The Long Night of Short Films, ShortsUP, brings to the public a multimedia installation, interactive cinema and culinary delights, at the Romexpo Central Pavilion, according to the organisers.
The “5 minutes Portrait Project” multimedia installation, by Alex Galmeanu, will open the Long Night of Short Films.
“From 7 pm to 5 am, the viewers will enjoy six hours of awarded short films, plus a video-show which will bring to life film images in the biggest cinema hall ever built in Romania – the Romexpo Central Pavilion. Moreover, they can participate in an interactive cinema experiment – they can decide the fate of the characters in a series of short films,” the organisers announce.
The access to the event begins at 19,00 and films start at 21,30. Before the films, the projection screen will host an installation designed by photographer Alex Galmeanu, which comprises moving photos with 50 personalities of Romania, among whom Andrea Esca, Marius Manole, Tudor Giurgiu, Radu Beligan.
Oscar, Sundance, Bafta, Clermont-Ferrand or San Francisco Film Festival award-winning short films will be screened on Saturday evening.
According to the organizers quoted by Agerpres, the public will have for the second year in a row the responsibility of the jury and the role of picking the best film of the evening in the ShortsUP Audience Award competition. The cinema lovers will be able to vote digitally their favourite production, using their mobile phones and tablets, during the entire event.
Romanian films are also included in the ShortsUP Audience Award competition, among which the winner of NexT Film Festival 2015, Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s short film – “In which the protagonist hides and then has an unexpected encounter” (Romania, 2015).
Don Hertzfeldt’s animation “World of Tomorrow” (USA, 2015), called by the international media “probably the best short film of the past 50 years,” will premiere at ShortsUp, after it received the audience award in Sundance, the best animation award in South by Southwest Festival and other 15 international prizes.
A few tens of short films will illustrate a new generation of cinema languages, capable to resume today’s world stories through humour, drama, curiosity or astonishment. “Guy Moquet” French fiction (directed by Demis Herenger, France, 2014), awarded the jury’s special prize at Clermont-Ferrand festival, is also part of the programme.
The most valuable recent Romanian productions can be watched and voted on in the Romanian ShortsUP section. The Romanian Cultural Institute will grant the Audience Award for the most voted Romanian short film of the evening, a prize worth 1,000 euros. Among the Romanian films, there is also Daniel Sandu’s “Horsepower,” a hilarious comedy about the friendships in a block of flats.
Romexpo Central Pavilion will provide 4,000 seats in the main screening area and 100 seats in the interactive cinema hall. In the outdoor space, there will be a pop-up food court with urban cuisine and surprising culinary experiences.