This spring in Bucharest, 9 Years of NexT – daring films, innovative cinema!
Launched in 2007, NexT International Film Festival is the biggest event in Romania dedicated to short and medium length films.
The most important short film competition in Romania, a unique selection of films, masterclasses, workshops and parties await all film fans for the 9th edition of NexT International Film Festival, that will take place between 15th and 19th of April 2015, at Cinema Studio, Elvira Popescu, CinemaPRO and in several other unconventional locations in Bucharest.
Created in the memory of two talented filmmakers, director Cristian Nemescu and sound designer Andrei Toncu, NexT continues to discover new names and perspectives in cinema. The festival is built around two main themes: film directing and sound design.
With over 100 short films selected every year, two competitive sections and many other special programs, NexT is one of the most eclectic festivals in the Romanian film industry, a panorama of the innovative and imaginative cinema bringing together artists from the entire world.
This year Critics Irina Trocan and Andrei Rus have chosen together, for the second year in a row, the ambitious and innovating films that will take part in the competition for the NexT trophies, as well as those that are part of the special programs, on various themes, covering different tastes and topics, from shock-films, kung-fu and music, to the issue of sexual minorities.
NexT will also cast an eye backstage, in a brand new section, that goes behind the scenes, it will encourage debates on themes such as feminism and it will come up with the most challenging new experiments in cinema. All is part of the NexT mission to bring forward the original and daring voices that will set their mark on contemporary cinema.
Moreover, starting with the 2014 edition, NexT added to its agenda two sections designed to support developing short film projects and to encourage the production of new Romanian short films: The Pitch (in partnership with ShortsTV) și NexT Short Film Market.
One of the most popular events at NexT film festival will take place once more at CinemaPRO on Friday, the 17th of April, at 20:30 h, a fancy evening with red carpet: Oscars Night. All five shorts (live action) nominated this year at the American Film Academy Awards, including the winner of the award for Best Short Film, The Phone Call, directed by Mat Kirkby, will screen for the first time in Romania in a program provided by Shorts TV.
Having received multiple awards, before the Oscar, The Phone Call presents British actress Sally Hawkins in an emotional role, the one of an employee working at a helpline call centre who engages in a conversation with a mysterious man (Jim Broadbent) that will change her life forever.
Aya, directed by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun, has been a real premiere in the film industry, being the first short film independently and successfully released in cinemas in Israel.
In Parvaneh, a film by Iranian director Talkhon Hamzavi, a young Afghan girl goes to Zurich to send money to her parents and there she encounters a punk girl.
In Boogaloo and Graham, by Michael Lennox, two kids having two chickens on their shoulders learn different stuff about life. And in the fascinating Butter Lamp, distinguished with several awards, director Hu Wei skillfully outlines a whole political image of Tibet.
Original experiments, provocative films of renowned directors and a look behind the camera – three programs for all dedicated moviegoers are on the agenda of the ninth edition of the NexT International Film Festival (15 - 19 April, Studio Cinema, Cinema Elvire Popesco, CinemaPRO). Two new sections will be introduced this year – Avant-garde and Behind the Scenes, while Arthouse Shorts makes a comeback after last year’s success.
In Avant-garde, moviegoers will rediscover the art of pure experiment, cinema working with the minds of the spectators through graphic means in order to amaze, intrigue, amuse and sharp their visual sense. The experiments are varied: Sun Song plays ingeniously with sunlight, Panchromes, with colored pixels, Cut Within recycles found footage, and Doing My Rounds, Checking Some Rounds transforms a feminine figure into a gracious and delicate graphic pattern.
Behind the Scenes will entice spectators that are curious about how movies are actually made. This section contains shorts that have as protagonists film directors, screenwriters, actors, projectionists etc., and the films vary from absurd comedy to desktop documentary.
Last year, 123 short films, screening in 14 sections, were seen by over 7000 viewers. 112 guests presented their own films, they were part of the jury or they held different workshops at NexT film festival.
The special guest of the last edition was famous British film director Peter Webber.
In all of its eight editions, NexT brought into the attention of all film fans the first screenings of some talented filmmakers.
Before becoming well known for their feature films, NexT screened the short films of Jamie Travis, Basil da Cunha, who was selected last year in the Director's Fortnight section at Cannes festival with his film Ate ver a luz, Arnaud des Pallières, who has been included in the competition for Palme d’Or with Michael Kohlhaas (2014), Sophie Barthes, who presented her Cold Souls (2009) at Sundance film festival and Karlovy Vary festival, Spencer Susser, known for Hesher, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman, as well as Romanian directors Marian Crişan, Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, who has recently received numerous awards for Câinele japonez (The Japanese Dog), and Eva Pervolovici.
Tickets for the Oscars Night, as well as NexT passes for all screenings are on sale on www.eventbook.ro.
Source & more info: www.nextfilmfestival.ro