Shorts Competition

The shorts will be shown daily per thematic block at Filmhuis Den Haag throughout the festival period. All films in the programme stand a chance of winning the Shorts Award and a prize money of €1,500.


Merel Hegenbart Photography

Julian Ross

Julian Ross is a researcher, curator and writer based in Amsterdam. He is co-programmer of Doc Fortnight at The Museum of Modern Art (2023-24), co-programmer of the 69th Flaherty Seminar, and co-curator of the exhibition Community of Images at Arts Alliance, Philadelphia (2024). His curatorial work has been presented at Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, e-flux Video & Film, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Eye Filmmuseum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Harvard Film Archive and British Film Institute. He is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, where he is co-director of the interdisciplinary research centre ReCNTR.

Joao Carlos Rodriguez

João has a film director, cameraman, and editor background. His love for film was so great that he did not finish his civil engineering studies to focus entirely on his studies in camera and editing. For the past 17 years, he has worked on music videos, short films, feature films, animation series, and corporate films. During his career, he has received several awards for his camera work and editing. João was also a guest teacher at the New York Film Academy for three years, where he taught in Amsterdam and Mumbai. João is the co-founder and creative director of Shortcutz Amsterdam.
Claudia Höhne, 2023

Clara Helbig

Clara Helbig (b. Dresden) is a filmmaker and curator based in London. Her artistic practice explores the interconnectivity between different actors and life forms on our planet. Her works have been shown internationally at exhibitions and film festivals. Helbig’s debut film disjointed (2021) won the German Short Film Award in the Documentary category. Previously, she led the short film curation for the arthouse streaming service MUBI. She is currently pursuing an MA in Artists’ Film & Moving Image at Goldsmiths, University of London.