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Go Short announces the winners of its online edition

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- The whole programme, curated into thematic slots, can be accessed until 13 May

Go Short announces the winners of its online edition
The Bite by Pedro Neves Marques, which won the Go Short Award for Best Fiction in the European Competition

The Go Short International Short Film Festival in Nijmegen, Netherlands, which is taking place online from 15 April-13 May, has announced its award winners.

In the European Competition, the Go Short Award for Best Fiction went to Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Neves Marques for The Bite, a story set in a house in the Atlantic Forest and a genetically modified mosquito factory near São Paulo, where a polyamorous, non-binary relationship struggles to survive an epidemic spreading across Brazil. The work was originally commissioned by the Pérez Art Museum of Miami as a double-channel film and six-channel sound installation. A Special Mention went to Anton Bialas for At the Entrance of the Night (France).

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In the animation section, Genius Loci by French filmmaker Adrien Meriqeau bagged the main award. The film tells the story of a loner in search of identity and belonging, executed in an elegant, fluid traditional animation style. The short previously won a Special Mention at Clermont-Ferrand and the Audi Award at the Berlinale. Ana-Laura Tuttelberg's Winter in the Rainforest (Estonia/Lithuania/Mexico) received a Special Mention.

The Cannes 2019 Directors’ Fortnight entry That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise by Italian filmmaking duo Roberto Taroni and Anna Maria Martena, working under the moniker Flatform, received the Best Documentary Award. The film looks at the effect of climate change on the tiny island of Funafuti in the Tuvalu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean through a simulated, 20-minute tracking shot.

In the Dutch Competition, the €5,000 VEVAM Award for Best Dutch Film went to So I Stay by Marieke de Zwaan. The 20-minute fiction film follows a nomadic Russian girl who gets stranded at a petrol station in the Netherlands. Cassandra Offenberg's Short Trip got a Special Mention.

In the Student Competition, the Encouragement Award for Best Student Film was given out to This Means More by Nicolas Gourault. Made at Le Fresnoy, this experimental documentary combines computer-generated crowd simulation images with testimonies from Liverpool Football Club's supporters who recall their experience at the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989.

Finally, in the Music Video Competition, Sweden's Daniel Wirtberg won the main award for Lousy / In in in, and a Special Mention went to Careful by France's Alice Saey.

All of the winners will receive €1,500 and DCP mastering services by Green DCP.

The Go Short online programme is available here until 13 May for a one-off payment of €10. The selection is curated, meaning that films are grouped as they would be in traditional festival slots, but they can be watched individually as well. Please note that not all films are available in all territories.

Here is the full list of Go Short award winners:

European Competition

Go Short Award for Best Fiction
The Bite – Pedro Neves Marques (Portugal)
Special Mention
At the Entrance of the Night – Anton Bialas (France)

Go Short Award for Best Documentary
That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise – Flatform (New Zealand/Netherlands/Italy/France)

Go Short Award for Best Animation
Genius Loci – Adrien Meriqeau (France)
Special Mention
Winter in the Rainforest – Ana-Laura Tuttelberg (Estonia/Lithuania/Mexico)

Dutch Competition

VEVAM Award for Best Dutch Film
So I Stay – Marieke de Zwaan (Netherlands/Belgium)
Special Mention
Short Trip – Cassandra Offenberg (Netherlands)

Student Competition

Encouragement Award for Best Student Film
This Means More – Nicolas Gourault (France)

Music Video Competition
Lousy/In in in - Daniel Wirtberg (Sweden)
Special Mention
Careful – Alice Saey (France)

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