15 short films in the Long Night Competition

The Long Night of Short Films, a marathon event that will bring together the most praised short films of this last year, will take place on June 28, outdoors, at the Botanic Garden in Bucharest, starting with 8 PM. At the 6th edition, the ShortsUP audience will leave the spectator’s seat to play jury.

For the first time, The Long Night of Short Films will include an international short films competition, where the best production will be chosen by the public and awarded with EUR 1,500. The ShortsUP Audience Award is supported by Digi Film and includes 15 short films that have already been praised by international juries at the Academy Awards, Sundance, Berlin, Palms Springs, and Clermont-Ferrand. On June 28, this year’s shorts will pass the audience test – and it’s well known that the audience has been helping the story of cinema go on for decades.

The films that may be voted by spectators during the Long Night are fiercely crossing 12 different cultural areas: France, Spain, Denmark, USA, Russia, Belgium, Canada, Poland, The Netherlands, Finland, Great Britain, and Romania. The proposed programme is filled with present stories, with the comedy and drama that build our daily lives: some of them funny, some of them half tragic – the most, a source of inspiration.

The Competition Programme

 The Voorman Problem (d. Mark Gill, UK, 2012) 13′ Williams, a psychiatrist, is forced to examine the mysterious Mr Voorman, the prisoner who believes he’s God. But, before finding out the truth, he needs to find the answer to a personal question: what gives us the right to be who we think we are? Nominated to Oscar and BAFTA.

Helium (d. Anders Walter, Denmark, 2014) 23′ The great Academy Awards winner this year brings together visual innovation, imagination, and a story that sticks with you long time after the film has ended. HELIUM is a magical world, populated by spaceships and fabulous games. It doesn’t matter if it really exists. For Alfred, a young man suffering from a lethal disease, it’s the best possible world.

That wasn’t me (d. Esteban Crespo, Spain, 2012) 24′ The Best Short Film at the Goya Awards is a strong drama about the life of an African ex-soldier. The war is actually not hard to get: either you’re the hangman, or the victim. The most difficult is to carry on with all the memories attaches – how could you possibly be yourself, when your past torments you with every step you take? Also nominated to Oscar.

Do I have to care for everything? (d. Selma Vilhunen, Finland, 2012) 7′ The only reliable help when things go south is your own self. This is a cynical, yet emotional short film, which won awards at Aspen Shortsfest and Budapest Short Film Festival, also being nominated to Oscar.

The Pony Farm  (d. Joost Reijmers, The Netherlands, 2014) 10’ A couple of seniors, an iPad and an online pony farm – all featured in a hilarious comedy about the funny differences between generations. Audience’s Award at Aspen Shortfest.

Yearbook (d. Bernardo Britto, USA, 2013) 6′What’s left after a life spent on Earth? The first kiss, the undone homework, the plans, the motivation – roasted fish. A man gets the hardest job ever: he needs to make an inventory of the human history, before the world is gone. Bernardo Brito’s film won the Jury’s Award at Sundance 2014.

London Bruch (d. Matt Winn, Great Britain, 2013) 19′ To be or not to be… a hipster? This is the haunting question of London Lunch, a delicious comedy about a couple who’d do anything to get over routine. Special Jury Award at Aspen Shortsfest.

Mr Invisible (d. Greg Ash, Great Britain, 2013) 14′ A lonely man seems invisible for the outside world. But when he travels to the heart of London, being invisible proves to be his most precious weapon. Jury’s Special Prize at Austin Film Festival, and the Seattle Shorts Trophy.

To Die Because Of Heartbreak (d. Iulia Rugina, Romania, 2014) 22′ Tonight, Andrei and Maria will hear this song by Angela Similea the last time – because tonight’s the night when they’ve decided to die; because of heartbreak. Won the Romanian Film Days Award for Short Film at TIFF 2014.

Before You Lose Everything (d. Xavier Legrand, France, 2013) 29′ Miriam has two children and a husband she’s afraid of. How could they save their family? This is an intense story about the courage to change your life when times are hard. Best Short Film at the Caesars, Best French Film at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Special Mention at Uppsala International Short Film Festival.

Mother (d. Łukasz Ostalski, Poland, 2013) 30′ Małgorzata has two important jobs: she’s a politician, and a mother. The later proves to me the most difficult when it comes about making a life-changing decision. Best Fiction Short Film at New Horizons International Film Festival.

Person to person (d. Dustin Guy Defa, USA, 2014) 18′ The morning after an intense party is never easy to deal with. It’s quite possible that you discover a stranger sleeping in your living room. What do you do if he doesn’t want to leave? The innovative structure impressed the jury of the Berlin Film Festival, who awarded it the DAAD Short Film Award. Also won the Special Jury Award at SXSW.

A Wonderful Person (d. Monia Chokri, Canada, 2013) 28′ Sarah is 30 and has everything she needs to succeed, starting with beauty and ending with wit. Yet, she still has to confront her fears and her friends – which is far from being easy! Best Fiction at Tampere International Short Film Festival.

The way of all flesh (d. Deben Van Dam, Belgium, 2013) 27′ Tibo is a nurse and suffers from a common affliction: boredom. He spends his time thinking about money and organizing bets with his work mates. Things change completely when he’s forced to keep company to the patient Frans Claeskens, in his last day of life. Great Prize at Brussels Short Film Festival 2014.

Winter (d. Cristina Picchi, Russia, 2014) 14′ How does life look like for the people who survive the heaviest climates in the world? An initiation journey through Northern Russia and Siberia. Awards at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Locarno International Film Festival.


The Long Night of Short Films 2014 takes place at the Botanic Garden in Bucharest, between 8 PM and 5 AM. It’s the perfect space for urban escapism, and it will be animated for 6 hours by short films accompanied by good music and visuals especially created by the holiday radio nicecream.fm. The tickets can be purchased in advance, for 35 RON, through MyTicket and Eventim, using the option Print at home. Within the limit of places still available, tickets may be also bought in the evening of the event, for 40 RON.

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