International Competition 2: Afloat

The second screening of our international competition dives head-first into natural waters and the themes surrounding them.

Language: Fin, Eng Duration: 97 min Age Limit: 12+

  • Bakelite

    Director: Julie Gautier
    Country: France
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Fiction
    Duration: 7 min

    Bakelite is a live-action short film shot entirely underwater, in the Mediterranean Sea. This aquatic ballet is an ecological tale depicting our paradoxical relationship with plastic.

  • Two people riding a motorcycle at night.

    The River That Never Ends

    Päättymätön joki
    Director: JT Trinidad
    Country: The Philippines
    Year: 2022
    Genre: Fiction
    Duration: 19 min

    Along a river that undergoes a major change, Baby, a middle-aged trans woman, shuttles between her job as a companion-for-hire for strangers and her duty to her father. As the people around Baby start to disappear, she realizes that she has been left behind in a sprawling city.
    NOTE! Not available to watch on Festhome TV.

  • Rajapinta

    Director: Anna Kekkonen
    Country: Finland
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Documentary
    Duration: 21 min

    A documentary about four people and their unique experiences in a water environment where they can move their body freely or use their senses differently than on land. Each of them has some disability or illness. They raise thoughts about the importance of their own experience on finding their own boundaries and independence.

  • Après les vagues

    After the Waves
    Maininkien jälkeen
    Director: David Chausse
    Country: France
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Fiction
    Duration: 24 min

    September. Peyo, a 14-year-old adolescent from the French bayou, experienced a difficult summer. One evening, Douglas joins him, leading to a sleepless night that will cause Peyo to delve deeply into himself.

  • Le garçon qui la nuit

    The Blue Shelter
    Sininen suoja
    Director: Jérémy Piette
    Country: France
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Fiction
    Duration: 26 min

    It's the end of summer, time for Arthur to leave his friends. Wishing to stay on the beach forever, this melancholic teenager, in love, will unintentionally summon some nocturnal creatures, which might help him to turn the page.