10 years, 1 week! For the final blogpost before the festival, we had an interview with Kirsten, our festival director and one of the founders of our Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen. We spoke about the early beginning and one of her favorite short films named Brother Of Mine, directed by the Swedish Jens Jonsson.
“We had nothing yet, only a plan on paper.”
But when Kirsten approached Jens Jonsson, the biggest name in the short film industry at that time, to become the main guest during the first edition, Jens didn’t have any hesitation at all. There was no short film festival in the Netherlands at that moment, so the main frame of reference for Go Short were other film festivals in the Netherlands. Most of the film festivals are set around film stars and red carpets. The first year of Go Short was the only year, Go Short ever layed down a red carpet. Kirsten immediately noticed that the presence of a red carpet on a short film filmfestival was more than a little off.
All of the filmmakers present gave the red carpet and the photographers a wide berth.
The first year Go Short learned an important lesson: Short film festivals are not about glamour, they are about the content of films and the filmmakers representing these films. The atmosphere is intimate. Lines between festival audience and filmmakers become blurry during Go Short.
Short films are often seen as a stepping stone into making a feature film, but for Kirsten Jens Jonnson shows how making short films is much more than just an inbetween-stage. Jonnsons films show how short film as a medium can be both rough and make you feel uncomfortable as an audience member. For Kirsten Jens Jonnsons films represent how a perfect short film should be and this week’s film in focus is a great example of that.
Brother of Mine won the Silver Bear for best short film at the berlinale in 2002. The short is centered on two brothers, their mother and their father. The film has a small car as its central location and it uses this location to showcase the changing dynamics between these four characters. What Kirsten likes about Brother Of Mine is that
a lot happens in this very small space, [the car]. Everything that happens outside tells a lot about the family and the situation the two brothers are in. […] The direction of the film, the cinematography, the actors, all is done in a sublime way.
In a feature film we might accept 10 minutes of crap if the second half of the film is great. In a short film there is no time to win back your audience after a small flaw, so everything needs to be good from beginning to end, Kirsten explains. Go on and watch this short film!
In only one week from now Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen will start. Having difficulties to choose what to see? Get inspiration from our experts and see what Kirsten would urge you to see and buy your tickets via goshort.nl.
In an article written by Cineville, Kirsten Ruber mentions her top 10 short films of all time, Brother Of Mine is mentioned of course, but you can also find a more extensive interview in dutch concerning the beginning of Go Short, her personal connection with short film as a medium and more.