A Film by Alexander Heringer


The short film “Circle” depicts a young woman in despair, who after experiencing a tragic loss escapes into the seemingly perfect past. She loses herself in vivid memories and starts to neglect her real life. A constant inner struggle emerges between past and present, distorting her perception of reality.

Ahmad Saleh, a Student Academy Award winning screenwriter, wrote “Circle” to cope with the losses he endured during the conflict in the Middle East.


  • Picture of Alexander Heringer © Alexander Heringer

    Alexander Heringer

    Alexander Heringer is a film director and Master’s student of Audiovisual Media at the Stuttgart Media University. His first short film, “Fortune Faded” (2012), was recognized internationally and won several awards. Furthermore, the short film ran at more than 100 film festivals worldwide. “Fortune Faded“ also won the “German Short Tiger Award” and was presented at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2013, L.A. Shorts and AFI Fest in 2012. “Circle” is his second short film.

Awards + Festivals

  • 12th AKBANK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Non-competitive section ’Perspective’, Turkey)March 7, 2016
  • 4th HEADWATERS FILM FEST 2016 (Official Selection, Bemidji, Minnesota, USA)April 1, 2016
  • 4th CLUJSHORTS – INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Romania)April 4, 2016
  • 6th CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (CCFF) (Official Selection, USA)April 6, 2016
    49th ANNUAL WORLDFEST HOUSTON (Official Selection, Texas, USA) April 8, 2016
  • 8th ANNUAL SENE FILM, MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rhode Island, USA)April 19, 2016
  • 9th PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, PA, USA)May 4, 2016
  • 44th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria)May 13, 2016
  • 18th BACKUP KURZFILMFESTIVAL (International Competition, Weimar, Germany)May 27, 2016
  • 6th THE ART OF BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)June 4, 2016
    9th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Fiction, Porto, Portugal)June 8, 2016
  • 3rd FILMQUEST FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Utah, USA) June 17, 2016
  • 7th HYART FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)June 18, 2016
  • 6th FIGARI FILM FEST (Final Competition, Nominated in Category “Best Cinematography”, Rome, ItalyJune 27, 2016
  • 12th INDY FILM FEST 2016 (Official Selction, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)July 14, 2016
  • 17th REAL TO REEL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, North Carolina, USA)July 27, 2016
  • 3rd SAMYAK INT’L SHORT FILM & DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Pune, India)August 19, 2016
  • 2nd MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vermont, USA) August 25, 2016
  • 21st PORTOBELLO FIM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 1, 2016
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA)September 5, 2016
  • 11th ANNUAL HARLEM INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NYC, USA)September 14, 2016
  • 2nd ALL LIGHTS INDIA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Hyderabad, India)September 24, 2016
  • 9th ANNUAL BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NYC, USA)September 29, 2016
  • 1st INDIEFLICKS DÜSSELDORF (Official Selection, Germany)October 5, 2016
  • 25th FILM FESTIVAL OF MADRID (FCM-PNR) (Parallel Section "New International Filmmakers”, Spain)October 14, 2016
  • 11th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, FL, USA)October 19, 2016
  • 6th INT’L FILM FESTIVAL OF STUDENT FILMS AND FILM SCHOOLS BASTAU (Competition Section, Almaty, Kazakhstan)October 24, 2016
  • 15th HYPERFEST INT’L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cinema Europa, Bucharest, Romania)October 26, 2016
  • 3rd PIGRECOZEN FILMFEST (Official Selection, Ancona, Italy)October 28, 2016
  • 15th FILMZ – FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS ("Andersartig" Selection, Mainz, Germany)November 22, 2016
  • 8th BAGHDAD FILMFEST (aug&ohr section, Iraq)December 1, 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
    SWEET AS FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER’S EDITION (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) December 22, 2016
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017
  • LJUBLJANA INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Ljubljana, Slovenia)May 12, 2017
  • 1st FIC AUTOR - AUTHOR'S INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México)November 10, 2017



Director & Editor
Alexander Heringer
Ahmad Saleh
Director of Photography
Pius Neumaier
Daniel Piechocki, Alexander Heringer
Sound Design & Music
Simon Bender


Running Time
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
5.1 / Stereo



aug&ohr medien
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Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

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Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart (HdM)
Nobelstraße 10
70569 Stuttgart, Germany

+49 (0) 711 - 892310


Circle Pictures GbR
Alexander Heringer und Daniel Piechocki
Hauptstätter Str. 39b
70173 Stuttgart