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7 May 2014

No less than four Dutch short films have been awarded last night at the awards ceremony of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

Konrad & Kurfürst, directed and produced by Esther Urlus, received a Special Mention of the International Jury. The jury stated: "For its alchemical “re-imagination” of a historical moment, a special mention goes to this exceptional work of artisanal practice."

The evo Promotional Award of the Children's Jury went to Anything Goes (Alles mag). Director Steven Wouterlood, screenwriter and producer Martin van Voornveld and producer Joram Willink (BIND) were present to accept the award that contained 1,000 Euros. ANYTHING GOES previously won the Kids Award at TIFF in Toronto and was also selected for the Palm Springs International Short Fest in Los Angeles in June and the Tokyo Children's Film Festival in August.
Statement of the Jury: "Our winner is about friendship, love and saying goodbye. And it shows that you need to be pigheaded to be able to do what's fun. And it was great fun to watch it! The colours are great and the music is cheerful: Tygo, the main protagonist, talks about the carnival in South Holland. Furthermore, one can understand very well how he feels."

Jameys Fight (Jamey's Gevecht) by Denise Janzée, was awarded with the Prize of the Youth Jury (1,000 Euros).  
Jury Statement: "Our winner illustrates impressively how important it is to believe in yourself and follow your goals. Even though it tells the story of a young man who is coping with very specific problems, it describes themes that concern us all and depicts situations we all know. This high identification value is one of the great strengths of the film for us.
Furthermore, we feel that there was not a single redundant scene. We were thrilled by the brilliantly chosen sequences and the coherent montage as well as by the impressive performance of the main protagonist. Because this film evoked such diverse emotions in us – we were entertained, touched and thrilled -, we award Jamey's Gevecht by Denise Janzée the Main Prize of the Youth Jury."

Steel Days (Vloeibaar Staal), directed by Flynn von Kleist and produced by Netherlands Film Academy, was awarded with the Certificate of the Ecumenical Jury for a film in the International Children's and Youth Film Competition. The film received the award connected to a recommendation for Matthias Film and the Katholisches Filmwerk to buy the film for their catalogues.
Statement: "In the drab environment of a steel mill, Franka takes care of her father and their home. When she meets a young man, the 17-year-old begins to question this life. Vloeibaar Staal is a sensitive portrait of the depressing life and dependence of the young woman. The film also manages to communicate Franka's longing for freedom and a self-determined life in impressive images."

The 60th edition of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen took place from May 1 - 6.

For More Information:

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen: www.kurzfilmtage.de

Konrad & Kurfürst
Esther Urlus: estherurlus.hotglue.me

Anything Goes

Steel Days
Netherlands Film and Television Academy


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