A true slice-of-life film, Fence follows Genti, a young boy stuck roaming in an out of the chaotic house where his extended family is simultaneously celebrating and bickering amongst themselves. It’s already won the Best Short under 15 minutes at Palm Springs (and been featured at several other major festivals), and from the opening minutes, you immediately see why. To capture the tension and the exhaustion of a boy trapped in an oppressive adult’s world, Zeqiraj and cinematographer Sebastien Goepfert go for a hand-held one take shot that comprises the entire film’s running time.
Not only is it an extraordinarily executed piece of art (this camera covers a lot of ground), but it’s also the right move for the story. The film’s geography literally goes back and forth between the house and the neighborhood on the other side of the fence, echoing Genti’s own ambivalent feelings. This award-winning short is a master class in using visuals to communicate the character’s journey, with the film’s ultimate climax depending on what direction our protagonist chooses. This just scratches the surface, however. There’s the perfectly dreary color palette, the sociological themes running beneath the family drama and other little moments that are best revisited on subsequent viewings. One of the strongest showings by an ensemble cast for a short we’ve seen all year.
‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj wins ‘BEST NARRATIVE SHORT AWARD‘ at NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL, third Academy Award® qualifying award!
*The jury-winning film automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
We are very excited to reveal that ‘FENCE‘ by Lendita Zeqiraj has been selected to be part of the 29th annual, Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival (#NOFF2018), which will take place from October 17th through October 25th, part of the most diverse line-up in the festival’s history.
After receiving a record number of 6000 submissions for the 2018 festival—an increase of over 25% from 2017—the festival’s team of programmers carefully curated a slate of 220 visionary, thought-provoking films that represent a wealth of perspectives. Entries came from 120 different countries. Overall, the directors of selected films represent 42 different nationalities.
Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South.
New Orleans Film Festival, has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films. It is one of the few film festivals that is Oscar-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short—and it’s been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” every year since 2012 (one of only two festivals to receive that recognition for six straight years).