Cannes 2020: the short films competition

Short Film News (SFN)- Introducing, as every year, the Official Selection of short films in Competition at the Festival d Cannes in 2020.

A total of 3,810 films from 137 different countries were watched by the selection committee this year, compared to 4,240 in 2019.

The 2020 selection encompasses 11 short films from 12 different countries, for a total running time of 2h24. Five female directors are also featured in the 2020 Official Selection.

The short films competition, which culminates in the jury awarding the Short Film Palme d’or, will take place next autumn at the Palais des festivals in Cannes. The exact date and the names of the jury members will be revealed very soon.

◊ Sameh ALAA (Egypt) I AM AFRAID TO FORGET YOUR FACE – 15’ – Egypt, France, Belgium, Qatar
◊ Marie JACOTEY & Lola HALIFA-LEGRAND (France) FILLES BLEUES, PEUR BLANCHE (BLUE FEAR) – Animation – 10’ – France
◊ Evi KALOGIROPOULOU (Greece) MOTORWAY65 – 14’ – Greece
◊ Sophie LITTMAN (United Kingdom) SUDDEN LIGHT – 14’ – United Kingdom
◊ Theo MONTOYA (Colombia) SON OF SODOM – Documentary- 15’ – Colombia, Argentina
◊ David PINHEIRO VICENTE (Portugal) O CORDEIRO DE DEUS (THE LAMB OF GOD) – 15’ – Portugal, France
◊ Lkhagvadulam PUREV-OCHIR (Mongolia) SHILUUS (MOUNTAIN CAT) – 13’ – Mongolia, United Kingdom
◊ Paul SHKORDOFF (Canada) BENJAMIN, BENNY, BEN – 7’ – Canada
◊ Leonardo VAN DIJL (Belgium) STEPHANIE – 15’ – Belgium
◊ Zachary WOODS (USA) DAVID – 11’ – USA

The short films selection comitee is composed by de 6 women et 5 men: Alice Kharoubi, Julien Hossein, Camille Hébert Benazet, Colin Maunoury, Melissa Malinbaum, Wim Vanacker, Zoé Klein, Jacques Kermabon, Claire Vassé, Félix Chrétien et Kasia Karwan.
In 2019, the Short Film Palme d’or was awarded to THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY by Vasilis Kekatos (Greece), by a jury chaired by Claire DENIS and formed of Stacy MARTIN, Panos H. KOUTRAS, Eran and Cătălin MITULESCU.

Berlinale Spotlight in Tehran Short Film Festival

Short Film News (SFN)- For the first time, the Spotlight section of the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany presents four short films during the 36 edition of the Tehran International Short Film Festival.

The Berlin International Film Festival has been hosting a special screening of the Spotlight Section, for several years, and the program will start on November this year aimed at screening short films in Iran and South Asia.

The Spotlight Section is slated to be introduced by one of the selecting board committee of Berlin International Film Festival, Simone Spani.

Spani is set to talk about the selection process and format of short films and answer the questions of the audience.

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck, director of the competitive section of the Berlin International Film Festival said, “Short films have always had an important place in Berlinale, captivating audiences with their content and structural complexities. They have transcend boundaries defined for cinematic genres and predetermined patterns of thought.”

Henckel-Donnersmarck added the Berlinale Spotlight program in Iran and South Asia invites audiences to discover artistic diversity and innovation in the Berlin Short Film Festival.
Tehran International Short Film Festival will feature four short films, all of which have already been screened at the Berlin Film Festival including “Planet Sigma” directed by Momoko Seto (France, 2014), “Wishing Well” directed by Sylvia Schedelbauer (Germany, 2018), “Prendre Feu” directed by Michel Soyez (France, 2019) and “Tigre de Tasmanie”, directed by Vergine Keaton (France, 2018).

Spani, was born in Zurich and raised in central Switzerland. She studied filmmaking, linguistics, German literature and art history at the University of Zurich. She is a member of the Berlin Short Film Selection Committee and has been planning the Winterthur Short Film Festival and other prestigious festivals for some time. Apart from planning as a festival consultant, she works mainly in Switzerland (Zurich and Vogue), Berlin Vecchial (Rwanda). It has also recently launched its own independent film company, “Zodiac Productions” in Zurich, an incubator for South African screenwriters. She has a strong focus on a variety of national and international film scenes.

American Bull wins at Arlington film festival

The film won the Best Narrative Short prize at the event, which started online on November 5 and will go through November 15.

The film narrates the story of a little boy who is the owner of the only American bull in the area and has a very good relationship with it. He makes money by renting the bull to other bull owners for mating.

‘American Bull’ has had many international screenings, the most notable of which was at the 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany, which is considered as one of the oldest short film festivals in the world. It has been accredited by the FIAPF since 1960, and is a reference festival of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Johnny Depp exits Fantastic Beasts after losing ‘wife beater’ case, says this will not ‘define my life and career’

Johnny Depp on Friday was forced out of the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise days after losing a libel case in Britain against a tabloid that branded him a “wife beater.” The A-list actor, writing on Instagram, said that AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros movie studio had asked him to leave his role as villain Gellert Grindelwald. “I have respected and agreed to that request,” he said.

Warner Bros said in a statement that Depp “will depart the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise,” and that his role would be recast. Depp recently resumed production on the third film in the spinoff from “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling. Warner Bros said on Friday its release date had been pushed back to summer 2022 from November 2021.


Trailer: ‘The Ride’ with Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges


Here’s a look at the upcoming Amazon Prime Video release, The Ride, a new film led by Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges coming to the streamer in a couple of weeks’ time. Directed by Alex Ranarivelo and co-starring Shane Graham and Sasha Alexander, the film is based on the life of extreme sports legend John Buultjens.

From the inspiring true story of extreme sports legend John Buultjens, THE RIDE follows John McCord, an athletically gifted youth who triumphs over a troubled upbringing. After a violent, racially-charged incident lands John (Shane Graham) in juvenile detention, he is finally placed with an unlikely set of foster parents, Eldridge (‘Ludacris’) and Marianna Buultjens (Sasha Alexander), an interracial couple who want to provide a fresh start for the tormented youth. Eldridge makes it his mission to overcome the challenges of John’s white supremacist upbringing and slowly begins to forge a relationship through his foster son’s fascination with extreme sports by giving John his first bike. Rooted by this newfound passion, the family builds a bond of mutual respect, love and together they speed toward BMX glory and ultimately, redemption


Cannes rolls out red carpet for pared-back film showcase

Movie-lovers got a turn on the red carpet at Cannes on Tuesday night as the organizers of its famed cinema festival, canceled earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, kicked off a more low-key three-day event showcasing a range of short films.

Usually awash with Hollywood stars who flock to the French city’s “Croisette” promenade for the two-week extravaganza in May, Cannes was a much quieter version of its glamorous self, with even some major hotels deciding to shut up shop.

But organizers said they had wanted to hold an event all the same, despite enduring travel restrictions, to shine a light on some films and give a boost to the cinema industry, hit hard by coronavirus lockdowns.

“It’s a reunion of friends,” said Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure. The event on France’s southern coast is the world’s biggest cinema showcase, and also a major market for the industry.

A picture shows a red carpet outside the Palais des Festivals et des Congres ahead of Cannes 2020 Special, a mini-version of the Cannes Film Festival, on Oct. 27, 2020, in Cannes, southeastern France. (AFP PHOTO)

Members of the public were invited to register for tickets. Four films that would have been part of the official main competition in May will be shown, while several short movies will compete for a prize.

Wearing face masks, and long gowns in some cases, guests wound their way up a red carpet to one of the auditoriums.

“We need to live in Cannes,” said attendee and local resident Arlette Destouches. “We’re here for that, to live, not to fall asleep.”

Lescure said Cannes’ organizers were already thinking of options to move the festival dates next year if it could not take place as usual in May.

“We have already planned one or two possible dates that have been pushed back to June or July. But Cannes 2021 will happen,” he said

Category Placements For The Oscar Season Are Coming Into Focus


Yesterday, some category news relating to the impending Academy Award race got announced. This comes on the heels of some studios opting to state where some of their contenders will be competing. Obviously, Netflix and The Trial of the Chicago 7 were one of the big question marks (which got resolved, having everyone go Supporting), while Amazon Studios had a big decision to make regarding One Night in Miami… and its four actors. They opted to split up Kingsley Ben-Adir and Eli Goree into Best Actor, while having Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. go into the Best Supporting Actor race. Read on for more…

First, Netflix opted recently for the entire cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 to compete in Best Supporting Actor. Here’s a piece of The Hollywood Reporter‘s story at the time:

Taking a page out of the playbook that brought the ensemble film Spotlight two supporting acting nominations en route to a best picture Oscar win, the entire cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 — among them Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance and Jeremy Strong — will be pushed for awards in the supporting actor category, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from sources close to the film.

Next, we had last night’s fairly big news that Amazon Studios and One Night in Miami… were taking a different approach. THR had this to say:

The four actors at the center of Regina King’s acclaimed feature directorial debut One Night in Miami — Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. — are hoping to divide and conquer this awards season.

Amazon has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Ben-Adir, who plays activist Malcolm X, and Goree, who plays boxer Muhammad Ali, will be promoted as leading actors, while Odom, who plays singer Sam Cooke, and Hodge, who plays football star Jim Brown, will be campaigned as supporting actors.


Kylie Jenner’s Romantic History: FromTyga To A Baby With Travis Scott & More

Even though she is the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kylie Jenner has seriously made a name for herself. Not only is the 23-year-old an incredibly successful and savvy business woman, she’s a devoted mom and total fashion icon. But one part of Kylie’s life that her fans have always been fascinated by has been her dating history!

Ever since Kylie came into her own on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the young starlet has captivated audiences for well over a decade. Not only has she grown up right in front of fans’ eyes, she’s also dated in the limelight. Now, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with a look back at Kylie’s dating history

BTS’ Suga Undergoes Shoulder Surgery &ARMY Sends Love As He Recovers: ‘GetWell Soon Yoongi

After finding out that BTS heartthrob Suga had to undergo a brutal shoulder surgery, the ARMY sent so much love and support to the singer on Twitter with #GetWellSoonYoongi.

#GetWellSoonYoongi started trending on Twitter after BTS superfans found out that their beloved Suga (real name Min Yoon-gi) was forced to undergo yet another shoulder surgery. The 27-year-old K-Pop star is suffering from a torn labrum, a lasting effect from a 2012 injury that has pestered him for years. And the ARMY isn’t letting him go through this alone. They sent him somuch love on Twitter after finding out about his situation

Amerta Art has reinvented itself

Amerta Art has reinvented itself

about the festival in our future posts

Hello to all our supporters and interested people. It has been quiet in our corner for quite some time now, we apologize for that, we needed the time to get organized and do some important tasks. To expand our activities and events, we have decided to move our Iranian location to Turkey. Our headquarters in Germany will continue to exist. Thanks to the support of our employees and our network of moderators, collectors and the galleries in Istanbul has now taken a new and exciting direction. We will continue to support young, up-and-coming talented artists internationally, and in addition to our efforts in the performing arts, we will now organize festivals. Our mission is to award artists for their work and, at the same time, introduce them to a broad audience. The first Amerta Art Festival is about the art of filmmaking and will be held in Istanbul in 2021. We hope that your interest has been awakened and look forward to your feedback. We will keep you informed about the festival in our future posts.