And the winners of the Go Short Online Awards are…
The moment of truth. Who will go home with the Go Short Awards? And which film will be the nominated candidate for the European Film Awards? All that was announced by the judges during the Go Short Awards ceremony. The winning films can be seen until May 13 at our streaming platform Go Short Online in the programs ‘Jury Winners 1’ and ‘Jury Winners 2’.
Of the 17 films in the Dutch competition, Marieke de Zwaan, originally a performer and maker in theater, received the VEVAM Award for Best Dutch Film worth €5.000 for her film debut So I Stay. According to the jury, she won thanks to the meditative aspect of strolling around and the amazing acting of the main character.
The jury made a special mention to the film Short Trip by Cassandra Offenberg, which had a world premiere during Go Short.
All winners receive an amount of €1500 and a DCP mastering service from partner Green DCP. They are also longlisted for the Oscars.
French director Adrien Merigeau won the award for best-animated film with the film Genius Loci. According to the jury, it was a wonderful combination of aesthetics and hand-drawn animations.
The special mention went to Winter in the Rainforst, in which filmmaker Ana-Laura Tuttelberg creates a surreal world through the combination of different materials and techniques.
With the film That Which is to Come is Just a Promise, maker collective Flatform has won the award for best documentary. The film shows the consequences of climate change on Funafuti island, one of the nine atolls of Tuvalu. “The filmmakers cleverly and painstakingly capture the inhabitants, who act as performers, juxtaposed and carefully framed within their ever-changing environment being reclaimed by the sea,” said the jury.
Finally, maker Pedro Neves Marques won the award for best fiction film with the current film The Bite, about the spread of an epidemic. “Pedro Neves Marques creates a new cinematic language that engages with antagonisms and plays with the political and social establishment.” The jury also chose this film as a European Film Award Candidate, with which it has a chance to win the European Award for Best Short Film during the European Film Awards Ceremony in Reykjavik December 2020.
The special mention in the documentary category of the European competition went to the fiction film At the Entrance of the Night, with which the French director Anton Bialas takes a refreshing look at immigration.
The Encouragement Award for Best Student Film worth €1.500 including DCP mastering service by partner Green DCP went to the film This Means More by French maker Nicolas Gourault. With this film, he takes a look at the Hillsborough stadium disaster. According to the jury, he won this award because of the good balance between archive material and computer-generated images and the way in which this complex subject is portrayed.
Music video competition
Swedish filmmaker Daniel Wirtberg won the award for best music video. The 9-minute video clip LOUSY / IN IN IN made for the American rapper Zebra Katz breaks the status quo and shows both the hard and soft side of masculinity and alternates between introverted and extroverted. The special mention was for Alice Saey for her colorful and rhythmic animated music video Careful.