Cinema Nouveau’s Short Film Project


The response to the inaugural The Short Film Project launched by Cinema Nouveau in September last year, has been overwhelming. A total of 124 entries were submitted by the extended deadline of end November and, of these, ten have made it onto the shortlist.

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The initial entries were curated by Julie Stephenson of Short & Sweet, in conjunction with the Ster-Kinekor marketing and acquisitions teams. Overall, the team was extremely impressed with the standard of submissions received, as a reflection of the young, creative talent within the local film industry.
Lola Gallant, Brand Manager of Cinema Nouveau, shares this view. “We launched The Short Film Project last year with a number of objectives in mind. As the country’s only dedicated ‘art-house’ cinema chain, we wanted to show our commitment to the growth of local cinema.”
Curator of The Short Film Project, Julia Stephenson, who created and curates the popular Short & Sweet short film project, says it was a tough job compiling the shortlist. “There were some real gems among the entries received. It was pleasing to view the work of those film-makers who just understand what a short film should encompass, in ten minutes or less.”

The ten short films that have been shortlisted – and the Cinema Nouveau films they will be released with – are:
Birdman (directed by Robert Nicholls) – will screen with Inherent Vice (from 10 April)

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Run Jose (directed by David Meinert) – will screen with Saint Laurent (from 17 April)

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The Christmas Gift (directed by Timothy Argall) – will screen with Dear White People (from 24 April)

Fortabt (Loss of Love) (directed by Benitha Vlok) – will screen with Far from the Madding Crowd (from 30 April)

Endless (directed by Robert McEwan) – will screen with Serial (Bad) Weddings (from 30 April)
21th Street (directed by Kelsey Egan) – will screen with Lullaby (from 08 May)
The Grave Digger (directed by Quean Groenewald) – will screen with Little Chaos (from 15 May)
Ashes in the Earth (directed by Sara Gouveia and Kofi Zwana) – will screen with Infinitely Polar Bear (from 22 May)
True – Jose (directed by Mandla Shonhiwa) – will screen with A Most Violent Year (from 22 May)
In Foreign Transit – India (directed by Dewald Brand) – will screen with Serena (from 29 May)

These ten shortlisted films will be screened as the ‘supporting act’ to the main feature film at the four Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. They will be released from Friday, 10 April to Friday, 29 May.

Following the screening period, the films will be judged by a panel of industry experts to select the overall winner of this year’s The Short Film Project. The winning director receives Sony camera equipment to the value of R20 000, and attendance at the 2015 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), where the winning film will be screened.

The public are also invited to vote for their favourite short film, after viewing the shortlisted entries at a Cinema Nouveau theatre. The film that receives the most number of votes in the ‘Audience Choice Award’ will also receive a screening at DIFF.

The winning films will be announced at a function at Cinema Nouveau during June. For more information and screening details, visit: .