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NexT features Clermont-Ferrand film winners

This year’s NexT International Film Festival – Bucharest, April 6-10, will feature the winners at the Cler­mont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Among the shorts to be shown, Blue Sofa, winner of the Grand Prize 2010, a film directed by Guusep­pe Baresi, Pippo Delbono and La­ra Fremder, as well as Tremblay-en-France, the 2011 Grand Prize winning film, directed by Vincent Vizioz. The Clermont-Ferrand Festival will be featured at NexT, not only by a number of award-winning films, but also by Christian Guinot, a film personality to sit on the jury at NexT 2011. One of the founders of the Clermont-Ferrand Festival, Chris­tian Guinot is also a member of the national and international selection commission and a picker of special programmes, such as African Perspectives (1990-1998), Fantasy Retros­pective (1997), Elvis Presley (1999), Alfred Hitchcock (2001), Fran­cois Truffaut (2004), Christmas (2006), South Africa (2007), Dutch Retros­pective (2009), Zombies, Vam­pires and other Undead (2010).


This year too, the Short Matters Programme of the European Film Aca­demy (EFA), inaugurated at NexT 2010, will screen the “Euro­pean Oscars” short film nominees. The section contains 14 EFA 2010 nominees from films presented at 14 Euro­pean festivals acknowledged for their outstanding short film sections. The programme will include the Aca­demy’s pick for winner of Best Short Film, drama Hanoi-Warsaw, directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz. The film, which depicts the often humiliating and violent journey made by a Vietnamese immigrant, was shown in the 2010 NexT competition and viewers will have an opportunity to watch it for the first time, or re-watch it. The films in the Short Matters programme will be presented by Stefanie Roders, another important guest at the NexT Festival, coordinator of the short film section of the European Film Academy.


This year too, the festival is organized under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Margareta of Romania, with support from the National Centre of Cinematography and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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