The Dell & AMD “Next Wave" Filmmaker Spotlight has honored some incredible emerging filmmakers in the past, directors who have gone on to do great things. Nacho Vigalondo, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Ben Wheatley and others have been given this award in previous Fantastic Fests, and it's always one of my most anticipated parts of the festival to see who will walk away with the award each year. You can read about previous Next Wave award winners here.
Read on for more info about the award and to learn this year's nominees!
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 18 -- Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., is pleased to announce the 2013 Dell & AMD “Next Wave” competition which recognizes outstanding new talent in genre film directing. Eight films from seven different countries have been selected to compete in the latest installment of this annual international competition. Dell, in collaboration with AMD, is also powering a short film project at Fantastic Fest 2013, aptly named “Fantastic Corpse.”
These up-and-coming filmmakers are at the beginning of their movie careers and may well become the next wave of talent shaping the film industry for decades to come. The Next Wave competition films will appear at Fantastic Fest while being judged by the official Next Wave Spotlight jury: Director Thomas Cappelen Malling (NORWEGIAN NINJA), Los Angeles Film Festival Associate Director of Programming Doug Jones, and Writer/Director Michael Tully (PING PONG SUMMER).
The “Next Wave” winners will be awarded with a new Dell Precision M6800 Covet mobile workstation with AMD FirePro™ M6100 graphics, designed and certified for professional high-end film production and editing, at the Fantastic Fest Awards Ceremony on September 23 at 8:30 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline.
“We will always pay tribute to genre classics, but we spend most of our time and energy throughout the year on the prowl for new filmmakers,” said Fantastic Fest Director Kristen Bell. “We hope you enjoy the amazing and diverse selection of films from this year’s roster of new first-time directors, some of whom we are lucky enough to have in attendance.”
Additionally, Dell and AMD are working with creative content company Arts + Labor to host a short film project entitled The Fantastic Corpse that will debut at the Fantastic Fest Awards Ceremony. The Fantastic Corpse will be created over the course of five days, starting on September 19, in “the exquisite corpse” filmmaking style: a collaborative process in which each director works on one minute of the film and passes it on to the next director, with only the most recent segment as context. The five filmmakers participating in The Fantastic Corpse are Matt Johnson (THE DIRTIES), James Byrkit (COHERENCE), Oren Carmi (GOLDBERG AND EISENBERG), Eugenio Mira (GRAND PIANO), and Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES).
The film will be produced and edited on high-end Dell Precision T5610 and T7610 tower workstations powered by AMD FirePro™ W5000 and W8000 professional graphics, respectively, and M6800 mobile workstations equipped with AMD FirePro M5100. The systems will be paired with Dell UltraSharp U2413 monitors with AMD Eyefinity triple-display setups. Editors will be awarded with $2,500 worth of Dell Precision and AMD FirePro professional video editing solutions.
In a growing environment of increased competition and higher audience expectations, film and other digital content creation professionals are pressured to produce more break-through output in less time than ever before. Unlike non-workstation class PCs, Dell Precision workstations are designed with the high performance, expandability and reliability to seamlessly run the most sophisticated software programs. Kristen Bell, the Fantastic Fest Director noted, “Dell and AMD are providing support and video production solutions to create a completely unique and entertaining film experiment. We are thrilled to partner with these top industry experts and technological pioneers to both celebrate and showcase the next generation of filmmakers.”
“Dell is excited to work with the Fantastic Fest to discover and celebrate emerging filmmakers,” said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Dell Precision workstations. “We pride ourselves on providing filmmakers the professional-grade systems they need to bring creative ideas to the big screen. With industry-leading performance and reliability, Dell Precision workstations are the right tools for this demanding, inspiring job.”
All eyes look to the AMD & Dell “Next Wave” for the hottest new international directorial talent. Below you will find the films nominated for the 2013 “Next Wave” competition:
COHERENCE (USA, 2013)
Director - James Ward Byrkit, 127 mins
On the night a comet is passing near Earth, a dinner party takes an odd turn. When the power goes out, eight friends discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.
THE DIRTIES (Canada, 2013)
Director - Matt Johnson, 83 min
A pair of cinema-obsessed high school geeks are caught up in an escalating cycle of violence when the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur.
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW (USA, 2013)
Director - Randall Moore, 90 min
A family vacation at the happiest place on Earth devolves into a hellish nightmare.
FATAL (South Korea, 2013)
Director - Lee Don-ku, 103 min
A Korean teen’s desire to overcome a horrible crime committed as a youth turns into violence in Lee Dong-ku’s passionate and moving debut.
GOLDBERG AND EISENBERG (Israel, 2013)
Director - Oren Carmi, 91 mins
HALLEY (Mexico/The Netherlands, 2013)
Director - Sebastian Hofmann, 83 mins
Though Beto’s life may technically be over, he allows himself to experience it one last time before his body completely falls apart in this unique and contemplative horror film.
NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN (Germany, 2013)
North American Premiere
Director - Katrin Gebbe, 110 mins
Tore, a member of the counter-culture Christian movement Jesus Freaks, is befriended and taken in by a family who play an increasingly cruel, violent game and push his capacity to love to its limits.
RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD, THE (The Netherlands, 2013)
Director - Guido van Driel, 89 mins
Adapted from his own graphic novel by first time writer-director Guido van Driel, RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD tells the darkly funny, Coen-esque tale of a career thug caught in an existential crisis.