German Competition - General

This competition focuses on new short films from Germany and gives an overview of contemporary subjects as well as aesthetic and technical trends. The films are usually productions by newcomers and universities, thus offering the opportunity of discovering new talents and following established artists. Out of ca. 800 submissions, 24 short films made it into the competition. These short films, including narrative, animated, experimental and documentary films, are all eligible for the jury award (2,000 euros). The audience selects the best short film out of both the International and the German Competition for the audience award (1,500 euros).

Best of Deutscher Wettbewerb:
Sunday June 11th | 20:oo h | Filmraum    
Monday June 12th | 21:45 h | Zeise 2

Filmselection: Lars Frehse, Alexandra Gramatke, Ella Hebendanz, Anne Jagemann, Nadine Mayer,
Stine Wangler

More infos about the programmes you will find here:

German Competition / Programme 1

German Competition / Programme 2

German Competition / Programme 3

German Competition / Programme 4

German Competition / Programme 5

German Competition 2017 in detail

Change of Perspective

In times in which the world seems to be changing at an ever faster pace and old certainties are lost, people will desperately attempt to learn as much as possible in order to get a clear picture of the world and gain some understanding of the past, present and future. But once the viewer gets too close, the big picture is blurred out, and all that is left are small, seemingly unrelated, details. Short films can help overcome these cognitive deficits by opening up new perspectives, allowing the viewers to get an impression of the bigger picture.

People from all over the world on their not always metaphorical journeys making a stopover as well as male gazes reducing women to their physicality or mere objects of projection demonstrate the fragile nature of the line between ›Rest and Unrest‹. The constraints of individual biographies, culture and society are often stronger than anticipated, and not every ›Predetermined Breaking Point‹ enables the individual to escape. Upon closer inspection, ›Profits, Paint and Particle Physics‹ reveal overlaps, the inherent beauty of ugliness and the long shadows of small things. Beyond the glare of the spotlights, miscarriages of justice, destructions in the name of environmental protection and deeply rooted traumata stay hidden ›In the Darkness, out of Sight‹. In the end the question arises whether there is more to ›The World as Will and Representation‹ than just propaganda, ideology, violence, mass media and consumerism.

As always, we hope our audience will enjoy the programmes, and we are looking forward to collectively create new impressions and points of view which will challenge the apparent truths we have come to cherish.

Text Lars Frehse

Film selection Lars Frehse, Alexandra Gramatke, Ella Hebendanz, Anne Jagemann, Nadine Mayer, Stine Wangler