Day of the Short Film

Written by Editors Cultuur.

The Day of the Short Film is celebrated on the shortest day of the year, December 21. With a special film programme, EYE, NFF and Go Short treat cinemagoers to the best homegrown short films. Viewers can look forward to films by highly talented makers, such as In Flow of Words by Eliane Esther Bots, who this year won the Golden Calf for best short documentary, won numerous awards at international film festivals and was acquired by the streaming platform of The New Yorker.

It’s Nice in Here by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers premiered this year in Cannes and, like In Flow of Words, is one of the entries for the upcoming Oscars. The program includes another Golden Calf winner with Kevin Osepa’s La Ultima Ascensión, he won the prize for best short film. For the little ones from 6 years old, there is a special film program with the best short animation films from Europe. Everything changes in these movies.

Short film is exciting, versatile and has something to offer for everyone. It is also the medium through which young film talent first presents itself. Yet short film often gets little time on the silver screen. To give more attention to short films, we have been celebrating The Day of the Short Film for a few years now, on the shortest day of the year, both in the Netherlands and in various European countries. The films can be seen in 24 cinemas and also on Picl.

Total length: 102′ — English subtitles

Revelinho (Idriss Nabil, fiction, Netherlands 2021) 12′
Revelinho (11) likes to sing about life. His wall is decorated with posters of folk singer Tommy Tigers and when he gets the chance he sings about things he doesn’t understand yet. When Revelinho finds out that his parents are breaking up, there’s only one thing for it. Together with his best friends, he gives everything he has to bring his parents back together.

Anahit (Laura Hermanides, dance film, Netherlands 2022) 9′
When visiting the pool, a dark memory intrudes on Imaani. In this blistering drama she battles her inner demons through dance and movement.

In Flow of Words (Eliane Esther Bots, documentary, Netherlands 2021) 22′
Flow of Words follows the stories of three interpreters from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. They interpreted shocking statements from witnesses, victims and perpetrators, without ever allowing their own emotions, feelings and personal history to be present. In contrast to their position at the tribunal, this film focuses on their voices and experiences.

La Ultima Ascensión (Kevin Osepa, fiction, Netherlands 2022) 23′
Rowin, a local fisherman on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, is struggling to make ends meet. One day, his eye catches the appearance of a native ghost. After studying these for a while, he discovers a connection between the entity and catching fish. The more they get to know each other, the better he is able to embrace life and the past.

The Camp (Philip Huff, fiction, Netherlands 2022) 18′
Short drama in which thirty-year-old Robin leaves the city for a logging camp. There Robin clashes with the expectation of the men. They bully Robin and create an unsafe environment, until things explode. The screenplay is based on a short story by Mary Carrot.

It’s Nice in Here (Robert-Jonathan Koeyers, animation, Netherlands 2022) 15′
A fragmented portrait of a moment, a person and a place, as seen through the subjective memories of a young girl, Imani, and a budding police officer, David, who both have very different memories of the same fateful moment in a corner store that their life will change forever.



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