The newest and most innovative shorts from all over the world will be screened at the tenth edition of NexT festival, set to take place April 7th to April 11th. The festival will include sections dedicated to shorts nominated at the Oscars, European Film Awards or Semaine de la Critique, films made by established directors (Arthouse), political films (NexT Is Feminist and LGBT), films with and about sex (Hanky Panky) and many other events.
Twenty-seven shorts are competing this year for the trophy of the NexT International Film Festival. They have been selected by Irina Trocan, Massimiliano Nardulli and Oana Ghera from over 2,000 submissions. The selection aims to offer local audiences a wide perspective on the international production of shorts, going through diverse cinematic genres, styles ad influences. Two Romanian shorts are in the competition: Ana-Maria Comănescu’s Te mai uiți și la om (You need to look at the person) and Radu Bărbulescu’s Dispozitiv 0068 (0068 Sniper’s Nest).
The shorts in the international competition will be awarded the NexT Trophy, an award worth EUR 2,000, the Cristian Nemescu award for best direction, worth EUR 1,000 and the Andrei Toncu award for best sound, worth EUR 1,000. All the awards are offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute. The jury of the competition is made up of Kevin B. Lee, a contributor for The New York Times, Sight & Sound, Slate and Indiewire; sound editor and sound designer Selim Azzazi; Jukka-Pekka Laakso, the artistic director of the Tampere International Film Festival; and Romanian director Tudor Jurgiu, known for the feature film Cainele Japonez (The Japanese Dog).
The national competition section, at its third edition this year, gathers ten shorts, competing for the Best Romanian Film Award. The winner will receive EUR 1,000, offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute.
Screenings take place at the Elivra Popescu Cinema and at the Peasant Museum Cinema. Tickets and passes, as well as the schedule of the festival, are available here.
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