Nijmegen Selects HARD ON

The European Film Academy and the Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen congratulate:

Nijmegen Short Film Candidate
by Joanna Rytel
Sweden, experimental, 19 min

The film was selected by the festival's European Competition Jury consisting of  Jonathan Schwenk (Germany), Lisa Ogdie (USA), Jasmijn Schrofer (Netherlands), Polina Medvedeva (Russia/Netherlands) and José Magro (Portugal).

In their statement, they explained: The style of this film is an inventive blend of all the categories mentioned before. By using a female gaze, this sometimes unconventional perspective succeeds in creating cutting-edge characters that celebrate sexuality and challenge traditional parenting structures. Meanwhile, the female protagonist is explicitly sexual AND childlike, even playful. This non-judgemental depiction leaves the audience with questions, stirred feelings and even physical sensations. This filmmaker couldn’t have been male – at least not yet. We need more light, funny and uncanny approaches like this in our serious world today.

HARD ON is now a candidate for a nomination in the category 'European Short Film' at the 32nd European Film Awards.

The EFA Short Film Programme is organised by the European Film Academy in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

The next candidate for 2019 will be presented in co-operation with the Krakow Film Festival in Poland.

When the annual cycle is completed, a committee appointed by the EFA Board will nominate five short films from this list. Afterwards, the more than 3,500 EFA Members – film professionals from all over Europe – will vote for the overall winner that will be presented at the 32nd European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin.

Berlin, 8 April 2019