Cold Star

A Film by Kai Stänicke

Synopsis

A boy experiences new desires while watching a man at an indoor swimming pool. Forced up the diving platform by a rowdy gang, he receives help from an unexpected source.

Cold Star is an appeal for acceptance of your own and others sexual identity.

Director

  • Picture of Kai Stänicke © Kai Stänicke

    Kai Stänicke

    Born 1986 in North Rine-Westphalia, Germany. While studying Film- & TV Production in Dortmund he directed his first short films. After receiving his Diploma, Kai Stänicke worked for X Filme Creative Pool in Berlin and on set of various productions as Assistant Director and Assistent Set Manager. Next to his work on set of feature films, Kai Stänicke produces and directs short films and music videos. His films were shown in festivals all over the world (Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Mumbai) and received both critical acclaim and awards.

Awards + Festivals

  • INSIDE OUT TORONTO LGBT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL (Canada, Int'l Comp.)May 19, 2011
  • FRAMELINE 35 – THE SAN FRANCISCO INT'L LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (USA, Int'l Comp.)June 16, 2011
  • OUTFEST 2011 – THE 29th LOS ANGELES GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (USA, Int'l Comp.)July 7, 2011
  • NEWFEST 2011 – NEW YORKS PREMIER LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (USA, Int'l Comp.)July 26, 2011
  • HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL 2011 (USA, Int'l Comp.)August 17, 2011
  • THE SEXY INTERNATIONAL PARIS FILM FESTIVAL (France, Int'l Comp.)September 27, 2011
  • QUEERFILM FESTIVAL BREMEN (Germany, Int'l Comp.)October 11, 2011
  • PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL (USA, Int'l Comp.)October 13, 2011
  • SACRAMENTO INT'L GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (USA, Int'l Comp.)October 13, 2011
  • SEATTLE INT'L GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (USA, Int'l Comp.)October 17, 2011
  • SOUTHWEST INT'L GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (New Mexico, USA, Int'l Comp.)October 18, 2011
  • SHNIT – INT'L SHORTFILMFESTIVAL (Bern, Switzerland, Int'l Comp.)October 18, 2011
  • LESBISCH SCHWULE FILMTAGE HAMBURG (Germany, Int'l Comp.)October 18, 2011
  • Audience Award BEST SHORT FILM „Made in Germany“
    MILWAUKEE LGBT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL (USA, Int'l Comp.)October 20, 2011
  • PERLEN HANNOVER (Germany, Int'l Comp.)October 23, 2011
  • HOMOTOPIA 2011 (Liverpool, UK, Int'l Comp.)November 1, 2011
  • 2nd Prize of the Jury for best short
    HOLEBIFILMFESTIVAL (Leuthen, Belgium, Int'l Comp.)November 8, 2011
  • PINK SCREENS BRUSSELS (Belgium, Int'l Comp.)November 19, 2011
  • THE SEXY INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Melbourne, Australia, Int'l Comp.)November 30, 2011
  • 2012 REELOUT QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Kingston, Canada, Int'l Comp.)January 25, 2012
  • 4th FLORIDA STATE QUEER FILM SERIES (Tallahassee, USA, Int'l Comp.)January 26, 2012
  • 4th PAINTED LIPS AND LOLLY LICKS: THE SEXY FILM FESTIVAL (Canada, Int'l Comp.)February 10, 2012
  • 18th REGENSBURG SHORT FILM – REGENSBURGER KURZFILMWOCHE (Germany, Porneaux Section+GLORIA Club Night Special Screening)March 14, 2012
  • 22nd MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Melbourne, Australia, Int'l Comp.) (Melbourne, Australia, Int'l Comp.)March 15, 2012
  • 15th ROZE FILMDAGEN – AMSTERDAM GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Netherlands, Int'l Comp.)March 16, 2012
  • 14th MECAL INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Spain, Golden Shower Section)March 25, 2012
  • 13th FESTIWAL KINA AMATORSKIEGO I NIEZALEZNEGO KAN – 2012 (Poland, Int'l Comp.) (Poland, Int'l Comp.)April 19, 2012
  • 4th LES RENCONTRES CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUES IN&OUT (France, Int'l Comp.)April 24, 2012
  • 16th CELLU L'ART FESTIVAL (Germany, Competition) (Germany, Competition)April 24, 2012
  • IN&OUT 4th THE NICE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (France, Int'l Competition) (France, Int'l Competition)April 24, 2012
  • 41st SEHSÜCHTE 2012 – INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Germany, Int'l Competition) (Germany, Int'l Competition)April 28, 2012
  • 15th PINK APPLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL (Switzerland, Int'l Competition)May 2, 2012
  • IM RAUSCH MIT FREUNDEN FILM FESTIVAL (Germany, Competition)May 4, 2012
  • 10th KURZFILMFESTIVAL FILMSALAT (Germany, Competition)May 10, 2012
  • 14th BACKUP_FESTIVAL (Germany, Competition)May 10, 2012
  • THE SWIMMING POOL CUBE @ CUBE CINEMA BRISTOL (UK, Special Screening)May 14, 2012
  • LIEBE FILME FESTIVAL (Germany, Compilation)May 16, 2012
  • 5TH LVIV INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL WIZ–ART (Ukraine)May 20, 2012
  • 3rd KASHISH – MUMBAI INT'L QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (India, Int'l Competition) (India, Int'l Competition)May 23, 2012
  • VIS – VIENNA INDEPENDENT SHORTS (Austria)June 6, 2012
  • NORDIC YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL – NUFF (Norway, Int'l Competition)June 7, 2012
  • 28th HAMBURG INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Germany, Competition)June 10, 2012
  • NEW DIRECTORS' SCHOWCASE SAATCHI&SAATCHI (Germany, Competition)June 23, 2012
  • 10th IN THE PALACE – INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Bulgaria, Int'l Competition)July 15, 2012
  • 10TH SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL (USA)June 24, 2012
  • THE 7TH XPOSED INT'L QUEER FILM FESTIVAL – QUEER EVOLUTION (Germany, Int'l Competition)June 25, 2012
  • FEST 2012 – INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Portugal, Int'l Competition)June 26, 2012
  • FLOSSKINO BERLIN (Germany, Compilation)(Germany, Compilation)July 16, 2012
  • 7th LOW & NO BUDGET KURZFILMFESTIVAL – CLIP AWARD (Germany)July 27, 2012
  • 5th CROSSTALK VIDEO ART FILM FESTIVAL (Hungary, Int'l Competition)July 28, 2012
  • 36TH OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Germany, Competition)August 9, 2012
  • HAINWEH FESTIVAL (Berlin, Germany)August 31, 2012
  • LE FESTIVAL SILLHOUETTE 2012 (France, Int'l Competition)September 1, 2012
  • 22th OSLO GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Norway, Int'l Competition)September 14, 2012
  • 3rd /slash Filmfestival (Vienna, Austria)September 19, 2012
  • Q! FILM FESTIVAL (Indonesia)October 2, 2012
  • ROSTOCK QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Germany, Competition)October 3, 2012
  • NUSS FILM FESTIVAL 2012 (Norway, Int'l Competition)October 5, 2012
  • BLITZFILM FESTIVAL (China)October 7, 2012
  • 29th FESTIVAL DE CINE BOGOTÀ (Bogotá, Colombia)October 10, 2012
  • 15th ANTIMATTER FILM FESTIVAL (Victoria BC, Canada) (Victoria BC, Canada)October 12, 2012
  • QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MEZIPATRA (Czech Republic, Int'l Competition)October 13, 2012
  • 27th MIX Copenhagen | LesbianGayBiTrans Film FestivalOctober 14, 2012
  • 15th LA BOCA DEL LOBO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Madrid, Spain)October 17, 2012
  • IN-EDIT, INTERNATIONALES MUSIKDOKUMENTARFILMFESTIVAL (Berlin, Germany)October 30, 2012
  • 26th INTERNATIONALES FILMFEST BRAUNSCHWEIG KURZFILMABEND (Braunschweig, Germany)November 6, 2012
  • 16th QUEERSICHT FILMFESTIVAL BERN (Bern, Switzerland)November 9, 2012
  • CREATIVE DIRECTOR'S AWARD
    12th INDIANAPOLIS LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Indianapolis, USA)November 9, 2012
  • 18th KOLKATA FILM FESTIVAL (Kolkata, India)November 10, 2012
  • 10th PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL IN BLOOMINGTON (USA)November 11, 2012
  • 13th QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MEZIPATRA (Prague and Brno, Czech Republic)November 11, 2012
  • 26th INTERNATIONALES FILMFEST BRAUNSCHWEIG KURZFILMABEND (Braunschweig, Germany)November 11, 2012
  • WILDSOUND’S FILM FESTIVAL (Toronto, Canada)November 12, 2012
  • 29th KASSELER DOKUMENTARFILM- UND VIDEOFEST (Kassel, Germany)November 13, 2012
  • 25th MIX FESTIVAL (Manhattan, USA)November 13, 2012
  • 12th OLDENBURGER KURZFILMTAGE ZWERGWERK (Oldenburg, Germany)November 21, 2012
  • KURZFILMNACHT GREIFSWALD (Greifswald, Germany)November 29, 2012
  • FILOFEST INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2012 (Ljubljana, Slovenia)December 12, 2012
  • DER KURZFILMTAG / GERMAN SHORT FILM DAY - FILMARCHE FEIERT DEN KURZFILMTAG (Germany)December 21, 2012
  • A WALL IS A SCREEN (Hamburg, Germany)December 22, 2012
  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD*; * AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MUSIC VIDEO*
    QUEER FRUITS FILM FESTIVAL (Australia)December 29, 2012
  • 23rd BAMBERGER KURZFILMTAGE (Bamberg, Germany)
  • ZINEGOAK, INTERNATIONAL GLT FILM FESTIVAL (Bilbao, Spain)
  • SHORTS ATTACK „SEX UND WAHNSINN“ (Berlin, Germany)
  • MILAN LGBT FILM FESTIVAL MIX „CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC” (Milan, Italy)
  • JURY AWARD
    17th VIDEONALE 2013 (Berlin, Germany)February 23, 2013
  • 4th SCHWEINFURTER KURZFILMTAGE (Germany)March 28, 2013
  • 5th LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Slovenia)April 1, 2013
  • BRONZE MEDAL
    FISH FESTIVAL (Rostock, Germany)April 18, 2013
  • CLUJ SHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Romania)April 19, 2013
  • INDEPENDENT DAYS 13|FILMFEST (Karlsruhe, Germany)April 24, 2013
  • 4th POLAND’S LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Poland)April 25, 2013
  • 26th EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL OLDENBURG (Germany)April 26, 2013
  • QUEER WEEK’S SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (France)April 28, 2013
  • 23rd FILMKUNSTFEST M-V (Schwerin, Germany)May 3, 2013
  • OUT TAKES FILM FESTIVAL NEW ZEALAND (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD*
    15th FILMOUT SAN DIEGO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (USA)May 29, 2013
  • FILMFEST TAIWANMay 31, 2013
  • 26th CONNECTICUT GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (USA)May 31, 2013
  • OGUNGUIT RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL (USA)May 31, 2013
  • OPENEYES FILMFEST MARBURG (Competition, Germany)May 31, 2013
  • MEDIENFESTIVAL PLATTFORM:[NO BUDGET]#11 (Tübingen, Germany)June 1, 2013
  • KURZFILMVERANSTALTUNG CLUB “POLYESTER” (Oldenburg, Germany)June 2, 2013
  • LOCALIZE FESTIVAL (Potsdam, Germany)June 13, 2013
  • WARM-UP ABEND CELLU L’ ART FESTIVAL (Jena, Germany)June 15, 2013
  • 2nd CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Los Angeles, USA)June 15, 2013
  • VORFILM VON „FREIER FALL“ IM RAHMEN DER KULTURTAGE ZUM CSD IN SCHWERIN (Germany)June 18, 2013
  • QUEST EUROPE 2013 (Int’l Competition, Poland)July 17, 2013
  • 9th LAGO FILM FEST (Int’l Competition, Italy)July 19, 2013
  • 5th ARES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF SYRACUSE (Int’l Competition, Italy)July 24, 2013
  • BUDAPEST SHORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Informational Panorama, Hungary)September 3, 2013
  • FILMFEST WISMAR (Germany)October 11, 2013
  • FACE A FACE FESTIVAL – FESTIVAL DU FILM GAY ET LESBIEN (Official Competition, France)November 28, 2013
  • MAGIC MIRROR QUEER STAGE AT SZIGET FESTIVAL (Budapest, Hungary)August 5, 2013
  • 9th INDPANDA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Hong Kong)August 18, 2013
  • DIE LANGE NACHT DES KURZEN FILMS GERA (Germany)August 24, 2013
  • COMMENDATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY
    JUMP CUT COMPONENT OF THE BAYSIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Australia)August 28, 2013
  • PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (London, UK)August 29, 2013
  • BERLIN CINEMA SUMMER PARTY (Berlin, Germany)August 29, 2013
  • B-MOVIE UNDERGROUND & TRASH FILM FESTIVAL (Breda, Netherlands)September 4, 2013
  • BEST SHORT FILM AWARD
    flEXiff – THE ELEVENTH AND THE LAST EXPERIMENTAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Sydney, Australia)September 20, 2013
  • LLAMALE H INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Montevideo, Uruguay)September 21, 2013
  • “WORMS: A COLLECTIVE INDIVIDUAL #1 THE (RE)PRODUCTION OF AN INVASION” (Bern, Switzerland)September 22, 2013
  • INCUBATE OPEN FILM (Tilburg, Netherlands)September 24, 2013
  • GREAT LAKES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (USA)September 26, 2013
  • FREENETWORLD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (Int’l Competition, Serbia)October 10, 2013
  • NOMINATION FOR BEST SHORT FILM, BEST MUSIC
    THE NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (Int’l Competition, UK)October 12, 2013
  • INTERNATIONALES KURZFILMFESTIVAL BUNTER HUND MÜNCHEN (Competition, Germany)October 17, 2013
  • KURZFILMFESTIVAL KLAPPE AUF! (Competition, Hamburg, Germany)October 25, 2013
  • 11th KALPANIRJHAR INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Kolkata, India)November 1, 2013
  • 13th FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Opening Program, Germany)November 6, 2013
  • ONLINE SPECIAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MEZIPATRA (Czech Republic)November 7, 2013
  • 5th PSSST! SILENT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Croatia)November 9, 2013
  • 16th CLAIR-OBSCUR FILMFESTIVAL (Basel, Switzerland)November 14, 2013
  • 11th FESTIVAL DE CINE LGBT EL LUGAR SIN LÍMITES (Official Selection, Ecuador)November 21, 2013
  • SCHWENNINGER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Germany)November 22, 2013
  • 29th GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN LJUBLJANA (Slovenia)November 23, 2013
  • “UNDER THE STARS” (FESTIVAL FACE À FACE) (France)November 28, 2013
  • KURZFILMTAG (München, Germany)November 29, 2013
  • KURZFILMTAG SPUTNIK KINO (Berlin, Germany)November 29, 2013
  • 15th MADURAI INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (Int’l Competition, India)December 6, 2013
  • 4th MANYA HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FETSIVAL 2013 (Int’l Competition, Uganda)December 10, 2013
  • TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (Int’l Competition, UK)December 12, 2013
  • 24th BAMBERGER KURZFILMTAGE (Spezialrolle “Let’s have a Party”, Germany)January 20, 2014
  • BERLIN INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS LOUNGE (Berlin, Germany)February 6, 2014
  • 10th BERLIN INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS LOUNGE (Supporting film, Berlin, Germany)February 6, 2014
  • MINUS20DEGREE – ART & ARCHITECTURE WINTER BIENNALE (Flachau, Austria)February 9, 2014
  • KURZFILMABEND “SACHAMLOS” IM THEATERCAFÉ JENA (Germany)February 10, 2014
  • CA’ FOSCARI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 4 (aug&ohr program, Venice, Italy)March 19, 2014
  • 14th VUES D’EN FACE – FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM GAY ET LESBIEN DE GRENOBLE (France)April 11, 2014
  • MONGAY! INAUGURAZIONE DELLA SECONDA SETTIMANA REGGIANA CONTRO L’OMOFIBIA (Eventscreening, Reggio Emilia, Italy)May 12, 2014
  • THEATRON FESTIVAL MÜNCHEN (Germany)May 23, 2014
  • FLIMMERZIMMER – CREATIVE OFFICE E.V.(Screening, Berlin, Germany)July 31, 2014
  • BEST OF BUNTER HUND (Screening, Munich, Germany)August 8, 2014
  • FEMTECH – UPPSALA FEMINISTIC FESTIVAL OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND ART (Screening, Sweden)September 13, 2014
  • 3rd EVERYBODY’S PERFECT – INTERNATIONAL LGBTIQ FILM BIENNALE FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Geneva, Switzerland)September 19, 2014
  • INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Albania)September 22, 2014
  • SHORTS ON TAP (Screening, London, UK)October 14, 2014
  • KINOBAR PRAGER FRÜHLING (Screening, Leipzig, Germany)October 17, 2014
  • FILMTAG IM METROPOLIS HAMBURG (Screening, Germany)October 25, 2014
  • INTERNATIONALER KURZFILMTAG BEST OF OPEN SCREENING KINO SPUTNIK (Screening, Berlin, Germany)December 21, 2014
  • QUEERE FILMTAGE KINOBAR PRAGER FRÜHLING (Screening, Leipzig, Germany)January 17, 2015
  • 10th B-MOVIE UNDERGROUND & TRASH FILM FESTIVAL (Best-of 10 years program, Netherlands)September 6, 2015
  • 30th MIX COPENHAGEN | LESBIANGAYBITRANS FILM FESTIVAL (Special Event, Denmark)October 2, 2015
  • 24th VINOKINO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Turku, Finland)October 23, 2015
  • 24th VINOKINO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Helsinki, Finland)November 6, 2015
  • 13th KINOFILM, MANCHESTER INT’L SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, UK)February 22, 2016
  • "LES VISITEURS DU SOIR” BY BOTOX(S) (Screening, Retrospective, Nice, France)April 23, 2015
  • PISCINE DE LA BUTTE-AUX-CAILLES SCREENING 2018 (Best of Association Silhouette, Paris, France)February 3, 2018
  • BOLLWERWAGENKINO 2018 (Official Selection, München, Germany)July 1, 2018

Crew

Director
Kai Stänicke
Screenplay
Kai Stänicke
Producer
Kai Stänicke
Director Of Photography
Thomas Schneider
Editor
Johannes Hilser
Sound
Juliane Weissenborn
Sound-Design
Florian Tippe
Music
“Din [A] Tod“

Details

Running Time
07:03
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
BluRay, HDCam, DigiBeta, .mov, BetaSP, DVD, miniDV
Aspect Ratio
1:1,78 (16:9)
Sound
Dolby Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de