Netherlands Film Festival announces nominations for “Forum of the Directors”

The Golden Calf is the prestigious symbol and trophy handed out to the winners during the Netherlands Film Festival. Image © NFF / Desiree Schippers.
The Golden Calf is the prestigious symbol and trophy handed out to the winners during the Netherlands Film Festival. Image © NFF / Desiree Schippers.

Last updated 1 month ago by Michael Darmanin

The nominees for the “Forum of the Directors” have been announced for the 40th edition of the Netherlands Film Festival. A total of 12 cinematic productions have been selected on the basis of “unique voice and vision”.

The Forum of Directors initiative offers filmmakers a platform for projects that have left the beaten track and have learned to embrace new narrative forms.

Here are the nominees for the Forum of the Directors NFF 2020 in alphabetical order:

#VerlorenJongensZullenWinnenIsaura Sanwirjatmo, Polina Medvedeva
CarrouselMarina Meijer
Drama GirlVincent Boy Kars
Kala azarJanis Rafa
Lamentations of JudasBoris Gerrets
La última primaveraIsabel Lamberti
My Mother’s Last Days – and Some of her ClothesSusanne Helmer
Nerd_Funk: Phase 1Ali Eslami, Mamali Shafahi
Ons moederlandShamira Raphaëla
The UndercurrentRory Pilgrim
WatamulaKevin Osepa
Ze noemen me BaboeSandra Beerends

Online platform

The films will be screened on demand this year in NFF’s new online environment; most will be subtitled in English. Visitors are invited to learn more about the online platform which will become available on the website of the NFF from the 7th of September.

The platform will provide a good mix of traditional media, podcasts, online exhibitions and critical discussions with the directors. The titles listed above will also be available for your viewing pleasure.

The prize

The winner will receive the VEVAM Fund Prize from the Forum of the Directors on Thursday the 1st of October. The prize consists of a specially designed trophy for the Forum and a €5,000 money prize.

The curators

The Forum of the Directors is an initiative created by the NFF in collaboration with Jan Pieter Ekker and Dana Linssen who were both curators from 2015 to 2019.

Hugo Emmerzael and Inge de Leeuw are this year’s curators for the 6th edition of the Forum of the Directors, both with extensive experience within the world of film. Emmerzael is a film critic, programmer and editor of De Filmkrant. De Leeuw works as a film programmer, curator and program maker.

Experience the Netherlands Film Festival this 2020

The Netherlands Film Festival will take place in Utrecht from the 25th of September to the 4th of October this year.

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