The 11th edition of NexT Film Festival is coming with an extraordinary novelty:
NexT is changing seasons, as this year’s festival will be taking place between the 22nd and the 26th of June.
The new dates bring new changes to the format and the visuals of the festival. Besides the programs that the viewers have gotten used to (National and International Competitions, Arthouse, NexT is Feminist, LGBT, NexT Generation, NexT Kids) this year the line-up will include a lot of surprises which will be announced in the following period, one of these being outdoors screenings which will take place in different locations in Bucharest and which address various groups of audiences.
For 10 years, the NexT selection has been working as a showcase for the new generation of film-makers, individual and innovative voices of the international cinematic landscape, whose short films represent their promises regarding their future evolution, film-makers among which the most well known are Deniz Gamze Ergüven, László Nemes (both nominalised for The 2016 Oscars for ‘Best foreign film’) or Julie Ducounau (which won the the FIPRESCI award in 2016 during the ‘Semaine de la Critique’ segment of the Cannes Film Festival).
At its 11th edition, NexT continues its mission to promote the short-film format and to bring the films of promising filmmakers to the Romanian public, as the selection of the festival reunites movies as different as one might imagine, both thematically and stylistically, going from musicals and comedies to essay-films and unique formal experiments. But besides the pledge made to young filmmakers, with the mark of a decade, NexT wishes to reaffirm itself and to strengthen its commitment to its audience.
In a time when the world seems to be more and more divided, a world in which the differences in gender, class, race, nationality or ethnicity, religious or political views are being speculated and used as instruments in speeches which incite to hate, NexT aims to turn cinema into a catalyst, a starting point towards discussing the idea of a community in its general sense and the importance of celebrating and embracing the differences between us’ says Oana Ghera, one of the festival’s programmers.
This year’s edition will take place between the 22nd and the 26th of June at the Cinema Muzeul Taranului, Cinema Elvire Popesco, as the NexT audience has been accustomed, but also a few other alternative locations. This year’s selection was made by Massimiliano Nardulli and Oana Ghera from over 2000 short films and it brings together a variety of styles and subjects, this way trying to show the viewer the most relevant image of short film production at this moment.
NexT International Film Festival was established in 2006 in memory of the director Cristian Nemescu and the sound designer and composer Andrei Toncu; NexT is organised by NexT Cultural Society with the support of the National Cinematography Centre, the Romanian Film-makers’ Union, the Romanian Cultural Institute.