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Industry Day
Industry Day

The Industry Day is one of the highlights of the professional program of Go Short 2018. The Industry Day will take place Friday 13 April 2018. Scroll down for the full program.

In cooperation with EYE, NBF (Dutch Association for Film and TV Professionals) and Creative Europe Desk NL, Go Short offers an inspiring and practical program for Dutch and international filmmakers, producers, distributors and buyers.

The Industry Day consists of two parts. The morning revolves around plenary sessions, the afternoon will offer different parallel workshops and seminars for smaller groups.

Industry Day

  • Friday 13 April 2018
  • 10:30 – 17:30
  • LUX - Mariënburg 38, Nijmegen


  • Full price: € 27,50
  • NBF members: € 15,00
  • VERS members: € 22,50
  • Professionals badge holders: free (registration required)

Please note that guests with a Professionals Discount Badge do not have free access, regular fees apply.

Would you like to experience everything Go Short has to offer? Apply for a full accreditation by completing the online accreditation form through the Go Short Festival Portal. More information about accreditation can be found here.

Morning Program

10.30-11.00 – LUX 7 – DUTCH SPOKEN

For the Dutch guests we offer a morning session in which two different Dutch funding organisation give a presentation on their work, the projects they support and the ideas they are looking for. Jolijn van Rees and Mirjam Bal of The Netherlands Film Fund will come to talk about the possibilities they offer for funding short films, especially about their support for finished short films. Willem Lenders of the Democracy and Media Foundation will talk about their objectives and the ways in which they support film and media projects that match their mission.

11.00-12.30 – LUX 7 – ENGLISH SPOKEN

Dan Covert and his production company Dress Code created the animation short Coke Habit. After getting rejected by some of the major film festivals it launched online as a Vimeo Staff Picks Premiere. This created more buzz around the film, with festival selections and sales as results. In this session we dive into this case with director Dan Covert and discuss the strategy and effect of putting your short film online with him and three other film professionals. When is the best time to drop your film on the world wide web? How do you gain attention for it in the overwhelming abundance of online video content? Are there any risks? And what do you get out of sharing your films online for free? Panel members are Meghan Oretsky, Derry O’Brien and Nils Vleugels.


12.45-13.45 – MIR

During lunch you will have the possibility to sit down with one of the ten professionals from the short film industry. Prepare your questions, because you will get only a few minutes to ask all you want to know at festival programmers, sales agents, producers, and staff members of several funding organisations. You don’t need to sign up for the sessions, just show up and one of our matchmakers will sit you down with the professional of your choice.
Mirjam Bal (The Netherlands Film Fund); Jolijn van Rees (The Netherlands Film Fund); Willem Lenders (Stichting Democratie en Media); Derry O’Brien (Network Ireland Television); Helene Mitjavile (Melocoton Films); Amber Nefkens (Creative Europe Desk NL|DutchCulture); Jeltje Hillen (Cinecrowd); Christoph Bovermann (European Film Awards); Cord Dueppe (Interfilm Berlin); Kilian Lilienfeld (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur); Wim Vanacker (NISI MASA/European Short Pitch)

Afternoon Program

In the afternoon you can choose to participate in two different sessions. 


14.00-15.00 – LUX 7 – ENGLISH SPOKEN

Patrik Eklund, special guest of Go Short 2018, will give a masterclass scriptwriting. Drawing from his own extensive experience of writing successful short films he will address some very important do’s and don’t’s of the scriptwriting process.

This session kicks off with a short presentation on what a script coach can do for you. Wim Vanacker is scriptwriter/filmmaker with a background in psychology who is working for European Short Pitch (NISI MASA). He gives workshops on scriptwriting and pitching, among others for the New Arrivals: Go Short Campus.

Apart from this session on the Industry Day, we will organise script consultation sessions on Go Short 2018, together with LIRA. Three Dutch script coaches, Ena Sendijarevic, Shariff Korver and Joost van Ginkel, will be matched to young scriptwriters to give feedback on their latest script.

This masterclass is made possible with support of the LIRA foundation

14.00-15.00 – LUX5 – ENGLISH SPOKEN

Epic fails often result in the best learning experiences. By fucking up, you will find out that it is not the end of the world, and good things can still happen. This obviously also goes for the process of making films. A minor setback can feel like a catastrophe, but you have no choice but to roll with the punches and try to make the best of it. In this session, three documentary filmmakers will tell openheartedly about their capacity to fail miserably and the ability to rise again after. Recognizable for some, reassuring for many and inspiring for all. With Sanne Rovers, Kim Brand and Luís Costa. Moderated by Wytze Koppelman.

14.00-15.00 – LUX 5 – ENGLISH SPOKEN

Virtual reality has gained the interest of a wide variety of markets, and film festivals are no exception. VR is a lot, and film is one of them. The way ‘traditional’ film is being distributed and exhibited is quite institutionalized. But this is not the case for VR, yet. Therefore, many film festivals experiment with incorporating VR in their programming. In this panel we discuss the way in which VR is being exhibited, how this could (or should) improve, and whether this medium will become a new standard in experiencing film. Panel members are Gabe Van Amburgh, Darshika Karunahara and Laurens van Roomen.


14.00-15.00 – LUX 5 – ENGLISH SPOKEN

Epic fails often result in the best learning experiences. By fucking up, you will find out that it is not the end of the world, and good things can still happen. This obviously also goes for the process of making films. No matter how well prepared or brilliantly crafted the production might be, a minor setback can feel like a catastrophe. But you have no choice but to roll with the punches and try to make the best of it. Three documentary filmmakers will tell openheartedly about their capacity to fail miserably. Recognizable for some, reassuring for many and inspiring for all. With Sanne Rovers, Kim Brand and Luís Costa. Moderated by Wytze Koppelman.


15.15-16.15 – LUX 7 – ENGLISH SPOKEN 

Since Go Short is celebrating its tenth birthday this year, it’s a good time to reflect on what the past decade has brought us. And, more importantly, to what extend Go Short has helped those filmmakers we have seen emerge. In this panel session we will hear first-hand how Go Short has been an important stepping stone in the careers of well-known Dutch filmmakers. Also, we will talk about the significance of short film festivals as talent building platforms in general. How they are playing a vital role in the industry and how young filmmakers can benefit the most from selection, winning or just visiting. Panel members are Ena Sendijarevic, Joost van Ginkel and Christoph Bovermann.   

This panel is organised in a collaboration with the Short Film Conference.

15.15-16.15 – LUX 2 – ENGLISH SPOKEN

New distribution and technology has no effect on the core of any great film: great storytelling. The rules for well told stories with great characters haven’t changed for thousands of years and won’t now. In an interactive panel discussion successful web series creators discuss their experiences and the lessons they learned. Using an overview of recent web series worldwide you get an idea where to start and develop your own series to stand a chance in this new and soon competitive market. Dutch actor Pepijn Schoneveld will be one of the panellists.

15.15-16.15 – MIR – ENGLISH SPOKEN

For the Go Short industry day VERS organises a VR session dedicated to the young and new filmmakers. Together we will look at the recently finished VR film Meet the Soldier, by Dutch director Teddy Cherim and discuss the process of making it. How does creating a VR film differ from other films and where do you start? Get your VR questions answered!