Future Frames 2022: Generation NEXT! of European cinema

Future Frames is a next-generation showcase of short-term work by students and graduates from European film schools, curated by the Karlovy Vary Fest in cooperation with European Film Promotion. The selected directors and their films will be presented to the Karlovy Vary audience on site. American indie director Tim Sutton (whose new film Taurus is screened in the festival program) will mentor the group and lead a master class.

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“Catcave Hysteria”

Angelika Abramovich
“Catcave Hysteria”
Stockholm University of the Arts
Sweden
Before entering film school, Abramovitch shot music videos, commercials and art films in London. Catcave Hysteria, her thesis, is a daring drama set over the course of a night in a nightclub’s powder room.

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“Liquid bread”
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Alica Bednarikova
“Liquid bread”
Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Bednáriková’s humorous but bittersweet, multi-layered and perfectly modulated tale of a dysfunctional family, a poet and short story writer and director, was also a Cannes La Cinef 2022 selection.

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“Lullaby”
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Magdalena Chmielewska
“Lullaby”
Film Academy Vienna
Austria
Chmielewska is an award-winning Polish-born film director based in Vienna with years of contemporary dance experience that complement her methods of working with actors. She won the Marcel Ophuls Prize for Lullaby and is currently developing her first feature film.

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“Fruits and vegetables”
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Maciej Jankowski
“Fruits and vegetables”
Polish National Film, Television and Theater School, Lodz
Poland
Jankowski’s tragi-comic drama Fruits and Vegetables was the only Polish production shortlisted for the Yugo BAFTA Student Film Award. His previous short films include We Get Along Beautiful (2016) and Broken Head (2020).

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“If you would know”
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Nicolai GH Johansen
“If you would know”
super 8
Denmark
A graduate of the Danish independent film school Super8, Johansen is interested in character-driven narratives, usually focusing on lonely people struggling to connect with the world. He firmly believes in mood and atmosphere as the driving force of cinema.

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“I was Max”
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Lukas Kacinauskas
“I was Max”
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater
Lithuania
Kacinauskas, an actor-turned-writer-director, stuns with his sensitively made queer drama about self-acceptance, I Was Max. The short is making the rounds at festivals and will open in some US venues with the feature film Firebird.

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“Vinland”
Courtesy of EFP

Martin Cuba
“Vinland”
FAMU
Czech Republic
In addition to his studies, Kuba is interested in genre films. “Vinland” deals with modern slave labor and the Russian mafia, a dark force that will also play a role in his first feature film “Three Weeks Under the Sea”, which is currently in pre-production.

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“First work, then play”
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Brenda Lien
“First work, then play”
Offenbach University of Design
Germany
Lien, also a composer and music producer, underscores her feminist principles with her playful, provocative work. For First Work, Then Play, she used only FLINTA (Female, Lesbian, Inter, Non-Binary, Trans, and Agender) people for her cast and crew. She also composed the music. She is currently preparing the screenplay for her first feature film.

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“Carrier”
Courtesy of EFP

Max Ovaska
“Carrier”
University of Art and Design, Helsinki
Finland
Like Lukas Kacinauskas, Ovaska is an actor-turned-writer-director. His graduation short, Carrier, was one of seven narrative finalists for the 2021 Student Academy Awards, the first time in the awards’ 48-year history that a Finnish film entered the competition.

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“Spring Winds”
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Carmen Pedrero
“Spring Winds”
Escuela de Cinematografica y Audiovisual de Madrid
Spain
Pedrero’s poetic story of adolescent self-acceptance recently won the Youth Jury Prize at the Huesca Film Festival. She also co-directed In My Craft or My Shadowy Art, an expanded collection of poetry celebrating International Dylan Day.

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Charles Jones

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