Pre-selection committee for the International Short Programme!
Meet the panel of programmers who have curated the international short program this year.
Neil Young (b. Easington, UK, 1971) reviews new films regularly for The Hollywood Reporter (Los Angeles) and has been a frequent contributor to Sight & Sound (London) both print and online since 2010. His other international outlets include MUBI Notebook (New York), KINO! (Ljubljana) and Tribune magazine (London).
Based in Sunderland and Vienna, he spends most of the year on the global film-festival circuit — he routinely attends more than 20 such events each year. He now works in a consultation/programming/moderation capacity for half a dozen festivals across Europe including the Viennale, and was the Director of the Bradford International Film Festival at the National Media Museum from 2011-2015.
He has lectured at (among others) the Austrian Filmmuseum, the Riga International Film Festival and last year’s conferences on Alexei Balabanov in Moscow and St Petersburg. A member of the international film critics’ organisation Fipresci, he has served on more than two dozen festival juries including Cannes (Semaine de la Critique). His short film Vilniu Detroit premiered at the Vilnius International Film Festival 2016.
Gunhild Enger (1980) graduated from Edinburg College of Art, and The School of Film Directing in Gothenburg. She was nominated for a BAFTA with her graduation film Bargain, and has since then screened her films at festivals around the world. Her film Premature won best short film at several festivals in 2012 and 2013.In 2016 she directed the short film The Committee, this film premiered at Locarno Film Festival. She has also worked on casting at Ruben Östlunds The Square.
Maximilien Van Aertryck
Maximilien Van Aertryck collaborates with Axel Danielson under the banner of Plattform Produktion. Together they direct and produce both feature length documentaries and short films. Their short films have premiered in the official competitions of Berlin, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, earning several awards. Their recent short film, “Ten Meter Tower”, has been seen by millions through the New York Times’ website and was shortlisted for the Best Short Documentary Academy Award. Their films aim to have a critical and humorous approach and are distinguishable through their minimalistic style, as well as theme-based rather than plot-driven narratives.