SHORTS

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  THE RITE OF HOLMGANG

Genre: Drama

Country: Australia

Director: Stephan & Andrew Robinson

 

A young Viking warrior must overcome both sword and shield as well as the rage behind them, when he takes his father's place in a duel to the death.

 

Nominated for BEST SHORT-FILM, BEST DIRECTOR (SHORT-FILM) & BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (SHORT-FILM)

  A WOODLAND STROLL         

Genre: Animation
Country: Serbia
Director: Bojan Teodosijevic

An Orthodox reader is taking his daily stroll, during which he encounters supernatural forces.

Nominated for BEST SHORT-FILM & BEST DIRECTOR (SHORT-FILM)

  2 (ii)  

Genre: Documentary

Country: Greece

Director: Fanis Topsachalidis

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the global population in drastic ways. Supporting and protecting older people living alone in the community is everyone’s business. Families in Greece are living in the same buildings, but the floor separates them. Three generations can't meet each other, but what gives happiness to the aged people?

 

Nominated for BEST DIRECTOR (SHORT-FILM)

  THE STORY OF PROPHET JONAH  

Genre: Animation

Country: Serbia

Director: Maria Chaika

 

Prophet Jonah, from the northern kingdom of Israel in about the 8th century B.C, is called upon by God to travel to Nineveh and warn its residents of impending divine wrath. Instead, Jonah boards a ship to Tarshish.

 

Nominated for BEST SHORT-FILM

  500  

Genre: Drama

Country: Romania

Director: Bogdan Albu

 

Maria saves a man from drowning only to find out that small kindnesses can come back and change your life.

 

Nominated for BEST SHORT-FILM, BEST DIRECTOR (SHORT-FILM) & BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (SHORT-FILM)

  SORROW  

Genre: Drama

Country: Serbia

Director: Stefan Teofilovic

 

In a life full of struggles, an old man finally encounters one that he cannot overcome. For the first time, he is unable to fight back. Past, present, and future are torturing his mind. There is no escape, no way out. He's trying to ignore anxious thoughts, but is repeatedly brought back to them.

 

Nominated for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (SHORT-FILM)

  CHILDREN OF SAVA  

Genre: Animation

Country: Serbia

Director: Jakov and Zlata Popov

 

A story about St. Sava of Storozha through children's eyes.

 

St. Sava was one of the first disciples of St. Sergius of Radonezh. He was the founder of the monastery to the Nativity of the Theotokos in Zvenigorod, which was later given the name of St. Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery.

 

Winner of Bronze Knight Award for Best Animation at Tomsk, Russian Federation (2018). Best Animation Award at “The Light of the World” in Yaroslav, Russian Federation (2016).

  THE GOOD STRUGGLE  

Genre: Documentary

Country: Lebanon

Director: Celia Peterson

 

‘The Good Struggle’ is an intimate and rare portrayal of an Orthodox Christian monastic community in Lebanon as they go about their simple, traditional and almost silent way of life.

  FATHER GABRIEL'S PRAYER  

Genre: Animation

Country: United States

Director: Nicholas Tamraz

 

Father Gabriel, an Orthodox Christian Priestmonk, is on a journey to spread the love and faith of Jesus Christ to all he encounters. Witness Father Gabriel as he applies prayer throughout his day.

  DOOR OF PARADISE  

Genre: Drama

Country: Jamaica

Director: Joseph Thompson

 

A man is locked in a cell. Though he has the key to open the door, he needs strength greater than himself to use it.

 

Nominated for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (SHORT-FILM)

  THE THIRD GRACE  

Genre: Documentary

Country: France

Director: Duval Louis-Pierre

 

In Mayenne, a historic region of French heritage, there is an Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Holy Mother of God. The film is an intimate window on the life of the sisters of the monastery from Morning Prayer until Evening Vespers.

 

Nominated for BEST SHORT-FILM & BEST DIRECTOR (SHORT-FILM)

 

Winner of Best Christian Short Film at Istanbul Film Awards 2020

  CUPPA  

Genre: Documentary

Country: Australia

Director: Stephan & Andrew Robinson

 

A filmmaker explores his love of tea and friendship.

 

Nominated for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (SHORT-FILM)

  ORTHODOXY IN THE SHADOWS

  OF COMMUNISM  

Genre: Documentary

Country: Canada

Director: Andrei Russo

 

Romania, one of Europe’s most religious countries, has endured the horrors and brutality of a communist regime only to emerge victorious.

  SEARCHING FOR HAPPINESS  

Genre: Documentary

Country: Romania

Director: Dinu Cristian

 

What are people searching for most? Isn’t the happiness they have enough? And, if we all want it, are we searching it as it should? Let’s be happy, all of us! In this short film, the kids from Pro Vita orphanage are playing a game that makes them understand this.