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On March 7th, artist-extraordinaire ROSTO has left us. For over 20 years, his work was celebrated all over the world by its unique and visionary form. Rosto, during one of our sessions, said he would like his films to be appreciated by switching the electronic gadgets off, open a bottle of good wine, and dive in. So we would like to do exactly that this session. We will screen his short film THE MONSTER OF NIX, offer you a glass of wine, and dive in. After the screening, film festival representatives and colleagues will talk about his career, all in a very informal setup as our sessions normally are. Attendees include (this list is going to be updated until the event with more names): CHRIS OOSTEROM (artistic director IMAGINE FILM FESTIVAL), REMCO LEE POLMAN (Donald Duck, Sjors and Sjimmie), JANTIENE DE KROON (Mortel, Brug, Dirkjan Heerst!), HISKO HULSING (animator Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Junkyard) and more names to be announced.

THE MONSTER OF NIX directed by Rosto

A 30 minute long animated existentialist fairy tale.

Life is good in the idyllic fairytale village of Nix. Until an all-devouring monster appears…

with featured voice roles by Terry Gilliam, Tom Waits and The Residents, dedicated to Rosto’s son.

Netherlands-France-Belgium / 2011 / 30′ / English dialogues

Production : Studio Rosto A.D. / Autour de Minuit / CinéTé


Rosto’s (14 February 1969 – 7 March 2019) first shorts (the rise and fall of the legendary) Anglobilly Feverson (2002) and Jona/Tomberry (winner of the Grand Prix Canal+ at the Cannes Film Festival 2005) screened at many prestigious international festivals and brought him worldwide recognition. These short films were part of Mind My Gap, a mixed media project that started with an online graphic novel (now concluded on www.mindmygap.com), and continued with music and print, as well as films. A retrospective of his films and related work have been presented at several international festivals, including The Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana in 2015.

The Monster of Nix (2011) was the most ambitious project to date. The 30 minute animated musical took six years to produce, and had an impressive voice cast including Terry Gilliam, Tom Waits, The Residents and The Dø. The film, dedicated to Rosto's son Max, was theatrically released in the Netherlands and Belgium, won numerous awards, and screened at countless festivals.

In 2008, No Place Like Home was released. It was the first of a tetralogy of short films concerning the music and characters of the music project Thee Wreckers. Lonely Bones started its successful festival life at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013, and took home the grand prix of the biggest North American animation festival in Ottawa. Like Rosto’s other films, Bones was also distributed in Dutch cinemas and has been broadcast by various international television stations. Splintertime (2015) is Rosto’s third in a series of four films featuring his music project Thee Wreckers. Reruns (2018) completes the Thee Wreckers Tetralogy.

In our Official Selection, you can watch and meet the teams of:


Mariia Ponomarova | Live-Action | 11:30

It's the time of family visits at a summer camp near Kyiv. Danya (17) is expecting his father, who hasn't been part of their family for years: he prepares something special. The father arrives earlier than expected. While bearing father's not-funny-anymore jokes, Danya wonders if 'family' mean the same for the both of them.


Oscar Paling | Live-Action | 6:00

An old actor dreams of a final theatre performance.

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