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Sand by Joost van Ginkel


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Awards for Dutch Short Sand

The short film Sand by Dutch director and writer Joost van Ginkel has won the prize for Best Fiction Film during the 35th Badalona International Short Film Festival Filmets. Actors Veerle Witkop and Jack Wouterse, who are playing the leading roles in the film, also won awards for Best Actress and Best Actor. Filmets took place from November 6 – 14, 2009 in Barcelona.

Additionally, Sand won the ´Si Loin Si Proche´ prize and the festival´s Grand Prix during the `Courts Devant - Festival des Films Courts qui Avancent´ (November 5 – 8, 2009) in Paris.

In 2008 Sand was the only film from the Netherlands selected for the 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival and the official entry from the Netherlands for the Oscars in the category Best Live Action Short Film. The film received an honourable mention during the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto in 2009, where Jack Wouterse received an award for Best Actor as well. Sand also won the prize for ‘Best Dutch Short Film’ at the Go Short International Short Film Festival in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Sand tells the haunting story of a father who is trying to protect his nine year old daughter against abuse. The main roles are played by Jack Wouterse (Suzy Q, The Northeners) and debutant Veerle Witkop.

Director Joost van Ginkel says about his subject: “Worldwide millions of children are being mentally or physically abused. In the Netherlands one child dies every week as a result of abuse by a parent. As soon as I heard this, all my other ideas for making a short film became trivial. I would like to believe that there is a small chance that this film will make a difference” .

Van Ginkel worked mainly as a director of television productions in the Netherlands, but has just completed his second short film Kiss and is developing a screenplay for a feature film. 

Badalona International Short Film Festival Filmets, November 6-14, 2009

Courts Devant - Festival des Films Courts qui Avancent, November 5-8, 2009-11-16



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