Members of the Jury of the International Competition 2013
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Steve Holmgren (USA)
Victoria Ilyushkina (Russia)
Tran Luong (Vietnam)
Daniela Pérez (Mexico)
Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen (8,000 €)
Kirik Beyaz Laleler (Off-White Tulips)
Germany/Turkey 2013, 24', DCP, Colour
Who does not know a woman who has dyed her hair blonde? Or, who has never had –even if in dream– an imaginary friend?
Aykan, perhaps the story of your relationship to James Baldwin is not encapsulated within the world of fiction only. Your piece, an hommage to Baldwin, actually stands in the subtle and fragile line between two worlds – the real and the creative– and also between several times/moments. By adeptly weaving images of Baldwin with your own personal exploration, Kirik Beyaz Laleler beautifully connects to viewers in a multitude of ways. We are extremely excited to share your portrait of an exile writer, with whom you share a 3 year overlap (1984-1987).
Principal Prize (4,000 €)
Poland 2013, 19', DCP, Colour
The artist of this work decided to introduce his film by generously suggesting, more or less, that we all be good to each other. This message is artistically crafted and delivered through a series of animated drawings that portray many depths and several perspectives. This regional and semi-autobiographical tale is haunting in the most beautiful ways. Tomasz Popakul, thank you for taking us to the sea: through black & white frames that outline complex smouldering atmospheres without the need of a snorkel or a gas-tank.
ARTE Prize for a european short film (2,500 €)
Great Britan 2012, 5', HDCAM, Colour
Mr. John Smith, a ruler, a stick, a cup (and much paint along the way). It is our honour to be introduced to Mr. Tony Smith. A finely woven series of minute details enrich and enable the deep and colourful dive into the personal palimpsest of memories that are powerfully gathered in Dad's Stick.
Special Mentions of the International Jury
Poland 2012, 17'30'', DCP, Colour
Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia
Jana Debus (Köln)
Ruth Schiffer (Düsseldorf)
Georg Elben (Marl)
Maike Mia Höhne (Berlin/Hamburg)
Oliver Baumgarten (Köln)
Prize of the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia (5,000 €)
Montaña en sombra
Spain 2012, 14' , DCP, colour
We award a film whose narrative evolves solely from the power of images, revealing a mountain deeply scarred by human beings. With outstanding camerawork on the edge of black-and white, it exposes the contrast between a powerful nature and human activities as represented by a bizarre ski ballet. A mountain in mourning – "Montaña en sombra" by Lois Patiño.
Jury of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI)
Jennifer Borrmann (Germany)
Aleksander Huser (Norway)
Tara Judah (Australia)
The International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize)
Buffalo Death Mask
Canada 2013, 23', File, Colour and b/w
From a very strong program there were several impressive works, however there can only be one winner. The winning film highlights universal themes in a poignant, personal way. Through earnest dialogue and dreamlike imagery it laments sickness and death and how losing the ones you love is also losing part of yourself. A striking, warm film.
Ecumenical Jury 2013
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (1,500 €), sponsored by the Evangelische Kirchenkreis Oberhausen and the Katholische Filmarbeit in Deutschland
Denmark/Palestinian territories 2012, 9', DCP, Colour
This film uses the science fiction genre to cram the whole of Palestine into a skyscraper. All that's left in its sterile interiors is the nostalgic view of the former home country through the windows. Formally stylized and with a precise eye for detail the film shows a utopia of this unresolved conflict.
Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury
Great Britain 2012, 7', DigiBeta, colour
The ideal of fair skin tempts many girls and women in Africa to make painful attempts to change their appearance. This film, which was also screened in the Children's and Youth Film Competition, visualizes the condition of feeling insufficient in an exciting mix of collage, animation and dance, ingeniously addressing the racist causes of this feeling of inferiority and their reinforcement by today's mass media.
ZONTA Prize to a female filmmaker in the International or German Competition (1,000 €)
Rumania 2013, 16', DCP, Colour
Created as an experimental set-up between actress and director, the film feels its way into the memories and physicality of its protagonist. Looks, gestures and smells combine to form a narrative of great beauty. The tension between desire and fulfilment is sketched through the history of a body; a slow affirmation of the sensual present moment begins. This set-up of a documentary-fictional improvisation has a lasting effect.
Prize for the best contribution to the German Competition (5,000 €)
Germany 2012, 27', DCP, Colour
Choosing among the different genres represented in this German Competition, we have decided to award our main prize to a film whose approach was particularly touching. A film that isn't easy on the audience and a film that wasn't easy for its creators. How far can you go when you find the subject of your film in your closest environment, and where is the limit at which the camera should be switched off? The director of this film presented an unsparingly intimate home video in this Competition. A home video that pushes the boundaries of the documentary film. Thirty-nine kilos is the dream weight of the anorexic girl portrayed by the director, a girl who comes from his closest family circle. We therefore award the Prize for the Best Contribution to the German Competition to Patrick Richter for his film Neununddreißig.
3sat Promotional Award (2,500 €)
Beyond Love and Compagnionship
Germany 2012, 18', HDCAM, Colour
A jury's task is always to search for something, and during that search we came across a film which itself focuses on searching. The search for one's own identity is one of the great original cinematic themes and in this case, the quest takes us to Berlin, a city that attracts many young searchers for meaning. We meet a young woman who is confronted from outside with her own self. Everyone but her seems to have figured her out. But is it really her? The director shows what happens when you suddenly re-discover yourself, with the instincts of a true comedian who always balances over the abyss. We therefore award the 3Sat Promotional Award 2013 to Lior Shamriz for his film Beyond Love and Companionship.
Special Mention of the Jury of the German Competition
Germany 2012, 41', DCP, Colour
The Jury of the German Competition traditionally awards two prizes in Oberhausen: the 3Sat Promotional Award and the Prize for the Best Contribution to the German Competition. This year, in addition to the two prize winners, we would like to award a special mention to a film that has already attracted a lot of attention elsewhere. This film deals with a subject addressed by many filmmakers over the past few years, but uses an unusually broad spectrum of stylistic devices: a complex mash-up of elements from film and art history, it plays an ingenious game with the audience's expectation. The latter find themselves stuck in a loop they can't escape. A perfect labyrinth. We therefore award a Special Mention to the film Continuity by Omer Fast.
Prize for the best contribution to the NRW Competition (1,000 €)
Krokodile ohne Sattel (Crocodile without Saddles)
Germany 2012, 15', Blu-ray, colour
Memories do not follow a chronological order – nor does Britta Wandaogo's film. Her 12-year-old daughter Kaddi thinks about the meaning of life and the role she plays in her German and African families. The filmmaker finds material in her archive which makes long-forgotten qualities and strengths visible to Kaddi. This very personal, almost intimate dialogue between the mother's images and the daughters' words shows how memories can be cultivated to make the here and now more comprehensible.
Promotional Award of the NRW Competition (500 €)
Anfang Juni (June Begins)
Germany 2012, 11', HDCAM, colour
In strong, richly atmospheric tableaus, Kerstin Neuwirth creates a mysterious microcosm. Women of different generations wordlessly act in a large garden. We hear only the sounds of nature. What are the relations between the various persons, how does the elusive man come into it? Is it possible to escape? The filmmaker deliberately keeps the viewer at a distance to create a space for own interpretations, associations and memories.
Special Mention of the Jury of the NRW Competition
Das Tier das lügen kann (The Animal That Can Lie)
Germany 2012, 12', HDCAM, Colour
What is the meaning, the context of the mostly frightening animated images in Das Tier das lügen kann? The expulsion from paradise is prevented and still man cannot be happy? Is it the word of God that's missing? David Jansen's animated film, which has passages that are as thrilling as any crime novel, leaves the viewer disturbed and baffled. But long after one has seen it one cannot help puzzling over its meaning, while the disconcertingly strong images force themselves into one's mind. That is a kind of quality.
Jury of the Children's Film Competition
Noah, Ole, Pelin, Marie and Lea-Katharina of the Jacobischule, Oberhausen.
Prize of the Children's Jury of the International Children' Competition 1,000 € sponsored by Neue Ruhr Zeitung
Yim & Yoyo
Anna van Keimpema
Netherlands 2012, 25', DCP, Colour
Some friends really exist; others exist only in your imagination. These are just as important as the real ones, as our winning film, Yim & Yoyo by Anna van Keimpema, shows. It's incredibly how much imagination Yim has and how he makes it come alive in his images. Even his fear of speaking is overcome by a little trick of the imagination. We think that this is really admirable, and it also makes you laugh in some places.
evo Promotional Award of the Children's Jury of the International Children's Film Competition (1,000 €)
I'm Going to Mum's
New Zealand 2012, 12'30'', HDCAM, Colour
Parents can be friends, too. But what do you do if they don't get along any more? Jacob goes on a clothes strike. Bundled in thick layers of clothes he can hardly move – but his parents start to move towards one another again. This film shows in a very funny way that it is important to fight for the things you love.
Russia, 2012, 5', DCP, Colour
Our Special Mention is a tale of imagination and friendship. It takes imagination to think up the creatures that are hopping across the screen in this film. They hop together and sometimes argue. But the main thing is: everything ends well. It's impossible to describe how funny this film is, which is why we hope that Pryg-Skok by Leonid Shmelkov will be screened at many more festivals
Jury of the Youth Film Competition
Ann-Danielle, Lukas, Luisa, Melwin und Saskia vom Freiherr-von-Stein-Gymnasium, Oberhausen
Prize of the Youth Jury of the International Children's and Youth Film Competition (1,000 €), supported by the Sir Peter Ustinov Foundation
Australia, 2012, 13'30'', 35mm, Colour
Our winning film resembles a puzzle – the story emerges only gradually over the course of the film, a story which was completely new and unknown to all of us. We follow a girl whose special talents enable her to fight her way out of the dreariness of a junk yard into a new and hopefully better life.
This extraordinary story is carried by surprising moments which made us all think and feel for the girl when we saw the film. But also by its remarkable mood which is expressed in every aspect of the production and design of this film.
Canada/Switzerland 2012, 17', DCP, Colour
We would like to award our Special Mention to a film whose effective arc of suspense thrilled us from the first moment. The problems the young protagonist of this story must cope with and the stark contrasts in her emotional world that this entails were visualized in a way we could all understand.
The professional quality of the production of this film with its cleverly chosen locations and the harmonious colour design have impressed and delighted us all. In this context we would also like to emphasize the brilliant music design – since music is not just a narrative device among many others in this film, but an agent at the centre of the story.
Certificate of the Ecumenical Jury for a film in the International Children's and Youth Film Competition
Quand ils dorment (When They Sleep)
Morocco 2012, 18', Blu-ray, Colour
8-year-old Sara loves her grandfather. When he dies unexpectedly, she looks for a way to say goodbye despite religious conventions. The film addresses a universal theme in a culture foreign to us. Its direct camera and unpretentious narrative style make it convincing.
Members of the MuVi Award Jury 2013
Michel Klöfkorn (Germany)
Isabelle Gaudefroy (France)
Christian Höller (Austria)
15th MuVi Award shared equally by three videos (1,000 € each)
A video by: Heinz Emigholz
Production: Pym Films
Label: Italic Recordings
Germany 2013, 4'
Moth Race by Heinz Emigholz takes us to putative faraway places, showing us in the uniformity of transit spaces that the absurd is lurking right behind the corners of the modern age.
A video by: Zeljko Vidovic
Production: Zeljko Vidovic
Label: Domino Records
Germany 2012, 6'30''
Palimpsest, finally, goes astray in a positive sense and takes the risk of getting lost in the border regions between death and reanimation. The Turin Shroud combined with disturbing animation and accompanied by scatterings of music.
A video by: Heike Aumüller
Music: The Schwarzenbach
Production: Exquisite Mayhem
Germany 2012, 5'30''
Therapeutikon has its fingers on the pulse of our age insofar as the state of being locked into existing conditions – and not just that of the "loonies" referred to in the lyrics – is boiled down to its visual and musical essentials. Beckett and Boy George in a de-furnished family apartment.