6th SHORTCUTZ AMSTERDAM ANNUAL AWARDs
20 January | Eye Film Museum | 20:00
tickets available HERE.
# Dresscode: Festive #
For the sixt year running, we celebrate the best of Dutch short film at the Eye Film Museum, in Amsterdam.
Every year we invite inspiring film personalities to deliver a speech to inspire the new generation to create more and better movies. It’s our way of trying to create an awards ceremony where everybody wins something, at the very least some inspiration.
The 6th Edition of the Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards will be held on the 20th of January 2019, 20:00 at EYE, Amsterdam.
We also honour a role model who has been inspiring the new Dutch filmmakers and contributed to the prestige of Dutch cinema at home and abroad with the Shortcutz Career Award.
This ceremony we award the best of Dutch short film, granting prizes in 10 categories: Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Experimental, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Post-Production, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Film. The latter is awarded €15,000 worth of services by Filmmore and Cam-a-lot, €7,500 each. Cam-a-lot also awards the winner of Mr Zee Best Cinematography with equipment rental worth € 2,500 and Filmmore awards the winner of Mr Zee Editing with post-production facilities worth € 2,500 .
For the second time, Shortcutz Amsterdam went international for the Audience Award. This Award is the audience's favourite film of our screenings made in December and January throughout the world with regional partners: AMSTERDAM (North Holland), organised by Shortcutz Amsterdam, ARNHEM (Gelderland), organised by Gelders DOEK, BERLIN (Germany), organised by Shortcutz Berlin + FeldKino Berlin, DORNBIRN (Austria), organised by Dutch Film Days Vienna, EINDHOVEN (North Brabant), organised by BROET, FIGUEIRA DA FOZ (Portugal ), organised by Shortcutz Figueira da Foz, FUNCHAL (Portugal ), organised by Shortcutz Funchal, GUIMARÃES (Portugal ), organised by Shortcutz Guimarães, JOHANNESBURG (South Africa), organised by The Bioscope Independent Cinema and Rapid Lion - The South Africa International Film Festival, LISBOA (Portugal ), organised by Shortcutz Lisboa, LONDON (UK), organised by Dutch Centre, LOS ANGELES (USA), organised by NewFilmmakers Los Angeles + Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, PORTO (Portugal), organised by Shortcutz Porto, ROTTERDAM (South Holland), organised by Film Platform Rotterdam, SANTA CATARINA (Brazil), organised by Shortcutz Santa Catarina, TOKYO (Japan), organised by One Night Films + Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan, VENLO (Limburg), organised by Cinesud, VIENNA (Austria), organised by Dutch Film Days Vienna and VLISSINGEN (Zeeland), organised by Filmalot + Film by the Sea + CineCity. The winner will also be announced at the ceremony.
GUESTS OF HONOUR
More names to be announced soon.
Erwin Olaf emerged onto the international art scene with his series CHESSMEN, which won the Young European Photographer of the Year award in 1988. Starting his career as a photojournalist documenting the nightlife of the 1980s, Olaf increasingly sought and defined his own subjects, often explored in series of works in black and white (SQUARES, CHESSMEN, and BLACKS) and color (Mind of Their Own, Rain, Hope, Grief, Dusk, and Dawn). In recent years he has developed his themes through the form of monumental tableaux, for which he adopts the role of director as well as photographer.
His most recent work sees the conclusion of the three-part project Shifting Metropolises (working title), a series of artworks looking at internationally renowned cities undergoing seismic change in the modern world. Rather than fabricating a controlled studio environment, in this trilogy Olaf has shot on location for the first time, retaining his characteristic cinematic associations to produce a body of work wrought with the genuine emotions and neuroses of these places and their inhabitants.
Olaf’s bold approach to his work has earned a number of commissions from institutions, including Louis Vuitton, Vogue, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Rijksmuseum, for which he designed the 2016 Catwalk exhibition, including a promotional video and photographic campaign. He has been awarded Photographer of the Year in the International Color Awards 2006 and Kunstbeeld magazine’s Dutch Artist of the Year 2014, as well as the Netherlands’ prestigious Johannes Vermeer Award in 2011. Additional international awards include the Silver Lion at the Cannes Advertising Festival and a Lucie Award for achievement in advertising, both in 2008.
Olaf has screened video work at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum at FIT, New York; and Nuit Blanche Toronto, with a live score commissioned for his series Waiting. He has also projected his thirty-channel video installation L’Éveil onto the Hôtel de Ville for Nuit Blanche in Paris, curated by Jean de Loisy (Director, Palais de Tokyo). In March 2018, the Museu da Imagem e do Som in São Paulo hosted a retrospective of his work.
In 2018, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, acquired five hundred key artworks from Olaf’s forty-year oeuvre for their collection. This followed official portraits Olaf made for the Dutch royal family in 2018 and his designing the new euro coin for King Willem Alexander in 2013. Rutger Pontzen, art critic for Dutch newspaper the Volkskrant, said, “Controversial or not, Erwin Olaf does give a picture of the Netherlands . . . and that makes him distinctive in Dutch photography. . . . In other words, his oeuvre belongs to the cultural heritage.” Now internationally renowned, Erwin Olaf’s photography remains an essential part of Dutch culture. Taco Dibbits, Rijksmuseum director, says, “His work is deeply rooted in the visual traditions of Dutch art,” and consequently Olaf is “one of the most important photographers of the final quarter of the twentieth century.”
In 2019, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Fotomuseum Den Haag will host a joint anniversary solo exhibition for Erwin Olaf to commemorate his sixtieth birthday and celebrate his forty years of photography. The Shanghai Center of Photography will also host a solo exhibition that year, and the Rijksmuseum will host an exhibition with a selection of works acquired from Olaf in 2018.
Renée Soutendijk achieved her star status in PASTORALE 1943 (1978, Wim Verstappen).
In SPETTERS (1980, Paul Verhoeven) her name was finally established with the general public. A year later she played resistance fighter Hannie Schaft in THE GIRL WITH THE RED HAIR (1981, Ben Verbong).
In 1982, Soutendijk played her first foreign role in the American television production INSIDE THE THIRD REICH (1982, Marvin J. Chomsky). One year after she played in THE FOURTH MAN (1983, Paul Verhoeven). In 1985 she received an honorary Golden Calf for her career.
In 1991 Renée played the leading role in a major Hollywood production: EVE OF DESTRUCTION (1991, Duncan Gibbins) and she played in the German television film DER MANN AUS DER PFALZ.
Renée Soutendijk was also featured in OP AFPETALING (1992, Frans Weisz), WITNESS (1994, Paul Ruven), the thriller DE FLAT (1996 Ben Verbong) and THE YEAR OF THE PROGRAM (1997, Frans Weisz), WITH BIG BLIJDSCHAP (2001, Lodewijk Crijns).
In 1998, 1999 and 2000 she played in German television productions such as HAUPTSACHE LEBEN (1998, Connie Walter), the trio series ALPHAMAN (1999, Thomas Jauch), DAS DELPHINWUNDER (1999, Christoph Schrewe) and episodes of the Krimi's SCHIMANSKI and TATORT. For her German television work she received the Adolf Grimme Preis in 1999.
Latelly she can be seen in Luca Guadagnino’s SUSPIRIA alongside Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, among others.
JAN HARLAN, producer (The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut)
Jan Harlan joined Stanley Kubrick in 1969 for a film on Napoleon, which was unfortunately abandoned.
He later was executive producer for all Kubrick films such as THE SHINING, FULL METAL JACKET, EYES WIDE SHUT, BARRY LYNDON and worked on other unrealised projects with Stanley Kubrick.
After Kubrick’s death in 1999 he worked with Steven Spielberg on “A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE” and made documentaries on Stanley Kubrick and the actor Malcolm McDowell for Warner Bros.
Sacha Polak is an award winning director and writer. She graduated from the Dutch Film and Television Academy in 2006. Her graduation project, the movie TEER, was selected for a number of international movie festivals.
Shortly after her project, TEER, the short movies EL MOURABBI (2007), DRANG(2008), ONDER DE TAFEL (2008) and BROER (2011) followed.
With her first feature film HEMEL (2011) she received great critical acclaim from the international press. The project was also part of the selection of many international film festivals, including the Berlinale Forum where it won the FIPRESCI award. (International Federation of Film Critics Award).
Two years after the success of HEMEL, Sacha came back, this time with the documentary NEW BOOBS (2013). The documentary revolves around the options woman have if they are carrying the genetically transmitted breast cancer gene. With this documentary Sacha got her second slew of International Film Festival selections, to great critical acclaim.
Her second feature film ZURICH (2014) got many positive reviews, and it als got selected for the Berlinale where it won the International Confederation of Art Cinema Award (C.I.C.E.A award) ,which is a jury price, for Best Film of FORUM.
Sacha's first English language feature DIRTY GOD (2019), which she directed and co-wrote, is the first Dutch film ever to have been selected for the Sundance main competition, and the opening movie of IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Orwa Nyrabia is the Artistic Director at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Nyrabia was born in Syria and made a name for himself in the documentary world as a film producer, curator and programmer – as well as a mentor, an activist and a lobbyist.
Nyrabia worked as an actor in theatre and film and as a journalist before, in 2004, he started to produce independent documentary films. His filmography includes succesful titles like Dolls, A Woman from Damascus (2008), Return to Homs (2013) and Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014).
In 2008, Nyrabia and his partner Diana el-Jeiroudi set up the first documentary festival in Syria, DOX BOX, bringing renowned filmmakers such as D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Patricio Guzmán and Nicolas Philibert to Damascus. To focus attention on the violation of human rights in his country, in March 2012 and 2013 he co-organised a Global Day for Syria, with Syrian films being screened in cities around the world. In 2012, Nyrabia was arrested in Damascus for his political activism. Prominent figures from the film world, including Robert Redford, Robert DeNiro, Juliette Binoche, Jeremy Irons, Mike Leigh and Danny Boyle, protested his arrest by the Syrian regime. Following release he fled the country, going on to work as a producer in Egypt and Berlin. He co-founded Proaction Film and later No Nation Films GmbH, to continue producing uncompromising documentaries and international co-productions.
Nyrabia is a member of the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Deutsche Filmakademie, the International Documentary Association (IDA) and the European Documentary Network (EDN). He has received several awards and distinctions during his career, including the George Polk Award for Documentary Film and a European Documentary Network Award. He was appointed Artistic Director at IDFA in January 2018.
Our co-host is Emmy-Winner RENÉ MIOCH.
At twenty, René Mioch went to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time and on radio spoke to film stars like Jack Nicholson, Mel Gibson and Nastassja Kinski.
René Mioch has been known as “Mr. Film” for more than thirty years and is considered “A star among stars.”
He was one of the founders in 2005 of FCCE, a company engaged in the production, distribution and exploitation of film-related content. FCCE also produces a daily newsfeed that goes to more than 49 countries. Thirty people work at the company headquarters in Amsterdam. The company has offices in Los Angeles and Beijing as well.
Mioch is also the initiator of the Rembrandt Award, the only online People’s Choice Film Award in the Netherlands.
He won an Emmy Award in 2013 with his business partner Justus Verkerk for The Entertainment Experience, a user-generated concept in collaboration with Paul Verhoeven.
The Shortcutz Amsterdam Career Award is given yearly to a film personality whose work has contributed to the development and prestige of Dutch film at home and abroad. This year’s recipient will be revealed soon.
Watch some winning short films
The winning short films in the categories: best film, best animation, best documentary and best experimental, were screened in their entirety.
shortcutz amsterdam's jury team 2018
Shortcutz Amsterdam jury team is this year composed of: actor RUTGER HAUER (Blade Runner); producer JAN HARLAN (The Shining), director HANY ABU ASSAD (The Mountain Between Us), director ROEL REINÉ (Marvel's Inhumans); actress WILLEKE VAN AMMELROOY (Antonia's Line); actor TYGO GERNANDT (Van God Los); director EDDY TERSTALL (Simon); producer PIETER KUIJPERS (Van God Los); MARINA BLOK, Head of Drama ntr; actor VINCENT VAN OMMEN (Amsterdam Heavy), Nederlands Film Festival programmer CLAIRE VAN DAAL; EYE senior programmer and head of acquisitions RENÉ WOLF, actress SIGRID TEN NAPEL (Penoza), and street-artist LASER 3.14.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
MR. ZEE BEST FILM
SJAAK'S WIFE DIED, SO HE NEEDS TO SAY SOMETHING
GIRL ON A MISSION
HAPPY NEW YEAR
MR. ZEE AUDIENCE AWARD
SJAAK'S WIFE DIED, SO HE NEEDS TO SAY SOMETHING
GIRL ON A MISSION
HAPPY NEW YEAR
MR ZEE BEST DIRECTOR
Brandon Grötzinger & Wander Theunis - HAPPY NEW YEAR
Daphne Lucker - SISTERS
Dominique Gimberg - SPARK
Eva M.C. Zanen - SJAAK'S WIFE DIED, SO HE NEEDS TO SAY SOMETHING
Shady El-Hamus - NIGHTSHADE
MR ZEE BEST ACTOR
Benjamin Moen - PIZZAMONSTER
Kubilay Sengul - NIGHTSHADE
Mustafa Duygulu - NIGHTSHADE
Sabri Saddik - FINAL STOP
Sjeng Kessels - LONE WOLF
MR ZEE BEST ACTRESS
Bente Fokkens - SPARK
Eefje Paddenburg - SPARK
Fabienne Leenart - 90 DEGREES
Lisa Smit - ALL THE SINGLE LADIES!
Tine Cartuyvels - HAPPY NEW YEAR
MR ZEE BEST SCREENPLAY
BULLET TIME - Rudi Brekelmans, Frodo Kuipers, Merlijn Passier
HAPPY NEW YEAR - Brandon Grötzinger & Wander Theunis
NIGHTSHADE - Jeroen Scholten van Aschat
SISTERS - Rosita Wolkers
SJAAK'S WIFE DIED, SO HE NEEDS TO SAY SOMETHING - Medi Broekman
MR ZEE BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
A DEATH IN THE FAMILY - Abel van Dijk
OTHERLAND - Jan Pieter Tuinstra
SISTERS - Casper van Oort
THINK OF SOMETHING BLUE - Thijmen Doornik
UNCLOUD - Dennis Manda
MR ZEE BEST EDITING
#YOLO4REAL - Michiel Boesveldt
NIGHTSHADE - Patrick Schonewille
OTHERLAND - Patrick Janssens
PIZZAMONSTER - Augustine Huijsser
SISTERS - Tobias Cornelissen
MR ZEE BEST DOCUMENTARY
ANITA'S PACK - Marlies Smeenge
BECOMING - Jan van Ijken
GIRL ON A MISSION - Heleen D'Haens, Eva van Barneveld
OTHERLAND - Jan Pieter Tuinstra, Keren Levi
ROBERT MIMS THE TEXAN BULL RIDER - Doug Hancock
MR ZEE BEST ANIMATION
BEI MIR BIST DU SCHÖN - Bouwine Pool
BULLET TIME - Frodo Kuipers
DEEP - Michelle Verhoeks
HATE FOR SALE - Anna Eijsbouts
SAND - Arjan Brentjes
MR ZEE BEST EXPERIMENTAL
A DEATH IN THE FAMILY - Puck Litaay
NO ONE REALLY NO ONE LIKES THIS - Simone Peelen
SISTERS - Daphne Lucker
THE GOLDEN SHOWER RESORT - Kamiel Rongen
WORD! - Amos Mulder