This year we launched our inaugural short film and video competition, receiving hundreds of submissions under our North by Northeast theme. This is the cream of the crop – involving an eclectic lineup of music and fashion video, fiction and documentary, live action and animation.
The eight shortlisted works compete for the Inntravel Short Film Award, and a cash prize of £500, sponsored by the slow holiday company, Inntravel, and awarded by our Jury: Sight & Sound editor Nick James, documentary filmmaker Eva Weber and artist-curator Anna Linder from Sweden. The event is hosted by film producer, Samm Haillay.
One (Ane Brun)
Magnus Renfors | Sweden | 2012 | 17min
An apocalyptical musical in four acts about a murder committed in the form of a show, where everyone except the main character knows the ending. Based on music from Norwegian songstress Ane Brun.
The Devil’s Ballroom
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken | Norway | 2012 | 14min
After burying his last remaining companion, a fearless explorer has to find his way to the North Pole alone when an unexpected encounter forces him to decide between honour and fame in the history books or a clear conscience—a choice which will haunt the rest of his life.
Suddenly Last Summer
Juha Mäki-Jussila | Finland | 2013 | 4min
An experimental animation loosely based on a play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. Fragments of the original play are restaged, frame by frame, with new botanical performers.
Simone Bennett | The Netherlands | 2012 | 9min
A short film/music piece about how gossip and rumour spreads like a virus. We follow the secretive behaviour of a group of seven inhabitants of an apartment building. Inside sadness seeps through the walls, while outside, fear escalates like burning flames.
Gunhild Enger | Norway | 2013 | 16min
We follow Norwegian Martin and his Spanish girlfriend, Lucia, during their first 15 minutes on Norwegian soil, observing
Lucia’s first encounter with a new culture and her new in-laws. It’s a car trip full of social tensions, expectations and misunderstandings – all taken in one shot.
Johnny Barrington | UK | 2012 | 13min
A tribe of Norse warriors traipse across a barren land after battle. Bloodied and wounded, their chief is near death. He is about to hand over power to his son when an army of a completely different kind descends upon them.
Klaus Thymann | Iceland / UK | 2012 | 1min
A short film by fashion photographer Klaus Thymann, focussing on the reflections of an Icelandic explorer as he roams around the Jökulsárlón glacier lake.
Beyond the Scars
Chris McClean | UK | 2013 | 7min
Cinematic imagery and a poetic narrative draw the audience into and under the waves, opening the door to the world of the North Sea surfing pioneers who chase swells along the North East coast.
Meet the Jury
Nick James Nick James is the Editor of Sight & Sound, the British Film Institute’s monthly magazine. He has written on film, art and literature for the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, Time Out and The Literary Review.
Anna Linder Swedish artist, curator and producer Anna Linder’s works have been exhibited and screened at Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, ICA London, The Swedish Institute in Paris, and at Arsenal Experimental in Berlin.
Originally from Germany, Eva Weber is a London-based filmmaker working in both documentary and fiction. Her award-winning films have screened at international film festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, BFI London and Telluride, on television and at art exhibitions and museums.
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