Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

The Winners of the 21st MuVi Award

65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 1-6 May 2019

The Winners of the 21st MuVi Award


Award ceremony:

Saturday, 4 May 2019, 10 p.m., Lichtburg Filmpalast, Oberhausen


The jury:

Eric D. Clark, musician and producer, USA

Jan Ehlen, artist, Deutschland

Liz Pelly, writer, USA


There were elements of each submission that we enjoyed very much, and each individual submission proved to be thought-provoking, inspiring interesting discussions on the very nature of music videos and the unique emotional power that can be harnessed when musicians and filmmakers come together to collaborate. Those discussions were essential to tailoring our decisions, as we considered each video within the greater context of the total number of submissions and in the context of the film festival itself. After watching all of this year’s MuVi Award submissions, though, we did feel an immediate consensus about the first place winner, for its raw interpretation.


1st Prize

2,000 Euros

Aérea Negrot, Simon*e Paetau for Trying to Forget You (Aérea Negrot)

Germany 2019, 7 Min. 56 Sec., colour



We were struck by the video’s juxtaposition of a proclamation that “we will not be erased” with the expression of “just trying to forget”, which conveys an autonomy around memory that speaks to its greater sense of empowerment, all on display here with confrontational energy and beauty alike.


2nd Prize

1,000 Euros

Schorsch Kamerun, Mense Reents, Timo Schierhorn for Nützliche Katastrophen (Die Goldenen Zitronen)

Germany 2018, 3 Min. 45 Sec., colour



We also appreciated how Trying to Forget You is both visceral and humorous, qualities equally necessary in today’s political climate. They are also qualities channelled by our second place selection — a video that resonated for its urgency around interrogation of institutional and political power, told through a visual narrative as strong as it is playful.


MuVi Online Audience Award

chosen by online vote

500 Euros, sponsored by kultur.west

Céline Keller für Blitze (Donna Regina)

Germany 2019, 2 Min. 57 Sec., colour and b/w


The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen thanks its MuVi partners 2019:






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Oberhausen, 4 May 2019

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