Jury: Eileen Arandiga, Judith Tossel, Sabine Timoteo, Carlo Varini, Simon Ellis
Berlin-Brandenburg Short Film Award
Best Short Film
6.000 € von Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Regie: Grímur Hákonarson
Länge : 20´00 min
The award for Best Film goes to a drama which displays a quiet confidence from start to finish, with its economical visual composition and understated performances by the two leads. Not a word of dialogue is wasted, nor a character unnecessary; it exercises restraint at moments when ill-conceived camera or editing could easily disrupt its finely-tuned atmosphere. The award goes to Wrestling by Grimur Hakonarson.
Best Short Fiction
Postproduktion, Wert 7.000 € von das werk Novalisstrasse
Regie: Mads Matthiesen
Länge : 18´00 min
Best Fiction: Featuring a touching central performance from its visually-striking lead, this character portrait finally defies a stereotype that we have been cinematically bombarded with for too many years. Executed with a quiet sensitivity, this is a bold and highly original idea that truly subverts our assumptions of what defines a victim. The award goes to Dennis by Mads Matthiesen.
Transferral of digital data to 35mm valued at 4.000 € from TrickWILK GmbH Berlin
Regie: Bill Plympton
Länge : 05´50 min
The Best Animation award also goes to a comedy. Quite literally a story of the underdog, this lean tale of a well-intentioned misfit determined to earn his rightful place amongst his colleagues is endearing without being twee, creative without being showy, and relentlessly paced without being overbearing. The award goes to ‘Hot Dog’ by Bill Plympton.
Careful With that Axe
Regie: Jason Stutter
Länge : 02´00 min
For its sense of humour, exemplary timing, and cheeky suspense, an extremely short short which has you holding your breath or covering your eyes, manipulating audience expectation only to defy it in the final moment. The first Special Mention goes to ‘Careful with that Axe’ by Jason Stutter.
Le Secret de Salomon
Regie: David Charon
Länge : 19´00 min
The second Special Mention goes to a fantastical comedy which is anchored by a refreshingly naturalistic performance. Consistently creative, impeccably constructed, and hilariously heartfelt – ‘Salomon’s Secret’ by David Charhon.
Jury: Julia Richter, Bettina Buchler, Daniel Bickermann
Best German Film
Post production, valued at 13.000 € from das werk Novalisstrasse
Auf der Strecke
Regie: Reto Caffi
Deutschland / Schweiz, 2007
Länge : 30´00 min
3.000 € from Mini Movie International Channel
Die Klärung eines Sachverhalts
Regie: Sören Hüper, Christian Prettin
Länge : 20´00 min
Stipendium über 4 Monate für Unterricht nach Wahl im Wert von 2.000,- Euro
Regie: David Wnedt
Länge : 19´00 min
Regie: Ismail Sahin
Länge : 15´15 min
Jury: Adriana Altaras, Anke Leweke, Dawid Bartel, Daniel Kandell
Best Film Against Violence and Intolerance
1st Prize / 2.000 € von der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
The Graffiti of Mr. Tupaia
Regie: Christopher Dudman
Länge : 15´00 min
Two outsiders in a school, a camera that stays at their eye level. An ingenious form of communication, a surprising story. This story's hero is a caretaker, and in the end a girl will be less alone. This film depicts violence without showing it. To the contrary, director Christopher Dudman's film touches us with a very fine sense of humour, which only makes the tragedy of the story even more evident, while still leaving us with some hope. A film that has both impressed and moved the jury.
2nd Prize / 1.000 € von der Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung
Regie: Paddy Considine
Länge : 16´00 min
A film, a face: a face that is attacking his surrounding, the camera, the spectator; a film that catapults us directly into a life marked by violence and despair. Rather than looking for explanations, the director takes the perspective of his protagonist who has surrendered to his excessive violence, and it soon becomes clear that he himself is the first victim of his own violence. Peter Mullan gives an unforgetable performance as he and Scottish director Paddy Considine fabulously show us that we don´t necessarily have to understand a person, let alone like him, to get close to him.
The Morning, with Different Eyes
Regie: Philipp Yuryev
Russische Föderation, 2008
Länge : 08´00 min
A theft with fatal consequences. A film without dialogue, a convincing parable: Without relying on a heavy moral standpoint, the film calmly but intensely shows us what people are capable of doing to each other if they don't reflect on the consequences of their deeds.
It was the Confrontation Jury's desire to give a special mention to "The Morning with different eyes", the Opera Prima by Russian Filipp Yuriev. An extraordinary piece of work that marks the visible outline of an 18-year-old director who is developing his own style and voice.
Jury: Teresina Moscatiello, Gabriele Weyand, Christopher Buchholz, Ciro Cappellari, Alessandro de Filippo
Best Documentary - ZDFdokukanal (Documentary Channel)PrizeBuying and broadcasting a short documentary film, 15 Minutes max. up to 2000 €
Regie: Beatriz Martinez Sanchis
Länge : 23´00 min
For the immediacy and sincere approach with the children, which are the focus of the entire film. For the simple and direct language, for ? the point of view, where the role of the adults is the one of a mere voice off.
500 EUR von Bewegliche Ziele e.V.
Regie: Susan Gordanshekan
Länge : 33´30 min
For the particular approach with a complex and rich subject such as the coming of age in the metropolitan French suburbs. For the ability of keeping the direction in the plurality of narration.
Regie: Nicole Nielsen Horanyi
Länge : 29´00 min
Special mention for showing the ability of documentary film to look beyond the surface.
1.000 € von Zapf Umzüge
Regie: Till Endemann
Länge : 14´58 min
500 € von Gasthaus Renger - Patzsch
Good morning, Mr. Vampire
Regie: Aneta Kýrová
Tschechische Republik, 2007
Länge : 02´35 min
Media Composer Software valuated at 2.250 € from Avid
Regie: Hana Geissendörfer
Länge : 10´10 min
Jury: Harald Martenstein, Johnny Haeusler, Mathias Blüm
500 € from Zucker.Kommunikation
Projekt 1450 - Die Mantaverschwörung
Regie: Johannes Kümmel
Länge : 05´00 min
The jury made a conscious decision against awarding the first Viral Video Award to either the funniest advertising clip, the best short film or the most honourable cause. Instead, we endeavoured to select an entertaining, clever and artistically executed and appealing piece that relied on methods of viral circulation to spread itself among the digital masses. The winning clip was selected due to its skilful use of film technique which while playing with our perceptions does not however, disappoint us with a product commercial as the punch-line. It preys on our ready belief of conspiracy theories, which spread throughout the internet as quickly as has this award winning film. While the film that came in first place is in some respects a commercial of sorts, that should not detract from the filmmaker's wonderful idea: The Viral Video Award goes to the Manta-Conspiracy.
Länge : 01´55 min
We would like to address a special mention to the following clip and the film we just saw, produced by the supporters of the "Mediaspree versenken" campaign. When a committed group tackles an important topic such as this conflict rife urban planning issue and with little financial means utilizes the internet in every conceivable way for the purpose of propagating their interests, and when on the strength of this, the group initiates and wins a referendum in their favour, then that's a clear case of action group excellence - thereby worthy of our special mention.
500 € from Zucker.Kommunikation
Regie: Jan Litzinger
Länge : 01´38 min