The Berlinale has selected 29 films for its Shorts section, including a special presentation of Serbian director Zelimir Zilnik's 1975 nine-minute film Inventory about housing speculation and foreigners living in Munich.
A jury composed of Romanian producer Ada Solomon, French-actor director Marc Barbe and German actress Laura Tonke will have the task of choosing the winners of the Golden and Silver Bears, the DAAD Award and the Prix UIP.
The winners of the Bears will be chosen from 11 competition titles including K by the UK's Piers Thompson, Tommy by Sweden's Tora Martens, and Haze by Singapore's Anthony Chen.
Meanwhile, all of the 29 films - except for Inventory - will be competing for the DAAD Short Film Award, while European productions will also qualify for consideration for the Prix UIP for Best European Short Film.
Commenting on this year's selection, Berlinale Shorts' curator Maike Mia Hoehne observed that 'the films are captivating in their simplicity and strength. They give us an inkling of the kind of new filmmakers coming our way and how they aspire to tell stories in new dramatic compositions with imageries all their own.'
The 2008 shorts lineup is (*in competition):
Programme 1 (80 min)
*RGB XYZ by David O'Reilly, Ireland
*Haze by Anthony Chen, Singapore
*Mompelaar by Marc Roels and Wim Reygaert, Belgium
Traces by Rachel Zisser, US
Frankie by Darren Thornton, Ireland
Programme 2 (81 min)
Giants (Giganti) by Fabio Mollo, Italy
Dreznica by Anna Azevedo, Brazil
Three of Us by Umesh Kulkarni, India
Bonne Mère by Maxime Desmons, Canada
*Journey To The Forest (Reise zum Wald) by Joern Staeger, Germany
*K by Piers Thompson, UK
Programme 3 (83 min)
*(Un)ravel (Udedh Bun) by Siddharth Sinha, India
*White Horse by Maryann De Leo and Christophe Bisson, US
Nightstill by Elke Groen, Austria
Black Cabinet by Christine Rebet, US
Trip by Harry Wootliff, UK
impermanent by Mario Rizzi, Italy
Programme 4 (75 min)
Inventory (Inventur-Metzstrasse 11) by Zelimir Zilnik, Serbia and Montenegro
Kizi Mizi by Mariusz Wilczynski, Poland
*Tommy by Tora Martens, Sweden
Shooting Geronimo by Kent Monkmann, Canada
Teat Beat of Sex: Episodes 8,9,10,11 by Signe Baumane, US/Italy
Late (Tarziu) by Paul Negoescu, Romania
Programme 5 (84 min) Superficie (Surface) by Rui Xavier, Portugal
*No One (Nadie) by Belen Blanco, Argentina
*In The Theme (B teme) by Olga Popova, Russian Federation
*A Good Day For A Swim (O zi buna de plaja) by Bogdan Mustata, Romania
Szmolinsky by Julius Onah, US
Second Hand Sale by Temur Butikashvili, Georgia