Ajyal Film Festival 2021


All Days

  • Ice Merchants

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their house attached to a cliff high in the cold mountains. They carry with them their precious cargo of ice that they produce by freezing water outside their sub-zero home. One day the temperature begins to creep above freezing leading to dire consequences for the family in this foreboding animation about climate change and its effects.

    João Gonzalez / Portugal, United Kingdom, France / Short Animation

  • InBetween Home

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    In her efforts to obtain accommodation and, therefore, a residence permit in Austria, Marinela—an overburdened, single Romanian mother—relies on her daughter Ilinca as a mediator and translator. However, Ilinca has other plans. She wants to talk to Bubu; she wants to go home. 'InBetween Home' uses a touch of humour to compassionately portray the struggles of first-generation immigrants as they encounter language barriers, bureaucracy, and homesickness in their hope of finding a new life.

    Brigitta Kanyaro / Austria, Romania / Short Narrative

  • It Feels Personal

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Digital creator Hugh discovers that his video has been stolen, re-contextualised, and turned into a viral meme by an anonymous TikTok user. Frustrated by the theft, he embarks on an internet odyssey, interviewing and interrogating the people that he encounters in an attempt to uncover the perpetrator. A short desktop documentary about the blurry lines of intellectual property in the shared and borderless digital community.

    Hugh Clegg / United Kingdom / Short Documentary

  • It's Nice In Here

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    A fragmented portrait of a boy nicknamed Crimson, seen through the eyes of the police officer that took his life and his best friend who witnessed it all. The film explores how stories surrounding police brutality get told. With two opposing narratives being presented, we are reminded that we are constantly swimming in a carefully curated reality where we must continually question our own subjective biases, in the faint hope of discovering the objective truth.

    Robert-Jonathan Koeyers / Netherlands / Short Animation