Motovun Short Film Candidate: TO THE DUSTY SEA

The European Film Academy and the Motovun Film Festival congratulate:

Candidate of Motovun Film Festival
À la mer poussière
France, animation, 12 min


Left to their own devices in the middle of summer, Malo and Zoe are trying with all their might to attract their mother’s elusive attention.

TO THE DUSTY SEA was selected by the festival's jury consisting of Laurent Crouzeix (General Manager, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival & Market), Salette Ramalho (Film programmer, Curtas Vila do Conde short film competition) and Jirí Havlícek (director of the film RECONSTRUCTION, Motovun's EFA Candindate and Nominee 2019):

We decided to award a promising voice that presented us with a very professional, mature and sensitive film. A delicate family drama told through an extremely cinematic stop motion animation. The density and richness of the sound work pairs flawlessly with the low profile, shy but complex premise of the film. The interactions between the characters lead the viewers through a strong, emotional journey of a mother in depression and her two attention-seeking children, while never being judgmental.

The film is now a candidate for a nomination in the category 'European Short Film' at the 33rd European Film Awards.

The EFA Short Film Programme is organised by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions 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 candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

When the annual cycle is completed, the participating festivals will nominate five short films from this list. Afterwards, the 3,800 EFA Members – film professionals from all over Europe – will vote for the overall winner that will be presented at the 33rd European Film Awards Ceremony in Reykjavik.

Berlin, 6 September 2020