Award Winners of the German Competition

69. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 26. April – 1. Mai 2023


Awards of the German Competition


Award ceremony: Monday, 1 May 2023, 7:30 p.m. CEST, Lichtburg Filmpalast, Elsässer Str. 26, 46045 Oberhausen

High-resolution stills of award-winning films are available in the Downloads section from Tuesday, 2 May, here:


Members of the Jury:

Eren Aksu (Germany), Anne Bitterwolf (Germany), Istvan Gyöngyösi (Germany)



Prize of the German Competition

worth 5,000 euros


Turtleneck Phantasies

Gernot Wieland

Germany 2022, 17'46", colour/black and white



Drawings, diagrams, tattoos, a voice… Using personal memories and individual experiences as a starting point, the film weaves complex narratives into sketches of society. With masterly skill, different media are playfully integrated, while the film is marked by a light wit that is never far from melancholy.



Promotional Prize of the German Competition

worth 1,500 euros



Yalda Afsah

Germany 2022, 20'09", colour



Taking the form of a poetic and visually powerful approach to the relationship between humans and animals and characterized by a consistent dramaturgy of suspense and great visual clarity, the film finds a remarkable way to address the relationship between power and submission, care and control.



3sat Emerging Talent Prize

worth 2,500 euros

In addition the award includes a buying option on the awarded work to be broadcast on 3sat.


Sensitive Content

Narges Kalhor

Germany 2022, 8'48", colour



This film questions how we deal with images that depict the pains of others. Using a simple symbol, the omnipresent images of brutality hidden behind a filter are revealed. Mapping acts of state violence but also solidarity among the people, the film documents the power of the revolution – Jin, Jiyan, Azadî.



Special Mention


When He Leaves

Andrea Laušević

Germany 2023, 11'26", colour



A Special Mention goes to a film that finds haunting images for a mother waiting for the return of her child.


Oberhausen, 1 May 2023


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