A number of 27 short films are qualified for the trophy of the FilmNexT International Festival (running April 7 through 11), within the international competition, while 10 short films will compete for “The Best Romanian Movie” Award of the 3rd Edition of the national competition.
According to the organizers, the selectors Irina Trocan, Massimiliano Nardulli and Oana Ghera chose, for the international contest, “some of the most challenging and recent movies”, from over 2,000 films subscribed in the Festival.
The selection aims to provide the Romanian audience with a large as possible view on the short films production at the international level, passing through various genres, styles and cinematic influences.
Among the movies which can be seen, you can find “Manoman” (nominee at BAFTA 2016 Awards), “Sobre El Cielo” – a pseudo road movie, “Zeus” – a Bulgarian thriller, “Kalo” – a love story in Bosnia-Herzegovina, “Four Postcards to Marta”, “We make couples” or “Six Cents in the Pocket”. Two Romanian movies are also qualified in the competition: “Te mai uiti si la om”, by Ana-Maria Comanescu, and “Dispozitiv 0068”, by Radu Barbulescu.
The selected short films in the international contest are fighting for the NexT Trophy, which is a prize amounting € 2,000, but also for the “Cristian Nemescu” Award for the Best Director, and “Andrei Toncu” Award for the Best Sound, each of them amounting € 1,000. All prizes are provided by the Romanian Cultural Institute.
The jury that will decide on the winners of the international competition consists of the American Kevin B. Lee, French Selim Azzazi, Finnish Jukka-Pekka Laakso and Romanian Tudor Jurgiu.
In the national competition, reaching the 3rd Edition, a number of 10 short films out of a total of 100 subscribed movies, will fight for “The Best Romanian Movie” Award, provided by the Romanian Cultural Institute and amounting € 1,000.
Dorian Boguta will introduce his newest short film, “Vera” (photo); Roxana Bentu comes with the only cartoon of the contest, “Paper Bag”, while Sebastian Mihailescu is back to NexT with the most recent of his short films, named “Interwar apartment in beautiful area , downtown”.
The Romanian short films will be judged by three NexT winners – Andreea Jublin (winner of the NexT Trophy in 2007), Elad Keidan (winner of the NexT Trophy in 2009) and Nicolae Constantin Tanase (winner of the “Villa Kult” Award in 2010).