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Wednesday, 19 OCT 2022


This screening session features 10 short films (see below). All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.


LAB111 (cinema 2)

Arie Biemondstraat 111

1054 PD Amsterdam



Presale has ended for this screening. Some more tickets will become available at the cinema starting 10 minutes before the screening, until sold out.

Thanks to our sponsors, we can also offer you a free drink at the cinema's bar afterwards!


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You Heard Me (Netherlands) by Edith Morris


Synopsis: 'You Heard Me' is the poet's own "John Coltrane, A love Supreme" poem, a break-through psalm. The visual exploration of the poem, together with the music offers a new way of seeing and feeling the poem. This piece combines chalk green screen animations and textured analog video layers. Running time: 00:02:06.


About the director: Edith is a Welsh visual artist and filmmaker based in Cardiff, UK - who combines animations, analog processes and found material into both 2D and 3D work. She makes visuals for music, live performance and film. Her studio is full of 90's video editing hardware and a lot of her current video work involves pushing digital filmed content through mixers and glitch machines, to create analog layers which are then collage together, combining analog and digital practices to explore how these traditional forms of animation can be brought into a contemporary context.


Scars (Canada) by Alex Anna


Synopsis: Alex Anna’s body is a canvas : her scars come to life to tell a new story of self-harming. Live action and animation intertwine in this short and poetic documentary, both intimate and universal. Running time: 00:10:00.


Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, Toronto Arthouse FF (Best Documentary Short Film), Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, and more.


About the director: Alex Anna is a director and script supervisor in love with cinematographic language and words in all their beauty. As a queer and feminist filmmaker, she signed her first short film “The Fruit of Our Womb” in 2017 (as Laurie Mannessier), and uses art as a way to fight for a better world.

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I'm Whispering to Myself (Netherlands) by Jelte van Lente, Hanne van der Velde

Synopsis: A short film portrait of visual artist Antonia Rehnen. Her work starts with visualizing a thought, an emotion, a dream. By creating collages, stop-motion animations and artist's books, she translates her playful ideas into unique works of art. In ich flüstere mir zu, the viewer is taken along in the process of creation, continuously drifting between dream and reality. Accompanied by mysterious music of the band Kinetophone and newly written music by René Duursma, the result is a poetic portrait, not so much of herself, but all the more of the magical world of which she becomes a part. Running time: 00:10:28.


About the director: Jelte van Lente (1986) graduated from Academie Minerva Groningen in 2013, with a focus on work on paper, film, and different combinations of these media. His work often has a whimsical approach and employs different playful ways to examine the different layers of reality that surround us.

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The Prisoner (Poland) by Łukasz Gierańczyk, Filip Drzewiecki



Synopsis: One night with an ex-convict on the streets of Vancouver. Inspired by cinéma-vérité. Running time: 00:14:24.


Selections/awards: MakeDox Creative Documentary FF, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, Int. Short FF of Cyprus, and more.


About the director: Lukasz Gieranczyk is a first time filmmaker. Filip Drzewiecki directed "The Briefing" which premiered at the 61st Dok Leipzig and was awarded by Canal+ Poland for the Best Short Documentary.


Monster (Netherlands) by Henk Loorbach

Synopsis: This non-linear narrative explores storytelling through association, gut feeling and an unsettling sound track. Something seems wrong. Something unnerving that could be rooted in crime, mental illness or plain dark fantasy. Running time: 00:03:04.


Mamma (Norway) by Aslak Danbolt



Synopsis: It’s Christmas Eve, and Synnøve is searching for her drug-addicted daughter Michelle in an almost desolated city. (Synnøve and Michelle are mother and daughter in real life and play versions of themselves in a story that is very close to their own lives.) Running time: 00:15:00.


Selections/awards: Aesthetica Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Norwegian Short FF, Ankara Accessible FF (Best Film Award, Best Director Award), Bergen IFF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.


About the director: Norwegian filmmaker Aslak Danbolt lives and works out of Oslo. He studied Documentary Directing at Lillehammer University College and later attended The London Film School. His grad film 'Last Base', was selected for more than 120 festivals (including Tribeca, Chicago & Slamdance) and won numerous awards. He directed the documentary series 'Petter Uteligger – 52 dager på gata i Oslo' (2015), which was nominated for 5 Norwegian Golden Screen Awards 2016, winning Documentary Series and Audience Award.


Mil (Netherlands) by Kim de Bruijn

Synopsis: Documentary about a mother and her daughter looking back at the impact addiction has made on their family. Running time: 00:09:25.


About the director: Kim de Bruijn is a filmmaker from Rotterdam. She is currently studying film at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam. Commercial work, fiction and documentaries is what she focuses on the most. Her work contains heavy social themes which she thinks need to be addressed more.


Obituary (Iran) by Moein Zarrabi

Synopsis: Amirhassan, a young clergyman, is somehow forced to hold the funeral of her former beloved without prior notice. The girl’s family were against their marriage because Amirhassan was a clergy. Running time: 00:20:00.


Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Verona IFF, Sydney World FF.


About the director: Moein Zarabi was born in 1989 in Tehran. He is a director and actor, and a Graduate of filmmaking from Youth Cinema Association and Acting from Samandarian Acting School.

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Chick Wash (Netherlands) by Bethany de Forest



Synopsis: Chicks undergo a cleaning process Running time: 00:02:49.


Selections/awards: Horsetooth IFF, Halicarnassus FF (Best Creative Short), UK Seasonal Short FF, Nederlands FF, Barcelona Indie FF, Ortometraggi FF.


About the director: Bethany de Forest (1966, USA) lives and works in Amsterdam. She is an artist who works with dioramas. Her miniature sets are captured by means of Photography and Film. Seemingly life-size worlds wherein she creates her own reality. Recurring theme in her work is the border between Utopia and Dystopia. Climate change, industrialisation and in this case the Bio Industry are a visual inspiration for her. All background visuals in ‘Chick Wash’ are miniature sets built in her studio.

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After A Room (Netherlands) by Naomi Pacifique



Synopsis: Nights are long inside Naomi and Ram’s room. Tonight, they’ve invited Marina over and their messy space is under scrutiny. Exploring intimacy as personal playground, skin as intimate map, Naomi’s docile body is coming lose amidst the tension inside a room she continues knowing and unknowing. The small expressive child inside her is itching to ring its giggle through the night, before day breaks. Running time: 00:21:36.


Selections/awards: Locarno FF, San Sebastian NEST competition, Reykjavik IFF, Message 2 Man (Best Debut), Festival dei Popoli - Future Docs Campus, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, London Short FF, Filmfest Dresden, GoShort Nijmegen.


About the director: Naomi Pacifique is Swiss-Dutch multi-dsciplinary artist working primarily in filmmaking, music, visual arts and poetry. Across all arts, her work interests itself in intimacy and the space opened up for growth inside various relations. She graduated from Oxford University in Creative Writing and from London Film School in Filmmaking. Most recently, the film she produced and assistant directed 'Filipiñana' was awarded the Silver Bear Shorts Jury Prize at the 70th Berlinale.

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