Filmfest Dresden is a short film festival which has taken place since 1989 and is one of the most prestigious on an international scale. Each year, over six days, the best short films in the world are shown in Dresden to more than 20,000 visitors. The festival organises a national and international competition, awarding eight "Goldene Reiter" prizes. Around 80 films from 20 different countries around the world are shown on screen in 12 programmes. There is also a wide offering of special programmes with a number of themes and countries, looking back on the past and films for children and young people. A broad programme is on offer, ranging from masterclasses, roundtables and exhibitions to other events, such as spaces in which to share experiences and ideas.
These Catalan productions are included in this edition's programme:
Correspondència. An experimental short film from 2020 by Carla Simón and Dominga Sotomayor. It's about a conversation between two young film-makers on cinema, their family history and present situations, inheritance and being a mother. Their own profound personal reflections reflect the political situation of a country.
Forastera. A 20-minute long drama by Lucía Aleñar Iglesias. Antònia spends the summer in Mallorca and is fascinated by the similarities between herself and her late grandmother. She discovers a certain power over her widowed grandfather and can't resist dressing up. The question we're left with is who inhabits who.
Panteres is part of the children and young people's programme. The short film by Èrika Sánchez Marcos tells the story of Joana and Nina, two 13-year-old girls from Barcelona. Trapped in the contradictions of puberty as girls and being women of their time, their lives centre around social media, instantness and excess. For more information about the festival, click here.