The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival celebrates its 38th edition this week with a showcase of more than 600 works across multiple competitions. Each year this highly-anticipated festival draws an international audience of filmmakers and aficionados alike to the heart of the Auvergne region, and warms those winter chills with a dynamic selection of screenings and special events. With over 160,000 admissions and around 8,000 films submitted last year, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2016 promises to be an essential meeting place for anyone interested in the industry.
Running until 13 February, this year’s event sees the return of three key competitions: International, National and Lab. Clermont-Ferrand’s very first section, the National Competition, brings together a diverse selection of films from across the country – each of which will receive exposure before, during and after the 31st Short Film Market, where 3,000 delegates meet each year to discover new talent.
The 28th International Competition welcomes 79 shorts from across the world, in a wide variety of genres including animation, documentary, comedy and drama. In 2016, the category features work from Brazil, Morocco, Bolivia, Romania, Israel, Ireland, Chile and Spain, to name a few. These films will be viewed by the International Jury: Kosovar actress/ producer Arta Dobroshi (Lorna’s Silence), Swedish photographer JH Engström, director/ producer Paz Fábrega (Cold Water of the Sea), Italian painter Riccardo Guasco, and American director/ actor Patrick Wang (The Grief of Others).
The innovative Lab Competition, which marks its 15th year at the festival, offers a line-up of 30 thrilling and experimental works from France, Germany, Australia, Vietnam, India, New Zealand, Austria, the UK and the US. Electrifying combinations, arresting viewpoints, accomplished risk-taking; Clermont-Ferrand’s Lab is the right prescription for visual addicts.
Meanwhile, Panoramas, a relatively new category, focuses on two major retrospectives, and invites audiences to explore the scope of Sweden’s creative diversity in Swedish retrospective: a forest of talent! and to discover a new perspective on space and the universe in Star Systems.
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival is organised by Sauve qui peut le court métrage (Short Film: S.O.S!). Runs until 13 February. For more, visit www.clermont-filmfest.com.
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