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NexT festival awards best in short cinema

The short feature film “Istoria Aviatiei/ The History of Aviation”, directed by Balint Kenyeres, was awarded, on Saturday evening, the NexT best film trophy, in the awards gala of the fourth edition of the NexT International Film Festival. The NexT best film trophy consists in EUR 4,000, awarded by the Romanian Cultural Institute, and EUR 3,000-worth of film and processing services, offered by Kodak Cinelabs Romania.


The plot of “Istoria Aviatiei/ The History of Aviation” is set in Normandy, in 1905. The picnic is at an end; the group of bourgeois are making ready to go back home. They’re just waiting for a last group photograph; but someone is still missing from the group.


The “Cristian Nemescu” best direction award was granted to Laszlo Nemes for the short feature “Cu putina rabdare/ With a little patience”, while the “Andrei Toncu” best soundtrack award was granted to Dani Pena, for the film “Geamandura/ La Buoya”. The two awards amount to EUR 2,000 each, offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute. The short feature “Muzica in sange/ Music in the Blood”, by Alexandru Mavrodineanu, won the “best Romanian short feature” award, which consists in DI post-production services, offered by Abis Studio, the equivalent of EUR 3,500, and two weeks of intensive advertising on the Cocor media screen, offered by Cocor Media Channel. On the other hand, the short feature film “In alta lume/ L’un autre monde”, directed by Romain Delange, received the special mention of the jury. The Audience Award, consisting in a HVR-A1E HDV Palm Camcorder, offered by Sony, went to the short feature “Sifonierul/ L’Armoire”, directed by Jamie Travis.


During the awards ceremony, Nicolae Constantin Tanase was granted the NexT development award, consisting in intensive project guidance, for 4 days, in Berlin, offered by Villa Kult.


Irina Trocan won the Emile Cantillon Young Jury Award, representing a seat in the Emile Cantillon young jury of the 25th edition of the Namur International Francophone Film Festival, for the winner of the film criticism contest, granted by the Namur International Francophone Film Festival. This year’s NexT selection comprised 26 films from 19 countries, on five continents, selected by the critic Andrei Gorzo, artistic director of the festival. These included distinguished short features, such as “Diploma” (director: Yaelle Kayam, Israel, 2009), awarded in the Cinefondation selection of the Cannes Festival, “How I Met Your Father” (director: Alex Montoya, Spain, 2008), winner of the Sundance short feature trophy, and “Derby” (Romania, 2010), Paul Negoescu’s film, selected in the Berlin Festival competition and shown in premiere in Romania at NexT.

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