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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Future Shorts Film Festival, Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Future Shorts Film Festival will be taking place in Egypt on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Amuse Lifestyle concept store in Zamalek, 6:00 PM onwards.

Taken from the facebook page

Future Shorts is finally in Egypt! So prepare yourselves for a night of foreign film appreciation, live music, and good conversation.

The Future Shorts Film Festival is the biggest pop up film festival of its kind, showcasing the most exciting short films from around the world. From November to January the Film Festival will be taking place simultaneously across the globe, and we'd like you to be part of it!

Currently, the festival takes place in over 50 cities and 17 countries, showcasing a single program of the best short films often alongside live music, DJs and art. From London to Moscow, Perth to Jakarta, and NOW EGYPT! The screenings take place across a huge variety of spaces including, music halls, cinemas, theatres, galleries, clubs, and warehouses.


Includes the Oscar-winner “God of Love”, BAFTA-winning “The Eagleman Stag” and Sundance-winner “Deeper Than Yesterday.”

There will be a live music performance by our favorite Nadya Shanab, followed by the screening of the short films, with breaks in-between.

A delicious selection of baked treats will be provided to us by Cookies 'N More (

Invitations are out NOW at Diwan Zamalek and Heliopolis and from Wednesday at Diwan Maadi.

You can also book online here:

Places really are limited, so we apologize in advance if you couldn't make it.. there will be more screenings to come :)


Opening Performance:
Nadya Shanab


The Eagleman Stag – Dir: Michael Please / UK / 2010

The Eagleman Stag is a unique 9-minute stop-motion animated film that depicts a man’s haunting obsession with the passage of time and his unorthodox relationship with a beetle. Directed by Michael Please, the production was a highly ambition final year film produced while studying at the RCA – it is based on a story he previously wrote entitled “The Life and Time of Peter Eagleman.” Orchestral music was integral to this film and composed in tandem with the animation process.

Winner of Best Short Animation at BAFTA, and Special Jury Prize at SXSW.
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God of Love – Dir: Luke Matheny / US / 2010

Matheny, who wrote, directed and starred in this 19-minute inventive comedy about love-inducing darts won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short in 2011. A recent film student graduate at New York University, God of Love was produced as his thesis film project while enrolled at NYU’s MFA program. At the Oscars, he was hailed as delivering one of the best acceptance speeches of the evening and thanked his mother for her contribution to the movie.

Oscar Winner in 2011 for Best Live Action Short Film.
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Deeper than Yesterday – Dir: Ariel Kleinman / Australia / 2010

Filmed on an old decommissioned military submarine with 35mm cameras, Deeper Than Yesterday tells the story of a Russian crew who suffer a rather savage form of cabin fever. Directed by Ariel Kleiman, a graduate of the VCA at the University of Melbourne, recently said “The more uncomfortable I feel making a film the better it will be.” Jurors have compared the film to “The Lower Depths,” Maxim Gorky’s best-known play – very Russian with long period of isolation and madness.

Winner of International Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance.
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Incident by a Bank - Dir: Ruben Östlund / Sweden / 2009

A detailed and humorous account of a failed bank robbery: A single take where roughly 100 people meticulously recreate an actual event that took place in Stockholm in June 2006. Directed by Ruben Östlund, these events were witnessed first hand along with his producer Erik Hemmendorff while on the way to the Swedish Film Insititute. The film questions the reality of how, really, robberies happen, and what they might or, should, look like. “Making ‘Incident by a Bank’ is a way to correct the false images of robberies we see almost daily in action movies made in Hollywood,” says Östlund.

Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale.
View trailer here:


Luminaris – Dir: Juan Pablo Zaramella / Argentina / 2011

Inspired by the Argentinian instrumental tango piece entitled “Lluvia de Estrellas” (Star Rain), Luminaris tells the story of a man living in a world controlled by time by light. Each day inhabitants of this fictional world awake and are pulled, as if by some otherworldly force, to their jobs by sunlight. Combining pixilation and stop motion techniques; the surrealist short pairs styles reminiscent of art deco with black cinema. Zaramella explains, "Originally, I approached the project as a puppet animation story, but doing some pixilation tests in the gardens of Fontevraud, just for fun, the seed of the present short was born: the idea of sunlight as a magnetic force.”

Winner of the Audience and Fipresci Award at Annecy 2011 International Animation Festival


The External World - Dir: David O’Reilly / Germany, Iceland / 2010

A boy learns to play the piano in this rather dark but occasionally humorous mediation on the anxieties and fears of a modern civilized society. Created as a lo-fi animation, The External World is a surreal seventeen-minute collection of vignettes which borrows themes from pop culture, cinema and videogames – classic and contemporary. Some have heralded this short as “a unique reconstruction of the universe” while O’Reilly recently noted in an interview, “I like creating experimental films that have an emotional function.”

Winner of Best Animation – Tampere Film Festival
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Ahmar Bahet (Pale Red) – Dir: Mohamed Hammad / Egypt / 2009

Ahmar Bahet tells the story of Shaimaa, a teenager who lives with her grandmother who has nothing in common with her. Shaimaa's natural sexual awakening is accompanied by intricate dilemmas and intriguing confrontations. Her world is turned upside down with intrusive peer pressure, lingerie and the feeling of being unappealing to the opposite sex. One day Shaimaa faces an embarrassing situation that forces her to reassess her identity.

Winner of Best Short Film at Alexandria Film Festival and Kazan Film Festival in Russia


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