The Short Film Festival Leuven, whose 26th edition took place from the 5th to the 12th of December, has presented a selection of short films – fiction and animation, documentaries as well as non-narrative movies. Find out about the 2020 winners on Moonday!
For its 2020 edition, the Short Film Festival Leuven reinvented itself into an online event. Cinephiles had two options to attend the screenings :
By livestreaming, only at one spectific time in a virtual cinema with program being followed by talks with the film makers.
By video-on-demand. Short film programs being made available anytime during the festival period but only once.
In addition to its Flemish and European competitions, the festival offered a panel of professional activities, retrospectives and specials. Out-of-competition screening sections included:
- Big Names, short film
Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve, Céline Sciamma, Bong Joon Ho… Well-known directors started out making short films. But short films could not only be considered as a prerequisite for making feature films. Even established names such as Pedro Almodovar or Yorgos Lanthimos made short movies later in their career because of the unprecedented freedom it permits.
Women for the win
When the step from a short film to a feature film still turns out be much larger for women than for men, Women for the Win compilation celebrates award-winning women's short films.
Focus on Hungary
The festival put the spotlight on Hungarian Cinema by screening 13 short films straight from Hungary. Getting noticed for its remarkable animation talents, Hungary has witnessed the emergence of great filmmakers such as László Nemes (Son of Saul) and Ildikó Enyedi (On Body and Soul).
That section was dedicated to films using the medium of ASMR, a perceptual, sensory phenomenon. ASMR - which has been a trend on YouTube for years - stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response: a pleasant, tingling sensation that starts at the crown of your head and is evoked by specific sounds or images.