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Go Short 2021: a new festival perspective

Go Short 2021: a new festival perspective

Go Short 2021 is hybrid, exciting and corona-proof. In the recent months, the organization has been working on a program with online and offline components. A program that extends over different locations and a longer period, and above all, makes use of all those different presentation forms that the short film has to offer. The cinema will play a smaller role than usual this year. Go Short focuses on online activities and non-classical presentation forms such as immersive and podcasts, but also on the outdoor space in both urban areas and nature. This means that the festival focuses even more than ever on the public, innovation and experiment. Just like every year, the Go Short Awards presents the best European films, including the Go Short VEVAM Award for the greatest Dutch film talent and as always, the winners qualify for the Oscars, BAFTA and European Film Awards. Therefore Go Short continues to be an important platform for the presentation and development of film talent. 

The festival will start on 8 April with Go Short Online, an online festival program that focuses on the selection of the best films from Europe and lots of new film talent. If the measures allow, the public is welcome to a limited extent at a number of livestream broadcasts in the hall and at exhibitions that start later that period. For filmmakers and other professionals in the field of short film, Go Short organizes various workshops, panels, discussions and market meetings in a digital festival environment. The offer for schools has also been adapted to the current measures. If you want to stretch your legs, walk one of the movie routes with your hiking buddy or pick up a VR package to-go during your walk.

In June, Go Short organizes, subject to the rules, a large open-air public program at various places in Nijmegen. Here Go Short hopes to be able to meet the audience live again and treat them with the most beautiful films, conversations with makers and additional programming made by and in collaboration with regional partners and collectives. We will then go on tour with the best films of this edition and our pop-up cinema to the most beautiful places in Gelderland. As soon as the cinemas can receive visitors again, film programs can be seen in several movie houses in the country.

Go Short will be part of This Is Short from this year. This is Short is the international platform in which Go Short, together with three other European short film festivals, collaborates intensively by offering online programming for audiences and professionals. With this, the festivals join forces and offer one alternative in the diffuse online offer. The platform will be live from April 1 to June 30, 2021. Go Short will continue to offer online programs more often in the following period. This spring, for example, the third edition of the Gelderland Film Pitch will start, a talent development project for regional makers. They can submit their film plans until March 26.

Go Short is realized with multi-year support from Nederlands Film Fonds, Gemeente Nijmegen and Provincie Gelderland. The European Union and a number of private funds also support the activities that will take place in the coming period. The festival collaborates with a large number of international, national and regional partners. The selection for 2021 will be announced from 2 March, other programs will follow soon. Online tickets and passes are for sale from mid-March. Keep an eye on the website and social media for updates, new programs and possible adjustments due to the most current measures.