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Winners
2012

Jury of the International Competition 2012

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Steve Anker (USA)

Karina Karaeva (Russia)

Birgit Hein (Germany)

Kawai Masayuki (Japan)

Roee Rosen (Israel)


Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen (7,500 €)

Snow Tapes

Mich'ael Zupraner

Israel/Palestinian Territories 2011, 13'30'', HDCAM, colour

 

 

 

 

Statement

In this work, with a strong sense of political urgency and complexity, the artist provided camera to a Palestinian family in the highly charged city of Hebron. But instead of a one dimensional depiction of a political conflict, he complicates the viewer's life with a bifurcated screen in which we are confronted not only with the violent reality of the occupation, but also with the glee of the victim when he is able to be aggressive, with the ambivalence of throwing snow balls as both playful and violent, and with the Israeli director himself as someone who stand to gain from representing Palestinian suffering. The result, while raw and rough, is both subtle and evocative, and reconfigures cinema as an active agent beyond the subjective-objective division rather than settle for a passive political role.


Principal Prize (3,500 €)

Reframing the Artist

Sascha Pohle

Netherlands 2010, 35', HDV, colour

 

 

 

Statement

We might mistake this piece for a familiar post-modern exercise, reflecting upon the representation of artists in mainstream cinema. Yet, by having the familiar tropes re-enacted in a Chinese art factory in a non patronizing and sensitive way, the director allows us an ever expanding view of both the astounding wide scope of an art labour that includes instant Mona Lisas side by side with Vladimir Putin and Deng Xiaoping portraits, and a rare and non nostalgic view of the labourers, low-paid craftsmen of painting who nonchalantly assume the roles of heroic artists such as Jackson Pollock and Vincent Van Gogh.


Principal Prize (3,500 €)

Ten Five in the Grass

Kevin Jerome Everson

USA 2012, 32', DV, colour

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Through a deceptively simple but profoundly observed series of extended compositions, Kevin Jerome Everson discovers the world of real cowboys, not as larger than life mythic figures but as down-to-earth African-Americans totally devoted to the rodeo. There is something truly surprising in seeing the white American image of the cowboy transformed into the joyful leisure activity of young African-Americans. It is a deeply moving portrait that gives one of the primary romantic archetypes a new cultural identity.


ARTE Prize for a european short film (2,500 €)

Marian Ilmestys

(The Annunciation)

Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Finland 2011, 37'30'', DCP, colour

 

 

 

 

Statement

The classic religious depictions of the Annunciation become both humane and ironic by having them re-enacted with a cast of unassuming yet wholly engaged women. Different layers of meaning and sensuality are constructed and narrated in an unpretentious and disarmingly witty way.


Special Mention of the International Jury

Sounding Glass

Sylvia Schedelbauer

Germany 2011, 10', Digibeta, b/w

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

With very few images culled from the flood of footage originally taken during World War II, the filmmaker manages to express the incomprehensible trauma of war as a strong visual experience. With a highly compressed use of sound and image, Sounding Glass creates a visceral impact that can only be achieved by cinematic means.


Special Mention of the International Jury

Tic Tac

Josephine Ahnelt

Austria 2011, 2'30'', 35 mm/Super 8, b/w

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

This film expresses the visual mystery of what at first might seem to be found footage of teenagers playing in an anonymous courtyard. At the modest 2'30'' length of an 8mm camera roll, Tic Tac captures images pregnant with fragility and multiple meaning.


Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia

Christiane Heuwinkel (Bielefeld)

Ruth Schiffer (Düsseldorf)

Ulrike Sprenger (Konstanz)

Kyra Scheurer (Berlin)


Prize of the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia (5,000 €)

Slot Machine

Wu Chang-Jung

Taiwan 2010, 3', DV, colour

 

 

Statement

The Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport honours a short film indeed: Slot Machine by Wu Chang-Jung combines rhythmic precision, mediatic dash and originality in three minutes. It connects big issues like mass production driven by profit-maximization with an absolutely tender and sensual eye for elementary things.


Special Mention

Applied Theories of Expanding Minds

Lena Bergendahl, Jennifer Rainsford, Rut Karin Zettergren

Sweden/Kenya 2011, 33', DV, colour

 

 

Statement

We award a Special Mention to a film that takes cracking the Eurocentric point of view seriously and creates an equally bizarre and terrifyingly credible world in the process. Applied Theories of Expanding Minds by Lena Bergendahl, Jennifer Rainsford and Rut Karin Zettergren is the dystopia of a fictitious former colony whose social and religious life is ruled by geomagnetism. Creative courage and a love of directorial detail make this game of reality and fiction more than an end in itself; it triggers social and critical associations in a playful and natural way.


Jury of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI)

Goffredo De Pascale (Italy)

Donald James (France)

Doris Kuhn (Germany)


The International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize)

Café Regular, Cairo

Ritesh Batra

Egypt/India 2011, 11', HDCAM, colour

 

 

 

Statement

The film relates to a contemporary political issue – a free choice about a life. It is a portrait of a woman who decides to take her personal life in her own hands. The dialogue is funny and clever; the director shows a great sense of emotional nuances. The form, on the other hand, is fresh and vivid; camera moves are elaborate and observant.


The Ecumenical Jury

sponsored by the Evangelische Kirchenkreis Oberhausen and the Katholische Filmarbeit in Deutschland

 

Members of the Jury

 

Irina Grassmann (Frankfurt am Main)

Theresia Merz (Linz, Austria)

Dominique Schneider (Zurich, Switzerland)

Eberhard Streier (Essen)


Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (1,500 €)

Odete

Clarissa Campolina, Ivo Lopes Araújo, Luiz Pretti

Brazil 2012, 16', HDCAM, colour

 

 

 

Statement

A life without relationships is reduced to mere existence. Clarissa Campolina, Ivo Lopes Araújo and Luiz Pretty sketch a complex mother-daughter-relationship in their film. In carefully composed images, the directors reveal the inner limitations of Odete and her mother.


Promotional Award of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 0,10 € for each ticket issued during the current festival ca. 1,750 €

Jalan Jati

(Teak Road)

Lucy Davis

Singapore 2012, HDCAM, 23', colour

 

 

Statement

Jalan Jati impresses by its technically and aesthetically unconventional animation and, as an art project, by its extraordinary combination of diverse artistic and scientific fields. An organic achievement in every respect.


ZONTA Prize to a female filmmaker in the International or German Competition (1,000 €)

Ersatz

Elodie Pong

Switzerland/France 2011, 4', HDCAM, colour

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Lovers' banter – the almost Dadaist linguistic play on the word "Ersatz" suddenly becomes serious. Ersatz-love must look for an Ersatz-flat. For this equally unusual and funny experimental set-up, the Zonta Prize goes to Elodie Pong and her film Ersatz.


Jury of the German Competition 2012

Karola Gramann (Frankfurt am Main)

Andreas Siekmann (Berlin)

Jan Distelmeyer (Potsdam)


Prize for the best contribution to the German Competition (5,000 €)

Item Number

Oliver Husain

Germany/Canada 2012, 16', DCP, colour

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

Time is running out. The mirror shows for what or whom. A very particular kind of artificiality loses its melodramatic nature and re-discovers it at the moment when the space beyond the stage becomes the stage. And because there is no beyond, the film releases its protagonist.


3sat Promotional Award (2,500 €)

Red, She Said

Mareike Bernien, Kerstin Schroedinger

Germany/Great Britain 2011, 13', Digibeta, colour

 

 

Statement

From (post) production to projection and intervention. A sympathetic examination of colour film, its procedures and impact on a perception of reality that is not so much recorded as constructed. It's precisely in this sense, as part of an ongoing debate, that this film, via several spots, lets a red re-emerge that is bigger than life in more than one sense.


Special Mention of the Jury of the German Competition

The Centrifuge Brain Project

Till Nowak

Germany 2011, 7', DCP, colour

 

 

 

 

Statement

Everything spins, moves, permutates. Having reached its digital present age, film returns to its fairground roots. While testing the limits of the alleged separation of fiction and documentary and toying with the audience, this film also mocks humanity's neo-liberal measuring and (self) optimisation drive.


Special Mention of the Jury of the German Competition

Sounding Glass

Sylvia Schedelbauer

Germany 2011, 10', Digibeta, b/w

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The certainty that everything and everyone has a fixed place in history gives way to uncertainty and searching. Constant changes between light and dark set history in motion. Flickering deforms, developing a pull that in turn creates an urgency that doesn't preclude doubt.


Jury of the North Rhine-Westfalia Competition 2012-2014

Barbara Fischer-Rittmeyer (Dortmund/Cologne)

Natascha Gikas (Frankfurt am Main)

Jens Schneiderheinze (Münster)


Prize for the best contribution to the North Rhine-Westfalia Competition (1,000 €), sponsored by the NRW.BANK

Guck woanders hin

Charlotte Anne-Marie Rolfes

Germany, 22', HDCAM, colour

 

 

 

 

Statement

Everything could be perfect for 14-year-old Janna: an afternoon at the fair and the prospect of long summer holidays. When she meets a boy her age at the lake, their mutual attraction is immediately apparent. What starts as a harmless flirt soon turns out to be Janna's dramatically failed attempt to experience a self-determined "first time".

The director subtly hints at the girl's story of abuse, which catches up with Janna as she looks for a normal way to deal with natural physical proximity. The two lay actors are excellently directed and convincing in their roles. We were particularly impressed with the key scene of the film, in which the main character ceases to be merely a victim and becomes an abuser herself. The director handles her subject masterfully, both visually and in terms of content


Promotional Award of the North Rhine-Westfalia Competition (500 €), sponsored by the NRW.BANK

Daphne und Noa

Simon Steinhorst

Germany 2011, 9', HDCAM, colour

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

We hear two little girls sing about their lives. Their songs are about big issues like adoption or patchwork families, but also about everyday matters like a sister who pees into the shared bed. The director and his team brilliantly visualise the verbal reality of the kids.

The girls' sparkling creativity finds an independent equivalent in the colourful drawn animation. Their unselfconscious singing triggers a process of drawn associations. Perfectly adapted to the children's tales, the animation is captivating in its fast-paced rhythm and apparent simplicity.


Members of the Jury of the Children's Competition 2012

Lara Nowak, Justin Borin, Maja Brandt, Carina Strohof, Marie Sokoll von der Katharinenschule


Prize of the Children's Jury of the International Children's Competition (1,000 €), sponsored by Neue Ruhr Zeitung

Ernesto

Corinne Ladeinde

Great Britain 2011, 7', Digibeta, colour

 

 

 

Statement

We all liked the story of Ernesto especially. The boy wants a tooth gap like all the other children and even tries to pull out a milk tooth with a pair of pliers. Suddenly his teeth start to fight back because they don't want to come out just yet. We liked the colourful and gay images and we liked the way the characters were drawn: Ernesto has an enormous head of black curls. We also thought the music and the singing were very good and award our prize to Ernesto.


evo Promotional Award of the Children's Jury of the International Children's Film Competition (1,000 €), sponsored by the Energieversorgung Oberhausen AG (evo)

Mina Moes 

(Mina Mouse)

Mirjam de With

Netherlands 2011, 15', Digibeta, colour

 

 

 

Statement

There was another film we all thought was great. It's about a little girl who just refuses to listen to the adults. We really like the film because Mina manages to be like her role model, Minnie Mouse, even though her mother and teacher object. The costume with the big Minnie Mouse ears was great and the actors were all very good. Plus, the film is very funny and entertaining.


Special Mention

Gogona Goridan

(The Girl from Gori)

Eka Papiashvili

Germany/Georgia 2012, 14', Blu-ray, colour

 

 

 

Statement

When a girl comes into a new class, it's sometimes hard for the "new girl". Especially if there is a boy who is very mean. The boy in the film was also very mean to his new classmate, Tamari, at first and even broke her crayons. But we thought it was really great that he apologizes in the end and even gives her a new set of crayons. Because we liked the actors and the story very much, we award a Special Mention to Gogona Goridan.


Members of the Jury of the Youth Film Competition 2012

Marvin Damrow, Meliysa Yüksel, Katharina Wilzhoff, Pernille Eichhorn, David Ohse vom Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium


Prize of the Youth Jury of the International Children's and Youth Film Competition (1,000 €), supported by the Sir Peter Ustinov Foundation

Junior

Julia Ducournau

France 2011, 21'30'', Digibeta, colour

 

 

 

Statement

We award our prize to a film whose diversity simply bowled us over. We were particularly impressed by the shifts between funny scenes and horror movie shock moments and the wonderful camera moves. It's easy to identify with the interesting characters because of the film's topic, puberty, and it's fun to watch the powerful metamorphosis from ugly duckling to beautiful girl. Plus, the emotions are highlighted from different perspectives. The playful use of symbols, the strong special effects and the impressive use of music and sound made us choose Junior as the best film of the competition.


Special Mention

Slot Machine

Wu Chang-Jung

Taiwan 2010, 3', DV, colour

 

 

Statement

We award our Special Mention to a film that tackles an important and global issue. The film is an artistic and extremely creative take on mass consumerism and capitalism. The idea to present an industrialised pig farm as a slot machine impressed us very much and made us think. Animals are not regarded as living creatures but translated into money from the moment of their birth. Because Slot Machine deals with the issue in such a thoughtful and critical way, and because we were absolutely convinced by the interaction of image and sound, we want to give the film a Special Mention.


Members of the MuVi Award Jury 2012

Daniel Miller (London)

Laetitia Rouxel (Paris)

Ralph Christoph (Cologne)


1st Prize of the 14th MuVi Award (2,500 €)

Carsten Nicolai for uni acronym (alva noto ft. Anne-James Chato), Germany 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

This was an unanimous and quick decision by the jury. It was obvious: perfect match between music and image. A simple idea, superbly executed.


2nd Prize of the 14th MuVi Award (1,500 €)

Katharina Duve and Timo Schierhorn for Fratzengulasch (Die Vögel), Germany 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The track title "Fratzengulasch" comes to life; again a perfect match.


3rd Prize of the 14th MuVi Award (1,000 €)

Jolly Goods a.k.a. Tanja Pippi & Angy Lord for Try (Jolly Goods), Germany 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement

The only performance video from the selection. It's simple, clear and efficient. And a good expression of role models in music video.


MuVi Online Audience Award (500 €)

Katharina Duve and Timo Schierhorn for Fratzengulasch (Die Vögel), Germany 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

determined by Internet vote and endowed with 500 €