Lithuanian-Chilean film “I am not from here” is among 15 shorts nominated for EFA


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The European Film Academy and EFA Productions presented this year’s short film nominations. At each of the 15 participating film festivals, an independent jury presented one European short film in competition with a nomination in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

In June, at the 56th Krakow Film Festival, comprised of Ewa Puszczyńska (Chairwoman, Poland), Benjamin Cleary (Ireland), Aleksandra Maciuszek (Poland), Nancy Phelps (Belgium), and Enrico Vannucci (Italy), decided to give the Krakow Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2016 to I’M NOT FROM HERE.

The protagonist of the film is Josebe, a Basque woman who lives in a nursing home in Chile. Days slip by imperceptibly at this closed institution. Because of dementia, Josebe does not have an easygoing personality; she is stubborn and seldom manages to establish contact with other residents. Although the woman has lived in Chile for several decades, she still recalls her happy youth spent in the Basque town of Renteria. I’m Not From Here is a poignant documentary about old age and a desperate attempt at hanging on to the memories which are still very vivid.

The film is the result of Lithuanian film centre collaboration with Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival‘s program CPH:LAB. Each year twenty filmmakers from ten Eu­ropean and ten non-European countries are carefully invited to take part. The program is focused on training / project development, pitching events at international co-production markets and subsequent production. Lithuanian film centre became the partner of the programme and joined a number of Film Institutes and Centres co-operating with CPH:LAB in 2012.

All the nominated films will soon be submitted to the more than 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Short Film 2016 will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 10 December, in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016. Streamed live here.

See full list of nominated shorts:

Krakow Short Film Nominee
I’M NOT FROM HERE
YO NO SOY DE AQUÍ

by Maite Alberdi & Giedrė Žickytė
Denmark/Chile/Lithuania 2015, documentary, 26 min.

Bristol Short Film Nominee
9 DAYS – FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO
by Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege & Floor van der Meulen
Netherlands 2015, documentary, 12 min.

Cork Short Film Nominee
90 DEGREES NORTH 
90 GRAD NORD
by Detsky Graffam
Germany 2015, fiction, 21 min.

Berlin Short Film Nominee
A MAN RETURNED
by Mahdi Fleifel
UK/Denmark/the Netherlands 2015, 30 min.

Venice Short Film Nominee
AMALIMBO
by Juan Pablo Libossart
Sweden/Estonia 2016, animation, 15 min.

Uppsala Short Film Nominee
EDMOND
by Nina Gantz
UK 2015, animation, 10 min

Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee
HOME
by Daniel Mulloy
Kosovo/UK 2016, fiction, 20 min.

Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee
IN THE DISTANCE
by Florian Grolig
Germany 2015, animation, 7 min.

Sarajevo Short Film Nominee
LIMBO
by Konstantina Kotzamani
France/Greece 2016, fiction, 30 min.

Drama Short Film Nominee
SHOOTING STAR
ПАДАЩАЗВЕЗДА
 (PADASHTA ZVEZDA)
by Lyubo Yonchev
Bulgaria/Italy 2015, fiction, 28 min.

Tampere Short Film Nominee
SMALL TALK
by Even Hafnor & Lisa Brooke Hansen
Norway 2015, fiction, 21 min.

Locarno Short Film Nominee
THE FULLNESS OF TIME (ROMANCE)
L’IMMENSE RETOUR (ROMANCE)

by Manon Coubia
Belgium/France 2016, fiction, 14 min.

Valladolid Short Film Nominee
THE GOODBYE
EL ADIÓS

by Clara Roquet
Spain 2015, fiction, 15 min.

Ghent Short Film Nominee
THE WALL
LE MUR
by Samuel Lampaert
Belgium 2015, fiction, 7 min.

Rotterdam Short Film Nominee
WE ALL LOVE THE SEA SHORE
TOUT LE MONDE AIME LE BORD DE LA MER
by Keina Espiñeira
Spain 2016, 18 min.