Shorts in Competition – Program 2

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.

Join us on Friday, Aug 27 at 10am for a dialogue with programmer Amina Ferley and the directors via VLAFF’s Facebook Live!!

Program running time: 94 min

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


IRIDESCENT
(Iridiscente)

Dir: Elena Aguilar
Costa Rica
2020
9.12 min

Esther is a young woman who has a special place in her heart for mermaids. After being bullied during her childhood for her fear of water, she decides to take matters into her own hands and performs a supernatural ritual with her two closest friends.

THE INTRONAUTA
(El intronauta)

Dir: José Arboleda
Colombia
2020
14.49 min

In a world saturated with media information, EL escapes to a fantastic space thanks to his ability to draw. Through his drawings, a plant emerges from the cracks of the city, but the social order wipes it out, motivating him to become El Intronauta, an inner space navigator.

MANCHESTER ACATITLA

Dir: Selma Cervantes
Mexico
2021
14 min

Miranda, Manchester Acatitla striker, returns home after winning a difficult match. On her way back, she confronts the dangers outside the field.


IN PLAIN VIEW
(A plena vista)

Dir: Luis Palomino Benítez
Thailand/Mexico
2021
16 min

Manot is a blind man who plays the saxophone on the sidewalk of Silom road in Bangkok. Ten meters away from him Ayutthaya, a deaf-mute homeless man, sniffs glue and sleeps all day. Through an impossible encounter between the two, instigated by the director of the film, secrets will unfold that will change their perspectives.

NUMERIC SOCIAL THEORY
(Teoria Social Numerica)

Dir: Paola Michaels
Argentina
2020
6 min

A story salvaged from the memory of an elderly woman draws a parallel between humans and numbers. This relationship is illustrated through archival film material, both analogue and digital, reinforcing the idea of the passing of time, cycles of life, invention or madness.

LUMBALÚ; AGONY
(Lumbalú; Agonía)

Dir: Jorge Aldair Pérez Cáceres
Colombia
2020 
14.30 min

Facing the ruin that invades her house, the dying state of Felipa, and the constant visits of Juan’s soul in pain, Filomena makes Eva realize the mistake she made in refusing to perform Juan’s Lumbalú when he died. 


INTERFERENCE
(Interferencia)

Dir: Juan Carlos Soto Martínez
Chile
2021
12 min

A documentary filmmaker investigates a strange crime that occurred 47 years ago. But the COVID-19 pandemic breaks out, forcing her to leave the investigation unfinished. Isolated in quarantine, she speculates on possible solutions to the mysterious crime.

WITHIN MOMENTS OF SILENCE
(En los espacios de silencio)

Dir: Bárbara Moreno Turcott
Mexico
2021
8.42 min

It’s a warm Sunday in Mexico City; Cornelio and Fabiola are finishing their workday. As they pass through different parts of downtown, Cornelio narrates their world to Fabiola – within moments of silence – a game of love and intimacy is revealed.