Award Winners 2012

 

BEST FILM - VFF YOUNG TALENT AWARD
(€ 7500; Sponsor: German Royalty Collecting Company of Film & TV Producers Ltd. (VFF))

SO IT GOES (KORSOTEORIA) directed by Antti Heikki Pesonen
ELO Film School, Helsinki, Finland

The festival jury
(Dennis Gansel (President), Katja Ferwagner, Rosalie Thomass, Lilian Corbeille, Marco Schmidt):
"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!"


 

SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY PRESIDENT

SNAILS! (CARGOLS!) directed by Geoffrey Cowper
ESCAC, Barcelona, Spain

Jury President Dennis Gansel:
"We all know that, at film festivals, the movies that are the most entertaining don't usually win prizes. Making a wildly imaginative B movie genre spoof, no matter how good it is, is all too often enough to be ignored by most juries. So it is my great pleasure to honor SNAILS by GEOFFREY COWPER with the Special Award of the Jury President. This is a highly entertaining movie with a lot of heart and hilarious ideas. Congratulations to a director with outstanding talent who we will certainly be hearing more about in the future. And since cold cash is always better than warm words I will be sending this donor-less award to Barcelona with a check for € 1000 along with the biggest bottle of good German wine we can find."


 

ARTE SHORT FILM PRIZE
(Sponsor: ARTE Television; Arte buys the broadcast rights to the film up to € 6.000)

LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME directed by Stephen Dunn
RUT, Toronto, Canada


The festival 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!"


 

MOST ORIGINAL FILM - WOLFGANG LÄNGSFELD AWARD
(€ 5000; Sponsor: Freundeskreis Wolfgang Längsfeld e.V.)

HOW I KILLED RABIN (EICH RATSACHTI ET RABIN) directed by Michael Alalu
Sam Spiegel Film &Television School Jerusalem, Israel

The jury of the Wolfgang Längsfeld Award
(Margrét Rún, Thomas Burnhauser, Enkelejd Lluca, Peter Zenk):
"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."


 

BEST DOCUMENTARY - ARRI AWARD
(ARRI Services worth € 4000; Sponsor: ARRI - Arnold & Richter Cine Technik)

DYING NOT PLANNED FOR (STERBEN NICHT VORGESEHEN) directed by Matthias Stoll
KHM Köln, Germany

The 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."


 

BEST SCREENPLAY - LUGGI WALDLEITNER AWARD
(€ 3000; Sponsor: the family of producer Luggi Waldleitner)

Michael Alalu for HOW I KILLED RABIN (EICH RATSACHTI ET RABIN)
Sam Spiegel Film &Television School Jerusalem, Israel

The 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."


 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - STUDENT CAMERA AWARD
for students of a German language university
(€ 1000; Sponsor: the magazine 'Film & TV Kameramann')

Friede Clausz for TEARDROP
(directed by Damian John Harper)
HFF Munich and HFF Potsdam, Germany

The 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!"


 

BEST PRODUCTION OF A GERMAN FILM - PANTHER PRIZE
(Sponsor: Panther; the winner is provided with a complete line of Panther's state-of-the-art dolly equipment for a period of four weeks (worth € 10,000))

COWBOYS AND INDIANS (COWBOY UND INDIANER) directed by Jan-Gerrit Seyler
Hamburg Media School, Hamburg, Germany
Produced by Annika Steffens / Hamburg Media School

The Panther Prize jury
(Andy Fitz, Christian Heinz, Christopher Schuller):
"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."


 

PRIX INTERCULTUREL for Best Film Fostering Intercultural Dialog
(€ 5000; Sponsor: Interfilm Academy Munich)

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

The Interfilm jury
(Eckart Bruchner, Galina Antoschewskaja, Bhagu T. Chellaney, Ileana Cosmovici, Franz Indra, Wang Ai Qun):
"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."


 

CLIMATE CLIPS AWARD
(€ 5000; Sponsor: Nagelschneider Foundation)

HOT & BOTHERED directed by Giannina LaSalvia
London Film School, UK

The Climate Clips jury
(Beatrice Scola, Brigitte Bruns, Monika Kijas):
"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."


 

HOFBRÄU TROPHY
for the best beer commercial
(5.000 €; Sponsor: Brewery Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München)

SUNDAYS directed by Yatri Niehaus
University of Television and Film Munich, Munich, Germany

The 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!"