Creative experiments to Rotterdam

FESTIVAL. Three films from CPH:DOX' cross-cultural matchmaking lab are showing in Rotterdam. Running for a Tiger Award is Thor Ochsner's childhood reconstruction "1989 (When I Was Five Years Old)". In all, six Danish shorts and documentaries are selected for the Dutch film event.

Although still a film school student Thor Ochsner has enjoyed a busy few months for his visually expressive "1989 (When I Was 5 Years Old)". Selected for Nordisk Panorama, Uppsala's short film festival and presently on show in Sundance, the film will already have met with a wide festival audience when it lands in the Tiger competition at the Rotterdam filmfest starting up 26 January.

Three films, six directors 

Off to the festival are also three films coming from CPH:DOX' experimental talent workshop DOX:LAB:

"Son of God" by Philippine Khavn De La Cruz and former Tiger Award contender, Danish Michael Noer, "Chips & Liver Girls" by Ugandan Caroline Kamya and Danish Boris Bertram, and "Memory" by Rwandan Yves Montand Niyongabo and Finnish Iris Olsson.

The DOX:LAB label started up under the Copenhagen filmfest in 2009 and saw its second edition last year as an international matchmaking workshop in which filmmakers from Scandinavian countries are hooked up with colleagues from developing countries.

Poetic patchwork

Tonje Alice Madsen, a student from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, participates with "Insideout", a poetic patchwork of deeply personal voice from YouTube's infinite worlds.

Finally, "Bible Black" by Tao Nørager is on the festival bill, a documentary following the extravagant Welsh designer Andrew MacKenzie whilst preparing his comeback show. 

Rotterdam International Film Festival 26 January – 6 February