For the 2016 presentation of the year’s most creative shorts, German Films and the German Federal Film Board (FFA) combined their initiatives for the sixth time to present the SHORT TIGER award-winners (best German shorts under 5 minutes) together with the NEXT GENERATION, some of the most remarkable German student shorts up to 15 minutes. An expert jury selected twelve short films for NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016. They represent the diversity of forms, genres and subjects on a high level that international audiences are used to expect from German short filmmaking.
With NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016, German Films and the FFA invite you to discover new film trends and young talents early on. The program presents deeply personal as well as very universal stories told from different angles and in a variety of styles. The filmmakers masterfully apply cinematic means to their subjects – often in a reflective manner scanning deeply under the surface of today’s way of life and presenting us with new perspectives. This program confirms once more that short film is an independent art form deserving of the big screen and the awareness of audiences. We hope you share our enthusiasm and help us spread the word: the program will be available after Cannes for screenings at international festivals and film events throughout the year.
PLEASE COME AND ENJOY!
The films for NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016 were selected by an expert jury: Actress Rosalie Thomass (FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR), 2015 Student Academy Award®-winning director Ilker Çatak (SADAKAT) and Dr. Gregory Theile (Kinopolis/Theile Group). The NEXT GENERATION student films were selected from a total of 87 submissions from 18 film schools; to be eligible the films had to be 15 minutes or under and to have been completed at German film schools in 2015 or 2016. An additional 64 films were submitted to the SHORT TIGER competition; the conditions of entry for these films were suitability for theatrical release and a maximum running time of 5 minutes.
TOTAL LENGTH: 90 minutes (24 fps) / 87 minutes (25 fps)
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016 is supported by:
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Florian Werzinski / Germany 2015 / Animation / 4 min / French with English subtitles
The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre by a fan madly in love with the painting. Told from the thief’s perspective, the audience goes on a thrilling ride with him as he tries to escape the police chasing him throughout the city of Paris.
Charlotte A. Rolfes / Germany 2015 / Fiction, Drama / 7 min 54 sec / no dialogue
An Iranian family mourns the loss of the father who was murdered by right-winged extremists. Ali, his son, flees into hatred and fantasies of revenge, instead of taking care of his mother and siblings. Nevertheless, the bond between son and father is strong enough to save him in a crucial moment.
EAT MY DREAM
Jessica Dürwald / Germany 2015 / Animation, Documentary / 8 min / no dialogue
Impressions of a Norwegian fish factory.
EMILY MUST WAIT
Christian Wittmoser / Germany 2016 / Fiction, Drama / 12 min / English & German with English subtitles
When Europe turns to chaos, Emily must hold out in her apartment in hope of reuniting with her loved one. The promise to wait becomes increasingly difficult to keep, as desperation grows and hope dwindles.
ERIC THE SOLDIER
Charlotte Funke / Germany 2015 / Documentary / 14 min 05 sec / German with English subtitles
Eric is 21 and a German marine. Instead of writing Whatsapp-messages he keeps a diary. On his duffle bag, he embroidered a poem – by Goethe. Why does Eric want to be a soldier? A story about longing and the search for the true way of life.
EYE FOR AN EYE
Steve Bache, Mahyar Goudarzi, Louise Peter / Germany 2016 / Animation, Documentary / 4 min 26 sec / English OV
Frederick Baer spent over a decade in the Indiana State Prison, still waiting for his death penalty to be executed. A hand-drawn documentary about a murderer’s time on death row and the conflicts with his guilt and destiny.
Samuel Pleitner / Germany 2015 / Fiction, Comedy / 5 min 29 sec / German with English subtitles
Earth as we know it no longer exists. Humankind had to resort into space. Generations of scientists failed in finding a new habitable planet. Finally a young researcher seems to be close to a breakthrough. … And along comes a highly motivated apprentice.
Janina Putzker / Germany 2015 / Animation / 2 min 40 sec / no dialogue
A talented, but narcissistic e-pianist is driven to insanity by his pet bunny.
Mingus Ballhaus / Germany 2015 / Fiction / 13 min / German with English subtitles
Prince Alfred wakes up too late to bother about going to school today. So he kills time at home until he reluctantly decides to ride into town after all.
Matthias Koßmehl / Germany 2015 / Fiction / 7 min 38 sec / no dialogue
Night after night, Bodo sweeps the empty city streets. Dirty work that no one notices. Attracted by electronic basses and gleaming lights he comes across a vernissage. A strange world in which he makes a familiar discovery and decides not to be invisible anymore.
WHO WILL PAY THE BILL?
Daniel Nocke / Germany 2015 / Animation / 3 min 49 sec / German with English subtitles
Three experts give us their insights on a highly explosive subject. If expert number four will be invited back is to be doubted.
WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR BRAIN IF YOU SEE A GERMAN WORD LIKE…?
Zora Rux / Germany 2015 / Fiction / 4 min 59 sek / German with English subtitles
The German language is very flexible: one can simply string words together in order to create new ones. Director Zora Rux blends animation and live-action in order to make a humorous account of what happens inside the brain of a man reading an extremly complex word. Gently mocking intellectual language, the film investigates how different language structures affect the way we think.