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Nikita Diakur
An Avatar to Combat Fakes

The avatar trembles, barely able to stay up on its legs, then it falls over, its arms flailing. “Attempting a backflip is not safe. You can break your neck, or land on your head, or land badly on your wrists. None of that is nice, so my avatar does the trick,” an emotionless voice explains. The voice is that of animation director Nikita Diakur, distorted using voice cloning software. Yet its dry humour does manage to penetrate even through the manipulative software coils. Read More

Talks and Topics

“We believe in short film”
Interview with Giona Nazzaro and Eddie Bertozzi of Locarno Film Festival

The Locarno Film Festival, one of the most important of all the international film festivals, has a tradition of supporting short films. Not only does it host competitions for national and international shorts, but also Shortsweek, which takes place online in February. When Giona Nazzaro took over as artistic director in 2021, he further strengthened this commitment. Together with Eddie Bertozzi, who is responsible for Pardi di Domani, the festival’s short film program, they launched a new competition for films by established directors: Corti d’autore. Shortfilm.de met them both shortly before this year’s edition to discuss their visions regarding short films and their efforts at integrating them into the overall ecosystem of the festival. Read More

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Nervous landscapes.
On the films of Ojoboca.

Ojoboca (Anja Dornieden und Juan David González Monroy) machen zugleich mehr und weniger als „Kurzfilme“. Mehr, weil sie neben Filmen auch Performances und Installationen entwickeln, derzeit an ihrem zweiter Langfilm arbeiten und Texte von einer eigenwilligen Literarizität fast alle ihre Bewegtbildarbeiten begleiten. Read More

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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

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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

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

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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

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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