Prague Short Film Festival Presents 

Prague Short Film Festival Presents


For the 10th year running, the Prague Short Film Festival, organized by the Karlovy Vary IFF team, has sought to present the past year’s most interesting offerings in this highly original and ever more diverse segment of film production. The fest’s International Competition screened 16 short feature films chosen from among more than 1,600 submitted works, with almost 70 movies presented in the eight other noncompetitive sections. The diversity of narrative styles and the choice of topics well illustrate what filmmakers and audiences find unique about them. In contrast to feature film projects, slightly different rules are in play here, a different narrative rhythm, with story ideas that would be inappropriate for the feature format for a variety of reasons. At the same time, because these films come from nascent filmmakers they generally betray a certain level of seeking and experimentation – and in some cases quite a bit of nerve. This combination of youthful enthusiasm, creative freedom, and a condensed format engenders a unique amalgamation that results in films that can provide a somewhat different viewer experience than one normally expects at the movies. And the five films in this year’s Karlovy Vary selection are a model illustration of this. Each of the movies draws on a different genre and each has its own sometimes markedly individual poetic. The Moldavian-Romanian picture The Flavors Collection makes do with an absolute minimum as it blends a precise mix of unostentatious humor, deep emotion, and social edge. In a wild concoction of the elevated and the base, the beautiful and the disgusting, Castratus, the Boar extends a metaphoric image suggesting the purity of the medieval mystery. The visually elegant and, in many ways, typical Icelandic film Chum is at once a tender and bitterly ironic anecdote about an unusual love triangle. Set against the backdrop of an altercation between random customers at a convenience store, the confined space and wonderfully riveting staging of the Swiss film Discipline enable it to expose the challenges facing contemporary multicultural Europe. And the American short pic A Million Miles Away employs pure cinematic devices in short fragments to observe and describe the cruel and fragile world of teenage girls.

Karel Spěšný

Program Director

Prague Short Film Festival

  • Castratus, the Boar Kanec kastrát / Kasträts Kuilis
    Directed by: Raitis Ābele, Lauris Ābele
    Latvia, 2014, 23 min

    Valter is a loner with a secret. It prevents him from fitting in with the community, but at least he sings in the church choir in addition to taking care of pigs. What happens when he attempts to approach a local girl named Aija? This will certainly be no traditional romance. Special Jury Mention at the 2015 Prague Short Film Festival.

  • Discipline Kázeň / Discipline
    Directed by: Christophe M. Saber
    Switzerland, 2014, 12 min

    In an Arabic shop somewhere in Switzerland, a naughty girl gets a slap to teach her a lesson – the result is a fierce fight among the customers that spreads like wildfire. Prejudice, hatred and modern Europe’s cultural confusion during twelve minutes in one small shop. Audience Award winner at the 2015 Prague Short Film Festival.

  • The Flavors Collection Sbírka vůní / Colectia de arome
    Directed by: Igor Cobileanski
    Moldova, Romania, 2013, 14 min

    Victor’s mother is severely ill and desperately needs a remedy. How far will you go when you have no money but you have to help your mother? Grand Prix at the 2015 Prague Short Film Festival.

  • Chum Kámoš / Hjónabandssæla
    Directed by: Jörundur Ragnarsson
    Iceland, 2014, 15 min

    Two 60-something bachelors, Uggi and Kiddi, work together at sea and also like relaxing in a hot tub. Rosa, a beautiful women their age, appears by the pool one day and disturbs their marriage-like routine. Kiddi has a brilliant idea to invite her to Uggi’s birthday party. Their friendship is suddenly at stake.… Special Jury Mention at the 2015 Prague Short Film Festival.

  • A Million Miles Away Tak vzdálené / A Million Miles Away
    Directed by: Jennifer Reeder
    USA, 2014, 28 min

    As Jennifer Reeder’s short film shows, growing up can be pretty hard core. A high school girls’ choir is disturbed by a substitute teacher. Nervous breakdown, tenderness, tension – and a bond that will last forever.


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