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My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival

programmed by the international short film community

article by Talking Shorts Team

In light of the current COVID-19 situation that is unfolding across the world, we have witnessed many great cultural events being cancelled or postponed to the second half of the year. Yes, we are already looking forward to some extensive simultaneous festival hopping in the near future, but we don't want to sit still until that happens and will keep spreading the short film love much quicker than any virus.

Thus, we proudly present the first - and hopefully only - edition of the My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival!

Every week Talking Shorts will present an online programme of seven short films on the subject of "dystopia" that have been suggested from our quarantined short film friends around the globe. The audience can then vote for their favourite film.

But there is more to it than just a fun game. COVID-19 affects everybody. However, some less fortunate people are affected more than others. Thus, we want to support those in need and set up a GoFundMe page where you can support the following two causes:

— Medecins Sans Frontiers is currently working hard to avoid a major COVID-19 outbreak among the 42,000 asylum seekers trapped on the Greek islands. Furthermore, they are supporting people worldwide that have no access to a functioning health system and need help and support to deal with the outbreak. We want to donate 50% of the proceeds to that cause.

— Cultural institutions and workers, especially those who work freelance and receive no institutional funding, are facing a time of crisis. Public life is coming to a stand-still, places are shutting down and people are losing their jobs. We want to donate the other 50% to those in culture that are most affected, decided together by all the initiatives, programmers and festivals that are taking part in the online event.

Please help us support these two causes. Watch the films, vote for your favourite and while you're at it make a donation!

Thank you for your support and spread the love!

Download the press release: mdqsff-press-release.pdf



Là-bas EV by Mohamed Sabbah (Lebanon, 2018)
Men of the earth by Andrew Kavanagh (Australia, 2013)
Armageddon by Kurdwin Ayub (Austria, 2018)
Armageddon 2 by Corey Hughes (USA, Cuba, 2017)
World of Glory by Roy Andersson (Sweden, 1991)
All Inclusive by Corina Schwingruber Ilić (Switzerland, 2018)
Like Lightning by Virginie Kypriotis (France, 2019)


Là-bas EV

Suggested by: Yara Yuri Safadi (Leiden International Short Film Festival)

international title: There
length: 4
year of production: 2018
country of production: Lebanon
director: Mohamed Sabbah
script: Mohamed Sabbah
production: Yara Abi Nader
editing: Mohamed Sabbah
ìcast: Raffi Feghali, Mariah Tannoury

Recently I had a dream... I dreamt that I was a martyr.

About the director
Young film director and actor. He enjoys creating fantasy worlds and characters and expresses his sensitivity through lighting and body language. In his movies, he treats subjects as impossible love/body relations and observes his city Beirut. He is known for Chronic (2017), The Little Drop (2014) and Souk El Teffah (2014).


Men of the earth

Suggested by: Sven Schwarz (Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg)

length: 8
year of production: 2013
country of production: Australia
director: Andrew Kavanagh
script: Andrew Kavanagh
production: Victorian College of The Arts (VCA)
director of photography: Kai Smythe
editing: Kai Smythe
cast: Paul Bennett

Traffic is delayed on the edge of a roadwork site, but what are the council workers doing? A privileged encounter with a secret somber ritual of working men. This is the second in Andrew Kavanagh’s trilogy (after the successful "At The Formal’) exploring tribalism and ritual in contemporary society.

About the director
Andrew Kavanagh was educated at the Victorian College of the Arts and is a screenwriter and filmmaker. Kavanagh experiments with unusual devices, to offer fresh perspectives on familiar subjects. His graduation film At the Formal (2011) won several awards, including Best Emerging Australian Filmmaker at the Melbourne Film Festival. Men of the Earth is the second film in his Short Collisions trilogy. Welcome Home Allen (2016) is the third part.



Suggested by: Marina Richter (NIFFF)

length: 5
year of production: 2018
country of production: Austria
director: Kurdwin Ayub
script: Kurdwin Ayub, Markus Zizenbacher
animation: Kurdwin Ayub
sound: Max Liebich
cast: Markus Zizenbacher, Max Stauffen

Anton and Franz live together since the beginnings of 20th century. They talk about their difficulties of being vampires, since their first bite in 1938. Their inconsistent arguments recall those of normal human beings. And history repeat itself. As if that were not enough, they also don't really like each other much.

About the director
Kurdwin Ayub was born in Iraq in 1990. Currently, she works as a director, screenwriter, and video and performance artist in Vienna, Austria. Studies in Painting and Animation with Christian Ludwig Attersee and Judith Eisler at the University for Applied Arts Vienna from 2008 to 2013. Since 2011, studies in Performing Arts with Carola Dertnig at the University of Fine Arts Vienna.
Her shorts have been shown and awarded at numerous international film festivals. In 2013, Ayub was awarded the Vienna Independent Short Newcomer Prize, in 2011 and 2012, she received the Viennale Mehrwert Short Film Prize. In 2012, she presented a series of her short films at the Viennale. Her feature documentary Paradise! Paradise! – direction, screenplay and cinematography by Ayub – won Best Camera at the Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film, the New Waves Non Fiction Award at the Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo and the Carte Blanche Prize of the Duisburger Filmwoche in 2016.


Armageddon 2

Suggested by: Stefan Ivancic (Locarno Film Festival, Pančevo Film Festival)

length: 5
year of production: 2017
country of production: USA, Cuba
director: Corey Hughes
script: Corey Hughes
production: Liliana Díaz Castillo, Estephania Bonnett Alonso, Lucía Dapena, Mao Daniel Cardoso
director of photography: Corey Hughes
editing: Corey Hughes
sound: Corey Hughes
cast: José Antoine Cernuda, Michel Brintori, Eduardo Bartolomé Equigren

The internet in Cuba is very slow. Movies, television and information are exchanged through a black market system of media distribution via external hard drives known as "el paquete semanal".

About the director
Corey Hughes is a Baltimore based filmmaker creating short films and music videos floating between narrative, documentary, and experimental tendencies. His short films have screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Slamdance, Maryland Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and Locarno Film Festival, where he was awarded the Pardi di Domani Special Jury Prize.
His work has been featured by Adult Swim, The Eyeslicer, D E E P, The Fader, Vice, No Budge, Kinoscope, Sex Magazine, and in galleries including Macao Milano, That That Gallery, and Blum & Poe (Los Angeles).
He graduated with a B.F.A. in Film & Video Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has participated in international workshops including the NYU/FAMU 35mm Filmmaking Intensive in Prague, Filming in Cuba with Werner Herzog, and the Robert W. Deutsch 2018 Baltimore Artist Retreat.
He also works as a cinematographer for short and feature films.


World of Glory

Suggested by: Bianca Lucas (Sarajevo Film Festival)

for english subtitles please click on CC > English

length: 15
year of production: 1991
country of production: Sweden
director: Roy Andersson
script: Roy Andersson
production: Göran Lindström, Freddy Olsson
director of photography: István Borbás
editing: Marianne Andersson
cast: Klas Gösta Olsson

A plain, ordinary man tells us about his work as a real-estate broker, his dead father, his ordinary home and so on in a naturalistic voice, lacking any emotions.

About the directors
Best known for A Swedish Love Story (1970) and his "Living trilogy," which includes Songs from the Second Floor (2000), You, the Living (2007) and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014). Songs from the Second Floor, more than any other, cemented and exemplified his personal style – which is characterized by long takes, absurdist comedy, stiff caricaturing of Swedish culture and Felliniesque grotesque. He has spent much of his professional life working on advertisement spots, directing over 400 commercials and two short films, but only directing six feature-length films in six decades. His 2014 film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence won the Golden Lion award at 71st Venice International Film Festival, making Andersson the only Swedish director and the second Nordic director to win the award in the history of the festival, after Danish Carl Theodor Dreyer won in 1955. Andersson is considered one of the most important living European film directors, having four films officially submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as Swedish entries.


All Inclusive

Suggested by: Daniel Ebner (Vienna Shorts), Wouter Jansen (Square Eyes)

length: 10
year of production: 2018
country of production: Switzerland
director: Corina Schwingruber Ilić
script: Corina Schwingruber Ilić
production: Stella Händler
director of photography: Nikola Ilić
editing: Corina Schwingruber Ilić
sound: Robert Büche
music: Heidi Happy

A workout on the sun deck, a conga line in the dining hall, a photo shoot with the captain, or a beauty contest for all ages: fun around-the-clock is guaranteed on a cruise, while you float along with your hotel room. The sea-faring holiday fortresses have come into vogue and business is booming. In the towering ship's wake, we are left behind with a hoard of digital memories and a cloud of exhaust fumes on the horizon.

About the director
Born in Werthenstein (LU/Switzerland) in 1981, Corina Schwingruber Ilić studied at the University of Design & Art in Basel, majoring in Fine Arts/New Media, where she also took part in an exchange program with the fine art academy in Belgrade (Serbia). From 2006-2009 she completed her studies at the Lucerne University of Art & Design, majoring in Video. She works as a filmmaker in directing, editing, producing and teaches filmmaking at colleges and universities. Her short documentary „BAGGERN - Tons of Passion“ was nominated for the national Swiss Movie Award 2012 and won several festival awards all around the world. Since 2012 she is a board member of the Association for Films in Central Switzerland and a member of the Swiss Film Academy. She lives in Lucerne (CH) and Belgrade (RS).


Like Lightning

Suggested by: Florian Fernandez (Cannes Court Métrage)

length: 4
year of production: 2019
country of production: France
director: Virginie Kypriotis
production: Code
animation: Un Oeil Surtout
sound: Studio Lamajeure
music: Foals

Like Lightning follows central character George who is tired with watching the unrelenting laziness of the people around him letting the world fall into a worse and worse position and decides to incite a movement.

About the director
Virginie Kypriotis is a french artist currently living and working in Paris.
After spending several years working in the animation industry as an art director evolved a desire to develop a more personal approach to expression within her illustrations.
Her trademark style is often accompanied by busy images, with lots of odd characters and various stories coming together, leaving the viewer with many details to discover.







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Postcards From The End Of The World by Konstantinos Antonopoulos (Greece, 2019) - AF
Hitting My Head On The World by Anna Vasof (Austria, 2019)
No Church In The Wild by Romain Gavras (USA, 2012)
The Day The Beans Ran Out by Guðný Rós Þórhallsdóttir (Iceland, 2018)
The Forest by Lia Tsalta (Greece, 2017)
Walking Stick by Paul Spengemann (Germany, 2017)
Bon Appetit by Erenik Beqiri (Albania, 2017)



Stars of Gaomeigu by Marko Grba Singh (Serbia, China, 2017)
AlieNation by Laura Lehmus (Germany, 2014)
Yellow Fieber by Konstantina Kotzamani (Greece, 2015)
Le sens de la marche by Jela Hasler (Switzerland, 2018)
2045 by Maja Prelog, Blaž Murn (Slovenia, 2016)
Symbiosis by Nadja Andrasev (Hungary, France, 2019) - AF
Schirkoa by Ishan Shukla (India, 2016)



Parachutes by Wendy Pillonel (Switzerland, 2012)
The World by Mika Taanila (Finland, 2017)
The External World by David O'Reilly (Ireland, 2011)
Habana by Edouard Salier (France, 2014)
Submarine by Mounia Akl (Lebanon, 2016) - AF
Nation Estate by Larissa Sanssour (Denmark, Palestine, 2012)
Patision Avenue by Thanasis Neofotistos (Greece, 2018)



idea: Enrico Vannucci
team: Daniel Ebner, Anne Gaschütz, Emilia Mazik, Niels Putman, Enrico Vannucci
programmers: Marija Apchevska (International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers), Doris Bauer (Vienna Shorts), Eroll Bilibani (DokuFest), Laurence Boyce (PÖFF Shorts), Bojana Bregar Bojana Bregar (FeKK, Vienna Shorts), John Canciani (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur), Gabrielė Cegialytė (Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Lithuanian Shorts), Rimantė Daugėlaitė (Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Lithuanian Shorts), Sarah Dombrink (interfilm Berlin), Daniel Ebner (Vienna Shorts), Florian Fernandez (Cannes Court Métrage), Anne Gaschütz (Filmfest Dresden), Steffen Goldkamp (Director), Ania Golon (Short Waves Festival, Awesome Shorts), Tom Grimshaw (London Short Film Festival, Filmfest Dresden), Jela Hasler (Pro Short), Sigrid Hadenius (Uppsala Short Film Festival), Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (Berlinale Shorts), Mariana Hristova (Balkans Beyond Borders, Eastern Neighbours Film Festival), Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival), Stefan Ivancic (Locarno Film Festival, Pančevo Film Festival), Sanne Jehoul (Glasgow Short Film Festival), Nicolas Khabbaz (NDU International Film Festival, Batroun Mediterranean Film Festival), Lotte Kircher (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur), Inja Korać (Motovun Film Festival), Andrej Korovljev (Motovun Film Festival), Asja Krsmanović (Sarajevo Film Festival), Vincent Langouche (Leuven International Short Film Festival), Aleksandra Ławska (Short Waves Festival), Moritz Lehr (interfilm), Emilia Mazik (Short Waves Festival), Ryan McDonald (PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival), Diana Mereoiu (Vienna Shorts), Gaia Meucci-Astley (Encounters), Christoffer Olofsson (Uppsala Short Film Festival), Aneta Ozorek (Kaboom Animation Festival), Michiel Philippaerts (Film Fest Gent), Maks Pilasiewicz (Żubroffka International Short Film Festival), Emilie Poirier (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal), Niels Putman (Leuven International Short Film Festival, Short Film Conference), Laura Quarto (Leiden International Short Film Experience), Salette Ramalho (Agencia), Carlos Ramos (IndieLisboa International Film Festival), Marija Razgutė (M-Films, Lithuanian Shorts), Marina Richter (NIFFF), Nina Rodríguez (Guanajuato International Film Festival), Julie Rousson (Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand), Yara Yuri Safadi (Leiden International Short Film Festival), Sarah Schlüssel (Berlinale Shorts), Sven Schwarz (Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg), Maria Stoianova (Nordisk Panorama), Adam Symchuk (Asian Movie Pulse), Elma Tataragić (Sarajevo Film Festival), Ben Vandendaele (Radiator IP Sales), Enrico Vannucci (Venice Film Festival, Torino Short FIlm Market, Varicoloured), Carla Vulpiani (Varicoloured), Wim Vanacker (Festival de Cannes), Bard Yden (The Norwegian Short Film Festival), Laura Walde (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur), Radka Weiserova (Prague Short Film Festival), Curtis Woloschuk (Vancouver International Film Festival), Anna Zača (Riga International Film Festival), Sholeh Zahraei (Director)
with the kind support of: Hannes Aava, Dovile Aleksaite, Rémi Allier, Giovanni Aloi, Agustina Arbetman, Kieran Argo, Kristina Aschenbrennerova, Ali Asgari, John Badalu, Simone Bardoni, Laurynas Bareisa, Roberto Barrueco, JJ Basic, Claire Battistoni, Katia Bayer, Brigita Beniušytė, Paolo Bertolin, Atli Bjarnason, Manon Bovenkerk, Mélissa Bouchard, Eva Brazdžionytė, Patrick Bresnan, Viviana Carlet, Virginia Carolfi, Léopold Céléreau, Peter Cerovšek, Minchol Cha, Noha Choukrallah, Vítězslav Chovanec, Elena Christodoulidou, Léa Crissaud, Laurent Crouzeix, Antonio Curedda, Adriana Dafonseca, Brenda De Morue, Hugo De Pin, Gina Dellabarca, Raphaëlle Delbèque, Melissa Delmee, Nicolas Denaniot, Nikita Diakur, Douwe Dijkstra, Sara Dufossé, Philippe Echterbille, Gunhild Enger, Amanda Nell Eu, Ingvild Evjemo, Popo Fan, Susana Fernández, Per Fikse, Jamil Fiorino-Habib, Margherita Fontana, Panos Fotiou, Alejo Franzetti, Beth Sá Freire, Joana Fresu De Azevedo, Giovanni Fumu, Niv Fux, Anne Fryszman, Mariana Gaivao, Peter Gašparík, Amos Geva, José Humberto Gil Rincón, Niclas Due Gillberg, Delphine Girard, Laure Goasguen, Laurent Godichaux, Carmen Gray, Jing Haase, Anna Hade, Boris Hadžija, Mick Hannigan, Liz Harkman, Camille Hebert Benazet, Heinz Hermanns, Katrine Holst Anderson Vesterskov, Koos Hornman, Neilos Iacovou, Veronique Jadin, Mathieu Janssen, Delphine Jeanneret, Matevž Jerman, Mieczysław Judzikowski, Laura Jumel, Iva Jurlina, Michael Kalopaidis, Nadine Katschmarek, Tamar Kay, Vasilis Kekatos, Niels Ketelaars, Hélène Karenzo, Marie Karenzo, Dianna Kasen, Alika Kharchenko, Lea Kierbel, Kaja Klimek, Stefanie Kolk, Panos Kotzathanasis, Katrin Kuechler, Joachim Kurz, Ivana Kvesic, Stephen Lee, Delphine Lehericey, Hippolyte Leibovici, Danny Lennon, Jacqueline Lentzou, Stéphanie Léonard, Matt M Lloyd, Elodie Liénard, Linn Löffler, Bianca Lucas, Ivete Lucas, Marcin Luczaj, Carlo Francisco Manatad, Kyrylo Marikutsa, Mary Marinopoulou, Julie Marnay, Randa Maroufi, Bérangère Mc Neese, Ryan McKenna, Damien Megherbi, Martina Mestrovic, Mário Micaelo, Carlo Migotto, Marija Milovanovic, Morgane Mingers-Franchimont, João Paulo Miranda Maria, Tonia Mishiali, Sarah Momesso, Rael Montecucco, Katja Morand, François Morisset, Margarida Moz, Leonhard Müllner, Pablo Munoz Gomez, Peter Murdmaa, Ioakim Mylonas, Vanja Henrikke Ødegård, Lisa Ogdie, Barbara Orlicz-Szczypula, Thom Palmen, Marina Palmero Butolo, Anne Paulicevich, Justin Pechberty, Sam Peeters, Séverine Petit, Vladan Petkovic, Panicos Petrides, Michiel Philippaerts, Cristina Picchi, Julie Pichard, Per Platou, Michaelan Pnacekova, Séverine Porzio, Jelena Popovic, Sven Pötting, Marinette Pouet, Sorayos Prapapan, Tristan Priimägi, Anna Purkrabkova, Britt Raes, Eloi Ragot, Olha Raiter, Tonka ReciCvrčak, Tim Redford, Hortense Regnault, Nuno Rodrigues, Alexia Roider, Julian Ross, Andrée-Anne Roussel, Kirsten Ruber, Peter Schernhuber, Kamil Saldun, Martin Scheuring, Andrea Schwemmer, Sébastien Simon, Toril Simonsen, Carlo Sironi, Skartouli, Anna Skau Tolstrup, Léo Soesanto, Simone Späni, Ludwig Sporrer, Szymon Stemplewski, Marko Stojiljković, Daniel Šuljić, Anita Svingen, Marta Świątek, Dave Taylor-Matthews, Leonor Teles, Patrick Thülig, Tina Tišljar, Léa Triboulet, Luis Trinques, Dorian Truffert, Lenka Tyrpáková, Daniel Vadocky, Adriano Valerio, Niels Van Velsen, Edwin van den Hove, Fernando Vasquez, Millan Vazquez-Ortiz, Giulio Vita, Judith Wajsgrus, Anouchka Walewyk, Saskia Walker, Yi Wang, Rich Warren, Florian Weghorn, Birgitte Weinberger, Jochen Werner, Insa Wiese, Curtis Woloschuk, Thomas Woodroffe, Sara Xiol, Qiu Yang, Zhengfan Yang, Simon Young, Anastasiya Zhyshchynska, Claudio Zilleruelo Acra, Nicolás Zukerfeld
Talking Shorts would like to thank the filmmakers who provided their films for free: Mounia Akl, Roy Andersson, Nadja Andrasev, Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Kurdwin Ayub, Erenik Beqiri, Romain Gavras, Marko Grba Singh, Jela Hasler, Corey Hughes, Andrew Kavanagh, Konstantina Kotzamani, Virginie Kypriotis, Laura Lehmus, Blaž Murn, Thanasis Neofotistos, David O'Reilly, Wendy Pillonel, Guðný Rós Þórhallsdóttir, Maja Prelog, Mohamed Sabbah, Larissa Sanssour, Corina Schwingruber Ilić, Ishan Shukla, Paul Spengemann, Mika Taanila, Anna Vasof
in collaboration with: Asian Movie Pulse, Black Canvas Festival De Cine Contemporaneo, Balkans Beyond Borders, Concorto Festival, DokuFest, Encounters Film Festival, FEKK, Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal, FILMFEST DRESDEN, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Interfilm, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Kaboom Animation Festival, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Leiden International Short Film Experience, Lithuanian Shorts, London Short Film Festival, Motovun Film Festival, Nordisk Panorama, Pančevo Film Festival, PÖFF Shorts, Prague Short Film Festival, PRINDIE - Princeton Independent Film Festival, Pro Short, Sarajevo Film Festival, Short Waves Festival, Uppsala Short Film Festival, Vienna Shorts, Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Żubroffka International Short Film Festival