Jonatan Schwenk
The Story First, Then the Animation

Enraptured, the two-legged creature picks the blissfully smiling axolotl up from the earth and pops it in its mouth. Sheer joy. Doing so, its hands – filigree stick-puppet hands – initially reach out tentatively then greedily for the tasty stop-motion being. In Jonatan Schwenk’s ZOON, over and again we encounter so many nuances and animation techniques, all at the same time. Read More


Chemnitz Filmworkshop

Little effort is required when gleaning facts from the available databases. We soon discover here that the non-profit Chemnitz Filmworkshop is a media-education institute that “promotes young filmic talent”. Its headquarters and official address is the Clubkino Siegmar cinema, which was entrusted to the association in 1996. But what exactly lies behind these sobering facts and figures, behind these ideas, which is far greater than them and has already been lived out for decades by the out-and-out filmmakers from Chemnitz? Read More

Guest Contributions

Who knows what short films are?

Zwanzig Jahre AG Kurzfilm, zwei Jahrzehnte Medienwandel

In der goldenen Zeit des Kurzfilms reichte man das Dessert vor dem Hauptgang: Nicht wenige Zuschauer kauften ihre Karte für zwanzig Minuten Chaplin oder sieben Minuten Mickey Mouse und kümmerten sich erst in zweiter Linie um den Hauptfilm danach. Kurzfilme brachten Zeitstimmungen auf den Punkt, bedienten populäre Dramaturgien noch effektvoller als die Langfilme und standen für den Reiz des Neuen. Read More


Awards December 2021

  K3: Internationales Kurzfilmfestival, Villach (A) || 18.12.2021 Short Film Award: SO THAT HUMANITY CAN SURVIVE, Teja Miholic, Slovenia Special Mention: CIVILIZATION, Christoph Schwarz, A Audience Award: HOME IS WHERE… Read More


Adrian Figueroa

For his short film with the striking German title of PROLL!, the filmmaker Adrian Figueroa received the German Short Film Award in November 2021: Consisting of a golden metal band set on a base and swirling upwards spiral-like, as tall perhaps as a bottle of champagne. Congratulations!
Adrian Figueroa comes from theatre. Having grown up in Frankfurt am Main, he took drama studies and applied theatre in England, gaining an education that was as theoretical as it was practical. Read More


Anne Isensee

Anne Isensee likes getting right to the point. And that in both her works and conversation. With her at times very short films, the animator artist who lives in Berlin has enjoyed success at numerous festivals for years now. In 2017, she achieved an impressive debut with her mere 101-second-long film “Mega Trick” (2017), which garnered the Golden Dove for the Best German Short Film at the DOK Leipzig International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Read More


Awards October

  Doclisboa, Lisboa (P) || 31.10.2021 Best Portuguese Short: DISTOPIA, Tiago Afonso, P Portuguese Authors Society Portuguese Competition Jury Award: HALF A LIGHT-YEAR, Leonardo Mouramateus, P Schools Award for Best… Read More


Awards September

Tirana International Film Festival (Albania) || 30.09.2021 Best Short Film: MENARCA, Lillah Halla, BR Best Live Action Short Film: TITAN, Valéry Carnoy, B Best Animation Short Film: HEART OF GOLD,… Read More


Awards August

Fünf Seen Filmfestival, Gilching (D) || 31.08.2021 Goldenes Glühwürmchen: EIN OZEAN, Paul Scheufler, D Short Plus Award: ALA KACHUU, Maria Brendle, D VIDEO ART-Preis: ABSENT WOUND, Maryam Tafakory, D  … Read More