In recent months, German short films gained awards recognition at many international festivals, here’s a selection: At the Busan International Short Film Festival, Detsky Graffam’s 90 DEGREES NORTH received the Busan Cinephile Award. DISSONANCE by Till Nowak was awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival. A German short filmmaker was also successful at the VIS Vienna Independent Shorts Festival: Alex Gerbaulet was awarded as Best Director for her short film essay SHIFT. At the renowned animation film festivals in Annecy and Zagreb further German productions took awards home: in Annecy, FRANKFURTER STR. 99 a by Evgenia Gostrer got a Jury Distinction in the Graduation Films Competition. Another two German Films were awarded at the Animafest Zagreb: WHAT THEY BELIEVE by Shoko Hara won the Dušan Vukotić Award (Best Student Film); BROKEN – THE WOMEN’S PRISON AT HOHENECK received the Special Award by jury member Cecilia Traslaviña. THE CULPRIT by Michael Rittmannsberger won the Francisco García de Paso Mention at the Huesca Film Festival, where STORM CELLS by Jakob Schmidt was also honored with a Special Mention by the Youth Jury. From the Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth, TIGER by Kariem Saleh took the Golden Apple for the Best Animated Film.

BROKEN (© Volker Schlecht/Die Kulturingenieure)