Checkpoint (2019)

Country: Portugal
Type: Short film, 5′

Director: Juulia Kalavainen
Writer: Chinh Tran

A war-torn area. A solitary military checkpoint. A soldier stands guard alone, the only soul between two conflicting areas. Amidst the oppressive and desolate landscape, he discovers an unexpected connection with a little girl.



  • Tampere Film Festival 2020, Finland – Official Selection (National Category)
  • Manlleu Film Festival 2019, Spain – Official Selection (International Category)
  • Short Film Days Thalmässing 2021, Germany – Winner, Horizonte Special Prize
  • Online Global Peace Film Festival 2019, USA – Official Selection
  • European Film Festival 2020, Ghana – Official Selection
  • 17th International Football Film Festival Berlin 2020, Germany
  • Short of the Year 2020, Spain – Special Jury Mention 
  • Zeichen der Nacht Festival 2020, Germany – International Short Film Competition
  • Porto Femme International Film Festival 2020, Portugal – Official Selection, National Competition