Award Winners 2016


Jury: John Canciani, Anouk De Clercq, Jeanne Faust, Sarah Perks, Makino Takashi

Hamburg Short Film Award

Jury Award of the International Competition, 3000 Euros

Jurypreis des Internationalen Wettbewerbs. Dotiert mit 3000 Euro.

Ears, Nose and Throat
Kevin Jerome Everson, USA 2016, 10:00 min

Jury statement: Kevin Jerome Everson’s Film „Ears, Nose and Throat“ is a beautifully structured and unique take on the present African American reality. Everson presents a relevant issue by portraing a woman speaking in a matter of fact way about a brutal murder, juxtaposed with a routine hospital procedure. Refreshingly original, a sensitive approach and a unanimous winner for the jury.

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Audience Award

Audience Award (1500 Euros), given to a short film from the International or the German Competition.

Eine Villa mit Pinien (The Pine Tree Villa)
Jan Koester, Germany 2016, 12:58 min

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Jury: Siegried Alexander Fruhauf, Christoph Girardet, Jane Topping

NoBudget Jury Award

The jury award of the NoBudget competition, 2000 Euros

The Masked Monkeys
Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy, Germany 2015, 30:00 min

Jury statement: By using black and white 16 mm, the film starts as a knowing imitation of ethnographic films with which we are familiar, and this idea of imitation is mirrored in the „work“ that the monkey is trained to perform; an imitation of the powerful man. The narration is cleverly written and paced, confusing the roles of master and performer, calling attention to the impoverished position of not only the animal but the human trainer. The use of analogue film and authoritarian voice over
resulted, for this jury, in a subline experience. The film is open to interpretation, leaving the audience with existential questions regarding the spiritual and material world and our own attitudes towards the so-called familiar and the so-called unknown.

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No Budget Audience Award ›Optimistic Vision‹

The NoBudget Audience Award is worth 1500 Euros.

Duncan Cowles, Russ Hogg, Great Britain 2015, 9:19 min

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Jury: Luise Donschen, Mischa Leinkauf, Peter Zorn

Jury Award German Competition

The Jury Award of the German competition is worth 2000 Euros.

Alex Gerbaulet, Germany 2015, 28:30 min

Jury statement: Shift, shaft, gorge. Based on the biography of his own family of mine workers, Alex Gerbaulet paints an impressive picture of Western German post war history in his film ›Shift‹. Layer for layer, she undresses the functionalized societal standardization until the bare smug narrowed-mindedness of German front gardens becomes visible. While the father is building the model home, the mother is increasingly slipping into mental illness and the daughter choses a path of rebellion and withdrawal.
The sound track is provided by the pop singer Alexandra with »illusions of flowering reality«. The film finds a distinct rhythm for every protagonist in a virtuous montage of private and public archive material, family albums and diaries from two generations. The precision, which is also reflected in Gerbaulet’s lyrical off-text, makes ›Shift‹ a cinematic masterpiece.

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Spezial mention:

»(…) craving for narrative« lässt sich einfach nicht gut übersetzen
Max Grau, Germany 2015, 25:28 min

Jury statement:
Luise: The film is about the seductive power of nostalgia.
Peter: I rather interpret it as a pop cultural analysis combined with a very personal examination.
Mischa: Most of all, this film is fun.
Luise: I found Travolta’s ass rather enjoyable.
Mischa: I didn’t notice the ass. I was too busy watching the film maker think.
Peter: The loop is groovy, but it feels like coitus interruptus.
Mischa: It’s always about the one thing for you guys…
Luise: All I’m doing is fighting back against postmodernism and its cultivation of the doubt of lust.
Mischa: Yeah, that’s right. It’s all about the entertainment value.
Peter: A very nice piece of nerdy fan culture.
Luise: The film is based on the pleasure of watching, deconstructing it into a very comprehensible analysis and it leaves us with a decal of Kitsch and a vibrating body.
Mischa: That’s one way of putting it, of course.

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Hamburg Competition

Jury: Luise Donschen, Mischa Leinkauf, Peter Zorn

Hamburg Competition

Jury Award, 1500 Euros

Stadt der Elefanten
Marko Mijatovic, Germany/Bosnia-Herzegovina 2015, 29:32 min

Jury Statement: A town of return, a place to die. Marko Mijatovic portrays the little mountain village Vares in Bosnia by following several people through the snow. Calmly, he addresses the attempts to go back to a time when the town was still alive, before the war and the outflow of people. The stories of the ghosts of war, superstition and the hope for a future as a tourist town form a kaleidoscopic narrative. The jury hopes that the film maker will be able to further condense these promising approaches in his future work.

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The Audience Award "Three-Minute Quickie" (Topic 2016: ›Switch off‹) is funded by the Hamburgischen Kulturstiftung and is worth 1000 Euros.

Audience Award Three Minute Quickie

Patrick Schoenmaker, Netherlands 2015, 2:40 min

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Jury: Barbara Häbe, Catherine Colas

arte-Shortfilm Award

ARTE Short Film Award (up to 6000 Euros). Acquisition of screening rights and broadcast as part of ARTE’s short film programme.

Eine Villa mit Pinien (The Pine Tree Villa)
Jan Koester, Germany 2016, 12:58 min

Jury Statement: ARTE and the ZDF are happy to give this year’s ARTE short film award to an artistically impressive animated film. With its naturalistic aesthetics and its expressive colourful images, the animated film manages to deeply sink into the minds of its viewers. In a fantastic fairy tale world in which people wear animal heads, the malicious master of a splendid mansion plays a devilishly hypnotic music. A play on the abuse of power and the crossing of boundaries which is both surprising and fascinating. We congratulate the director and author Jan Koester on his film ›The Pine Tree Villa‹.

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