International Competition : 2016 Feature Films

Short Stay

Ted Fendt

United States

Mike is the prototype of a thirty-something ‘adulescent’. When a friend offers him his room in a flat-share in Philadelphia, the suburbanite embarks on the great city adventure. From new encounters to small and improbable jobs, Mike evolves awkwardly and, before long, he finds himself confronted with what makes life so complicated: other people. With this first, highly tense feature, Ted Fendt reinvents the figure of the ‘loser’, and turns it into the reflection of a world that is comfortable with its own cruelty. Under its atmosphere of bitter-sweet comedy, Short Stay demonstrates some acerbic traits and a magnificent excellence, both on the level of its precise staging and in the venomous portrait it paints of North America. (Laurence Reymond)

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The international competition is open to :

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature films (60 minutes and over)
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd short and medium length films (less than 60 minutes)
  • without distinction of genre : fiction, essay, animation and documentary of creation (films produced for television - shows, television magazines, news coverage - are not eligible)
  • completed after the 1st of September 2021 and having not been commercially released in France (except for short films, which may have been broadcasted on local or specialty channel, exclusively).

Submissions are open until July 31st, 2022.
The decisions of the selection committee will be given y email mid-October, 2022.

Read the competition’s Rules and Regulations

2016 Competition