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International Competition 17

30.08.2021 – 21.00 – Flagey

Out of nearly 6800 short films submissions (received in 2020 and in 2021), 98 films from 36 countries will compete for the prizes in the International Competition.

In addition to the films selected in 2021, the 24th edition of the BSFF also welcomes the films selected for the International Competition in 2020 which had to be postponed.

Winners of the Grand Prix in the International Competition and National Competitions are considered for pre-selection for the Oscars® in the Best Fiction/Animation Short Film category provided that the film complies with the Academy’s rules.

The Van

Erenik Beqiri

Pays France
Genre Fiction
- 15' - Color
The Van finally stops, the doors open and the Son comes out alive. A few more fights and he will be able to pay his way out of Albania, and hopefully, take his Father with him.

The Set-Up

Malika Pellicioli

Pays Switzerland
Genre Fiction
- 14'03'' - Color
Jacob returns home with one intention: to kill himself. Detached from the outside world behind thick curtains, Jacob has lost all will to live. With a mouthful of barbiturates and a cooking bag over his head, he thinks he has done everything he needs to leave this world peacefully. After swallowing all the tablets, an alert from his computer pulls him, one last time, back to reality…


Ariane Labed

Pays France
Genre Fiction
- 27'02'' - Color
Olla has answered to an ad on a dating website for eastern women. She moves in with Pierre, who lives with his old mother. But nothing goes as expected.


Carlos Felipe Galvis

Pays Argentina
Genre Fiction
- 16' - Color
Ana has begun her liberation day, she feels encouraged to change everything she believes is misleading and unfair, to save those who suffer and to put an end to lies. But not everyone deserves to be saved and not all the truths want to be heard.

A Nipple

Kim Yong-Seung

Pays South Korea
Genre Fiction
- 20'54'' - Color
Yusun goes mad about her husband’s nipple.