On 26 th June 2017 at Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, took place the awards gala of the 11 th edition of NexT
International Film Festival, presented by the festival director, Yvonne Irimescu, together with Oana Ghera who,
along with Massimiliano Nardulli, has done this year's festival selection.
NexT Trophy 2017 went to The Disco Shines¸ a co-production between Turkey and Spain, directed by Chema
García Ibarra, which captures the story of five youths without jobs or anything to do. ‘With no jobs, nothing to
do, and nowhere to go, the young protagonists of this film are seen doing what young people have always
done: making their own fun, creating a roving party of their own with only an improvised light show, some
cheap booze, and a bottle of Fanta. The landscape that they occupy is marked by the signs of past and present
political upheaval which they only acknowledge with a combination of indifference and healthy disdain in their
quest for a good time, in a film whose rough-edged, handmade aesthetic belies the extraordinary craft of its
construction, finding unorthodox points of entry into every scene’, said the jury. The prize is 2000 Euros offered
by the Romanian Cultural Institute and 2000 Euros in digital and laboratory services offered by CineLab
It is the second win for Chema García Ibarra at NexT, his first being the 'Cristian Nemescu’ Award for Best
Director in 2013 for Mysterio.
This year, the 'Cristian Nemescu' Best Director Award, worth 1,000 euros, offered by the Union of Romanian
Filmmakers, was awarded to Ico Costa for the short film Nyo Wveta Nafta which ‘manages to evoke Djibril
Diop’s classic of African cinema, Touki Bouki, while developing a rich visual vernacular that is completely its
own’, according to the jury.
The ‘Andrei Toncu’ Award for Best Sound Design, also worth 1000 Euros provided by the Union of Romanian
Filmmakers, was awarded to sound designer Hans Appelqvist for the Swedish film The Burden, directed by Niki
Lindroth Von Bahr. ‘We hear simple melodies with beautiful surprising harmonies, with unexpected
orchestrations, which match the characters very well. The sound design is very well mixed with the music,
almost becoming a part of the tunes, and the final section brings some beautiful duets, nicely and originally
orchestrated, altogether creating a very sensitive, funny, fresh, a great sound experience’, was the jury’s
impression regarding the soundtrack of the film.
The jury consisting of Dina Jordanova (film scholar, Bulgaria / UK), Cristi Iftime (film director whose feature
debut will premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival), Codrin Lazar (musician, composer, winner
of Gopo 2017 Award for Best Original Music, with Sorin Romanescu for Dogs), John Canciani (director of
Winterthur Film Festival) and Nick Pinkerton (film critic, New York Film Critics Circle and collaborator of some
publications such as Sight & Sound, ArtForum or Village Voice) also gave this year two honorary mentions for:
Our Friend the Moon, directed by Velasco Broca and Sadhu in Bombay, by Kabir Mehta.
‘Equally hilarious and utterly mortifying’, First Night by Andrei Tănase is this edition’s Best Romanian Short
Film. According to the jury, the film ‘dissects the experience of sexual awakening, aided by its director’s keen
eye for the telling detail and the work of a spectacular cast, together packing several hairpin emotional turns
into a brief runtime and briskly sketching out a squirm-inducing portrait of perverted innocence’. The prize is
worth 1,000 euros offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute and 1,000 euros consisting in post-production DI
services offered by Abis Studio.
As we have been accustomed, every edition of NexT International Film Festival, the audience votes for the best
shorts in both competition sections. This year, the inhabitants of #Next City have decided that the Foreign Film
Audience Award goes to Red Light (directed by Toma Waszarow, Bulgaria), and the Romanian Film Audience
Award goes to the short film directed by Ana Maria Comanescu – Pipe, Sex and Omelette, both prizes are 500
Euros offered by NexT Cultural Society.
The four NexT trophies were modelled by artist Titi Ciocan and painted by Lea Rasovszky.
NexT International Film Festival was founded in 2006, in the memory of director Cristian
Nemescu and sound designer and composer Andrei Toncu and is organized by NexT Cultural
Society. Its 11th edition will take place between 22 nd and 26 th of June.
With the support of: National Centre of Cinema, The Union of Romanian Filmmakers, the Romanian Cultural
Institute, Bucharest City Hall, ArCuB.
Project financed by: The Ministry of Culture and National Identity
Project co-financed by: Administrația Fondului Cultural Național
Partners: Silva, French Revolution, ShortsTV, Cinetic – UNATC I.L. Caragiale, Universitatea Națională de Muzică
București, Art Contact, Rotenberg, Cinepub, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Muzeul Țăranului Român.
Official car: Midocar
Institutional partners: Ambasada Franței, Institutul Francez, Goethe Institut București, Ambasada Suediei la
București, Ambasada Spaniei în România, Ambasada Israel în România, Asociația Fala Português!
Media monitoring: mediaTRUST.
Main media partners: Antena 1, Radio Guerrilla, Agerpres, Zile și Nopți, Cinemagia.
Media partners: Blitz TV, Cinema Rx, Decât o revistă, Ziarul Metropolis , Sub25, Liternet, Orașul Meu,
Cooperativa Urbană, Glamour, Modernism.ro, Cinefan, The Institute, Promo Bicicleta, Radio România Cultural,
AARC– All About Romanian Cinema, Radio România Cultural, Cooltura Mall, A List Magazine.