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1st list of films in 'Shorts Diorama' films of Diorama International Film Festival

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

CODA Directed by Lee Hsiang-Chun (Taiwan,25 Mins,2019,Shorts Diorama)

“Tien-Sheng”, a teenager who was born in a deaf family, was learning dancing due to the expectation of his parents. Struggling with his gradual deterioration of hearing, he chose to escape from reality instead of telling his mother…

DIRTY LAUNDRY Directed by Maxim Bessemertny (Portugal / 9 Mins 20 Sec / Shorts Diorama)

In Coloane village, two roommates try to get rid of a damaged washing machine only to find out how difficult this task may be. Only when they are about to give up does the golden opportunity arise.

EAVES DROPPER directed by Ahmet Tojac

EAVES DROPPER directed by Ahmet Tojac (Turkey, 23 Mins, 2019, Shorts Diorama)

Selamet, who is working at the old center of a company which is on the eve of moving to a big center, waits for the time when his transfer will take place and he spends his days listening to the phone calls of people he doesn't even know. He tries to make his life similar to a stranger on the phone by discovering his closeness to that person.

EVERYBODY KNOWS Directed by Siddhartha Nuni (Estonia /7 minutes 16 seconds/ 2019/Shorts Diorama)

A young girl returns home to her village from the city life to face her past and the present.

EVERYTHING THAT IS MINE IS YOURS Directed by Sofie Gällerspång (Sweden/7 minutes 14 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

The story follows a young man in his struggle against sorrow, lack and a broken heart.

FAHRER- THE DRIVER Directed by James Caley (Germany/11 minutes 49 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

This futuristic cyberpunk thriller is set ten years from now in an inter-connected future where everyone is implanted with an internal messaging and tracking system. Vivien wants to escape but how can she when someone always knows exactly where she is?

FEVER QUEEN Directed by Nick Cotrufo (United States/7 minutes 30 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

In a hallucinatory world of quiet chaos, a young couple is haunted in their home by a myriad of restless souls.

FUGGIRO TANO AMORE directed by Raúl Lorite

FUGGIRO TANO AMORE directed by Raúl Lorite (Spain, 9 Mins, 2019, Shorts Diorama)

Diana and Álex are two music students in a conservatory. One afternoon they meet at her place to prepare for an audition. The unexpected presence of Diana’s boyfriend, Héctor, is disturbing for Álex.

GRASSHOPPER Directed by Vladimir Karpychev (Ukraine/10 minutes/2019/shorts diorama)

GREY TOWN Directed by Rishikeshwar Yogi (India/Telegu/27 minutes 51 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

An ageing gangster is facing the revenge of his side kick whom he had cheated upon a murder.

HANS IM PECH - HAPLESS HANS directed by Rena Dumont

HANS IM PECH - HAPLESS HANS directed by Rena Dumont (Germany / 29 Mins / 2019, Shorts Diorama)

The grumpy factory employee Hans Himmelreich has to travel behind the Iron Curtain into a profoundly communist Czechoslovakia of the sixties to have his deceased grandmother buried. Despite prejudice, he unexpectedly finds happiness in this Sudeten German province.

HOME Directed by Emil Alfreð Emilsson (Iceland/17 minutes 30 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

A young polish boy who has been raised in Iceland dreams of becoming a painter. Art it not something that is associated with his family and they have other expectations of him. So In order to get one step closer to living out his dreams he must then go behind his family back and face the consequence.

Хайп- HYPE directed by Viktor Butok

Хайп- HYPE directed by Viktor Butok (Ukraine, 20 Mins, 2019, Shorts Diorama)

An enterprising producer gathers a team to the hype on YouTube. And so they got it.

HYPNOSIS Directed by David Trujillo (France/10 minutes/2019/shorts diorama)

A woman consults a hypnotist to find lost memories. Thanks to him, she sinks into

her memory and makes contact with her deceased sister. But she discovers a disturbing secret.

IRENE directed by João Martinho

IRENE directed by João Martinho (Portugal, 15 Mins, 2019, Shorts Diorama)

Irene finds herself in a strange place. It’s her dates house and his mother is present.

IVORY TOWER Directed by Qingxi Zhang (China/24 minutes 36 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

Zhijiang Zhang was a student majoring in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts. After graduation, he got a job as a salesman in a small-scale lending company. Unexpectedly, a girl named “Lulu” lent some money from his company by using false identity information, and she provided the company with some of her indecent photos as guaranty. Lulu didn’t repay the money on time. Zhijiang threatened her to tell her secret of using false identity information to others. To solve this problem, Lulu agreed to have sex with Zhijiang. At the hotel’s reception, Zhijiang found out that Lulu was his first love, her real name is Wenrou. Zhijiang let Wenrou leave, and told her that he would give her a present - an unfinished sculpture of her which made in university. But when Zhijiang found Wenrou the next day, he didn't expect that she was in deep trouble.

KASHTI Directed by Hritik Sanghavi (India/10 minute 6 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

Dhruv Verma (Darsheel Safary) and Sanya Venkatesh (Lehar Khan) absolutely enjoy school because of the time they spend with each other. Their relationship blossomed over the close proximity of a boarding school, with their secret spot being an idyllic lake. When a devastating news threatens to tear them apart, will teenage angst mar their summer vacations? Or will hope spring eternal?

"Kashti" is a short romantic drama about young love, school life and destiny's little turns. This is director Hritik Sanghavi's debut film at 19.

LA DUCASSE directed by Margaux Elouagari

LA DUCASSE directed by Margaux Elouagari (France, 20 Mins, 2019, Shorts Diorama)

Today is the much-awaited day of the opening of La Ducasse. Finally, something is going to happen in the lives of Shanna, Anaïs and their friends.

LOVE BYTES Directed by Vicky Khandpur (India/14 minutes 41 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

An RJ connects to callers online to help solve their love problems. In this, what comes out is a heart-wrenching tale which makes us believe in the power of love, hope, and faith.

LUNTIAN Directed by Bryan Angelo & Francisco Hocson (Philippines/10 minutes/2019/shorts diorama)

A choice between love and country, Two guys on the opposite side of the battlefield is faced with a dilemma to chose their love for each other or to uphold each other’s principle.

MARISOL directed by Zoe Salicrup

MARISOL directed by Zoe Salicrup (United States, 15Mins, 2019, Shorts Diorama)

Marisol is a young mother striving to make a life for herself and her young daughter, María. She poses as her friend, Luisa, and borrows her car to take fares on a ride-sharing app. But her last passenger of the day, a young white man named Frederick, acts increasingly suspicious. When he accuses Marisol of being undocumented, her worst nightmare comes to life.

MARQUET PLACE directed by Annick Christiaens

MARQUET PLACE directed by Annick Christiaens (Belgium, 19Mins, 2019, Shorts Diorama)

Three little stories about the evolution of our sensual behavior influenced by technological advances. A young woman passes a short time, feeding playfully the male attention she gets in a boarding room.

The plot development of each story changes with the zeitgeist of each generation.

MIDNIGHT MIRROR Directed by Debanjan Majhi (India/Bengali/20 minutes/2019/shorts diorama)

Hodophobia - It is the fear of travelling, especially alone. Though ignored by mainstream medical sciences, hodophobia is a big threat to the new generation, especially girls. Midnight Mirror delves deep into the psyche of what exactly one thinks, when put under such horrific circumstances. The affected suffers from hallucinations, rapid increase in blood pressure, and at times.. death. It's a story about a soap-serial actress travelling alone in a cab in the streets of Calcutta, India, and the kind of people she encounters in the dead of the night.

MILA directed by Andreas Vakalios

MILA directed by Andreas Vakalios (Greece, 15Mins, 2019, Shorts Diorama)

Based on a true story, "Mila" is a "polaroid picture" of a daughter's and a father's last encounter at the hospital. She is a twenty year old girl who likes to skate and who hates talking to her mom. He is a forty-five year old hospitalised alcoholic life artist. They haven't spoken or seen each other for years. Their encounter at the hospital might change everything. Or, it might not. The film was shot on location in a working hospital with natural light bounced into the hospital rooms with the use of DIY stands and mirrors.

MORTEN'S CHOICE Directed by Kasper Jacob Sejersen(Denmark/8 minutes 30 seconds)

A regular guy I doubt goes to vote and it all goes wrong.

MOTH Directed by Shu Zhu (United States/16 minutes 54 seconds/2018/shorts diorama).

An Asian-American actress struggles to revive her career in the sexually commodified entertainment industry. In the wake of an impending transformation, we observe the banality of her daily routine as her mental state slowly deteriorates.

MY FATHER HAS FANGS Directed by Mathias Tenenbaum (Guatemala/11 minutes/2019/shorts diorama)

A teenager finds his father's psychodelic drugs the day he gets a visit from his girl cousin for a night out.

MY LIFE IS LIKE directed by Rizwan Hussain
MY LIFE IS LIKE directed by Rizwan Hussain (India, 22Mins, 2019, Shorts Diorama)

This film realistically portrays the life of a seemingly ordinary person, Anand, who is choked with a very hectic, emotionally and physically draining routine life has on offer for him. His struggles may seem ordinary but are much larger than what meets society's eyes. A society that has made Anand a victim of prejudice. This film depicts a collective reflection of all those men who got silenced by society and law.

NAKED VOICE Directed by Deepankar Prakash (India/30 minutes/2019/shorts diorama)

The story is of a family who lives in a chawl room in Mumbai city. Story shows the balance of private life of family members, how they adjust their private life in a single room. And depicts the effect on unmarried member of the family living in the same room in a chawl.

PAULINE Directed by JUNICHI SHIKANO ( Japan/23 minutes 20 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

Kota Amane, a freelancer, was spending his days with the android PAULINE, but one day he was asked to go on a date by a sober woman named Horie Shiho, and he feels ambivalent about it.

PICKPOCKETER Directed by Somu Mitra (India/Bengali/13 minutes/2018/shorts diorama)


PRELUDE Directed by Gershon Sng (United States/6 minutes/2019/shorts diorama)

Born in Singapore, Gershon relocated to Hong Kong when he was 12. After living there for seven years, he returned to Singapore to serve in the Army for two years before moving to Los Angeles.He has graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a B.A. in Film & Television Production and is currently based in Los Angeles. Ultimately, his goal is to be socially conscious when making content that can influence the society we want to live in.

The three countries he has lived in, his time in the military, and his experience in three different education systems are the most salient influences to the stories he tells and the manner in which he expresses them.

Presents Directed by David Pavlis ( United Kingdom/12 minutes 13 seconds/2019/shorts diorama)

Siblings reunite and pour their hearts out a night before their mother's second wedding.


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