Shortcutz Berlin – Winner of the Month of May 2014

And the “Winner of the Month of May” is “Chaja & Mimi”, by Eric Esser ! Congratulations to Eric and his team!

Jury statement: “Very simply, hardly a “production” or “film”, but it kept my interest all the time. The two women are most convincing” – Jan Halan

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Synopsis: Chaja Florentin and Mimi Frons have been best friends for 83 years. Born and raised in Berlin, they had to escape from the Nazis to Palestine with their families in 1934. They talk about their complicated relationship with Berlin in a Tel Aviv café where they meet everyday. A film about friendship, homeland and identity.

Shortcutz Berlin #91 Winner Session – May 28th

The last screening of Shortcutz Berlin is taking place this Wednesday – The May Winner Session! We will have a break during the Summer and will come back later in the Fall.

Please check the shorts running for competition this month:

Short #1: “Die Fliehkraft des Kometen“, by Felix Ahrens
Short #2: “Evil Twin”, by Christian Pfeil
Short #3: “Half you met my girlfriend“, by Nicolas de Leval Jezierski
Short #4: “Woanders“, by Nossa Schäfer
Short #5: “Chaja & Mimi“, by Eric Esser
Short #6: “Poem in the Key of Freedom minor“, by Nathalie Tafelmacher-Magnat

We will announce and screen the Winner of the Month of May, voted by our jury.

The Out of Competition Short is “Carrousel”, by Sophie Kluge.

Synopsis: The Film tells the story of Clara who falls in love with Gaspard, a young man from Paris. She knows that it is a risky plan, when she decides to go to the city of love and light to surprise him. Gaspard is not there. She waits and wonders about, still hoping to meet him but he is nowhere to be found. Paris can be just as sad and lonely as it can be beautiful, if you have the wrong expectations. Carrousel is about missed opportunities, false longings and at the same time it is a declaration of love to Berlin and Paris.

Find more information about the short here.

The Special Guest is Robin Lochmann, filmmaker. Robin was born and raised in Ireland. After graduating from film school Robin produced numerous short films and then quickly went on to work as a production supervisor and cameraman for television. In 2009 Robin moved to Berlin and set up the International Filmmakers Network Berlin and continued to direct numerous music videos, short films, fashion films and commercials. As well as directing Robin now works in postproduction as an editor and compositor for television, commercials, music videos and art films. He will screen is short film “Missing” and also his brand new project “Vector Equilibrium”. Find more info about Robin’s work here.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Shortcutz Berlin #90 Session – May 21st

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The last round of competition shorts of the month of May is here! Check the complete program for this week:

Comp Short #1: “Chaja & Mimi“, by Eric Esser

Synopsis: Chaja Florentin and Mimi Frons have been best friends for 83 years. Born and raised in Berlin, they had to escape from the Nazis to Palestine with their families in 1934. They talk about their complicated relationship with Berlin in a Tel Aviv café where they meet everyday. A film about friendship, homeland and identity.


Comp Short #2: “Poem in the Key of Freedom minor“, by Nathalie Tafelmacher-Magnat

Synopsis: Lori ekes out a life in a sparsely furnished room which leaves her in isolation, were it not for her neighbour, her partner in platonic eroticism. Loosing her TV out the window seems to be the last desirable thing to happen to her, given her circumstances, but it turns out to be the key… to a little bit more freedom.

The Special Guest is Josephine Lilly Landertinger Forero, director  of the Global Eyes production, a company that focuses on video education, video production and online journalism.

Josephine Landertinger Forero, who was born in Portugal in 1983 as daughter to a Colombian economist and an Austrian diplomat of the United Nations. She spent her childhood in Lesotho (Africa). Her aim is to bring together her passion for media and her enthusiasm for human rights subjects. She will be talking to us about her latest project “Home”. You can watch the trailer here.

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Shortcutz Berlin #89 Session – May 14th

 

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Another round of new competition shortcutz Berlin is here ! The program for the evening is as follows:

Comp Short #1: “Half you met my girlfriend“, by Nicolas de Leval Jezierski

Synopsis: Annoyed by his constantly talking girlfriend, a young man flees into a dream world. But these colorful fantasties are only half as nice as he imagined.


Comp Short #2: “Woanders“, by Nossa Schäfer

Synopsis: Julia, 21, is drifting from one job to another. Today she starts a new one. As nightshift at Gabi´s, a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis and in need for care all day and night. The time at Gabi´s seems endless and while Gabi is sleeping, Julia makes a decision she is not so sure about later.

The Special Guest is Talking Animals, an animation studio based in Berlin.  Talking Animals is a group of young, award-winning animation and sound design professionals specializing in edgy, high-end filmmaking that’s unsurpassed. Established in 2009, Talking Animals is home to 14 animators and 2 musicians/sound designers, each with our own specialty and style of design. We love working with clients who have ambitious, unique projects. Sonja Rohleder and Gregor Dashuber will be with us to talk a bit about Talking Animals and will show us some of their work!

They will bring not one but three shorts “Out of Competition“:

- “Dame mit Hund”, by Sonja Rohleder
- “Wandernd Haus voll Vogelwasser”, by Veronika Samartseva (This was a competition short in Shortcutz Berlin back in Deceber 6th 2012)
- “Sie so, Er so” by, Gregor Dashuber

 

Shortcutz Berlin #88 Session – May 7th

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Another month starts and we get a new competition goin on! The program for the evening is as follows:

Comp Short #1: “Die Fliehkraft des Kometen“, by Felix Ahrens

Synopsis: Comet is old but younger than his generation. Every night he goes to Berlin Scene clubs rhythmic techno music hunt. On what it seeks, are the young People of his party environment: He needs their energy! The portrait of a lonely man who is not lonely.


Comp Short #2: Evil Twin, by Christian Pfeil

Synopsis:A group of gangsters get their hands on a teleportation device bringing with it endless possibilities. The group splits into good and bad. And now the fight begins!

Watch the trailer here!

The Special Guest is Richard Schut, from the 48h Film Project Berlin

Richard Schut organizes the 48 Hour Film Project in the Netherlands and Germany (Berlin). 48 Hour Film Project is an international filmcompetition in which 45.000+ filmmakers in more then 120 cities make a short movie within 48 hour. All movies include a prop, a character and a line of dialogue the filmmakers hear on friday night at the start of the 48 hour.

His newest project is the 48 Days Film Project, where teams of filmmakers create feature films together in only 48 days. A trailer of the 48 days film 2013 is here.

Out of Competition Short: No Guts!” by Melvin Simons and Jon Karthaus, the 48 Hour Amsterdam 2013 winner and “Winner of the Month” of March at Shortcutz Amsterdam!!

Synopsis: Conservative Joop is shocked when he finds his son (Tom) completely beaten up. Tom takes this opportunity to confront his father with a secret about himself. Maybe Joop doesn’t know his children as well as he thought he did.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Shortcutz Berlin – Winner of the Month of April 2014

The Winner of the Month of April is “Abdullah “, by Jakob Besuch! Congratulations to Jakob and the whole team! Read the interview with Jakob to the Berlin Film Central here.

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Synopsis:  Abdullah grew up as the son of a migrant family. Being part of the music scene he starts increasing his consumption of marijuana until he faces a psychosis. At the hospital he feels recognized by a psychologist who supports his way back to life.

Shortcutz Berlin #87 Winner Session – April 30th

WINNERSESSIONWinner Session of April is here! Check out the competition shorts this month:

Short #1: “The Document“, by Erik Lehmann
Short #2: “Back – A Tale of Romance and Necromancy“
Short #3: “Goin’ Home“, by Talin Seigmann
Short #4: “Unpaved“, by Lukas Feigelfeld
Short #5: “Abdullah“, by Jakob Besuch
Short #6: “Pfandfrei”, by Nicolai Wolf
Short #7: “Dann is’ es halt so“, by Jan Soldat
Short #8: “Spuren von Morgen”, by Fabiano Mixo

The Winner of th Month of April (voted by our jury) will be screened once more!

The Out of Competition Short is “Heimkommen“, by Micah Magee

The Special Guest of the evening is GUTS FOR CHANGE. Guts for Change started with a bike tour of one woman and three men that cycled all the way from Germany to India. 10.000 kilometers and 11 countries in 5 months - all for a good cause!

They wanted to draw attention to the global sanitation crisis and raise funds for a dry toilet project in rural India. Worldwide 2.6 billion people don’t have access to sanitary facilities, therefrom more than 700 million in India! With their campaign Guts for Change wants to make an Indian village open defecation free and inspire others to “be the change they want to see in the world”!

Johann Angermann will be with us at the screening to explain what this project is about and will be screening something just fur us!

Looking forward to seeing you all there! And don’t forget: it’s FREE ENTRANCE!