Awards & Winners

Since 1994

Sponsor: German Royalty Collecting Company of Film & TV Producers Ltd. (VFF)

Prize: € 7,500

2017

BLUE SUMMER SYMPHONY

by Sinje Köhler
FABW, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Prof. Dr. Norbert P. Flechsig (VFF) with Sinje Köhler (m.) and screenplay co-writer Raphaela te Pass


The Jury:
"For an accomplished and ambitious film made with beautiful black and white cinematography, a symphony of lives told through authentic performances, this film provides a vibrant and relevant portrait of a great summer's day."

2016

GABBER LOVER

by Anna Cazenave-Cambet
La Femis, École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son, France
Trailer


GABBER LOVER Screenwriter Marlene Poste with award donor Prof. Flechsig


The Jury:
"The Grand Prix goes to GABBER LOVER for a deeply emotional and character driven story with minimalistic, but convincing acting, precise directing and beautiful photography. It brings a world of subculture into an environment where it is not expected, but at the same time it’s a universal and brave love story."

2015

THE LITTLE DEATH

by Simon Tillaas
The Norwegian Filmschool, Norway
Trailer

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Simon Tillaas and Prof. Dr. Norbert P. Flechsig (VFF)


The Jury:

"THE LITTLE DEATH is a wonderfully told story about adolescence, loss of childhood, love, sorrow, friendship, and the wonders of adulthood. It's poetic, full of love to its characters, precise, not too long not too short, in fact a perfect little gem of a movie. We live and feel with 12 year old Julia and her father, and by the end of the film we are left with hope for the future of the next generation. And so is the jury regarding director Simon Tillaas. Your film is beyond promising, and we are looking forward to many more in the future."

2014

BURUNDANGA

by Anaïs Ruales
La Fémis Paris, France

 

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Festival jury:
"Burundanga is a drug used by criminal elements in Ecuador to make victims of crimes such as street robbery or rape totally submissive. But more than that BURUNDANGA is a short film by writer-director-cinematographer Anaïs Ruales that we sit through in our seats as if we were drugged. We allow ourselves to be caught up in her forceful narrative and experience her young protagonist Pablo, who is searching for a perspective for his life, searching for something to hold on to in the misty rain forests of Ecuador. With a clear standpoint, a tight screenplay and sensitive direction, Anaïs Ruales has given us an extraordinary film. One of the jury members whispered at the end of the credits: 'La Perfezione'. The jury is united: 'Dear Anaïs, we want to see your first feature-length film very soon.'"

 

Special Mention

AFTER ALL (AHARIT DAVAR)

by Zvi Landsman
The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, Jerusalem, Israel

 

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Festival jury:
"One apartment, two characters. Two very different lives intersect in a short but yet unending moment. They stand in front of each other, their bodies are naked like the truth of their emotions.  Zvi Landsman's intense mise en scène is full of courage and empathy. His dynamic allows space for outstanding performances that avoid all clichés as they explore intimacy and feelings of shame.  There is no judgement and no moral at the end. The interaction between a religious old man looking for sex and an immigrant prostitute is both brief and eternal - and that is magic."

2013

WHAT MAKES ME TAKE THE TRAIN (CE QUI ME FAIT PRENDRE LE TRAIN)

by Pierre Mazingarbe
Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France

 

 

Festival jury:
"Pierre Mazingarbe made the jury take this train! The jury likes this film because of its brilliant use of time, the stunning black and white cinematography and its extraordinary visual effects. With imagination and never-ending ideas incorporated into a surprising reinterpretation of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, director Pierre Mazingarbe took us on a journey into another world and then brought us back home. We assume that this is only the beginning for him. It was a journey we enjoyed immensely and there are images in this film we will never forget."

2012

SO IT GOES (KORSOTEORIA)

by Antti Heikki Pesonen
ELO Film School, Helsinki, Finland

 

 

Festival jury:
"Finland is cold, it's dark and the people are freezing. Maybe that's why they come up with really good films. In SO IT GOES people are sick of their lives, are frozen on the inside and fond of a lot of alcohol. This could be said of many Finnish films, but SO IT GOES succeeds in telling a sad story and being a comedy at the same time - with perfect timing, sensual directing, fine performances and an incredible amount of humanity. Congratulations!"

2011

COLLAPSAR (LES TROUS NOIRS)

by Lilian Corbeille
La Fémis, Paris, France

 

 
Festival jury:
"LES TROUS NOIRS (COLLAPSAR) neither belittles nor glorifies its juvenile characters but shows their desperation, violence and hopes for intimacy without falling into the trap of just depending on big outside drama. Instead, Lilian Corbeille unpretentiously maneuvers his poetic film from moment to moment till it becomes a strong and daring drama about growing up."

2010

FOR MADMAN ONLY (TYLKO DLA OBLAKANYCH)

by Pawel Maslona
Wydzial Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieœlowskiego Uniwersytetu Śląskiego (WRITV), Katowice, Poland

Festival jury:
"The award for the Best Film goes to FOR MADMAN ONLY for its extraordinary cinematic precision, balanced by subtle and nuanced performances. The quiet desperation of a routine marriage is expressed flawlessly, utilizing all cinematic means available to expose the sadness of perfection."

2009

ECHO

by Magnus von Horn
The Polish National Film, Television & Theatre School, Lódz, Poland

Festival jury:
"A huge topic in a small form."

2008

A DAY IN A LIFE

by Zune Kwok
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, China

Festival jury:
"A DAY IN A LIFE by Zune Kwok portrays an old woman in her daily struggle. It is a story of hope and dignity told in a poetic, honest and respectful way. The film succeeds in touching the hearts of the audience. Sensitive and subtle."

2007

NOW EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE HAPPY (AHORA TODOS PARECEN CONTENTOS)

by Gonzalo Tobal
Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2006

THE SUBSTITUTE (HAYELET BODEDA)

by Talya Lavie
The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem, Israel

2005

62 SLEEPS

by Erin White
Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film and Television, Melbourne, Australia

2004

FELLOW TRAVELERS OF THE FIG (POPUTCHIKI INZHIRA)

by Yegor Anashkin
Vserossijskij gosudarstvennyi institut kinematografii (VGIK), Moskau, Russia

2003

DREMANO OKO

by Vladimir Perisic
École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son (La Fémis), Paris, France

2002

1st: VIKTOR AND HIS  BROTHERS (VIKTOR OCH HANS BRÖDER)
by Marten Klingberg
Dramatiska Institutet Högskola för Film, Radio, Television & Teater, Stockholm, Sweden

2nd: K-G FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE (K-G NÖD OCH LUST)
by Jens Jonsson
Dramatiska Institutet Högskola för Film, Radio, Television & Teater, Stockholm, Sweden

3rd: LITTLE MORNING STORY (MALA JUTARNJA PRICA)
by Stefan Arsenijevic
Fakultet Dramskih Umetnosti (FDU), Belgrad, Yugoslavia

2001

1st: A MAN THING (MESKA SPRAWA)
by Slawomir Fabicki
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna (PWSFT), Lódz, Poland

2nd: DAY AFTER DAY (AFTA)
by Kornél Mundruczó
Színház - és Filmművészeti Egyetem (SFF), Budapest, Hungary

3rd: REPARATION
by Jens Jonsson
Dramatiska Institutet Högskola för Film, Radio, Television & Teater, Stockholm, Sweden

2000

1st: ENCHANTED (VERZAUBERT)
by Christian Ditter
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

2nd: SUNNY SIDE OF THE SATURDAY (SUNCANA STRANA SUBOTE)
by Robert Orhel
Akademija Dramske Umjetnost (ADU), Zagreb, Croatia

3rd: INDIA (INDIEN)
by Pernille Fischer Christensen
Den Danske Filmskole, Kopenhagen, Denmark

1999

1st: LITTLE MAN (LILLE MAENSK)
by Peter Schonau Fog
Den Danske Filmskole, Kopenhagen, Denmark

2nd: MAJOR AND MINOR MIRACLES (STORA AND SMA MIRAKEL)
by Marcus Olsson
Dramatiska Institutet Högskola för Film, Radio, Television & Teater, Stockholm, Sweden

3rd: THE OTHER CHEEK (BA DERECH LE MAALA)
by Yuval Zafrir
The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem, Israel

1998

1st: FIVE FORTY FIVE
by Christoph Röhl
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb), Germany

2nd: NIGHTHAWKS
by Dmitri Popov
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

3rd: SWIMMERS (NAGEURS)
by Alain-Paul Mallard
Institut de Formation et d'Enseignement pour les Métiers de l'image et du Son, France

1997

1st: THE ARCHITECT
by Luke Watson
Royal College of Art,  Department of Film, London, UK

2nd: EASY DAY
by Hans Horn
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

3rd: MUD (KAL)
by Ivaylo Simidciev
Nacionalna akademija za teatralno i filmovo izkustvo, Sofia, Bulgaria

1996

1st: DARK HEART (SORT HJERTE)
by Thomas Rostock
Den Danske Filmskole, Kopenhagen, Denmark

2nd: THE NAVIGATOR (DER STEUERMANN)
by Stefan Schneider
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

3rd: SEVEN
by Shona Auerbach
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna (PWSFT), Lódz, Poland

1995

1st: NEVER (GRAENSEN)
by Reza Parsa
Den Danske Filmskole, Kopenhagen, Denmark

2nd: THE PAPER HAT (DER PAPIERHUT)
by La Van Phuong
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

3rd: OBSERVER (BEOBACHTERI)
by Lasha Otkhmezuri
Georgian State Institute of Theatre and Film, Tiflis, Georgia

1994

1st: A SINGLE HAIR AND A HAND BELL (HAJSZÀL ÈS CSENGETTYÜ)
by Attila Mispàl
Szinház és Filmmüvészeti Föiskola, Budapest, Hungary

2nd: FLOOD (FLUT)
by Stephan Puchner
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

3rd: CARD BOARD DOG
by Malene Vilstrup
Den Danske Filmskole, Kopenhagen, Denmark

 

Since 2005

Sponsor: TV station ARTE

Prize: Arte buys the broadcast rights to a film (fictional genre) no longer than 15 minutes for up to € 6,000

2017

CALL OF CUTENESS

by Brenda Lien
HFG, University of Art and Design Offenbach am Main, Germany
Trailer


Brenda Lien (m.), director of CALL OF CUTENESS, with Barbara Häbe from Arte (r.) and Festival director Diana Iljine

The Jury of the ARTE-Shortfilm-Award (Barbara Häbe and team):
"The young German filmmaker provocatively, disturbingly and ruthlessly dissects our relationship to one of the most popular household pets: The Cat. In this short and to-the-point animated film, images of castrations and genetic testing are spliced together with those of "epic cat fails". We are ruthlessly and sarcastically confronted with things we like watching, and things we would prefer not to see. With its abstract horror, CALL OF CUTENESS strikes a bridge between thousands of YouTube videos, from "lol cats" to "snuff" films. For her extraordinary achievement, we would like to honor filmmaker Brenda Lien with the ARTE-Shortfilm-Award 2017. "

2016

MAYDAY RELAY

by Florian Tscharf
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Trailer


Florian Tscharf with Barbara Häbe (ARTE)


The Jury of the ARTE-Shortfilm-Award (Barbara Häbe and team):
"Florian Tscharf’s film MAYDAY RELAY is an SOS signal and a scream of helplessness at the same time, in the face of a huge and seemingly endless flood of refugees. An intense chamber play between a father and daughter which gets under your skin, leaving us baffled, angry and sad. What’s left for us to do if not even 30 out 100 people can be saved? A desperate conflict of conscience, which leaves the question of guilt and innocence up to each individual, while at the same time painting a terrific portrait of the relationship between two generations. We congratulate the filmmaker on his intense, powerful film and are very pleased to award him the ARTE Short Film Award."

2015

FINGERTIPS

by Basile Vuillemin
Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Belgium

 

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The Jury of the ARTE-Shortfilm-Award (Barbara Häbe and team):
"We are happy to award Belgian director Basile Vuillemin the ARTE Short Film Prize for his film FINGERTIPS (“Du bout des Doigts”). The grim story about the loss of a child lying in a coma is told with great sensitivity and empathy. The director won us over with an outstanding cast and intense directing that went straight to the heart. A family drama, compactly told, with universal appeal. This is the high art of the short film. Our congratulations!" 

2014

MY MILK CUP COW (CUP NO NAKA NO KOUSHI)

by Yantong Zhu
Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

 

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The jury of the Arte Short Film Prize:
ARTE congratulates talented filmmaker Yantong Zhu on her film MY MILK COW CUP and is very pleased to present her with the ARTE Short Film Award. In this tender and insightful animated film, a milk cup that can turn into a cow becomes the daily symbol for a special childhood. Brought up solely by her father, Yantong Zhu dedicates this film with its excellent drawings to her enigmatic childhood. It is a subtle and poetic film about parental love and growing up.

2013

AUSCHWITZ ON MY MIND (LIZKOR VELO LISHKOACH)

by Assaf Machnes
Met Film School, London, United Kingdom

 

 

The jury of the Arte Short Film Prize:
"As horrific as 'Auschwitz' always sounds - especially in the title of a film - a new generation's coming to terms with the history of the holocaust is even more important. In the film, organized groups of teenagers are led through the concentration camp and are confronted with the unthinkable. But the filmmaker shows us, with sensitivity and humor, that teenagers cannot help but think about other things, too. Assaf Machnes wrote and directed this contemporary portrait of a young generation. ARTE congratulates him on his fine debut film."

2012

LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME

by Stephen Dunn
RUT, Toronto, Canada

 

 

Jury:
"This amusing, sensitive film whisks us into the fanciful world of a thirteen-year-old girl on the threshold of growing up, a girl who is unhappy because of her nose. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with her nose. It is her perception of it that is deceptive. The young girl, her world-wise grandfather and King Henry, their canine co-star are a fantastic acting trio and their performances do justice to the originality of the story and the film's attention to visual detail. Spectators can enjoy the happy but not overly sentimental ending: 'Life doesn't frighten me!' Congratulations to the director and his crew!"

2011

GRANDMOTHERS (ABUELAS)

by Afarin Eghbal
The National Film and Television School (NFTS), Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

 

 

Jury:
"ABUELAS (GRANDMOTHERS) is a work of great maturity that finds a uniquely poetic yet playful style to recreate the experience of loss. By mixing animation, live action, historic photographs and voice-over narration Afarin Eghbal weaves a love poem to the grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo that has great sincerity and emotional depth."

2010

BOB

by Jacob Frey and Harry Fast
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (FABW), Ludwigsburg, Germany

 

 

Jury:
"The hamster wheel of desire speaks directly to the heart of all of us."

2009

BOXER

by Michael Latham
Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

 

 

Jury:
"BOXER is about nothing and about everything - clear direction with a great sense of humour."

2008

THE YEAR OF THE PIG

by Claudia Calderón
The International School of Film and Television, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba

2007

PADAM...

by Jose Manuel Carrasco
Escuela de Cinematografia y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Jury:
"In these strangers' strange encounter, PADAM… successfully unites two people despite all prejudices and differences in age and nationality while emphasizing the similarities in their hearts in an entertaining way, giving people hope in these dark and complex times. "

2006

WE ARE THE FAITHFUL (WIR SIND DIR TREU)

by Michael Koch
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Germany

2005

BILINGUAL

by Chamoun Issa
National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, Great Britain

 

 

since 2012

Sponsor: Freundeskreis Wolfgang Längsfeld e.V.

Prize: € 3,000

2017

SOG

by Jonatan Schwenk
HFG, University of Art and Design Offenbach am Main, Germany
Trailer


Margrét Rún, Michael Bentele, Steffi Kammermeier, Jonatan Schwenk, Paloma Rincón, Lisa Högg, Festival Director Diana Iljine

The Jury of the Wolfgang-Längsfeld-Award (Michael Bentele, Steffi Kammermeier, Paloma Rincón, Lisa Högg):
"A strange world, little black furry creatures disturbed by fish stuck on trees yelling for help. Annoying sounds for the inhabitants! One is doing the obvious: helping. A metaphor about empathy and a society which rather fights the symptom but not the cause. A subtle plot developing into a multi-level story. Fascinating and extraordinary hybrid animation film which grabs and touches the audience from the first frame. Unique. Save the screaming fish! "

2016

BARK

by Paloma Rincón
Escuela de Cine y Televisión, Universidad Nacional de Colombia


Last year's winner Michael Binz, Paloma Rincón, Margrét Rún and Joachim Masannek

The Jury of the Wolfgang-Längsfeld-Award (Michael Binz, Joachim Massanek, Sabine Längsfeld):
"The film  BARK, directed by Paloma Rincón, faces us with the biggest taboo of our modern society, the helplessness and ugliness of old age and transforms it into beauty, dignity and freedom with the unbelievable simplicity of its art. So we announce it as the most original film of this festival. "

2015

HERMAN THE GERMAN

by Michael Binz
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Germany

 

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Producer Maike Drinhausen with jury members Zeng Zeng and Matthias Kammermeier

The Jury of the Wolfgang-Längsfeld-Award (Henriette Kaiser, Matthias Kammermeier, Zeng Zeng):
"With its entertaining and surprising narrative structure, its unconventional style, its irony and sarcastic take on the world, and – equally important – its professional look, the film captured the hearts and minds of the Wolfgang Längsfeld Prize jury for 'Most Original Film'. Especially praiseworthy are the directing and acting, the harmonious interplay of production design and cinematography, as well as the subtly precise screenplay. A winning combination." 

2014

SUMMER SECRET (MING YUE DE SHU QI RI JI)

directed by Zeng Zeng
Beijing Film Academy, China

 

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The jury of the Wolfgang Längsfeld Award:
SUMMER SECRET takes us to a world where reality is seen through the eyes and imagination of a young girl, Mingyue. This subjective way of explaining her world is done so uniquely that one can immediately feel the hopes, the fears, the joy and the desperation of this endearing character. We present this award to director Zeng Zeng and her film to encourage her in her extraordinary ability to make sensitive, original and poetic films. We are deeply convinced that she will continue on this path and we are happy to be able to support her with the Wolfgang Längsfeld Award.

2013

COCOONS

directed by Joasia Goldyn
National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

 

 

The jury of the Wolfgang Längsfeld Award:
"This film tells in a touching and captivating way the struggle for identity, self-determination and friendship in a world of loneliness and isolation. The wonderful cast, a multi-layered image design as well as excellent timing and stylish narrative convinced the jury of this film and its picture of our world. The Wolfgang Längsfeld Award 2013 for the most original film goes to Joasia Goldyn for COCOONS."

2012

HOW I KILLED RABIN (EICH RATSACHTI ET RABIN)

directed by Michael Alalu
Sam Spiegel Film &Television School Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

The Festival jury:
"Director Michael Alalu lets us take part in a profound human story. He skillfully links an historical event with the personal story of a boy coming of age, who, by the end of the film is richer for the experience. We are able to see ourselves in this sometimes happy, often desperate boy even when he begins to obsess about small everyday things. And we hope that a kiss from the girl of his dreams will be his reward. The director's unique style, the unpredictable editing and the original form of narrative make this film stand out. Dear Michael Alalu, we'd like to see more films from you."

 

 

since 2005

Sponsor: ARRI

Prize: € 4,000 worth of services at any ARRI branch

2017

THE SOUND OF WINTER

by Tizian Büchi
IAD, Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Belgium
Trailer


THE SOUND OF WINTER did win the Student Camera Award and the ARRI-Award 2017. In the picture DoP Camille Sultan and both prize donors. From left: Festival director Diana Iljine, Angela Reedwisch (ARRI), Camille Sultan, Timo Landsiedel (Film & TV Kameramann).

The Jury:
"For intelligently and subtly allowing the viewer to deeply ponder the human condition and man’s relationship with himself, nature and his community. "

2016

CINDERELLA 

by Alexander Zubovlenko
Russian State University of Cinematography, Russia
Trailer


Director Alexander Zubovlenko with Management Director of ARRI Prof. Kraus

The Jury:
"CINDERELLA is a complete, neutral observation of a personal struggle for happiness. The director manages to show frank and desperate moments in a woman's life so close that it is almost uncomfortable for us to watch. It is shot in a manner that supports storytelling and so the author brings the audience extremely close to the protagonist and the context of the society she lives in and that is still valid in many countries."

2015

CONVERSATION OVER THE FENCE

by Lisa Gerig
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Switzerland

 

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The Jury:
"The winner of this award is not only a filmmaker but a humanitarian whose desire is to help those less fortunate. That is the inspiration behind a film that tells an untold story concerning the current issue of refugees. The filmmaker's eyes are the audience's guide, literally showing events the way she witnesses them, portraying the stories and plight of the unseen protagonists. The viewer is asked to join the filmmaker on her daily pilgrimage, to endure what she endures, experience what she experiences, and try to comprehend what she is discovering. Nonjudgmental in tone, the filmmaker does not directly cast blame, comment or impose an opinion. She simply provides facts in order to shine a light on the despair of those who have come to a country known for its neutrality, its security and its freedom - a country that many would expect much more of. The audience is left to come up with its own verdict. Subtle in style, yet powerful in its punch, this documentary is a skillful piece of filmmaking that seeks to use its art form to expose more than what the media wants to share. In telling the stories of a handful of individuals, it speaks for all those struggling for a new life in an ever growing crisis that cannot be ignored. "

2014

HONEY ON WOUNDS

by Iulia Stoian
National Film and Television School Beaconsfield, UK

 

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Festival jury:
"Men are slaughtering dozens of lambs. Their blood flows while the women in Kosovo mourn their dead husbands. Iulia Stoian's documentary HONEY ON WOUNDS shows us the trauma of war without showing us the combat itself.  She shows us how women ravaged by and in war heal their wounds and create their own futures. Honey bees help them for bees react to human emotions. They recognize fear, stress, anger, joy. The bees provide these women with a new outlook on life. Their honey heals the wounds of the past. Iulia Stoian was the producer, director and cinematographer. Her empathy for her protagonists can be felt every second throughout the film. Hers is a sometimes melancholy, sometimes hopeful but always intimate and poignant documentary."

2013

BALAZHER. THE CORRECTION OF REALITY (BALAZHER. KORREKTUREN DER WIRKLICHKEIT)

by Lesia Kordonets
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), Zürich, Switzerland

 

 

Festival jury:
"An old public bus and its passengers are both the story and reveal the history of a remote border region in Europe. By adding graphic elements, it elicits the hopes and dreams of a socialist state's utopia that was never to be and that state's decline into dystopia. It is beautifully shot and the bus comes alive as a character. We are still wondering how the bus is doing. We want it to go on and on."

2012

DYING NOT PLANNED FOR (STERBEN NICHT VORGESEHEN)

by Matthias Stoll
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Germany

 

 

Festival jury:
"DYING NOT PLANNED FOR masters the art of delivering a true story both directly and artistically, combining real scenes and animation in an extremely original way. It deals with a son's love for his father so it's a very personal film but at the same time gives profound insights into the German soul and German values. Toy trains, the importance of building your own house and always putting work first, even if you are suffering from cancer. A loving, explicit and unforgettable piece of work, it stays with the audience for a long time."

2011

THE MOON IS A WONDERFUL PLACE (DER MOND IST EIN SCHÖNER ORT)

by Anne Maschlanka & Viktoria Gurtovaj
Internationale Filmschule Köln (ifs), Germany

 

 

Festival jury:
"THE MOON IS A WONDERFUL PLACE is not simply a portrait of an adorable child, but also a clever, very funny story about a girl facing the challenges of adulthood. Anne Maschlanka and Victoria Gurtovaj, the directors of this extraordinary film, manage to find a very precise way to show the complexity of the world through a child's eyes. The integration of amateur camerawork is part of a consequently executed choice which lets us not only see, but also experience the colorfulness of the main character's world."

2010

HOLDING STILL

by Florian Riegel
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM), Germany

Festival jury:
"Sitting still and watching the world through a lens: we, the cinema audience, do it by choice; the protagonist of this film is forced to do so by a fateful love. HOLDING STILL is about the act of seeing and the difference between internal and external movement. It is not only the best documentary but also one of the best films of the competition."

2009

ARSY - VERSY

by Miro Remo
Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Film and Television Faculty, Bratislava, Slovakia

 

 

Festival jury:
"The biggest bat in the world meets Oedipus."

2008

COSMIC STATION

by Bettina Timm
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, München, Germany

2007

SCARLET SUNRISE

by Eduardo Grau und Edward Edwards
The National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK

 

 

Festival jury:
"This documentary provides a melancholic view of a lonely Norwegian coalmining village. Through its carefully chosen and precisely composed images and bizarre, entertaining situations, it leaves a strong impression of a life deprived of many commodities, a life in stark contrast to our affluent society. The jury presents SCARLET SUNRISE this award for its striking combination of close social observation, outstanding artistic skill and good humour."

2006

WE ARE THE FAITHFUL (WIR SIND DIR TREU)

by Michael Koch
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Germany

2005

THE PRAYER

by Ewa Stankiewicz
The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School, Łódź, Poland

 

since 2016

Sponsor: zweiB GmbH

Prize: prize money of € 1,000 and a professional DCP-Mastering (worth € 1,500)

2017

I MADE YOU, I KILL YOU

by Alexandru Petru Badelita
LF, Le Fresnoy, France
Trailer


Festival director Diana Iljine with winner Alexandru Petru Badelita and award donor Tammo Buhren from zweiB (l.)


The Jury:
"For its richness and sincerity, and for a filmmaker who has shown the courage and talent to dive into personal memories and share them in a very subtle way with people – all those with Munch families, those of us who love to sing our loneliness in front of our little cameras…"

2016

PUSSY

by Renata Gasiorowska
Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School Lodz, Poland
Trailer


Renata Gasiorowska, director of PUSSY, with Tammo Buhren, award donor and head of zweiB


The Jury:
"PUSSY is a daring, playful, creative and smart film which shows us intimate moments, and at the same time uncovers political and social issues which usually stay quiet. It's a film that empowers both male and female individuals to accept their bodies and desires. We just love it!"

 

since 1992

Sponsor: the family of producer Luggi Waldleitner

Prize: € 3,000

2017

TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW

by Sunday Emerson Gullifer
VCA, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia
Trailer


Sunday Emerson Gullifer with award donor Michael Waldleitner


The Jury:
"Filled with well-drawn characters and both funny and dramatic moments, this clever screenplay makes deft comment on the absurdity of the subjugation of women through its use of a theatrical production as metaphor."

2016

THE BURDEN OF MEMORY

by Albert Meisl
University of Music and Performing Arts Wien, Austria


Michael Waldleitner, Angela Waldleitner and director Albert Meisl


The Jury:
"Mr. Szabo and Mr. Fitzthum; an inventive and expertly timed encounter of the unusual kind. The film THE BURDEN OF MEMORY is full of smart humour, self-deprecating irony and precise situational comedy. With a delight in exaggeration, lots of contrast and interpersonal compilations, we are in for twenty wonderful minutes of movie-watching."

 

Special Mention

Kirsikka Saari for
AFTER THE REUNION

Aalto University/ ELO Film School Helsinki, Finland


Michael Waldleitner with Kirsikka Saari

The Jury:
"A special mention for best screenplay goes to a reduced, original and deep drama that takes place in everyday life and shows an authentic but struggling character being true to herself. The film’s story is universal and touching, which is also achieved by the convincing dialogues."

2015

EMERGENCY EXIT

by Vladimir Tagić
Faculty of Dramatic Arts Belgrad, Serbia
Trailer

emergency exit
Prof. Janko Baljak with Michael Waldleitner

The Jury:
"At the beginning we laughed. And we were thankful. Laughter means letting go. Even, as in EMERGENCY EXIT, things seem to revolve around grotesque bureaucracy and a stolen first aid kit. If it’s well-written, our laughter muscles and emotions get moving. Good comedies are always tragedies, too - a truism but difficult to make. Vladimir Tagić has written a witty and original screenplay. By setting simple dialogue and action slightly outside of expected social norms, he succeeds in showing us the violence between people in everyday life. Simple. Brilliant. Images that stick with us. Words for an invisible, intangible feeling of the increasing brutalization in day-to-day society – not political crisis situations or terrorist threats. By the housewife’s front door monologue, at the latest, this Serbian Absurdistan becomes a universal one. And we keep laughing louder and louder in the vortex of this soft-spoken anarchistic vicious circle in which smoking is prohibited, a man would rather do without his hearing aid, and another man for whom going shopping is no more than a slap in the face. Just before the end we really let loose and laugh and are wonderfully vulnerable for the moment in which our laughter sticks in our throats. Too late for the emergency exit." 

2014

Barbara Ott for
SUNNY

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Ludwigsburg, Germany

 

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Special Mention

Pedro Collantes for
SERORI

Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

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Festival jury:
SERORI by Pedro Collantes describes an encounter between a woman with a broken heart and a much younger man who has never been in love with both elegance and sensitivity.  We were very impressed by the various shades and tones ranging from humor to violence,  from romantic comedy to dark drama. The script is remarkable for its rhythm, charm and sophistication.

2013

Marc Schlegel for
THE FUNERAL OF HARALD KRAMER (DAS BEGRÄBNIS DES HARALD KRAMER)

Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Wien, Austria

 

 

Festival jury:
"Comedy is one of the hardest genres. THE FUNERAL OF HARALD KRAMER is funny, full of dark humor and brilliant dialogue. Marc Schlegel twisted and turned every detail und put it together into a smart and surprising story. It is an accomplished screenplay and left absolutely nothing to chance."

2012

Michael Alalu for
HOW I KILLED RABIN (EICH RATSACHTI ET RABIN)

Sam Spiegel Film &Television School Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

Festival jury:
"Set against the tragic background of a political assassination, HOW I KILLED RABIN is a very personal story about a young outsider's coming of age and first love. Michael Alalu's screenplay is captivating because of its endearing characters, its heartwarming humanity and because it strikes a perfect balance between gravity and delightful humor. This touching film makes us want to see more, such as a feature film debut by this talented writer-director."

2011

Grzegorz Jaroszuk for
FROZEN STORIES (OPOWIESCI Z CHLODNI)

PWSFT, Lódz, Poland

 

 

Jury:
"Slow paced, uniquely funny, perfectly casted, well acted and truly innovative in it's conception, this film tells the story of two young people in search of their place in life. FROZEN STORIES is a beautiful short by a promising director heading towards a great future."

2010

Janaína Marques Ribeiro and Pablo Arellano Tintó for
THE MINUTES, THE HOURS (LOS MINUTOS, LAS HORAS)

Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), Cuba

 

 

Jury:
"The jury awards THE MINUTES, THE HOURS the Best Screenplay Award to celebrate its humanistic storytelling. We honor the filmmaker and her co-author for their work using simple scenes revealing the complex and poetic relationship between mother and daughter."

2009

Yaelle Kayam for
DIPLOMA

The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

Die Jury:
"From father to brother, from brother to sister. A dramatic change in a silent story."

2008

Reto Caffi und Philippe Zweifel for
ON THE LINE

Kunsthochschule für Medien, Köln, Germany

 

 

2007

Matevz Luzar for
ALMOST SIX FEET TOO DEEP

Akademija za gledalisce, radio, film in televizijo, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

 

Jury:
"We are in the middle of the microcosm of a small Slovenian village west of Ljubljana: The events that are bound to happen here are so cleverly written, so wittily constructed and so originally funny, that we as a jury felt highly entertained in the most extraordinary way for the whole 19 minutes. The film deals with life's most profound subjects: It's about death; it's about hate; it's about envy, and it's about oppression - but in this wonderfully life-affirming screenplay it's all handled with some very nice tricks and twists. "

2006

Michael Dreher for
FAIR TRADE

Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

 

 

Die Jury:
"FAIR TRADE erzählt eine ungewöhnliche Geschichte mit gut herausgearbeiteten Charakteren. Das Drehbuch befasst sich sowohl mit Immigration und Menschenhandel, als auch mit dem Nord-Süd-Konflikt. Trotz seiner Kürze zeichnet sich der Film durch epische Größe aus, vermeidet dabei aber Stereotypen und Sentimentalität. "

2005

Kike Maillo for
PAVLOV'S DOG

Luis Segura, ESCAC Barcelona, Spain

 

 

2004

Idan Hubel for
HENNA (PLEADING)

Sam Spiegel Film &Television School Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

2003

Mihal Brezis und Oded Binnun for
ONEG SHABAT

Sam Spiegel Film &Television School Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

Winners Script-Prize 1992 - 2002

2002

Jens Jonsson for
K-G FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE (K-G I NÖD OCH LUST)

Dramatiska Institute Högskola för Film, Radio, Television & Theater, Stockholm, Sweden

2001

Stein Stäle Berg for
HIMMELSTORMEREN

DNF

2000

Björn Abelson for
HAPPY BIRTHDAY

DI

1999

Pia Gradvall for
STORA E SMA MIRAKEL

DI

1998

Keren Margalit for
YELED ALA KEFAK

Sam Spiegel Film &Television School Jerusalem, Israel

1997

Damien de Pierpont for
MENTEUR

Institut National Supérieur des Arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion, Brüssel, Belgium

1996

Jonas Elmer and Thomas Rostock for
DEBUT

DDF

1995

Michael Horsten and Henrik Genz for
OMVEJE

DDF

1994

Natia Gogochuri and Nunu Mataradze for
GARIGEBA

GSITF

1993

Perti Leppä for
KARAVAANI

UIAH

1992

Auli Mantila for
NALKA

UIAH

 

since 1997

Sponsor: The magazine 'Film & TV Kameramann'

Prize: € 2,000

2017

THE SOUND OF WINTER

by Tizian Büchi
IAD, Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Belgium
Trailer


THE SOUND OF WINTER did win the Student Camera Award and the ARRI-Award 2017. In the picture DoP Camille Sultan and both prize donors. From left: Festival director Diana Iljine, Angela Reedwisch (ARRI), Camille Sultan, Timo Landsiedel (Film & TV Kameramann).

 

The Jury:
"In THE SOUND OF WINTER the camera melds seamlessly with the storytelling. It is it´s most important ally. It is atmospheric, impressive, inspiring and was so close to the protagonists that we had the feeling, that we get to know the „Yeti“ personally without overstepping personal boundaries. Thank you for those wonderful pictures of poesie and cheerful, clear sentiment. "

2016

HOMEWORK

by Annika Pinske
Camera: Ben Bernhard
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Germany
Trailer


Ben Bernhard with award donor Timo Landsiedel

The Jury:
"A strong, emotional story about father and daughter relationship, shown in unexpected settings, with beautiful camera work and photography. The filmmakers managed to find unconventional angles and beautifully composed pictures that support the storyline. In such a short time it shows more about love, trust and relations than some feature films."

2015

WADA' (PREDICTION)

by Khaled Mzher
Camera: Alexander Hasskerl
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Germany

 

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The Jury:
"Cinematography is much more powerful when it doesn't set out to be a quest for perfection - or just an illustration of the script. Images can lead us to places that can't be reached by words. In WADA’, the character lacks words to express his feelings, so the cinematographer has chosen sensitively to let us enter in those moments of life with shots that do not force emotions on us but allow them time to arise. It's Berlin today but from a perspective never seen before. In every frame we perceive visually that the Berlin of the protagonist is haunted by Syria, by both its beauty and its violence."

2014

Falko Lachmund for
SUNNY

directed by Barbara Ott
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany

 

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Festival jury:
"A young man with a baby clutched under one arm and loaded down with shopping bags runs into an apartment and we run with him. We scream along with him into his own baby's face. We cry. We are afraid with him. Director of Photography Falko Lachmund's images propel us into the life and emotional world of this young man on the hard edge of society. What he shows us is not the stereotype grey in grey of the underprivileged. He uses his lens to provide us with honest and compassionate, powerfully colorful and high-contrast insights into the soul of a human being.  And that is what makes great movies."

2013

Jan-Marcello Kahl for
DON'T HIT THE GROUND (NICHT DEN BODEN BERÜHREN)

directed by Mia Spengler
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany

 

 

Festival jury:
"The cinematography is very much in tune with the story especially in terms of capturing time and atmosphere. Jan-Marcello Kahl did an excellent job. His camera goes with the protagonist and so do we. He manages to capture the look and feel of the 90s without being overly stylish. The lighting is always realistic but never bleak or cheerless. The colors are luminescent and have a brilliance that is either optimally appropriate to the action or counteracts it, providing a balance that prevents the film's subject matter from becoming too depressing."

2012

Friede Clausz for
TEARDROP

directed by Damian John Harper
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, München, Deutschland
Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" (HFF/P), Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany

 

 

Festival jury:
"TEARDROP is a successful example of the effective use of POV shots (also called subjective camera) in films. The vivid images of Friede Clausz force us to see things from a young gang member's point of view, pulling us right into the brutal action and having us feel the enormous pressure on the protagonist in a very merciless and physical way. The camera work is excellent in both its conception and execution. Hats off!"

2011

Jakob Stark for
GUAÑAPE SUR

directed by János Richter
ZeLIG Schule für Dokumentarfilm, Fernsehen und Neue Medien, Bozen, Italy

Jury:
"The outstanding quality of Jakob Stark's camerawork on GUANAPE SUR lies not only in the beauty of the images. The contemplative cinematography and the graphic structure of the images show and underline the complex relation between men and nature portrayed by the film."

2010

Till Girke for
GÖMBÖC

directed by Ulrike Vahl
Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" (HFF/P), Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany

Jury:
"Distances and empty spaces, bleached colors and human figures trying to make connections with each other and their surroundings: the Award for Cinematography in a German Film goes to GÖMBÖC for its artful framing. This film has not only a look; it has a world view."

2009

Sayak Bhattacharya for
GERM

directed by Snehal R. Nair
Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kalkutta, India

Jury:
"GERM is not only photography; it is photography of photography. GERM reminds us of the great days of black and white neorealist photography. "

2008

Gabriel Sandru for
ONE DAY AND NOTHING (UN DIA Y NADA)

directed by Lorenz Merz
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Fachrichtung Film, Switzerland

2007

Nikita Rozhdestvensky for
TANGO CAMISA

directed by Saida Kurpesheva
Gosudarstvenji Universitet Kino i Televidenija, Sankt Petersburg, Russia

 

 

Jury:
"For an accurate and precise work of cinematography which delicately portrays realistic and truthful moments of fantasy, for creating movement and rhythm for the film in a very sensual way while breaking the rules of traditional tango and in turn creating an original and inspiring interpretation, we award TANGO CAMISA with the Student Camera Award for Best Cinematography."

2006

Radek Ładczuk for
MELODRAMAT

directed by Filip Marczewski
Panstwowa Wyzsza Szkola Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatraina Lodz, Poland

2005

Magnus Nordenhof Jønck for
AFREJSEN

directed by Louise Friedberg
Den Danske Filmskole, Kopenhagen, Denmark

2004

Piotr Niemyjski for
FAJNIE, ZU JESTES

directed by Jan Komasa
Panstwowa wyzsza szkola filmowa, telewizyjna i teatralna, Lodz, Poland

2003

Martijn van Broekhuizen for
UNTERTAGE

directed by Jiska Rickels
Nederlandse Film en Televisie Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2002

Kolja Raschke for
AM SEE

directed by Ulrike von Ribbeck
Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Germany

2001

Sibylle Grunze for
ICH WERDE DICH AUF HÄNDEN TRAGEN

directed by Iain Dilthey
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany

2000

Alexander du Prel for
IST GUT JETZT

directed by Frank Nesemann
Hamburger Film Werkstatt, Hamburg, Germany

1999

Busso von Müller for
BEVOR DER TAG ANBRICHT

directed by Züli Aladag
KHM Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Germany

and

Erik Krambeck for
14-1 ENDLOS

directed by Carsten Fiebeler
Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf", Potsdam, Germany

1998

Jutta Pohlmann for
HALBERSTADT

directed by Achim von Borries
dffb Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Germany

1997

Mihail Sarbusca for
MARIA

directed by Einar Heimisson, Calin Peter Netzer
ATF Academia de Teatru si Film, Bukarest, Romania

 

Sponsor: Panther

Prize: The winner (student of a European filmschool) is provided a complete line of Panther's state-of-the-art dolly equipment for a period of four weeks (worth € 5,000)

2017

ABOUT THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

by Janne J. Vanhanen
TAMK, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, School of Art Music and Media, Finland
Trailer


Director Janne J. Vanhanen with Festival director Diana Iljine and Andreas Fitz (Panther)

The Panther-Award Jury (Lydia Bittl, Andy Fitz, Christopher Schuller):
"Worst fears of a quiet farmer father come true as his teenage son has an accident with a girl. A quick trip to the pharmacy is needed to save the situation. Everything doesn't go as planned, however. To see how this short, but great story evolves convinced the jury. An excellent direction and the good staging of the actors are remarkable. The good camera work completes the overall picture."

2016

[OUT OF FRA]ME

by Sophie Linnenbaum
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Germany


Director Sophie Linnenbaum with Panther award donor Andreas Fitz

The Panther-Award Jury (Lydia Bittl, Andy Fitz, Christopher Schuller):
"The jury was persuaded by the way the film shows what is not visible. The outstanding directing and effective staging of the actors was very convincing. The praiseworthy cinematography rounds out the whole picture."

2015

HERMAN THE GERMAN


by Michael Binz
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Germany

 

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Producer Maike Drinhausen

The Panther-Award Jury (Lydia Bittl, Andy Fitz, Christopher Schuller):
"The film amused the jury with its witty narrative style. The numerous effective gags keep the audience curious to the end as to how Herman will come to grips with his predicament. The excellent directing as well as the superb use of lighting gave the film a very professional look. The overall production value and the outstanding cinematography also contributed considerably in impressing the jury." 

2014

THE DANDELION (LE PISSENLIT)

directed by Sophie-Clémentine Dubois
Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et Techniques de Diffusion Brussels, Belgium

 

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Panther-Preis-Jury:
The film by Sophie-Clémentine Dubois is the story of a restaurant owner who is about to go broke. His employees, however, refuse to give up and try the craziest things to come up with the money needed to avert the bankruptcy. When the branch manager of their bank shows up in the restaurant, events take an unexpected and deliciously humorous turn. DANDELION amused us with its black humor and original narrative style. The excellent lighting was particularly impressive and both the first-rate camera work and the outstanding direction were decisive in our selecting it for this year's Panther Prize.

2013

THE FUNERAL OF HARALD KRAMER (DAS BEGRÄBNIS DES HARALD KRAMER)

directed by Marc Schlegel
Producer: Philipp Grandits
Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Austria

 

 

Panther-Preis-Jury:
"Marc Schlegel's film tells the story of a man who is forced to endure his own funeral. Harald Kramer was mistakenly declared dead. This black comedy focuses on a loving father and husband who has to go through the most horrifying experience one can imagine and on top of that discovers very bizarre family secrets. The entire film, but especially its interesting narrative technique and its humor, captivated the jury. They were struck particularly by the directing and the lighting. Both Anselm Hartmann's excellent camera work and Marc Schlegel's masterful direction are very impressive indeed."

2012

COWBOYS AND INDIANS (COWBOY UND INDIANER)

directed by Jan-Gerrit Seyler
Producer: Annika Steffens
Hamburg Media School, Hamburg, Germany

 

 

Jury:
"Jan-Gerrit Seyler's film depicts the emotional pain of a mother whose son, a soldier in the German army, was killed in Afghanistan. When she is visited by his oldest friend, David, memories of their childhood come flooding back to her, setting off a dramatic process of grieving. The film captivated the jury by the way in which the mother's anguish was conveyed visually. The excellent directing is particularly striking, as is the skilled use of lighting. The jury was impressed by Thomas Förster's outstanding cinematography as well as the direction, both highlights of the film as a whole."

2011

VIKI FICKI

directed by Natalie Spinell
Producer: Christina Christ
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Munich, Germany

 

 

Jury:
"Natalie Spinell's film illustrates the problems of a young girl. Viki has a very flashy mother who is the source of constant embarrassment to her at school - and, for that reason, Viki´s only girlfriend. VIKI FICKI is a rollercoaster ride about this relationship. The jury was impressed by the interesting story and coherent plot and found both Spinell's directing and the cinematography by Jenny Bräuer outstanding."

2010

DANIEL'S ASHES (DANIELS ASCHE)

directed by Boris Kunz
Producer : Magdalena Rathmann / Kaissar Film, a coproduction with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), Germany

 

 

Jury:
"Boris Kunz' film shows the different points of view of two families on funerals. The story is profound yet told with plenty of Bavarian humor and is reminiscent of the high quality of certain recent German box office successes. The jury was particularly impressed by the mise-en-scène and Martin Niklas' outstanding camera work."

2009

SOFT SKILLS

directed by Max Fey
Producer: Arbia-Magdalena Said and Henning Kruse
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), Germany

 

 

Jury:
"What should Paul do? Should he look away and concentrate on advancing his career or should he intervene on behalf of someone else and show his true strength by demonstrating his "Soft Skills"? The film's impact is due in great part to the finely tuned performances of actors Laurens Walter and Jennifer Fey. DoP Thorsten Harms' purposefully jolting tracking shots give the audience the feeling they're right in the middle of the action. Director Max Fey puts his directing skills to good use in focusing on moral courage in everyday life. Standing up for others, helping people whether they're total strangers or people one knows well. Saying something when everyone else is afraid to - that can take a great deal of courage. And it can be troublesome or even dangerous. But it is rewarding as well."

2008

AUF DER STRECKE

directed by Reto Caffi
Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne, Germany

and

DER VERDACHT

directed by Felix Hassenfratz
Producer: Mathias Casanova
Internationale Filmschule, Cologne, Germany

 

 

 

2007

MILAN

directed by Michaela Kezele
Producer: Kathrin Geyh and Daniela Ljubinkovic
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), Germany

 

 

Jury:
"MILAN deals with the story of two brothers set against the backdrop of the war in Yugoslavia. While the older brother dies in a hospital - a bombing raid has caused an electrical blackout - the younger brother, while playing hide and seek, finds a wounded American pilot and saves his life. Director Michaela Kezele shows the total absurdity of war and its consequences for innocent civilians in serene yet realistic images and in doing so asks fundamental questions about the efficacy of wars. The film's mood as well as its extraordinary examination of the nature of war both moved and convinced the jury in a matter of minutes."

2006

FAIR TRADE

directed by Michael Dreher
Producer: Michael Dreher, Karim Debbagh, Boris Jendreyko and Thomas Klimmer
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), Germany

 

 

2005

PROJECTIONS

directed by Boris Schaarschmidt
Producer: Boris Schaarschmidt and Michaela Ullmann
FHD Dortmund, Germany

2004

NEVER EVEN (NIE SOLO SEIN)

directed by Jan Schomburg
Producer: Benedikt Ritter
KHM Köln, Germany

 

2003

FRAGILE

directed by Sikander Goldau
Producer: Hamid Baroua, Sikander Goldau and Michael Polle
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), Germany

 

2002

ALLES ANDERS

directed by Ina Weisse
Producer: Susanne Spellitz
Hamburger Filmwerkstatt, Germany

 

Sponsor:Interfilm Akademie München

Prize: € 1,500

2017

MAMMA

by Julia Lindström
DNF, The Norwegian Film School
Trailer


Julia Lindström wit the jury members: Sapir Heller, Tim Seyfi, Julia Lindström, Dr. Peter Marinković


The Interfilm Jury:
"MAMMA is a powerful story of three women, (respectively girls) on their quest for living a so-called normal life. A grandmother, a mother and her daughter. All still young. They are seeking freedom and independance. Love and desire. Devotion and attention. These challenges turn to be quite difficult while thy’re facing the inconvenient reality full of responsibility in a mediocre environment. Julia Lindström reveals us that the patterns of behavior of any generation can be inherited by the following one. Irrespective of culture and society, history repeats itself. The fine directing of Julia Lindström displays the inner turmoil of Amanda, her main character, with beautiful realism, unpretentious details and limited dialogues while trusting in the power of her story. Julia Lindström, we are looking forward to being delighted by your movies to come. " 

2015

DO YOU EVEN KNOW...

by Arthur Lecouturier
Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Belgium
Trailer

do you even know

The Interfilm Jury (Pfarrer Eckart Bruchner, Galina Antoschewskaja, Ileana Cosmovici, Dr. Peter Marinkovic):
"After the sudden and unexpected death of her boyfriend, Alexandra, who is pregnant, has six days to decide whether or not to have the baby. At first she seems intent on having an abortion. She has six days to make a decision. Arthur Lecouturier focuses on a fundamental anthropological problem and opens an ethical discourse that is relevant in all cultures. He provides food for thought without becoming moralistic or prejudging any decision. The plot remains surprising. The audience is challenged to make its own virtual decision. Lecouturier succeeds in showing us loneliness and speechlessness with subtle imagery and portrays what the protagonist is going through with great sensitivity and authenticity. The excellent casting, lighting and the reduced colors are also worthy of praise. Congratulations on an unpretentious film rich with symbolism, intimate and yet never voyeuristic." 

2014

DESERTED (NIVUT GOLEM)

directed by Yoav Hornung
Tel Aviv University, Israel

 

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Interfilm-Jury:
DESERTED is a parable about an encounter between a Bedouin and a girl in the Israeli army who has lost her rifle in the desert. The film shows how fear, prejudice and ruthless ambition not only impede dialog between cultures but lead to lies, hatred and isolation. DESERTED calls upon us to question our goals and the means we use to achieve them. "Ruthless ambition and fear are the enemies of interculturel dialog." A Special Mention goes to SOLIDARITY by Dustin Brown: With remarkable sensitivity, this film shows how lonely illegal immigrants are and how that leads to their being exploited even more.

 

Special Mention:

SOLIDARITY

directed by Dustin Brown
Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, USA

 

solidarity

 

Interfilm-Jury:
With remarkable sensitivity, this film shows how lonely illegal immigrants are and how that leads to their being exploited even more.

 

2013

THE FUNERAL OF HARALD KRAMER (DAS BEGRÄBNIS DES HARALD KRAMER)

directed by Marc Schlegel
Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna, Austria

 

 

Interfilm-Jury:
"A philosopher of old once said: 'Death smiles on all men; the only thing a man can do in return is to smile back.' This is precisely the thrust of the film by Marc Schlegel THE FUNERAL OF HARALD KRAMER. The film manages to mix irony, sarcasm, cultural anthropology and cross-cultural communication in a peculiarly volatile mix. And not only that. In an artistically impeccable way it blurs the lines between life and death making death just another universally applicable option for mankind. In regards to death, the work of Marc Schlegel focuses on what is human. Whether we embrace the worldview of the decadent Christian West, shamanism, the simplistic perspective of the undertaker, or any other worldview - we are all confronted with death, and that makes us all equal. The question is: How do we respond to death? Marc Schlegel invites us to smile back at death. Shall we?"

2012

PARVANEH
directed by Talkhon Hamzavi
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zürich, Switzerland

 

 

Jury:
"In a precarious situation, Parvaneh, a young Afghan woman seeking political asylum in Switzerland, meets a Zurich girl her age from a 'good family'. Despite the preconceptions they have of each other, they become friends. The subtle portrayal of Parvaneh, in particular the leading actress' performance, creates a great amount of empathy for people from different cultures."

2011

BARRIERS (HASIMOT)

directed by Golan Rise
Ma'aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts (MSTFA), Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

Jury:
"HASIMOT (BARRIERS) uses an incident at a checkpoint to demonstrate how complicated and extreme the hostility between Israel and Palestine is. It does so exemplary and dramatically. The excellent screenplay challenges the world to think more intensely about this conflict that has already been going on for decades and to finally find a just solution."

2010

DANIEL'S ASHES (DANIELS ASCHE)

directed by Boris Kunz
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), Germany

 

 

Jury:
"Boris Kunz has made a superb film about the various rituals involved in a family taking leave of a young man. It focuses on the archaic aesthetic and ethical conflicts of two generations and their worldviews as well as on different attitudes toward love, death, the truth and sincerity."

2009

DIPLOMA

directed by Yaelle Kayam
The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

Jury:
"The 2009 Prix Interculturel goes to the Israeli film DIPLOMA by Yaelle Kayam. Because of a nighttime celebration of Jewish settlers in Hebron, a curfew is put into effect with the result that Ayat, a young Palestinian girl, will not be allowed to go to her graduation ceremony and pick up her diploma. She and her younger brother try anyway. In order to avoid Israeli military patrols, they take narrow alleys and cross rooftops. But they are stopped and their best attempts to convince their captors are in vain. Yaelle Kayam's screenplay and direction are professional in the most positive sense. Her film reveals the open wounds that exist in her country as exemplified by the conflicts between Israeli and Palestinians in Hebron. We wish both Israeli and Palestinian film communities continued intercultural dialog of this high quality."

2008

WOLFY

directed by Matevz Luzar
University of Lubljana, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, Lubljana, Slovenia

 

 

2007

PADAM...

directed by Jose Manuel Carrasco
Escuela de Cinematografia y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid (ESCAC), Spain

 

 

Jury:
"Pilar and Stipe meet through a partner agency in Madrid. The lonely Spanish woman searches for a lasting relationship and the young Croatian is only interested in marriage for citizenship. The short meeting goes blow by blow: Through excellent dramatization, notably surprising character interaction and humorous dialogue, the audience experiences a fast-paced exchange of emotion between damaged pride and flirtation, prejudice, humiliation, frustration and hope. In his straightforward, wonderfully focused film, the director depicts how both protagonists despite their somewhat flawed characteristic and cultural differences, repeatedly come closer to each other and find a very special connection together."

 

2006

LION

directed by Adam Pilkington
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, USA

 

2005

BILINGUAL

directed by Chamoun Issa
National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield (NFTS), United Kingdom

 

 

since 2008

Sponsor: Nagelschneider Stiftung

1st Prize: € 5,000

2nd Prize: € 3,000

3rd Prize: € 1,000

2017



1. Prize: REAL NEWS
by Fabian Carl
HFF München, Germany

The Climate-Clips-Jury:
"A reporter for TV show REAL NEWS travels - via virtual TV studio - to 3 climate zones of the earth to rebuke the claims of climate change, to the Antarctic, to the Amazon and the Pacific. These artificially staged "fake news" are commented on with the motto "Not all fake news are that obvious" - referring to the reality show of a certain U.S. President, who denies the obvious, like all climate change deniers: "Climate change is." Instead, we are urged to "Act now". The Jury congratulates the First Place Prizewinner on the top-notch execution of this satirical idea, sarcastically exposing those who seek to manipulate us through false imagery."

2. Prize: A WORLD UNSEEN
by Kim Kreiser
UdK Berlin, Germany

The Climate-Clips-Jury:
"The world in times of Globalization: Through a rapid barrage of images of high-rises, airplanes, escalators, mobile phones, our 2nd Place Winner juxtaposes acceleration and digitalization of life with the serene voice of creation, the sound of the woods, rivers and lakes and their denizens. A world threatened with irrevocable doom, faced with the ruthless exploitation of all natural resources by humans, who seem to have lost all relationship to creation and our origins. Its acoustic accompaniment and intense voice-over make this clip an impressive memento mori and an admonishment to try and turn back this clock, which the Jury also supports with heartfelt congratulations."

3. Prize: OFFICE FISH
by Benjamin Vornehm
HFF München, Germany

The Climate-Clips-Jury:
"At an internationally staffed, globally active conglomerate, various employees from different parts of the world meet up, including ones from unusual places, which you can consider "climate migrants". So our fictional Office Fish – once an ocean dweller – whose former home, a woodland lake, had to make way for a modern office complex. Once mutated into a – barely recognizeable – co-worker, he almost feels at home. The clip accompanies the first person narrator in short scenes, depicting the work environment, atmosphere and adaptation to unusual forms of living. Only a big water basin and a photo remind the protagonist of his origins and family. An amazing and convincing rendition of the themes of loss home, migration and destruction of nature all at once, which the Jury congratulates on winning Third Prize. "

2016


Gisela Scola, Nagelschneider Foundation, Brigitte Bruns, jury member, Steffen Rodewoldt, producer of winning shortfilm ETERNAL SUMMER, Elvira Blumfelde, director of third placed short YO MAMA, Benjamin Pfohl, director of the winning film ETERNAL SUMMER, Blagovest Danov, director of the second placed short THE END and Beatrice Scola, Nagelschneider Foundation

1. Prize: ETERNAL SUMMER
by Benjamin Pfohl
HFF München, Germany

The Climate-Clips-Jury:
"Heat changes our planet into a no-go-area, people can survive only with the help of technology. An urgent call for action: “Stop global warming”. The Jury congratulates the winner of the 1st prize on creating virtuous images for this scenario in no more than one and a half minutes. A contrast to all the nice clips under the same title in the internet."

 

2. Prize: THE END
by Blagovest Danov
National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Climate-Clips-Jury:
"No room for overwhelming plastic garbage on this planet? There seems to be only one solution: to find exterritorial places to get rid of it, and give new life to human existence, animals and plants. The Jury enjoyed in vividly animated pictures and the touch of humor in light of one of the great problems of our modern civilization. Congratulations to the 2nd prize winner!"

 

3. Prize: YO MAMA
by Elvira Blumfelde
University of Applied Sciences, Tampere School of Art and Media, Finland

The Climate-Clips-Jury:
"Public toilets are a place for communication for young men: to chat non-stop with another guest about everything and nothing, like Lady Gaga and Yo Mama Jokes, known from the internet in their ironic manner: What's wrong with climate change? Common sense in the clean atmosphere of public toilets. To the Jury, the use of the popular genre for a caricature of public ignorance seems a very original idea. We congratulate the 3rd prize winner."

2015

climate clips
Christian Ricken and Moritz Rautenberg (1. Prize for SWEATY SANTA), Jury Member Gisela Scola, Benjamin Leichtenstern (3. Prize for ANGIE BABY), Miguel Villares (2. Prize for MASTERPIECE) and Jury Member Brigitte Bruns

Winner: SWEATY SANTA
by Moritz Rautenberg & Christian Ricken
HFF München

The Climate-Clips-Jury (Beatrice Scola, Gisela Scola, Brigitte Bruns):
"It’s Christmas Eve. Santa Claus - ‘ dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot’ - and his sleigh of reindeer are flying through the sky. Children in America are waiting for him to come down their chimneys with presents. But – thanks to global warming – they’re in for a big surprise! The clip plays with cherished traditions in regard to worldwide climate change and poses serious questions about global warming in a humorous way. The jury was impressed by the idea, its implementation and its brevity. Congratulations!"

2. Prize: MASTERPIECE
by Miguel Villares
Miami AD School Madrid

"With short shots of war crimes and catastrophes, MASTERPIECE warns us of the total annihilation of the planet. The media diverts our attention to sensational incidents instead of focusing on the causes of what could very well bring about the deaths of billions of people. The jury was impressed by how news shots were succinctly intercut with man-made climate change and how those consequences were invoked in the narration. Congratulations!"

3. Prize: ANGIE BABY
by Benjamin Leichtenstern
HFF München

"Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barak Obama are sitting on a wooden bench enjoying the beautiful Alpine panorama during the G7 summit meeting at Castle Elmau in 2015. The clip pokes fun at how little is really being done – politically and financially - about climate change and how politicians tend to put off long-term global problems. The jury appreciated the use of satire and caricature and found it both entertaining and effective. Congratulations!" 

2014

SCALE (TARAZOO)

directed by Amin Rahbar
Azad University of Central Tehran, Iran

 

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The Climate Clips jury:
Amin Rahbar's enchanting animated film SCALE (in Farsi TARAZOO), shows us the dramatic changes industrialization has wrought upon our planet. Our transformation from an agricultural society to today's skyscraper-studded megacities is brought to life by the sophisticated and original use of an old and relatively simple technique: paper cutouts. In just one and a half minutes, the clip illustrates how drastically our environment has changed, the severe damage that has been done to it and the current consequences such as climate change. The jury congratulates Amin Rahbar on the successful artistic and technical realization of his film.

2013

BREATHTAKING (ATEMBERAUBEND)

directed by Andreas Bruns
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany

 

 

The Climate Clips jury:
"BREATHTAKING by Andreas Bruns does indeed, particularly at the very end, take our breath away by totally changing the context of a game that children play all over the world. In only one minute it very dramatically shows the consequences of what will happen to our planet if we continue to ignore climate change and sustainable energy and especially what that will mean for our children. The jury was impressed by the simplicity of the concept as well as the clip's visual brilliance."

2012

HOT & BOTHERED

directed by Giannina LaSalvia
London Film School, United Kingdom

 

 

The Climate Clips jury:
"HOT & BOTHERED derives its humor, comic charm and irony from the desperate attempts of its protagonists in dealing with the consequences of climate change. The clip raises the issue of the urgency in finding solutions and takes it to the extreme. The jury was impressed and convinced by the wit and levity of the well-executed and entertaining gags."

2011

KURT'S FINE (AM KURT GEHT'S GUAD)

directed by Uta Bodenstein
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

 

 

The Climate Clips jury:
"KURT'S FINE uses a good dose of humor and satire to show us that renewable energy can indeed be profitable. It handles complex content playfully and on various levels, but above all the film points the way to innovative solutions that improve the quality of our lives. The jury found it entertaining, persuasive and technically well-made."

2010

TECHNOLOGIES (TECHNOLOGIEN)

directed by Frederike Wagner and Tina Teucher
Internationale Sommeruniversität (ISU), Berlin/Santiago de Chile

 

 

The Climate Clips jury:
"Frederike Wagner and Tina Teucher succeed in depicting the triumph of new technologies in the renewable energy sector in less than two minutes. Their clip uses irony and creative editing in contrasting negative statements by erstwhile opponents with images and positive statistics that prove just how wrong they were. The jury found it concise and exceptionally persuasive. We congratulate the winners of the 3rd Climate Clip Award!"

2009

THE OTHERS (DIE ANDEREN)

directed by Laura Geiger and Holger Kettner
Beuth Hochschule für Technik, Berlin, Germany

 

 

The Climate Clips jury:
"With irony, satire, and rapidly changing camera angles, THE OTHERS by Laura Geiger and Holger Kettner shows how we waste energy every day in a household setting and sets us straight. A complex topic is dealt with substantively and with impressive technical finesse in less than a minute. We congratulate the winners of the 2nd Climate Clips Award!"

2008

EISBLUME

directed by Katharina Wyss
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin

 

 

since 2012

Sponsor: Brewery Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in Munich

1st Prize: € 5,000

2nd Prize: € 3,000

3rd Prize: € 1,000

 

2017


The winners of HOFBRÄU TROPHY 2017 with Anja Bierwisch of Hofbräu München. From left: Isabelle Konrad, Anja Bierwisch, Dora Filipović, Bojan Brbora, Sophie Linnenbaum, Alexander Gratzer

 

1. Prize: HOFBRÄU MÜNCHEN - COMMERCIAL
by Dora Filipović
FDU, FDU Fakultet Dramskih Umetnosti, Serbia

2. Prize: DAMALS
by Isabelle Konrad
HFG Karlsruhe, Germany

3. Prize: ALWAYS AMAZING 1
by Sophie Linnenbaum & Alexander Gratzer
FUB, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Germany

2016


Anja Bierwisch (middle) and Dr. Michael Möller (right) from Hofbräu with the winners (winner Christoffer Borggren second from right)

1. Prize: HOFBRÄU – A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW
by Christoffer Borggren
Fachhochschule Salzburg, Austria

2. Prize: A GENIESSER
by Bernhard Wenger & Rupert Höller
University of Music and Performing Arts Wien, Austria

3. Prize: MY SUMMER LOVE
by Maximilian Sachsse
Athanor Akademie, Germany

2015

OUTER SPACE

by Moritz Rautenberg & Christian Ricken
HFF München

 

outer space
Christian Ricken and Moritz Rautenberg

The Hofbräu Jury:
"We don’t know how many people have had “close encounters of the third kind” in a pub. But that’s what happens in this year’s Hofbräu Trophy 2015 winning film OUTER SPACE by Moritz Rautenberg and Christian Ricken. “May the force be with us!” It seems “highly illogical” and yet “fascinating” that the aliens, who are technically far superior to us, choose a pub in the sticks as “undiscovered country” for their research into mankind. Even the man at the bar who is beamed up with his beer seems to be just a coincidence at first glance, if it weren’t for the beer: “We are Hofbräu Beer – Resistance is futile!” We don’t know who the aliens are, where they come from and what they plan to do with our beer. So “hailing frequencies are open!” This is Hofbräu München speaking: You do actually need a licence for our beer! However “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” And after all, the aliens have made absolutely the right choice. So we call out to them as intergalactic brand ambassadors: “Live long and prosper! Cheers and prosit!""

2014

THE EXPERIMENT (DAS EXPERIMENT)

directed by Andreas Irnstorfer
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

 

hbtrophy

 

Die Hofbräu-Jury:
Plato would not have been amused. He believed that true philosophers should not succumb to worldly pleasures. Immanuel Kant, on the other hand, postulated that beer and wine were among the earthly pleasures that stimulated and invigorated mankind. And Bavarian born philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach got to the heart of the matter. He wrote: "We are what we eat and drink. For body and soul are indivisble."  We agree. We would, however, like to emphasize one more aspect. We all enjoy drinking in good company. And what could be better than a conversation among friends who open their hearts and express their thoughts?  THE EXPERIMENT is imaginative and humorous and poses existential questions about the important things in life. And, to our great delight, it shows that a glass of beer can sometimes be what holds everything together. In this sense... Prosit! Cheers!

2013

CLOSE TO HEAVEN (EINFACH HIMMLISCH)

directed by Adrian Campean / Mateusz Smolka
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

 

 

Die Hofbräu-Jury:
"CLOSE TO HEAVEN is a sophisticated spot that shows Bavarian beer culture and the Munich lifestyle to perfection. It's raining beer. In Munich, beer is not just the most important basic foodstuff; it's a gift from heaven. In this case, underscored by the tones of a waltz, the precious liquid comes directly from an angel. This tops even the proverbial 'land of milk and honey'. CLOSE TO HEAVEN playfully shows the special relationship between celestial and terrestrial powers and the resulting Bavarian zest for life. Welcome to Heaven on Earth in Bavaria! Congratulations!"

2012

SUNDAYS (IMMER SONNTAGS)

directed by Yatri Niehaus
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany

 

 

Die Hofbräu-Jury:
"SUNDAYS by Yatri Niehaus combines the ethereal with atmospheric creativity, modernity and a certain tongue-in-cheek. The dramatic tension never lets up - and the spot reveals the product as if it were a third unobtrusive star. The commercial opens with alternating time lapse photography and slow motion sequences that reflect the dichotomy of industrialized civilization and unspoiled nature. Exciting from start to unexpected finish!"

Since 2016

Sponsor: Freundeskreis FILMFEST MÜNCHEN

Prize: € 1,500

2017

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

by Efim Graboy
TAU, The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Israel
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Winner Efim Graboy with Festival Director Diana Iljine

2016

[OUT OF FRA]ME

by Sophie Linnenbaum
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Germany


Two awards for Sophie Linnenbaum the Audience Award and the Panther Prize

 

 

Only in 2017

Sponsor: Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche Bavaria, Kirchenkreis München Oberbayern

1st Prize: € 7,500

2nd Prize: € 5,000

3rd Prize: € 3,000

2017


From left.: Fatih Tura (THE ORIGIN OF TROUBLE), Joren Molter (GREETINGS FROM KROPSDAM), Regionalbischöfin Susanne Breit-Keßler, Julia Lindström (MAMMA), festival director Diana Iljine, jury member Xaver Schwarzenberger

1st Prize: GREETINGS FROM KROPSDAM
by Joren Molter
NFA, Netherlands Film Academy
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2nd Prize: THE ORIGIN OF TROUBLE
by Tessa Louise Pope
NFA, Netherlands Film Academy
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3rd Prize: MAMMA
by Julia Lindström
DNF, The Norwegian Film School
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