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Euregion Film Festival 2021

Celebrate the world of film with a focus on the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Film Festival in Limburg and the surrounding regions with the best films, CineTalks & Limburg Film Pitch. The 2021-theme is We’ll See It Through!

Startdatum

07 maart 2021
om 10:00


Einddatum

07 maart 2021
om 22:00

Locatie

Stationsplein 5
6411NE Heerlen

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Euregion Film Festival 2021

No matter how uncertain and unpredictable the world is nowadays, we’ll see everything through! With its six-year edition, Euregion Film Festival 2021 continues showcasing short films with a strong message, urgent stories made by talented directors. This years’ festival is all about filmmakers in competition: tune in and listen to CineTalks, watch and vote for your favourite short film and support the filmmakers in the running to win Limburg Film Pitch!

Program and a festival pass

Find the description of the complete program and tickets via the program-overview below. You can buy a festival pass that will give you access to watch all the short films in competition from March 1 (10:00) till March 7 (22:00). Please check the passe-partout list and choose the best option for you! 

A pass for all the films (competition + special sections) can be bought for 5€ (4,00€ + 1,00€ service costs; VAT: 9%). You can order it following the link

You will get the access on March 1 at 10:00, the email will be send to you with the link to the Showcase.

    Euregion Film Festival Program 2021

    01 maart 10:00 Short Film Competition | We’ll See It Through (ENG)

    Don’t miss 11 international and 8 Euregion short films selected for the Short Film Competition! Starting from March 1 (10:00) till March 7 (22:00), you can watch films online and vote for your favourite film that will get an Audience Award!

    A pass for all the films (competition & Made in Heerlen) can be bought for 5€ (4,00€ + 1,00€ service costs; VAT: 9%). Click here to buy a festival pass.

    Selected films:

    International competition

    1. A Swimming Lesson From Dad | Biró Melinda Ildikó | Hungary
    2. Among Us | Stephan Eigenmann | United States
    3. Dalía | Brúsi Ólason | Iceland
    4. Mama's Ashes | Caspar Commijs | Netherlands
    5. Outline | Alejandro Renedo | Spain
    6. Snow Shelter | Robertas Nevecka | Lithuania
    7. Something is Happening | Roman Ďuriš | Slovakia
    8. Song Sparrow | Farzaneh Omidvarnia | Denmark
    9. The Speech | Haohao Yan | China
    10. Wound Riders | Angel Barroeta | United States
    11. You are always 20 | Christer Walberg | Sweden

    Euregion competition

    1. Blood Group | Daan Bunnik | Netherlands
    2. Charlie Z | Karel Konings, Yanu Schepens, Philippe Jackmaert | Belgium
    3. In Pieces | Nils Hanssen | Netherlands
    4. Lieve | Vincent Groos | Belgium
    5. Oxygen | Rocky Grispen, Violette Belzer | Belgium
    6. Split-Up | Katja Jansen | Belgium
    7. The Ballet of Service | Marlies Smeenge | Netherlands
    8. The Unseen Evolution | Hussein Al Khayat | Netherlands
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    01 maart 10:00 Special film section | Made in Heerlen (ENG)

    Don’t miss this special Made in Heerlen films! Starting from March 1 (10:00) till March 7 (22:00), you can watch films online and vote for your favourite film that will get an Audience Award!

    A pass for all the films (competition & Made in Heerlen) can be bought for 5€ (4,00€ + 1,00€ service costs; VAT: 9%). Click here to buy a festival pass.

    Selected films:

    Made in Heerlen

    1. Convoi Exceptionnel | Genio de Groot | Netherlands
    2. Voor Galg en Rad | Paul Haans & Jeroen Wielheesen | Netherlands
    3. Barbara | Mark Handels | Netherlands
    4. Wachtkamer | Laura Huygen | Netherlands

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    01 maart 10:00 CineTalks | Filmmakers in Competition

    Check our social media or vimeo to get to know filmmakers whose films are selected to the Short Film Competition! Every day, starting from March 1, you will watch short interviews with directors, who will talk about their film, experiences and funny stories from shooting days with our host Saskia Loesser!

    01 maart 10:30 FilmDesk | Meet-Up

    Are you looking for help with financing your project? Do you have a brilliant film idea, but you don't know how to proceed with it? Have you made a film and do you want to show it to the public? Make a cup of coffee and come along to our regular online meet-ups!

    Register here!

    01 maart 14:30 Limburg Film Meeting

    Come to an annual meet-up with the Limburg film sector about developments, trends and challenges of film in Limburg! Together with you we will discuss the future of the Limburg Film Fund and the film infrastructure in the province of Limburg!

    Register by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

    02 maart 11:00 Pitching Training | Part 1 | Online

    During the first part of the Pitching Training the participants will present their pitches for the first time and will get homework on making the presentations better.

    Coach: Pieter Kuijpers.

    Timeslot: 11:00-12:30.

    If you are filmmaker from Limburg (the Netherlands), you can submit your project to the Limburg Film Pitch. Please follow the link. Deadline to submit: February 15.

    Only for the Limburg Film Pitch participants. The Pitching Training will be done in Dutch.

    04 maart 10:00 Film | ShortCutz Amsterdam Audience Award

    Every year Shortcutz Amsterdam teams up with partners from around the world, to ask a global audience which is their favourite Dutch short film. For our Audience Award, we tour with the compilation of the eight nominees for Best Short Film of the Year. This year, the tour will run mostly online in partnership with 30 national and international partners. CineSud is one of them.

    Watch and vote via this link for free.

    Shortcutz will announce the overall winner at the 8th Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards - 14th March 2021 19:00 (CET). This gala will be streamed live on our website (www.shortcutzamsterdam.com.

    04 maart 13:00 Workshop | Crowdfunding for film (NL)

    Workshop Crowdfunding for film by Cinecrowd. This workshop will take place in Dutch.

    Ben jij benieuwd hoe je als filmmaker een succesvolle crowdfunding campagne kunt opzetten? Kom dan naar de CineCrowd workshop over crowdfunden voor makers van korte films, animaties, documentaires, speelfilms, videoclips en series. In de workshop wordt uitgebreid ingegaan op alle ins & outs van het crowdfunden, de valkuilen en hoe je meer dan alleen vrienden en kennissen kunt betrekken in de financiering van je film. Ook wordt in de workshop aandacht besteed aan de matchingsregeling van de Provincie Limburg en CineCrowd. Limburgse filmmakers en filmmakers die draaien in Limburg maken via CineCrowd namelijk kans op een bijdrage aan hun crowdfunding campagne van de Provincie Limburg van maximaal 30% van het streefbedrag (maximumbijdrage is € 20.000). Meer info over deze samenwerking via deze link.

    Aanmelden
    Aanmelden kan door een mail te sturen naar [email protected], deelname is gratis. Vermeld bij je aanmelding je naam, e-mailadres en telefoonnummer.

    04 maart 14:30 Speeddates | one-on-one sessions with Cinecrowd (NL)

    These one-on-one sessions will be held in Dutch.

    Filmmakers met een concreet plan voor een crowdfunding zijn daarnaast van harte uitgenodigd voor het online spreekuur dat aansluitend de workshop wordt georganiseerd. Tijdens het spreekuur leg je je plan voor aan een medewerker van CineCrowd, brainstormen jullie samen over hoe jouw project succesvol gecrowdfund kan worden en onderzoeken jullie of je in aanmerking komt voor de matchingsregeling van CineCrowd en de Provincie Limburg. Het spreekuur vindt plaats van 14:30-16:30, afspraken duren +/- 20 minuten.

    Limburgse filmmakers en filmmakers die draaien in Limburg maken via CineCrowd namelijk kans op een bijdrage aan hun crowdfunding campagne van de Provincie Limburg van maximaal 30% van het streefbedrag (maximumbijdrage is € 20.000). Meer info over deze samenwerking via deze link.

    Aanmelden
    Stuur een e-mail naar [email protected], deelname is gratis. Vermeld bij je aanmelding je naam e-mailadres en telefoonnummer. Informatie over je project is wenselijk maar geen vereiste.

    05 maart 18:00 CineTalks | Short Lab Filmmakers

    Get to know filmmakers Catherina Iosifidis, Jet Kragt & Wibout Warnaar whose projects have been selected to the Shorts Lab 2021! They will be talking with EFF host Fabian Melchers about the future production of the shorts films, their experiences on set & challenges they had to cope with.

    You can watch the interviews via our social media or vimeo.

    06 maart 10:00 Pitching Training | Part 2 | Online

    Pitching Training | Part 2

    During the second part of the Pitching Training the participants will present the updated versions of their pitches, will get more feedback from the coach and prepare for the Limburgs Film Pitch.

    Coach: Pieter Kuijpers.

    Timeslot: 10:00-11:30.

    If you are filmmaker from Limburg (the Netherlands), you can submit your project to the Limburg Film Pitch. Please follow the link. Deadline to submit: February 15.

    Only for the Limburg Film Pitch participants. The Pitching Training will be done in Dutch.

    06 maart 15:00 Limburg Film Pitch

    Five selected pitch participants will dare to tell the world about their film idea and compete for the main price of €2.000.

    Timeslot: 15:00-16:00.

    If you are filmmaker from Limburg (the Netherlands), you can submit your project to the Limburg Film Pitch. Please follow the link. Deadline to submit: February 15.

    Only for the Limburg Film Pitch participants. The Pitching Training will be done in Dutch.

    06 maart 17:00 Awards

    Tune in to CineSud social media and find out who will be the winner of International & Euregion Short Film Competition & Limburg Film Pitch!

    06 maart 18:00 CineTalks | Shoot Noord! Filmmakers

    Get to know filmmakers Kendra Jacobs and Kim de Bis whose projects have been selected to the Shoot Noord! Shorts Lab 2021! They will be talking with EFF host Fabian Melchers about the future production of the shorts films, their experiences on set & challenges they had to cope with.

    You can watch the interviews via our social media or vimeo.

    Program booklet
    Euregion Film Festival 2021

    Click here.

    "Great festival with highly professional workshops. They’re there to showcase the films and the filmmaker."

    Jack Goessens

    Film selection

    Read more on the selected films and get teased by trailers, snippets and stills!

    The pre-selection for the Official Competition has been done by Alexander Gusev (EFF festival programmer).

    Euregion Film Festival 2021 | International Short Film Competition

    The 11 selected films of the Euregion Film Festival's Official Competition.

    A Swimming Lesson From Dad

    Biró Melinda Ildikó | 14’06’’ | Fiction | Hungary | 2020

    The 6-year-old Vivi is terrified of water. However, after her father’s swimming lesson she realizes there are more horrifying things in life than the children’s pool.

    Among Us

    Stephan Eigenmann | 11’26’’ | Fiction | United States | 2020

    Anna, a young pianist, needs to fight for her passion and future as a musician when she begins to go deaf.

    Dalía

    Brúsi Ólason | 16’09” | Fiction | Iceland | 2020

    A distant father and his six year old son connect as they put a horse out of its misery.

    Mama's Ashes

    Caspar Commijs | 19’05” | Fiction | Netherlands | 2020

    Under pressure of his stepfather, Jurriën travels to Spain to disperse his recently deceased mother. The rebellious teenager has a different wish, but how far does he have to go to bring his mother's ashes safely back home?

    Outline

    Alejandro Renedo | 18’00” | Fiction | Spain | 2020

    "De perfil" (Outline) is an actress's journey through the mandatory tolls of industry and customs of shame in search of a job.

    Snow Shelter

    Robertas Nevecka | 16’09” | Animation | Lithuania | 2020

    Living as a squatter with a group of strangers in a war-devastated city, a thirty-year-old guy struggles to survive and find a little more comfort in the rough setting.

    Something is Happening

    Roman Ďuriš | 18’54” | Fiction | Slovakia | 2018

    Driven by his ambition, a journalist begins to investigate who is behind the violent acts in his city. After finally uncovering it, he is faced with the most difficult moral decision of his life.

    Song Sparrow

    Farzaneh Omidvarnia | 11’43” | Animation | Denmark | 2019

    Based on a real event. Austria, August 2015. People of different color, race and culture embark on a journey, eager to find some place they can call home.

    The Speech

    Haohao Yan | 25’00” | Fiction | China | 2020

    May 2003, Beijing. During a lockdown inside a private boarding, three eight-year-old girls have to find a way to make sense of the world.

    Wound Riders

    Angel Barroeta | 13’28” | Fiction | United States | 2020

    When a young woman ventures into the unknown night, unexpected obstacles and the tantalizing distractions of creatures of the night transform her mission into a journey of self-discovery.

    You are always 20

    Christer Wahlberg | 14:30 | Documentary | Sweden | 2020

    Having got hold of an old feature film from 2001, that he and his best friend made when they were 19, the director is reminiscing his youth and understands why their friendship is lost.

    Euregion Film Festival 2021 | Euregion Short Film Competition

    The 8 selected films of the Euregion Short Film Competition

    Blood Group

    Daan Bunnik | 12’45” | Fiction | Netherlands | 2020

    Danny lives in a rusty caravan in the middle of nowhere. When his brother Brian shows up, he tells Danny their father is dying. Soon the ghost of Danny's abusive father starts to haunt him.

    Charlie Z

    Karel Konings, Yanu Schepens, Philippe Jackmaert | 15’35” | Fiction | Belgium | 2020

    Boxing’s rising Youtube star ‘Charlie Z’ and his wicked manager Rabid try to impress a documentary crew following them to their next big fight.

    In Pieces

    Nils Hanssen | 23’18” | Fiction | Netherlands | 2020

    After finding a mysterious puzzle in his living room, Adam, suffering from insomnia, decides to solve the puzzle, which brings him back to his past: to the happy times with his girlfriend Eva.

    Lieve

    Vincent Groos | 17’11” | Fiction | Belgium | 2019

    Starting out as a home nurse, Lieve braves the windy weather on her moped to assist her elderly patients. She has a big heart and tries her hardest to fulfill the wishes of all her patients.

    Oxygen

    Rocky Grispen, Violette Belzer | 10’32” | Animation | Belgium | 2020

    On a far away planet, home to Bobtors, an astronaut-doctor suffers from a lack of oxygen. To survive she has to pay the highest price as a human and as a doctor…

    Split-Up

    Katja Jansen | 11’51” | Fiction | Belgium | 2020

    After a painful breakup, a young couple's life splits in two. He feels relieved and resumes his life being single, she is in tears and seeks comfort from friends.

    The Ballet of Service

    Marlies Smeenge | 14’55” | Documentary | Netherlands | 2020

    At the International Butler Academy in Limburg, people from all over the world are trained to become a butler for the elite. Under a lot of pressure, they learn the old ways of butlering.

    The Unseen Evolution

    Hussein Al Khayat | 09’36” | Documentary | Netherlands | 2020

    A painter and a dancer talk about how Heerlen has evolved and is still evolving in becoming more than the empty city with a bad reputation.

    Euregion Film Festival 2021 | Made in Heerlen

    The 4 selected films of the Euregion Film Festival's Made in Heerlen section.

    Straight To The Gallows

    Paul Haans, Jeroen Wielheesen| 15’33’’ | Fiction | Netherlands | 2019

    1743, Limburg, the Netherlands. People are starving and suppressed by the ruling power. Poor working people unite in small groups to revolt against their rulers and call themselves Buckriders. When captain of the Buckriders Mathias Ponts is being arrested, his son Thias is forced to make decisions which will determine his future.

    Waiting Room

    Laura Huygen | 10’54’’ | Fiction | Netherlands| 2020

    With limited access to a job or entertainment, how would you spend your time? This film is a portrait of eight people who await their asylum procedure, showing what they do during the day and what all that waiting does to them.

    Barbara

    Mark Handels | 21’30” | Fiction | Netherlands | 2017

    The hard life of miners in the south of the Netherlands in the 1950s. The mining industry was the economic heart of the country in that time, but for a lot of people the nostalgic and romantic feeling that now surrounds it, was not that evident.

    Convoi Exceptionnel

    Genio de Groot | 15’00” | Fiction | Netherlands

    A tragicomic and sometimes absurdist portrait of Ronnie in his 40s, who still lives with his mother. By profession he is a transport assistant for convoi exceptionnel. As a hobby, Ronnie takes pictures of exceptionnel transport and collects miniatures of extraordinary trucks. A long-cherished dream of his mother is to become a grandmother. Now that she is dying, the son will have to look for a wife. But how will he actually find one?

    Euregion Film Festival 2021 | Meet the Jury

    Meet this year's Short Film Competition & Limburg Film Pitch Jury!

    Bert Hana | Short Film Competition Jury

    Bert Hana (actor & theater director, Netherlands) has directed and created plays including De Rommel Hemel (2009) and Straatfantast II (2012). As an actor, Bert Hana appeared in various roles, like short film Suiker (2010) (Netherlands Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand), TV-series Ramses, theater performance Scrooge, etc.

    Marijke Prevoo | Short Film Competition Jury

    Marijke Prevoo (media consultant, Netherlands) works at Media INN as media consultant. Everyone has their own story, their own goals. In her work at Media INN Marijke helps people and their business to show themselves to the world. The power of visual media is huge and the tooling very flexible.

    Nadine Bemelmans | Short Film Competition Jury

    Nadine Bemelmans studied Arts and Culture at the University of Maastricht. Within the company Elbe Stevens Film she produced the documentary IT’S DUTCH DESIGN (2019). Nadine worked on the experimental film SOUVENIR (2019, premiere at IFFR) of the filmmakers Lina Sieckmann and Miriam Gossing. The hybrid documentary SIRENS CALL, another film of Lina and Miriam, in co-production with Filmfaust, Elbe Stevens Films and ZDF, is currently in production in the USA. Currently Nadine is producing the short black comedyfilm METEN = WETEN.

    Pieter Kuijpers | Pitch Jury

    Pieter Kuijpers is founder and owner of Pupkin Film. He is the director of various projects, among others Hemel op aarde, Van God Los and Riphagen and producer of the Netflix series Ares. Currently his focus lies on project development, guiding writers and directors, both for feature films and television.

    Selin Șen | Pitch Jury

    Selin Șen works at the Netherlands Film Festival as a film marketing professional and focuses on AV professionals, talent development and education. As a film marketer, Selin works closely with various industry organizations, film festivals and film theaters. Since 2020, Selin has been a member of the Cannes Lions Brand Marketer Academy.

    Jeroen Mourmans | Pitch Jury

    Jeroen Mourmans (director, Maastricht) graduated in 2013 with a Master in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam and has since worked as a freelancer on commercials and award-winning short films. His most recent film, Asnacht (2020), had its premiere with a selection in the Golden Calf competition at the Dutch Film Festival.

    Euregion Film Festival

    Previous editions

    Euregion Film Festival 2021

    Euregion Film Festival 2021 took place March 1-7, online (due to the covid19-pandemic). 19 short films competed in the short film competition, 4 films were shown in the 'Made in Heerlen'-special. The side-program consisted of more than 20 Filmmakers- and CineTalks, workshops and industry meetings. Best Film was given to You Are Always 20, Best Euregion Film to Split-Up, Special Jury Prize to Dalia and the Audience Award to Charlie Z.

    Festivalguide 2021

    Euregion Film Festival 2020

    Euregion Film Festival 2020 took place March 19-22, online (due to the covid19-pandemic we were forced to go online one week before the start of the festival). Around 20 films were shown, including 4 world premieres. Special guests were – amongst others – Bas Devos, Marietta von Hauswolff, Jolein Laarman, Ibo Karatay and Reinier Selen. Best Film was given to Unlike Today, Special Jury Prize and the Youth Jury Award to Something About Alex.

    Festivalguide 2020

    Euregion Film Festival 2019

    Euregion Film Festival 2019 took place March 21-25 in Schunck in Heerlen. More than 20 films were shown, including 5 world premieres. Special guests were – amongst others – Moniek Kramer, Marietta von Hauswolff, Bart van Langendonck, Denis Vaslin, Hans de Wolf, Genaro Rosato and Janet van den Brand. Best Film was given to Pistol, Special Jury Prize to Patision Avenue and the Youth Jury chose as well Pistol as Best Film. The festival attracted 1000 visitors.

    Festivalguide 2019 | Photo album 2019 | Aftermovie day 1 | Aftermovie day 2 | Aftermovie day 3

    Euregion Film Festival 2018

    Euregion Film Festival 2018 took place March 22-25 in Schunck in Heerlen. More than 40 films were shown, including 5 world premieres. Special guests were – amongst others – Johan Leysen, Kristof Hoornaert, Germen Boelens, Joost Rekveld, Joost Seelen, Peter Bouckaert and Remy van Heugten. Best Film was given to Wild Beast, Best Euregional Film to Stille Storm. The festival attracted 1020 visitors.

    Festivalguide 2018 | Official selection 2018 | Photo album 2018 | Aftermovie day 1 | Aftermovie day 2 | Aftermovie day 3 | Aftermovie day 4

    Euregion Film Festival 2017

    Euregion Film Festival 2017 took place March 16-19 in Schunck in Heerlen. More than 35 films were shown, including 8 world premieres. Special guests were – amongst others – Martin Koolhoven, Robert-Jan Westdijk and Kaweh Modiri. The 2017 edition of Euregion Film Festival hosted the first edition of DocCampus and FilmCampus. Best Film winner was Allegory of the Jam Jar, Best Euregional Film Tien by Nathalie Crum. The festival attracted 750 visitors.

    Festivalguide 2017 | Photo album 2017.

    Euregion Film Festival 2016

    Euregion Film Festival 2016 took place January 22-24 in Schunck in Heerlen. More than 30 films were shown, including 6 world premieres. Special guests were – amongst others – Pieter Kuijpers, Anne Gehring, Vera Ketelaars, Max Porcelijn, Pedro van Eecken en Harro van Staverden. The 2016 edition of Euregion Film Festival hosted the first edition of the Crossborder Film Conference. Best Film winner was Mediation, Best Euregional Film Home Suite Home by Jeroen Houben. The Special Jury Prize went to The Blue & The Beyond by Youri Dekker. The festival attracted 700 visitors.

    Festivalguide 2016 | Photo album 2016

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