This year, the SHORTCUT section of the festival will present the cream of international short films. The films qualified for the section include candidates for Academy Awards, winners of awards at international film festivals, and the winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes – Waves '98. There will also be some other interesting film proposals from Palestine, the controversial Among Us from Holland, and Charon, winner of the Gdynia Film Festival 2015. Most of these films, have the Polish premiere. Tofifest starts on 18th October, 2015.
Staying true to its rebellious nature, Tofifest is going to present controversial films that do not fear to discuss virtually anything. For a number of years, decision-makers that select films for the SHORTCUT section receive nearly 2,000 submissions from over 60 countries all over the world. It is far from easy to select the "Golden 30". This year, the section will include 31 films from 20 countries.
The most anticipated one is the Lebanese Waves '98 by the young director Ely Dagher, which has won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes IFF. It will be the Polish première of this animated film. Waves '98is a story about Omar, a young resident of Beirut -- the capital city of Lebanon -- who discovers the truth about the divided city torn by war.
As for the Dutch document Among Us, it discusses a very difficult but relevant topic – the film has won an award at the biggest festival of short films in Clermont-Ferrand. Guido Hendrixx, director of the film, has managed to get access to three paedophiles. They are Kasper (student, 24), Hugo (writer, 35), and Ben (financier, 44) – all of them are wealthy and well-educated, and they are guides that introduce the audience to their world. The film ends with quite a shocking conclusion that paedophiles liver their lives in sharp contrast to our moral principles and culture, but at the same time do not see their actions as reprehensible.
The competition will also feature two candidates for Academy Awards. It will be Boogaloo and Graham from Ireland, directed by Michael Lennox, which discusses the problem of a family breaking apart, and The Bigger Picture, animation from the United Kingdom. The latter, directed by Daisy Jacobs, is a story about the difficulties faced, when living together with elderly parents. Both films gave won the BAFTA Awards.
There will also be an opportunity to see a film from Palestine, for the very first time in the history of Tofifest. Ave Maria is a story immersed in the complex reality of the Palestinian West Bank, presenting the intertwining fates of a Catholic nun and Jewish settlers. The film by Basil Khalil was nominated for the Palme d'Or Award, same as Patriot by Eva Riley, and it discusses the issue of racial prejudices growing in the English countryside. manOman -- the animated film by Simon Carthwright from England screened at the Cannes IFF - is an insane film to the rhythm of hard techno music, telling a story about looking for the lost masculinity.
Poland is represented by four films. The most anticipated one is Charon by Pawel Hejbudzki. The film was awarded at the Young Cinema competition at the Gdynia Film Festival. It is a very touching story about a retarded boy, who works in a hospital in the waste disposal department, and becomes a peculiar Charon – the ferryman, who carries unborn children to the realm of the dead.
And finally, there are an two experimental movies. The Dutch Démontable directed by Douwe Dijkstra discusses the problem of the false image of the world we are fed by the mass media. The film has been awarded at the biggest festival of short films in Clermont-Ferrand. Animation Planet ∑ can be referred to as a "prehistoric dance with glaciers". The film was directed by Japan artist Momoko Seto and represents France. It takes us back 2.2 million years, to the glacial period, in an effort to reconstruct the reality of Earth back then. The film has won awards at this year's Berlinale.
The 13th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival will be held in Torun, from 18th October to 25th October, 2015.
Tofifest 2015: SHORTCUT International Competition of Short Films