WINNER

Best Short Film: SELFIES by Claudius Gentinetta  

The short film SELFIES from Switzerland has won the Best Short Film category at the 2019 ISFFC. (It’s the only category we have this year)

SYNOPSIS

In a veritable firework display of digital selfport-raits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing and dread-fully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.

DIRECTOR STATEMENT

My film is a walk between everyday life and culture. Whether we want it or not: selfies have become a major, cross-cultural aspect of everyday life. Joe Public is as much a part of this as are starlets and refugees. Staging the self-portraits is based on other people’s quotes and on referencing existing images. My film is not a valuation of the self-portraying craze of our times. Rather, I am taking my viewers on a dizzying journey of images that may have unwanted side effects, and offer them a new perspective of this current cultural phenomenon across the globe.