Symphonic Distress





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


Yuliya Zakharava

Piano, voice, percussions:

Pamela Reimer


Marie Tifo


Alexandra Gorlin-Crenshaw

Extras / Hands:

Marco Joubert, Pamela Reimer


Camouflage, Clara, Cosmos

With support from:







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: 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,

Ekurhuleni International Film Festival,

Germiston, South Africa, 2023


Official Selection,

Encuentro para Cinéfagos -

Festival 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,


Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom, 2023



Prague International Music Video Awards,

Prague, Czech Republic, 2024



International Moving Film Festival,

Abadan, Iran, 2023




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



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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