The Winners 2014

43rd Sehsuechte International Student Film Festival

 

 

Best Feature Film Long

Endowed with a price money of 5.000€ by UFA Fiction

Elsewhere

Ester Amrami • Feature film • Germany • 2014 • 85′

What the jury says
“This year’s best feature film succeeds in portraying the German-Israeli relationship beyond cinematic clichés. Witty and lively, it tells a story of cultural differences, misunderstandings and the untranslatable nuances of a foreign language. A beautiful and atmospheric film about home and the absence of home.”

 

Best Feature Film Short

Endowed with a price money of 2.500€  by Budweiser Budvar

Auschwitz On My Mind

Assaf Machnes • Feature film • Israel | UK | Poland • 2013 • 16′

What the jury says
“From a German and Israeli perspective the concept of the film is fresh, true and important. The film tells a tender love story in the setting of breaking a taboo. Still, dignity and respect towards the holocaust are preserved. The thin line between tragedy and comedy is not crossed, but masterly and respectfully realised. A theme that has been touched many times is set into a new light, somehow normalised and positioned refreshingly different through its human perspective. Of prime importance is the intensive exchange of glances between the two protagonists.”

 

Special Mention

Killing A Dog
Matar A Un Perro

Alejo Santos • Feature film • Argentinia • 2013 • 13′

“With Killing A Dog Alejo Santos created a small masterpiece, starting with the direction but also due to its great editing, set design, actors, camera and dramaturgy. Visually impressive and to the point, a simple story is told in a captivating and harmonic way. We definitely want to see more films by Alejo Santos.”

 

 

 

Best Documentary Film long

Endowed with a price money of 5.000 € by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb)

Fog

Nicole Vögele • Documentary film • Germany • 2014 • 60′

 

Best Documentary Film short

When the Work Is Done

Katharina Waisburd • Documentary film • Germany • 2013 • 45′

What the jury says
“Filled with a mixture of everyday gestures, rituals and empty phrases the winner of this category composes meaningful scenes about the finishing of work life. The last day of work has never been projected on screen in the way this movie does. In a special fashion, this documentary creates a reflective manner, showing the sobriety of everyday work spaces.”

 

 

Best Cinematography

Endowed with a price money of 5.000€ by Arri Media Services

for Stefan Sick for his work in

Fog

Nicole Vögele • Documentary film • Germany • 2014 • 60′

What the jury says
“This year the award for best camera goes to a film with breathtakingly photographed episodes. They portray technology, culture and human idiosyncrasy in relation to nature.The jury was impressed by the film´s smooth pictures, taking their time to explore minimal changes all around us.”

 

 

Best Animated Film

Endowed with a price money of 2.500€ by 908 Motion Design & Visual Effects Produktion

The Strange Disappearance of Mr. Walter Werner

Caroline Murrell • Animated Film • France • 2013 •4′#

What the jury says
“The winner of this category has everything a good animation film needs: suspense, narrative, technique, and a relatable protagonist. Who is Walter? The short film is told in a fresh way with a remarkably well-executed animation!”

 

Special Mention

Symphony No. 42

Réka Bucsi  • Animated Film • Hungary • 2013 • 8′

“This animation film deserves a special mention for its contemporary style, the unusual narrative and the personal vision of the director.”

 

 

Best Editing

Endowed with a price money of 1.500€ by von Lavendel Film

Lamento

Jöns Jönsson • Feature Film • Germany • 2013 • 84′

What the jury says
“This year’s best editor boils down the actors’ strong performances to their essence. Following the protagonist’s grief, the editing develops its empathetic and sensitive style and thereby carefully transports the film’s emotional narrative style to the viewer.”

 

 

Fokus Price “Transit”

Endowed with a price money of 1.500€ by Klaus-Dieter Müller.Stiftung

Zelim’s Confession

Natalia Mikhaylova • Documentary Film • Germany • 2013 • 60′

 

Special Mention

Boy
Dreng

Julie Bezerra Madsen • Documentary film • Denmark • 2013 • 40′

“For its formal unity and the calculated use of cinematic means that Julia Bezerra Madsen sets up to tell the story of Oliver and his search for a new identity.”

 

 

Producer’s Award 1

Endowed with a price money of 12.000€ by Rotor Film GmbH

Killing All The Flies

Producers:  Alena Jelinek | Judith Schöll • Director: Hanna Maria Heidrich  • Feature Film • Germany • 2013 • 43′

 

 

Producer’s Award 2

Seminars worth 1.000€ by Erich Pommer Institut

Love Steaks

Producers: Ines Schiller | Golo Schultz • Feature Film • Germany • 2013 • 90′

 

 

Best Acting

Endowed with a price money of 1.500€ by Studio Babelsberg

Łukasz Simlat for his performance in

Magma

Paweł Maślona • Feature Flm • Poland • 2013 • 31′

What the jury says
“This actor really expresses the character’s inner world to the viewer, while adjusting and hiding it from his surroundings. One can physically feel the circumstances he is caught in. The fantastic timing of comedy and tragedy, which the actor masters expertly, amazes the jury. This precise sensibility of thoughts puts his acting on point in every scene.”

 

Special Mention

Luca Dimic for his performance in

ZIMA

Marcus Heep • Feature Film • Germany • 2013 • 28′

“The film ZIMA really profits from Luca Dimic´ pure acting. While not loosing himself in the melancholic character, this great actor draws the downward spiral of his character in an authentic and finely nuanced way.”

 

Best Screenplay (only in German language)

Benefit in kind worth 1.500€ by Script House | Price Money of 500€ by Pegasus

Kombi

Florian Frei • Germany • 2014

What the jury says
“Humour, this year’s best screenplay shows what it’s like, when one falls out of the social net. It happens unexcitedly, on the quiet. And it’s exactly this lack of excitement that gives the screenplay its special kind of force. It’s a story of three generations that have become estranged from one another. Father, son and grandson lead their lives next to each other, like parallels that never meet. With his precise observations the author creates an atmosphere for the underdogs of society, for the invisible. The characters he sketches are so lovingly eccentric: the crankier they get, the more they find their way into our hearts. The dialogues he creates need no extra words; they’re concise and undoubtedly authentic. This work is a road movie with no destination. The protagonists won’t arrive anywhere. They do make a journey, though – getting closer to one another. They gain an insight into each other’s lives. In the end, grandson Rico manages what seemed impossible: he forges links between generations, who, for the first time reach out for one another and converge.!In an incredibly charming manner, with great facility and a wry sense of humour, this year’s best screenplay shows what it’s like, when one falls out of the social net. It happens unexcitedly, on the quiet. And it’s exactly this lack of excitement that gives the screenplay its special kind of force. It’s a story of three generations that have become estranged from one another. Father, son and grandson lead their lives next to each other, like parallels that never meet. With his precise observations the author creates an atmosphere for the underdogs of society, for the invisible. The characters he sketches are so lovingly eccentric: the crankier they get, the more they find their way into our hearts. The dialogues he creates need no extra words; they’re concise and undoubtedly authentic. This work is a road movie with no destination. The protagonists won’t arrive anywhere. They do make a journey, though – getting closer to one another. They gain an insight into each other’s lives. In the end, grandson Rico manages what seemed impossible: he forges links between generations, who, for the first time reach out for one another and converge.”

 

 

Best Pitch! (only in German language)

Benefits in kind and a price money of 3.660€ by Skript Akademie Drehbuch

Fux

Olivia Requat • Austria • 2014

 

 

Best Musicvideo

Endowed with a price money of 1.000€ by RedBull Deutschland

Binary – “G.O.D.”

Tom Bunker | Nicos Livesey • Musicvideo • United Kingdom • 2014 • 4′

What the jury says
“It’s very rare to see animated videos that combine a high level of design and strong storytelling. This video definitely has both. It takes us into a visual world of its own and quickly establishes characters in an entertaining story that is a critical portrait of modern humans’ way of living. The build-up of the story is very well executed and keeps the viewer captivated to the end by showcasing a three-act narrative that greatly follows and enhances the music. The end itself is often a missing piece in music videos, which is another example of great directing skills of an animated piece. This video is original and we hope to see more videos with this level of attention to storytelling.”

 

Special Mention

The Dropout Patrol – “Archives”

“For a strong idea and beautiful execution that showcases: if you have a strong vision – the budget is secondary.”

 

 

Best Youth Film

Endowed with a price money of 2.500€ by the Prime Minister of the Federal State of Brandenburg Dr. Dietmar Woidke

Even Cowboys Get To Cry

Mees Peijnenburg • Feature Film • Netherlands • 2013 • 20′

 

 

Best Children’s Film

Endowed with a price money of 2.500€ by Filmpark Babelsberg

Rollin’ Safari

Kyra Buschor | Constantin Päplow  • Animated Film • Germany • 2013 • 2′

 

 

Audience Award

Endowed with a price money of 2.000€ by the Mayor of the City of Potsdam Jann Jakobs

Where The Street Ends

Nils Strüven • Feature Film • Germany • 2013 • 53′