JURY's REPORTS

April 2019


Winner: DAYDREAMING by YIM brakel

Runner-up: tribe of ghosts by almicheal fraay


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DAYDREAMING

'Beautifully shot and edited, the film is a lovely meditation on life, death, and connection.' Hany Abu-Assad, Director (Paradise Now, Omar, The Mountain Between Us)

'I am 82, but I still remember those days of daydreaming' Jan Harlan, Producer (The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut)

'Beautiful Film, strong balance of elements, strong concept.' Kim Sherman, Senior Production Executive at Warner Bros, Stage 13

'Tender, poetic but at the same time raw & inescapable this contemporary tale from different views & perspectives: in its characters, in their background, in their experience of the same event. We differ and at the same time, we do not at all. ‘Welcome to the future’, they all say in the film, what a glory that is with this new generation of Dutch actors.' Parwin Mirrahimy, Former Head of Programme Nederlands Film Festival (NFF)

'It is beautiful with cruelty. It fascinates me.' Willeke van Ammelrooy, Actress (Antonia, De Lift)

RUN BABY RUN

'Gritty, intense, and compelling, Run Baby Run is a haunting tale of troubled lovers on the run. An artistic examination of flawed human nature, showing that even those who do evil deeds have the capacity to love.' Hany Abu-Assad, Director (Paradise Now, Omar, The Mountain Between Us)

SCREWED

'Hilarious and inventive. Screwed is an exciting, quirky homage to comedy within the classic silent film, and showcases a terrific physical performance from Matin Dadfar.' Hany Abu-Assad, Director (Paradise Now, Omar, The Mountain Between Us)

'Wow. This film is a feast! First of all my personal discovery of this fantastic Iranian-born actor with so many registers: from slapstick and 'cartoonesque' to truly dramatic and a bit foolish romantic back to an elastic modern Charlie Chaplin. Different genres pass by at a rapid pace not to stand still for too long. And there we run again, literally, along with genres, emotions, situations, locations and spheres. The editing is dynamic and rhythmic, the camerawork pulls you ín this crazy film. And then the expressive actors do the rest all non-verbally. It’s smart, witty, I love it!' Parwin Mirrahimy, Former Head of Programme Nederlands Film Festival (NFF)"

SLEEPERS

'Cleverly balanced tones, good performances, strong production value.' Kim Sherman, Senior Production Executive at Warner Bros, Stage 13

TRIBE OF GHOSTS

'Heartbreaking subject balanced well with vibrant cinematography. Strong choice to deliver information in a more lyrical form.' Kim Sherman, Senior Production Executive at Warner Bros, Stage 13

'And BAM, we get to watch this strong short documentary about albino children in Africa. Heartbreaking, staggering, totally confusing. Important, freaking important. How is this still possible in the world we live in today? We need more information, knowledge. That's what film can do. Clever to make such a statement in such a short film. Courageous one.' Parwin Mirrahimy, Former Head of Programme Nederlands Film Festival (NFF)"

'"Shock" is the only word that comes to my mind while seeing this.' Willeke van Ammelrooy, Actress (Antonia, De Lift)

WON'T FORGET YOU

'So well observed, though the reality is probably less romantic' Jan Harlan, Producer (The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut)

'Well done. Well played. “Uit het leven gegrepen”' Willeke van Ammelrooy, Actress (Antonia, De Lift)

MARCH 2019


Winner: ACCIDENT by David Cocheret

Runner-up: AMEEN by Ismar Vejzovic & Bafl Sarhang


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Accident

'Finding dark comedic moments in a dire and serious situation, director David Cocheret has crafted a quirky, visceral short film. It's unexpected and packs a punch. Also, the two lead actors give fantastic performances.' Hany Abu-Assad, Director (Paradise Now, Omar, The Mountain Between Us)

'Well crafted story. Starts with high stakes and still leaves room to escalate tension. Excellent sense of character and backstory. Well-balanced dual-tones.' Kim Sherman, Senior Production Executive at Warner Bros, Stage 13

'A lot takes place around a car, a (whole) life together, or is it apart, reveals itself by accident after accident. Clever how the makers sketch such a rich story in such a short time & limited space. Good script, nice acting performances. Drama and a lot of humor at the same time.' Parwin Mirrahimy, Former-Head of Programme Nederlands Film Festival (NFF)

'The accident blew me away with grace, humor, pacing, photography, edit, all of it.What more do you want?' Rutger Hauer, Actor (Blade Runner, Batman Begins, Turks Fruits)

'Good and realistic reconstruction that works on all levels. Entertaining level is high.' Roel Reiné, Director (Marvel’s Inhumans, Black Sails, Redbad)

'The best thing this film has going for it is its unique way of getting to the actual story. The writer found a great twist to get to the point. Very well done!' Vincent van Ommen, Actor (The Dark Knight Rises, Amsterdam Heavy)

Alaraph

'Strong point of view. Excellence in performance, cinematography, editing and sound design. Nimble balance of tone. Well crafted and concise short-form story. Fun lens on toxic-masculinity. Ambitious production value. Completely original.' Kim Sherman, Senior Production Executive at Warner Bros, Stage 13

'Timeless but at the same time as story about our time, and past times. Beautifully made, strong acting performance and cinematography.' Parwin Mirrahimy, Former-Head of Programme Nederlands Film Festival (NFF)"

Alone with everyone's love

'Meditative, beautifully shot, and powerfully acted, this film takes a poem and turns it into cinematic form. In less than four minutes director Paulien van Hummel has packed an emotional story about loneliness, isolation, and depression in the face of potential happiness.' Hany Abu-Assad, Director (Paradise Now, Omar, The Mountain Between Us)

'Solid performances that work. The directing style and cinematography make this a very coherent and powerful movie. Love the ending looking into the camera, what is a great directorial choice.' Roel Reiné, Director (Marvel’s Inhumans, Black Sails, Redbad)

'I really loved this short. The music combined with great cinematography makes for a touching short film about a girl and her moments in life that feel almost like an actual memory.' Vincent van Ommen, Actor (The Dark Knight Rises, Amsterdam Heavy)

Ameen

'Most relevant all over the world these days. Like last year’s “A Man fell from the Sky”, a reminder that Europe is being weighed and may be found too light.' Jan Harlan, Producer (The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut)

'This is how it goes, well how it can go. Important, disturbing, really urgent and current. To bring such a delicate subject so beautifully and cinematic. It touches us even harder, more.' Parwin Mirrahimy, Former-Head of Programme Nederlands Film Festival (NFF)

'Very realistic story telling that works on all levels. Gripping realistic.' Roel Reiné, Director (Marvel’s Inhumans, Black Sails, Redbad)

Vilshult: An Amsterdam picture from IKEA

'The only Documentary from the films tells an interesting and emotional story about what it means to be an artist. This is a powerful, funny, film about how every photograph (even if it is mass produced from IKEA) has a story, and there is always an artist behind the art.' Hany Abu-Assad, Director (Paradise Now, Omar, The Mountain Between Us)