- Nominees for the inaugural Indy Film Awards announced
- Indy Film Library to screen all films at art-house cinema Filmhuis Cavia
- Films screened from 15:00-21:00 on March 1st 2020 include Dutch comedy short “Korte Kuitspier” and Oscar-submitted documentary “Call Me Intern”
Independent film review platform Indy Film Library has announced the short-list for its first annual awards ceremony. The Indy Film Awards will be open to the public, and will take place at Amsterdam’s Filmhuis Cavia, on the 1st of March.
Tickets are already on sale via FilmFreeway, and will also be available at the door, though attendees should purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.
During the day-long event, all selected films will be screened for the public, before the winners of the Best Feature Narrative, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Short Documentary and Best Experimental Film are announced.
Films nominated for a winner’s laurel at the screening are:
- Korte Kuitspier – Comedy on prejudice and humour, by Dutch Director Victoria Warmerdam
“As a whole, it becomes clear to us that we have been led full-circle, at the end of an educative process which has also given us a target genuinely worthy of mockery.”
- Disparue – Psychological thriller by Joan Bentosela
“Left me genuinely shaken, craving answers, and a closure that the film’s 13 minute run-time will never deliver. It is cruel to put an audience through that, but Disparue is all the better for it.”
- WANTOKS: Dance of Resistance – Climate-politics documentary, by activist-Director Iara Lee
“Delivers a seamless introduction to a myriad of complex socio-political issues, framing what could be an alienating new experience for audiences by presenting its truths through interactions with warm, relatable human beings.”
- Evidence of the Evidence – Documentary on the Attica prison riots, by Alexander Johnston
“History has the bad habit of repeating itself and while we often feel we live in more enlightened times, truth be told, the events depicted in the film are often mirrored by content on our Facebook feeds.”
- North of Blue – Stunning experimental animation, by Joanna Priestly
“For audiences willing to think more abstractly on the universe, life’s impermanent existence within it, and their perceptions of both, Priestly’s ethereal animation will be ideal.”
- El Afortunado – Argentine melodrama tackling race and poverty, by Wisny Dorce
“Possesses an infectious likability which means many of its sins can be forgiven, and which enables it to deliver on some of the very best aspects of melodramtic cinema.”
- Call Me Intern – Documenting graduate exploitation, by Nathalie Berger & Leo David Hyde
“Two filmmakers and their stunt have helped trigger action around the world, educating youth on their rights as interns, and empowering them to fight and change the system. This is gonzo journalism to do Hunter S. Thompson proud.”
Jack Brindelli, Founder and Editor in Chief of Indy Film Library, said, “Indy Film Library was founded as a means to solving both these issues; providing professional public reviews to independent filmmakers, and a platform to champion a new generation of undiscovered talent!
“The filmmakers whose work has been selected for screening at this year’s Indy Film Awards have all done something quite remarkable in that regard and the mainstream film industry should be looking anxiously over its shoulder at these bright new artists moving in on its turf!”
Indy Film Library
Based in Amsterdam, Indy Film Library is a film-criticism platform, which delivers insightful feedback to independent filmmakers. The organisation also hosts an annual gathering to celebrate the best and brightest up-and-coming talents in the industry. For more information, visit www.indyfilmlibrary.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack Brindelli – Editor-in-Chief, Indy Film Library
Having founded and run film festivals in the UK and Netherlands, as well having worked on screening committees in the US and Latvia, Jack Brindelli knows what it takes to get work picked up by movie events all over the world. In order to get independent advice to those looking to develop their art, he founded Indy Film Library in 2019.