Menu Friday 7 April
Friday 7 April
Friday 7 April


10:00 – 11:00 | LUX7
At the breakfast meetings, filmmakers get to meet key figures from the international short film industry, while the international industry gets a taste of Go Short’s finest. The breakfast meetings are hosted by Creative Europe Desk NL | DutchCulture. The Desk gives tailored advice on how to access EU funding and helps with the development of your funding applications. For an overview of the funding opportunities of the MEDIA-strand please have a look at this brochure.


11:00 – 12:30 | Studio LUX
Films can contribute to how we envision our lives. With the masterclass “Shaping the Future,” we will explore the impact of subtle messaging in films, and how filmmakers can weave important themes into their work without being preachy. We’ll discuss how themes such as diversity, representation, and sustainability can be naturally integrated into a film’s plot and imagery, ultimately contributing to a better understanding of our world. Be part of this insightful conversation and discover how filmmakers can set an example and inspire positive change.

This masterclass will be given by Maxime Jean-Baptiste and Catarina de Sousa, and moderated by Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo from Op-Docs is the New York Times’ award-winning series of short documentaries by independent filmmakers.


11:00 – 12:30 | LUX4
During this masterclass, we will have an open discussion to explore the critical issue of preventing transgressive behavior in the festival world. Luce Grosjean from Miyu Distribution virtually joins the masterclass to elaborate on the establishment of, and motivations behind Keep Festive, an anti-harassment and discrimination network. We are also joined by Vivian Cintra from Engagement Arts, an organization addressing gender-based violence, sexism, discrimination and abuse of power in the Dutch arts and design field. Together with Vivian, we will discuss the potential tools needed to create a safe and respectful environment, including the implementation of a code of conduct for festival organizations. We’ll also discuss the importance of taking action around a festival’s professional guests, volunteers, and partners to ensure a positive and inclusive experience for everyone involved in a festival and explore different ways that festivals and events go about establishing a safe space.

We will open the discussion in order to investigate possible actions to tackle the issue. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a part of the solution in preventing transgressive behavior at festivals.

This session is moderated by Emilia Mazik and is organized in collaboration with Kaboom Animation Festival, the Keep Festive Network and Engagement Arts NL.


11:00 – 12:30 | The Mariënburg Chapel
Dive into the art of writing “difficult” scenes that challenge even the most experienced writers. Get ready for a masterclass that will help you tackle the toughest scenes on set! Last year’s successful session Sex on Set: don’t screw it up!, in which two intimacy coordinators addressed how sex on stage could be improved, inspired us to dive deeper into the writing process for ‘difficult’ scenes. Join us for an in-depth masterclass with three industry professionals – a scriptwriter, an intimacy coach, and a stunt coach – as they share their expertise on how to approach intimate, stunt, and fight scenes in your scripts. Don’t miss out on this essential masterclass to elevate your writing and bring your scenes to life!

This masterclass will be given by Isis Cabolet (scriptwriter), Marco Maas (Stunt Coordinator and Owner of Stuntteam de Beukelaer) and Philine Janssens (Intimacy Coordinator).


14:00 – 17:00 | LUX7
Get ready to broaden your horizons and step out of your comfort zone during our roundtable talks session! From the meaning of truth to dealing with the attention of the industry and from the visibility and distribution of Short film to the role of new technologies and artificial intelligence. Choose your preferred table and participate in conversations with experts in the field. Can’t decide? No problem! There will be two rounds of discussions. Whatever you choose to take on, one thing is certain: you’re expected not to stand by the side-line. Take a seat and get involved.

Check out the topics of our roundtable talks here.


15:30 – 17:00 | Studio LUX
During this two-part workshop you will be a part of an interactive talks concerning everything you need and want to know about film festivals. Are you a filmmaker and do you want to get your short film on the big screen? Be sure to drop by the How to get screened masterclass. The second part of our How To workshop is focused mostly on how you can get your film to be a part of a festival. What is the process behind application and afterwards selection of films at festivals? Gain an understanding of distribution processes, submission platforms, fake festivals, premiere requirements and everything else that you are eager to learn.

This masterclass will be given by Douwe Dijkstra (director Neighbour Abdi – Go Short 2023) and Mathieu Janssen (film curator and creative coordinator at Go Short), and moderated by Mardou Jacobs (chief executive manager of the NBF – Dutch Professional Organisation for Film- and Televisionmakers).


17:00 – 19:00 | The Pavilion
Today’s industry drinks are hosted by Ammodo Docs. Ammodo Docs is a series of artistic shorts about original minds. Fifteen-minute films by leading Dutch filmmakers challenge you to experience the world of pioneers in arts and science. We invite you to come and conclude the day with the rest of our industry guests at the pavilion. Have a drink, get yourself some snacks and talk away the afternoon.


19:30 – 21:00 | The Mariënburg Chapel
“Well begun is half done.” That applies to almost everything, but certainly to short film. The first scene of a (short) film is always a promise made to the audience for what is about to follow. It serves to capture our attention and make us dive freely and effortlessly into this new adventure. Fire up your film on Vimeo or on a USB-stick and take the stage to test your scene at Go Short in front of a panel of experts who will be there to help you and give you valuable feedback! The panel will consist of Jori(k) Amit Galama (filmmaker, writer and guest curator for Go Short), Alice Shone (programmer for Tribeca Film Festival), Qila Gill (programmer for London Short Film Festival).



23:00 – 4:00 | Amanné Caribisch Centrum
When night falls, it’s time to get moving! Break out your best moves and enjoy the warm rhythms of salsa, bachata and merengue. Grab a (alcohol free) cocktail and envision that you are dancing on the beaches of the Dutch Caribbean. We cannot envision a better way to prepare for the country in focus film screenings! When entering, you pay €5 entrance fee for the checkroom and receive a token for one drink.