Never Give Up

A Film by Jonathan Schörnig

Synopsis

Mekon had been making music as long as he could think. But in 2014, he has to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered. He starts to work in Libya. But instead of making music, Mekon has to fight for his survival. In summer 2018, he decides to flee to Europe. He is saved from a rubber boat by a German NGO. Living in Malta now, he is singing again.

Director

  • Picture of Jonathan Schörnig © Uwe Nitschke

    Jonathan Schörnig

    Jonathan Schörnig was born in 1991 in Leipzig. After high school he was engaged in many film and tv productions, for example in „Dessau Dancers“, a film for German cinema. He successfully graduated in 2015 from the Gutenbergschool in Leipzig as media designer for sound and vision. During that time he was involved as a camera man in a wide variety of tv formats. He completed his schooling with the film „Herr Linder und sein Garten“ (in english: „Mr. Linder and his garden“) and won the price FineX, as best film in the competition. Currently he is working on a documentary about five refugees and their experiences, which begun in connection with the short film „Never give up“.

Awards + Festivals

  • 4th CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)October 3, 2019
  • 6th CROWN HEIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)October 10, 2019
  • 6th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL NEW CONCEPT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Bruno, CA, USA)October 24, 2019
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY*
    2nd ST NEOTS FILM FESTIVAL - YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Saint Neots, United Kingdom)November 6, 2019
  • 9th AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Lagos, Nigeria)November 10, 2019
  • 12th AMARCORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rimini, Italy)November 19, 2019
  • 19th FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Competition, Flensburg, Germany)November 20, 2019
  • 10th WILLIAMSBURG INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)November 21, 2019
  • 6th TAMPA BAY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tampa, FL, USA)December 5, 2019
  • 21st MADURAI INT'L DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Madurai, India)December 6, 2019
  • *SPECIAL MENTION*
    4th SOLIDANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)December 20, 2019
  • 5th CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2019
  • ALWAR INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2020 (Official Selection, Alwar, India)January 4, 2020
  • 33rd STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER (Official Selection, Stuttgart, Germany)January 16, 2020
  • 8th FLATHEAD LAKE INTERNATIONAL CINEMAFEST (Official Selection, Polson, Montana, USA)January 24, 2020
  • 3rd FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE LA PICASA (Official Selection, Cinco Saltos, Argentina)February 5, 2020
  • 22nd ONE WORLD - HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Prague, Czech Republic)March 5, 2020
  • 5th OREGON DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wilsonville, OR, USA)March 15, 2020
  • 1st CAMIFF - CAMEROON INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buea, Cameroon)April 20, 2020

Trailer

Crew

Director
Jonathan Schörnig
Screenplay
Jonathan Schörnig
Producer
Axel Steier
Director of Photography
Jonathan Schörnig, Uwe Nitschke
Sound
Uwe Nitschke
Editor
Moritz Kertzscher
Sound Design
Moritz Kertzscher
Music
Mekon

Cast

Mekon
Ogbonna Mekon Ebenerer
Chad
Ashby Chad

Details

Running Time
15:45 min
Shooting Format
2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

MISSION LIFELINE e.V.
Rudolfstraße 7
01097 Dresden, Germany


DIRECTOR

Jonathan Schörnig
+49 15114369241

jonathan.schoernig@posteo.de