Award Winners of the International Online Competition

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



Punctured Sky

Jon Rafman

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.



e-flux Prize

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.





Azucena Losana

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.



Special Mention


Inner Outer Space

Laida Lertxundi

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)



Lugar nenhum


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.



Special Mention



An Ode to a Time I Loved Bread

Neema Ngelime

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)




Meshy Koplevitch

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.



Special Mention



Blink in the Desert

Shinobu Soejima

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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