68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 30 April – 9 May 2022
Award Winners of the International Online Competition
Award ceremony: Monday, 9 May 2022, 7.30 pm CEST, Lichtburg Filmpalast, Elsässer Str. 26, 46045 Oberhausen
Awards of the International Online Jury
Magdalena Magiera (Germany/Singapore), Cloe Masotta (Spain), Karen Russo (United Kingdom)
Grand Online Prize of the City of Oberhausen
worth 5,000 euros
Ava mocoi, os gêmeos
(Ava Mocoi, the Twins)
Luiza Calagian, Vinicius Toro
Brazil/Cuba 2022, 14'44", colour
The Grand Online Prize of the City of Oberhausen goes to Ava mocoi, os gêmeos (Ava Mocoi, the Twins) by Luiza Calagian and Vinicius Toro for its representation of spirituality and belief in the age of global cynicism.
Principal Online Prize
worth 2,000 euros
USA 2021, 21'14", colour
The Principal Online Prize goes to Punctured Sky by Jon Rafman for its sophisticated use of cinematic tools to invoke a sense of uneasiness and the uncanny.
worth 3,000 euros
For an exceptional film and video work which reshapes the poetic and electric potential of moving images in the age of planetary circulation of information.
Argentina 2021, 2'06", black and white
The e-flux Prize goes to Feriado (Holidays) by Azucena Losana for its hypnotic use of poetics to question established narratives.
Inner Outer Space
Spain 2021, 16'16", colour
Online Prize of the Jury of the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
worth 3,000 euros
Soso Dumbadze (Georgia), Fabian Saavedra-Lara (Germany), Linnea Semmerling (Germany)
Pedro Gonçalves Ribeiro
Portugal 2021, 18'50", colour
The work conveys the filmmaker’s personal recollection of a pop song from the late 1990s to formulate a critique of queer infrastructures in their physical as well as in their digital dimension. We were impressed by the sophisticated interplay between image, text and music. The artist manages to create a considerable emotional impact with very small gestures as well as to stretch the genre boundaries between an essay film and a karaoke video.
An Ode to a Time I Loved Bread
Belgium 2021, 10'53", colour/black and white
Prize of the Ecumenical Online Jury
Innocent Umezuruike Iroaganachi (Ireland/Nigeria), Mina Radović (United Kingdom), Marta Romanova-Jekabsone (Latvia)
Israel 2021, 13'28", colour
For combining depth and simplicity, compassion and vision, a film which moves from live action to free-form watercolour animation sees a young woman tell the story of her father's experience during the Yom Kippur War. Blending memory, history, and personal reflection, 73 is a powerful film about death and the life-giving resurrection which occurs through love. The film points to us the need for loving our enemies and thus reveals the reality of a shared humanity restored in the most difficult of times.
Blink in the Desert
Japan 2021, 10'34", colour
For the film’s inclusive use of animated characters of humans, animals, and insects told through poetic visual composition and sound, with almost no dialogue, Blink in the Desert reflects on human aggression and indifference adopted to destroy what we do not know or understand and giving rise to agony on all sides. The film is an internal call for peace and progress, empathy and compassion, and the accommodation of differences.
Oberhausen, 9 May 2022
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