Award Winners 2013

Best Film:
VFF YOUNG TALENT AWARD


Sponsor: German Royalty Collecting Company of Film & TV Producers Ltd. (VFF)
Prize: € 7500


What Makes Me Take The Train (CE QUI ME FAIT PRENDRE LE TRAIN)
directed by Pierre Mazingarbe
Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France

 

 

The festival jury (Suri Krishnamma (President) (UK), Dunja Bialas (Germany), Alice Dwyer (Germany), Tia Kalenius (Finland), Theo Tsappos (Sweden):


"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."

ARTE SHORT FILM PRIZE


Sponsor: ARTE
Arte buys the broadcast rights to a film no longer than 15 minutes for up to
€ 6000


Auschwitz On My Mind (LIZKOR VELO LISHKOACH)
directed 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."

Most Original Film:
WOLFGANG LÄNGSFELD AWARD


Sponsor: Freundeskreis Wolfgang Längsfeld e.V.
Prize: € 5000


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

 

 

The jury of the Wolfgang Längsfeld Award (Margrét Rún, Michael Alalu, Thomas Burnhauser, Andreas Troeger):


"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."

Best Documentary:
ARRI AWARD


Sponsor: ARRI
Prize: € 4000 worth of services at any ARRI branch


Balazher. The Correction Of Reality (BALAZHER. KORREKTUREN DER WIRKLICHKEIT)
directed by Lesia Kordonets
Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland

 

 

The 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."

Best Screenplay:
LUGGI WALDLEITNER AWARD


Sponsor: the family of producer Luggi Waldleitner
Prize: € 3000


Marc Schlegel for
The Funeral Of Harald Kramer (DAS BEGRÄBNIS DES HARALD KRAMER)
University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria

 

 

The 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."

Best Cinematography:
STUDENT CAMERA AWARD


for students of a german language university
Sponsor: The magazine 'Film & TV Kameramann'
Prize: € 1000


Jan-Marcello Kahl for
Don't Hit The Ground (NICHT DEN BODEN BERÜHREN) (directed by Mia Spengler)
Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany

 

 

The 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."

Best Production:
PANTHER PRIZE


for students of a german language university
Sponsored by Panther
The winner is provided a complete line of Panther's state-of-the-art dolly equipment for a period of four weeks (worth € 10000)


The Funeral Of Harald Kramer (DAS BEGRÄBNIS DES HARALD KRAMER)
directed by Marc Schlegel
produced by Philipp Grandits
University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria

 

 

The Panther Prize jury (Barbara Angstl, Andy Fitz, Christopher Schuller):


"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."

PRIX INTERCULTUREL for Best Film Fostering Intercultural Dialogue


Sponsor: Interfilm Academy Munich.
Prize: € 5000


The Funeral Of Harald Kramer (DAS BEGRÄBNIS DES HARALD KRAMER)
directed by Marc Schlegel
University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria

 

 

The Interfilm jury (Eckart Bruchner, Galina Antoshewskaya, Bhagu T. Chellaney, Ileana Cosmovichi, Anna Hordych, Gatis Lidums, Wang Ai Quin):


"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?"

CLIMATE CLIPS AWARD
Renewable Energy


Sponsor: Nagelschneider Foundation
Prize: € 5000


Breathtaking (ATEMBERAUBEND)
directed by Andreas Bruns
Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany

 

 

The Climate Clips jury (Brigitte Bruns, Veronika Nagelschneider, Beatrice Scola):


"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."

HOFBRÄU TROPHY


Sponsor: Brewery Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München.
Prize: € 5000


CLOSE TO HEAVEN (EINFACH HIMMLISCH)
directed by Adrian Campean / Mateusz Smolka
University of Television and Film Munich, Munich, Germany

 


"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!"