Award Winners of the German Online Competition

68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 30 April – 9 May 2022



Award Winners of the German Online Competition


Award ceremony: Monday, 9 May 2022, 7.30 pm CEST, Lichtburg Filmpalast, Elsässer Str. 26, 46045 Oberhausen


Members of the Jury:

Jens Pecho (Berlin), Christine Rüffert (Bremen), Can Sungu (Berlin)


Prize of the German Online Competition

worth 2,500 euros



Sonne Unter Tage

(Sun Under Ground)

Mareike Bernien, Alex Gerbaulet

Germany 2022, 38'37", colour/black and white



The film manages to map complex circumstances with quiet precision in a way that makes their various historical, political and ideological readings comprehensible. This analytical examination is constantly referring back to what we really see and hear. Taking a mineral resource as a starting point, we see a story of scientific and economic interdependencies develop, of work and culture, of socialism and radioactivity. The aesthetic form mirrors the variety of the examined contexts by a dynamic polyphony both on the text and the visual level.



Special Mention





Mona Keil

Germany 2022, 4'55", colour



Employing its tools to great effect, the film sketches a parable on the Anthropocene in which humanity, by its self-righteous treatment of nature, disturbs the global balance. Both the excellent animation and the congenial sound are convincing.



Oberhausen, 9 May 2022


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