Perenne is a stop-motion film that tells the story of a Jericho rose that has never been seen in bloom, and in a conversation with her friend Cactus shares her views on the injustice and a lack of decision-making power.

This seemingly unusual action carries a hidden message of feminism targeting women’s right to complete freedom of choice and equality, and will be screened during the sixth Star Film Fest competition screening. The film has also been screened at film festivals in South Korea, Spain, Colombia and Brazil.

The authors of this Spanish short film are Marc Algora and Ruben Seca, and the film itself was made at the Barcelona Short Film Festival. The task was to make a film in 24 hours, and Marc and Ruben decided for stop animation, even though they had no experience in that field at the time.

They were given three initial settings – a cactus, the sentence friends don’t lie and the main character talking to himself/herself  in the mirror.

We shot in daylight, we did not have any technical knowledge or conditions or studio for shooting stop animation – said Ruben and emphasized that he would definitely try again in stop animation, but still in professional conditions.

Ruben Seca, a 30-year-old director, graduated from film school in Barcelona in 2019. He made his first short film in 2017, and since then he has made about 20 of them, mostly documentaries and feature films. However, he says that starting a career in film is not easy.

The hardest part is infiltrating the system and actually starting your movie journey. In February, I opened my own production company to have complete creative control over my own production. Given the coronavirus, it wasn’t the best time to start, but I’m doing well so far.

Life in the 21st century is characterized by the phenomenon of shortness. We love information, news, movies, videos that are as short and simple as possible, but for short films, Ruben believes that there is no market or sufficient distribution, and considers film festivals one of the natural habitats that support films to come to life.

For me, for example, it would be nice if short films were shown in cinemas before feature films or to have a platform that would offer only short films, but maybe people are not really interested in short films – said Ruben, but he also still thinks we live in the right moment for short films because they are not just a step towards making feature films but an art form in itself.

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