"A Short Ride” (Scurtă plimbare cu maşina), directed by Paul Negoescu, was one of the only two European short films selected in the narrative/experimental competition of the 15th edition of Slamdance Film Festival, alongside with other films such as: "City Girls", d. Jon Rafman; "The Covenant of Mr. Kasch", d. Joshua Beahan and Ruwan De Silver; "Cute Couple", d. Courtney Moorhead Balaker; "Dish", d. Brian H. Krinksy; "Diversions", d. Peggy Bruen; "El Ladroncito", d. Yamin Segal; "An Evening With Emery Long", d. Brad DeMarea; "Feelings and Stuff", d. Samuli Valkama; "Funny Guy", d. Frank Rinaldi.
Young filmmaker Paul Negoescu has previously directed Exam (Examen), presented at the 2007 Romanian Film Festival in NYC.
The Slamdance Film Festival has selected 86 short films in four competition categories: documentary, narrative/experimental, animation and the new musicvideo classification. The entries, announced on Monday, December 15, will be eligible for a grand jury award. All entries were chosen by the shorts programming committee, comprised primarily of Slamdance alumni filmmakers. Notable alumni from Slamdance's shorts include Gina Prince-Bythewood ("The Secret Life of Bees"), Mike Mitchell ("Shrek Goes Fourth"), Seth Gordon ("Four Christmases"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Rian Johnson ("The Brothers Bloom").
Slamdance will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four jury competitions, Slamdance also has two out-of-competition shorts categories -- the Anarchy Online Film Competition and $99 Specials, produced by Slamdance and directed by Slamdance alumni for $99.
[Image: Actor Bogdan Albulescu in "A Short Ride"]