The short film “Summer morning” by Croatian poet and filmmaker Stanka Gjurić is part of the official selection program for the ESMOA film festival, which begins on November 30 in El Segundo, California (USA).
El Segundo, CA – ESMoA announced the 2022 ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival 60-second films to be screened online at www.esmoa.org from November 30 to December 2, 2022 and in person at ESMoA on December 3, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
In addition to Croatian films, the official selection also includes films by directors from Israel, England, Canada, USA, Australia, Italy, Germany, Belarus, Austria, India, Ukraine, Portugal, Romania, Egypt, Iran, Uzbekistan, Argentina and Bulgaria. China, France, Turkey, New Zealand and Brazil.
Established in 2017, the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival (EVAFF) is a free international festival that invites filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds to submit short 60-second films on a specific topic. This year the theme of the festival is “Happiness”.
“Selecting the finalists was particularly difficult this year,” says festival curator Eugenia Torre. “ESMoA received over 400 submissions from 65 countries. The bliss theme was inspired by the need to create a break from the negativity and bad news that has characterized the past two years. By challenging filmmakers to see the bright side of things, I hope to bring 45 minutes of bliss to festival viewers.”
The ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival includes videos from three categories: animation, film and video art. ESMoA staff pre-selected the semi-finalist videos (84) that best represented ‘bliss’ and submitted them to a panel of film industry experts.
The jury met at ESMoA in November to select the finalists in each category – whose work will be featured at the screening in December. While the jury voted to determine winners for the three categories; Audiences are encouraged to vote for their favorite short film during the virtual screening to select the Audience Award.
Following the great success of past virtual editions, ESMoA will host this year’s festival in a hybrid format, combining virtual screening and in-person screening at ESMoA.
The festival will be screened virtually on the ESMoA website from November 30th at 10:00am PST to December 2nd at 5:00pm PST 2022, and viewers from around the world can see the official selection by registering online for register free tickets. Voting on the “Audience Award” is possible for the entire duration of the virtual presentation. ESMoA will then host an in-person screening of all finalists on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. All prizes will be announced after the personal demonstration at ESMoA.
The jury of the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival 2022:
Carter Armstrong is Senior Vice President of Film & TV at peermusic. From the company’s Los Angeles/Burbank office, Carter oversees the entire US division and liaises with all of peer’s 32 global offices. Carter also owns and operates
Strong Music provides creative and administrative music department support to clients such as NBCUniversal (Hairspray LIVE! on NBC), VRWERX (Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul), and Air Bud Productions (Pup Star). Carter was previously Head of Music at Lionsgate Entertainment, where he oversaw more than 20 films including La La Land, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, Divergent and Insurgent. Carter also served as senior vice president, music at Warner Bros. Pictures, where he oversaw the music and negotiations for more than 70 Warner Brothers films, including Argo, The Hangover Series, Syriana and Contagion.
Rick Carter is a two-time Academy Award®-winning production designer for Jim Cameron’s Avatar and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Carter received his first Oscar® nomination for his work on Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump and also for Spielberg’s historical epic War Horse. As a production designer, Carter also worked with Spielberg for over 40 years on the blockbuster Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park. as well as such differently voiced films as “The Post”, “The BFG”, “Munich”, “The War of the Worlds”, “AI Artificial Intelligence” and “Amistad”. He was also Zemeckis’ production designer on the films The Polar Express, Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, Death Becomes Her, and Back to the Future – Part II and III. Carter recently co-created Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with director JJ Abrams.
Phet Mahathongdy is a Laos-born, Colorado-raised actor, writer and director currently residing in Los Angeles. She studied classical theater at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and has a BA in English from George Washington University. She recently wrapped up production on Ryan Murphy’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story for Netflix. Morgan Rojas is a film critic and founder of Cinemacy, a website dedicated to discovering the latest in independent and art house film. She is a Tomatometer Approved critic at Rotten Tomatoes, board member of the Hollywood Critics Association, film critic for the El Segundo Herald and member of the Online Association of Female Film Critics. In 2019, she was selected to host Maria Menounos & Keven Undergaros’ AfterBuzz TV and has repeatedly been a distinguished speaker at Chapman University’s annual panel “Entertainment Journalism in the 21st Century.”
Matteo Tibiletti is an actor, author, theater director and filmmaker. Since 2015 he has been working as an acting coach, screenwriter and acting teacher in many school districts in the province of Varese and is actively involved with the cultural association “Il Volto di Velluto”. From 2018 he received various international awards with the short film “Yes, No”, including two awards for best screenplay and best film, which allowed him many grants (in Paris, for the Mobile Film Festival and in Los Angeles for ESMoA Film) . Festival). in the
In 2021 he was selected as a Mobile Filmmaking teacher (on the island of Brac in Croatia and in the city of Bra in Piedmont) to take part in the international project “Cine” promoted by Slow Food International in cooperation with the European Union and the EU Mobile Film Festival.
The official selections to be screened at Video Art + Film Festival 2022: BLISS are:
• Alice and the Big Screen by Micaela Geslin – Argentina
• Animare by Stefan Voyvodov – Bulgaria
• Insight from LEUNG Cyrus, TY Lok Yi Scarlett, KWAN Sin Ching Angel – Hong Kong
• Joyful by Lidia Napoli – Italy
• Mars 3752 by Nicolas Bianco-Levrin – France
• Take the Day Off by Nadine Buckley – USA
• That Last Moment by Burcu Nehir Halacoglu – Turkey
• The idea of Emmanuel Alcalá, José Andrés Llanezas – Argentina
• The Noisemaking Girl by Kahra Scott-James – New Zealand
• The Secret Life of the Lights by Luca de Andrade Ribeiro – Brazil
• The Seed by Yevgeniya Regent – Ukraine/USA
• #BeBliss by Liesel Kopp – USA
• A Friend From Above by Mohamed Asif Hameed – India
• Aeternus by Vyacheslav (Slavic) Bihun – Ukraine
• Bike Buongiorno by Werther Germondari – Italy
• Grandfather of André Marques – Portugal
• Hello, I’m Leon. by Leon Stanislavski – Austria
• NOT GONE by Cosovanu Ancuța – Romania
• One day it snowed in Cairo from Reham Emam – Egypt
• Summer morning by Stanka Gjuric – Croatia
• The family tree of Ali Pourahmadian – Islamic Republic of Iran
• TV SISTER of AINA – USA
• World and I by Eldor Kudratillaev – Uzbekistan
VIDEO ART CATEGORY
• A book adventure by Sapir Elkarat – Israel
• Boy and the Sea by Sarahjane Swan and Roger Simian (Avant Kinema) – Scotland
• Chair Swing by Robert Scott Hamilton – Canada
• Dancing LA: Stay Behind Yellow Line by Ana Baer – USA
• Jared Katsiane’s first date – United States
• Hanabi by Jennie Feyen – Australia
• Inspire from the Deep by Evgeniy Shaman – Italy
• A Mouse Descending Stairs by Stuart Pound – United Kingdom
• SOLOGRAM by Cora Gasparotti and Giacomo Spaconi – Italy
• The Red Thread by Vanessa Cardui – Germany
• You and Us by Ilya Mezhegorov – Belarus
• Touching Water by Pawel Szostak – Austria