Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts to the 2021 award winners!
International Competition Short Films
Jury: Andrea Martignoni, Marlene Denningmann and Thomas Renoldner
Norman Award 2021
"Na krancu miasta" by Daria Kaperek and "[ˈzi:lo]5" by Kerstin Honeit ex aequo
The jury’s award for film and video of 4,000 euros donated by the Land capital Stuttgart
Na krancu miasta by Daria Kaperek
The flowing camera movements in this surreal dream lead us out of the city, into nature, into the forest, into the wilderness. We float past chance encounters, the playing children, the wedding couple looking for a romantic setting for the best photo, the old woman with the petrified, desperate look, and other people on the fringes of society whose fates we can only guess. For a hypnotic musical and cinematic experience The NORMAN Prize goes ex aequo to Na krancu miasta / At the Edge of Town by Daria Kasperek.
[ˈzi:lo]5 by Kerstin Honeit
This movie really thinks inside the box. But inside that box is another box. And then another. And what is it that must be kept so well hidden? Shapeshifting objects, that can either be symbols of resistance or dominance, of cultural freedom or appropriation. It all depends on how we pack or unpack them. For a layered yet playful work dealing with colonial and patriarchal heritage the jury awards [‘zi:lo]5 by Kerstin Honeit.
"The Peepul Tree" by Sonja Feldmeier und "Masel Tov Cocktail" by Arkadij Khaet, Merle Kirchhoff and Mickey Paatzsch ex aequo
Award for the best team work, i.e. a film or a video production made in a joint effort by at least two people, donated with 2,000 euros by Ritter Sport.
The Peepul Tree by Sonja Feldmeier
The filmaker who made this documentary witnessed an extraordinary seven-man team effort in the difficult task of cutting down a centuries-old Peepul Tree, guilty of having grown up where the road would be widened. The tragedy, which takes place over a period of several days, testifies to the tough resistance of this giant of nature. The TEAM WORK prize goes Ex Aequo to THE PEEPUL TREE by Sonja Feldmeier.
Masel Tov Cocktail by Arkadij Khaet, Merle Kirchhoff and Mickey Paatzsch
Youthful frustration has always been appealing, but rarely so productive. From a so-called minority perspective Masel Tov Cocktail paints a more accurate picture of today's Germany than the international viewer usually gets to see. For it's daring mix of (re)education and entertainment the jury congratulates the writer and director team Arkadij Khaet, Merle Kirchhoff and Mickey Paatzsch.
Liquid Traits of an Image Apparatus by Vera Sebert
For the playful use of images reminiscent of classic avant-garde film, for the humorous breaking of linguistic codes and expectations evoked by text instructions, and for the impressive use and rhythmization of noise and sound, which combines the divergent elements also to a compact musical composition, this Special Mention goes to Vera Sebert's “LIQUID TRAITS OF AN IMAGE APPARATUS”.
Hard-Headed Harmony by Michael Heindl
For precise sound editing in perfect synchrony of the powerful and long resonance of different hollow elastic bodies chosen with careful precision, the special mention goes to HARD-HEADED HARMONY by Michael Heindl.
2 Minutes Short Film Award
"La Chichigua" by Laura Sanz und "Message to heaven" by Vitalii Shupliak ex aequo
Jury prize with an amount of 1,500 euros for a work up to a maximum of 2 minutes.
Jury: Sabine Göbel und Johanne Mazeau-Schmid
Both films take up topics of the time: the Corona pandemic and its effects in communication and isolation, the digitalisation of life. This is done in very different visual forms but with an incredible density and in a complementary form.
Wand 5 Award
"Waithood" by Louisiana Mees
Legendary – the special award bestowed by Wand 5-members!
The selection committee: Täschi Fobler, Nici Halschke, Matthias Müller, Giovanna Thiery
The selection committee of the International Short Film Competition is very pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Wand5 Award.
A film like a chamber play in luxuriously transformed Airbnb apartments, showing the contrast between a lack of perspective and a lost youth. We particularly liked the cinematic implementation reflecting the desolate atmosphere of the young people. Congratulations to "Waithood" by Louisiana Mees.