‘5XT' is a mosaic short film that uses “tea” as a common thread. This project was part of the 72h Film Challenge during the very first (and for now, also last) International Short Film Festival in Jinzhen Hancheng, China. The team was given three days to make a short film from scratch. ‘5XT' ended up winning the Third Prize, worth 10 000 Chinese Yuan. 


Director Niels Putman

Based in Belgium, Niels graduated as a Masters in Audiovisual Arts at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound in Brussels and as a Masters in Filmstudies & Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp. He’s currently the editor-in-chief of Kortfilm.be – the only short film magazine in Belgium – and NISI MASA‘s Head of the Debate Department. Niels works as a freelance film journalist/critic for several Belgian outlets and is an assistant programmer for festivals such as the Leuven International Short Film Festival. He’s a member of the Belgian Film Press Union and FIPRESCI.