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3 Stolen Cameras

Documentary Film
Spain,
Sweden
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
Mariem Hassan
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
David Gülich
We don’t see or hear much coming out of Western Sahara. The region was annexed by Morocco in 1979 and the Moroccan occupiers were able to impose an almost complete media blockade since then. For years, activists of the Equipe Media group have been the only ones who covertly film rallies, police brutality and human rights violations and smuggle the material abroad, while they themselves frequently get in the line of fire of the occupation forces.

Ralph Eue

A Documentary Film

Animadoc
Poland
2015
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Marcin Malatyński
Marcin Podolec
Wiktoria Nowak
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
What would a documentary about a man from Jarosław look like whose biography records no special events – while the big dramas happen on the television monitor? And yet this is life as lived: work, coffee, headache pills, vacations. A house that’s too big now that the children have moved out. Marcin Podolec in a touching way transfers his father’s life into the world of comics and creates a new genre in the process: the animated long term observation.

Lars Meyer

Absences

Documentary Film
El Salvador,
Mexico
2015
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Anaïs Vignal, Julio López
Tatiana Huezo
Pablo Fernández
Ernesto Pardo
Lucrecia Gutiérrez Maupomé
Tatiana Huezo
Pablo Tamez
Ever since her husband and son were dragged out of the car and kidnapped by strangers four years ago, Lulu has drifted through her life in Mexico like a ghost. Though there is no trace of them she can’t stop searching. When is the right time to bury one’s hopes? Tatiana Huezo visually translates Lulu’s story into a reality that has cracked and shows the invisible: the feeling of absence – but also a path back to life.

Lars Meyer

Airport

Animated Film
Croatia,
Switzerland
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Ruedi Schick, Ankica Jurić Tilić
Michaela Müller
Hrvoje Štefotić
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller, Aleksandar Battista Ilić
Fa Ventilato
The letters on a departure board turn into grey figures with trolley suitcases hurrying through the high security airports of this world. A red wall abruptly puts an end to the journey of a restless man whose wide-spread arms melt like Icarus’s wings. Reality is punctured and the fatal contradictions of our globalised world are metaphorically exposed. Michaela Müller spent six years condensing her original sound sketch stills into a work of art.

Nadja Rademacher

All I Imagine

Documentary Film
Portugal
2017
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Pedro Pinho, Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, João Matos, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha (Terratreme Filmes)
Leonor Noivo
Finex
Vasco Viana
João Braz, Joana Góis
Leonor Noivo, André Simões
Rafael Cardoso
Emmy lays out Euro coins in a row: “That separates me from you, see?” There are actually more than a few coins between Emmy and André, two young adults from Alcoitão, a town in the Alcabideche municipality near Lisbon. Leonor Noivo’s direction is striking and highly professional, like many of the works coming from Portugal these days. It’s still a documentary – Noivo witnesses a biographical and emotional in-between state.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

All Inclusive

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Stella Händler
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Heidi Happy
Nikola Ilić
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Robert Büchel
In times of terror and blue algae, cruises have replaced the holiday resorts in Antalya and the Costa Brava as the perfect travel destination for package tourists. The ships move across the global seas like floating cities and the never-ending spectacle aboard makes shore excursions almost redundant. Once you’re immersed in the structure of forced pleasures you can have ceaseless fun with aerobics, dancing competitions and captain’s dinners. At least while your money holds out.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann



Golden Dove in the International Competition Short Film; Swiss Film Prize Best Short Film 2019

Am I a Wolf?

Animated Film
Iran
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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KANOON – Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults
Amir Houshang Moein
Mohamad Jafari
Amir Houshang Moein
Amir Houshang Moein
Amir Houshang Moein
Hosein Ghourchian
Children perform a puppet theatre version of the fairytale of “The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats”. They identify so strongly with their roles that the boundaries between acting and real life begin to blur. In restrained colours, the drawn animation shifts between these levels. For the boy who plays the big bad wolf the performance ends in an emotional borderline experience. This film is based on a collection of poetry by the Iranian children’s and youth book writer Afsaneh Shaban-nejad.

Annina Wettstein



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the International Competition Short Animated Film.

Asho

Documentary Film
Iran
2019
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Maryam Najafi
Jafar Najafi
Amir Shahabi
Ahmad Babadi
Huda Arshad Riahi
Saeid Bahrami
Asho knows not only how to deal with goats, he also knows about films. He tries to see at least one a day. His favourite director is Tim Burton. Always on the road (Asho means “eagle”), the Iranian shepherd’s son dreams of being an actor. By his side: his cousin and future wife Pari. Pari thinks that if Asho becomes a star, then so should she. But they both have been for a long time: This is their behind-the-scenes.

Carolin Weidner



Awarded with an Honorable Mention in the International Competition Short Animated and Documentary Film.

Average Happiness

Animated Film
Switzerland
2019
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Olivier Zobrist
Maja Gehrig
Joy Frempong
Maja Gehrig, Nora de Baan
Maja Gehrig, Stefan Holaus
Maja Gehrig
Peter Bräker
What starts with a factual Power Point presentation of a data survey about life satisfaction in Europe soon turns into a truly sensual journey. Diagrams break out of their x- and y-axes. Colourful columns, circles and lines become actors in infographic landscapes, behaving more and more euphorically: Age pyramids dance, bars merge into figures and rise together to a climax. An orgiastic world of statistics, who would have thought!

Annina Wettstein

Ayan and the White Balloon

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Iran
2015
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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KASK Academy of art, Gent University, Belgium
Vida Dena
Emad, Meisam, Ali, Pooyan
Vida Dena
Dieter Diependaele, Vida Dena
Vida Dena
Milad, Michel Coquette
Hiding: behind masks, the white balloon, a fiction. The fears run deep. After five years in exile in Europe the director returns to Iran to make a film. She asks her friends to act in it. What starts as a game during the shoot gradually turns into a brutal clash between those who stayed and the one who left. Who has the prerogative of interpretation? What is a stereotype, what does the West want to see, what do the Iranians want to reveal about themselves?

Cornelia Klauß

Bei Wind und Wetter

Animadoc
Switzerland
2015
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Carola Kutzner
Remo Scherrer
Rahel Zimmermann
Remo Scherrer
Remo Scherrer, Martin Hofer, Yael Schärer, Lorenz Wunderle, Lea Stirnimann, Lisa Leudolph
Remo Scherrer
Moritz Flachsmann, Thomas Gassmann, Guido Keller
Details emerge from a storm of images, reduced to black and white, silhouettes only: a Ferris wheel turning mechanically, children playing ball, one of whom standing a little way off, a knife suitable for slitting one’s wrist. They are part of the nightmares of an eight-year-old girl whose mother is an alcoholic. Off screen the girl, now grown up, talks about powerlessness, shame and the long silence.

Cornelia Klauß



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Animated Documentary 2016

Beyond

Animated Film
Hungary
2015
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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József Fülöp
Milán Kopasz
Csaba Kalotás
Balázs Varju Tóth
Judit Czakó
Milán Kopasz, Vivien Sárkány
Milán Kopasz
Péter Benjámin Lukács
A corpulent woman skipping on the beach … five persons in five places in five different situations. Only a few millimetres removed from normality, at the edge of mystery, interlaced by the editing and directed with an amazing combination of different animation techniques. Milán Kopasz orchestrates scenes that seem unrealistically real and have irresistible powers of attraction.

André Eckardt


Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award

Big Bunny Again?

Animadoc
France
2016
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Jean-Christophe Soulageon (Les Films Sauvages)
Émilie Pigeard
Jean-Marc Fort, Émilie Pigeard
Émilie Pigeard, Arnaud Viémont
Émilie Pigeard
Émilie Pigeard
Henri D’Armancourt, Agathe Courtin, Julien Ngo Trong, Manuel Vidal
Grandfather shoots his five-year-old granddaughter’s favourite rabbit. A childhood trauma that can only be compensated for by a new animal: a dog with rabbit ears. Ugly, everyone says – but the most brilliant companion imaginable. Until the girl grows up. In what may be the fastest coming of age story ever, Émilie Pigeard digs up a chapter of her life to take us straight into the realm of children’s fantasies with her colourful scribbled images.

Lars Meyer


Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award

Birds of Paradise

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2019
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Rocco Senatore
Aline Suter, Céline Carridroit
Adrien Kessler
Aline Suter
Aline Suter, Céline Carridroit
Céline Carridroit
The photos were taken at a time when a deadly virus was raging. It would have destroyed a family by a hair’s breadth before it even became one. The hand holding the photos and the voice talking about them bear witness to the fact that there sometimes is a life after life with death. Which, again sometimes, makes a new vision possible: not just of one’s own life, but of all living things around us.

Lukas Foerster

Bojo Beach

Documentary Film
Austria
2017
25 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Elke Groen, Bady Mink, Alexander Dumreicher Ivanceanu
Elke Groen
Elke Groen
Emily Artmann
Ina Ivanceanu
Fishermen on the Ghanaian coast going about their daily business – or at least the work they must do to ultimately have some kind of business (perhaps). In the same spirit, filmmaker Elke Groen, in her respectful and reserved observation, has no preconceptions of what the ultimate result of this material shot on one day in May 2016 is to be. So this is no quick report in which everything is eventually reduced to one pithy idea, but the cinematographic creation of an experience space.

Ralph Eue

California on Fire

Documentary Film
USA
2018
25 minutes
subtitles: 
No
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Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
Jeff Frost
An exhilarated guitar stumbles. The glow of the evening throws off its romantic disguise and reveals itself as the face of a hellish conflagration in California, covering hilltops and residential areas. Its brutal beauty turns the events into a cosmic and unreal incident. Using time-lapse, granular editing and drone sounds, Jeff Frost paints a world that is out of joint and makes it tangible in his impressive composition.

André Eckardt