The short film is an incubator of talent. It represents an important step in the career of many professionals, directors, actors and technicians. It allows filmmakers to perfect their style, to invent new languages, new stories and dare with new aesthetic forms. At the same time, it is a space of freedom to explore and exploit free from the constraints of feature film production. This is why FCAT has always given such importance to the short film format.
This year, the competitive selection of short films brings together works of very varied origins, styles, genres and themes. Yet, which have in common highlighting directly or subtly, different forms of violence: colonial violence (Écoutez le battement de nos images), of colonial representation (Kapita) and resistance to colonial domination (Mangrove School), the violence of war (Vou Mudar a Cozinha), gender violence (Imuhira, Microbus), the emotional violence of leaving childhood (Astel), the violence of exile and uprooting (Egúngún). Comedy is also present in this selection, through meta-cinema (The Unusual Kinky Quaint Peculiar Weird Strange Rum Queer Odd and Bizarre Day of a Shadow Man) or magical realism (Precious Hair & Beauty).