Boat People

A Film by Paul Meschùh


On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran. The athletic young man is the only survivor of a disaster in the Mediterranean Sea and asks Hannes and Gerlinde to smuggle him across the border. Questioning Moussa’s true intentions, the yacht owners are torn between mistrust, fear and the urge for helping a fellow human being. A political drama of two separated worlds colliding within one global community.


  • Picture of Paul Meschùh © Paul Meschùh

    Paul Meschùh

    Paul Meschúh studied directing at the University for Television and Film in Munich (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München). Since his youth he has written and directed more than fifteen short fiction films, many of which have been screened at national and international film festivals, including Diagonale in Austria, as well as Hof Film Festival and Max Ophüls Film Festival in Germany. In 2015 Paul won the Stepping Stone Award (Sprungbrett Preis) at the Landshut Film Festival and the Starter Film Award from the City of Munich. He is currently working in Munich and Vienna on his feature film debut “Mohammed Huber” and two fiction films, “Family Vlogging” and “Anna und die 3. Welt”. The focus of his creative work is the connection between global political themes and personal, emotionally driven stories.

Awards + Festivals

  • 37th FILMFESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS-PREIS Saarbrücken, Germany (Competition Medium-Length Film)January 18, 2016
  • 19th DIAGONALE – FESTIVAL DES ÖSTERREICHISCHEN FILMS (Competition, Graz, Austria)March 8, 2016
  • 44th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria)May 13, 2016
  • 19th ZANZIBAR INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tanzania)July 9, 2016
  • 12th INDY FILM FEST 2016 (Official Selction, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)July 14, 2016
  • SHORTS AT MOONLIGHT KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Competition, Frankfurt a.M., Germany)July 15, 2016
  • 4th AIFF – ARIANO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ariano Irpino, Italy)August 1, 2016
  • 4th LA GUARIMBA FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Fiction Category, Italy)August 7, 2016
  • 2nd PARKFLIMMERN – FÜRSTENWALDER FILMTAGE (Official Selection, Germany)August 17, 2016
    1st REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)August 19, 2016
  • 3rd SAMYAK INT’L SHORT FILM & DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Pune, India)August 19, 2016
  • 4th PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oregon, USA)August 29, 2016
  • 12th BUDAPEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Hungary)August 30, 2016
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA)September 5, 2016
  • 13th DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Washington, D.C., USA)September 8, 2016
  • 22nd INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN DRAMA (Official Selection, Greece)September 19, 2016
    32nd BOSTON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, MA, USA)September 22, 2016
  • 11th THE INT'L HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL IN ALBANIA (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)September 26, 2016
  • 21st 2ANNAS FILM FESTIVAL (Program "Across the Seas and Deserts", Riga, Latvia)September 27, 2016
  • 9th FILMZEITKAUFBEUREN (Official Selection, Germany)October 3, 2016
  • 13th SEDICICORTO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Forli, Italy)October 7, 2016
  • 5th BLOCK FILM & ART FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Logan, Utah, USA) October 7, 2016
  • 2nd VETERANS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canberra, Australia)October 13, 2016
  • 3rd STIFF – STUDENT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rijeka, Croatia)October 13, 2016
  • 10th BYRON BAY INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Public Program, Australia)October 14, 2016
  • 36th THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ”AUTUMN IN VORONET” (Official Selection, Romania)October 14, 2016
    15th INT’L STUDENT AND VIDEO FESTIVAL OF BEIJING FILM ACADEMY (Official Selection, China) October 16, 2016
  • 8th SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Mexico, USA)October 19, 2016
  • 31st UNABHÄNGIGES FILMFEST OSNABRÜCK (Official Selection, Germany)October 19, 2016
  • DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, NSW, Australia)October 27, 2016
    1st BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Human Rights Section, Bucharest, Romania)November 1, 2016
    12th EARLY BIRD - INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 1, 2016
  • 17th IZMIR SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Out of Competition, Izmir, Turkey)November 2, 2016
  • 46th ALCINE – THE ALCALÁ DE HENARES / COMMUNIDAD DE MADRID FILM FESTIVAL (Special Program "Cutting Close to the Bone", Spain)November 4, 2016
  • 6th FICEE - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE EDUCATIVO Y ESPIRITUAL (Official Selection, Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain)November 4, 2016
    5th DELHI SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)November 6, 2016
  • 6th WEYAUWEGA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wisconsin, USA)November 9, 2016
  • 10th RED ROCK FILM FESTIVAL (Red Film Market (RFM) section, Cedar City, Utah, USA)November 11, 2016
    1st ETCULTURA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. Petersburg, FL, USA)November 18, 2016
    11th THE INT’L ASSOCIATION OF FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOLS - CILECT (CILECT Congress special ceremony, Brisbane, Australia) *November 20, 2016
  • 23rd INT’L FILM FESTIVAL ETIUDA&ANIMA 2016 (Main competition of ETIUDA contest, Krakow, Poland)November 22, 2016
  • 34th FESTIVAL TOUS COURTS OF AIX-EN-PROVENCE (program called “Migration“, France)November 28, 2016
  • 8th BAGHDAD FILMFEST (aug&ohr section, Iraq)December 1, 2016
  • “VIDEOFORUM” BIENVENIDOS REFUGIADOS ALCALÁ (Screening, Alcalá de Henares, Spain)December 2, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh)December 3, 2016
  • 13th BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nassau, Bahamas)December 5, 2016
  • 18th MADURAI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 6, 2016
  • 20th CINEMAIUBIT – INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)December 7, 2016
    GERMAN HUMAN RIGHTS FILM AWARD 2016 (Official Selection, Nuremberg, Germany)December 10, 2016
  • 2nd INT'L FILM FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA (Official Selection, Island of Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela)January 10, 2017
  • NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES 2017 (German InFocus Program, USA)January 14, 2017
  • 4th NOIDA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)February 12, 2017
  • 11th FRESH WAVE INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hong Kong, China)March 1, 2017
  • 5th SILK ROAD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dublin, Ireland)March 8, 2017
  • 7th QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)March 14, 2017
  • 2nd TRANSILVANIA SHORTS (INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL) (Official Selection, Romania)March 15, 2017
  • 18th CORTI DA SOGNI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ravenna, Italy)March 22, 2017
  • DINGLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ireland)March 23, 2017
  • 1st CREATION INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Imagine Cinemas Ottawa, Canada)March 26, 2017
  • 5th ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Maryland, USA)March 30, 2017
  • 3rd METERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Naples, New York, USA)April 1, 2017
  • CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 3, 2017
  • 14th WĘGIEL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Katowice, Poland)April 6, 2017
  • 36th MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Minnesota, USA)April 13, 2017
  • 18th ANNUAL NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)April 20, 2017
  • HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Fredericksburg, TX, USA)April 27, 2017
  • LJUBLJANA INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Ljubljana, Slovenia)May 12, 2017
    AUSTRIAN INDEPENDENT FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)May 17, 2017
  • 12th HOBOKEN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greenwood Lake, NY, USA)May 19, 2017
  • 57th ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL (Zlín Dog International Student Film Competition, Zlín - Kudlov, Czech Republic)May 26, 2017
  • 3rd GREENWICH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Narrative Short Competition, Connecticut, USA)June 1, 2017
  • CINEWAVE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Leipzig, Germany)August 31, 2017


Paul Meschùh
Therese Seemann
Paul Meschùh
Director of Photography
Markus E. Müller
Art Direction
Marie-Therese Kaiser
Costume Design
Rebeca Monteiro Neves
Thong „Tony“ Zhang
Matthias Writze
Sound Design
Thong „Tony“ Zhang
Paul Beller


Running Time
28 min.
Shooting Format
Sceening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Dolby Surround



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Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, München
University of Television and Film, Munich
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