Go Short Awards to Netherlands, Sweden, Chile and France

The seventh Go Short International Short Film Festival in Nijmegen took place from Apr 5 to 9, with screenings in several competition (total of 101 films) and non-competition strands, industry activities and educational programmes.

In the fiction competition, best film award went to Bosnian-born and Netherlands-based Ena Sendijarević's Import, which world-premiered at Cannes' Directors Fortnight.

Swedish filmmaker Joanna Rytel's Moms on Fire triumphed in the animation competition, after winning the Teddy for best short at the Berlinale, as well as the audience award at Gothenburg.

As since January Go Short has become an Oscar-qualifying festival, Import and Moms on Fire directly qualify for the Academy Awards.

The multi-awarded I'm Not from Here (including victories at Nyon, Sheffield, Krakow and Madrid), probably the only Chilean-Danish-Lithuanian co-production ever, directed by Maite Alberdi and Giedrė Žickytė, won in the documentary competition.

While other festivals have an experimental section, Go Short aims to redefine the category, and casts its net wider through its Art Film division. This competition was won by another Berlinale title, technically an animation, Martin Cries by Jonathan Vinel.

The VEVAM Go Short Award for Best Dutch Short Film went to The Origin of Trouble by Tessa Louise Pope, Sebastian Mulder received the Go Short Encouragement Award for Best Student Film for Nature: All Rights Reserved, and In Kropsdam Is Iedereen Gelukkig by Joren Molter won the Nijmegen Youth Award & Moviezone Youth Award.

10 April 2017, by Vladan Petkovic