Over the past 15 years, the voracity of the changes brought about by globalization and the development of new technologies have inspired philosopher Zygmunt Bauman to come up with the term “liquid world” to define the reality of today’s world, marked by the break of paradigms and constant uncertainty. When we think about this fluidity, the most obvious image that comes to mind is that of the water flowing through the river bed, its force strong enough to destroy barriers and move over obstacles. We don’t always remember, however, that at extreme temperatures even what seems more solid to us like the earth, liquefies and becomes lava.
Short film is perhaps one of the fastest artistic expressions when it captures the daily eruptions of our liquid world. And the São Paulo International Short Film Festival – with almost 400 films from over 60 countries – is undoubtedly a privileged place to get in touch with these manifestations. Its programming – specially the International Showcase, Latin American Showcase, Brazilian Showcase and São Paulo Panorama – reflects the hottest issues of the world and proposes reflections on the concerns that draw the attention of young people and established filmmakers, while offering parallel activities that deepen the debate.
From partnerships with festivals around the world, we borrow external views to our special programs every year. In addition to the programming traditionally present, alongside the short films of the Critic’s Week and Directors’ Fortnight, this year we also brought the Berlinale and the International Disability Film Festival, who invited us to curate a special
selection of Brazilian short films. Audiovisual schools from Brazil and the rest of the world – as well of audiovisual workshops – always have their guaranteed presence, which further extends the world views to the audience.
The variety and quality of the films submitted also inspire us to create programs, proposing close action between Brazilian and foreign films, new and old, contributing even more color to the programming. With the support of
Cinemateca Brasileira, we celebrate the centenary of critic and professor Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes with films in which the master himself is a character, produced by some of
his many students.
Fiction, documentary, animation, experimental films: much the same way liquid material exceeds barriers modifying the environment, the boundaries of audiovisual genres also seem to be increasingly disappearing. The author’s view, however, is more and more essential – it is in the private world of the artist that new paths and proposals for all of us are created. That is why we never forget to thank everyone who entrust us with their films as well as our sponsors, which support the audiovisual as an instrument of change and constant questioning.
We invite everyone to get to know this multiplicity of perspectives and explore the new territories that the flow in our current world is providing.
Director of Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival