Awards 2014



Photo Diary: Pictures of the Award Ceremony


Sponsor: VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten GmbH
Prize: 7500 €




by Anaïs Ruales
La Fémis Paris, France


burundangaAnaïs Ruales


The 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


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


afterallZvi Landsman


The 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.


Sponsor: Familie Waldleitner
Prize: 3000 €




by Barbara Ott
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Ludwigsburg, Germany


sunny2Barbara Ott


The festival jury:

"A young man with a baby clutched under his arm and loaded down with shopping bags goes into an apartment. He puts the baby down on the floor carelessly. He is stressed out, aggressive - yells in his baby's face. And we hold our breath until the very end, out of concern for the helpless child.  Barbara Ott's screenplay Sunny is the story of a young man out of his depth who has to learn how to assume responsibility and who decides in favor of his emotions and his love for his child. We were fascinated by the sensitive balance and marvelous rhythm of the script that creates very intense emotions. The protagonist's constant struggle between belligerence and tenderness and his conflict with his own ego transported us into a world filled with authentic images."



Special Mention


by Pedro Collantes
Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands


seroriPedro Collantes, Producer Sayaka Akitsu, Michael Waldleitner


The 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.


Sponsor: Arnold & Richter Cine Technik
Prize: 4000 € worth of rental services by ARRI




by Iulia Stoian
National Film and Television School Beaconsfield, UK


honeyonwoundsProf. Franz Kraus (ARRI, Managing Director) & Iulia Stoian


The 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.


for students of a German language university
Sponsor: Film & TV Kameramann
Prize: 1000 €




by Barbara Ott
Camera: Falko Lachmund
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Ludwigsburg, Germany


sunny1Falko Lachmund


The 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.


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




by Yantong Zhu
Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan


mymilkcupcowVideo Message von Yantong Zhu


Jury of ARTE-Shortfilmaward (Sabine Brantus-Lauffer and Barbara Häbe):

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.


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 5000 €




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


dandelionAndreas Fitz (Panther, Executive President)
& Loïc Le Foll (Sound Designer THE DANDELION)


Panther-Preis-Jury (Lydia Bittl, Andy Fitz, Christopher Schuller):

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.

PRIX INTERCULTUREL for Best Film Fostering Intercultural Dialogue

Sponsor: Interfilm Akademie München
Prize: 5000 €




by Yoav Hornung
Tel Aviv University, Israel


desertedYoav Hornung & Eckart Bruchner


Interfilm-Jury (Eckart Bruchner (Vorsitz), Galina Antoshewskaya, Ileana Cosmovichi, Roman Metz):

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


by Dustin Brown
Santa Monica College, USA


solidarityProfessor Salvador Carrasco & Eckart Bruchner



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


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




by Zeng Zeng
Beijing Film Academy, China


summersecretZeng Zeng & Uli Moeller


Jury of Wolfgang-Längsfeld-Award (Joasia Goldyn, Carolin Thummes, Uli Moeller and Martin Thau):

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.




Sponsor: Nagelschneider Stiftung
Prize: 5000 €




by Amin Rahbar
Azad University of Central Tehran, Iran


scaleAmin Rahbar


Climate-Clips-Jury (Brigitte Bruns, Veronika Nagelschneider and Beatrice Scola):

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.


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Sponsor: Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München
Prize: 5000 €




by Andreas Irnstorfer
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany


hbtrophyAnja Bierwisch (Hofbräu Brewery, Head of Marketing)
& Andreas Irnstorfer



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!


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