The biggest short film event in the Netherlands gets underway for the 5th time, presenting as much as 92 brand new shorts from all around the world.

The ultimate short-count is 300, since Go Short features tons of films in various sections other than it’s competition which is held in three sections. For instance, Go Short presents previous winners of the world’s most prestigious awards, the Oscars and the BAFTA’s. Both the winners of this year’s short Oscars for Best Live Action Short Film (read more about the shorts at the Oscars on our blog) and Best Animated Short Film, “Curfew” and “Paperman” are up on the Nijmegen schedule along with The Making of Longbird straight from the BAFTA’s.

ShortsTV will be partnering up with the festival to present the runner-up’s for these awards. These presentations and programmes are great arguments on the side of the producers about why they decided to get these films down from the Internet.

There are 54 films that celebrate their Dutch premiere and 5 shorts are doing their first festival ever. Swedish director Robin Färdig will be at Go Short with one his films for the third time, and the second time that he has a world premiere here as well, this year with a very talkative film title “When I can’t sleep I talk to my night watch” .

The Go Short film festival also hosts some prestigious industry events. The theme of this year’s conference is “the distribution of your short film” and leaders in sales and promotion will be up for the task to solve this problem. The programmers of big festivals from all-around Europe will have a talk on how they do a selection for a shorts programme. (A hint for the distribution/promotion part: Upload your film to Daazo!)

There will be inspirational talks as well, which are meant to boost the ego of those making great short films. There will be four prominent speakers, each with 15 minutes and they will talk about the future of short film, the changing aspects of storytelling and Bart  Rutten is coming, a conservator from the Stedejlik Museum Amsterdam who’s going to speak about the resemblances between art film and short film.

Since the first Go Short festival, the Dutch place for short film is helping young European filmmakers to learn from industry leading experts. This year’s lectures will be “on the financing, marketing and distribution of the young filmmakers own films, challenging them to prepare a perfect pitch for a new film idea.” Later on, the students will pitch their ideas in presence of a professional jury.

People in the Netherlands grow up fast as the Youth Jury has five kids at the age of 14 and 15 who are interested in the film business. Speaking of the juries, the European Competition Jury welcomes American film critic John Anderson, who is working for Variety. The Dutch and Student Competition Jury lines up with Simon Ellis among others, who is one of the most famous short film director in the world.

To sum up, the Go Short Internation Film Festival has a wide range of activities besides showcasing short films. An A-list, professional festival needs to be like this, so Go Short is on the right track of becoming one of the world’s most powerful short film festival. So keep an eye out for this serious-looking gazelle.


text: Attila Mocanu