News Pragueshorts National Competition: A record number of 15 short films will compete

Published: February 20, 2024| 01:36 PM

From 28 February to 3 March, Prague’s Světozor, Bio Oko, Atlas, and Kino Pilotů cinemas will host the 18th edition of the Pragueshorts International Festival of Short Films. The National Competition, which this year has been expanded to include animated and documentary works, features fifteen films spanning a wide range of styles and genres.

Divided into three blocks of screenings, the films include world premieres as well works that have been successfully shown at prestigious foreign festivals, for instance Daria Kashcheeva’s Electra and Petr Pylypčuk’s Eighth Day (both shown at Cannes), or Philippe Kastner’s Dede Is Dead, which had its world premiere at last year’s Berlinale. After 3 March, the festival’s final day, selected films from the Pragueshorts program will be available on the KVIFF.TV online streaming platform. This online part of the festival runs until 17 March.

“This year’s three blocks boast a total of fifteen films, a number which not only reflects the fact that Pragueshorts has recently opened itself up to animated and documentary works but that also shows the earnest joy felt by the programming team at the quality of the submissions,” says Pragueshorts programming director Karel Spěšný.

This year’s Pragueshorts is showing several Czech films that did well at international festivals. Pegah Ahangarani’s documentary My Father won an award at the world’s largest documentary film festival, IDFA; Marie-Magdalena Kochová’s 3MWh will be shown in late January in Rotterdam; and Leila Basma’s Sea Salt was shown at last year’s festival in Venice. Petra Pylypčuk’s Eighth Day and Daria Kashcheeva’s Electra were shown at the world’s most prestigious film festival in Cannes, and audiences at the Berlinale were captivated by Philippe Kastner’s Dede Is Dead. These last three films were also recently nominated for the Magnesia Award for Best Student Film at the Czech Lion Awards.

Animated film is represented by Natálie Durchánková’s Student Oscar nominated film Rising Above, Adriana Bendžalová’s nihilistic miniature I Will Die in This House, Niko Mlynarčík’s Wereawolf, and Nina Rybárová and Tomáš Rybár’s charmingly playful Criss Cross. Two mockumentaries in particular offer a breath of fresh air: Greta Stocklassa’s brilliantly funny Buzz of the Earth and Tomáš Navrátil and David Payne’s The Baroque about people who get aroused by the sight of beautiful Baroque curves. More comedy may be found in Nikulás Tumi Hlynsson’s Blue Boy and Lukáš Masner’s unique Czech-Greenlandic co-production The Price of a Story. Topping off our selection of fifteen films is Piotr Jasiński’s sensitive drama Bunk featuring Josef Trojan in the lead.

A three-member international jury will present an award for Best Czech Film, which comes with a financial reward of 2,000 euros. “The National Competition screenings represent a unique opportunity to get to know, in a relatively short time, the best films being made by young Czech directors,” says Pragueshorts organizer Radka Weiserová.

Like its past editions, this year’s Pragueshorts will have three competition section – besides the National Competition, these are the international competition for foreign films and the LABO section for experimental works. These competition sections are complemented by our popular live moderated Brutal Relax Show, special screenings for children, and other thematic screenings. The complete festival program will be made public in the first half of February.

“One of Pragueshorts’ main missions is to support young filmmakers at the start of their careers, and not just by giving them a chance to show their work. To this end, we are planning special events during the festival and throughout the year, including a showcase of film schools for secondary students interested in studying cinema and a consultation workshop focused on script development and preparing grant applications to the State Film Fund,” adds Weiserová.

List of films in the National Competition:

Baroko | The Baroque | Tomáš Navrátil, David Payne

Blue Boy | Nikulás Tumi Hlynsson

Bolavlk | Wereawolf | Niko Mynarčík

Bzukot země | Buzz of the Earth | Greta Stocklassa

Cena příběhu | The Price of a Story | Lukáš Masner

Deniska umřela | Dede Is Dead | Philippe Kastner

Electra | Daria Kashcheeva

I Will Die in This House | Adriana Bendžalová

Křížem krážem | Criss Cross | Nina Rybárová, Tomáš Rybár

Mimo | Bunk | Piotr Jasiński

Osmý den | Eighth Day | Petr Pylypčuk

Můj otec | My Father | Pegah Ahangarani

Přes střepy | Rising Above | Natálie Durchánková

Mořská sůl | Sea Salt | Leila Basma

3MWh | Marie-Magdalena Kochová


© 2024 FILM SERVIS FESTIVAL KARLOVY VARY, a.s. [email protected] +420 221 411 011 All contacts

AccommodationsAccommodations Festival Pass, tickets, reservationsFestival Pass, tickets
HistoryHistory ContactsContacts
Archive of filmsArchive of films KVIFF TalksKVIFF Talks
Industry Days Programme 2021Industry Days Programme KVIFF Eastern PromisesKVIFF Eastern Promises
VideogalleryVideogallery PhotogalleryPhotogallery
ContactsContacts Posters of the 57th KV IFFPosters of the 57th KV IFF
HistoryHistory Festival GuideFestival Guide