Dutch shorts at Bristol Encounters
18 September 2020
Five short films from the Netherlands have been selected in competition at Bristol Encounters Film Festival. The festival is presenting an extended programme online from 18th September - 11th October 2020.
In Eyes on the Road, directed by Stefanie Kolk (prod. New Amsterdam Film Company), three girls chat about a friend who has recently faced a devastating trauma, while driving back home from a music festival abroad. The film previously screened at several international film festivals such as Locarno.
Heat is directed by Thessa Meijer and produced by Halal and was previously selected for SXSW 2020, among others. The film is a surreal yet impactful comment on global warming. During an extreme heat wave, a shy girl seeks refuge in an ice cream shop. But when she looks into the eyes of the charming vendor, she is on thin ice..
Animated short film Sad Beauty is directed and produced by Arjan Brentjes. In the film we see a heavily polluted world, in which a young woman mourns the disappearance of animal species. When she falls ill due to a bacterial infection, nature appears to send her a message in her hallucinations. Sad Beauty is also selected in competition at Raindance Film Festival. For further reading on Sad beauty, go here…
Furthermore, two short documentaries will screen at Bristol encounters: Father by Isabel Lamberti (prod IJswater Films) and That Which Is To Come Is Just A Promise a Dutch minority co-production.
That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise by maker collective Flatform, was awarded Best European Documentary at Go Short International Short Film Festival. The film is coproduced by Dutch producer Seriousfilm. In this documentary a single long take shot runs throughout Funafuti, the main island of the Tuvalu archipelago, alternating repeatedly and in apparent continuity, places, people and situations emerging and immersing in the water.
For more information:
Bristol Encounters Film Festival: https://www.encounters.film/2020films