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“Hello,” We Lied

“Hello,” We Lied
Laura Gamse
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
USA
2020
12 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Laura Gamse
Daydream Reels
Mike Diva
Bernard Myburgh
Mike Diva
Steven O’Brien
Lostboyevsky
Sony Cleveland
Greg Sinibaldi
Jesse Canterbury

Journalism in the U.S. is in crisis. Jestin Coler, also known as the “fake news king”, most likely contributed to this when headlines from his satirical web page were picked up and believed by the mainstream. Coler describes fake news as a gateway drug and, ironically, as an antidote at the same time. In her film, director Laura Gamse scrolls through news and memes and thereby impressively comments on the state of Western societies.

Kim Busch
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Redistribution and Having a Say
State of the World
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Bless You!

Zdrastvuyte!
Tatiana Chistova
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Poland
2020
30 minutes
Russian
subtitles: 
English

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Tatiana Chistova
Maciek Hamela
Georg Gruber
Marina Levashova
Maciek Hamela
Tatiana Chistova
Patryk Zakrocki

Against the backdrop of Saint Petersburg’s back courtyards during the Corona lockdown, Tatyana Chistova fuses recordings of the almost empty city and calls to a municipal hotline tasked with offering help and advice, but topics range from the banal to existential questions. Elderly people in particular are affected by poverty, hunger and loneliness. Chistova highlights that in a system that neglects its weakest members, the virus is not the only threat.

Kim Busch
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Rural vs. Urban
State of the World
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Burp

Burp
Ethan Barrett
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
USA
2019
10 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett

Eating dirt and burping with relish – an earthworm refuses to be satisfied with this embarrassing evolutionary outcome for his species and sets out to learn better things. But imitating many-legged and winged insects does not result in distinguished behaviour but rather leads to mortal danger. Ethan Barrett demonstrates magnificently that clay is the pinnacle of the evolutionary pyramid of animation, especially when it is set to such a light and poignant score.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Intervening Nature
Witty
Family Ties
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Familie Zilla macht Picknick

Familie Zilla macht Picknick
Christian Franz Schmidt
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2019
4 minutes
German,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Georg Gruber
Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Christian Franz Schmidt
Alexander Oberrader
Christian Franz Schmidt

A cosy family picnic at the place they have been visiting since the Cretaceous period is what Mom, Dad and Go Zilla want. But first the big city that has annoyingly sprung up there must be flattened. In the father’s opinion, the performance of his offspring unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired: Too dreamy and still sucking on a pacifier, the little one just doesn’t wreak enough havoc. It’s an entertaining story in the almost normal everyday life of a family.

Kim Busch
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award, mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
Family Ties
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Hotel Astoria

Hotel Astoria
Falk Schuster, Alina Cyranek
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
28 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Falk Schuster
Alina Cyranek
Alina Cyranek
Falk Schuster
MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
Alina Cyranek
Falk Schuster
Tim Romanowsky
Alexander Schmidt
Julian Quitsch
Alina Cyranek
Falk Schuster
Florian Marquardt
Florian Marquardt

Everyone in Leipzig is familiar with the Hotel Astoria, which has stood vacant since 1996. This film takes a look back to the time when the hotel was the hotspot of the trade fair city, where professionals, politicians and guests from all over the world were entertained with the greatest possible GDR pomp. But the Stasi also came and went in the hotel. The story of an exciting chapter in the city’s history is told with archive material, staff reports, and the distinctive animations by Falk Schuster.

Kim Busch
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Regional
Redistribution and Having a Say
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It’s All the Salt’s Fault

Todo es culpa de la sal
María Cristina Pérez
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Colombia
2020
10 minutes
Spanish
subtitles: 
English

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María Cristina Pérez
Mauricio Cuervo
María Cristina Pérez
María Cristina Pérez
Mauricio Cuervo
Daniel Jones Cozzarelli
Jose Moreno
Daniel Jones Cozzarelli
Sara Isabella Martínez Rey

Click, frame change, click, frame change. The narrator presents her family in snapshots: the father in his youth, the mother posing in an armchair, siblings, birthdays, excursions, the usual. But the commentary by the daughter looking back adds something profoundly salty, perhaps even poisoned, to the unfolded normalcy. Tiny insults accumulate into sadness. It (almost) doesn’t matter that the family members in question are sloths.

Sylvia Görke
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award, mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Family Ties
Small Worlds, Big People
Sense and Being
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Me

Yo
Begoña Arostegui
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Spain
2020
13 minutes
Spanish
subtitles: 
English

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Begoña Arostegui
Fernando Franco
Fernando Franco
Fernando Franco
Nacho Arenas
Maite Arroitajauregi

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As a happily married manager of a department store, everything in the protagonist’s life is peaceful and orderly. But on his customary walk through the park one Sunday, he is suddenly confused by a sign marked with just one word: “Park”. The disturbance is so great that his everyday routine is thrown into chaos. Freely adapted from a story by Arthur Schnitzler.

Annina Wettstein
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Small Worlds, Big People
Sense and Being
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Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds
Franz Impler
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
15 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Franz Impler
Franz Impler

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A video game takes some entertaining and philosophical wrong turns: the tennis player figure slides from the centre court into a parallel world and is robbed of his racket. The quirky “Pong” setting gradually evolves into the course of a desperate search for identity outside the rules of the game. The pathetic polygonal Roger Federer stumbles over glitches. Rowdy supporting characters offer first harassment, then help. The design, this undead relic from the past of games, is a subversive fellow player.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Small Worlds, Big People
Witty
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Step Into the River

Dans la rivière
Weijia Ma
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
China,
France
2020
15 minutes
Chinese
subtitles: 
English

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Weijia Ma
Damien Megherbi
Justin Pechberty
Marion Chopin
Didier Falk
Juanjuan Chen
Ziteng Qi
Kun Yu
Thilbault Dumoulin
Mathilde Poigniez
Jihua Zhu
Mengshi Fang
Joseph Roth
Emilie Pigeard
Le Van Ho
Yann Song
Alix Boiron Albrespy
Pablo Pico

Lu and Wei live in a village in rural China. The young girls often go to the nearby river to play or fish with their fathers. The river has a special meaning for them because China’s one-child policy has led to some parents drowning their newborn daughters there. A poetic and touching animation in which Weijia Ma explores the consequences of this tragic chapter in the lives of many Chinese families.

Lina Dinkla
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Family Ties
Small Worlds, Big People
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Rural vs. Urban
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We Have One Heart

We Have One Heart
Katarzyna Warzecha
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Poland
2020
11 minutes
English,
Polish
subtitles: 
English

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Katarzyna Warzecha
Ewa Jastrzebska
Stanisław Zaborowski
Barbara Igielska
Katarzyna Wilk
Grzegorz Hartfiel
Katarzyna Warzecha
Yellow Tapir Studio
Piotr Kremky
Jakub Jerszyński
Adam Witkowski

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The letters Halina receives from Farouk in the late 1970s are as haunting as they are hopeful. They have a long journey between them: from Iraq to Poland. But at some point the contact breaks off, and the reasons remain a secret. Their son Adam manages to build a bridge. And the latter’s son, Ignacy, tells the story from his perspective. It’s a delicate visual treatment behind which complicated fates are hidden.

Carolin Weidner
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
Love/Without Love
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