Riga Short Film Candidate: PUSH THIS BUTTON IF YOU BEGIN TO PANIC

The European Film Academy and the Riga International Film Festival congratulate:

Candidate of Riga International Film Festival
PUSH THIS BUTTON IF YOU BEGIN TO PANIC
UK, animation, 13 min

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Gabriel Böhmer
PRODUCED BY Samantha Monk

Bartholomew Whisper went to the doctor today. There he met administrators keen on experimental surgery, and lonely MRI machines. At least the growing hole in his head was becoming quite beautiful.

PUSH THIS BUTTON IF YOU BEGIN TO PANIC was selected by the festival's international jury, comprised of director Signe Birkova (Latvia), script consultant, creative advisor, programmer & curator Wim Vanaker (France) and
director, curator & programmer Mikhail Zheleznikov (Russia).

The jury explains: Managing to challenge our pre-conceived notions of reality and deconstructing the world as we know it through cinema is a hard feat to pull off, but this film succeeds admirably. Here we get into someone's head, quite literally. Add in a touch of wit and dry humour and we end up getting lost in a mesmerizing, as good as Kafka-esque labyrinth. Gravity becomes questionable, perspective becomes debatable, to end with that famous last word, beautiful. Sums it all up perfectly. The Riga International Film Festival's Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards is PUSH THIS BUTTON IF YOU BEGIN TO PANIC by Gabriel Böhmer. Congratulations!

The film is now a candidate for a nomination in the category 'European Short Film' at the 34th 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.

This is the third short film candidate for 2021. 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 34th European Film Awards Ceremony.

Berlin, 26 October 2020