OBSKUUR Ghent Film Festival archives

Find out more about past official selections at Obskuur Ghent Film Festival here.


An Apartment In New York (United States) by Chad Knuth


'An Apartment in New York' is an experimental short film about the discovery of a body, that delves into a bizarre behaviour study and the subsequent possibilities of murder

Duration: 00:03:24

Mongol (United States)

by Hao Zheng

A man spent years seeking redemption after abandoning his mother when he was a child.

Duration: 00:10:00

Decorum (Australia)

by Lorenzo Monti

Fashion model Hinata wants to get at the bottom of her uneasiness but something is hindering her. A designer gives her advice, a doctor tries to get her attention and all claim to know what she needs. The result of an old trauma seems only to be the tip of the iceberg.

Duration: 00:10:18

Reading wild lands (Canada)

by Alana Bartol


Iron filings and magnets become tools of divination as a dowser conducts a site reading of a drill cuttings sample from an abandoned oil well in Alberta, Canada.

Duration: 00:06:57

Meltdown (United Kingdom)

by Guli Silberstein


A stream of audio-visual material interweaving environmental, cultural and social crises, addressing exploitation of both natural and human resources, in an astonished look at power, beauty and destruction and and the overall meltdown of our balancing systems. The work overflows the viewer with images and sounds collected from online media and personal filming, echoing superfluous information, waste, unrest and natural disasters of todays.

Duration: 00:06:12

Invitation (Netherlands)

by Sjoerd Martens


Martens’ sees his work as a sculpture of our legacy. The areas he creates are characterized by past human presence, current abandonedness and future uncertainty. The human traces as still life are brought to a new breathing environment through multi-disciplinarity and atypical narrative techniques.  

Duration: 00:05:08

Light Matter (Austria)

by Virgil Widrich

A black-and-white film that lets you see colors.

Attention! This film contains flashing lights which may not be suitable for light-sensitive epilepsy.

Duration: 00:05:00

A Comfortable Hole (United States)

by Fulla Abdul-Jabbar

A PowerPoint poem leans against its edge and falls asleep there.

Duration: 00:07:33

MHD (United States)

by Alejandro Watson


A mental health diary made during June and July of 2019.​

Duration: 00:59:13

Shelly (United States)

by Katie Vida

Video work developed entirely on Snapchat, the app known for its face altering features. The piece includes filtered selfie video "diaries" by Shelly, who has exhausted her savings on an Airbnb rental to explore New York. Her meanderings are meaningful for their short-lived revelations. 'Shelly' sheds light on smartphone technology as a form of embodiment, elucidation, connection, and at times, detachment.​ 

Duration: 00:44:45




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Alpacastraat 29,

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