was awarded by the Bulgarian Film Academy as the best film editor for editing the feature film SINKING OF SOZOPOL.

         

FILMOGRAPHY

RED LIGHT
NOON
ANYTHING FOR YOU
THE KISS
GIFT
REVOLUTION
BORETO

CONTACT

Production company:
Revo films Ltd.
ul. Buzludzha 43/2
1463 Sofia
Bulgaria
+359887436227
info@revofilms.com
http://www.revofilms.com

Kurli (Natesh Hegde) Imagineindia 2018

Kurli                                                                                                                                               Natesh Hegde                                                                                                                       India. 2017. 17 min

Siddi Subba steals banana in his landlord’s farm where he works as a servant. His three children go to catch crabs in the same farm, then the landlord and his son realized that some one stolen banana within their periphery when they found bunch of banana hidden in a pit. One of the Siddi Subba’s son accused as culprit. Father is not accepting his own guilt he committed, accused child is unaware of the situation.

NATESH  HEGDE

Born and brought up in kottalli a small village in Western ghats of karnataka India. Studied postgraduation in journalism under karnataka University Dharwad.
Written short story in kannada language and published them in leading newspaper and magazine of karnataka.
Made two short films. Kurli is the first short film.

 

CONTACT 

Production Company :  Kadalivana Chitra (India)                                             Ph: 9480014236