Edition #14 2022
During Go Short 2022, we celebrated short film in a physical festival after two years of ‘computerscreen festivals’. For ten days (1-10 April), Nijmegen was the hub for the international short film industry, with Film Theater LUX and the Go Short Pavilion as the beating heart of the festival.
We stepped outside our bubbles, early 2022 and honored the programming, our platform for talent and our connections with the Academy Awards, European Film Awards and BAFTA’s. During this edition we focussed on a general theme, namely Mental Health and land in focus was Germany.
This year, Go Short stretched out to all different parts of the city. We kicked off on Friday night 1 April with a film walk. Films were projected on different spots throughout the city, organized by the German collective A Wall is a Screen. On top of that, Total Refusal was our artist in residence. They showcased their work during an exhibition called Grindfest in P-ost. That, VR, the Industry Day and much more: all was part of the experience that is the fourteenth edition of Go Short.
A Wall is a Screen
Starting at the Grote Markt, well over 100 people strolled towards the Waalkade, with an occasional stop, among which the ruins of Valkhof. Eventually, 7 films were screened at these various stops at different walls in town. A spectacular animation film, a hilarious comedy or a personal documentary: no film too strange for Go Short.
The Industry Day
After two years of lockdowns, mental health always came second. That’s why Go Short chose to bring attention to this matter during the Industry Day at 8 April 2022. Filmmakers started the morning with a plenary session where ‘failure’ was being discussed and where an intervisional training for filmmakers was announced.
During the afternoon, filmmakers were given the posibility to speak with professionals and distributors and to pitch their greatest film ideas. Filmmakers attended interactive workshops about NFT’s, intimacy coaches on set and closed off with drinks in the pavilion.
“An intervision training is something I wished we’d do more in the U.K. as well. Taking responsibility and learning from peers is extremely helpful.”Rebecca Day
The artist in residence at Go Short this year was psuedo-Marxist makers collective Total Refusal. Together with local artists they set up an exhibition. This exhibition was attainable at different spots throughout Nijmegen, like in Besiendershuis and Singular-Art, with as kunstenaars hebben zij een expositie neergezet die gedurende het festival op meerdere plekken in de stad te bezichtigen was, onder andere in het Besiendershuis en bij Singular-Art, with exhibition Grindfest in P-ost as the icing on the cake.
Grinden stands for hopeless, hard work that has to be done in videogames to reach a higher level. They made a connection with contemporary capitalism through in-game footage and various audiovisual works. Ze maken met verschillende audiovisuele werken de connectie met hoe dit grinden zichtbaar is in het hedendaagse kapitalisme door in-game footage van ‘non-playable characters’ grondig te onderzoeken. Together with artists Thijs Linssen and Felix Klee they showcased different political angles of labor and exploitation in the digital world.
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During Go Short, many filmmakers were interviewed in the pavilion outside LUX. These conversations gave guidance and an additional layer to the films we showed by their own makers. The Q&A’s are still available to watch online. Click here to watch all Q&A’s!
The Go Short Awards
For a fourteenth time, Go Short handed out the Go Short Awards during live show at 9 April 2022. The awards are an important way for filmmakers to get selected for the Oscars, Bafta’s and the European Film Awards. The judges announced the winners in a jam-packed film theater in LUX, Netherlands.
Kent Chan won the Dutch Competition with his film Heat Waves. The French Audrey en Maxime Jean-Baptiste were awarded the Best European Documentary with their film Listen to the beat of our images. Lola Cambourieu and Yann Berlier won with their film Bachelorette Party, a World Premiere at Go Short, the award for Best Fiction. The award for Best European Animation went to Granny’s Sexual Life from Slovenian Urška Djukić and the French Emilie Pigeard. The Best European Student film was Soum from the French Alice Brygo, a film balancing between reality and fiction.
On top oof that, Handbook of Belarussian Pavel Mozhar was made a candidate for the European Film Awards. The award for Best Music Video went to Auf Wiedersehen from the band Mansfield.TYA, made by Nicolas Medy.
But the audience had a say too during the awards! Through QR-codes, shown after every film program, members of the audience could rate the films. This was also possible online via the Video-on-Demand platform. The winner of the Audience Award was the Dutch maker Ayla Çekin Satijn with her film Beş.
On Sunday 10 April, most of the winning films were screened in Lux and until 20 April, the winners – and many other magnificent shorts – were available on the Video-on-Demand platform of Go Short.
European Competition Jury
- Ben Nicholson (VK)
- Naomi Pacifique (NL)
- Bianca Lucas (PL)
- Petra Vermeulen (NL)
- Adrien Merigeau (FR)
Dutch and Student Competitie
- Basir Mahmood (NL)
- Valeria Wagner (CH)
- Ville Koskinen (FI)
- Sohaib Bouaiss (NL)
- Oana Ghera (RO)