The festival’s main competition section will this year feature 10 ambitious pictures by emerging European filmmakers. Serbian director Kosta Ristić’s Bandits in Search of Mom tells the story of four siblings who lose their home. Sorcerer by Austria’s Sebastian Brauneis is a mysterious film about the human psyche. Steve Krikris from Greece explores the life of an old-school waiter in neo-noir picture The Waiter. João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora, who come from Portugal and Brazil, directed the meditative drama The Dead and the Others, featuring non-actors from a Brazilian tribe. The Foundation of Criminal Excellence by Oskars Rupenheits is a Latvian crime comedy set in the socialist era. Sweden’s The Cake General by Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson takes the audience to a town attempting to shake off its reputation as the most boring place in the country. The Scottish actress Karen Gillan wrote, directed and stars in The Party's Just Beginning. The Danish picture Holiday by Isabella Eklöf is about a gangster and his girlfriend and explores the violence and humiliation men mete out on women. Take It Or Leave It by Estonian director Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo is about the relationship between a father and his new born-daughter. The final competition film is the aforementioned By a Sharp Knife by Teodor Kuhn.
The winner will receive Febiofest’s Grand Prix and a financial reward of EUR 5,000.