Blind Audition

A Film by Andreas Kessler


For a few years the violinists Ari and Ron have been a couple. When they both get invited to audition for the solo part of an orchestra they suddenly become competitors and their mutual trust is put through a hard test when Ron receives a tempting offer from the orchestra’s conductor.


  • Picture of Andreas Kessler © Leonhard Kaufmann

    Andreas Kessler

    After he finished school in 2010 Andreas started working as a film editor for directors such as Enrique Sánchez Lansch in Berlin. In the meantime he made his own short films which were shown internationally and broadcast on German television (ZDF). One of his short films CAMOUFLAGE was part of the official selection of Palm Springs int. Short Fest, Frameline 39 San Francisco, int. Film Festival Reykjavik and many others. His Film Positive feelings which took over 5 years of filming won several Prizes. MADAMA BUTTERFLY was a totally different project - a string puppet film he made in collaboration with Lea Najjar. This film was shown on more than 65 festivals worldwide. At the moment he studies fiction film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Awards + Festivals

  • 38th MAX OPHÜLS PREIS (Official Selection, Saarbrücken, Germany)January 23, 2017
  • 19th LANDSHUTER IFF (Official Selection, Landshut, Germany)March 14, 2017
  • LOOK OF SOUND (Official Selection, Mannheim, Germany)April 5, 2017
  • 11th 20MINMAX (Official Selection, Ingolstadt, Germany)May 25, 2017
  • 5th BILDRAUSCH-KURZFILMABEND (Special Screening, Berlin, Germany)May 29, 2017
  • 52nd WERKSTATT DER JUNGEN FILMSZENE (Official Selection, Germany)June 5, 2017
  • 11th WENDLAND SHORTS (Official Selection, Waddeweitz, Germany)June 16, 2017
  • 31st STUDENTS BAFTA AWARDS (Shortlist, Los Angeles, USA)June 22, 2017
  • 5th SHORTS AT MOONLIGNT (Official Selection, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)July 16, 2017
  • 11th FÜNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Stranberg, Germany)July 27, 2017
  • KINKERLITZCHEN FESTIVAL- OPEN AIR (Official Selection, Metelen, Germany)August 11, 2017
  • 17th FILMFEST MŰNSTER (Official Selection, Münster, Germany)October 4, 2017
  • 7th KAOHSIUNG FILM FESTIVAL INT'L SHORT FILM COMPETITION (Official Selection, Taiwan, China)October 20, 2017
    34th VIDEOFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Mainz, Germany)November 3, 2017
  • 3rd RINGERIKE INT'L YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Norway)November 7, 2017
  • 2nd CUCIF - CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)November 8, 2017
  • 7th WEYAUWEGA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Weyauwega, Wisconsin, USA)November 8, 2017
  • 5th EKADESHMA INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kathmandu, Nepal)November 16, 2017
  • North Carolina Film Award (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • 19th INTERNATIONALE JUGEND MEDIEN FESTIVAL YOUKI (Int. Competition, Wels, Austria)November 21, 2017
    GERMAN SHORT FILM AWARD 2017 (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)November 23, 2017
  • 23rd FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (Official Selection, Stuttgart, Germany)November 29, 2017
    ISCA 2017 - INT'L STUDENTS CREATIVE AWARD (Official Selection, Osaka, Japan)December 1, 2017
    WATERSPRITE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cambridge, UK)March 1, 2018
  • 20th MAUFILMMERN KURZFILMFESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Memmingen, Germany)March 31, 2018
  • 42nd CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cleveland, OH, USA)April 4, 2018
  • 9th SKEPTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)April 18, 2018
  • 17th TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Short Film Competition, NY, USA)April 18, 2018
  • 3th ENNESIMO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)May 4, 2018
  • 14th EURASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Astana, Kazakhstan)July 1, 2018
  • 11th MUSIKFILMTAGE OBERAUDORF (Official Selection, Oberaudorf, Germany)July 4, 2018
  • 9th ONE COUNTRY ONE FILM INT'L FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Issoire and Apchat, France)July 23, 2018
  • 3rd THE INT'L GULLAH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Georgetown, South Carolina, USA)November 2, 2018
  • 48th ALCINE - FESTIVAL DE CINE DE ALCALÁ DE HENARES (Language in Short Film Section, Madrid, Spain)November 9, 2018



Linda Kokkores
Oliver Krause, Joachim Weiler
Andreas Kessler
Director of Photography
Manuel Meinhardt
Art Direction
Lara Scherpinski, Carla Sure
Costume Design
Gudrun Schretzmeier
Lena Beck, Thomas de Filippi
Maximilian Merth
Sound Design
Lena Beck
Piotr Tschaikovsky


Running Time
17:27 min.
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Dolby 5.1



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Akademiehof 10,
71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany


Andreas Kessler