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75/1
Till Kleinau
German Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
27 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Till Kleinau
Friederike Dörffler
Katja Tauber
Christophe Poulles
Friederike Dörffler
Maximilian Rodegra

“Boo” – the name is as unusual as the sound is special. The avant-garde composer Harry Partch invented instruments for micro-sounds and completely new musical experiences. The musician and instrument maker Thomas Meixner dedicated two years of his life, marked by family and health losses, to rebuilding 75 of these sound-generators for a concert tour. The film portrays a monomaniac who fiercely avoids social life but with great sensitivity makes material sing.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Small Worlds, Big People
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AIVA

AIVA
Veneta Androva
German Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
13 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Nadia D’Alò
Benedikt Frey
Vivienne Pettitt

AIVA is an artist, animated by algorithms. But above all she is the soberingly limited male tech vision of what more diversity in the arts could look like. In her paintings AIVA prefers the vertical, to some acclaim. A naive and cliché-ridden “art documentary” lets us participate in her work. Precisely observed, with sparse gestures and trenchant wit, Veneta Androva reflects a current status quo in her computer-animated future fiction.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Zustand der Welt
Witty
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German Competition Short Film 2020
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Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani
A media-historical interrogation of the German fascination with the colonialist construct of “Red Indians” which leads right up to its instrumentalization by the “New Right”.
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Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride

Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride
Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
20 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Nina Fischer
Maroan el Sani
Nina Fischer
Maroan el Sani
Edith Russ Haus for Media Art
Hannes Hoelzl
Britt Tully
Christoph Bach
Moritz Hossli
Jochen Jezussek
Nina Fischer
Bruno Gola
Maroan el Sani
Kathrin Hunze
Maroan el Sani
Nina Fischer
Matthias Biber

Partly rhetorical, partly ironic and partly profound, the film deals with the Germans’ strange, three-hundred-year-old relationship to their stereotypical ideas of America’s native population. This includes the question of how the audience themselves feel about this ominous object of fascination. The backdrop and starting point of a floating journey through the history of various stereotypes are the ruins of the former U.S. embassy in East Berlin, where an exhibition on the subject took place in 1986.

Borjana Gaković
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Poesie und Grenzgänge
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Zustand der Welt
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Dark Matter

Dark Matter
Viktor Brim
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany,
Russia
2020
19 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Viktor Brim
Viktor Brim
David Schittek
Viktor Brim
Danila Lipatov

Quiet, dark shots of nocturnal fog, of a mine, a dump truck or a wreck, of huge earth craters and new surface contours created by excavation. Raw material extraction, economisation and exploitation of nature are the themes of this visual study. It’s accompanied by an unobtrusive, but threatening and assertive sound that underlines the mystic quality of the images. Post-industrial landscapes become post-apocalyptic.

Borjana Gaković
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Rural vs. Urban
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Natur in Bearbeitung
Zustand der Welt
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German Competition Short Film 2020
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Der Schornsteinsegler Frédéric Schuld
England, mid-19th century: children keep the flow of air going in narrow, sooty chimney flues. The report of a chimney sweep of the time is brought to life by pencil drawings.
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The Chimney Swift

Der Schornsteinsegler
Frédéric Schuld
German Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
5 minutes
English
subtitles: 
German

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Frédéric Schuld
Fabian Driehorst
Daniela Conrad
FFHSH
Frédéric Schuld
Fabian Driehorst
Rebecca Blöcher
Alba Dragonetti
Frédéric Schuld
Frédéric Schuld
Alex Müller-Welt
Frédéric Schuld
Henry Holland
Joschua Zühlke

In the mid-19th century, a massive fireplace was the centrepiece of every stately home in England. Children are agile enough to keep the flow of air going in the narrow and dark flues. Their young skin is scraped raw by the sooty stone walls. Their fear of falling is as strong as their fear of the master’s punishment. Black-brown-red cross hatching and unusual camera perspectives bring to life the report of a chimney sweep of the time.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Poesie und Grenzgänge
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Transience of Days

Die Vergänglichkeit der Tage
Thomas Köhling
German Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
34 minutes
German,
Japanese
subtitles: 
English

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Thomas Köhling
Thomas Köhling
Rafael Vogel
Thomas Köhling
Thomas Köhling

Eating together with chopsticks, forks, or cheese sandwiches: Heinz Toku-Zen Anneser and his students practice Buddhist rituals without pretension. In his study, which is as precisely measured as it is poetic, Thomas Köhling observes the daily routines of this small, quiet group in the German provinces and finds appealingly bizarre moments when Eastern religion and western culture overlap. The sky above the Velux window is the same as above Mount Fuji.

André Eckardt
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Small Worlds, Big People
Witty
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert Anne Isensee
Most accidents happen at home. Thus the appeal to one’s personal political responsibility comes as a surprise. Randomly reading a Brecht text inspires to take action.
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Due to Legal Reasons This Film Is Called Breaking Bert

Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert
Anne Isensee
German Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
5 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Anne Isensee
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Lorena Junghans
Anne Isensee
Anne Isensee
Anne Isensee
Jonathan Hamann
Irma Heinig
Franziska May
Anne Isensee
Arun Leander Boudodimos

Most accidents happen at home. Thus a likeable, jazz-loving drawn figure is unprepared for an appeal to his own political responsibility. A random Brecht reading spurs her to do something – at the very least so as not to end up on the wrong track or wrong side of things. Pointed, tidy, and full of humour and affection for human dithering, Anne Isensee questions the illusion of a permanent contradiction in reality.

André Eckardt
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize, mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
Small Worlds, Big People
Poesie und Grenzgänge
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Thing

Ding
Malte Stein
German Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Germany
2021
4 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Malte Stein
Malte Stein
Malte Stein

Small and cu… no, not cute. This knee-high creature seems somewhat affectionate and shy instead. Until it comes snarling around the corner, sprinting after you on short legs through the empty suburb. An uneasy lurking, a lurking unease starts to spread. With hand-drawn austerity, mean sounds and not-so-friendly characters, Malte Stein prepares the surgical instruments for some terrific mental cinema – for the protagonist and for all who watch him.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
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Bibi Must Go

Elefantin
Marie Zrenner, Johanna Seggelke
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
29 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Marie Zrenner
Johanna Seggelke
Daniel Kunz
Kerstin Zachau
Oliver Buchalik
Melanie Jilg

The biography of the female elephant Bibi, who is considered to display abnormal behaviour, is marked by misfortunes: Born in Zimbabwe in 1985. Lost her mother shortly after birth. Imported by the East Berlin zoo in 1989. Deported to the Halle zoo in 2008. On the basis of an empathic reappraisal of these traumatic events the film reflects on the significance of social issues and how to deal with exclusion today: a therapy by proxy on film that will hopefully have a long-distance healing effect on Bibi.

Annina Wettstein
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Natur in Bearbeitung
Regional (Heeme)
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Erwin

Erwin
Jan Soldat
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany
2020
16 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat

58-year-old Erwin introduces himself as “old but horny”. He has declared the mobile home in his front garden his favourite refuge, where he has everything he needs: a computer, a bed, a coffee machine. Two webcams link Erwin to other men who satisfy his carnal desires. In this tiny space, Jan Soldat comes close to him, of course. He learns of love affairs, as great as extinguished, of a complicated family web and worries about the future.

Carolin Weidner
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Liebe/ ohne Liebe
Small Worlds, Big People
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German Competition Short Film 2021
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Glückspfad Jakob Werner, Thea Sparmeier, Pauline Cremer
Animated documentary about female body hair, social illusions and self-love. An appeal for creative (hair) art on legs, bellies and arms: Let it grow!
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Happytrail

Glückspfad
Jakob Werner, Thea Sparmeier, Pauline Cremer
German Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Germany
2021
5 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English, German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Jakob Werner
Thea Sparmeier
Pauline Cremer
Jakob Werner
Thea Sparmeier
Pauline Cremer
Hannes Schulze
Nils Plambeck
Sebastian Farnbacher
Hannes Schulze
Franka Geiser
Thea Sparmeier
Jakob Werner

How does a woman deal with the hair that grows other than on her head? A young woman talks about her journey between first depilation attempts, recurring frustration and slowly, but steadily growing pride in her own body. With verve, humour and honesty, this short, animated documentary visualizes a subject that’s all too often hushed up or shaved off. Strong performance, great cinema!

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
Winner of Honourable Mention (German Competition Short Film)
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Witty
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Haeberli Moritz Mueller-Preisser
A portrait of a happy cynic and lateral thinker who has persevered for years in a legal dispute over his dilapidated house with authorities in the luxury spa town of St. Moritz.
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Haeberli

Haeberli
Moritz Mueller-Preisser
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2019
29 minutes
German,
English,
Swiss German
subtitles: 
English

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Moritz Mueller-Preisser
Elena Erbenich
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München
Holger Jungnickel
Moritz Mueller-Preisser
Hauke von Stietencron
Michael Urs Heber
David Preute
Sebastian Fillenberg

Is he crazy or a genius? An impoverished compulsive hoarder or a millionaire? Many legends surround octogenarian Adolf Haeberli, who lives in a cramped and dilapidated house in the luxury spa town of St. Moritz. For some residents his home is an eyesore, while for others it’s a creative place of resistance. Haeberli himself thinks he was born under a lucky star. In this humorous but never exposing portrait of a lateral thinker, every voice is heard.

Annina Wettstein
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Small Worlds, Big People
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Witty
Rural vs. Urban
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Handbook

Handbuch
Pavel Mozhar
German Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
29 minutes
Russian,
German
subtitles: 
German

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Pavel Mozhar
Pavel Mozhar
Kolja Wolle
Laura Därr
Jonas Römmig
Florian Seufert
Pavel Mozhar
Joscha Eickel
Bertold Budig
Ganna Gryniva
Friedi Blume

A felicitous and at the same time almost unbearable cinematic experimental set-up that uses documentary means to show what the Belarusian reality behind the news items looks like. Based on eyewitness accounts, Pavel Mozhar re-stages Lukashenko’s perfidious and oppression-based power system. Violence in the shape of detailed reconstructions may seem abstract at first glance but drills itself into our consciousness all the more persistently in the course of the film.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
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State of the World
Exile
German Competition Short Film 2021
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Hoamweh Lung Felix Klee
After the loss of the family farm, all that’s left are digital visits via 3D online maps. But the narration is imprecise. The remembered place is reclaimed by image manipulation.
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Homesick Lungs

Hoamweh Lung
Felix Klee
German Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
14 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Felix Klee
Felix Klee
Felix Klee
Felix Klee
Felix Klee
Felix Klee
Felix Klee

Just hold your breath. Perhaps this helps as much against the pain of parting as the stinging nettles of one’s childhood. Sheila died of hay dust in her lungs and it seems as if the family farm died with the horse, too. After its sale, the laconic narrator pays digital visits via 3D online maps. But even the most detailed view says nothing about the grave of the three-legged farm cat. Using animation and image manipulation, he reclaims the remembered place.

André Eckardt
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Rural vs. Urban
Family Ties
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Operation Moonbird Dustin Lose
A gloomy filmic contribution to sea rescue and a concentrated revelation of the mechanisms of systematic flight prevention in the Mediterranean and the people responsible for it.
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Operation Moonbird

Operation Moonbird
Dustin Lose
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
22 minutes
German,
English
subtitles: 
English, German

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Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Mladjan Matavulj

A person swims for their life in the open sea. A European merchant vessel starts its engines and sails away from them. The pilot of a civilian aerial reconnaissance plane admonishes the captain and appeals to his conscience. The Libyan coast guard and the swimming person reach the decks of the European merchant vessel at the same time. Outcome unknown. The world turns in circles. This is not a film about the alleged refugee problem but one about the problem called Europe.

Borjana Gaković
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize, Young Eyes Film Award
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Zustand der Welt
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Pink Mao

Pink Mao
Tang Han
German Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
China,
Germany
2020
22 minutes
Chinese
subtitles: 
English

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Tang Han
Tang Han
Tang Han
Tang Han
Tang Han

Why do we see certain colours even when they aren’t there? Chinese director Tang Han meticulously analyses the 100 Yuan bill, which carries a portrait of Mao Zedong, and finds that – despite official representations and general perception – the note is pink rather than red. In a serious tone and colourful, merry images she also casually upsets any number of other entrenched notions about digitalization, globalization, capitalism and gender.

Borjana Gaković
Winner of Silver Dove (German Competition Short Film)
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State of the World
Witty