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Indy Film Library sees out 2022 with student showcase celebrating cinema’s bright future

  • Nominees for third 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 December 12th 2022 include poetic LGBT+ fairy tale Touch of Freedom; moving relationship drama Huldre; and harrowing migration narrative The Load

Indy Film Library (IFL) has announced its third annual Student Short Showcase – an online film festival demonstrating the fearsome talent among student filmmakers.

Starting from 09:00 CET on Monday 12th December 2021, the IFL will be streaming a selection of seven student short films. Lasting for two weeks, the screenings will take place for free, via the IFL website.

IFL Chief Editor Jack Brindelli commented, “It’s been a long year. Even as things have ‘opened up’ again, a succession of economic and political crises mean that, for many of us, the world feels just as closed off as it did during lockdown. But somehow the ingenuity of student filmmakers means they have still managed to thrill and delight us over the last 12 months. I hope this selection of our seven finest student films gives IFL audiences a happy close to 2022 – as well as a hopeful glimpse into a brighter future, where these young artists will be thriving.”

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.

Brindelli added, “Since our last Student Short Showcase, IFL has continued to receive amazing student films from around the world. As well as giving us reasons to be cheerful, many of these movies also direct attention to those who need our help and support – a fitting message to convey during the festive season of giving. From the torturous journey of migrants escaping war and poverty, to those struggling with their mental health in the darkest weeks of the year, these films remind us all of the importance of reaching out and helping each other – a spirit we should keep in our hearts whether we are celebrating Christmas or not.”

The selection is as follows:

Mirage Though Light (2022)
Director: Gloria Haoyu Guo
Institution: Shanghai Theatre Academy

The Load (2021)
Director: Miranda Namicheishvili
Institution: Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University

Touch of Freedom (2022)
Director: Keyan Miao
Institution: Shanghai Theatre Academy

Huldre (2022)
Director: Julie Holst Nielsen-Man
Institution: Nordlands Kunst & Filmskole

The Holding Room (2022)
Director: Samuel J Punto
Institution: Ernst Ludwig Schule, Silvergrain Academy

Text Me When You Get Home xx (2022)
Director: Niklas Bauer
Institution: University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund

Morast (2022)
Director: Nora Lüders
Institution: Berliner Hochschule für Technik

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