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Go Short 2023: The Dutch Line-up

Huge line-up of Dutch shorts will be screening in Nijmegen

Go Short Nijmegen, the annual short film festival held in the Netherlands, has recently announced its selection for the 15th edition. A total of 25 Dutch short films have been selected, spread over three competitions: the European Competition, the Dutch Competition and the New Arrivals Competition. The participating films will be shown during the anniversary edition of Go Short from March 31 to April 10. The winning films of the Dutch and International comepetition also qualify for the BAFTA’s, Oscars and European Film Awards.

I Want to Go Higher by Amanda van Hesteren

Dutch Competition

For the Dutch Competition, Go Short selected 21 films. The selected films are eligible for the Go Short VEVAM award. VEVAM is the copyright organization for directors of film and television works in the Netherlands. They have been committed to Go Short for years. This VEVAM award is an incentive award for Dutch talent and provides a connection.

View the titles of all participating films here

New Arrivals Competition

The New Arrivals Competition consists of the best 21 films made by film students. These films come from film schools all over Europe. In this international competition no less than three Dutch films compete for the Encouragement Award: The Pink Voice by Marieke Elzerman, Shuffle by Quita Felix and Dutch-Belgian co-production Thank you for your patience! by Simon van der Zande. 

The selection committee has noticed that this year, many films in the New Arrivals Competition of a high standard have been made by female filmmakers in this competition. The number of non-binary makers also exceeds the number of male makers.

The Dutch Competition and the New Arrivals Competition are judged by an international jury that includes a programmer from the Venice Film Festival and a former winner of the Go Short Awards.

European Competition

41 international titles are eligible for the Go Short Awards in the fiction, documentary and animation categories. Among those is one Dutch short documentary, Douwe Dijkstra's Neighbour Abdi*, who continues his succesful festival run that includes festivals such as Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. The winners will be  qualified for the Academy Awards, giving them a chance to win a prestigious Oscar.

According to Go Short’s selection committee, it is notable that many films focus on messy lives and conflicting morals in these turbulent times. They do not paint a unified picture and are not there to make grand statements.

Parallel to the festival program Go Short offers a Professionals Program that takes place from April 5 until April 9 and is a lively, international melting pot where the most experienced professionals and starting-out, enthusiastic newcomers can meet each other. There are many different activities during the Professionals programme: from networking events to workshops, and from parties to market screenings. During these activities, the newest developments in the industry are addressed and big themes are made more legible.

For more information about Go Short International Short film Festival Nijmegen, click here.

*Film is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund