4-8.12.2024 / Białystok

17. International Short Film Festival ŻUBROFFKA

17. International Short Film Festival ŻUBROFFKA

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe, American tennis player and the first African American to win three Grand Slam tournaments

The 17th edition of ŻUBROFFKA International Short Film Festival is approaching (Dec 6-10, 2023), and we have a few thoughts in mind.
The DNA of our Festival has not changed over the past years – we do our best to be an open and borderless event, respecting difference and diversity; a meeting place for artists who are outspoken, have a sense of humour and care about nature and our planet. Sometimes, however, we wonder if this is enough…

In 2023, in a world that does not even try to slow down or calm down for a moment, we want to prove and convince you that “small things matter”! For we believe, despite everything, that taking little steps, you can change the world. That being “armed” with optimism, persistence and patience, together we can achieve great things, and small things can make a real difference. Even if such thinking seems naive, it’s hard not to see that big and loud ideas, plans or revolutions often don’t bring the hopes placed in them, delivering disappointment instead.
What we need is a grassroots, quiet revolution – let’s become a hundred, a thousand, a million droplets that will finally hollow out the rock for a just cause. It may be the only way to make a real impact on our lives and the world here and now. And this is our plan for today!

We have invited Nata Metkluh to create the trailer and graphics for this year’s festiwal. The visual identification based on her concept was made by graphic designer Izabela Sroka.

Nata Metkluh was born in Ukraine and now lives and works in California as an animator. She graduated from, among others, Vancouver Film School and Estonian Academy of Arts where she studied under master Priit Pärn himself. Nata uses digital animation to create visually engaging character-based works. The stories she tells are based on the ideas of absurdity and defamiliarization, they also show another, fresh view on elements of everyday life what was appreciated at the most important international animation festivals.