Symmetry

Category: Short film
Writer/director: Ruben van Leer
Producer: CTM Pictures
Co-producer: Westframe
Genre: Experimental dance film 
Language: English
Duration: 20 minutes
Distributor: Formostfilm

Symmetry is a dance & opera film in which science and choreography in the personification of Lucas set out on an existential search. Quantum mechanical  experiments are released upon dance and vice versa in order to form a parable about the building blocks of life in a new figurative language.

The film shows shots of three moments – at CERN, in an ice landscape and on a molecular level inside his body – during which Lucas gets acquainted with the symmetry that is formed by the building blocks of life.

After completing a pilgrimage around the world Lucas arrives in an ice landscape. There, on the serene ice fields, he meets Vala, an old and wise female shaman. She initiates a ritual dance that Lucas undergoes and that confronts him with his body and his past. In the visions evoked by the dance he makes a journey through his own memories and through his body, looking for truth and his own identity.

In his mind, Lucas returns to CERN, where as a young scientist he looked for the divine in the shape of the particle from which life originated during the Big Bang. He kept himself locked in a rational world that started weighing down on him more and more. Fearing his own destruction he abandoned his career and started looking for another truth than science.

The snow crystals falling from the sky in the ice landscape and data visualisations from the research at CERN represent his realm of ideas and are literally moved by his dance. Worlds that are invisible to the naked eye and that seem endlessly far apart from one another have gained a new and coherent meaning for Lucas. In a vision in which Lucas travels back to CERN he meets several reflections of himself in a group dance. By observing himself in different moments in time and space, Lucas realizes that life adopts uncontrollable manifestations. When he comes to himself again in the ice landscape, it is the first time for Lucas to see that he really consists of all possible forms of himself.

Ruben van Leer

Artist Statement
I look through the microscope with a digital camera. I see beautiful crystallization processes that regenerate in my body every moment of the day. The camera becomes a true extension of my body. My eyes, so used to looking at the surface of big things in the world – a human body, a building, a spoon – now they can look at microscopic particles of myself.

I filmed dancer Lukas Timulak and soprano singer Claron McFadden in the world’s biggest machine 100 meters under the ground: CERN in Geneva. A delicate voice and a tiny movement surrounded by an incredible structure build by our Western knowledge economy. I want to stretch the in-between space within this overwhelming system we have build together.

My previous work with e.g. film maker Peter Greenaway, opera maker Michel van der Aa and pop-band The Black Eyed Peas gave me insight into the necessity of connecting different art and science disciplines. With the internet and growing embedded network systems, the power of many is taking a leap in our world. How we deal with Western technology is not solely a tool in my work, but becomes also the story.

For the coming year I will realize my visual opera ‘Symmetry’, a 20 min film (NTR, NL3) which deals with dance, music and quantum physical data-visuals. The medium film has become a starting point and a way to frame my explorations. 

www.symmetrymovie.com
www.rubenvanleer.com

Across The Street

Category: short film
Director: Wouter Stoter
Writer: Gerry de Hoogh
Producers:  Sander Verdonk & Trent
Executive Producer: Marius van der Weerd
D.O.P.: Adam Fillenz
Gaffer: Zen Bloot
Art Director: Anneloes Uijen de Kleijn
Sound: Tim van Peppen – Richard Wilder – Stefan Meutstege
Styling: Gabrielle De Gersigny
Make-up: Robert Stouthamer
Editor: Wouter van Luijn

A restrained drama, about Moos (33), who is extremely excited when she unexpectedly receives an invite for the party of the new neighbours Suzanne (42) and Ralf (60). Her husband Berend (37) reluctantly joins her even though he is tired from work.

The party however is nothing like she expected. They witness the escalating tension in their neighbor’s marriage, and a strained mood fills the big, white, empty apartment. To make matters worse Berend seems to fall for Suzanne’s charms and that while Moos’s nipples start leaking as she hears the baby crying over the baby phone.

But the desperate situation is a wake up call for Moos. At the pinnacle of the miserable evening Moos decides to take matters into her own hands. The party is ruined, but she can still save her own relationship. Silently the two leave their neighbours and as they walk back home she knows Berend sees her as the woman he loves.

Director – Wouter Stoter

Wouter graduated in graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. He worked as graphic designer for a few years and directed several leaders and music videos. In 2007 he joined Comrad and began directing commercials. He loves concept driven scripts with a visual and personal approach. Wouter was featured in ‘Shots December 2008′.

Emilie

Category: Stop-motion animation
Writer/director: Olivier Pesch
Producers: Anne Schroeder, Jani Thiltges - Samsa Film (LU)
Co-producer: Sander Verdonk – CTM LEV Pictures 
Language: French
Duration: 17 minutes

Emilie, a little 7-year-old girl, lives on a huge rubbish dump with her father, a scientist, who is building a secret machine. She feels lonely, until one day she meets three playful monkeys and her life transfroms. But not only her own life changes, also the scientific goal of her father and even more… their entire environment.

Arash

Category: Short film
Director: Michaël Sewandono
Writer: Bastiaan Tichler
Cast: Issaka Sawadogo, David Steffen and Doa Pozam
DOP: Martijn van Broekhuizen N.S.C.
Editor: Jurriaan van Nimwegen
Composer: Ruben Samama
Styling: Sara Hakkenberg
Art direction: Ralf van Lanen
Producer: CTM LEV Pictures
Genre: Drama
Languages: Dutch and English 
Duration: 10 minutes

Matthew, a rejected African asylum seeker, is waiting in a deportation centre for his flight back, and sees the Iranian Arash with his daughter Parisa. When the desperate Arash starts a bloodbath, Matthew is unexpectedly given his freedom. But he is in turmoil, not knowing what is right. Every line you cross, you surrender a part of your soul.

Director: Michaël Sewandono

Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1979, Michaël graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy audio-visual arts department (VAV) in 2005. In 1999 he studied at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television de Cuba where he made several documentaries. Having worked on different projects as a graphic designer, on an organisational level and as an autonomous artist, his main focus is on film. Next to directing commercials for Czar he’s currently working his first feature film.

Chopper

Category: Short film
Directors: Lars Damoiseaux & Frederik Palmaers
Writers: Michael Palmaers & Lars Damoiseaux
DOP: Daan Nieuwenhuijs
Computer graphics: Frederik Palmaers & Michael Palmaers
Composer: Joris Oonk
Sound design: Lars Damoiseaux     
Editors: Arno Willemstein & Warnier Posta       
Producer: CTM Pictures
Genre: Animation
Duration: 2 minutes

The circle of life: a mantis gets eaten by a frog. The frog is swallowed by a stork, which in turn is eaten by a crocodile just before he gets shot by a hunter…

Awards

2013
Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market:
Best Short Animation – runner-up
Audience Award: Best Short Animation – runner-up 
54th Ciné-Rencontres Film Festival:
Audience Award: Best Short Film 

2014
17th short film festival of Fréjus:
Prix spécial de l’animation
Dam Short Film Festival
Audience Award – Best Animation

Festival Selection

2013
Go Short – International Short Film Festival – The Netherlands
Holland Animation Film Festival – The Netherlands
13th Lanzarote International Short Film Festival – Spain
20th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film / Trickfest – Germany
Festival International des Très Courts – France
Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market – USA
7th Athens International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo – Greece
Annecy Film Festival – France
54th Ciné-Rencontres Film Festival – France
XX Capalbio Cinema ISFF – Italy
Anima Mundi 2013 – Brazil
29èmes Rencontres Cinéma de Gindou – France
Concorto Film Festival 2013 – Italy
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival – UK
Ottawa International Animation Festival – Canada
Nederlandse Film Festival 2013 – The Netherlands
8th Anim’est International Film Festival – Romania
Animatou 2013 – Switzerland
49th Chicago International Film Festival – USA
La Costa Film Festival – USA
Big Cartoon Festival – Russia
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterhur – Switzerland
36th Starz Denver Film Festival – USA
Brest European Short Film Festival – France 

Lars Damoiseaux

Lars Damoiseaux is a Dutchman who moved to Antwerp. He’s a screenwriter and director of short films, music videos, commercials and video games. He has an original and dry sense of humor, talent for directing actors, a huge amount of technical knowledge and a powerful, dark visual style.

He’s part of the directors collective ‘Baron von Dingdong’ who are specialized in computer animations. Lars is also busy writing his feature film, ‘Paint it Black’, a cynical comedy about the art world.

Frederik Palmaers

Frederik Palmaers (1975) graduated at Sint-Lukas school of arts in Brussels as master in the audio-visual arts. 

After working for 5 years as an employee in the computer graphics sector he became freelancer, working on various commercials and projects. In 2011, he completed together with Michael Palmaers his first animated short ‘Nuru’ which received the first prize for animated short at Palm Springs Shortfest and Rhode Island Film Festival. The film was also selected for more than 30 festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Festival du Court Métrage.

Sugar

Category: Short Film
Director: Jeroen Annokkée
Writers: Dennis van de Ven, Jeroen Annokkée
DOP: Lex Brand
Editor: Marc Bechtold
Composer: Sebastiaan Roestenburg
Producers: Sander Verdonk & Gertjan Langeland
Genre: Comedy
Language: Dutch 
Duration: 10 minutes

Festival selection

La Short comedy Film Festival  Clermont Ferrant  
- Audience price,
- Best Comedy “Fernand Raynaud” Award

Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
Méliès d’Argent  Best Short Film

Film Festival Emden                        
The Ostfriesischer Kurzfilmpreis der VGH, Best short film

Salento Finibus Terrae    
-The best  direction in the section short very short
-Bert Hana – Best main actor

Lenola filmfestival           
1st price international competition & Best Screenwriter 

Mas Sorrer festival in Spanje
Audience price

Nederlands Filmfestival  
Zilveren krulstaart for best screenplay

Méliès d’Or   Sitges-Spain   
The Best European Fantastic Short Film.

Couchfestfilms
Coveted Silver Couch Award

7th edition of Paris Courts Devant’ festival
Public prize

The 16th OUrense Film Festival 
-Special Mention of the Jury at Short Film Competition
-Audience award for best short movie

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (CHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL)
Best fiction short film 

Eindhovensfilmfestival
Best screenplay

Brest European Short Film Festival     
Audience award

Cinesonne FRANCE 
18. The special high school jury’s price.  


Bert’s scantily dressed downstairs neighbour, Klaasje, comes by to borrow a cup of sugar, a standard situation with a possibly sexual outcome. When she lets the cup slip from her hands and they both try to catch it, destiny strikes.

 

Jeroen Annokkeé

Jeroen Annokkeé (1973) attended The Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 1996 and graduated in 2000 with the films ‘Tinus & Henkie’ (Tuschinski award dutch FIlm Festival 2000) and ‘Unwired’ (Mandela Award, Dublin 2000). Ever since he has been working as a director for commercials, shorts and comedy television series at companies such as Motel Films, IJswater Films, CCCP and CZAR. In 2002 he directed the short film Roadkill (Silver Melies 2003, Grand Prize of European Fantasy Short Film in Silver and was presented a ‘Golden FIlm Award’ at the Dutch Film Festival 2003). For his commercials he won several prices such as the ‘Gouden Loekie 2005′ and multiple ‘ADCN lampen’ (Art Director’s Guild Holland) including the director’s award 2010.

Sunset From a Rooftop

Category: Short Film
Director & writer: Marinus Groothof
DOP: Marc de Meijer
Editor: Brian Ent
Composer: Arno Tijnagel
Producers: Sander Verdonk & Gertjan Langeland
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch 
Duration: 10 minutes

Festival selection:

  • Cineglobe Geneve 2010
  • Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage
  • Brussel Short FF
  • Festival D’Aubagne
  • Sao Paulo Short Film Festival
  • Festival Mas Sorrer
  • Molise Cinema
  • Festival de Contis
  • Festival Paris Courts Devant Paris
  • Almeria en corto
  • St Kilda Film Festival Melbourne Australia
  • Festival Balkan Trafik
  • European Film Festival of Lille
  • Braunschweig International Film Festival
  • kurzfilm freunde Koln
  • Leuven Short filmfestival
  • Bolzano Film Festival
  • Dutch Film Festival

Awards:

  • Nederlands Film Festival - Best short film

Ivana, a Serbian girl in her early twenties, prepares for a night out. The every-day routine becomes something different when seen at the time the sunsets over Belgrade during the NAVO bombings. Her friend Shekki dashes into her room and congratulate Ivana with her pregnancy.

Together they decide to tell Ivana’s friend Matej when they go to the party he is having, on the roof of his apartment, that night. On their way they meet Sloba, who looks rather subdued because that afternoon he had to act as a living shield to prevent a bridge from destruction and Nikola with whom they arrange to go to the latest techno club later that night.

At the party Matej appears to be in a bad mood. So without telling him the good news, she heads for the rooftop where Shekki joins her and together they look out over Belgrade by night. When Matej comes up on the rooftop to apologize the air-defense alarm goes of. Ivana decides that it is not the right time to tell the good news and together with Shekki and Matej she wants to enjoy this special moment in her life.

Marinus Groothof

Marinus developed an early interest for photography and at the age of 14 he earned himself the money to buy his first camera. In the years before he was accepted to the Film Academy in Amsterdam, Groothof, besides being active in photography, began writing stories. In 2004 he graduated in Camera and Lighting. After the Film Academy Groothof could no longer suppress his true passion: writing and directing films. Since then he has made several short films.

SUNSET FROM A ROOFTOP (FULL FILM)