We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 37th Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg! All award-winning films can now be seen in the programme Preisträger:innen 2021.
HAMBURG SHORT FILM AWARD (3.000€):
Mouaad el Salem - This Day Won't Last
Jury Statement: "A strong, unanimous decision by the jury to award the Hamburg Short Film Award to This Day Won't Last. Mouaad el Salem's film takes us into the hiding places of those who are not visible, whose story does not belong to the official narrative, whose voice whispers but is not the one that speaks. Filmmaking in its most necessary form. This Day Won't Last is an urgent film in style and substance, equally gentle and powerful in its exploration of sexuality and the right of all people to live freely. An ingeniously edited composition, ranging from dreams and metaphors to everyday accounts, reveals historically and systemically repressed feelings as fear in a very immediate way."
DEFRAMED PRIZE (€2,000):
Olga Lucovnicova - Nanu Tudor (My Uncle Tudor).
Jury Statement: "Very slowly, almost tenderly and imperceptibly, she pulls the rug out from under our feet. A disturbing piece of family history told with rarely seen directness that sticks. My Uncle Tudor is an unflinching and courageous look into the rarely spoken violence of the family environment. With simple means, this touching film proves that great cinema is possible on a small budget." The Deframed Prize, endowed with 2,000 euros, is awarded by the International Jury to a film that deals with reality in a poetic, formal, analytical and unconventional way, ignoring all rules in a forward-looking way.
HAMBURG SHORT FILM CANDIDATE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS:
Kristin Johannessen - Minnen (Memories)
Special Mention: Léo Bittencourt - Vagalumes (Fireflies)
Jury Statement: "A work of pure cinema. The jury gives Vagalumes a special mention for its mysterious and sensual glimpses into the lives and rhythms of those who live in the shadows."
Jury International Competition: Chuko Esiri, Kirsten Tan, Tasja Langenbach, Nina Rodríguez, Marcel Derek Ramsay
GERMAN COMPETITION JURY PRIZE (2,000 €):
Katharina Huber - The Natural Death of the Mouse
Jury Statement: "Sitting in the cinema and experiencing this film ... that is pure freedom. The director invites us to wander across the screen and right into the thought worlds of her protagonist. Everything is possible, just because it can be thought, said, drawn: Heads roll, dear cats are allowed to purr mischievously, and flowers grow out of our feet! Katharina Huber plays with bravura on the keyboard of the animated short form and gives the viewer a simultaneously personal and self-ironic encounter that also invites us to reflect on our present condition."
Jury German Competition: Zamarin Wahdat, Monika Treut, Florian Weghorn
TRIPLE AXEL COMPETITION (1,000€):
Anna Maria Schmidt - Money the Movie.
The Audience Award is supported by the Hamburg Cultural Foundation.
Alisha Tejpal - Lata
Jury statement: "Lata is a film of silent observation of everyday gestures that not only have an aesthetic effect but also convey a political message. A door is opened... entry into a universe... a door is closed."
The ARTE Short Film Award consists of the purchase of a film (up to 6,000 euros) by ARTE, the Franco-German cultural broadcaster, and is awarded on an inter-competitive basis. The winning film will be broadcast on ARTE in the short film magazine "Kurzschluss".
AUDIENCE AWARD (1500€):
Güzin Kar - Your Street
The Audience Award is given to a film from the International or the German Competition.
ESA NEW WORLDS PITCHING COMPETITION:
Katarzyna Pajzderska - Hey Galaxy
Denis McCardle - Malik's Mission to Mars
Jury: Alexandra Gramatke, Christoffer Ode, Jan Peters, Iacopo Baroncini
MO&FRIESE KINDER KURZFILM FESTIVAL:
Friese Prize: Géza M. Tóth - Mitch-Match #22, special mention: B-MOLL - Oana Lacroix
Mo Prize: Guillaume Lorin - Vanille, special mentions: Paulina Muratore - Small Forest, Henrike Rothe - Here and Loud.
Neon Prize: Milou Gevers - Why Didn't You Stay for Me?, special mentions: Katarina Rešek - Sisters, Nata Metlukh - Awkward.
Nomination ECFA Short Film Award: Said Hamich, Le Depart
GIB MIR 5! Competition: Frieda Dugaro - I Am Me, Milo Gallas - Alone, Moviebande - Herzog's Wbsgdwts-Bad