The  Berlin International Film Festival has announced the short films that will play in competition at the 67th Berlinale in February. 23 films from 19 countries will compete for the Golden and the Silver Bear as well as the Audi Short Film Award, worth €20,000, and a nomination for the European Film Awards at the 2017 edition of Berlinale Shorts. Ireland is represented by Kilkenny-born/LA -based visual artist David OReilly, who will present his new computer game Everything.

The Berlinale Shorts competition will feature works from a wide range of filmmakers including OReilly, Gabriel Abrantes, Salomé Lamas, Jonathan Vinel, Victor Lindgren, Lukas Marxt and Marcel Odenbach, Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, and Rainer Kohlberger.

“A preconceived image, a clichéd notion of something or someone, can only alter its form if my own view of things expands to include a new perspective. All of the films selected for Berlinale Shorts 2017 have in common the fact that they invite one to recalibrate one’s own perception,” commented curator Maike Mia Höhne in reference to this year’s programme.

The International Short Film Jury 2017 will be composed of Christian Jankowski, artist and professor at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, curator and social media manager of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Kimberly Drew and the artistic director of SANFIC Santiago International Film Festival Carlos Núñez.

David OReilly, who won a Golden Bear for Best Short Film 2009 for Please Say Something, and competed in 2008 with RGB XYZ, will also speak about his filmmaking philosophy at the 2017 edition of Berlinale Talents. His latest game, Everything, is the complete opposite of how people commonly conceive of games – there are no levels to be reached, instead there is only the possibility to become anyone and everything. The insight acquired along the way represents a reframing. For more on the game see its official website.

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival runs February 9th to 19th, 2017. Included among the films to be screened at Berlinale Shorts 2017 are:

Altas Cidades de Ossadas (High Cities of Bone), João Salaviza, Portugal, 19’ (WP)
Avant l’envol, Laurence Bonvin, Switzerland, 20‚Äô (IP)
The Boy from H2, Helen Yanovsky, Israel / Palestinian Territories, 21’ (WP)
Call of Cuteness, Brenda Lien, Germany, 4’ (WP)
Centauro (Centaur), Nicolás Suárez, Argentina, 14’ (IP)
Cidade Pequena (Small Town), Diogo Costa Amarante, Portugal, 19’ (IP)
Coup de Grâce, Salomé Lamas, Portugal, 26’ (WP)
The Crying Conch, Vincent Toi, Canada, 20’ (WP)
Ensueño en la Pradera (Reverie in the Meadow), Esteban Arrangoiz Julien, Mexiko, 17’ (WP)
Estás vendo coisas (You are seeing things), Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Brazil, 18’ (IP)
Everything, David OReilly, USA / Ireland, 11’ (WP)
Le film de l’√©t√© (A Summer‚Äôs Film), Emmanuel Marre, France / Belgium, 30‚Äô (WP)
Fishing Is Not Done On Tuesdays, Lukas Marxt & Marcel Odenbach, Germany / Austria, 15’ (WP)
Fuera de Temporada (Out of Season), Sabrina Campos, Argentina, 23’ (WP)
Hiwa, Jacqueline Lentzou, Greece, 11’ (WP)
Os Humores Artificiais (The Artificial Humors), Gabriel Abrantes, Portugal, 30’ (WP)
keep that dream burning, Rainer Kohlberger, Germany / Austria, 8’ (WP)
Kometen (The Comet), Victor Lindgren, Sweden, 11’ (IP)
Martin Pleure (Martin Cries), Jonathan Vinel, France, 16’ (WP)
Miss Holocaust, Michalina Musielak, Poland / Germany, 22’ (WP)
Monangambeee, Sarah Maldoror, Algeria, 15’ – Out of competition
Oh Brother Octopus, Florian Kunert, Germany, 27’ (WP)
The Rabbit Hunt, Patrick Bresnan, USA / Hungary, 12’ (IP)
Street of Death, Karam Ghossein, Libanon / Germany, 23’ (WP)

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