Films in Competition 2

  • From Our Side
  • I'm outside
  • I can feel it coming
  • After Bed
  • Immortals
  • Survived From Illusions
  • de-composition




College for Creative Studies

Education Partner

U-M Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Community Partner



Martha Darling & Gil Omenn


From Our Side

Simone Massi
Pergola, Italy | 2022 | 5 | DCP
North American Premiere

History flows, the darkness wets our clothes.


I’m outside

Nina Alexandraki & Elefteris Panagiotou

Brussels, Belgium | 2023 | 49 | DCP
World Premiere

Confined in a small room on the eighth floor of a half-abandoned building, Jamal searches for the words that would solve the labyrinth of life and existence. The voices of his North African friends, imprisoned in detention centers, come from the mountains around the metropolis of Athens.


I Can Feel It Coming

Karin Fisslthaler

Vienna, Austria | 2022 | 8 | DCP
United States Premiere

Air is visible only in the things that it moves: wafting curtains, billowing meadows, swaying trees. Supported by Susanna Gartmayer’s bass clarinet compositions, Karin Fisslthaler composes an abstract experience from dynamic images that make the wind visible, audible, and perceptible in its essence—as a warm wave, as swirling chaos, as an icy, whistling storm. 

After Bed

TT Takemoto

Daly City, CA | 2023 | 3 | digital file

United States Premiere

Pulsing flashbacks from the Summer of Love reawaken a queer California classic.



Mark Durand

Gaspé, QC, Canada | 2023 | 5 | DCP
North American Premiere

"Immortals" is an experimental documentary short film shot in 8mm that explores the introspection of an artist, Bettina Szabo. The film delves into her relationship with her sense of belonging, her body, her imagination, and nature. Sometimes one must lose oneself to find oneself better, and burn everything down to start anew on a solid foundation.

Survived from Illusions

Qi Zhuang

London, UK | 2023 | 5 | digital file
World Premiere

Accompanied by rhythmic music and traditional Chinese opera singing, this work describes a state of mind that struggles with the world of dualism. Like all dualisms, “hope” corresponds to “despair,” or “hopelessness,” and the appearance of hope must be accompanied by a chaotic, complex journey. The feeling of hope is like looking for a glass of water in a desert or a sea of fire, which may be an illusion, or the sea of fire is an illusion, or both.


Laura Kraning

Buffalo, NY | 2023 | 3 | digital file

United States Premiere

A textural macro collage of a rust belt landscape—scratched, splattered, dripping, cracking, and bursting to the surface. Photographed and meticulously edited over one year in Buffalo, NY, the reverberant tones of the New York Central rail line provide the rhythmic pulse to a rapid cascade of multihued material decay and metallic de-composition.

10:30pm–1am | free
401 East Liberty Street