Januar 2018

Zwei Männer stehen in einer Gasse im Gegenlicht, einer trägt eine Kappe, im Hintergrund ist ein Berg zu sehen.

Bamberger Kurzfilmtage || 28.01.2018 Spielfilmpreis: ALL THE TIRED HORSES, Sebastian Mayr, A Dokumentarfilmpreis: MR. UPPERCUT – HOW TO BE A CHAMPION, Maximilian Conway, D Animations-/Experimentalfilmpreis: THE MAN IS BIG, Anna… Read More


November 2017

LA Kurzfilm DISCO RESPLANDECE © Chema García: Eine Bar, im Vordergrund 3 junge Männer an einem Tisch, rechts ein junger mann an einem Spielautomat, am Thresen eine junge Frau.

Certamen de cortos Ciudad de Soria-Castilla y León (ES) || 26.11.2017 Premio Mejor Cortometraje: CHIKE, Lucia Ravanelli, ARG Premio Mejor Cortometraje Animación: PUSSY, Renata Gasiorowska, PL Premio Mejor Cortometraje e… Read More


Erik Schmitt

Kurzfilm Nun sehen Sie Folgendes von Erik Schmitt: ein Mann mit Brille und Schnurrbart schaut durch eine Lupe in die Kamera. Durch die Lupe wirkt sein rechtes Auge unnatürlich vergrößert.

Just the first few seconds of this film are enough to create an all-pervading sense of oppression that predominates for the next 15 minutes. “Berlin Metanoia” is a dark, almost (hellishly) dreamlike trip into the innermost realms of a city that loves to market itself as young and cool, but which has lost its soul somewhere between hipsterism, tourist onslaughts and hype. In his latest short fiction film, which celebrated its premiere at the 2016 Berlinale, Erik Schmitt approaches the latent psychotic Berliner identity with an intensity that continues to reverberate for a long time afterwards. Read More


September 2017

"Transit" ©Aline Helmcke

  Festival de Cinema de Girona (ES) || 30.09.2017 Millor Pellicula Curt Ficció: EL BARBERO, UN RELATO DE AUTODEFENSAS, Abraham Escobedo Salas, Mex Millor Pellicula Experimental Art Film (ex aequo):… Read More


Kyne Uhlig and Nikolaus Hillebrand – Digital isn’t always better

Filmstill GRÜN © niky-bilder Trickfilmwerkstatt Köln

The films by Kyne Uhlig and Nikolaus Hillebrand are full of things that you would usually find in the kitchen or a closet. Gherkins march in step, spoons develop a dubious life of their own and lonely socks desperately search for their better halves. The filmmakers, who live and work together in Cologne and go by the name of “niky-Bilder”, prefer to use everyday as well as lost-and-found objects and breathe new life into them for their animated films – and that’s especially practical considering that they live right next door to their studio, making it easier to, whenever the need arises, place the contents of their domestic cupboards in the spotlight. Read More


August 2017

"Hijo par hijo", Juan Avella, Venezuela 2016

  Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey FICMTY (Mex) || 31.08.2017 Mejor Cortometraje Internacional de Ficción: HIJO POR HIJO, Juan Avella, Venezuela Mejor Cortometraje Internacional Documental: KOPFÜBER, Daniel Thomaser, D… Read More


July 2017

LOVING SOUTH © Oliver Rendon

Expresion En Corto International Film Festival, San Miguel de Allende & Guanajuato (Mex) || 31.07.2017 Mejor Cortometraje Documental México: NOS FALTAN, Emilio Ramos, Mex Mejor Cortometraje Documental Internacional: EN LA… Read More


May 2017

Palme d’Or: XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A Gentle Night) ©Yang Qiu

Festival de Cannes (F) || 28/05/2017 Palme d’Or: XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A GENTLE NIGHT), Yang Qiu, CN Mention Spéciale du Jury: KATTO (THE CEILING), Teppo Airaksinen, FIN Quinzaine des… Read More


April 2017

Cipka (Pussy), Renata Gasiorowska, PL

cellu l´art -Kurzfilmfest Jena (D) || 30.04.2017 Bester Spielfilm: STACEY EN DE ALIEN STACEY AND THE ALIEN), Nelson Polfliet, B Bester ExAnDo: CIPKA (PUSSY), Renata Gasiorowska, PL Preis der Jugendjury:… Read More


March 2017

Bester Film Let's Cee Festival: A NEW HOME © Ziga Virc

Let’s Cee Film Festival, Wien (A) || 27.03.2017 Bester Film: THE BUZZING OF A BUMBLEBEE, Vladimir Beldian, RU Bester Film: A NEW HOME, Ziga Virc, SLO Publikumspreis: UNDERCOOLING, Olga Kosanovic,… Read More


Februar 2017

"The White Helmets" © Orlando von Einsiedel

Academy Awards (USA) || 26.02.2017 Winner Documentary (Short Subject): THE WHITE HELMETS, Orlando von Einsiedel, S Winner Short Film (Animated): PIPER, Alan Barillaro, CAN Winner Short Film (Live Action): SING,… Read More


December 2016

HAN by Jonathan Choo (Golden Tadpole Camerimage) ©Nanyang Technological University

Camerimage, Torun (PL) || 19.12.2016 Student Etudes Competition Golden Tadpole: HAN, Jonathan Choo, Singapore Student Etudes Competition Silver Tadpole: SUMMER, Martyna Jakimowska, PL Student Etudes Competition Bronze Tadpole: JAHRZEIT, Thomas… Read More


Short of Sleep. Political Dimensions of the Short Film Format

In this text, the intention is not to show that the short film format is especially political, nor to reveal the extent to which it may be so, nor whether it is any more political than other filmic formats. Instead, I would like to discuss, on the basis of the three examples provided, in which way these films, on the one hand, engage with politics in terms of their content and, on the other hand, how they have become political themselves with regard to the way and manner in which they were produced and are presented. Read More


Review of the First German Network Meeting of the Festival Work Fairly Organised Initiative

While queues of people were waiting at the cinema box offices in Leipzig to get tickets to the Dok International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, one of the most renowned film festivals globally, on 4 November 2016, about 80 staff members and representatives of film festivals and film-related initiatives, as well as freelancers and journalists, came together for an urgently needed stocktaking and review. Read More


Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf

In response to the question of how best to call the art made by Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, after a lengthy discussion both reply: sculpture. (In German, the word for sculpture is Bildhauerei, which literally translates as “image-hewing”). While not meant entirely seriously, it sounds funny and nails it surprisingly well. Firstly, the description contains the kind of dry humour that is quintessential to the Berlin artist-duo’s work. Read More

practical advice Topic

Programming and Curating Short Film Screenings
Part 2: Short Films in Cinema Programmes

Programmers and curators both exist in the cinema sector. However, for the majority of movie theatres it is not necessary to draw a terminological distinction between the two activities, as the programme of a normal commercial cinema is determined according to economic criteria in accordance with market forces and not on the basis of other considerations regarding content. In first run cinemas, the selection is limited a priori to those film releases that are offered by the distributors. Within this framework there is some room for individual decisions regarding quality. Read More


November 2016

blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet (Bochum) || 27.11.2016 Dokumentarfilmpreis Ruhr: ERFRISCHT EINZIGARTIG, Johannes Klais, D Preis für experimentelle Kunst Ruhr: JAMAIS-VU, Werner Biedermann, D Action: Gender Preis: DIE KÜCHE MEINER GROßMUTTER,… Read More