STATEMENT BY MAIKE MIA HÖHNE: BERLINALE SHORTS 2019

The selection of the Berlinale Shorts 2019 is an essence of current contemporary filmmaking. Power, visibility and knowledge have a significant influence on the possibility of participation. This year, our Berlinale Shorts‘ selection will take a close look at these integral elements, searching for new ways to create a worthwhile future together. You’re very welcome to watch the statement by Maike Mia Höhne, curator of Berlinale Shorts, and check all details regarding programmes, dates and times via the Berlinale website.

ONE YEAR AFTER THE AWARDS: A QUICK CHAT WITH RÉKA BUCSI, AUDI SHORT FILM AWARD 2018

We are almost there! Another year has gone by and the 69th Berlin International Film Festival is about to start. Before we begin sharing more details concerning the contributions of 2019 with you, we want to know how the winners of last year’s competition have been spending the time after their success in 2018. Check out the interview with Réka Bucsi, who won the Audi Short Film Award 2018 with Solar Walk.

We can’t wait to see her again in February: Don’t miss Réka Bucsis talk with Jeffrey Bowers, Senior Curator at Vimeo and part of the International Short Film Jury 2019. Meet them on February 10 at the Audi Berlinale Lounge, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz – just next to the Red Carpet. The panel is for free and open for everyone. 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

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© Réka Bucsi

How has life been since last year’s Berlinale Shorts?

Life has been busy and exciting, I have been traveling almost all year. I took on some small animation projects, but I also had the opportunity to start focusing on my new personal film, which would not have been possible without winning the Audi Short Film Award last year. Winning an award at a festival like Berlinale as an animation filmmaker has been pretty special as it turns out.

What did winning the award mean to you personally?

The night I won the award, was very emotional for me. I never felt this much appreciation and love coming at me for my work all at once. It was very direct from many wonderful people, who’s work I admire and respect. It felt real and very surreal at the same time, and I got so much energy out of that night for a long time after. It also inspired me to take on a bigger project in the future and be confident about what I want to say and how I want to do that.

What are your plans for 2019?

My plans are to finish the preparations for my upcoming new film, and not take on smaller projects on the side. I am pretty excited about this year, and I would like to use my time and focus and just enjoy the freedom of writing and drawing my personal film as long as I have the opportunity to do that. I am also going to teach a little bit at Calarts, which is going to be a first for me, so that’s also something I am looking forward to.

At the 2019 edition of Berlinale Shorts, 24 films from 17 countries will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bear, the Audi Short Film Award (endowed with 20,000 euros) and a nomination as “Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019”.

ONE YEAR AFTER THE AWARDS: A QUICK CHAT WITH SAMUEL ISHIMWE, SILVER BEAR 2018

We are almost there! Another year has gone by and the 69th Berlin International Film Festival is about to start. Before we begin sharing more details concerning the contributions of 2019 with you, we want to know how the winners of last year’s competition have been spending the time after their success in 2018.

Check out the interview with Samuel Ishimwe, who won the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) 2018 with Imfura.

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How has life been since last year’s Berlinale Shorts?

Life has been great career-wise, the Berlinale really shed a light on my film, after I travelled to multiple good festivals, and got to see how it interacts with different audiences.

What did winning the award mean to you personally?

It gave me a great feeling of acceptance and uplifted my confidence to continue shape my own cinematic accent.

What are your plans for 2019?

I want to end this year with a new film, a feature film – if it all goes as planned.

At the 2019 edition of Berlinale Shorts, 24 films from 17 countries will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bear, the Audi Short Film Award (endowed with 20,000 euros) and a nomination as “Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019”.

ONE YEAR AFTER THE AWARDS: A QUICK CHAT WITH INES MOLDAVSKY, GOLDEN BEAR 2018

We are almost there! Another year has gone by and the 69th Berlin International Film Festival is about to start. Before we begin sharing more details concerning the contributions of 2019 with you, we want to know how the winners of last year’s competition have been spending the time after their success in 2018.

Let’s start with Ines Moldavsky, who won the Golden Bear for the Best Short Film 2018 with The Men Behind the Wall.

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© Heinrich Völkel

How has life been since last year’s Berlinale Shorts?

I got to travel to many festivals all around the world to screen the film, and received great feedback from different audiences, of all ages, genders and nationalities. The film touched many people. It is highly exciting for me, to see how people who never lived the local political reality in Israel can still understand the film and identify with it; it seems the film actually deals with universal subjects which are very much on today’s agenda. I have also started running workshops at different art institutions where I got to present my earlier films. It is very encouraging to see how recognition of one of my films creates a new opportunity for earlier works, which haven’t got much attention until that moment.

What did winning the award mean to you personally?

After so many years of being a starving-independent-subversive-experimental-struggling artist, it’s great to know that people can actually relate to my crazy ideas. There are soooooo many points during the process of making a film you say to yourself „I am fucking crazy. Why am I doing this? No one will ever get it“. So it’s great to know that people got it, it gives power to keep on going, to proceed with my artistic journey. Although I am still a struggling artist. Because art is always a struggle – both emotionally, because you are constantly analyzing yourself and your surroundings, and economically,  because there is never enough funding. Especially today, especially in Israel, especially with the current Minister of Culture, it is practically impossible to get funding for the type of films I make. But luckily enough, I have a very ascetic type of personality, so I am willing to keep struggling, and will continue in pursuing my creative ideas, even if everyone thinks I’m crazy, like they did in Israel when I was making this film.

What are your plans for 2019?

I am working simultaneously on another experimental documentary film and on a script for a fiction feature film. The documentary deals with gender roles in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychiatry, examining the diagnosis called Borderline Personality Disorder and its similarities to the fabled female hysteria. Yes, this one doesn’t deal with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but like in my previous film it deals with power relations between both genders, trying to expose injustices in current society, and once again using my own autobiographic story and persona. The feature film is a long-term project, and it deals with a young Israeli woman who wants to immigrate away from Israel because she is sick of the political reality, but doesn’t seem to succeed in getting a European passport, so in the meantime she drowns her sorrow in compulsive binge-eating and casual sexual encounters with the different macho types present in contemporary Israeli society, in which the gender roles are highly influenced by militarism.

At the 2019 edition of Berlinale Shorts, 24 films from 17 countries will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bear, the Audi Short Film Award (endowed with 20,000 euros) and a nomination as “Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019”.

 

 

BERLINALE SHORTS PARTY & FAREWELL MAIKE MIA HÖHNE

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© It has to be lived once and dreamed twice – Rainer Kohlberger

We’re throwing a party to celebrate the best short films of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival 2019!

Let’s say goodbye to Maike Mia Höhne who has been the curator and head of Berlinale Shorts since the summer of 2007. From March 2019, she will be the artistic director of Hamburg International Short Film Festival.

Dance your feet off until the queen leaves the building!

DJs and friends behind the decks:
Chalafel
The Sorry Entertainer
Tropeninstitut / Bassito
Pet Shop Bears
Yeşim
Robert Beatz

Where: Säälchen, Holzmarktstr. 25, 10243 Berlin
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Doors: 11pm
Entrance: 8€

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BERLINALE SHORTS: PROGRAMME COMPLETE FOR 2019

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Dynesti Williams. Rise. Regie/directors: Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca. Foto/photo: © Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca

At the 2019 edition of Berlinale Shorts, 24 films from 17 countries will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bear, the Audi Short Film Award (endowed with 20,000 euros) and a nomination as “Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019”.

This year’s competition includes works by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Martín Rejtman, Luca Tóth, Rainer Kohlberger, Eva Könnemann, Flóra Anna Buda and Manuel Abramovich, among others. Al Mahatta by Eltayeb Mahdi and Crvene gumene čizme by Jasmila Žbanić will also be screened out of competition.

The films of the 2019 edition of the Berlinale Shorts’ international competition treat diverse aspects of power, visibility and knowledge, as integral elements in the section’s overarching examination of the nature of participation. “We need new role models and a multitude of stories if we are to create a viable future for all of us,” states curator Maike Mia Höhne, who has served as section head for Berlinale Shortssince 2007 and will be assuming the role of artistic director of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival from March 2019.

Rise by Wagner & de Burca, whose work will be featured at the Brazilian pavilion of this year’s Venice Biennale, documents POC artists with post-migrant backgrounds engaged in an act of self-empowerment through music and spoken word performance in Toronto’s underground scene. In Rainer Kohlberger’s dystopian experimental work It has to be lived once and dreamed twice, the voice of Annika Henderson awakens into the role of a new species after the extinction of humanity, while Flóra Anna Buda’s animated characters manage to liberate themselves from both capitalist and hetero-normative coercion in Entropia. Louis Fried’s Flexible Bodies tackles dreams of careerism and self-optimisation, and Manuel Abramovich also reveals aspects of the wider job world at Berlinale Shorts 2019 in Blue Boy– which features conversations with men earning a living as sex workers in Berlin. The three films Crvene gumene čizmeOmarska and Can’t You See Them? – Repeat. on the other hand focus on the post-war zone of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This latter part of the programme serves as a departure point for an examination of remembrance culture and the dynamics of participation in the writing of history.

The International Short Film Jury for 2019 is composed of US-American Jeffrey Bowers, Senior Curator at Vimeo, Croatia’s Vanja Kaludjercic, Director of Acquisitions at MUBI, and Koyo Kouoh, founder and artistic director of RAW Material Company from Senegal.

Films at Berlinale Shorts 2019:

All on a Mardi Gras Day, Michal Pietrzyk, USA, 22’ (IP)
Al Mahatta, Eltayeb Mahdi, Sudan, 16’, 1989 (out of competition)
Blue Boy, Manuel Abramovich, Argentina, Germany, 19’ (WP)
Can’t You See Them? – Repeat., Clarissa Thieme, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 9’ (WP)
Crvene gumene čizme, Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18’, 2000 (out of competition)
Entropia, Flóra Anna Buda, Hungary, 10’ (WP)
Flexible Bodies, Louis Fried, Germany, 19’ (WP)
Héctor, Victoria Giesen Carvajal, Chile, 19’ (WP)
How to Breathe in Kern County, Chris Filippone, USA, 9’ (WP)
It has to be lived once and dreamed twice, Rainer Kohlberger, Germany, Austria, 28’ (WP)
Kingdom, Tan Wei Keong, Singapore, 5’ (IP)
Leyenda dorada, Chema García Ibarra, Ion de Sosa, Spain, 11’ (WP)
Lidérc úr, Luca Tóth, Hungary, France, 19’ (WP)
Mot Khu Dat Tot, Pham Ngoc Lan, Vietnam, 19’ (WP)
Në Mes, Samir Karahoda, Kosovo, 15’ (WP)
Omarska, Varun Sasindran, France, 19’ (WP)
Past Perfect, Jorge Jácome, Portugal, 23’ (WP)
Prendre feu, Michaël Soyez, France, 26’ (WP)
Rang Mahal, Prantik Basu, India, 27’ (IP)
Rise, Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca, Brazil, Canada, USA, 20’ (IP)here
Shakti, Martín Rejtman, Argentina, Chile, 19’ (WP)
The Spirit Keepers of Makuta’ay, Yen-Chao Lin, Canada, 11’ (WP)
Splash, Shen Jie, China, 9’ (WP)
Suc de síndria, Irene Moray, Spain, 22’ (WP)
Umbra, Florian Fischer, Johannes Krell, Germany, 20’ (WP)
Welt an Bord, Eva Könnemann, Germany, 29’ (WP)

You can find the german version of our press release here

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY 2019

Exciting news! Senior Curator and Vimeo programmer from the USA, Jeffrey Bowers; MUBI’s Director of Acquisitions, Vanja Kaludjercic from Croatia; and Koyo Kouoh, founding artistic director of RAW Material Company from Senegal, make up the International Short Film Jury in 2019. They will award the Golden and the Silver Bear as well as the Audi Short Film Award. In addition, they will nominate the Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019.

Maike Mia Höhne, who has been the curator and head of Berlinale Shorts since 2007, comments: “I am looking forward to intercultural perspectives, which will lead to multilayered ways of reading.”

THE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY 2019

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Jeffrey Bowers (USA)
Jeffrey Bowers is a Senior Curator at Vimeo, where his responsibilities include selecting Staff Picks, managing Staff Pick Premieres, Staff Pick Awards and Vimeo’s Best of the Year awards. His background includes programming features and shorts for the Tribeca Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, and Rooftop Films. He also co-curated VICE media’s VICE Shorts, where he wrote the short film column, “I’m Short, Not Stupid”. Bowers has served on juries and participated in speaking engagements at places like the Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Guanajuato Film Festival, and IFP (Independent Feature Project) in New York.

Vanja Kaludjercic (Croatia)
Vanja Kaludjercic works for the curated streaming platform MUBI as Director of Acquisitions. Previously, she was part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam where she headed the Masterclasses & Talks section. She has also worked as director of the Holland Film Meeting of the Netherlands Film Festival, as head of industry at Les Arcs European Film Festival, and established the Paris Co-Production Village in 2014. As a programmer, she has worked for the Sarajevo Film Festival, Paris-based Cinéma du Réel and CPH:DOX. Outside of festivals, Kaludjercic has also teamed up with Slovenia-based distribution outfit Demiurg and Paris-based sales and production company Coproduction Office.

Koyo Kouoh (Senegal)
In addition to her work as founder and artistic director of RAW Material Company in Senegal, Koyo Kouoh has been responsible for a huge variety of international exhibitions, including “Saving Bruce Lee: African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy” at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, co-curated with Rasha Salti. She was a curator of the 1:54 FORUM Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York, as well as a member of several curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012). Kouoh was the curator of the 37th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial (2016). In 2018 she participated in the 57th edition of Carnegie International with the exhibition “Dig Where You Stand”. Her published works include “Word!Word?Word! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form” (2013), “Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa” (2012) and “Chronicle of a Revolt: Photographs of a Season of Protest” (2012).

THE AWARDS

The films in the Berlinale Shorts competition compete for the following awards:

  • Golden Bear for Best Short Film
    The winner of the Golden Bear qualifies for being eligible for next year’s short film Oscar®.
  • Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)
  • Audi Short Film Award, endowed with € 20,000, enabled by Audi
  • the Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards
    The winning film is the Berlin candidate for the category „European Short Film“.

 

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