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European Film Academy

EFA Shorts

Award-winning short films from the European Film Academy.

These two programme sections are devoted to award-winning films from other festivals and are part of the Shorts Tour organised by the European Film Academy. Our selection includes 11 of the 24 films that, after their festival run, were nominated for Best European Short Film in 2020. The EFA programmes span wide in terms of visual style, themes and narrative techniques, and include films from countries such as Portugal, Georgia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, the UK, and Spain.

EFA Shorts 1 includes the winner film All Cats Are Grey in the Dark, a Swiss short documentary about an eccentric cat owner and his plans to secure the «family» in future generations. Don't miss out on the charming and tender documentary Invisible Hero or the animation film Flesh which portrays five women who reflect over their lives and bodies.

Featured in EFA Shorts 2 is the visually stunning French animation film Genius Loci, the deft and heartbreaking social drama The Shift, and Sun Dog, which portrays a locksmith working in the Arctic part of Russia and includes some jaw-dropping nature depictions.



Rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well done. Through intimate and personal stories, five women share their experiences in relation to the body, from childhood to old age. 

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13-year-old Nina is feeling trapped in her relationship with the bossy Vassil, who is preparing her to be a skilled pickpocket in Spain. There are days when she is almost ready to run away from him.

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Invisible Hero

Duarte, a blind man in his 50s, starts looking for his friend Leandro, a Cape Verdean immigrant who has disappeared.

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All Cats Are Grey in the Dark

Christian and his two cats Marmelade and Katjuscha are inseparable. As he is yearning to become a father, he decides to fertilise his beloved cat Marmelade by an exquisite tomcat from abroad.

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Community Gardens

This is a story about a cold relationship between a father and his son. Their bond, plagued by indifference, disintegrates completely. 

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The Shift

Anna, an agency worker, takes her dog for a morning walk before doing her shopping. As she moves towards the checkout with a bag of discounted groceries, her agency gives her a call. 

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Past Perfect

Many cities or countries have a distinct malaise. This feeling, common to many latitudes, is often presented as a diagnosis, a denial of a painful present as opposed to the desire to return to a glorious past. 

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Genius Loci

One night, Reine, a young loner, sees within the urban chaos a mystical oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide. 

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12 Marx Street

The Woman pours herself a cup of coffee and sits in the same place, at the same time, every day, calling the same number on her phone. One day, her call is unexpectedly answered. 

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Sun Dog

Fedor is a young locksmith in Murmansk, a frozen city in the obscurity of the Russian Arctic. Client after client, he roams through the alleys of concrete animated by a fantasy that isolates him from the city and its population. 

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