Submarine Channel produced Amos Mulders animated short WORD! – a visual exploration of language in an alternate, post-factual universe. Quotes in the form of tweets by famous philosophers and writers appear throughout the film. Between the evocative urban scenarios that unfold, the viewer is invited on a seven-minute cinematic journey that interrogates our indissoluble relationship with words.
The film will be touring festivals in 2017 and 2018 and is expected to be released online by the end of 2018.
WORD! was made as part of De Ontmoeting (The Meeting), a Dutch initiative that aims to connect young and upcoming directors with established (film) studios and broadcasters. Submarine Channel will be part of the upcoming edition of De Ontmoeting (2017-2018). The submission deadline is November 1, 2017.
WORD! is strangely disturbing and haunting in the way that it short-circuits the reasonable mind and taps directly into subliminal feelings of a post human dimension where words are like weird entities, either weapons or autonomous beings. The images are hypnotic, the never seen atmosphere is mesmerizing. It is a true rare creation in the sense of something never attempted before.
Watch Amos’ previous short films on Vimeo to see what we mean. Off The Ground, for example, is an animated documentary based on a NUFORC (National UFO Reporting Center) hotline call recording from 1977. Great stuff.
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
Submarine Channel picked WORD! from over 80 submissions that came in for the initiative “De Onmoeting” (The Meeting). De Ontmoeting aims to connect upcoming directors with film studios and broadcasters in The Netherlands. As part of this talent development project, director Amos Mulder crowdfunded € 5k for his film. Submarine Channel doubled the amount and produced and distributes the film. Scroll down to read more about this initiative.
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De Ontmoeting is a Dutch initiative that connects upcoming directors with the film industry in The Netherlands. In 2016, a call for submissions was launched, which resulted in some 80+ film plans. Four production studios and broadcasters, including Submarine Channel, each selected a project. Each project will receive 5,000 euros from their respective sponsors, provided the creators manage to successfully crowdfund at least 5k themselves through the Cinecrowd platform. All four short films will premiere in September 2017 at the Netherlands Film Festival. Submissions for De Ontmoeting III will close at November 1st, 2017.