Princess

A Film by Karsten Dahlem

Synopsis

When gang leader Ole (11) and his buddies Marco (10) and Milan (12) nicked twelve year old Davie’s school bag, Ole would never in his wildest dreams have imagined that a short time later he would appear on stage with Davie at a school karaoke contest dressed as a princess with makeup on… neither could his friends.

Director

  • Picture of Karsten Dahlem © Karsten Dahlem

    Karsten Dahlem

    The award winning writer, actor and director Karsten Dahlem studied theater and drama studies at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen. He was also a cast member of the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, at the Volkstheater München and at the Wiener Volkstheater. He also worked as a resident actor in the Maxim Gorki Berlin, the Theater in Bochum and the Schaubühne Berlin. He has directed various different productions at Theatres such as Maxim Gorki Berlin and Theaters in Bremen, Leipzig,Oberhausen, Essen, Nürnberg, Düsseldorf and Leipzig. Dahlem has frequently dealt with topics related children and teenagers. He is a resident lecturer at the ZHDK and the UdK Berlin. The Skript FREIER FALL (SWR Kurhaus Production) which he co-wrote with Stephan Lacant was nominated for the Deutschen Filmpreis. His script Fremde Tochter (SWR Kurhaus Production) which he also co-wrote with Lacant has recently been filmed. His short film Princess was filmed in the summer of 2016 and is Dahlem's debut as a filmdirector.

Awards + Festivals

  • 38th FILMFESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PREIS 2017 (Short Film Competition, Saarbrücken, Germany)January 23, 2017
  • *BEST DIRECTING*
    10th SUP' DE COURTS - EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paris, France)March 20, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT FILM*
    GOLD MOVIE AWARDS GODDESS NIKE MONTH MARCH (London, UK)April 14, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT FILM* *BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT FILM (NON-TG-ROLE): AVA TAREMIZAD* *BEST TRANS-PERFORMANCE IN A SHORT FILM: PHILLIP BREU*
    TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL KIEL (Official Selection, Kiel, Germany)April 29, 2017
  • 8th KASHISH MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)May 24, 2017
  • 11th 20MIN|MAX INTERNATIONAL SHORTFILMFESTIVAL INGOLSTADT (Official Selection, Germany)May 25, 2017
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR KIDS AND YOUTH CINEMA IN SNEAKERS (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)May 31, 2017
  • 2nd DIGO - GOIAS INT'L FESTIVAL OF SEXUAL DIVERSITY AND GENDER (Official Selection, Goiânia, GO, Brazil)June 1, 2017
  • *WINNER*
    BERLINER KURZFILMROLLE 2017 (Screening, Radioeins Freiluftkino Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany)June 9, 2017
  • 32nd THE LOVERS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Torino, Italy)June 15, 2017
  • 7th ODERKURZ-FILMSPEKTAKEL (Kids Program, Oderaue, Germany)June 23, 2017
  • 20th MOTOVUN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zagreb, Croatia)June 25, 2017
  • 12th SARDINIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy)June 26, 2017
  • 15th SHORTS AT MOONLIGHT (Official Selection, Frankfurt, Germany)July 12, 2017
  • 38th DURBAN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, South Africa)July 13, 2017
  • 14th INDY FILM FEST 2017 (World Cinema Shorts, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)July 13, 2017
  • *BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM*
    11th MOSCA - CAMBUQUIRA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (International Showcase, Cambuquira, Brazil)July 19, 2017
  • *BEST DRAMA*
    2nd REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)August 10, 2017
  • 41th OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 10, 2017
  • 28th HONOLULU RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hawaii, USA) August 10, 2017
  • *BEST PHOTOGRAPHY*
    2nd FARM FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Favara, Italy)August 17, 2017
  • 2nd DEFY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)August 18, 2017
  • *BEST ACTOR* *BEST ACTRESS*
    13th BUSHO - THE BUDAPEST SHORT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Short Film Competition, Hungary)August 29, 2017
  • 6th VISIONI CORTE INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Minturno, Italy)September 11, 2017
  • TRANSGENDER FILMFESTIVAL LONDON (Screening, London, UK)September 15, 2017
  • 18th JAGRAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)September 18, 2017
  • *HONORABLE MENTION*
    22nd INTERNATIONALES SCHLINGEL FILMFESTIVAL (Competition, Chemnitz, Germany)September 25, 2017
  • 10th FILMFESTIVAL FILMZEITKAUFBEUREN (“Kinderfilmzeit”, Germany)October 2, 2017
  • 24th PRIDE PICTURES - QUEER FILM FESTIVAL KARLSRUHE (Official Selection, Germany)October 3, 2017
  • 12th TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tacoma, Washington, USA)October 5, 2017
  • 28th CINEMAGIC FESTIVAL IN BELFAST (Schools Short Film Competition, Belfast, UK)October 6, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    16th XXS SHORTFILMFESTIVAL DORTMUND (Official Selection, Dortmund, Germany)October 7, 2017
  • 3rd MINIKINO FILM WEEK - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BALI (Official Selection, Denpasar, Bali Indonesia)October 7, 2017
  • 22th TWIST: SEATTLE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, USA)October 12, 2017
  • 15th SOUTHWEST GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Albuquerque, USA)October 13, 2017
  • QUEER FILMFEST ROSTOCK (Official Selection, Germany)October 19, 2017
  • 7th FILMKUNSTTAGE SACHSEN-ANHALT (Official Selection, Germany)October 22, 2017
  • 36th UPPSALA INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Children's Film Competition, Uppsala, Sweden)October 23, 2017
  • *RISING STAR AWARD 2017 NOMINEE*
    7th EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Scotland, UK)October 27, 2017
  • 34th CHICAGO INT'L CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chicago, USA)October 27, 2017
  • 10th FILEM'ON - INT'L KINDERFILMFESTIVAL BRUSSEL (Official Selection, Brussel, Belgium)October 30, 2017
  • 20th QUEERSICHT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bern, Switzerland)November 2, 2017
  • 8th QUEER FILM FESTIVAL OLDENBURG (Official Selection, Oldenburg, Germany) November 4, 2017
  • 32nd BREST EUROPEAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Childrens Program, France)November 7, 2017
  • 15th MANLLEU FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manlleu, Spain)November 7, 2017
  • 17th INDIANAPOLIS LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Indiana, USA)November 10, 2017
  • FENÊTRES SUR COURTS SHORT-FILM FESTIVAL (European Competition, Dijon, France)November 11, 2017
  • 11th KFFK - KURZFILMFESTIVAL KÖLN (Shorts for Kids program, Cologne, Germany)November 15, 2017
  • 10th KUKI / TEENSCREEN - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)November 20, 2017
  • *BEST EUROCINE HONOURABLE MENTION*
    14th MANCHESTER INT'L SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, UK)November 20, 2017
  • 19th SORIA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Soria, Spain)November 22, 2017
  • 11th LUBLIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lublin, Poland)November 24, 2017
  • 22nd 2ANNAS - RIGA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Riga, Latvia)November 28, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    10th AMARCORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rimini, Italy)December 8, 2017
  • KURZFILM-VERANSTALTUNG TRANS*KINDER (Screening, Caligari-FilmBühne Wiesbaden, Germany)December 14, 2017
  • 5th QFFM - QUEER MIXTAPE KURZFILM SPECIAL 2017 (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)December 15, 2017
  • GOLD MOVIE AWARDS GODDESS NIKE (Official Selection, London, UK) January 11, 2018
  • 19th KONTRAST FILMFEST (Official Selection, Bayreuth, Germany)March 2, 2018
  • 2nd RAPIDLION SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Johannesburg, South Africa)March 3, 2018
  • 21st DETOURS EN CINECOURT (Official Selection, Saint Genies Bellevue, France)June 5, 2018
  • 10th MALTA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Malta)August 1, 2018
  • 23rd FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE PARA NIÑOS 2018 (Official Selection, Mexico City, Mexico)August 7, 2018
  • 2nd MALTA FILM EXPO 2018 (Official Selection, Gwann, Malta)September 1, 2018
  • BUSTER 2018 @ 10th CPH PIX (Official Selection, Copenhagen, Denmark)September 27, 2018
  • 25th QUEER FILM FESTIVAL BREMEN (Official Selection, Bremen, Germany)October 9, 2018
  • 3rd QFFM | QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MÜNCHEN (Opening Film, München, Germany)October 17, 2018
  • 19th QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MEZIPATRA (International Competition, Prague, Czech Republic)November 8, 2018
  • 3rd DIVINE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Torino, Italy)March 1, 2019
  • SHORTCUTZ BERLIN 2019 (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)April 10, 2019
  • 4th MEXICO CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mexico City, Mexico)July 18, 2019
  • 23rd FENETRES SUR COURTS (School Screening, Dijon, France)November 16, 2019
  • FBW (GERMAN FILM AND MEDIA REVIEW): SEAL OF APPROVAL: 'HIGHLY RECOMMENDED'
    FBW (DEUTSCHEN FILMBEWERTUNGSSTELLE): PRÄDIKAT: 'BESONDERS WERTVOLL'

Crew

Screenplay
Karsten Dahlem
Producer
Nick Guido van Ginneken, Adrian Topol
Director
Karsten Dahlem
Director of Photography
Juhani Zebra
Art Direction
Justyna Jaszczuk
Costume Design
Nina Fanderl
Sound
Marc Reinkober
Editor
Diana Matous / Achtfeld
Sound Design
Moritz Monorfalvi
Music
Hajo Wiesemann & Philip Zdebel, Patrick Reising & Francesco Wilking

Details

Running Time
16.20 min.
Shooting Format
4K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
2:35
Sound
5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0)30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Lopta Film GmbH
Paul-Robeson Strasse 18
10439 Berlin, Germany

DIRECTOR

Karsten Dahlem

karstendahlem@yahoo.de