T-Port Blog

Filmmaker Sam van Zoest made his 2022 Lighthouse Selected film ALL THAT COULD BE, partially improvised, with a group of close friends, and it shows in the joy that comes through in the watching experience. Lighthouse curator Olha Raiter had this to say about the Dutch docudrama: “The flow of joy, discoveries, fears, and cautiousness […]
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Filmmaker Nicholas Lachapelle’s documentary film ZUG ISLAND, presented on T-Port via our partners at Les Films du 3 Mars, focusses on a mysterious hum heard around an area of Michigan. What the filmmakers found was an abandoned neighbourhood devastated by decades of industrial rollout. We caught up with the director to talk about how he convinced […]
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Hannah Stragholz and Simon Steinhorst are Studio Corallo, an animation studio from Cologne, Germany whose film DOOM CRUISE arrived on T-Port through our partners at AG Kurzfilm, and was picked by Enrico Vannucci for our 2022 Lighthouse Selections. We caught up with them to find out more about the animation that they hope will make […]
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Happy new year to all of our followers, colleagues, filmmakers, and friends. Thank you so much for supporting T-Port. We are glad to share with you some of our highlights from the year. T-Port’s Lighthouse Selections In November of this year, we released the third edition of T-Port Lighthouse Selections. Guest curator’s Enrico Vannucci and […]
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The Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis takes place from the 23rd to 29th January 2023 in Saarbrücken, Germany.  T-Port are partnering with MOP, we will be hosting a selection of their short films from Jan 30, straight after the event. We asked their Head of Programme, Theresa Winkler, to tell us more about the event and […]
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Director Laurenz Otto’s coming-of-age short made it to T-Port by being selected as part of German Films Next Generation Short Tiger, and was selected by our 2022 Lighthouse Selections curator Olha Raiter who described the film as “daring and imaginative.” We caught up with the filmmaker to find out more about his process towards self-belief. […]
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Roni Bahat lives in Tel Aviv, where she was born and raised. Works at the New Fund for Cinema and TV (NFCT) as head of the Narrative Film Department and Producer of the WomanFilms Narrative Hub. She is a filmmaker and a poet. ‘Begin’ is her second film. Her previous short OLD THING premiered at […]
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 As the head of short and feature film programmer at Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinema (FNC), Émilie Poirier knows a thing or two about how to pick the films that will help move the culture forward. We caught up with her to celebrate FNC’s new offerings on T-Port, and to lament the lack of short […]
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Over the course of its 75-year history, the Locarno Film Festival has become one of the most important film events in the world. We were lucky enough to catch up with Locarno’s short film expert – Eddie Bertozzi, Head of Pardi di domani Programming Office, ahead of our new collaboration with the festival, to find […]
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We are proud to present the official 2022 T-Port Lighthouse Selections – a highly curated list of some of the best short films by emerging filmmakers T-Port has to offer. Thoughtfully curated by short film experts Olha Raiter (Lviv International Short Film Festival) and Enrico Vannucci ( Locarno Film Festival, Talents and Short Film Market […]
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The sixth annual Script Pool Competition takes place from Nov 22 – 24 during the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The Script Pool competition is part of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event’s film market activities and the Discovery Campus educational programme. We caught up with the event organiser, Triin Tramberg to find out what the competition […]
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From 6-10 November, our partners at Sapir College will be holding the Cinema South Festival. The Short Film Competition will feature 12 new short films from Israel and around the world. One contender is recent graduate Ari Gilad – who we spoke to to find out more about his film “In Living Memory.” Ari Gilad […]
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Filmmaker Eugen Merher is finally ready to graduate from Filmakademie Baden Wurttemberg and make his mark on the world. And he’s off to a great start – having gained a nomination from the Student Academy Awards for his film “The Boy Who Couldn’t Feel Pain.” In this inspiring and in-depth interview, Eugen shares with us […]
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The 10th edition of the Baltic Pitching Forum is being held from 5-8 October in Vilnius, Lithuania. – To celebrate the event, which advertises itself as a unique platform for networking and bringing the latest short film projects from the Baltics into the spotlight, and our recent partnership with its organiser Lithuanian Shorts, we caught […]
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“NOT THE 80s” is Berlin-based director Marleen Valien’s second short to appear on T-Port. Her previous film “HOT DOG” was a hit on the festival circuit in 2019, including a showing at Sundance. Her newest offering, which premiered at Tribeca, focuses on a first date between two twenty-somethings, when one of them opens up about […]
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University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (USC) has two films in the running, Olivia Peace’s AGAINST REALITY and Josh Green’s WAVES APART. The latter is available to watch on T-Port. Columbia University has Gabriella Canal and Michael Fearon’s SEASONS. Lastly Filmakademie Baden Württemberg has Eugen Merher’s THE BOY WHO COULDN’T FEEL PAIN.The latter […]
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30-year-old screenwriter and director Romi Menachem went through a lot with the cast and crew of her short film “Out of Play”. The film follows Bar (12), a longtime member of the boys’ clique and the class’s soccer team, who is forced to re-earn her place in the team’s lineup. The production faced serious challenges […]
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We are excited to announce this year’s T-Port Lighthouse Selections guest curators, these two industry experts have been specially selected because of their dedication to short film curation and advancing the art form of short films.   Olha Raiter Olha Raiter is the Program Director and Co-founder of Lviv International Short Film Festival, one of Ukraine’s […]
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Henryk Dyb Zwart’s film “Everything at Once” premieres at the Venice Film Festival on September 9 (courtesy of our partners at Festival Formula.) We caught up with the 34-year-old director to find out about his sources of inspiration from poetry to punk rock, and what it took to ´develop his multi-frame short film. Tell us […]
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Audrey Karras shot her short film “One Last Breath” in just 4 and a half days. We spoke to the French director about the challenges she encountered through the creative process, and how it was for her to work with actors. Audrey created her film as part of her studies with our partners ESEC Paris. […]
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Ahead of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this week we caught up with director Alica Bednáriková whose film “Liquid Bread / Chlieb Náš Každodenný” will be screened at the festival, presented by European Film Promotion’s Future Frames programme. The programme puts a spotlight on outstanding young directors from Europe. Ten film students and graduates will […]
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  Jacob Perlmutter made his film “A Wall” during lockdown. The narrative sees a repressed woman falling passionately in love with a wall in her house. We spoke to the filmmaker about the minimalist shoot and why he finds reality more fulfilling than dreams. Tell us about yourself I’m a London-based filmmaker with… my debut […]
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    Director Pedro M. Afonso’s short film “To Examine One’s Self” is currently available on T-Port via our partners Festival Formula. The film, which was inspired by practices described by his partner who was studying medicine, proved to be a “transformational process” for Afonso, changing how he saw his own mortality. We caught up […]
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Fantastic news! 7 films by T-Port partners have been selected for Cannes – find out more below:  Scale for: La Semaine de la Critique Joseph Pierce  13min I  Animation I 2022 Salaud Morisset Driving along the motorway, Will loses his sense of scale. As his crippling drug addiction deepens, he struggles to unpick the sequence of […]
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26-year-old Orin Kadoori is a third-year student at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. Her film “Sheherut (Kinship)” made the selection for La Cinef at Cannes 2022. We found out more about how it feels to be chosen for such a prestigious honour and what comes next. Tell us […]
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It’s going to be a busy fortnight for director Olga Klyszewicz – whose short film “We Are Not There Tomorrow” premieres as part of the Selection La Cinef at Cannes 2022. We caught up with her to find out how it felt to find out and what this means for her filmmaking future.  Tell us […]
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We caught up with the animators, and students of hFMA,to talk about their film “Jeijay,” a short about everyday life, dating apps, and weird dates. “Jeijay” is available to watch to subscribers on T-Port as part of the hFMA catalogue.  Tell us about yourselves: We are – Petra Stipetić (*03/01/1992 in Zagreb, Croatia) and Maren […]
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The Cannes film festival will be happening from May 17 – 28 2022 and we are proud to announce that several short films from our partners have made the final selection. Two films in the competition are from our partners at “Lights On” – previewed below. Members can view the rest of the T-Port catalogue […]
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Director Caren Wuhrer headshot with the quote "I've never had any real role models. I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing."
    For this edition of the T-Port Filmmaker Spotlight – we spoke to German director Caren Wuhrer, whose short thriller “It Wasn’t Me” is available, presented in our partner Hessische Film und Medienakademie (hFMA)’s catalogue.  Wuhrer is director, producer, and writer of “It Wasn’t Me” which she shot during her studies at the University […]
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    This is a special edition of T-Port Filmmaker Spotlight – this time we got a chance to talk to three emerging filmmakers who collaborated to create one of T-Port’s most enchanting titles, the German hybrid short, “Oliver’s Pixie Hunt” (“Oliver auf Kammerjagd”), which is presented in our partner’s Bauhaus University Weimar catalogue.  The […]
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Luis Schuber’s latest short film may be the most “Meta” project on T-Port. Titled “Blind Spots”, the film’s orginal use of the “film within a film” trope, makes it a deeply gut-punching viewing experience – with a compact runtime of just 9 min. The festival darling was screened at Palm Springs ShortFest, Slamdance and Filmfest […]
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I was born in Kharkiv. For half of my life, I had lived there before I left. I remember the streets I walked and people because it was my childhood. My family left. We left because we had enough and the glimpse of freedom allowed us to part with the world we hated every day.  […]
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For the 2021 edition of T-Port Lighthouse Selections – our curated program of short films by emerging talent, we discussed with the filmmakers about their artistic journey, their challenges in the filmmaking process as well as their sources of inspiration.  Here we present the first part of the interviews, of the shorts selected by guest […]
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For the 2021 edition of T-Port Lighthouse Selections – our curated program of short films by emerging talent, we discussed with the filmmakers about their artistic journey, their challenges in the filmmaking process as well as their sources of inspiration.  Here we present the second part in the series of interviews from the shorts selected […]
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Powered by T-Port   A programme of new Israeli shorts, including world premiers and award-winning films will be screened at the Short Film Market on February 1, 2022, at 20:15 CET. The screening will also be streamed online via the Shortfilmwire platform.  On January 31, 2022, at 11:00 CET, we will host the filmmakers for […]
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Fantastic news! 5 films on T-Port have been selected for the 94th Academy Award shortlist in the categories “Live Action Short Film” and “Animated Short Film”!       Censor of Dreams   for: Live Action Short Film Léo Berne, Raphaël Rodriguez 18min I  Comedy ; Drama I 2021 Salaud Morisset Night after night The Censor and […]
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Serhat Karaaslan is a Turkey-born emerging filmmaker, working on both short and feature-length projects.  His latest short film, “The Criminals”, is a Turkish-language crime-drama which follows a young couple trying to find a hotel room to spend the night in together, but they are rejected from all hotels for not having a marriage certificate. Once […]
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   Andrey Natotsinskii is a Moscow-based filmmaker, actor and photographer. His latest short film, “Katia”, is a fictional drama following Galina, who after her daughter’s death, remains completely alone and loses the meaning of life. Suddenly, she finds the incarnation of her daughter in a prostitute she meets in an elevator. The film is available […]
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Maria Semenova is a Moscow-born filmmaker. She recently graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (also known as VGIK), where she directed several short films, experimenting with both fiction and documentary storytelling.  Maria’s most recent short, the documentary The City of The Sun, is available on T-Port in the catalogue of Eastwood Agency, an emerging […]
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Rona Segal is an Israeli filmmaker with work spanning genres, themes and mediums. Her latest short film – Mission: Hebron, is a documentary examining the ways Israeli soldiers exercise control over aspects of Palestinian civil life. The film brings six ex-soldiers to face the camera and recall their recent service, offering a view into one […]
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We are very happy to introduce the curators of this year’s edition of T-Port Lighthouse Selections. Lighthouse Selections is T-Port’s in-house curated section that receives increased exposure to our network of industry professionals, selected by leading industry programmers. Céline Roustan has been a curator and champion of short films for half a decade working for […]
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Ngwatilo Mawiyoo’s short film, “Joy’s Garden”, was just recently released, and is already gaining festival success, including an award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival, and 5 nominations in Kenya’s film awards. The film is a personal drama following Edwin, who abruptly goes from being an absent father to becoming the sole caregiver of Joy, his […]
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*Industry panel by T-Port in collaboration with Sarajevo Film Festival* Every emerging filmmaker knows the uphill battle which is promoting your short film. Challenges, barriers, and “Filters” are constantly popping up, yet they serve to play an important role. How do decision-makers, the people who decide which films get screened, sold, or selected, make their […]
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  Filip Mojzeš’ short film, “Angina Pectoris”, follows Zoran, an average man with a comfortable, petty-bourgeois lifestyle. One summer night, on the way back from work, Zoran makes an unplanned stop at a store. His reckless reaction to a sudden death will force him to confront the things he is most afraid of.  The film […]
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  Sometimes we meet a T-Port Talent which we can just bet on being a successful filmmaker in the near future. Jannis Lenz is one of these filmmakers, showcasing an impressive filmography and a list of accolades.  Following his short film, “Battlefield”, we got a chance to learn some more about his emerging career, his […]
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Kijâtai-Alexandra Veillette-Cheezo has an impressive name, and the talent to match it. In her experimental short, “Kijatai”,  featured at the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) 2021, she explores her forgotten language. As Kijâtai is working on a future film project and pursuing a career in journalism – we got a chance to talk to her […]
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Klaudia Kęska’s short film, “Last Days of Summer”, is a beautiful gut-wrenching coming of age story, that doesn’t shy away from dealing with deep and painful subjects. The film, produced at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School at the University of Silesia in Katowice, became a festival star with prestigious selections to Krakow Film Festival, Warsaw […]
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Kennedy Kao’s short film, “Danica’s Mom”, is a gentle and inspiring drama following A mother of two going through her daily weekday routine: waiting for her daughter to call her back. The film was spotlighted at the 2020 Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) at Montreal, and has since gained a lot more industry attention.  Between […]
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Four emerging T-Port filmmakers will soon embark on their journey with their short films to Cannes Film Festival. Varying in genre, style, subject matter and country – the films represent a specific moment in film history, as in the world in general. We had a chance to talk with the young auteurs right before they […]
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Four emerging T-Port filmmakers will soon embark on their journey to the 2021 Cannes Film Festival with their short films. Varying in genre, style, subject matter and country – the films represent a specific moment in film history, as in the world in general. We had a chance to talk with the young auteurs right […]
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