Short Films Festival arrives shortly

The 12th edition of the festival has new films plus award winners

Short films from across the world will be at the 12th Prague Short Films Festival, which takes place at kino Světozor on Jan. 18 to 22, with events also at Kino Pilotů, Kino Aero and Bio Oko.

The shorts will be shown in eight sections. A main event is the international competition for films under 30 minutes, though not much has been disclosed about the competitors yet. Another highlight is a section called Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories. It has four adaptations of short stories by the British author that bend reality in ways that make it difficult to see what is fantasy and what is real. The project was created by the British TV channel Sky and the score was composed by Jarvis Cocker from Pulp.

Some shorts have already won awards. The BAFTA awards have had a section for shorts since 1980, and a six previous winners will be shown in one of the festivals sections. The British shorts range from 27 minutes to just six minutes.

Fans of horror and the bizarre can check out Brutal Relax show, which offer zombies, wild bears, the secrets that hide behind the toilet doors and much more. These films are mostly short, even for shorts, so there are a lucky 13 in the package.

Three Czech films are in a section called Check the Czechs, It has films from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, including the best film of the 33rd FAMUfest.

Going farther east, the section From Balkan with Love has six films including ones that have been screened at the Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Locarno film festivals. “We want to present the region through the most original work of the past years, and through a diversity of genres – from dark comedy, to family drama, to thriller. Memories of war or the fear of refugees mingle with specific humor,” the organizers said.

The section Lab - Experiment And New Ways has eight films that tell stories in nontraditional ways. You can see an animated documentary about video game addiction, a sad goodbye a military drone gives to its station, a presentation of a bitter man’s anatomy and an edited mash-up of bar and club film sequences.

Seven shorts are in a section called Trouble Every Day, which looks at the obstacles in daily life and serves to remind us that things can always be worse.

The event is organized by Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary, which is also responsible for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

For more information, see www.pragueshorts.com or www.facebook.com/Pragueshorts

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