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New Rosto Short, ‘Splintertime,’ to Premiere at Clermont-Ferrand Festival

New short film by Dutch filmmaker and artist Rosto to premiere at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. 

Amsterdam -- Splintertime, the new short film by Dutch filmmaker and artist Rosto, will have its world premiere at the prestigious International Short Film Festival in the French city Clermont-Ferrand.

Splintertime is a short film featuring music and characters of Rosto's music project Thee Wreckers, a noisy outfit of spirits. Splintertime is the third in a series of four Wreckers films, but can easily be enjoyed without any knowledge of the previous projects. Splintertime takes off where Lonely Bones, released in 2013, ended. The four band members drive off in an ambulance, leaving a world behind that has been reduced to complete emptiness.

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Although Rosto links characters and stories in all his work, music is what really connects his projects. “Music has always been a driving force in my work. The entire tetralogy is based on Wreckers songs but these shorts are no music videos, since there are no records to sell. The films show what the music looks like. Call it Fantasia for the Rock ‘n’ Roll age, if you will,” Rosto explains.

“Compared to my previous short Lonely Bones, Splintertime is less dark and gloomy,” Rosto says. “The synopsis optimistically reads: Zip up and let’s dance to the sound of breaking glass. However, making the new film was quite a hellish experience from time to time. Just like in my previous films, I’ve used live action and mixed animation techniques. This time, the live action was extremely demanding -- especially for the performers. Sometimes it was almost like Cirque du Soleil, including dancers performing aerobatics high in the air. I’m glad the result made it worth it.”

The annual Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is the world's leading film festival dedicated to short films. It attracts over 100,000 attendees annually. Rosto was juror and designer of the festival in 2007, and his film The Monster of Nix received the award for Best Original Film Score in 2012.

Source: Studio Rosto

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.