European Competition Jury
Matt Lloyd (UK)
Matt Lloyd has worked in film exhibition in Scotland for the past two decades. He was short film programmer of Edinburgh International Film Festival between 2004 and 2008 and director of Inverness Film Festival from 2006 to 2008. He produced two unique film events for the Oscar-winning actor Tilda Swinton and filmmaker Mark Cousins, The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams (2008) and A Pilgrimage (2009). His critical history of EIFF How the Movie Brats Took Over Edinburgh was published in 2011. He has directed Glasgow Short Film Festival for eight years, in which time it has grown from a modest two day event into Scotland’s leading international short film festival. Matt has directed two short fiction films and one short documentary.
Robert Munday (UK)
Head of Programming at Short of the Week, Rob Munday has been obsessed with short film ever since they first crossed his path on late night TV in the UK. A firm believer that short films play a large part in helping to shape the future of not only filmmaking, but also storytelling, he has been writing and curating at Short of the Week for over 8-years. He also helped set-up independent film website Directors Notes, has curated screenings at festivals worldwide and teaches a future generation of storytellers at Bournemouth University.
Isabel Herguera (ES)
Isabel Herguera studied Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf, Germany and animation at the California Institute of the Arts, Calarts. She worked for several animation productions in Los Angeles before returning to Spain in 2003 to direct Animac, International Animation Festival of Cataluña in Lleida and to coordinate the Laboratory of Moving Image (LIM) in Arteleku, Center for Contemporary Art in San Sebastian, Spain. She directed and produced award winning short films like La Gallina Ciega (2005), Berbaoc (2007) Ámár (2010), Bajo la Almohada (2012), Sailor´s Grave ( 2012) Amore D´Inverno (2015) Kutxa Beltza ( 2016). Form 2005 to 2014 she has been guest Profesor at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India and from 2012 to 2015 in China Central Academy of Fine Arts ( CAFA) in Beijing, China. Currently she is a Profesor of animation the Kunsthochschule der Media ( KHM) in Cologne, Germany.
Marcin Luczaj (PL)
Marcin graduated in Film & Media Studies from the University of Lodz and in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw. Since 2016, he works for New Europe Film Sales, at a Warsaw-based boutique sales agency specialized in both features and shorts, and he is responsible for the feature films acquisitions and the short film catalogue. For several years he has been working as short and feature film programmer at Warsaw Film Festival and the cult ŻUBROFFKA Short Film Festival, and he acted as a guest curator for various international film festivals around the world. Marcin also worked as a production manager with a Warsaw-based production company, Koi Studio, and for the Ad Arte Foundation, where he managed short film distribution in Polish cinemas (World Shorts, Future Shorts) along with international promotion of Polish shorts.
Danielle Guirguis (NL)
Danielle Guirguis started her career at Fu Works where she was responsible for the Marketing & PR of Paul Verhoeven’s Zwartboek. She then joined Eyeworks (now Warner Brothers NL) as an Executive Producer on Reinout Oerlemans’ Komt een Vrouw bij de Dokter and De Gelukkige Huisvrouw by Anoinette Beumer. For Shooting Star Film company she produced the teenage box office hits Spijt and Razend by Dave Schram and De Groeten van Mike by Maria Peters. In 2011 she set up her own production company Smarthouse Films that focuses on commercial arthouse, linking music, arts and design into the world of film.
Student & Dutch Competition Jury
Annette Scholz (DE)
While working for several years in the organization of the International Film Festival in Mannheim-Heidelberg, she finished her studies in Spanish, French Philology and Media. In 2000 she arrives in Spain to carry out her research on contemporary Spanish cinema, a topic on which her doctoral thesis is based. She is the founder of the Spanish Film Festival in Tübingen-Stuttgart, co-founder of the CineForum association and a member of the organization of the first Ibero-American cinema exhibition in Passau. She also collaborated with the Spanish and Latin American film festivals in Hamburg and worked with different distribution companies from Chile. She participated in several international digital distribution projects, including the Lisbon Village Festival. Since 2006 she has worked as international coordinator at ALCINE – Alcalá de Henares Film Festival / Comunidad de Madrid, while continuing her researches on Spanish cinema. In 2016 she co-edited the third volume of the series Aproximaciones a las culturas hispánicas (Vervuert): El cortometraje español (2000-2015). Tendencias y ejemplos.
Khadija Ben-Fradj (FR)
Born in France, 1986, Khadija first went to the school of art of Geneva (EEA), before she got her degree with honors in cinema in the school of Art and Design of Geneva (HEAD). The short film she made during her study, Courber L’échine was a success for the last 2 years. The short was selected by many festivals (Clermont, Asiana film festival), and won the Encouragement Award for the Best Student Film at Go Short in 2016, and was even bought by national French Television Company Arte. Since then she has been working on her next project about Daesh Petit Frère, which already won the “Upcoming Lab” Development at Journées de Soleure in 2016.
Giovanni Pompili (IT)
Giovanni Pompili was born in 1979. Since 2002 Pompili has worked in the development and production of over 20 documentaries and shorts in Italy and the UK. After rising through the ranks of the audiovisual world, working on film sets and in television studios, he has become a producer and director. This helps him understand and relate to productive and artistic needs. In 2011, after winning the Ilaria Alpi Prize, he became the manager of Kino Produzioni and changed the core business of the company from TV service production to development and production of cinematic stories with emerging directors. Five years ago Pompili, along with 50 other professionals, also founded Il Kino in Rome, a small theater/bistrot. From then on he has experienced being a distributor and a vendor.
Chema Garcia Ibarra (ES)
Chema Garcia Ibarra was born in 1980 in Elche (Spain), where he is still living and working. He has directed The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5 (2008), Protoparticles (2010) and Mystery (2013), all of them are “domestic science-fiction” short films without professional actors. His shorts where selected and awarded in some of the most important film festivals, including La Quinzaine des Realisateurs, Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, AFI fest, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Go Short, Curtas Vila do Conde and Alcine. He has won the Méliès d’Or for the best fantastic European short film, two honorable mentions in Sundance and the nomination for the European Film Awards, among others awards. In 2016 Chema has made the short film The Disco Shines, which premiered in San Sebastián Film Festival and was included in the Turkish omnibus film In the Same Garden. He is now working on his first feature film.
After several years of working as a management consultant Martien Vlietman decided to change course and pursue a career in sports journalism. This led her to the Amsterdam based channel AT5 where she worked for three years as a sports editor before hopping over to the prestigious Dutch broadcaster VPRO. Holland Sport is amongst her tv successes, a very unexpected and successful format, hosted by Wilfried de Jong. After achieving success for big Dutch shows as Zomergasten and 24 uur met Martien co-created 3LAB for the Dutch Public Broadcasting Agency NPO.
3LAB is an unique online channel where young promising media talents get a chance to work on their latest ideas. This includes film and television. She currently coordinates the development of talent within the VPRO, while developing new formats and editing numerous VPRO titles.
MovieZone Jury at Go Short
Merlijn Willemsem (17 years)
Ever since I was 11 years old my biggest dream has been to become a director. I was already making short films with friends back then and I really loved it! Recently, cinematography has been starting to appeal to me. I expect to see a lot of talent at Go Short. Hopefully I get to meet a lot of passionate and motivated people!
Bas van Zanten (19 years)
I watch a lot of feature films and short films, an average of 1 to 2 per day. So I’m really looking forward to the Go Short International Short Film Festival! As a member of the jury, I will pay special attention to how the message is conveyed to the viewer, as well as to cinematography and structure.
Desi van Horne (18 years)
As a member of the jury I think I will focus on acting and the strength of the narrative. I will also pay attention to any experimental film techniques used by the filmmaker, as that’s something that really fascinates me. I’d love to become a film director myself in the future, but the world of television also appeals to me. Hopefully I will get some inspiration for the future during the film festival!
Kika Schipper (16 years)
In the future I would love to do something with film, preferably go to Film Academy and then move into directing. But I think commercials and advertising are awesome too, and documentaries as well! As a judge, I think I will focus on camera work, light, color and how shots are set up. Also at acting, I think. The kind of mood a filmmaker is trying to convey is also important.
NTR Go Short Awards
Go Short and Dutch public broadcaster NTR proudly present the NTR Go Short Awards for Best European Short Film in four categories: Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Art Film. All films in the European competition are eligible to receive an NTR Go Short Award. It’s the ninth time NTR joins us for the award ceremony, as they have been our partner from the very first edition. The winners of each category receive a € 1.250 prize.
The winners of the NTR Go Short Awards will be chosen by the Europese Competition Jury.
VEVAM Go Short Award
All films in the Dutch competition are eligible to receive the VEVAM Go Short Award for Best Dutch Short Film. It’s the fifth year VEVAM, the Dutch copyright society for film and television directors, partners with us for this award. A segment of the income of VEVAM is transferred into Stichting VEVAM Fonds (VEVAM Fund for social and cultural purposes). The VEVAM Go Short Award, consisting of € 2.500, is intended to stimulate Dutch directors to experiment and expand the genre of short film.
The winner of the VEVAM Go Short Award will; be chosen by the Student & Dutch Competition Jury.
Go Short hands out an Encouragement Award for the Best Student Film in the Breaking Shorts Student Competition. This award, amounting to € 5.000, serves as an encouragement to a young artist at the start of a promising career in filmmaking. This prize corresponds to the vision of Go Short: to discover, stimulate and inspire young talents.
The winner of the Encouragement Award will be chosen by the Student & Dutch Competition Jury.
Nijmegen Youth Award
The youngest jury of Go Short is now in its sixth year. Guided by MovieZone – the youth department of EYE – five teenagers with a sharp eye for quality in short film, team up in the Youth Jury. These youngsters, all aged between 16 and 19 years, provide a fresh view on a selection of films from the competition programs. They will decide who will receive the MovieZone Award and the Nijmegen Youth Award, a cash price of € 750, made available by Gemeente Nijmegen.
The winner of the MovieZone Award will be chosen by the Moviezone Jury at Go Short.
Go Short Audience Award
in collaboration with Omroep Gelderland
The winner of the Go Short Audience Award will be selected by using the greatest wisdom of all: the wisdom of the crowd. All shorts in competition are eligible for this € 1.000 prize which is presented in collaboration with Omroep Gelderland.
The winner of the Go Short Audience Award will be chosen by the Go Short audience.