1. BEST SHORT OF THE YEAR:  MPU – MEDIZINISCH PSYCHOLOGISCHE UNTERSUCHUNG by Robert Bohrer

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Jury Statement

“Robert Bohrer’s ‘MPU’ is a brilliant take on everyday role playing, where of course anyone else but Frankie would act only half as professional. But anyone who breaks the law would try to look as sorry as possible in order to milden the punishment. That’s common sense, we all do that, some just play their role of ‘The Innocent’ better than others.

The short might further raise the question, whether our whole life has become some kind of ongoing casting, where we always try to look our best. And I am not talking about Social Media, where we delete all those photos, we are not smiling on. I am talking about everyday interactions with people, isn’t acting part of our lives? Like, when we need this new job for the money, we try hard to look really smart and powerful. And as we are looking for a partner to love, we try to look good, smell good, talk interesting stuff and smile a lot, right? But OK, that’s all people we try to talk into something.

Then as we become good friends over time, we also become better listeners and talk less about ourselves, we adapt to our friends needs and act in away that works altogether. We generally might become a more fun person, as then spending time together is simply more fun. So let’s for a moment consider all this adapting to people as role playing, where we continuously try to grow as a human being, an ongoing casting for the best act as the ‘Human’ in a feature film called ‘Life’.

Well, we probably grow a lot along the way and we might say this is more an act of ‘making’ ourselves than of ‘finding’ ourselves. But as long as we don’t ‘loose’ ourselves in all this role playing, I guess it’s a damn good way, to get ourselves going, achieve our goals and to become a happy person. In the end, nobody really wants to be that ugly duckling somewhere in the corner, that nobody wants to give a hug. But of course somebody has to play that role, too, I guess it’s just part of the script. “ Alec Crichton – SFE TV

“Robert Bohrer succeeds in combining fast and pointed storytelling with marvelously performing actors (you really want to see more of Axel Hartwig and Nina von Düsterlho!). The plot’s turns are surprising, yet not absurd. The whole thing just works perfectly.” Florian Rosenbauer – ICI Berlin

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      2. BEST ANIMATION: CAFFEINE by Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna

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Jury Statement

“Diaz/Luna were able to create an exceptional and visually distinct style for their music video. The images they produce are captivating yet of a flowing nature, and thus provide an unique experience to the spectator. We are impressed!” Robin Curtis and Florian Rosenbauer

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       3. BEST COMEDY: ZWEI MÄNNER UND EIN TISCH by Ester Amrami

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Jury Statement:

Amrami really hits the bullseye, both in terms of subtle humour and in addressing the issue of ignorant prejudice and passed down conflict. ZWEI MÄNNER UND EIN TISCH is authentic, touching – and stays in ones mind”Robin Curtis and Florian Rosenbauer

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       4. BEST DOCUMENTARY: WIR STERBEN by Josephine Links

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Jury Statement

“‘Wir Sterben’ contrasts consciousness by way of its voice over with the materiality of our existence and points to a range of gaps that poignantly define our supremely imperfect understanding of mortality. Director, Josephine Links contrasts her own young adult body with that of her grandmother with the latter’s body presented as a landscape in close-up, oftentimes with the precise location of the camera’s gaze on that body unidentifiable for the viewer. We will die, this much we know: but Wir Sterben shows us the limits of our knowledge of what that entails and the difficulty we have while young imagining what it will mean to inhabit an old body.” Florian Rosenbauer and Robin Curtis

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       5. BEST EXPERIMENTAL

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Jury Statement

“Some of those strange feelings in life may derive from the notion of not living to our full potential and not being truthful to ourselves. But what exactly might that be “our true self”? What might it mean to be “authentic”? And what is the path to get us there? Most probably its some kind of movement between action and reflection.

Alessandro Jodorowski might have put it this way: “If the caterpillar thinks about the butterfly it is to become, saying ‘And then I shall have wings and antennae’ there will never be a butterfly. The caterpillar must accept its own disappearance in its transformation. When the marvelous butterfly takes wing, nothing of the caterpillar remains.”

And the results of such intuitive moments, where our creative energy is set free, I would call them somewhat artistic!” Alec Crichton  – SFE TV

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       6. BEST PHOTOGRAPHY: Tobias von dem Borne for 1949

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Jury Statement

“Von dem Borne evokes with his camera dark and irritating images, providing the mysterious thriller with the atmosphere it needs. The atmosphere he creates and the language of his images are unique and show the talents of an outstandingly skilled young cinematographer. It is without doubt, that the film world is going to see more works of art from this DP very soon”.  Christoph Brandl

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       7. BEST SCREENPLAY: HALTLOS by Tim Dünschede

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Jury Statement

“The film is beautifully executed in all respects, the setting in the kitchen, the background activity behind the dialogue, design and cinematography.” Jan Harlan

WATCH TIM DÜNSCHEDE`S ENTERVIEW FOR SHORTCUTZ BERLIN IN JUNE 2012 HERE!

       8. BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC: Florian Erlbeck for EIN AUGENBLICK IN MIR

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Jury Statement

“Seldom it is to see a short that wouldn’t be possible without its score. Florian Erlbecks compositions for EIN AUGENBLICK IN MIR don’t just accompany the film or emphasize the emotions, they give it its meaning, its function and its heart. One couldn’t remember the film without the music.” Frédéric Jaeger – critic.de

       9. BEST DIRECTOR: HALTLOS by Tim Dünschede

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Jury Statement

“Tim Duenschede’s HALTLOS is a simple film that tells the story following the classic structure of narrative in a straight line with the plot revealed in the last few seconds, a perfect solution for a short film. The filmmaker, the amalgamation of writer and director, knows what he wants to get across and does it without distraction: Justice and the law that protects us all are of higher value than even the strong love of a mother for her son.” Jan Harlan

       10. BEST ACTOR : Rainer Sellien for 1949

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Jury Statement

“Well-known TV actor Rainer Sellien shows an amazing depth in his acting ability playing a man, who has lost his memory. He is truly exciting to watch in this deeply disturbing psychological and intimate chamber drama. Through his powerful yet simultaneously fragile acting does he keep the tension up high throughout the film.” Christoph Brandl

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       11. BEST ACTRESS: Michaela Wiebusch for HALTLOS

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Jury Statement

“It is her effortless play that makes Michaela Wiebusch’s acting in HALTLOS so extraordinary. Over the length of the film she underplays the horrors, which a mother feels, when she discovers the crime of her son. Thus making the viewing experience of this film a memorable one. Christoph Brandl

       12. BEST BERLIN FILM: ZWEI MÄNNER UND EIN TISCH by Ester Amrami

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Jury Statement

“Ester Amramis short ‘Zwei Männer und ein Tisch’ is a smart and funny tale taken from the heart of the multiculturalism that defines Berlin. Using elements of suspense and dramatic tension she lets us be part of her protagonists worlds, two worlds meeting and possibly colliding through a simple but most effective plot. Awarding “Zwei Männer und ein Tisch” the prize for “Best Berlin Short” means for us rewarding a film and a vision for Berlin, more than about Berlin.” Frédéric Jaeger – critic.de

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