Symphonic Distress (2022)



The music came first: a mixed contemporary piece by composer Yuliya

Zakharava, in which instrumentalist Pamela Reimer plays a piano score,

while also triggering prerecorded sequences and incorporating vocal

and percussive elements. Asked to provide a visual component for the

work, I was struck and conquered by its intensity and beauty from the

very first listen. Although both the music and the film are in themselves

apolitical and stateless, the wish to collaborate and the urgent impulse

to express ourselves through art have been exacerbated by the outbreak

of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. The intention, therefore, while avoiding

any direct reference to war, is to tacitly evoke certain universal emotions

born out of its consequences: fear, suffering, outrage, vulnerability,

abnegation, hope.



Experimental short film / Music video • Runtime: 10:04 • 4K Video

Color / Black and white • Aspect ratio: 1,33:1 • Language: Silent film



Screenwriting, directing, photography, editing, production:

Marco Joubert

Composer: Yuliya Zakharava

Piano, voice, percussions: Pamela Reimer

Interpretation: Marie Tifo

Puppeteer: Alexandra Gorlin-Crenshaw

Extras / Hands: Marco Joubert, Pamela Reimer

Animals: Camouflage, Clara, Cosmos

With support from:


Marco Joubert | Filmmaker + cinegrapher





Winner: Best Music Video, Aasha International Film Festival, Nashik, India, 2023

Winner: Sound Design Award, Black Cat Award International Film Festival, La Paz, Bolivia, 2023

Winner: Best Experimental Film, Cinema Cappuccino, Jaipur, India, 2023

Winner: Best Music Video, Ciudad del Este Independent Film Festival, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, 2023

Winner: Outstanding Sound Design, FICA - Festival Internacional de Cine Austral, Córdoba, Argentina, 2023

Winner: Best Experimental Music Video, Parai Musical International Awards, Tiruchirappalli, India, 2024

Winner: Best Experimental Short Film, RIFFA - Regina Int. Film Festival and Awards, Regina, Canada, 2023

Winner: Special Jury Mention, The Americas Film Festival of New York, New York, United States, 2024

Winner: Best Experimental Short, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Winner: Best Editing, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Honorable Mention: Experimental Film, Festival de Sorocaba, Sorocaba, Brazil, 2023

Nominee: Best Experimental - Short Film, Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2023

Nominee: Best Experimental, Busan New Wave Short Film Festival, Busan, South Korea, 2023

Nominee: Best Production - Short Film, Festival de Sorocaba, Sorocaba, Brazil, 2023

Nominee: Best Sound Design - Short Film, Festival de Sorocaba, Sorocaba, Brazil, 2023

Nominee: Best Music Video, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Nominee: Best Original Idea, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Nominee: Best Music, Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

Official Selection + Finalist, Festival Fotogenia, Mexico City, Mexico, 2023

Official Selection + Honorable Mention, Hudson Animation & Film Festival, Hudson, Canada, 2024

Official Selection + Honorable Mention, Post-Cinema Film Festival, Syracuse, Italy, 2024

Official Selection, AFSAD International Short Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey, 2023

Official Selection, Anti-War International Independent Film Festival, Jõhvi, Estonia, 2023

Official Selection, Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, Asheville, United States, 2024

Official Selection, Astana International Short Film Festival, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2023

Official Selection, Athens International Digital Film Festival, Athens, Greece, 2023

Official Selection, Cut International Short Film Festival, Millville, United States, 2023

Official Selection, EIC - Encuentro Internacional de Cineastas, Monterrey, Mexico, 2024






Official Selection, Ekurhuleni International Film Festival, Germiston, South Africa, 2023

Official Selection, Encuentro para Cinéfagos - Fest. de CineArte en la Frontera, San Cristóbal, Venezuela, 2023

Official Selection, Ícaro Festival Internacional de Cine en Centroamérica, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2023

Official Selection, Indefilm Fest Le Havre, Le Havre, France, 2023

Official Selection, Interrobang Film Festival, Des Moines, United States, 2024

Official Selection, La Fábrica - Festival de Cine de Tocancipá, Tocancipá, Colombia, 2023

Official Selection, MARFEST - Matanza Reel Festival, La Matanza, Argentina, 2023

Official Selection, MEDIAWAVE International Film and Music Gathering, Budapest, Hungary, 2024

Official Selection, On Art Dance & Music, Warsaw, Poland, 2023

Official Selection, OtherMovie Lugano Film Festival, Lugano, Switzerland, 2024

Official Selection, The Ostranenie Theatre Moving Image Art Event, Manchester, United Kingdom, 2024

Official Selection, The Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Film, Tallinn, Estonia, 2023

Official Selection, UNTHINKABLE, Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom, 2023

Finalist, Prague International Music Video Awards, Prague, Czech Republic, 2024

Semi-finalist, International Moving Film Festival, Abadan, Iran, 2023




El Pirata, Monterrey, Mexico, 06/2024

Des Moines Central Library, Des Moines, United States, 06/2024

La Nacional NYC, New York, United States, 06/2024

Casa Astra, Lugano, Switzerland, 06/2024

Cirko-Gejzír Artmozi, Budapest, Hungary, 05/2024

Hudson Creative Hub, Hudson, Canada, 04/2024

Grail Moviehouse, Asheville, United States, 03/2024

The Talleyrand, Manchester, United Kingdom, 02/2024

Parque de las Tejas, Córdoba, Argentina, 12/2023

Doğan Taşdelen Contemporary Arts Center, Ankara, Turkey, 12/2023

Studio New Star Art Cinema, Athens, Greece, 12/2023

Barco Utopía, Mexico City, Mexico, 12/2023

Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias - Salón Dorado, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 11/2023

Arsenal Cinema, Astana, Kazakhstan, 11/2023

Cinéma Le Studio, Le Havre, France, 11/2023

Parque Principal, Tocancipá, Colombia, 11/2023

Whitefriargate, Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom, 10/2023

Fundación Cultural Bordes, San Cristóbal, Venezuela, 10/2023

Levoy Theatre, Millville, United States, 09/2023

Teatro Municipal Ciudad del Este, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, 09/2023

Anant Bajaj Limitless Ideas Hub, Jaipur, India, 08/2023

Jõhvi Kinomaja, Jõhvi, Estonia, 08/2023

Chono Lulu Bistro & Bar, Park Pięciu Sióstr, Warsaw, Poland, 08/2023

Shu-Box Theater - University of Regina, Regina, Canada, 08/2023


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