Join the screening of Shortcutz Amsterdam International Audience Award, watch the seven short movies nominated for Best Film of the Year and pick your favourite in the end! These seven films were selected by Shortcutz Amsterdam’s Jury Team 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.
The result of this voting, the Mr. Zee Audience Award, will be announced during the 6th Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards – January 20th, 20:00 (CET) at EYE 1 (Dutch Film Museum). This gala will be streamed live on Shortcutz Amsterdam Facebook page.
Every year Shortcutz invites 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. 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.
Nominees for best film
Bullet Time | Frodo Kuipers | Animation | 5:30 minutes
A desolate street in a small village in the Old West. Two cowboys face each other in a good-old-fashioned shootout! But when both colts fire their deadly bullets, those bullets immediately fall in love with each other, forgetting what they’re supposed to do! This has dramatic consequences…
Sjaak’s wife died, so he needs to say something | Eva M.C. Zanen | Fiction | 11:35 minutes
76 year old Sjaak tries to write a speech for his recently deceased wife, but he is only capable of writing starters. When the ceremony begins, Sjaak postpones the speech. He has to find the true way to say goodbye to his great love.
Girl on a Mission | Heleen D’Haens, Eva van Barneveld | Documentary | 15:57
Where Romanian Miruna (14) lives, it is never really quiet. Not outside, where the people yell and fight, and not at all indoors. Miruna has twelve brothers and sisters who she has to take care of: cooking, doing laundry and folding it, comforting… for Miruna it is a fact of life. She barely gets to do her homework, and whenever she wants to study, she will have to do this in the midst of playing and fighting children. When Miruna thinks about her own future, she is certain about one thing: she wants things different and not like the other girls in her neighbourhood: marrying young and having children. Her dream is to become a police officer. The police visit her street regularly and the officers always maintain their calmness regardless of the situation, very different from people around her. Miruna would like to be this way too, but becoming an officer does not come easy. She has to get high grades in school and the entry exam is hard. How will she achieve this when she cannot even peacefully do her homework at home?
Otherland | Jan Pieter Tuinstra, Keren Levi | Experimental | 13:30
A Vogue dancer performs at a Voodoo Carnival Ball, an important dance contest where he will have to prove himself to be accepted by the local ballroom community. He remembers growing up on Sint Maarten, a small island in the Caribbean and all the changes he has been through since. The freedom he longed for seems within reach. Based on the biographical story of Elvin Elejandro Martinez and narrated by him, ‘Otherland’ is a juxtaposition of two narratives that evoke new associations for viewers: while the visual story of the ball is fictional, the film is based on in-depth research into the Dutch ballroom community and all the characters and dancers are part of the European ballroom/vogue community.
Hitchcock Hitchcock | Kuba Szutkowski, Edgar Kapp | Live-Action | 08:00
A troublesome relationship between a shopkeeper and his nagging mother results in a physical confrontation. The shopkeeper pushes his mother’s wheelchair down the cellar stairs with her in it. Before he gets a chance to realise what he has done a gullible passerby enters his shop. A weird conversation about suspense cinema makes him reflect on his actions and take action.
Spark | Dominique Gimberg | Live-Action | 16:00
Fifteen-year-old Emma and her best friend Julia are enjoying their summer at a campsite in France. When a group of older French boys arrive, Julia only has eyes for them. Emma tries to participate, but it is not coming naturally. While Emma observes Julia in her first, playful explorations of her sexuality, Emma is being confronted with confounding feelings.