The communicating vessels between this year’s selection mark a common preoccupation: a dissatisfaction with social conditions and a desire to change the status quo that brought us here. The competing short films refuse to be restricted to a framework and comprise films with a driving curiosity about the limits of form and a preference for mood over plot. Forward-looking directors explore the fluid boundaries between genres and deepen our personal and social introspection. More than ever, it’s a selection of empathy, of subtle identification with the otherness.

Andreea Patru