Nefta Football Club

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Nefta Football Club
Directed byYves Piat
Written byYves Piat
Produced by
CinematographyValentin Vignet
Edited byJérôme Bréau
Music byJérôme Rossi
Release date
  • October 24, 2018 (2018-10-24) (Cinemed)
Running time
17 minutes
  • France
  • Tunisia
  • Algeria
Box office$330,661

Nefta Football Club is a 2018 live action short film directed by French director Yves Piat. It has been selected and awarded at several film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival,[1] Palm Springs International Film Festival[2] as well as Aspen Shortsfest, where it won the Oscar Qualifying Jury Award for Comedy.[3]

In January 2020 it was nominated for the 2020 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film[4] and the 2020 César Award for Best Short Film.[5]


In a Tunisian village, children are playing football on a wasteland. Meanwhile, Abdallah and Mohammed come across a donkey with headphones on its ears and bags full of white powder on its back. The two young brothers decide to bring those bags back to their village.


Since its launch, the film has been selected in nearly 100 festivals around the world and has received more than 65 awards.[6]

Year Presenter/Festival Award/Category Status
2018 CINEMED Audience Award Won[7]
2019 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival Audience Award Won[8]
Aspen Shortsfest Jury Award for Comedy & Audience Award Won
Cleveland International Film Festival Honorable Mention Won
Florida Film Festival Audience Award Won[9]
Edinburgh International Film Festival International Competition Nominated
HollyShorts Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated[10]
Leeds International Film Festival International Competition Nominated[11]
Rhode Island International Film Festival International Competition Nominated
2020 92nd Academy Awards Best Live Action Short Film Nominated
45th César Awards Best Short Film Nominated


  1. ^ France, Centre (2019-02-09). "Récompenses - Découvrez le palmarès de la 41e édition du Festival du court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand". Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  2. ^ "Nefta Football Club by Yves Piat | Comedy Short Film". Short of the Week. Retrieved 2019-12-30. it played the opening night of the Palm Springs ShortFest
  3. ^ Staff report. "2019 Aspen Shortsfest winners announced". Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  4. ^ "Oscars: Full List of Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  5. ^ "César 2020 : retrouvez la liste intégrale de toutes les nominations". Télé (in French). Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  6. ^ "- Tourcoing : dix ans après avoir posé la caméra, Yves Piat pourrait remporter un Oscar". La Voix du Nord (in French). 2019-12-30. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  7. ^ "[VIDEO] Montpellier - 40e Cinémed : le magnifique film italien "Fiore Gemello" remporte l'Antigone d'or 2018". (in French). Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  8. ^ "Nefta Football Club". Rosie Hughes Movie World. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  9. ^ "The Independent Critic - "Nefta Football Club" Shortlisted for 2020 Oscars". Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  10. ^ "Nefta Football Club | Film Threat". 2019-08-14. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  11. ^ Festival, Leeds International Film (2019-10-22). "Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition 3: Youthful Indiscretions". Leeds Inspired. Retrieved 2019-12-30.

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