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Saturday, 11/19/2016

We Have the Winners

The main prize of the 36th FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH goes to French film "Gabber Lover" by Anna Cazenave-Cambet. In all, twelve prizes were awarded with a total purse of €54,000.

On Saturday, November 19th, the prizes of the 36th FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH were awarded in the "University of Television and Film Munich" (HFF). A total of 50 films by young filmmakers from 21 countries screened in competition. This year's award-winners hail from seven different countries. Twelve prizes were awarded in all, carrying a purse of €54,000. The VFF Young Talent Award went to "Gabber Lover" as Best Film. The prize is sponsored by film and TV rights society VFF and carries a purse of €7,500.

Anna Cazenave-Cambet studied at French film school La Fémis in Paris. In her 13-minute film "Gabber Lover", she tells the story of two young girls who are in love with each other, but can't really show it. Somewhere in the French countryside, the girls meet at a lake, dance to hardcore electronic Gabber music, and get on motorbikes in their huge Adidas training jackets. "The film brings a world of subculture into a environment where it is not expected. At the same time, it tells a universal and brave love story," the Jury stated.

"I'm very pleased to see how multi-faceted and unusual the films were this year, and I'm especially happy there are so many powerful films by women directors, for which the festival was able to offer a platform," said festival director Diana Iljine.

The ARRI Prize for Best Documentary went to "Cinderella" from the Gerassimov Institute for Cinematography in Moscow, in which director Alexandr Zubovlenko portrays his own sister, a 27-year-old looking for a job and a partner. An intense portrait of the first post-Soviet generation in Belarus. The Jury says: "The director manages to show frank and desperate moments in the life of a young woman, getting so close to her it's almost uncomfortable to be there."

In the international competition, four awards went to German productions this year. The Panther Prize for Best European Production went to Sophie Linnenbaum from the "Film University Babelsberg" KONRAD WOLF for her film "[Out of Fra]me", in which protagonist Paul keeps falling out of the frame. The Audience Award, which was presented this year for the first time, went to Sophie Linnenbaum. Florian Tscharf's film "Mayday Relay" won the Arte Short Film Prize. The Jury called it "An intense chamber play between a father and daughter which gets under your skin, leaving us baffled, angry and sad.“

Ben Bernhard from Berlin's DFFB won the Student Camera Award for "Homework". "In just a few minutes, the film says more about love, trust and relationships than many feature films do. The photography is speaking out of artificial context," according to the Jury. In "Homework", director Annika Pinske shows a father in skin-tight sparkly leggings with a very offbeat job, while doing English homework with his daughter on the side.

The Luggi Waldleitner Prize for Best Screenplay went to "The Burden of Memory" by Albert Meisl, while a Special Mention went to Kirsikka Saari for the screenplay to "After the Reunion". The Wolfgang Längsfeld Prize for Most Original Film went to Paloma Rincón from Colombia for her film "Bark". This year, there were two new prizes: The Female Filmmakers Award and the zweiB Award for Best Animation, which both went to the same film: "Pussy" by Renata Gasiorovska from Poland. In her animated film, a pussy grows legs and goes exploring its owner's apartment. "A daring, playful, creative, and smart film which shows us intimate moments. At the same time, it 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", one of the Juries said.

First place in the Climate Clips Awards went to Benjamin Pfohl from HFF Munich with his film "Eternal Summer", first place of the Hofbräu Trophy for Best Beer Commercial went to "Hofbräu – A Different Point of View" by Christoffer Borggren. You can find the rest of the winners in these categories at