Nicole Beutler: “We’ll have to adapt, and that’s OK.”
Exeter Dance International Film Festival (EDIFF) 2023 has come to an end after screening a wide range of dance-related films, including Eyes Wide Open by Floris-Jan van Luyn, which portrays the artistic works of choreographic theatre artist Nicole Beutler.
EDIFF spoke to Beutler about the film, her artistic drive and her ways of remaining positive in spite of a dramatically changing climate. “All the news we receive daily is extremely devastating and produces fear of something terrible ahead of us. However, I am a mother, too, and I feel the necessity to use my imagination to think further.”
Ammodo Docs on Festival Tour
Since its premiere at Go Short Nijmegen, Ammodo Docs has garnered international acclaim. At Silbersalz, Europe’s foremost science film festival, the first season of Ammodo Docs has been nominated for Best Short Science Series. And at the Australian SCINEMA International Science Film Festival, The Underground Astronaut won the award for Best Short Film! This film about the groundbreaking and widely acclaimed fungus researcher Toby Kiers was directed by Marleine van der Werf. In this article from Cosmos Magazine, a science journal, you can read the jury’s report.
All Ammodo Docs films have been selected for one or more international festivals, including the St. Louis International Film Festival (USA), Bolton International Film Festival (UK), Exeter Dance International Film Festival (UK), and On Art (Poland).
Ammodo Docs season one is now free to watch online from the Netherlands. Worldwide release to be announced. Meanwhile, production for season two is in full swing.
Toby Kiers wins Spinoza Prize 2023
Congratulations! Toby Kiers is one of the two winners of the prestigious Spinoza Prize 2023, awarded by NWO, the most important science funding body of the Dutch government.
Kiers receives €1.5 million for her research into mycorrhizal fungal networks and their role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
In the words of the selection committee: ‘With her unique pioneering contribution to the theory, she has drawn the world’s attention to this field of research and in the process her work also has enormous social impact.’
Read the jury report here.
The Spinoza Prize will be awarded on 4 October 2023.
Ammodo Docs launch in Eye Filmmuseum
On 17 April 2023, Ammodo Docs launched its first season in Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam. The festive event included screenings of In Between Realities, Dimension of Absence and Moving Mountains as well as Q&As with directors and film characters, and a special dance performance by choreographer Nicole Beutler.
In the following week, all documentaries were broadcast on Dutch national television.
Many thanks to all present and to all who collaborated in creating these documentaries.
As of 25 April 2023, all seven documentaries are permanently available to watch online on our website or on YouTube.
Click here to see some photos from the event.
Ammodo Docs premiere at Go Short
It was a joyous moment to say the least, when on 7 April 2023 Ammodo Docs premiered at Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen!
After a long buildup, all seven films from the first season were finally shown on the big screen. The premiere was organised in collaboration with Go Short. After the screening, Ammodo Docs welcomed the press, industry professionals, crewmembers and invited guests to a drink at the festival pavilion in front of the LUX cinema.
In the festival’s finale weekend, all Ammodo Docs films were shown again as part of the regular festival programming.
Click here to see some photos from the premiere.