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The Awards


Award ceremony: Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 7 pm, Lichtburg Filmpalast, Oberhausen


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The 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen ended  with a marked audience increase on 6 May 2014. Almost 19,000 visitors attended film programmes, discussions and other events – 33 of 82 programmes were sold out.

The festival showed around 440 films from 66 countries, including 134 in its five competitions. All in all, a total sum of 40,750 euros were awarded in prize money.

The Theme programme „Memories Can't Wait – Film without Film“ was especially popular, with eight of ten events sold out.

The Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen this year goes to Paraguay for Federico Adorno's film La Estancia.

The 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will take place from 30 April to 5 May 2014.




Awards of the International Competition


Prizes awarded by the International Jury

Members of the International Jury:
Vassily Bourikas (Greece), John Gianvito (USA), Shai Heredia (India), Bjørn Melhus (Germany), Aleksandra Sekulić (Serbia)


Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen
8,000 Euros


La Estancia
Federico Adorno, Paraguay 2014, 14 min, DCP, colour



Through a succession of subtly constructed tableaus, this powerful film is a profound critique of systematic oppression. Instigated by a massacre amidst a land-rights conflict in Paraguay, this haunting work transcends the local context to voice the struggle for essential freedoms.


Principal Prize
4,000 Euros


Gangster Backstage
Teboho Edkins
France/ South Africa 2013, 37 min 30 sec, file, colour



By turns intense and gentle, this genre-bending film explores the complex reality of living on the edge, and engaging with imminent death in the everyday. Through an investigation of intimate narratives which shift between the stage and the backstage, this sensitively made work is an outstanding approach to film portraiture.


ARTE Prize for a European Short Film
2,500 Euros


Epistrofi stin odo ailolu
Maria Kourkouta
France/Greece 2013, 14 min, DCP, b/w



A filmmaker performs cultural memory in her effort to reclaim a sense of belonging. With passionate use of appropriated filmic materials, poetry, text and music, this is a multilayered and evocative work of film art.


Special Mentions of the International Jury


Aryan Kaganof
South Africa 2014, 26 min 30 sec, file, colour



A testimony to how our perception of an ongoing social injustice is framed by societal and media mechanisms and a suggestion on how these could be dismantled.


Konrad & Kurfürst
Esther Urlus
Netherlands 2014, 7 min, 16 mm, colour



For its alchemical “re-imagination” of a historical moment, a special mention goes to this exceptional work of artisanal practice.


Măt trói đen
(Black Sun)
Truong Quê Chi
France/Vietnam, 2013, 13 min, file, colour



A minimalist exploration of urban anxiety, this meticulously shot film is an accomplished investigation of narrative strategies in cinema.




1st Prize of the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia
5,000 Euros

Members of the Jury:
Oliver Baumgarten (Cologne), Georg Elben (Marl), Ruth Schiffer (Düsseldorf), Ulrike Sprenger (Konstanz), Mareike Wegener (Köln)


River Plate
Josef Dabernig
Austria 2013, 16 min, 35 mm, b/w



Body and landscape, skin and concrete. The central motives of this film form contrasts in brilliantly composed black-and-white images. The director paints a concentrated portrait of people who appropriate the landscape – notwithstanding its barrenness. They sit there stoically, running their hands over their bellies and defying stone and rain. Popular pleasures as a metaphor for the state of the world; the Jury of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia awards its prize to River Plate by Josef Dabernig, a precise psychograph of modern man.


2nd Prize of the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia
3,000 Euros


Ricardo Alves Jr.
Brazil 2013, 14 min, 35 mm, colour



The 2nd Prize goes to a film in which everything goes down. Descending past the floors of a rigorously managed building we follow a small narrative, embedded in clear images that show us terror and searching as part of Latin American reality.




The International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize)

Members of the Jury:
Pamela Cohn (USA), Aily Nash (USA), Antti Selkokari (Finland)


Just Like Us
Jesse McLean
USA 2013, 15 min, file, colour



The film displays the filmmaker's extraordinary sensitivity and restraint as she takes us through a thoroughly original narrative landscape, one that emerges from expertly coalesced text and image, sound and vision.




Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
1,500 Euros


Members of the Jury:
Matthias Kuhl (Switzerland), Théo Péporté (Luxembourg), Sabine Schröder (Germany), Eberhard Streier (Germany)


Neeuklidinė Geometrija
Škirmanta Jakaitė, Solveiga Masteikaitė
Lithuania 2013, 11 min 30 sec, DCP, colour



In occasionally irritating images the film tells a story of partnership, separation and love, challenging the viewers to think about the question of the (in)finite character of love and to find their own answers.


Special Mention


Two Films about Loneliness
Christopher Eales, Will Bishop-Stephens
Großbritannien 2014, 5 min 30 sek, file, Farbe



This film tells parallel stories of two characters who each in their own way look for contacts through the Internet and unexpectedly find each other. Using split screen and stop motion techniques, the two filmmakers create a light and witty story about the meaning of relationships in a society shaped by media.




1,000 Euros
to a female filmmaker in the International or German Competition


A Million Miles Away
Jennifer Reeder
USA 2014, 28 min, file, Farbe



„Today I met some girls who know everything about everything", replacement teacher Chrystal Chambers notes in her diary after a school choir rehearsal. More than anything these confident teenagers seem to be aware of their own worth – an awareness adults loose in the course of a woman’s life. This sharply delineated confrontation of young, undisputed strength and the cracks and fractures caused by society ultimately dissolves in mutual recognition and solidarity.

In a compact sketch consisting of a few, condensed scenes and rooted in pop culture, with strong actors and precise dialogue, Jennifer Reeder opens up a wide space, narrating two opposite biographical stages of female self-assurance with equal measures of sarcasm and tenderness.




Awards of the German Competition


Members of the Jury of the German Competition:
Isolde Barth (Munich), Manfred Hermes (Berlin), Stefan Römer (Berlin)


Prize for the best contribution to the German Competition
5,000 Euros


Sieben Mal am Tag beklagen wir unser Los und nachts stehen wir auf, um nicht zu träumen
Susann Maria Hempel
Germany 2014, 18 min, file, colour



The re-enactment of a specific East German post-1989 experience. Its horror and cruelties are performed with fragments of an exploded doll’s house. In simple kinetics set in motion by nylon strings, objects and parts of dolls become actors in a scenario of suffering and sexual abuse.

In Sieben Mal am Tag beklagen wir unser Los und nachts stehen wir auf, um nicht zu träumen, the artist and director Susann Maria Hempel constructs a drastic tableau of Thuringian case studies, moving with the sureness of a sleepwalker between various object levels, idiomatic speech, writing and singing.

The sexual charge lies not only in the accusations of traumatisation suffered in the past, it also emerges in a strong fascination with transgression. Horror and cuteness are inextricably linked.


3sat Promotional Award
2,500 Euros
For a contribution with a particularly innovative approach.
In addition the award includes a buying option on the awarded work to be broadcast on 3sat.


Imraan, c/o Carrom Club
Udita Bhargava
Germany 2014, 13 min 30 sec, DCP, colour



Director Udita Bhargava reveals confidently framed insights into the environment of a Carrom Club in Mumbai. In this gambling den in a predominantly Muslim slum we meet men with diverse backgrounds as petty criminals who at first sight seem equally childlike and macho. This sub-culture, whose members behave like perpetrators as well as objects, revolves around its precocious operator Imraan.

The stylistic confidence and sensual imagery of Barghava’s camera are equally inspiring.


Special Mentions


L'Amour sauvage
Lior Shamriz
Germany 2014, 26 min, file, colour


Das satanische Dickicht - EINS
Willy Hans
Germany 2014, 29 min 30 sec, file, colour




Awards of the NRW Competition


Members of the Jury:
Barbara Fischer-Rittmeyer (Dortmund), Natascha Gikas (Frankfurt/Main), Jens Schneiderheinze (Münster)


Prize for the best contribution to the NRW Competition
1,000 Euros
sponsored by the NRW.Bank


El carro azul
Valerie Heine
Cuba/Germany 2014, 20 min, DCP, colour



A vibrant hand-held camera at a Gay Pride happening, quiet, stringently composed images for the action on Cuba. In a confident style and avoiding all hackneyed Cuban stereotypes, Valerie Heine depicts the rapprochement of two brothers after one of them returns from the USA, with straightforward and sparse dialogue. An old family game serves as the catalyst that brings about their reconciliation. The protagonists' brilliant acting is another reason why we award our first prize to this masterful film.


Promotional Award of the NRW Competition
500 Euros
sponsored by the NRW.Bank


Molly und Andy
Ceci Leal
Germany 2013, 4 min 30 sek, file, colour



Both the two guinea pigs and the director come from South America. With a light and funny touch, Ceci Leal projects her migration experience – the wrong weather, heavy food, loneliness and homesickness – on the two animals with the big round eyes. With energy and many surprising turns, Radek Vogt illustrates this story in a combination of cutout animation and live action film.


Special Mention


Sonntag, Büscherhöfchen 2
Miriam Gossing, Lina Sieckmann
Germany 2014, 12 min, file, colour



First you hear a sound. Then you see the shutters of a house in the Bergische Land rise. A concept that is followed throughout the film: sound precedes image. Miriam Gossing's and Lina Sieckmann's quiet, photographic images take us into an exotic and sultry microcosm that no one would suspect here. They show a finely-tuned sensibility for the placement of the inhabitants in this house and thus in the frame, without exposing them to ridicule.



Prize of the West ART Audience Jury
750 Euros, sponsored by West ART


Good Soil
Sebastian Lemke, Germany 2013, 8 min, file, colour



The documentary film Good Soil deals with a topical issue in this region, while the twins'/gardeners' fate moves the viewer. And the tragedy is brought home when the excavator appears on their doorstep.




Awards of the 37th Children's and Youth Film Competition


Prize of the Children's Jury
1,000 Euros
sponsored by the BERO-Zentrum

Members of the Jury:
Kristina Avdoyan, Matha Akieva, Talal El-Zein, Mimoza Kajtazi, Julien Krasnigi


Naima Mohamud
Finland 2013, 19 min 30 sec, DCP, colour



Most people know that friendship is important. But some situations are almost impossible to cope with without a best friend, which our winning film shows. It also addresses the issue of divorce; we think that is very important. Nonetheless it is first and foremost funny and exciting. It teaches us that we should stick together. In addition, we were thrilled by the music and the great ideas the girls in Fatima have.


evo Promotional Award of the Children's Jury
1,000 Euros
sponsored by the Energieversorgung Oberhausen AG (evo)


Alles mag
(Anything Goes)
Steven Wouterlood
Netherlands 2014, 23 min, DCP, colour



Our winner is about friendship, love and saying goodbye. And it shows that you need to be pigheaded to be able to do what's fun. And it was great fun to watch it! The colours are great and the music is cheerful: Tygo, the main protagonist, talks about the carnival in South Holland. Furthermore, one can understand very well how he feels.


Special Mention


Dirty Laundry
Aaron Martinez
USA 2013, 18 min, DCP, colour



Our Special Mention is about courage and overcoming your fears. The film shows that monsters will grow when you're afraid and can become friends if you face them. The laundry monster and the effects in Dirty Laundry by Aaron Martinez convinced us!




Prize of the Youth Jury
1,000 Euros


Members of the Jury:
Albion Hajdari, Mirco Kaponig, Mattes Müller, Theresa Siebers, Ari Solemon


Jamey’s Gevecht
(Jameys Fight)
Denise Janzée
Netherlands 2013, 15 min, DCP, colour


Our winner illustrates impressively how important it is to believe in yourself and follow your goals. Even though it tells the story of a young man who is coping with very specific problems, it describes themes that concern us all and depicts situations we all know. This high identification value is one of the great strengths of the film for us.

Furthermore, we feel that there was not a single redundant scene. We were thrilled by the brilliantly chosen sequences and the coherent montage as well as by the impressive performance of the main protagonist.

Because this film evoked such diverse emotions in us – we were entertained, touched and thrilled -, we award Jamey's Gevecht by Denise Janzée the Main Prize of the Youth Jury.


Special Mention


(Little Sun)
Oscar Ruiz Navia
Colombia/Denmark/France 2013, 20 min, DCP, colour



We would like to give our Special Mention to a film whose well thought-out symbolism not only entertained us but made us think. The wealth of details in its beautifully composed images, the credible dialogues and above all its charming protagonists transform this film into a well-rounded work of art. It was the fascinating play with reality and fiction and the question whether this is a documentary or a feature film that made this film exciting and unique for us. In our opinion, Solecito by Oscar Ruiz Navia inspires us to think again who deserves a second chance and whether love can be recharged as easily as a solar lamp.




Certificate of the Ecumenical Jury for a film in the International Children's and Youth Film Competition
in connection with a recommendation for Matthias Film and the Katholisches Filmwerk to buy the film for their catalogues


Vloeibaar Staal
(Steel Days)
Flynn von Kleist
Netherlands 2013, 24 min, DCP, colour



In the drab environment of a steel mill, Franka takes care of her father and their home. When she meets a young man, the 17-year-old begins to question this life. Vloeibaar Staal is a sensitive portrait of the depressing life and dependence of the young woman. The film also manages to communicate Franka's longing for freedom and a self-determined life in impressive images.


Oberhausen, 6 May 2014


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