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Short documentaries with global perspectives

The chair Fish, Everyone has the right to, Maalbek
Regissør: Gosia Juszczak Thomas Østbye Ismaël Joffroy
(Storbritannia,Norge, Chandoutis )

SHORT FILM: With very different angles, two of the documentaries at the Short Film Festival show how depressingly far away we are a sustainable development.

Like many other film festivals, the Norwegian Short Film Festival last year had to be conducted digitally. The same applies to this year's edition, but in addition, the festival will arrange physical screenings both in the host city Grimstad and in cinemas and cinemas nine other places in the country. In other words, the corona pandemic has forced creative solutions at the festivals, which in fact has also made it easier for the public to seek them out.

Two years ago, the Short Film Festival stopped showing long documentaries, rather than refining its profile as a short film festival. And since the festival has its own competition program consisting of both Norwegian and international short documentaries, the documentary genre is by no means neglected.

Maalbek Director Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Belgium

Short films give filmmakers a great deal of freedom, while feature films tend to be more bound by dramaturgical conventions. Within the short format, however, it may be worthwhile to strive for a certain noble simplicity. This may be especially true for short documentaries, which with a clearly defined angle of approach and a limited spotlight can get. . .

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