OUR 2016 WEEKLY SESSIONS ARE OVER BUT THE FUN HAS JUST BEGUN!
FROM TUESDAY DEC 6TH UNTIL DEC 22ND, WE WILL ASK WHICH ONE, FROM OUR NOMINEES FOR BEST FILM OF THE YEAR, IS THE COUNTRY'S FAVOURITE FILM.
FOR THAT WE TEAMED UP WITH THE BEST PARTNERS IN THE BUSINESS, YOUR LOCAL FILM PLATFORMS, TO HOST THESE SPECIAL SCREENINGS.
JOIN US FOR THE SHORTCUTZ NATIONAL AUDIENCE AWARD AND VOTE!
Join your local screenings, watch the 7 short movies nominated for Best Film of the Year and pick your favourite in the end.
These 7 films were selected by Shortcutz Amsterdam's jury team composed of: actor Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner); executive producer Jan Harlan (The Shining); actor Tygo Gernandt (Van God Los); director Roel Reiné (Michiel de Ruyter); actress Ariane Schluter (Lucia de B.); director Eddy Terstall (Simon); producer Jeroen Koolbergen (Snapshots), producer Jan Doense aka Mr. Horror, actor Vincent van Ommen, producer Harmen Jalvingh (Becoming Zlatan), Nederlands Film Festival programmer Claire van Daal, EYE senior programmer and head of acquisitions René Wolf, and street-artist Laser 3.14.
WHEN & WHERE ?
The result of this voting, the Mr. Zee Audience Award, will be announced during the 4th Edition of the Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards, on January 23rd at EYE Film Museum, Cinema 1!
Every year Shortcutz invite 11 inspiring film personalities to deliver a speech to inspire and motivate the new generation of filmmakers to create better movies and to announce the winners of several categories. For this edition, we have confirmed legendary producer Jan Harlan; Stanley Kubrick’s executive producer and right-hand (from 1969 until the end) and Spielberg’s producer for A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
In our Annual Awards we will also announce the Mr. Zee awards decided by our JURY TEAM in the categories of: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Post-Production, Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Experimental, and Best DoP.
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NOMINEES FOR BEST FILM OF THE YEAR
JIMMY ON THE RUN
Documentary | directed by Wytse Koetse
length | 07:47 minutes
A 7-minute portrait of natural born fashion and street photographer 'Jimmy on the Run'. Coming from rural China, he now roams the streets of Amsterdam always chasing the next best picture. This short film shows Jimmy’s passion for the lens, his dynamic lifestyle and his struggle with family expectations.
"Telling such a big story in less than 10 minutes...about an artist, his art, his (our!) world, and searching for dad's respect in a way we all can understand without being too easy." Claire van Daal programmer at Nederlands Film Festival
"A beautiful portrait about a young man making portraits of others.” director Eddy Terstall (Simon, Meet me in Venice)
“It’s absolutely great to see the world through Jimmy’s eyes.” documentary producer Harmen Jalvingh (Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies, Becoming Zlatan)
"What begins as a flashy and seemingly superficial story gradually turns into a genuinely moving portrait of a man who loves people and is ultimately looking for the appreciation and love of his own father.” Jan Doense & Rutger Hauer
"An excellent “calling card” for the photographer! Good stills, an impression of Amsterdam and very well cut and assembled; bringing the charming filmmaker and his troublesome relationship with his father into the film adds a dramatic element. Should I be looking for a good photographer I would hire this man immediately.” producer Jan Harlan (The Shinning, Full Metal Jacket)
“You can't help yourself falling in love with Jimmy. You feel his passion pouring off the and his desire to connect with his father is heartbreaking.” Street Artist Laser 3.14
“This short has everything that you want to see in a movie, explore something new, be emotional touched, visual bombarded, see a stylistic choice, feel a ritme and make something that will be remembered. Wytse Koetse is giving all of that in the highest possible quality.” director Roel Reiné (Michiel de Ruyter, Dead in Tombstone)
"Beautiful insight into Jimmy’s world and him as a human being. The smooth editing and coloring really compliment the picture.” actor Vincent van Ommen (Amsterdam Heavy, The Dark Knight Rises)
Animation | directed by Patrick Schoenmaker
length | 02:40 minutes
The seclusive retirement home Afterglow is a depressing end station. Fortunately, feisty elderly Gerda has one spark of joy: the weekly Bingo night. When she is one blank short of winning the game and the tiny ball suddenly disappears, she starts an absurd search in which she is willing to go to extreme lengths in order to get the outcome of that night's bingo game.
"I keep on laughing about being old and dead.” Claire van Daal programmer at Nederlands Film Festival
“Well made and so macabrely funny.” documentary producer Harmen Jalvingh (Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies, Becoming Zlatan)
"One hell of a sick, little, perfectly executed animated short.” producer Jan Doense aka Mr Horror
“Very well done!” producer Jan Harlan (The Shinning, Full Metal Jacket)
"Very funny and intelligent animation.” producer Jeroen Koolbergen (Tirza, Suskind)
"Normally I'm not a huge fan of shorts that work towards a "punchline" but this one was really well done and funny.” Street Artist Laser 3.14
“Funny and very well executed.” director Roel Reiné (Michiel de Ruyter, Dead in Tombstone)
"Crazy little things. Animated purrfect delight.” actor Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Batman Begins)
"Super granny won’t take no for an answer! I enjoyed this short very much! It’s a fun and entertaining story combined with a crisp, high quality animation and subtle voice-work, very well done.” actor Vincent van Ommen (Amsterdam Heavy, The Dark Knight Rises)
Experimental | directed by Camiel Zwart
cast | Shintaro Oue, Angelle Peters, Kenzo Kusuda
length | 13:50 minute
Platform 13 tells the tragicomic story of a Japanese railway conductor. With his equally strong and graceful movements he keeps the biggest crowds under control. But then he ends up in his biggest nightmare: a strange new world, in which he and his signals prove unnecessary.
“Excellent pantomime, well produced and directed, good choreography; the melancholy of this sad person, who’s dream is overshadowed by his nightmares, is very moving. Very good ending.” Producer Jan Harlan (The Shinning, Full Metal Jacket)
"Loved it. Great choreography.” Street Artist Laser 3.14
“Great actor/dancer/acrobat. Original, moving and funny. Very good music.” Producer Jeroen Koolbergen (Tirza, Süskind)
“Great film. It feels like entering a dream.” Producer Harmen Jalvingh (Becoming Zlatan, Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies)
Animation | directed by Michael Sewnarain
length | 09:25 minutes
A solitary watchmaker seeks consolation and meaning in his daily routine. Then, one evening, he is offered a very eccentric watch to repair...
"Very intriguing and well made. Good music.’ producer Jeroen Koolbergen (Tirza, Suskind)
"My absolute favorite for this month. Wonderful, touching story and beautifully animated. I watched it several times." documentary producer Harmen Jalvingh (Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies, Becoming Zlatan)
"A deeply moving story, beautifully animated and with a great score." producer Jan Doense aka Mr Horror
"Just stunning and so heartfelt." Street Artist Laser 3.14
"Magical and of international quality." director Roel Reiné (Michiel de Ruyter, Dead in Tombstone)
"Really touched me." actor Tygo Gernandt (Van God Los, Het Schnitzelparadijs)
Documentary | directed by Klaas Arie Westland
length | 11:42 minutes
Ahmad is a refugee from Syria, just arrived in the Netherlands. Exist follows him taking a first walk in a new town, in a new world.
"Stemmig gefilmd. Indringend. Belangrijk verhaal." director Eddy Terstall (Simon, Meet me in Venice)
"Beautifully made cinematic and confronting portrait." documentary producer Harmen Jalvingh (Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies, Becoming Zlatan)
"Sober and sad but ultimately hopegiving insight into the mind of a refugee." producer Jan Doense aka Mr Horror
"A most relevant portrait of loneliness and longing - it will be a big struggle and walking with her hand in hand is still far away, a basic dream. For the time he is happy in his ex-prison and he is glad that this room has been made available for him - a stepping stone. The viewer is left with a feeling that he’s going to make it!" producer Jan Harlan (The Shinning, Full Metal Jacket)
"Gripping, a very personal look at the refugee problem." director Roel Reiné (Michiel de Ruyter, Dead in Tombstone)
"For me this film captures the hope, tragedy, loneliness and love we struggle with. Finally a story that doesn’t paint a refugee as a victim but as a human." actor Vincent van Ommen (Amsterdam Heavy, The Dark Knight Rises)
Fiction | directed by Laura Hermanides
cast | Alix Jana Cale, Bert Haelvoet, Katrin Lohmann, Zoë Schools, Patrick Vervueren
length | 12:24 minutes
A twelve year old girl plays a dangerous game with unforeseeable consequences.
"Because of it’s subcutaneous tension, young talented Alix Jana Cale, choices director Laura Hermanides and scriptwriter Shauni De Gussem made considering don’t tell but show." Claire van Daal programmer at Nederlands Film Festival
"Lief, bizar, ongemakkelijk." director Eddy Terstall (Simon, Meet me in Venice)
"I trust the filmmakers know what they are saying." producer Jan Harlan (The Shinning, Full Metal Jacket)
"Great acting and great cinematographic storytelling." producer Jan Doense aka Mr Horror
Documentary / Animation | directed by Diëgo Nurse
length | 09:00 minutes
A poetic portrait of the moment that Beyong, a 30-year old transgender who was taught to suppress her true self growing up, gives in to her subconsciousness and starts her transformation into the woman she is today.
"Moving life story, intriguing animation." actress Ariane Schluter (Lucia de B, Ober)
"I liked the animation chosen to tell us more about Beyong's experiences." Claire van Daal, programmer at Nederlands Film Festival
"I really like the way animations are used to tell the story." documentary producer Harmen Jalvingh (Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies, Becoming Zlatan)