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Indy Film Library announces 2021 Student Short Showcase selection

  • Nominees for annual Indy Film Library Student Short Showcase announced
  • Indy Film Library website to screen all seven films free of charge for two weeks
  • Films screened from 09:00 CET August 23rd 2021 include anarchic US puppet-comedy The Last Temptation of Lenny, Russian academic melodrama Coo-Coo, and Portuguese LGBT+ drama Alvorada.

Indy Film Library (IFL) has announced its second annual Student Short Showcase – demonstrating the fearsome talent among student filmmakers.

Starting 09:00 CET on Monday 23rd August 2021, the IFL will be streaming the selection of seven student short films for two weeks. The screenings will take place for free, via the IFL website.

IFL Chief Editor Jack Brindelli commented, “Last year we launched a dedicated event celebrating the future of independent film, putting the powerful cinematic visions of students centre-stage. The event was a great success, giving our dedicated readers a chance to see the promising up-and-coming filmmakers who will be entertaining us for years to come.

“Over the year since that showcase, Indy Film Library has continued to receive amazing student films from around the world. Before students return to classes later in September, now seems like the perfect time to showcase some of the finest movies we have received. And what a programme of shorts it is!”

Films have been selected on the basis of both their storytelling and the technical skills exhibited by their cast and crew, in a celebration of the often-under-appreciated world of student cinema. At the end of the showcase, awards for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film and Best Director will be announced. Meanwhile, viewers will also have the opportunity to select the winner of the Audience Choice Award.

The selection is as follows:

Alvorada (2020)
Director: Carolina Neves

Catharsis (2019)
Director: Thisen Umagiliya

Lieve (2019)
Director: Vincent Groos

The Last Temptation of Lenny (2020)
Director: Timothy Rafferty

Coo-Coo (2021)
Director: Svetlana Belorussova

Nothing Important (2020)
Director: Yael Elbee

Herr Herrmann Mann (2020)
Director: Lars Smekal

Indy Film Library

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