Shorts in Competition – Program 1

Selected from over 190 submissions, 16 finalists by filmmakers from across Latin America will compete for the Best Short Film Award.
The decision will be debated live by the Shorts Film Jury on Sunday, Sept 5 at 11:15am via VLAFF’s Facebook Live.

Program running time: 90 min

Available for viewing ONLINE across Canada from August 26 – September 5.


TWAKANA YAGÁN

Dirs: Rodrigo Tenuta & Ignacio Leonidas
Argentina
2021
15 min

The Yagan Paiakoala community resides in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. They are the descendants of the first people who inhabited the southernmost islands of our planet for more than 8,000 years.

THE RADIO
La Radio

Dir: Carlos Novella
Venezuela
2021
14 min

A grocer tries to save the radio that accompanied him for practically his entire life. His pilgrimage through the streets in search of a solution confronts him with a city that has accepted the disappearance of ways of life and the loss of scenes from the past in the memory.

OBJECTIFIED
Cosificada

Dir: Vanesa Tomasino
El Salvador
2021 
2.22 min

A cycle of sexual harassment revolves on El Salvador’s public transportation.


IT’S ALL THE SALT’S FAULT
Todo es culpa de la sal

Dir: María C. Pérez
Colombia
2020 
10 min

The youngest daughter of a family of sloths rebuilds her parents’ and three siblings’ story. Behind the human normality of a family, the wild spirit appears in everyday life’s details, turning everything into untameable memories.

DRIBBLING
La gambeta

Dir: Catalina Alarcón
Chile
2020 
15 min

Marcelo (12) spends his days between football and games, imagining that everything is as easy as a soccer game. All his movements are reported by two experts sports commentators. Kick off! Marcelo will do the impossible to make the best move of his life: get the same sneakers of his soccer idol.

GILSON

Dir: Vitoria Di Bonesso
Brazil
2020
5 min

Gilson is docu-fiction animated hybrid that discusses social inequality and wealth concentration through the story of a delivery app courier that needs to work during the pandemic.


SON OF SODOM

Dir: Theo Montoya
Colombia
2020
15 min

In August 2017, I chose Camilo Najar, known as Son of Sodom in the social networks, to be the main character of my first feature film. That casting delved around his life, his sexuality, the future he saw for himself and drugs. A week later, aged 21, he died from a heroin overdose. Who was Son of Sodom?

ONE-WAY TICKET
Pasaje de ida

Dir: Víctor Augusto Mendivil
Peru
2020
13.29 min

This is the story of Mr. Rafael Castrillon, a master toymaker with more than sixty years of experience and a former Mr. Peru in bodybuilding. His story is a one-way ticket towards the manufacture of the traditional wooden toy.