Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Award Winners

Members of the International Jury 2014

© Kurzfilmtage / Daniel Gasenzer


Aleksandra Sekulić (Serbia)

Bjørn Melhus (Germany)

John Gianvito (USA)

Shai Heredia (India)

Vassily Bourikas (Greece)

Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen (8,000 €)

La Estancia

Federico Adorno,

Paraguay 2014, 14', DCP, colour





Through a succession of subtly constructed tableaus, this powerful film is a profound critique of systematic oppression. Instigated by a massacre amidst a land-rights conflict in Paraguay, this haunting work transcends the local context to voice the struggle for essential freedoms.

Principal Prize (4,000 €)

Gangster Backstage

Teboho Edkins

France/South Africa 2013, 37'30''

file, colour





By turns intense and gentle, this genre-bending film explores the complex reality of living on the edge, and engaging with imminent death in the everyday. Through an investigation of intimate narratives which shift between the stage and the backstage, this sensitively made work is an outstanding approach to film portraiture.

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

Epistrofi stin odo ailolu

Maria Kourkouta

France/Greece 2013, 14'

DCP, b/w







A filmmaker performs cultural memory in her effort to reclaim a sense of belonging. With passionate use of appropriated filmic materials, poetry, text and music, this is a multilayered and evocative work of film art.

Special Mention of the International Jury


Aryan Kaganof

South Africa 2014, 26'30''

file, colour




A testimony to how our perception of an ongoing social injustice is framed by societal and media mechanisms and a suggestion on how these could be dismantled.

Special Mention of the International Jury

Konrad & Kurfürst

Esther Urlus

Netherlands 2014, 7'

16 mm, colour






For its alchemical "re-imagination" of a historical moment, a special mention goes to this exceptional work of artisanal practice.

Special Mention of the international jury

Măt trói đen

(Black Sun)

Truong Quê Chi

France/Vietnam, 2013, 13'

file, colour





A minimalist exploration of urban anxiety, this meticulously shot film is an accomplished investigation of narrative strategies in cinema.

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


Oliver Baumgarten (Cologne)

Georg Elben (Marl)

Ruth Schiffer (Düsseldorf)

Ulrike Sprenger (Konstanz)

Mareike Wegener (Cologne)

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

River Plate

Josef Dabernig

Austria 2013, 16'

35 mm, b/w







Body and landscape, skin and concrete. The central motives of this film form contrasts in brilliantly composed black-and-white images. The director paints a concentrated portrait of people who appropriate the landscape – notwithstanding its barrenness. They sit there stoically, running their hands over their bellies and defying stone and rain. Popular pleasures as a metaphor for the state of the world; the Jury of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia awards its prize to River Plate by Josef Dabernig, a precise psychograph of modern man.

Second Prize of the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia (3,000 €)


Ricardo Alves Jr.

Brazil 2013, 14'

35 mm, colour






The 2nd Prize goes to a film in which everything goes down. Descending past the floors of a rigorously managed building we follow a small narrative, embedded in clear images that show us terror and searching as part of Latin American reality.

Jury of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI)


Pamela Cohn (USA)

Aily Nash (USA)

Antti Selkokari (Finland)

The International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize)

Just Like Us

Jesse McLean

USA 2013, 15'

file, colour






The film displays the filmmaker's extraordinary sensitivity and restraint as she takes us through a thoroughly original narrative landscape, one that emerges from expertly coalesced text and image, sound and vision.

Ecumenical Jury 2014

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



Matthias Kuhl (Switzerland)

Théo Péporté (Luxembourg)

Sabine Schröder (Germany)

Eberhard Streier (Germany)

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (1,500 €)

Neeuklidinė Geometrija

Škirmanta Jakaitė, Solveiga Masteikaite

Lithuania 2013, 11'30''

DCP, colour




In occasionally irritating images the film tells a story of partnership, separation and love, challenging the viewers to think about the question of the (in)finite character of love and to find their own answers.

Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury

Two Films about Loneliness

Christopher Eales, Will Bishop-Stephens

Großbritannien 2014, 5'30''

file, Farbe




This film tells parallel stories of two characters who each in their own way look for contacts through the Internet and unexpectedly find each other. Using split screen and stop motion techniques, the two filmmakers create a light and witty story about the meaning of relationships in a society shaped by media.

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

A Million Miles Away

Jennifer Reeder

USA 2014, 28'

file, Farbe






"Today I met some girls who know everything about everything", replacement teacher Chrystal Chambers notes in her diary after a school choir rehearsal. More than anything these confident teenagers seem to be aware of their own worth – an awareness adults loose in the course of a woman's life. This sharply delineated confrontation of young, undisputed strength and the cracks and fractures caused by society ultimately dissolves in mutual recognition and solidarity.

In a compact sketch consisting of a few, condensed scenes and rooted in pop culture, with strong actors and precise dialogue, Jennifer Reeder opens up a wide space, narrating two opposite biographical stages of female self-assurance with equal measures of sarcasm and tenderness.

Jury of the German Competition 2014

Stefan Römer (Berlin)

Isolde Barth (München)

Manfred Hermes (Berlin)

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

Sieben Mal am Tag beklagen wir unser Los und nachts stehen wir auf, um nicht zu träumen

Susann Maria Hempel

Germany 2014, 18'

file, colour



The re-enactment of a specific East German post-1989 experience. Its horror and cruelties are performed with fragments of an exploded doll's house. In simple kinetics set in motion by nylon strings, objects and parts of dolls become actors in a scenario of suffering and sexual abuse.

In Sieben Mal am Tag beklagen wir unser Los und nachts stehen wir auf, um nicht zu träumen, the artist and director Susann Maria Hempel constructs a drastic tableau of Thuringian case studies, moving with the sureness of a sleepwalker between various object levels, idiomatic speech, writing and singing.

The sexual charge lies not only in the accusations of traumatisation suffered in the past, it also emerges in a strong fascination with transgression. Horror and cuteness are inextricably linked.

3sat Promotional Award (2,500 €)

Imraan, c/o Carrom Club

Udita Bhargava

Germany 2014, 13'30''

DCP, colour





Director Udita Bhargava reveals confidently framed insights into the environment of a Carrom Club in Mumbai. In this gambling den in a predominantly Muslim slum we meet men with diverse backgrounds as petty criminals who at first sight seem equally childlike and macho. This sub-culture, whose members behave like perpetrators as well as objects, revolves around its precocious operator Imraan.

The stylistic confidence and sensual imagery of Barghava's camera are equally inspiring.

Special Mention of the Jury of the German Competition

L'Amour sauvage

Lior Shamriz

Germany 2014, 26'

file, colour

Special Mention of the Jury of the German Competition

Das satanische Dickicht - EINS

Willy Hans

Germany 2014, 29'30''

file, colour

Jury of the North Rhine-Westfalia Competition 2012- 2014

Natascha Gikas (Frankfurt on the Main)

Jens Schneiderheinze (Münster)

Barbara Fischer-Rittmeyer (Dortmund/Cologne)

Prize for the best contribution to the NRW Competition (1,000 €)

El carro azul

(The blue Car)

Valerie Heine

Kuba, Germany, 2014,20'

DCP, colour




A vibrant hand-held camera at a Gay Pride happening, quiet, stringently composed images for the action on Cuba. In a confident style and avoiding all hackneyed Cuban stereotypes, Valerie Heine depicts the rapprochement of two brothers after one of them returns from the USA, with straightforward and sparse dialogue. An old family game serves as the catalyst that brings about their reconciliation. The protagonists' brilliant acting is another reason why we award our first prize to this masterful film.



Promotional Award of the NRW Competition (500 €)

Molly und Andy

Ceci Leal

Germany 2013, 4'30''

file, colour






Both the two guinea pigs and the director come from South America. With a light and funny touch, Ceci Leal projects her migration experience – the wrong weather, heavy food, loneliness and homesickness – on the two animals with the big round eyes. With energy and many surprising turns, Radek Vogt illustrates this story in a combination of cutout animation and live action film.



Special Mention of the Jury of the NRW Competition

Sonntag, Büscherhöfchen 2

(Sunday, Büscherhöfchen 2)

Miriam Gossing, Lina Sieckmann

Germany, 2014 , 11'

file, colour






First you hear a sound. Then you see the shutters of a house in the Bergische Land rise. A concept that is followed throughout the film: sound precedes image. Miriam Gossing's and Lina Sieckmann's quiet, photographic images take us into an exotic and sultry microcosm that no one would suspect here. They show a finely-tuned sensibility for the placement of the inhabitants in this house and thus in the frame, without exposing them to ridicule.

West ART Audience Jury

Armin Mossner,  Marianne Sindhoff, Verena Löbbing, Cana Czyrt, Jennifer Hindrichs,  Martin Huhn, Wolfgang Laakmann, Thomas Domröse, Volker Wilde

Prize of the West ART Audience Jury (750 €), sponsored by West ART

Good Soil

Sebastian Lemke

Germany 2013, 8'

file, colour






The documentary film Good Soil deals with a topical issue in this region, while the twins'/gardeners' fate moves the viewer. And the tragedy is brought home when the excavator appears on their doorstep.

Jury of the Children's Film Competition

Kristina, Matha, Talal, Mimoza, Julien von der Brüder-Grimm-Schule, Oberhausen

Prize of the Children's Jury of the International Children' Competition 1,000 € sponsored by BERO-Zentrum


Naima Mohamud

Finland 2013, 19'30''

DCP, colour






Most people know that friendship is important. But some situations are almost impossible to cope with without a best friend, which our winning film shows. It also addresses the issue of divorce; we think that is very important. Nonetheless it is first and foremost funny and exciting. It teaches us that we should stick together. In addition, we were thrilled by the music and the great ideas the girls in Fatima have.

evo Promotional Award of the Children's Jury of the International Children's Film Competition

Alles mag

(Anything Goes)

Steven Wouterlood

Netherlands 2014, 23'

DCP, colour





Our winner is about friendship, love and saying goodbye. And it shows that you need to be pigheaded to be able to do what's fun. And it was great fun to watch it! The colours are great and the music is cheerful: Tygo, the main protagonist, talks about the carnival in South Holland. Furthermore, one can understand very well how he feels.

Special Mention

Dirty Laundry

Aaron Martinez

USA 2013, 18'

DCP, colour







Our Special Mention is about courage and overcoming your fears. The film shows that monsters will grow when you're afraid and can become friends if you face them. The laundry monster and the effects in Dirty Laundry by Aaron Martinez convinced us!

Jury of the Youth Film Competition

Albion, Mirco, Mattes, Theresa, Ari vom Elsa-Brändström-Gymnasium, Oberhausen

Prize of the Youth Jury of the International Children's and Youth Film Competition (1,000 €)

Jamey's Gevecht

(Jameys Fight)

Denise Janzée

Netherlands 2013, 15'

DCP, colour





Our winner illustrates impressively how important it is to believe in yourself and follow your goals. Even though it tells the story of a young man who is coping with very specific problems, it describes themes that concern us all and depicts situations we all know. This high identification value is one of the great strengths of the film for us.

Furthermore, we feel that there was not a single redundant scene. We were thrilled by the brilliantly chosen sequences and the coherent montage as well as by the impressive performance of the main protagonist.

Because this film evoked such diverse emotions in us – we were entertained, touched and thrilled –, we award Jamey's Gevecht by Denise Janzée the Main Prize of the Youth Jury.

Special Mention


(Little Sun)

Oscar Ruiz Navia

Colombia/Denmark/France 2013, 20'

DCP, colour




We would like to give our Special Mention to a film whose well thought-out symbolism not only entertained us but made us think. The wealth of details in its beautifully composed images, the credible dialogues and above all its charming protagonists transform this film into a well-rounded work of art. It was the fascinating play with reality and fiction and the question whether this is a documentary or a feature film that made this film exciting and unique for us. In our opinion, Solecito by Oscar Ruiz Navia inspires us to think again who deserves a second chance and whether love can be recharged as easily as a solar lamp.

Certificate of the Ecumenical Jury for a film in the International Children's and Youth Film Competition

Vloeibaar Staal

(Steel Days)

Flynn von Kleist

Netherlands 2013, 24'

DCP, colour




In the drab environment of a steel mill, Franka takes care of her father and their home. When she meets a young man, the 17-year-old begins to question this life. Vloeibaar Staal is a sensitive portrait of the depressing life and dependence of the young woman. The film also manages to communicate Franka's longing for freedom and a self-determined life in impressive images.

Members of the MuVi Jury 2014

Taina Ronkainen (Finland)

Olaf Karnik (Germany)

Klaus Walter (Germany)

1st Prize of the 16th MuVi Award (2,000 €)

Ted Gaier, Katharina Duve and Timo Schierhorn for Der Investor (Die Goldenen Zitronen), Germany 2013





Platform as a catwalk takes us to interpreting of urban marketing and consumer society critics and you can enjoy it without recognizing the faces and knowing the background story. However, the use of well-known influential bohemians from the German art scene adds a new layer and an aspect of nowness which can be glimpsed in other European cities as well. The video is perfectly boosting the band image as a provocateur in social and political issues. It is wonderful to award an artwork which is so well presenting the band, which, in the end of the day, is the most important function of a music video.

2nd Prize of the 16th MuVi Award (1,000 €)

Noriyuki Kimura for UNSERHAUS for The New Era (Masahiro Miwa), Germany 2014





For once an experimental video revealing the process of how the cryptic magic is created!!

The first prize represents a maximum of content, narrative, the presence. UNSERHAUS, on the other hand, is a maximum of the opaque, cryptic, with no discernible narrative, figures, lights, shadows, a sound that penetrates the ear from the distance, frequencies jumping, how did they do that?


We thought it was a good idea to praise the most cryptic and the most narrative clip, the one most removed from Germany and the one that analyses German conditions. Which isn't quite true, actually, Family Five sang about "Japaner in Düsseldorf" (Japanese people in Düsseldorf) in the 1980s. Masahiro Miwa, the composer of UNSERHAUS, is one of them, he studied in Düsseldorf.

MuVi Online Audience Award (500 €), donated by AVID

Dietrich Brüggemann for Easy Or Not (Tim Neuhaus ft. Kat Frankie), Germany 2013





determined by Internet vote and endowed with 500 Euros, donated by AVID