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Andrea Slaviček’s The Real Truth about the Fight in competition at 30th ShortFest in Palm Springs

Director and writer Andrea Slaviček’s fiction short The Real Truth about the Fight to have its North American premiere at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, held from 18 to 24 June. The screening marks the film’s fortieth showing at film festivals around the world.    

The Real Truth about the Fight is screening in the thematic programme titled Live & Learn at ShortFest, showcasing short fiction films about the youth in a school context.

In Andrea Slaviček’s short, teenager Lena, occasionally distracted by school gossip, contagious pop songs and a mysterious blue car, narrates the real story about a big fight that broke out at school, but all the while we sense that there is something else she does not want to share.

Film director Andrea Slaviček also penned the script, while the cast is headed up by young actress Vida Tunguz, with Ana Ugrina, Lucija Plesac, Lily Antić, Lola Jelčić, Nedim Hasanbegović, Adrian Babić Herceg and Pan Jelić appearing in other roles. The director of photography is Alana Mejía González, with Vladimir Gojun as editor, Bojan Drezgić as production designer, Ana Nikačević as costume designer, Natalija Škrlec as makeup artist, Borja Barrera Allué as sound designer, and Biel Blancafort as soundtrack composer.

The Real Truth about the Fight is produced by Croatian company Antitalent, in co-production with Spanish Fractal and Croatian company Blank. The film’s producer is Katarina Prpić, with co-producer Marc Guanyabens. The film has been supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and the City of Zagreb.  

The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Critics’ Week (Semaine de la Critique), after which it travelled the world screening at a total of 40 film festivals.

ShortFest is the biggest short film festival in North America and its award-winning titles are directly eligible for nominations for the Oscars of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the BAFTA Awards of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Goyas of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences.

This year, ShortFest received over 6,300 submissions from 130 countries, while the official programme will feature 310 titles from 63 countries, divided into 52 thematically curated units.

Na festival je ove godine prijavljeno preko 6300 filmova iz 130 zemalja, a u službenom programu prikazat će se 310 naslova iz 63 zemlje, raspoređeni u 52 tematski kurirana programa.

The winners of the 30th ShortFest will be announced on 23rd June, while five of the presented awards allow the winners to qualify for Oscar nominations. More information about the festival is available on its official website and more info about the film may be found here

Cover photograph: scene from The Real Truth about the Fight

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