The Berlinale has reorganized its short film programme. For the first time there will be a separate short film series and a Short Film Night. A newly established international short film jury will award the first Golden Bear of this year’s festival on February 11 in the Berlinale-Palast. At least two sets of short films are to screen daily in the CinemaxX 6. By highlighting them in this way, the Berlinale will focus public attention on short films, the medium with which rising generations have always tested themselves and made their first marks.
Out of 728 submissions from 46 countries, 57 short films were selected. 17 are to screen in the Competition, 24 in the Panorama and 16 at the Kinderfilmfest sections. Passionate fantasies and dark nightmares entice and touch viewers, fictitious and documentary works entertain and inform them. With short films, traditional cinematic forms and languages are constantly being redefined and modified.
This diversity is to be found in all the Berlinale short film programmes. Instead of screening together with a full-length film, as was previously customary in the Competition and Panorama, short films will now be shown in slots of their own, in which animation and documentation, entertainment, provocation and experiment alternate. All showings in the CinemaxX 6 at the Potsdamer Platz will be rerun several times, and are open to the public, professional guests and the press.
With the award ceremony for Golden Bears for short films, the directors will be brought to center stage and receive the attention they deserve. What is more, the public will be asked to discuss the films at the Short Film Night on February 13 in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures): within the scope of the Berlinale Talent Campus, audiences will be able to enjoy an assortment of short films from theCompetition, Panorama and Kinderfilmfest.
International Short Film Jury
Phyllis Mollet (France)
Phyllis Mollet lives in Paris and worked from 1993 to 2002 for the International Federation of Film Producers’ Association (FIAPF). As the association’s general secretary, and then as its director of communications and festivals, she was responsible for 60 film festivals worldwide.
Thom Palmen (Sweden)
Thom Palmen is the director of the Umeå International Film Festival in Sweden and chairman of the board of directors of the European Coordination of Film Festivals (ECFF). As a member of the jury, he has been a guest at many film festivals.
Andreas Dresen (Germany)
After receiving the Grand Prize of the Jury at the last Berlinale, Halbe Treppe (Grill Point), one of Andreas Dresen’s most recent films, toured the festival world. This director, born in 1963, made a name for himself with the episodic film Nachtgestalten (Night Shapes). Alongside his cinema projects, Dresen works for both theater and television.
Competition – Short Films
Araki – The Killing of a Japanese Photographer by Anders Morgenthaler. Production: Den Danske Filmskole.
(A) Torzija ( (A) Torsion) by Stefan Arsenijević with Davor Janjic, Amir Glamocak. Production: Studio Arkadena. Worldwide distribution: Slovenian Film Fund.
Delores by Adam Stevens with Jeremy Randerson, Vivian Stanley. Production and worldwide distribution: New Zealand Film Commission.
En ausencia (In Absentia) by Lucía Cedrón with Ana Celentano, Pablo Cedrón, Juana Lanzi. Production: Saturno Productiones. Worldwide distribution: Lucia Cedrón.
Guerra alle pietre (War Against Stones) by Andreas Teuchert, speakers: Franco Bianco, Giuseppe Bianco. Production: Andreas Teuchert, Rahel Schweikert.
Ischov tramwai N° 9 (The Train N° 9 Goes) by Stepan Koval. Production: Ukranima Film c/o Kinemateka Kiev.
Kala by Jonathan Davies with Hannu Kivioja, Eva Mustonen. Production and world distribution: Vanilla Production Oy.
La Partita (The Match) by Ursula Ferrara. Production and worldwide distribution: Ursula Ferrara.
Mein Erlöser (Savior) by Athanasios Karanikolas with Jonathan Richter. Production: HFF “Konrad Wolff”.
Plano Seqüência (Long Take) by Patrícia Moran with Paulo César Pervio. Production: Dezenove Som e Imagens.
Rettet Berlin! (Save Berlin! ) by Gerd Conradt. Production: Daniela Schulz.
Spin by Cath Le Couteur with Julian Morris, Ryan Dabner. Production: Shooting People. World distribution: Short Film Bureau.
Talmen (Tarry) by Stijn van Santen with Jeroen Spitzenberger, Sophie Hilbrand. Production: Theorema Films. Distribution: SND Films.
The ChubbChubbs! by Eric Armstrong. Production: Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. Worldwide distribution: Columbia Pictures.
The Good Son by Michael Sandoval with Jimmy Soriano, Jaime Soriano. Production: Bright Box Media. Worldwide distribution: Third World Newsreel.
The Toll Collector by Rachel Johnson. Production: Jiri Trnkaka Studio.
Utes Ende (Never Trust a Cow) by Nathalie Percillier with Lily Besilly, Nathalie Percillier, Edna. Production: Heldinnen Film.
January 28, 2003