45th edition 27 January - 7 February 2016

Shorts at IFFR: nominations and programmes

<strong>The Lament</strong>
<strong>Though I Know the River is Dry</strong>
<strong>Die ArbeiterInnen verlassen die Fabrik</strong>
<strong>Nummer veertien, home</strong>

IFFR 2013 will not be just about feature-length films: shorts will feature prominently at IFFR too. For example, 23 shorts will compete for the Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films, and Spectrum Shorts comprises 186 short and medium-length films.

Furthermore, there will a tribute to Finnish filmmaker Mika Taanila, the Mind the Gap programme of audiovisual live performances in festival location WORM and two programmes of recent short films from the Middle East. In addition, IFFR presents a teaser for the shorts programme in collaboration with the Willem de Kooning Academy.

This year's Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films includes 23 titles. Among the competing films are world premieres by Mika Taanila (Finland), Sergei Loznitsa (Russia), Nicolas Provost (Belgium) and Guido van der Werve, David Verbeek and Erik van Lieshout (The Netherlands). Each of the three equal Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films comes with €3.000 and a video camera.

In addition, out of the European nominees, the jury selects the IFFR nomination for the short film category of the European Film Awards (EFA). This selected film will be rewarded with a Canon video camera, and is in the running for the European Film Award for Short Film 2013, whose winner will be announced in December 2013.

A full list of the 23 nominees may be found here, and the winners and the EFA nominee will be announced on Monday evening 28 January in WORM, Rotterdam.

Spectrum Shorts
IFFR's Spectrum Shorts programme is among the largest in Europe and attracts many film professionals to Rotterdam. The 2013 selection includes new works by previous winners of the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films: Makino Takashi (Japan) and Nathaniel Dorsky (USA). The total of 186 shots will be screened during IFFR at LantarenVenster from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 January. The full line-up of Spectrum Shorts will be online on Thursday 17 January.

Close Encounters: Peripheral Images and Histories of the Present
Spectrum Shorts also includes two short films programmes with recent Middle Eastern works brought together by Omar Kholeif and IFFR programmer Peter van Hoof. The two Close Encounters' programmes seek to articulate the present with one eye on the future and another inextricably linked to the past. Can an image narrate a history? How do we deal with a history that brims so close to the present that it is impossible to distance one’s self from it?

Short Profile: Mika Taanila
Producer of audiovisual works Mika Taanila will get a tribute within the short programme at IFFR 2013. His works deal with the alarming issues of human engineering and urban artificial surroundings. Taanila specializes on the futuristic ideas and utopias of contemporary science. Besides his most important earlier films, IFFR presents the world premiere of his latest film Six Day Run in the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films and his two recent installation works Most Electrified Town in Finland and Stimulus Progression (Rotterdam) at festival location TENT.

Mind the Gap
IFFR and Gonzo (circus) magazine present Mind the Gap, a late-night programme running from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 January in festival location WORM. Mind the Gap includes five evenings full of unique collaborations between musicians and video artists, and filmmakers and other producers of images. Among the performers are German composer/musician Felix Kubin and American film artist Martha Colburn.

Willem de Kooning Academy
This year, too, sophomore animation and audiovisual students of the Willem de Kooning Academy have produced exciting teasers for the shorts programme at IFFR. Every year, IFFR selects one teaser to promote the programme on its website and social media. This year, the winner is Flow of Merel Hamers. Her aptly designed animation (oil paint on glass) shows a dive from a rock into an enchanting sea. The jury about Hamers' animation: 'The technique of oil paint on glass and the use of colour in this animation creates a literal as well as a metaphorical warm visual bath, that functions as a beautiful simile for the shorts experience at the festival. On top of that, the musical accompaniment is well chosen and adds to its fairy-like, yet idiosyncratic characters.' Besides online, the teaser will be screened during the Short Film Marathon on Saturday 2 February.

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