Award Winner 2017
Principal Prize of the City of Oberhausen, endowed with 8,000 €
Qiu (Late Summer)
China 2017, 13’, DCP, Farbe
We give the Grand Prize to a very simple, but impressively rich film – a cinematic tableau vivant that reveals cycles of performance, consumption and spectatorship in everyday life implicated and constrained by history.
Principal Prize, endowed with 4,000 €
500,000 Pee (500,000 Years)
Thailand, 2016, 16'17'', DCP, Colour
We give the principal prize to a beautifully meditative and deeply political film that explores how memory is constructed through human history, spirituality, monuments, cinema and violence. The principal prize is given to Chai Siris for 500,000 Years.
e-flux Prize, endowed with 3,000 €
China, 2016, 7’03’’, DCP, Colour
We give the e-flux Prize to an urgent film that burrows under one’s skin through its profoundly disturbing and masterfully designed images. It is a visionary, animated portrait of dystopian future of humanity where two strikingly different worlds collide.
© Ayo Akingbade © Amber Bemak/Nadia Granados
Special Mentions of the International Jury
Great Britain, 2016, 3'01'', DCP, Colour
We give a Special Mention to a fresh, energizing perspective on the realities and resistance found in rapidly gentrifying cities.
Amber Bemak / Nadia Granados
Mexico, 2016, 14’, DCP, Colour
We give a Special Mention to a strong, feminist statement that uses provocative performances to reveal how the politics of the border is also the politics of the body.
© Kurzfilmtage / Daniel Gasenzer
Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia
Isabella Fürnkäs (Düsseldorf/Berlin)
Ulrike Sprenger (Konstanz)
Harry Rag (Peter Braatz) (Ljubljana)
Christine Anna Bernau (Cologne)
Rainer Komers (Berlin/Mülheim an der Ruhr)
First Prize of the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia, endowed with 5,000 €
Oni samo dolaze i odlaze (They Just Come and Go)
Croatia, 2016, 20’, DCP, Colour
A product of chance: a human being is born, cries and dances, fights and loves and spends his or her whole life yearning for water, air and light. In pure documentary form, without text, this film shows young party spirits and old people sharing the same place – a beach in Split, Croatia. Exquisite documentary shots coalesce into a round dance of fervor, desire, loss, maturity, struggle and devotion, stillness and movement. The young are unaware of it, the old are aware or vice versa, it doesn’t really matter in these ludicrous observations. Those secret looks are truly human, naughty, loving and full of truth. With strong contrasts and precise and brilliant images the film captures the happy futility of life among different generations. Life will go on living, from beginning to end. In the sea, the water, under the sun, in this film.
Second Prize of the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia, endowed with 3,000 €
Terrenal (En oposición al cielo)
Earthly (Opposite from Heaven)
Ivan Jose Murgic Capriotti / Sofia Lena Monardo
Argentinia 2016, 19’23’’, DCP, Colour
A journey through a wintery landscape bled of colours: a village awakens, people chop wood, a rickety car stops to pick up a dog, bicycles driving through puddles, children playing football. Suddenly: a mural that reads “Tierra para todos”, soldiers carrying guns, barracks.
The melancholy face of a woman serves as a guide through this almost wordless documentary – we see her doing her daily chores at home, in church and watching a military parade at the stadium – a face you don’t forget, framed by a mythic mountain world and the snow-covered volcano Lanín. Terrenal is a poetic film that relies on the power of its photographic imagery, with every shot asking the question haunting the continent until today: who owned the land once and who took it by force?
© Zhong Su © Ico Costa
Special Mention of the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia
China 2016, 7’03’’, DCP, Colour
End of days and new beginning: this impressive animation shows a post-apocalyptic looking world in which animal creatures trudge through a wrecked civilisation that mutates into a fairground, while the refugees are bombed by flying rocket babies – a fantastic vision. The film opens up an intellectual space between flight, displacement and redemption, offering a contemporary philosophy of the right to exist. Apocalypse and hope clash in extreme detail – hedonism and downfall hand in hand, one step from the abyss.
Nyo Vweta Nafta
Portugal / Mozambique, 2017, 20', DCP, Colour
A man’s search for a young woman on a Mozambique market proves futile. What he finds are the young men of the city who want to have money and women, flirt via smartphone, dream of brand names and singing careers or want to market African fruit as super food in Europe. In seemingly absurd dialogues the film gives voice to a young generation who play a witty and confident game with African and Western notions of happiness, reversing the colonial perspective in the process.
© Kurzfilmtage / Daniel Gasenzer
Jury of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI)
Marcin Adamczak, Polen
Vica Smirnova, Russland
Andy Aguirre Eglin, Schweiz, Bolivien
The International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize)
Zheng Pian Zhi Wai (Off Takes)
China, 2016, 21'18'', DCP, Colour
For an incredibly self-reflective and at the same time sensitive film. For a brilliant meditation on historical and contemporary images which are always an inaccessible enigma for the viewer, even a competent one.
© Kurzfilmtage / Daniel Gasenzer
Ecumenical Jury 2017
Alexander Bothe (Germany)
Simone Liedtke (Germany)
Tom Alesch (Luxembourg)
Roland Kauffmann (France)
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, endowed with 1,500 €
Kenia, 2016, 4', DCP, Colour
Water gives and receives, surrounds and releases, reflecting life and love, memory and the future – the primal principle. The turtle carries its eggs from the sea to the land and withdraws back into the sea. The eggs are there together and yet each is alone. “Each egg a globe, each globe a world, each world a universe.” We live together, says the father. We live in each other, says the mother. This wonderful work talks about the small things that are the seed and primary force of the whole, about the love of father and mother. This artistic treasure is poetic, gentle and metaphorical, a poem of words about child and mother, a poem of images about the sea, land and sand. Its dialogues of voices with each other and words with images are outstanding; the photos make the audience pause and feel the stillness of the primary principle, the film sequences surround their own movement in the school of fish and the closeness of the family. This world is so much more than matter, love is so much more than the number of days shared with each other. Creation is the unity of life.
© Katie Davies
Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury
The Separate System
Great Britain, 2017, 23'11'', DCP, Colour
Doing one’s duty, running errands, the system of military service, everyday and office life and family must be managed. Soldiers take responsibility for others; when their relationships fail, however, they are left alone: the detained former soldiers are sentenced and locked away. They know for what but not why. Because their punishment therefore stands for society’s flight into perplexity, the latter severs all ties with the people in question. This film gives a voice to these soldiers, talks about its impressive subject in rough recordings and harmonious, precisely filmed images. The hand-written notes that serve as breaks condense the detainees’ misery, work with the visual level to make their appeals of rage and loss directly to us, the community.
That meaning has become empty becomes emblematic at the end of this powerful and relevant work. Liverpool FC, their club, emerges as the great unifier of this community – but its familiar hymn, “You’ll never walk alone” which is thus implied reinforces the ambiguity of the former soldiers’ situation. Their lives are embedded in a close and separate system of society. The space of guilt widens, addressing issues of violence and society and what constitutes humanity by motive and identity.
ZONTA Prize to a female filmmaker in the International or German Competition, endowed with 1,000 €
pretty boyz don't die
Germany, 2016, 19'13'', DCP, Colour
A group of outsiders trying to survive in the city, a female filmmaker in German cinema. The Zonta Prize goes to a film that experiments with new narrative structures and serial formats.
Prize for the best contribution to the German Competition, endowed with 5,000 Euro
Die Herberge (The Shelter)
Germany, 2017, 14'45'', DCP, Colour
A virtual travelling shot that makes full use of the potential of the new media world. Real shots of people and objects are transplanted into a digitally generated post-apocalyptic panorama in which they become protagonists and objets trouvés of a surreal chain of actions. This video collage combines pop culture and western movie myths with biblical narratives, biker culture and the waste products of civilisation with cultural set pieces to subtly create an intriguing and mesmerising narrative critique of civilization that resonates for a long time.
3sat-Promotional Prize, endowed with 2,500 Euro
For a contribution with a particularly innovative approach.
In addition the award includes a buying option on the awarded work to be broadcast on 3sat.
Germany, 2017, 18'56'', DCP, Colour and b/w
The director befriends the inhabitants of a remote Cuban village with the aid of drawings, photos and often silent or quiet moving images. Slowly but purposefully she brings us closer to a family and their worries and fears as she unfolds the story of the village and the whole country through them. With El Manguito, Laurentia Genske and her cinematographer Simon Rittmeier open our eyes to an unknown world – their unobtrusive empathy with the people and the classical narrative form are documentary film at its best.
Special Mention of the Jury of the German Competition
Germany, 2016, 28'20", DCP, Colour
Clear the ring for a great documentary portrait: in Tim Nowitzki’s rigorously narrated and visually impressive short film the boxing ring is a place where violence is both unleashed and contained.
my castle your castle
Germany, 2017, 14'47'', DCP, Colour
Based on the debate surrounding the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace, the film addresses the question of how meaningful historicisation in urban planning is. The result is a surreal and at the same time haunting tableau.
© Markus Mischkowski, Kai Maria Steinkühler
Prize for the best contribution to the NRW Competition, endowed with 1,000 €, sponsored by NRW.Bank
Der Wechsel (The Exchange)
Markus Mischkowski, Kai Maria Steinkühler
Germany 2016, 6', DCP, s/w
A tribute to the early days of cinema. Extremely charming, warm-hearted and produced in the tradition of the Cologne Group, the film doesn't succumb to nostalgia but references current political events instead. Fast-paced, funny, exuberantly playful, full of spot-on filmic quotes and captured on a historical hand-cranked 35mm camera, everything comes together in a flawless filmic jewel that glows with passion for the cinema.
© Moïra Himmelsbach
Promotional Award of the NRW Competition, endowed with 500 €, sponsored by the NRW.Bank
Germany 2017, 28'2 '', colour
Four snapshots, loosely connected, expose rifts and cracks in our daily co-existence. Precisely observed and supported by an outstanding cast, Moïra Himmelsbach brilliantly succeeds in making us conscious of unconscious processes.
© Eszter Jánka
Special Mention of the NRW Jury
Germany 2016, 4'54'', DCP, Colour
Eszter Jánka enchants us with images that are as spare and abstract as they are poetic, while developing considerable emotional drawing power. It’s sensual, fascinating and calls forth complex associations.
© Kurzfilmtage / Daniel Gasenzer
Jury of West ART viewers
Thorsten Brümmer, Sabina Esser, Gerwin Geisel, Katharina Goudarzi, Felix Kurt Hartelt, Heide Kieckbusch-Kühner, Frank Ortmann, Ines Schael, Herman Reichold
© Dean Ruddock
Prize of the West ART Audience Jury, endowed with 750 €, sponsored by West ART
Vögel auf Stromleitungen – Version B
Germany 2017, 4'11'', b/w
A massive maelstrom of images in black and white. Video clip-like scenes are edited to become a poetry slam collage to become poetry on film. The film talks of the diversity and beauty of life in an artistic and entertaining way, but also of the difficulties of finding a personal direction in life. A film from North Rhine-Westphalia that uses the images and language of our region: visual poetry that touches us – and made us a little dizzy.
Jury of the Children's Film Competition
Anna, Ayman, Ben Luke, Fiona, Lennart
Prize of the Children's Jury of the International Children's Competition, endowed with 1,000 €, sponsored by Wirtschaftsbetriebe Oberhausen
USA, 2016, 13'25'', DCP, Colour
We give our prize to a film that was exciting but above all simply very beautiful. It’s about friendship, loss and reconciliation. A boy has lost his girlfriend. Though the girl’s death is sad it’s good that she is remembered. Not everybody is inspired to make something new out of scrap metal. Perhaps one can use memories like this, too: after all, you don’t want to forget people, just not stay sad forever.
evo Promotional Award of the Children's Jury, endowed with 1,000 €, sponsored by the Energieversorgung Oberhausen AG (evo)
Dobro unovčeno popoldne (A Well Spent Afternoon)
Slovenia, Croatia, 2016, 7'30'', DCP, Colour
The father may be unemployed but he still bought his son some ice cream. The film shows how to behave properly. Even though father and son could really use the money, they take the wallet they found back to its owner. After all, some things are more important.
Special Mention of the Children's Jury
Australia, 2017, 16', DCP, Colour
The boys at his new school laugh at him – just like at his old school. He goes to school in a dress. Tom was born in the wrong body. He doesn’t want to be called Tom! He is brave because he doesn’t care if the others mock him. A film which shows that everyone can be the way they are. We liked the colourful design most of all.
Guest-Children‘s Jury of the International Children‘s Film Festival Filem‘On in Brussels
Clara, Elena, Pascal, Rosina, Sarah
© Aude Cuenod
Prize of the Guest Children's Jury of the International Children's Film Festival Filem‘On in Brussels
USA, 2016, 13'25'', DCP, Farbe
Jury of the Youth Film Competition
Angelina, Celine, Daniel, Karolina, Lübeyne
Prize of the Youth Jury, endowed with 1,000 Euros, sponsored by the Rotary Club Oberhausen
U Plavetnilo (Into The blue)
Slovenia, Croatia, 2017, 22', DCP, Colour
The prize of the International Youth Film Competition goes to a film we found thoroughly convincing: camera, acting, sound. It addresses many subjects that are important to young people today: friendship and jealousy, fear and change, family and domestic violence. It made us curious and shows how complex our relationships with other people are. In addition to that, the actors and the landscapes are captivatingly beautiful!
Special Mention of the Jury of the Youth Film Competition
Scent of Geranium
USA, 2016, 4'41'' DCP, Colour
It was definitely hard for us to decide on a winner. We almost got into a real quarrel. This is why we want to give special mentions to two films in the Youth Film Competition. An exceptional animation which tells us a lot about Tehran, New York, roots and arriving somewhere in less than five minutes. This short film tells a very personal story and is sure to touch many people.
Australia, 2016, 15'55'', DCP, Colour and b/w
Our second special mention goes to a film that addresses a subject we find very important. It gives us hope, but it doesn’t need a happy ending.
Certificate of the Ecumenical Jury for a film in the International Children's and Youth Film Competition
in connection with a recommendation for Matthias Film and the Katholisches Filmwerk to buy the film for their catalogues
Gos leat don? (Where are you?)
Norway, 2017, 8'15', DCP, Colour
© Kurzfilmtage / Daniel Gasenzer
Daniel Kothenschulte, Autor and curator, Cologne
Steffie Van Cauter, Artist, Gent
Ananda Pellerin, Curator, Nowness, London
1st MuVi Prize endowed with 2.000 Euro
Second Chance Man (Tindersticks)
Germany / France 2016, 4'20''
An un-nostalgic use of found footage, this film does not employ overused imagery yet still manages to be iconic. The video is subtle, beautiful and sympathetic to the song that it accompanies. This is a film that quietly demands repeat viewings – on our second watch we knew that Second Chance Man, which gives a second life to archive footage, heartily deserves first prize in this competition.
2nd MuVi Prize endowed with 1.000 Euro
I Want U (DJ Hell)
Germany 2016, 4'06''
This is a fine collaboration that elevates both DJ Hell’s music and Tom of Finland’s imagery to a new shared plateau. Fun and intelligent about its graphic nature, I Want U sets a concept and confidently sees it through. Keeping things simple, the film is nevertheless not repetitive, making use of variations in the music to propel the imagery. Referencing the history of the music video form, this is an original take on a much-loved part of the subversive canon.
© Zeljko Vidovic
Special Mentions of the MuVi Jury
feel nothing / 15 – 15 (Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland)
Germany 2017, 4 Min. 48 Sec.
For its excellent craft and emotional acuity, for working with the music and creating something original.