Sarajevo Nominates I SIGNED THE PETITION by Mahdi Fleifel

The European Film Academy (EFA) and Sarajevo Film Festival congratulate: 

Sarajevo Short Film Nominee 
I SIGNED THE PETITION
by Mahdi Fleifel
Germany/UK/Switzerland, documentary, 11 min

Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt. Over the course of a conversation with an understanding friend, he analyses, deconstructs and interprets the meaning of his choice to publicly support the cultural boycott of Israel.

The international jury consisted of the visual artist, actor & writer Alec von Bargen (USA), artistic director of Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur John Canciani (Switzerland) and the director Rachel Lang (France).

The film is now nominated for the award 'European Short Film 2018'. It joins the following films which were already nominated: 

Valladolid  Short Film Nominee
KAPITALISTIS
by Pablo Muñoz Gomez
France/Belgium, fiction, 15 min

Uppsala Short Film Nominee
MERYEM

by Reber Dosky
The Netherlands, documentary, 16 min

Cork Short Film Nominee
CONTAINER
KONTENER
by Sebastian Lang
Germany, fiction, 30 min

Leuven Short Film Nominee 
GRADUATION `97
VYPUSK `97
by Pavlo Ostrikov
Ukraine, fiction, 19 min

Rotterdam Short Film Nominee 
WHAT'S THE DAMAGE
by Heather Phillipson
UK, experimental, 8 min

Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee
SHAME
SRAM
by Petar Krumov
Bulgaria, fiction, 24 min

Berlin Short Film Nominee
BURKINA BRANDENBURG KOMPLEX
by Ulu Braun
Germany, experimental, 19 min

Tampere Short Film Nominee
PRISONER OF SOCIETY
SOCIUMIS PATIMARI
by Rati Tsiteladze
Georgia/Latvia, documentary, 15 min

Krakow Short Film Nominee 
RELEASE THE DOGS
LÂCHEZ LES CHIENS
by Manue Fleytoux
France/Belgium, fiction, 20 min

Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee 

AQUAPARQUE
by Ana Moreira
Portugal, fiction, 16 min

Locarno Short Film Nominee 
THOSE WHO DESIRE
LOS QUE DESEAN
by Elena López Riera
Switzerland/Spain, documentary, 24 min

The EFA Short Film Programme is organised by the European Film Academy in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a nomination in the short film category of the European Film Awards.  

The next nomination for 2018 will be presented in co-operation with the International Short Film Festival in Drama.

When the annual cycle is completed, the nominees will be presented to the more than 3,500 members of the European Film Academy and it is they who will elect the overall winner: the European Short Film 2018 which will be presented at the 31st European Film Awards Ceremony on 15 December in Seville. 

Berlin, 17 August 2018