2011 In The Palace Festival Draws Talent from 5 Continents
The ninth edition of In The Palace International Short Film Festival, held from June 18-25 in Balchik, Bulgaria, brought together more than 150 filmmakers from five continents.
Cinematographers from South and North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa presented work in four categories: fiction, animation, experimental, and documentary. Their films were judged by a panel of notable filmmakers, journalists, and industry representatives from the United States, Romania, Croatia, Russia and Bulgaria.
Among the shorts in the competition was a modern-day adaptation of the Medusa myth, Red in the Water by Mikel Gurrea, a young director from the Basque country in San Sebastian, Spain.
The Extraordinary Life of Rocky by Belgian filmmaker Kevin Meul was among the audience’s favorites for its dark humor and clever story. Another Belgian, Wim Geudens, won the award for best script and sound with his Beats of Love, a story about a man in search of sounds to conquer the heart of his dream woman.
From student shorts to more serious films, each one explored common themes:
from conflict and tragedy (3 Hours Regan Hall,) the passage of time (Minute 200 Frank Benitez,) identity deconstruction (3sai Paul Emmanuel) to the psychological (Nulepsy Jessica Rinland, White Emilio Schenker), the romantic ( Interlude Ruaridth Webster, I love you Natalia Novachkova) and the imaginary (out of erasers Erik Rosenlund), while documentaries explored real characters up close (Mother Jakub Piatek, Caught Between Two Worlds Viktor Nagi, and A Balkan Rhapsody Tatyana Mircheva).
Different voices of love, hate, loss, the absurd, and exploration of the human condition were frequent themes present at the In The Palace festival.
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