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Film Catalogue

Mimeisthai
Online
Mimeisthai Out of Competition

Phoebe Robinson, 2023, AU, 16 min

Mimeisthai is an experimental screendance that responds to Walter Benjamin’s concept of the ‘mimetic faculty’, which is, the ability to perceive and/or reproduce similarity. This generic skill is possessed by all living things and finds expression on various levels, from the biological to the behavioral; such as in reproduction or camouflage, to the myriad ways that creatures communicate.

In Mimeisthai movements are shared, copied and repeated between performers both on and off-screen, and then amplified across multiple frames. Through duplication, repetition, and layering multiple exposures, this work explores the mimetic faculty of dance and digital video.

Around its own axis
Online
Available online: 25/03/2024
Around its own axis New Dutch

Mirte van Duppen, 2020, NL, 12 min

Around its own axis showcases the infinite, repetitive rhythm of the automated Dutch agricultural landscape. Machines perform a dance, while choreographer Pauline Roelants, in the language of her profession, guides the viewer through the scenes. Thus, the silences and tranquility of the landscapes, interacting with the impulsive actions and mistakes of the machine, become an integral part of the choreography.

Faces of Passing Love
Online
Available online: 22/03/2024
Faces of Passing Love Competition Shorts and International Short Film Competition

Hsiang-Yun Huang , 2023, NL, TW, 9 min

Faces of Passing Love is a film that mourns for past lovers through obsolete technology: a repeatedly projected slideshow, where eyes open, mouths whisper, tears linger.

EXT.
Online
Available online: 20/03/2024
EXT. online potential

Laura Nasmyth, 2023, AT, 25 min

A figure transitions between two realities: An external material one - in which they are subjected to increasing levels of social interaction - picking up ‘human’ traits as they go. And an internal fluid one - in which they are able to seek refuge to be and feel themselves.

EXT. is centred around the experience of someone trying to figure out what it is to be ‘human’. The film is a reference to our experiences as social animals and the often absurd evolution we go through, to adapt to society.

It also references gender exploration - the journey of an initially gender neutral character, that is increasingly nudged to conform to a binary - in order to fit in - and their escape to a fluid space, devoid of expectations and norms.

The film uses movement instead of dialogue as a means of expression and follows the protagonist on their awkward journey through different surroundings, like an avatar in a computer game.

La Ultima Ascensión
Online
Available online: 22/03/2024
La Ultima Ascensión Competition Shorts, International Short Film Competition, and New Dutch

Kevin Osepa, 2022, NL, 23 min

Rowin, a 22-year-old fisherman from Banda Abou (Curaçao) has little luck catching fish at his fishing spot. He goes there everyday despite the disapproval of his mother. One day, on the coastline where he fishes daily, he encounters a mysterious young man who will change everything.

This film is part of the online program but accessible only in the Netherlands and until the 25th March.

?!%$&*#@$^*()}!@#|%>?
Online
Available online: 24/03/2024
?!%$&*#@$^*()}!@#|%>? Competition Shorts and International Short Film Competition

Clare Chong, Sonia Kwek, 2022, SG, 7 min

Two bodies emerge, one of flesh and one of metal. Both are cautious of, yet compelled towards each other. This evolves into a game of hide and seek. Can friendship truly form or will we always be stuck in a limbo of a human vs machine narrative? ?!%$&#@$^()}!@#|%>? is a cry to connect, to be seen by each other and come together. Singaporean filmmaker Clare Chong and movement artist Sonia Kwek are working for the first time with the Bolt, a high-speed camera robot.

The Lost Years
Online
Available online: 23/03/2024
The Lost Years Out of Competition

Marcos Zoe Nacar, 2023, DE, ES, 5 min

On a 5-day hike from the Seriana to the Brembana Valley in Italy, a character is in search of answers but doesn’t pose any questions. A speculative dance documentary reflecting on the relationship between human and mountain, as material entity and as idea.

Dante
Online
Available online: 20/03/2024
Dante

Jamie Lee, 2023, BE, 5 min

We are transported into a dream-like state in which we do not run, but dance. The original music composed by Echo Collective takes us on a journey through landscapes where time disappears and we are drawn into nature.

Dog Cloud
Online
Available online: 23/03/2024
Dog Cloud New Dutch

Amos Ben-Tal/OFFprojects, 2023, NL, 8 min

Four dancers, one choreographic score, one poem, one camera, one angle, three takes and no edits. Dog Cloud explores the subtle interplay between structure, chance and the human desire for finding patterns and stories.

and so I'll go
Online
Available online: 23/03/2024
and so I'll go Competition Shorts and International Short Film Competition

Julia Müllner, Anna Sophia Rußmann, Kilian Immervoll, Pipi Fröstl, 2022, AT, 9 min

A building is in constant development, it’s enlivened, used, worn out, decaying. Bodies leave traces in buildings. Buildings leave their mark on us. Decay does not necessarily end in dust that we gently sweep away. In and so I'll go the carpet of an old furniture showroom becomes the grid of various accumulative micro plots and intimate dances.

Falso Vacío
Online
Available online: 20/03/2024
Falso Vacío online potential

Julio Ramos, 2023, IT, MX, 6 min

Who are these entities of abandonment? They have never seen the light and a simple lightning strike awakens the hope of escaping from confinement.

Noora
Offline
Available online: 20/03/2024
Noora online potential

Anna Kekkonen, 2023, FI, 8 min

Noora is a dance short film that follows Noora's movement. She is a dancer. Her body's impulses are generated in the moment from contact with different environments. Noora has congenital bone fragility, osteogenesis imperfecta. She uses a wheelchair as a dancing aid. In it, she can move widely, but feels isolated. On the ground, she feels the ground against her skin. In the water she can let go of her wheelchair. Noora's toes sink into the mud bottom, which pulsates with her steps. The water supports her fragile body with its pressure and surrounded by it she dares to move more freely, her body is more elastic, her expressions and range of motion are greater. In water she finds ways to move as independently as other dancers on land.

Dark Field Analysis
Online
Available online: 23/03/2024
Dark Field Analysis Out of Competition

Jefta Van Dinther, Max Vitali, 2022, DE, SE, 19 min

We may imagine ourselves unaffected by the changes of contemporaneity, but the organic and the synthetic have fused. In Dark Field Analysis, we take a dive into the disconcerting strangeness of the inner self, of what often remains hidden – anatomically, psychologically and spiritually. The film speaks about the complexity of living in this world, incorporating animal forces, desire, instinct and technology.

A BIRD CALLED MEMORY
Online
A BIRD CALLED MEMORY Competition Shorts and International Short Film Competition

Leonardo Martinelli , 2023, BR, GB, 15 min

A bird called Memory has forgotten how to come back home. Lua, a trans woman, searches for Memory in the streets, where she finds the city to be a hostile place.

10 Years Junior Company Het Nationale Ballet
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10 Years Junior Company Het Nationale Ballet Out of Competition

Eva Oosterveld, 2024, NL, 15 min

The Junior Company of the Dutch National Ballet, nurturing and developing exceptional young talent and shaping the future generation of leading dancers, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. A celebratory documentary about a crucial platform for the development of young and ambitious dancers.

Through Magma
Online
Available online: 25/03/2024
Through Magma Competition Shorts and International Short Film Competition

elisabeth raymond (elieli), 2023, SE, 9 min

Inspired by hydrofeminist theories and wearing a vessel suit, full of leaking water, artist Elisabeth Raymond tells an otherworldly story about sorrow, the plastic in our oceans and how our borders are fluid.

Sense of the Damaged
Online
Available online: 24/03/2024
Sense of the Damaged New Dutch

Miloushka Bokma, 2023, NL, 8 min

An allegorical film based on the news photos of refugees. Reality is often more absurd and bitter than you could have ever imagined. We are inundated with images that make us jaded in a certain way and our conscience has become a casual phenomenon of our time: today it is here, tomorrow it is gone.

The film is accompanied by a performance by artist Miloushka Bokma.

Parel Moerwijk
Online
Parel Moerwijk New Dutch

Bart Sturing, 2023, NL, 6 min

Bart shares his experiences of living in Moerwijk-Oost, a working-class neighborhood in The Hague. The many empty buildings merge the world of a group of inhabiting creatives with the daily antics of five children living down the street. Shot with a hand-held 16mm and super 8 camera and accompanied by a photo series by Nas Hosen and soundtrack by Unit Nine.

Inei
Online
Available online: 25/03/2024
Inei New Dutch

Siba Sahabi, 2023, JP, NL, 4 min

Inei, meaning darkness in Japanese, is a poetic exploration of the unfixed time system known as futeijihō. The dance film unfolds against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Yufu and is a visual and emotional feast for the senses. From the blue hues of sunrise to the dusky shadows of sunset, the film captures the shifting atmospheres and moods that accompany the passing of time.

Bull Rider
Online
Available online: 23/03/2024
Bull Rider Competition Shorts and International Short Film Competition

Steven Gray, 2023, US, 2 min

Bull Rider merges meditations on dance from choreographer Martha Graham, music by composer Philip Glass and featuring bull rider in action Ouncie Mitchell.