Shortcutz Berlin #85 Session – April 16th

Another round of Shortcutz Berlin is taking place this week! Please check the program for the evening: SCBerlin_Program85

Competition Short #1: “ Abdullah, by Jakob Besuch

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.

Competition Short #2: “Pfandfrei“, by Nicolai Wolf

Synopsis: Eight men, one empty bottle, no questions asked.

The Special Guest is New Born Short Film Agency, created by Dimitris Argyriou

The Out of Competition Short is Birthday Surprise“, by Konstantinos Mousoulis

Synopsis: A young, attractive woman is anxiously getting ready to welcome the unstable and dangerous crime figure, Jack Anderson as his birthday present. When Jack arrives drunk and discovers his birthday surprise his reaction is both warm and cold. The young woman plays her game of seduction as delicately as possible. Unaware of Jack’s true intentions, the coming few minutes will be the most dangerous of her life, until she manages to get him where she wants so she can reveal her true intentions.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Shortcutz Berlin #84 Session – April 9th

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Another round of Shortcutz Berlin is taking place this week! The shorts in competition are:

Short #1: “ Goin’ Home, by Talin Seigmann

Synopsis:  Lonely footsteps echo in the darkness, a dog barks, the wind rushes. The night has many facets, especially for women. ‘goin home’ joins their voices and connects them to a personal collage of feelings, facts and tactics to feel more comfortable.
Short #2: “Unpaved“, by Lukas Feigelfeld

Synopsis: As thay awaken, the horned vagabond and his dog, find themselves deep in the woods. A journey starts. A journey towards civilisation and into the unknown depths of the urban city. His path leads him to confront the harsh reality of modern life. Soon though his longing for nature will take over again.

The Special Guest of the evening is Heinz Hermanns, director of Interfilm Berlin.

Interfilm has established itself as one of the most important short film festivals in Europe. It is the second oldest German short film festival and with an audience of 20.000 guests it is recognised as the second most significant and oldest international film festival in Berlin after the Berlinale. More than 7.000 films with a maximum running time of 20 minutes are submitted each year. Of those, approximately 500 films are selected and organised into different thematic programs. These include; international, German, animation, documentary and children’s films. ‘Focus On’ highlights productions from specific countries or regions. Beyond that there are also special sections devoted to areas such as music videos, commercials, experimental films, historical films and retrospectives.

The Out of Competition Short is Babel, by Hendrick Dusollier

Synopsis: From ancient, mythical times to the bombastic rush of downtown Shanghai: two young farmers leave their village for the metropolis.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

Shortcutz Berlin #83 Session – April 2nd

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We start the month of April with a great selection of short films for you! The program for Wednesday is as follows:

Competition Short #1: “The Document“, by Erik Lehmann

Synopsis: 1916. During First World War the middlemen of three Germans, who secretly operated for the French, get caught. Hunted for their treason, they try to take refuge in France.

You can watch the trailer here.


Competition Short #2: “Back – A Tale of Romance and Necromancy “, Sebastian-Matthias Weissbach

Synopsis: Wilson and Abigail are young and in love, even death cannot part them. Or so Wilson thinks and makes every effort to be reunited with Abigail, but the dead can be tricky sometimes – a poetic journey.

You can watch this short here.


The Special Guest of the evening is Kay Abaño, filmmaker.

Kay Abaño earned her degree in Fine Arts specializing in Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines. She worked as a Production Designer for film, television and advertising for several years, during which time she won a prestigious award for Best Production Design in a feature film. In 2004, Kay left for Madrid, Spain to study Cinematography. Three years later, she found herself involved with the Filipino migrant community in Barcelona. From her work and personal relations with the community, and from her own experiences as an immigrant, she developed a special interest in migration and questions of human displacement in general. She has since been exploring new ways of creating and expressing her ideas through film and photography.

The Out of Competition Short is “Routes“, by Kay Abaño

Synopsis: goes on a journey with two young Filipinos who have decided to leave their country and go for their dreams. Just as in life, they follow a path that is in part a conscious choice, and in part, destiny. As we travel with them, we are confronted with questions about making the right choices, the reasons we make them, the consequences of our actions and where these can take us. And as they reach their destination, we are then confronted with questions of “home” – how much of it we take with us, and what we have to leave behind. The film asks us to listen intently to their stories, to imagine the paths they’ve taken and the choices they’ve made as we contemplate a vision of what is to become their common destination.

You can watch the trailer here.

Don’t forget, the entrance is FREE!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Shortcutz Berlin – Winner of the Month of March 2014

The Winner of the Month of March is “Romy, ich bin krank “, by Andreas Grützner! Congratulations to Andreas and the whole team!

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Synopsis: Juergen Vollmer met The Beatles 1960 in Hamburg music club Kaiserkeller. They hung around together, Vollmer started photographing them and when they met again in Paris, The Beatles insisted to get his haircut. Narrow-minded Hamburg in the 50th and 60th made him escape to Paris. He took pictures of beatniks while having sex, moved on to New York and L.A., where he started his career as set photographer on Hollywood filmsets (J.V.: ‘It was awful most of the time’) and took picture of several stars. A montage of animated sequences, interviews and original artist photos.

More information about the short here.

Shortcutz Berlin #82 Winner Session – March 26th

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One more month full of competition shorts has come to an end – now it is time to reveal the “Winner of the Month” of March!
The  shorts running in the competition this month were:

Short #1: “Grimm”, by Günther Franke
Short #2: “Unten Durch”, by Gregor Cunningham
Short #3: “No Room Left”, by Felipe Frozza
Short #4: “Hec Tic Tac”, by Dave Lojek
Short #5: “Romy, ich bin krank”, by Andreas Grützner
Short #6: “Born!”, by Özgür Özcan

The “Winner of the Month” is voted by our jury. One of the above mentioned shorts will get the distintion and will be screened once more.

The Out of Competition short is “Moritz and the Woodwose”, by Bryn Chainey. You can watch the trailer here.

The Special Guest is another short film festival: British Shorts Film Festival.

The entrance is, as usual, FREE! Come and bring all your friends!!

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!!

Shortcutz Berlin #81 Session – March 19th

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Last  round of Competition Shorts  is taking place this week! The program is as follows:

Short #1: “Romy, ich bin krank “, by Andreas Grützner

Synopsis: Juergen Vollmer met The Beatles 1960 in Hamburg music club Kaiserkeller. They hung around together, Vollmer started photographing them and when they met again in Paris, The Beatles insisted to get his haircut. Narrow-minded Hamburg in the 50th and 60th made him escape to Paris. He took pictures of beatniks while having sex, moved on to New York and L.A., where he started his career as set photographer on Hollywood filmsets (J.V.: ‘It was awful most of the time’) and took picture of several stars. A montage of animated sequences, interviews and original artist photos.

More information about the short here.

Short #2: “Born!“, by Özgür Özcan

Synopsis: Born!” is a self made animation film, a story which is told in a dream scape imaginary fiction.  The apprentice of the film lives an ascension and faces with paradigmatic enigmas relating to self’s dilemmas and conflicts.

You can watch this short here.

The Special Guest of the evening is Lorenz Christian Köhler, director of Drehbühne Berlin. Lorenz will show a bit of his last project “Verrückte Zeiten – Eine Hommage an Charlie Chaplin”. You can see a little trailer here.

Looking forward to seeing you all there for another great evening!

Shortcutz Berlin #80 Session – March 12th

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Another round of Shortcutz Berlin is taking place this week! The shorts in competition are:

Short #1: “No room left “, by Felipe Frozza

Synopsis: NO ROOM LEFT is a site specific experimental film that starts with elements of documentary and develops into a surrealistic narrative based on a real context. Using the actual renovation of an apartment in Berlin Kreuzberg, a neighborhood affected by a fast process of gentrification, the film builds-up on the layers of history discovered underneath the wallpaper (urban Archeology). Separated by walls, two people work there. They don‘t talk. What is found underneath the wallpapers will define the fate of the characters.
Short #2: “Hec Tic Tac“, by Dave Lojek

Synopsis: “Wake up! My parents arrive in 20 minutes.” A young couple plays havoc with their apartment, expecting to own a better one soon. Since 90% of all accidents happen at home, you should watch this film as a warning against extreme times.

 
The Special Guest of the evening is Roser Corella, director.

The Out of Competition Short is: “Machine Man”, by Roser Corella & Alfonso Moral

Synopsis: A reflection on modernity and global development. The use of human physical force to perform work in the XXI century. The film takes place in the capital of Bangladesh, where the “machine men” execute different physical works, a mass of millions of people who become the driving force behind the city.