Sept. 28 & 29, 2001

American Cinematheque Presents...

Best of Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Sponsored by the French Film and TV Office, Consulate General of France in Los Angeles with the assistance of the French Cultural Services and FACSEA/CINE2001.

Tickets available 30 days in advance.



SCHEDULE (by series)

SCHEDULE (by date)







The American Cinematheque proudly presents the first ever travelling program from the world’s largest and most renowned short film festival and market. Now entering its twenty-fourth year, Clermont-Ferrand comprises an international competition, representing approximately fifty countries, a national competition, alongside retrospective, auteur and special screenings. Altogether over 400 films are screened, showing the width and breadth of the art of the short film in the genres of: fiction, animation, documentary and experimental film. Let us not forget the vibrant film market, with over sixty television channels, fifty distributors and more than sixty international film festivals coming to meet, view, buy and select the short films the world will see in the next year.


Friday, September 28 – 7:30 pm

Ron Dyen’s "La Flamme" (The Flame, France, 3 min.) The 1930’s. Two lovers meet on a beach in Deauville, but there are technical problems. CF National Competition 2001. Paul Driessen’s "The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg", (Canada, 9 min.) A young boy, bored with his lot, imagines a diabolic and dangerous life of adventure. CF International Competition 2001. Daniel Wiroth’s "Ere Mela Mela" (France, 6 min.) Bodies touch, hands communicate, looks show love. Gentle poetry for the other, without whom we would be nothing. CF National Competition 2001. David Birdsell’s "Phil Touches Flo" (USA, 6 min.) Flo is a dog. Flo’s owner does not like people to touch Flo. Flo’s owner is not a nice man. Phil touches Flo. CF Research Prize, International Competition 1999. Eric Mahe’s "Le Page De Garde" (Knave of Hearts, France, 30 min.) The sentimental education of an adolescent male in a shorthand class full of young women in the late 70’s/early 80’s. CF International and National Competition 2001. Virgil Widrich’s "Copy Shop" (Austria, 12 min.) A man who copies himself until he fills up the entire world. CF Best Soundtrack Prize 2001. Carlos Salces’s "En El Espejo Del Cielo" (Mexico, 10 min.) Luis, a peasant boy, fantasizes about catching an airplane reflected in a pond. CF Public & Press prize International Competition 1999. Mike Leigh’s (SECRETS & LIES, TOPSY-TURVY) "A Sense of History" (UK, 25 min.) A documentary on the Earl of Leete, who passionately expresses his views on his land, heritage and all those modern forces and institutions he regards as the enemy.

Discussion following w/ representative from the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival Roger Gonin, directors David Birdsell ("Phil Touches Flo") & Eric Mahe (Knave of Hearts).

Beverage reception to follow the Q & A.

Saturday, September 29 – 7:30 pm

Frederic Pelle’s "Des Morceaux De Ma Femme" (Pieces of My Wife, France, 10 min.) An older man loses the wife he has loved for so long and decides to make a clean sweep of his past. CF Grand Prix Award National Competition 2001. Kirsten Sheridan’s "Patterns" (Ireland, 19 min.) Jimmy and Timmy are inseparable brothers. Timmy is autistic and lives in a world of patterns he has created in his mind. – a world Jimmy can only visit. Grand Prix Award International Competition 1997. Vincent Bal’s "The Bloody Olive" (Belgium, 10 min.) Christmas Eve 1951. Werner and Mylene are preparing dinner when the doorbell rings. This is the beginning of a night full of surprises where nothing is as it appears. CF International Competition 1997. Simon Bare’s Eau De La Vie (New Zealand, 14 min.) In an opulent café, Catherine finds herself in the midst of a strange, decadent society which places pleasure above all else. This pursuit becomes Catherine’s darkest nightmare. CF Young Jury Prize International Competition 1995. Jeroms Boulbes’s "Le Puits" (The Well, France, 6 min.) To get out of her well and fly off towards the light, a small creature grabs hold of a bubble of gas in this animated gem. CF Atom Films Prize National Competition 2000. John Curran’s "Down Rusty Down" (Australia, 14 min.) One man is doomed by his instincts. Act like a dog and you’ll get treated like one. CF Research Prize, International Competition 1997. Gerald Hustache Mathieu’s "Peau de Vache" (Cowhide, France, 23 min.) Seventeen-year old Claudine lives with her parents in the country and helps with the farm. The cows are her charges and her only friends. Claudine has a secret. Let’s find out! CF SACD Prize National Competition 2001. Konstantin Bronzit’s "Au Bout du Monde" (At The End of the World, France, 7 min.) The adventures of a precariously-balanced house. Built on the top of a hill, it swings to and fro to the great displeasure of its inhabitants. CF Public Prize, National Competition 2000.

Discussion following with Clermont-Ferrand representative Roger Gonin & director Jerome Boulbes (The Well).