Award winners 2017

Award Ceremony in the Photo Diary

Best Film:
VFF Young Talent Award

Sponsor: VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten mbH
Prize: 7,500 €


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."


Best Script:
Luggi Waldleitner-Award

Sponsor: Family Waldleitner
Prize: 3,000 €


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

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."


Best Documentary:

Sponsor: Arnold & Richter Cine Technik
Prize: 4,000 € worth of rental services by ARRI


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

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. "


Best Camera:
Student Camera Award

For students of a German language university
Sponsor: Film & TV Kameramann
Prize: 2,000 €


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

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. "


Best Animation:
zweiB Award

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


by Alexandru Petru Badelita
LF, Le Fresnoy, France

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…"



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


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

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. "


Best Production:

For students of a European university
Sponsor: Panther GmbH
Prize: Panther's state-of-the-art dolly equipment for a period of four weeks worth 5,000 €


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

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."


Prix Interculturel

Sponsor: Interfilm Akademie München
Prize: 1,500 €


by Julia Lindström
DNF, The Norwegian Film School

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. " 


Most original film:

Sponsor: Freundeskreis-Wolfgang-Längsfeld e.V.
Prize: 3,000 €


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

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! "


Reformation Award

Sponsor: Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Bayern, Kirchenkreis München Oberbayern
Prize: 1. Prize - 7,500 €, 2. Prize - 5,000 €, 3. Prize - 3,000 €

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

by Joren Molter
NFA, Netherlands Film Academy

by Tessa Louise Pope
NFA, Netherlands Film Academy

3rd Prize: MAMMA
by Julia Lindström
DNF, The Norwegian Film School


Audience Award

Sponsor: Freundeskreis FILMFEST MÜNCHEN
Prize: € 1,500


by Efim Graboy
TAU, The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Israel

Winner Efim Graboy with Festival Director Diana Iljine


Climate Clips Award

Sponsor: Nagelschneider Stiftung
Prize: 1. Prize - 5,000 €, 2. Prize - 3,000 €, 3. Prize - 1,000 €

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."

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."

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. "


Hofbräu Trophy

Sponsor: Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München
Prize: 1. Prize - 5,000 €, 2. Prize - 3,000 €, 3. Prize - 2,000 €

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


by Dora Filipović
FDU, FDU Fakultet Dramskih Umetnosti, Serbia

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

by Sophie Linnenbaum & Alexander Gratzer
FUB, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Germany