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Sundance Channel Shorts Competition 2016: The 4 Jury Awards

Let’s take a look at the four Belgian, French, Polish, Spanish short films Jury Awards at Sundance Channel Shorts Competition 2016: Nymphet by Laura Hermanides, Por no morir nada más vernos by Carlos Crespo, Gagarine by Fanny Liatard/Jérémy Trouilh and Kreatury by Tessa Moult-Milewska.

 

In France, Belgium, Spain and Poland, the Sundance Channel Shorts Competition 2016 awarded short films around 15 minutes with a Jury Award and an Audience Award. As Bulles de Culture was a Jury member this year of the French competition, we had the luck to attend the screening of the 4 winning films with their directors at the Sundance Film Festival: London 2016.

If we have of course already seen the poetic and nice French short film Gagarin by Fanny Liatard and Jeremy Trouilh as a Jury member, this screening in London was an opportunity for us to discover the winning films in the other three countries.

Nymphet (2015) by Laura Hermanides
Belgian Jury Award

 

Jury Award at Sundance Channel Shorts Competition 2016 in Belgium, the short film Nymphet by Laura Hermanides is the story of a 12 years old girl whose body starts to feminize. And one day, as she is alone at home with a family friend, she tries to clumsily seduce him and…

With the point of view of the girl, Nymphet, written by Shauni De Gussem and shot by Laura Hermanides, is a disturbing story.

 

Por no morir nada más vernos (2015) by Carlos Crespo
Spanish Jury Award

 

Jury Award at Sundance Channel Shorts Competition 2016 in Spain, the short film Por no morir nada más vernos begins with a split-screen: a man, Marcos (Raúl Tejón), is in a kitchen and above him, a woman, Clara (Esther Ortega), is working on a computer. In the image, they are as separated by the floor of a mezzanine.

Suddenly, a general general power cut and it’s black out. In a long take, Marcos joined the anxious Clara and walk her down the staircase to semi-darkness.

Later, the couple is sitting around a table and their lost love seems to rekindle with candls. But the light comes back and the floor of the mezzanine that separated them at the beginning appears back again in a clever camera movement.

If the break-up is a classical in cinema, Carlos Crespo filmed it with originality  for Por no morir nada más vernos.

 

Kreatury (2015) by Tessa Moult-Milewska
Polish Jury Award

 

Jury Award at Sundance Channel Shorts Competition 2016 in Poland, the short film Kreatury was the only animated film of the 4 winning films. This story of a strange couple who try not to be outcasts is a shadow theatre by the young director Tessa Moult-Milewska.

More poetical than narrative, Kreatury is a short animated film with a sure original universe.

Note that each of these 4 films have been or will be screened a second time in their respective countries as part of a masterclass given by a filmmaker. The two master classes which have already taken place are:

  • masterclass with filmmaker Samuel Benchetrit (Janis and John, I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster) for the French short film Gagarine ;
  • masterclass with documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto (Salma, Dreamcatcher) for the Belgian short film Nymphet.

 

To learn more:

  • The awards ceremony of Sundance Channel Shorts Competition 2016 has been held at Sundance Film Festival: London 2016 (London, Great Britain) on Saturday June 4th, 2016
  • Nymphet, Por no morir nada más vernos, Gagarine et Kreatury will be broadcasted on Sundance Channel
  • Sundance Channel (French official website)
  • CanalSat (French official website)
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Rédacteur en Chef / Editor in Chief at Bulles de Culture
Addicted to movies, plays, series and to culture in general, I like the works that surprise me.

Top 3 Cinema: "Blade Runner" (1982), "Breathless" (1960), "Casablanca" (1942)
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