Vincent Toi came to Haiti as a teacher without the intention of shooting a short film there. This changed when he learned about the origin of the republic and saw similarities to his own Mauritian roots.
Gabriel Abrantes made twenty short films in ten years and we've seen his work screened at the Berlinale Shorts a couple of times without ever talking to him. This finally changed when he returned to Berlin with a comedic drama about a flying robot.
We met animation artist Réka Bucsi in 2016 when she was in Berlin with her short film Love. Our first defining moment with her art however happened years before, when a totally unexpected suicide in her previous movie Symphony no. 42 made Short Talks host Raphael Keric burst out in laughter while the rest of the audience stayed silent.
As beautifully refined as the short film Estate looks, its blend of real life images and computer generated people has its origin in director Ronny Trocker just playing around with a software he's never even touched before.
Ten Meter Tower by Maximilien Van Aertryck & Axel Danielson creates a reference point for how people look and behave, when they are hesitant. The two directors let us in on their shared thoughts about the importance and responsibility of film in today's society.
"A habit of accidentally making films" is how producer Patrick Campbell describes director Mahdi Fleifel's working process. A habit that won them multiple awards, including the Berlinale Shorts Silver Bear 2016.