15. – 20. OKTOBER 2024


Shortdocs Competition 1 //

06th of October 19.00 Uhr | Puschkino

International competition short documentary up to 20 minutes

Online: available from 06. to the 16th of October

Festival opening

Film overview

Chimney Swift

Director: Frédéric Schuld

Anima-Dok | Germany 2020 | 05:00 min


A chimney sweep describes his daily routine and the compulsion to make workers out of children. As we watch a child cleaning a chimney, the master's statement becomes more personal with each sentence until we understand that he is talking about his own past. Caught in a vicious circle, there seems to be no way out.

Ein Ozean

Director: Paul Scheufler

Dokumentary | Germany 2021 | 18:50 min


The images come without warning. First a tingling in the neck, then the trembling spreads through Markus' whole body. The abuse happened over 45 years ago, but only now can Markus put it into words. With his camper van, the 55-year-old always keeps moving, just to avoid thinking too long. A daily struggle for survival between the past and the horizon of the ocean.


Director: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis

Anima-Dok | France 2020 | 15:51 min


A survivor but amnesiac of the attack on the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels on 22 March 2016, Sabine searches for the missing image of a transmitted event of which she has no memory.

Night Upon Kepler 452b

Director: Ben Voit 

Dokumentary | Germany 2019 | 14:05 min


The things we witness are turning into inner landscapes. Fragments of conversations become collective thoughts and somewhere in the distance, Kepler 452b is orbiting a sun that is warmer than ours.


Director: Dorian Barbera

Dokumentary | Germany 2020 | 17:24 min


A German film student travels to New Zealand to authentically capture Maori culture. Europeans and New Zealanders he meets all have an opinion about the indigenous people and their relationship with "Pakeha" - the "white" population of New Zealand. "We take good care of the Maori", say the whites, while many Maori are homeless or build roads for the whites.

La Guapa

Director: Paolo Cammarano

Dokumentary | Spain 2020 | 15:00 min 


An old tavern known as "La guapa" remains connected to the past, in the heart of a fishing neighbourhood on the edge of change.