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Winner

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 

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

Bratrabylta

Regie: Grímur Hákonarson

Island, 2007

Länge : 20´00 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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Best Short Fiction

Postproduktion, Wert 7.000 € von das werk Novalisstrasse

Dennis

Regie: Mads Matthiesen

Dänemark, 2008

Länge : 18´00 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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Best Animation

Transferral of digital data to 35mm valued at 4.000 € from TrickWILK GmbH Berlin

Hot Dog

Regie: Bill Plympton

USA, 2008

Länge : 05´50 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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1. Special Mention

Careful With that Axe

Regie: Jason Stutter

Neuseeland, 2008

Länge : 02´00 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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2. Special Mention

Le Secret de Salomon

Regie: David Charon

Frankreich, 2007

Länge : 19´00 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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GERMAN COMPETITION 

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

Mini Movie German Short Award

3.000 € from Mini Movie International Channel

Die Klärung eines Sachverhalts

Regie: Sören Hüper, Christian Prettin

Deutschland, 2008

Länge : 20´00 min

SAE Institute Short Film Award

Stipendium über 4 Monate für Unterricht nach Wahl im Wert von 2.000,- Euro

California Dreams

Regie: David Wnedt

Deutschland, 2007

Länge : 19´00 min

Special Mention

Hakim

Regie: Ismail Sahin

Deutschland, 2007

Länge : 15´15 min

CONFRONTATIONS – FILMS AGAINST VIOLENCE AND INTOLERANCE 

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

Neuseeland, 2008

Länge : 15´00 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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Best Film Against Violence and Intolerance

2nd Prize / 1.000 € von der Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung

Dog Altogether

Regie: Paddy Considine

Schottland, 2007

Länge : 16´00 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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Special Mention

The Morning, with Different Eyes

Regie: Philipp Yuryev

Russische Föderation, 2008

Länge : 08´00 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION 

Jury: Teresina Moscatiello, Gabriele Weyand, Christopher Buchholz, Ciro Cappellari, Alessandro de Filippo

Best Documentary - ZDFdokukanal (Documentary Channel)Prize

Buying and broadcasting a short documentary film, 15 Minutes max. up to 2000 €

La Clase

Regie: Beatriz Martinez Sanchis

Spanien, 2007

Länge : 23´00 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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interfilm Dokumentary film award



500 EUR von Bewegliche Ziele e.V.

Garcons Manqués

Regie: Susan Gordanshekan

Deutschland, 2007

Länge : 33´30 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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Special Mention

Mr. P

Regie: Nicole Nielsen Horanyi

Dänemark, 2007

Länge : 29´00 min



Jury Statement:
Special mention for showing the ability of documentary film to look beyond the surface.

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KUKI
Children and Youth Short Film Festival 

KuKi 1

1.000 € von Zapf Umzüge

Strafstoss

Regie: Till Endemann

Deutschland, 2008

Länge : 14´58 min

KuKi 2

500 € von Gasthaus Renger - Patzsch

Good morning, Mr. Vampire

Regie: Aneta Kýrová

Tschechische Republik, 2007

Länge : 02´35 min

Best KUKI Youth Short Film

Media Composer Software valuated at 2.250 € from Avid

Play Time

Regie: Hana Geissendörfer

Frankreich, 2007

Länge : 10´10 min

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Audience Award 

Audience Award 'Eject XI'

1.000 € from webwerk

KJFG No.5

Regie: Alexei Alexeev

Ungarn, 2007

Länge : 02´00 min

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FORWARD – INTERNATIONAL VIRAL VIDEO AWARD 

Jury Prize

Jury: Harald Martenstein, Johnny Haeusler, Mathias Blüm

500 € from Zucker.Kommunikation

Projekt 1450 - Die Mantaverschwörung

Regie: Johannes Kümmel

Deutschland, 2008

Länge : 05´00 min



Jury Statement:
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.

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Special Mention

Mediaspree Versenken

Regie:  Pappsatt

Deutschland, 2008

Länge : 01´55 min



Jury Statement:
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.



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Audience Award

500 € from Zucker.Kommunikation

XTreme Catapulting

Regie: Jan Litzinger

Deutschland, 2008

Länge : 01´38 min

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