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March 14th–20th, 2016 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Universitatea Națională de Muzică / the 6th edition


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Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 18:00
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 15:00
Written by: 
Douwe Dijkstra
Douwe Dijkstra
Douwe Dijkstra
Rob Peters
Rob Peters
Bart Jansen
Bucharest Premiere
With the support of

Douwe Dijkstra returns to BIEFF with his latest award-winning movie, Supporting Film. A love (and hate) letter to cinema, Dijkstra’s clever and inventive film explores the fussy relationship between you, the viewer, and cinema. Be it communal or solitary, the personal experience of watching films is scrutinized by spectators of all ages, whose recorded testimonies become in Dijkstra’s illustrative, animating hands, individual worlds of artisanal wonder and childlike exuberance. From the opening credits to the closing scrawl and everything in-between, individual idiosyncrasies clash and bond with film language in a celebration of cinema and its power to suspend our disbelief. (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF)

Douwe Dijkstra

Douwe Dijkstra (1984, Netherlands) was educated at the ArtEZ Art Academy in Zwolle. He graduated with the film The Washing Machine (2005), which received a TENT Academy Award. Dijkstra works on commissioned projects like music videos, installations and short films. As a co-founder of the 33 1/3 collective, he intertwines theatre productions and video projections. Their video-mapping opera BlueBeardwas shown in Glasgow and New York. His filmography includes: Lamp (2004), The Washing Machine (2005), Backpacking (2006), Zooldrift (2007), Pinball Man (2006), Beguine (2008), De Kift Up Close (2012) and Démontable (2014).

Festivals, awards: 
  • Special mention - Prizren International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Dokufest (Kosovo) 2015
  • Special Mention, St. Petersburg International Film Festival - Message to Man 2015
  • Special Mention - Novi Sad International Video Festival 2015
  • Best Experimental Film Videorama Award - Timisoara International Short Film Festival 2015
  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter - Festival for Expanded Media 2015
  • International Award Best Short - Tallinn Student and Short Film Festival 2015
Director's statement:
Go Short invited several filmmakers to submit a plan for a supporting film, and my pitch was chosen. My idea was to ask people with very different backgrounds and opinions about the ways in which they experience films. I used the resulting audio and then worked on accompanying images. This approach allowed me to work in a very inquisitive manner. The framework is clear, but the outcome of the interviews is always a surprise. I went to visit film buffs from 6 to 60 years of age, including religious people who don’t want to watch films, and a blind woman who only listens to films. This produced such a wealth of material that the biggest challenge was to reduce the hours of interviews into a film of six minutes. (Douwe Dijkstra)