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A child internalizes the chaos of home renovations and his parents’ preoccupation, precipitating a fever dream that catapults his consciousness into adult realms of obsession and dread.
THE WHITE MARBLE When overpopulation reaches its climax in the future a young family has to face consequences of governmental decisions. Meanwhile individuals all over the world fight the new laws. The people have to face intrigues in highest circles.
THE DREAM OF B. SOARES I am like a pendulum that can’t stop waving, always moving, never reaching.
In an unreleased song, Guerilla Toss front-woman, Kassie Carlson embarks on a journey of the mind. Cosmic colors rush through the world of a tiny house fly. The fly croons in meditative vibrations that we only begin to grasp. The artists created a unique blend of homemade costumes and 3d animation.
BATHTUB BY THE SEA Day in, and day out Gunnar is doing the same things. He drinks his coffee, fishes with his boat, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays he is having his out door bath. But one day a mermaid comes in with the tides, and he must use his bathtub for her. When the […]
BOOK OF HOURS. Livre d’heures portrays the day-to-day cohabitation of the artist Suzan and her grandmother Bomi in a village. The film is based on their real-life interaction. The film’s aesthetics serve as a metaphor to depict their different identities and lifestyles, based on the evolution of the status of women and the difference between artist and […]
YEAR Film is dedicated to the memory of Marek Serafinski, a filmmaker and producer, privately the director’s husband. It is a graphic and sound diary created from everyday life paper waste: labels, tickets etc. and cigarette packages of one chain smoker, accumulated by one collector within six years.
THE CONVERSATION A young man, Benjamin, has escaped to a rural town in hope of getting away from his problems when all of sudden he starts meeting people that seemingly knows everything about him, even more than he knows himself. Benjamin continues to escape, but there seems to be no way around himself.
PEACOCK ISLAND Essayistic narrative about a 1793 garden island in Berlin with a peacock population. The film is a composite of precise observations of the peacock, the transition of spring season and passages of historical literature from its day. The play of manifold elements shifts lyrically and theatrically.
Birds is about a young woman’s escape from her own, mystical side, our relation to nature and about experiencing a contact with it beyond what we are capable to understand rationally.
LAST CALL Life in a ordinary café is disrupted by the intrusion of a weird and authoritative woman who starts manipulating the customers as if they were puppets. In spite of themselves, they become both spectators and actors in a somewhat macabre drama. In this café turned into a stage, the life of a man […]
What happens in a cinema when you film it at a resolution of 10K with a 360° camera and then reverse the spatial and temporal axes? It is not surprising that cinema-in-the-cinema scenes are often used in horror films. For they irritate and unsettle by reminding us – the immobile viewers hidden in the cosy […]
ALIEN Reonghee and I are illegal aliens. Yesterday, Reonghee died while running away from the Immigrant Office Agents. The company we worked for is only concerned about covering up the mess. I’m going to find Reonghee, who’s body the company has hidden somewhere and give her funeral that she deserves.
INTO THE NIGHT The Apocalypse has been announced three months ago. This is Earth’s last day. In a city where absurdity has become the new norm, a young man takes his final walk for a last glance at beauty. In the end the apocalypse arrives, just as expected, but it’s alright. After all, it’s been […]
THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER In deep remorse and ashamed of herself Marcelle recalls the last three days before the death of her mother. As she recalls the incidents from the arrival of the mother in the ambulance at Marcelle’s house until her death, we enter Marcelle’s sombre world of silence and guilt.
In a forgotten village, where everyone is cut from the same cloth, a new, self-proclaimed leader arrives changing the local way of life. Dividing lines are carved out as the once unified society is torn and segregated. THEM is a cautionary tale of misguided ideologies, destructive leadership and of being an outsider. But most importantly, […]
When we meet the man at his office, he is suffering from an unknown disease. It is when he invites us to enter him that we discover the full extent of his pain: a great costume ball causing him an intense headache. When the Man takes an aspirin it’s the beginning of a hypnotic journey […]
TWO BODIES ON A BEACH A woman wakes up on a beach wrapped in plastic, half-naked and in high heels. “Not again”, she sighs and decides to find out who is behind this. She persuades an older woman who has been pushed to the margins of society to accompany her on her revenge trip. During […]
Society’s capitalist and consumerist views of women amount to little more than their views of horses. Their value is found not in their humanity, but in their appearance and their labor, and how each may be exploited. In Girls Grow Up Drawing Horses, these relationships and parallels occur to the narrator as she considers her […]
Voices in a crowd stir violent emotions, microaggressions bring up past traumas. Then a turning shifts the emotional landscape… A short animated film about the emotional impact of homo- bi- and transphobia on young people, and how support and community can help us grow.
The Latin phrase: “Et in Arcadia ego” (I am/was in Arcadia, too) refers to Sophie’s memory of her ex-boyfriend, who disappeared one morning without a trace. This motive runs consistently through this short film, written and realized within 90 hours, including its morbid color-grading. A second starting point of this thriller was the definition of […]
A group of people gathers at a reception. The occasion of the event remains unclear. Everyone attempts to act appropriately. Waiting for something to happen in silence anticipation gradually turns into anxiety.
A voice says “I would like to make you feel nice and comfortable, and to empty your mind of every single thought…” Thus begins the story, with an invitation to make you fall asleep, in a calm, deep, and peaceful rest, while a chaotic landscape, crowded with people, sets up on the screen. The crowd […]
Obsessed with his recent breakup, a young writer decides to commit suicide by midnight if his ex-lover doesn’t return to him. Desperately waiting in his gloomy house yet intruded by his annoyingly zealous friend who keeps trying to cheer him up, the writer drifts into fragmented memories of his past with her: a beach where […]
THE WANDERER Just when Marie thinks her day is once again made of drying sheets – a preoccupation without an end, she’s all of a sudden interrupted by a mysterious old lady, who claims to have been her neighbour for many years, and before she knows, she finds herself in the middle of a trip […]
Two brothers leave their father behind in his adopted German domicile. They embark on a soulful journey through their own world of childhood memories in Anatolia. They dance between this world and the beyond and reveal a dark secret.
Pablo is a young fellow who lives in a beautiful art gallery in Heerjansdam, The Netherlands. Every night when the visitors and curators leave the gallery, he comes out to ponder the meaning of each work of art. His curiosity leads him to think of new questions, always inspired by each and every art work. […]
Каменный гость The key figure of the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 in Russia was Lenin. After his death in 1924 Lenin’s image was immortalized in countless numbers of monuments in the Soviet Union and in the Soviet bloc’s countries. In her video, the artist refers to depicted in stone image of the Revolution […]
Знебарвлена “Desaturated” is a 10-minute visual comedy. The comedic value of the film is built on the fact that the character knows that she is a character in a film, and is trying to overcome the visual clichés without which we cannot imagine modern cinema. The main conflict of the character is in her having […]
When on duty police officer James Hale comes across the neighbourhood dogcatcher William Page wandering the streets disorientated, he brings him back to the station for assistance. However the situation soon disintegrates into hell on earth.
Monitors occupy the majority of our daily lives. Perhaps unconsciously. CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) is getting more realistic every day. This blurs the boundary between reality and the images generated by our computer. This transition is inevitable. What does this mean for humanity and their perception of reality?
The journey unravels in three different hypnotic chapters. Three people from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities come together in a cosmopolitan set up. They nurture a strong desire to have a real connection with each other, but the act of connecting turns out to be a real struggle and a challenge as they start sharing the […]
DISTINGUISHED FEELINGS ELENA and ARTURO are a couple fully in love until one day, one of their friends sow seeds of doubts in their minds. Philippe reveals to Elena that Arturo is tired of their relationship. He no longer loves her but doesn’t have the guts to tell her. But all is fair in love […]
During a naive break-in, somewhere in a dystopian world, a woman discovers a forbidden piece of art and develops a manic fascination for the forbidden.
US THREE Interweaving three stages of their girlhood, ‘Nous Trois’ captures the childlike swiftness that maintained in Anna, Nele and Sarah’s intervening lives, from children to young independent women. The choreography and movements symbolically grasp their changing identity. ‘Nous Trois’ is a trilogy in which the same three girls are filmed every six years. The […]
ARE YOU THERE? Are you There? A journey deep into inner space, regarding absence epilepsy. As a child, director Maartje Nevejan had seizures during which she experienced the uncanny sensation of not being. For a few moments, it was as if she was no longer present in the world. The strangest thing was that she […]
“The Annunciation” is a 2-minute experimental piece that deals with the classic biblical motif in which the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive and be the mother of Jesus. This is one of the 14 works created in the frame of the Postkartenseminar from Wim Wenders on the Subject of “Glauben” (Faith) […]
“La Llorona” is a surrealistic film about a group of children living in a house without adult supervision who feel haunted by the ghost of the Llorona -the legendary Mexican ghost of a woman who murdered her children, and whom they hear sighing at night. Their powerful fantasy guided by their fear, unleashes a chain […]
A painter is standing in front of a blank canvas. His everyday life is characterized by noise and stress. Excesses of people trapped in a system, blind and tied up with their view on small screens. They rush into their own prisons. Sounds that, with more and more information and obligations, are slowly becoming unbearable […]
The universe is the totality of space, time, and all matter and energy in it. We are all in it. It’s all about love without any boarders! Body and mind merge into each other and lose themselves in space and time! Origin does not matter. It’s about life and love in the here and now.- […]
IMAGINE ME TALKING TO YOU BUT YOU CAN NOT HEAR ME Imagine me talking to you but you can not hear me. I have tackled this thought for a long time. Thus, a text, characters and a location came into being. There is a backstory which is not being discussed further in the movie itself. […]
Ruth didn’t go back to what was familiar. She stepped out in faith and walked into the unknown. Her courage brought her to her divine destiny. Don’t look back. » – A Modern Day Ruth. Brooke St. James inspired by sentimental surges from mushy novels and archetypes from soaps of the 70’s, the film focuses […]
NO GHOSTS HE CALLED In the Eastern „No Ghosts He Called,“ someone goes to Siberia for a necromancy. However, the incantation is not quite according to plan, evidently he has called the wrong spirit and so a lot of strange events unfold until even the director appears in the film itself. The question of whether […]
BEHIND THE MIRROR This fairy comedy tells the fantastic daydream of Ljuba, sitting in a bizarre school world made of cardboard and struggling herself through a scary reality dominated by technology and progress only. All the sudden the glorious singing angel Klarina appears and inspires her music teacher Engelbert to compose a master piece of […]
HOW AND WHY DON JOSE DISSIPATED A delighted bee disturbs the tranquility of vacationers on a quiet pastoral island. Disturbing Don Jose in the middle of a relaxing gaze, he spits at her and she falls into his drink. Attempting to save her from drowning, Don Jose becomes emotionally attached to the bee. When the […]
A high-rise roof somewhere in Berlin. From the rooftop you can see the whole city. It is summer. On the roof is a group of refugees from Syria. The depth below reminds them of the depth of the sea. Above them is only sky. On this roof, they feel like they are back on their […]
I, WRETCHED MAN A man, caught in a vicious circle of self-accusation and self-pity, tries to find relief by surrendering to a higher entity. Bach’s Cantata No. 55 and the ancient tradition of Kinbaku, the Japanese art of Bondage are soundtrack and visualization of the journey through the man’s day and his mind.
THE EVIL EYE A reporter and a camera operator are visiting the camp of a protesting Roma community in Bucharest that recently got evicted. During the interview the protesters start questioning the real motivation of the reporter team and claim their right to tell their version of the story. Shortfilm based on the story and […]
People come, people go – Yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We all are sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see. The film explores the idea of how everyone is connected in a way we may not realise. By sharing time, space and movement, […]
A single day: from the tender break of dawn to the darkest night. One out of many days to come? Quite possibly the very last. A long farewell, an ultimate goodbye to a life we have grown to hold dear. Leading to a head-on dive into a new reality, into a new state of being. To […]
The process of self-purification is visualized through both abstract and direct representations of deities and other elements from the egyptian mythology, combined with modern graphical elements. The character is trapped in an uninhabitable world reigned by chaos which is a visual representation of her own state of mind. As she enters subconsciousness a mixture of […]
A child who is building his own identity is confronted to the religious fantism of his father. This violence reaches its paroxysm the day the father discovers his12 year-old son dressing up as a woman in the parents’ bedroom. This incident has a serious impact on his sexual behaviour as an adult.
Drawing. Dancing is a short experimental animation that sits between visual and performing art. Employing a body language positioned between choreography and combat, we seem to be watching a mysterious exchange between the drawing and the dancer.
Taking care of her husband Ben, who refuses to permanently remove the washcloths tied to his hands, Mimi finds her marriage rotating in an almost surreal routine. Suppressed by his weakness, while simultaneously enabling it, she misses a connection to the outside world and to nature in all its harshness. Acting upon these claustrophobic feelings, […]
A nameless Norwegian woman tries to make it as a writer in the Danish film industry. Unfortunately, she has already run out of ideas. Yet, like all cinematic meta-narrators before her, she is good for a self-conscious voice-over and a montage of frustrated writer’s block gestures. If only all those thoughts could amount to one […]
UNEXPECTED At the beginning there are only white and black spots. The feeling of uncertainty is clearly present. The heaviness in the air brings shadows which are forming strange objects. With time they will transform into a person.
TRANSMODERNITY The experimental documentary film TRANSMODERNITY raises the question of how reality can be possible in a different way. It is a portrait of our time and its currents, created by a mosaic of twelve different changemakers and their projects across Europe. The film touches upon the need to reinvestigate our education, consumption, relation to […]
A Creak In Time is a 27-minute meditation on the ever-expanding fractal universe with recurring themes of transformation and altered perception, switching scale from microscopic topography to the vast distances of the cosmos. Presented in two parts, the first exploring the macro; the nature of physicality and formation on a celestial level, with the latter […]
“The Fire Within” is an experimental short film, that portrays the relationship between a couple, their unborn child and nature. A film that does not try to find any answers but show the feelings and emotions of the individual. How can shift your future? How can you find accept the past? After suffering just another […]
Right at the interface of painting and film Berthold Bock tells the story of the reclusive art-historian Colonna. One day he stumbles upon a mysterious woman and a landscape paintings washed up on the beach. The shipwrecked woman eerily resembles his late wife, but her attire and face seem to stem from the 19th century. […]
A short magic trick – without net and double bottom !
In a hybrid film, both documentary and fiction, five young women describe the feeling of grief when losing a parent at a young age. Anna returns to her father’s home, a year after his death. When reunited with his belongings, both his life and death seem present. When Anna loses herself in the music of […]
Disconnected is a visual trauma. We adopt the point of view of a nameless protagonist, as he slowly descends into despair.
Earning your money as a street artist is a hard choice as you are at the mercy of random people every day. The Puppeteer has enough to make a living but is not entirely satisfied with the clown puppet that he uses in his regular show. Therefore, he gives in to temptation and steals a […]
Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, Cassandra Bromfield’s world was artfully framed by her mother’s Super-8. A schoolteacher with many creative talents, Cassandra’s mom documented the exuberance of her neighborhood’s public spaces, showcasing the lively pool, the packed playground, and the graffitied handball court. Passion to […]
MY LITTLE ELEPHANT. Mojsłońik tells the story of two artists who perform an elephant costume together, bringing it to life. Luzi (Marlene Ruther) is affected by an insidious disease. Nevertheless, she strives to express herself artistically in the form of performance dance. She finds herself in a constant fight with her own body which keeps […]
SECOND SKIN. What would you do if you were confronted by a racist or sexist individual? One night in Berlin, a woman has to protect herself from German national extremists, aggressive Turkish teenagers and a self-help freak. Surprisingly, she doesn’t need to say any word to fight back.
꽃 ‘At Kindergarten I thought I could grow a penis from my vagina, just like the other boys.’ Although Chaerin Im was born as a woman, she never had affection or interest in objects or properties that corresponded to the category of ‘feminine’. At the same time, she never had the feeling that she should […]
Blažej is a troubled man working for Gestapo in 1940’s Czechoslovakia. He is tasked to translate and oversee Nazi documents, especially the ones dealing with public announcements and executions. Repeating this task over and over again fills him with guilt. That guilt embodies itself in a grotesque sculpture he creates. Over time, he starts to […]
In Full Bloom is a surrealist short film about overcoming the loss of a partner within the parameters of living as a female Vietnamese immigrant. After her husband’s death, Cecile becomes an agoraphobic hoarder, paradoxically practicing what she loves — gardening — indoors without the help of direct sunlight. She orders worms to grow a […]
In a musical whirlwind, a nocturnal meeting, between women, pushed by their instinct of freedom. What are they looking for? What do they flee from view, far from their cultural context?
While the world is ablaze, a blind director asks her theater group to help her process her broken heart. In a chaotic and iconographic role play, the group embarks on its search for love’s true nature, while the fear of the physical world’s limitations are buried deep underneath the stage floor.
838 is a music-video taking place in its own dark & obscure Eastern European world, a constant escape from oneself in a schizophrenic nightmare. Triggered by a sudden encounter on a lonely road, the protagonist’s grasp of reality starts to fall apart — at fast pace.
BAD FAITH. A family on holiday on the Costa Brava. The older brother’s belief system will be disrupted when an act of kindness results in a little tragedy. This will immerse him into a routine where refusing to make decisions could lead to greater tragedies.
1000 KINGS. 1000 people live encaged in an immense space and can only be distinguished from one another by their different social positions, as in a beehive. The inhabitants’ only goal is to produce light. But only one of them has this ability. For this he is admired and exploited, until he makes a fatal […]
Booted from the limelight, Max Headroom now roves the video signal on the search for meaning. Once summoned to the screen, he talks to the audience in hopes of remembering his past life. As we watch Max, (and as he continues to watch us), he begins to understand what it will take to escape from […]
Two people sleeping, the hand of one lying on the waist of the other. Eyes looking outwards and inwards, both questioning and revealing thoughts. The film asks questions of time, wanting to know how much can be in a single moment, how many nuances in a relationship, how many morning thoughts.
NEXT ONE PLEASE. In the waiting room of a psychologist, four people meet while waiting for their appointments – each engaged in their own thoughts and problems, the situations inside their heads rapidly grow into chaos, blurring the line between reality and thought. or is there really any line that separates these two?
The film describes the romantic beginnings of a post-human era. Falter works in a laboratory on the production of artificial humans. To give his monotonous life divided between work, sport and sex a new meaning, Falter decides to share it with an android. Falter’s last metamorphosis begins after a tragic accident.
Perfect pictures are given to us every day: The optimal body, the optimal nutrition, the optimal life – everything within reach. All we have to do is make an effort and show some discipline – so the message. Self-tuning is necessary to belong to. And caution: don’t show any weakness.
Ridden by thoughts of death and failing his life, a young man tries out what happens if he assumes that everything was possible … and goes far beyond anything he ever imagined.
A city tour through the architecture of an Online-Shooter Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s: The Division. The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation: Within the rules of the game’s software, the militaristic environment is being re-used for a pacifistic city tour. […]
When Wolf refuses to fight his best friend Alexander during a weekly boxing match, the whole village turns against him. He tries to convince Alexander to join him leaving the village, but his overly romantic message runs into a wall.
Young ballet dancers – not necessarily the typical poster children of ballet school – comment their training with quotes from known personalities ranging from Kim Kardashian or Therese of Avila to Mikhail Baryschnikov. Taking the body politics and the fate of children in ballet as a starting point, the film raises issues going beyond the […]
Who dares to go unfamiliar ways and to visit unfamiliar places can find treasures that point to the future. „Like shells on the beach“ John Cage has found his sounds. For his work „Sonatas and Interludes“ he fixed bolts, screws and rubber between the strings of his grand piano. This is how he created the […]
Beyond Pain is a documentary with fictional scenes, describing pain in some of its forms. Xenia is one of the Berlin Staatsballett dancers. Jan is a psychoanalyst and photographer. John, twenty years ago, due to his HIV infection, went into a coma and lived a Near Death Experience. The three stories cross each other throughout […]
During a professional meeting, two young women lose their chance to realize a dream project against an arrogant boss. Their frustration bursts into a mocking song with provocative gestures against the boss who has become helpless.
After a year of fucked-up world politics, heartbreak, and a calcium deficiency, a young woman checks into a remote recovery center in the countryside where she makes surprising discoveries about the formula for enduring the indignities of modern life
Late blooming Sam Rains finally gets her first period at the annual all-night skate. At first a triumph, her new condition brings strange side effects. An erie electrical problem has the kids teasing about “the Boogeywoman,” a local legend, a sorceress who feeds on men’s souls and eats little girls. When a friend leaks about […]
TAKE A BREATH. After taking care of her mentally ill mother for a year, a tragic event forces Sara to reconnect with her brother Jan who has left the family and society behind to focus on an eccentric theater project.
The Hacked Mind blurs the lines between art, spirituality, science and technology. It is a story that challenges and encourages the audience to go on an inner journey through image experience and consciousness movement. This experimental film is pointing out inevitable challenges we will face on our life’s journey. It is a journey into inner […]
In the film Standing Nymph and Man, the Fine Arts Building in Chicago is the protagonist rather than the subject. Originally designed by Spencer Beman in 1884 as a soundproof structure for the Studebaker Company (horse carts and automobiles), the building has for many years been home to artists’ studios and services for classical music. […]
WALL CALLS. A park in summer. Every day a woman comes with her children to call her husband. In the park she is well, for one or two hours. She may not be able to see her husband, but she can hear him. A wall separates the two.
ACTRESS. She was a successful actress in die 80s. After a long break, she once again tries to get back into acting and receives an attractive offer – a movie role that is perfect for her. But she is getting rejected soon after. She is falling into a major depression but makes her surroundings believe […]
STRETCH OF LAND. A story about silence, remembrance and the power of narratives. The half-hour-long short film Stretch of Land, based upon hundreds of drawings, tells of a German family’s fate between the end of World War II and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The film begins with these sentences: “After the war my […]
The Alps in winter. Men and machines engage in a strange ballet to shape the mountain. The territory resists and reality collides with the imaginary.
“The path to paradise begins in hell” — Dante Alighieri Loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Divine Way takes viewers along on the protagonist’s epic descent through an endless labyrinth of staircases. As the woman journeys deeper, the staircases mutate and she is trapped and pulled into their dangerous landscape, conducting us through more […]
THE GATEKEEPERS. A Man in a building. In the search for room 990 for his job interview as a gatekeeper he finds himself struggling. No matter how hard he tries the building leads his way. A quest that will prove him a worthy candidate as gatekeeper.
Through a metaphorical narrative about love, Dahlia explores a relationship between two people which is burdened by mental illness. Journey through a colorful and ever- changing world; a hand painted realm that shifts and morphs to portray a darkened state of mind. Based on the ups and down of my parents’ relationship, this illustrative and […]
A cult member’s sense of reality falls apart as her need for human connection overpowers her role as mother to the next saint.
A story of love and reincarnation told through the voyage of an elderly woman travelling through her previous lives. Dreamlike atmospheres, on the border between life and death, intermingle with the colours of the far East, of African lands and the rhythms of bohemian dances, visions that reveal sexuality, secrets and torments of a timeless […]
A young man questions his sense of reality as he tries to free himself from his own shadow.
I, AN ACTOR is an experimental mash-up constructed entirely of Ryan Czerwonko’s authentic audition tapes. This film satirizes an artist’s existential struggle via an actor who fights for survival in the belly of the entertainment beast
ELSEWHERE. The film portrays eight men who are serving long prison sentences and attempts to show a differentiated image of the inmates. Centered on full frontal views and direct eye contact with the camera, the men talk about their lives in physical and visual isolation. Animations, conceived of by the inmates themselves, form a second […]
A series of Interviews with Sergei Eisenstein and Bertolt Brecht about their experiences in Hollywood. The film was shot in contemporary locations in Los Angeles that were important to these men. The actors are young boys whose naivety and enthusiasm captures the spirit of these radical artists and invites us to re-imagine their ideas for […]
A short film dealing with the energy generated through human confrontations with walls. The urge for freedom and fulfilment is just as human as the urge to build walls for everyday order. Three individuals in different countries are struggling under this tension – and finally decide to go all in.
LITORAL “Coastland” presents a fictional narrative rooted into architectural research. The story of the Western Black Sea coast begins in a distant future and goes back to its roots, only to reveal cyclical destruction and rebirth. The film is created entirely out of the author’s collection of authentic postcards.
In Edge of Alchemy the silent-era actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early films of the 1920’s and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse. Comprised of over 6000 handmade collages, Edge of Alchemy is the third in a […]
Five deities of power gather in an Underground Secret Society to discuss major themes about world domination and status-quo. Mr. Visionarius has machiavellian prospects for the future of mankind, but he is warned by the Angel Auditivus about the spiritual awakening present in some avenues of Western society.
Two postapocalyptic survivors are forced to flee from their shelter. On their journey they discover a small village that looks perfectly like a new home. But before they can settle there, the trust of the villagers must be earned.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Two actors in four roles play and reflect upon the underlying focus of the film, namely: routine. In the process of modernity, people are involved less as individuals in conflicts, and more as representatives of a system. Using improvisation, this mockumentary develops its narrative through role-switching, interviews and an abstracted world […]
Uncertainty of reality that permeates daily life. Is what’s happening really happening? CARGO is a short, one shot dance film.
DREAM-SHOCK A man is dreaming of facing and talking to himself. The other self tries to make him dream something meaningful instead of indulging sexual fantasies.
Santa Inocencia is a journey into the inner self. In the frame of a small Italian village, eight characters atone themselves through the structure of the station drama. The film investigates in the spirit of the absurd the neurosis and fears of the everyday life, it’s constant projections into the past or the future and […]
TAVUSKUŞU/ PEACOCK 23 international artists, One master shot, An experimental & surreal movie. “There is nothing to lose except your MASKS!” The experimental and surreal film PEACOCK focuses on the search for meaning of human who is alienated, by carrying traces of more than twenty characters from diverse cultures and history. The film is aimed […]
„What is the taste of love?“ Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on.
CLOUD KUMO is an experimental film that recounts the devastation of Hiroshima atomic bombing when Satoko Ishii, a real atomic bomb survivor revisit the darkest days of her life. Reiko, her granddaughter who suffers from the genetic radiation poisoning draws strength from Satoko to choreograph dance performance based on her life story. Together they face […]
A child has to leave its cozy hut to collect wood for the fire that went out. Growing into a teenager, he encounters a singular tree that he wants to turn into fire wood. He tears the tree out and thus becomes a man who is drawn to the woods that emerge around him. Overwhelmed […]
Aysha and Michele are at the wall bars, climbing rope in hand. Kevin stands next to them, black socks against a dull blue floor, left hand in his pocket. We all start together on three. One, two, three. The camera frames the scene, directs the course of events, encourages active participation. It breaks things open, […]
ONCE UPON A TRUTH We all grew up with the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers. And we all know that fairy tales are not true. Or are they? When the two children of an ambitious journalist push their teacher into an oven because their mother called her a “witch, a storm of media indignation […]
The non-narrative animated film is a poetic debate with the issue of “HOME” and the experience of the outland as a new home. A collage of fragments of Hilde Domin´s poems and a concentration and overlay of sketchy drawings and sound elements – always incomplete, always close to disappearance. It describes the search for an […]
A group of door-to-door salesmen get a train to a mysterious suburb, one of which suddenly finds himself in what seems to be an infinite loop, as he continuously returns to the same train station over and over again. 8:30 is a satirical gag about urban dislocation, capitalism, and Google Street View, the weirdness of […]
IN BETWEEN SEELENWELTEN means „spaces of our souls/subconscious“ in German. Two women fight about love and right. The end is the beginning. Everything repeats itself. But there is an adventure waiting for them. A space, so close to us, that we forget about it. But not this time! This time, we go right through it, […]
NOT MAKING EASY IS MOVIES In this mazy filmplay Joggeli tries screening old film spools which leads to a nostalgic journey in the traces of his great-grandfather that bears astonishing resemblance to film history and a well-known black-and-white- comedian.
Egomorphosis is a short film set in the nothingness of thought, sense and self-identification. The characters of the film represent refracted unity of one person and its inner struggle.
When Joseph’s wife Josephine dies, he is left with nothing. But just after a short time she is back from the dead. The only problem is that living with a zombie is more difficult than Joseph expected…
Reconstructing Reality is an 11-min film about how information shapes our minds and perception of reality. I investigated how different ways of storytelling contribute to our constantly changing perception of reality. The red thread is based on a personal story. It is edited with found footage, a collage of different ‘voices’ captivates the viewer to […]
Experimental Animation based on Urban Exploring in Paris. The Idea was to feel inspired by this beautiful but also terrifying City & its Urban Landscapes. The focus was laid on Faces in this City that are on the darker side of the spectrum. These faces were collaged and animated in various Techniques.
Elina Maligina’s film soulcash gives an insight into emotionally charged and climactic, but brief moment in the life of a woman who is going through menopause. The story is about the purification through psychological change that happens at this point rather than the physiological one.
Avoid blanks in a conversation, it’s an art. Contrary to creating which is a job, more precisely White’s job : a man with white clothes who interferes in conversation at appropriate – or quite inconvenient – moments in order to disturb it.
The daily light is often too bright and unbearable. But the sun disappears quite quickly. And then a blue darkness caresses your tired eyes,while the restless memory of ancient stones makes the silence sound even louder. Are you sure that you really want to go back?
Whilst we remain safe and sound, watching the highest grossing cat fail compilation – all that is kept out of sight gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground, without bounds, the cat’s body is devoured, exploited and controlled – its fear of pain being stronger than its longing for freedom. […]
Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.
In the darkness of a nightclub, hairdresser Porck and firefighter Dayana try their luck as Brega singers while plotting their course from studio to stage. Gestures are followed by melodies about love, betrayal, luxury and power in an experimental documentary about how pop music is experienced as a new form of labour in the Northeast […]
An inner struggle, manifested in a male and female persona.
As a young woman attempts to shoot a film about „Orpheus in the Underworld“, she falls into a well and dies. But instead of finding peace in the beyond, her fantasy remains stuck on earth. The reason for this is a lively carpenter from Berlin whom she had met a few minutes before her death…
Having come from the sea, two young sportswomen are paddling their canoe with all their strength on a vast plain. They meet some of the inhabitants, whose activities and narratives evoke a human story of its own. A committed film, like an on-sight navigation in quest of a realistic fable.
The past, the present and the future have our fates in their hands. Concentration is not their strong point. As such, the lifelines of several people get mixed up. Nothing can be certain anymore, and even those who are responsible for it all are near to end. Until the moment…. The film is a merciless […]
Taking as its starting point the photographic archives of the Thistle Foundation and Craigmillar Festival Society, rather than examining the known facts and details of the photographs held in the archives, the narrator uses them to recall her own memories of making photographs as a teenager.
A male nude model with a God complex poses for a group of painters and ponders his relation to art, artists and the known universe. From award-winning filmmaker Brian “Brier” Zahm and starring Chicago Fire’s own Ryan Czerwonko, LE NU is a symphonic satire, a swirl of beauty and creation culminating in one man’s confrontation […]
A long time ago in Eastern Europe the turmoil following a revolt against Soviet occupation leads to the separation of a small child and her mother. While the mother is forced to flee the country, her daughter is raised by a bunch of precocious geese. After 5 years of separation the child gets on its […]
Mimi (18) reconstructs her immigration story. Her memories from the past mix with the present and future through a stream of consciousness. Her identity dissolves and lost between Ethiopia and Israel.
Sara is a Google Street View Camera and photographs the streets from the top of a Car. But when she listens to the music of driver Larry for the first time, something starts to shake in her. Deeply unsettled by this behavior, she searches for help at the common Google Search. Google instead, just wants […]
An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of video recordings in the city of Berlin.
The office photocopier sees much more than we can imagine. In the darkness of the copy room anything can happen. The Copyist is the first narrative story ever made with a photocopier.
“Audition for Death” is an experimental documentary that explores the subject of death as portrayed on screen. Featuring ten Chicago-based actors, portions of their improvised performances were sculpted into an energy narrative that explores dying and grief in a world swallowed by darkness.
Every night, the peaceful streets of Stuttgart are being plagued with the sudden appearance of a dark figure wearing a clown’s mask. Nobody knows what the anonymous person could be up to. Being confrontated with the Clown, each citizen reacts in their very own manner. Abnormal situations escalate. Shot in public, the film consists of […]
Everyday routine on an ordinary working day. Then things turn in a different direction – or was it just a dream?
In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed of the continuity and his movement have accelerated and gradually cause a distortion.
A group of young Ethiopians is gathering in a hall. Some of them instruct the others what to do by calling them by their names. Each student faces the camera for a moment. Later, other formations inside the hall are taken, which happens through performative actions: new shoes are put on, a starting line is […]
A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie… The ending of a relationship as seen through a mobile phone.
An ex-model tries to explain how not to be boring, or does he?
‘La Chambre d’Ortolan’ is a film about the ceremonies and customs that constitute the mechanisms of representation and distinction of the elite. It depicts a last meal, designed as such by the old dignitary, in which he is served a small songbird, the ortolan, the eating of which is associated with various myths. The myths […]
In the vertiginous Bolivian highland, Cerro Rico, a mountain of long tradition and of great significance rises. Since over 400 years people there are mining for silver. The movie offers an impressive insight into the hard and dangerous daily routine of Cerro Rico’s miners. Dust, hollow hammering and the headlights generate a unique and bizarr […]
THE DESTRUCTION OF ORDER. One morning a young women suffers a fit. An event that questions habits and privileges, but it also marks the beginning of a quest to find a new way to look at the world.
The genuine disease diary leads into the soulscape of a person suffering from OCD: „Bad images should disappear suddenly!“ Since negative images mustn’t been thought. Nevertheless, they are here and constantly circling in the brain. The compulsive actions should dispel them…A vicious circle.
EVERYMAN The actor Philipp Hochmair is working on becoming the EVERYMAN. The filmic narration revolves around the mime’s quest for identity of his diverse persona. He seems to lose self-perception, becomes desperate, then rises again – needing to be nothing and nobody to become everything and everyman?
Rise into being, mature, perish – Fruit tells a creation story. As the animated short film unfolds, it brings forth a play of shapes illustrating the dialog between two mythological forces – the West and the East. In it the vibrating entities of black and white are constantly being split apart and reconciled by red, […]
TO THE STARS Stella, a young composer kills herself. Transformed into a self conscious muse, she is inspiring great artists all over the world with the help of Nuria, a psychic. But one day she has to inspire her own sister, a famous violinist, and a secret comes up that puts her in a terrible […]
Isaac, an African refugee, becomes stranded on an island in the West. But the supposed paradise turns out to be his private hell. Driven by pain and anger, he makes his way across a country full of contradictions, which highlight his dreadful past and elucidate his tragic journey to Europe. The loss he thereby had […]
STILL. Astrid is a 24-year old ballerina that has just made an irreversible decision. But no one knows it. The effects are invisible to the naked eye, but slowly seep into Astrid’s world nonetheless. Confronted with the seemingly unanswerable question, “how do you part from something that never existed?”, Astrid slowly descends into a vicious […]
EAT SNOW Sarah, Gerda and Leonie know each other from the chat room. They meet in a small village and walk together into the woods to commit suicide in a small tent. Before they can start their last journey they see themselves confronted with their decision to die, their thoughts about life and death and […]
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT IT? Totally different people are meeting each other in six scenes. All of them have one thing in common: They all think that they already know everything there is to know about each other without having ever spoken a word with one another. They judge each other by stereotypes and […]
After Elfie and her nerdy son August successfully proved themselves on their home webcam in MeTube 1, the odd pair venture onto the street to present the biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed!
INTERIOR. BAR. NIGHT. THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC The Film is about people in a Bar. They are all waiting for something big to happen in their lives. But it does not seem to happen. A funny and melancholy observation of an evening in Berlin Mitte.
HOUSE ARREST tells the story of Max, who was sentenced to six months of house arrest. An electronic ankle bracelet called Percy helps him trough his new daily life. One day Max is shocked to discover how far Percy is willing to go to assist him in his needs.
ZERO-G. Originating in the Parisian suburbs, Parkour is a “kinetic” art form that involves jumping walls and other obstacles in urban environments. It also evokes the feeling of weightlessness inherent to big cities but which is gradually disappearing. Schwerelos follows a group of Parkour “tracers” from Vienna and slam artist Fatima Moumouni, who pens a […]
When a rule-abiding official, responsible for the issuing of identity cards and passports, is confronted by a mysterious shipwrecked hobo she is drawn into a wave of surreal events that soon brings her orderly world crashing down upon her.
One of Germany’s longest bridges spans the Kiel Canal near Brunsbüttel at a height of 40 metres. As one approaches the structure, the more impressive its visual and acoustic appearance becomes. For the workmen and engineers of the technical service crew, the bridge is an object to be examined. For this movie, the bridge becomes […]
At 22, Aline had a first fling with Tobi. It would continue for six years. Whenever there was time for love she visited him at the Friedenshöhe Hotel in picturesque Oberammergau. Then Aline met Markus and soon moved in with him. But Tobi and Oberammergau would still remain as her secret retreat. Now, after two […]
Memories are chasing us throughout our whole life. They shape us and thus make us what we are today. Baggage Man takes you on a journey through this state of mind in the form of fragmentary snapshots of a rough youth.
SPARROWS AND SNORKELS Ivan meets Paolo, little Jonas meets Ida, another Jonas meets Sandra and Annina meets Jonas – in july, at a campsite by a river.
NATURAL ATTRACTION shows a natural spectacle, turning a sparse, dry landscape into a fruitful place bearing new life. The interplay between sky and earth reminds of a sensual love act to express the dependency and perfect correlation of both elements.
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 […]
Muhamad and Ahmed, two gay People, trying to live both Lives, in a society that does not accept homosexuality. Honest reactions and statements on a religious, traditional and barbaric society.
FIRE WATER EARTH AIR AND TIME In a slightly surreal scene, two figures move through time, one forward and the other backward. Nevertheless, they communicate with each other and swap things. Ash turns to paper, water flows upwards. This all happens in a manner where the viewer can not always be sure in which direction […]
FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE The experimental short film FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE by Bjørn Melhus questions the current global ideological paradigm shifts towards new forms of religious capitalism by confronting ideas and quotes of the self-proclaimed objectivist philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand with evangelical contents of US-American mainstream movies. This contemporary fairy tale, in which Melhus performs […]
THE LOVE TO END ALL LOVE What to do when love ends? From a train ride through Siberia and North Korea, director Konstantin Ferstl returned home with a frozen left hand and this film poem on love and loss, heart tones of the Old World: The Love To End All Love.
Titania awakens – usually portrayed as a humorous reconciliation between her and Oberon – this short explores the “what if” of a failed modern relationship. Titania and Oberon get lost in empty phrases and silences that cannot cover the deep resentment and loneliness of their eon-old relationship.
An ornithologist falls for a girl dancing with birds.
THE UNIVERSE IN US A strange biological malformation is detected inside the body of young dancer Li – a second, fully developed heart has grown in her chest. Doctors are mystified. Their search for possible causes remains inconclusive. While specialists encroach upon her body trying to examine the smallest molecule, Li refuses to see her […]
ASTRONAUTS ASTRONAUTS is a film about two human beings. A tale of attraction and rejection. A parable of chaos and cosmos. A love story between destruction and self-destruction. An attempt at love.
FREEFEET Harald decided to spend 6 months barefoot. To travel the world without shoes. Some people can live for a while without Facebook or a car. He gave up shoes. It wasn’t easy, but he gained some valuable experiences. Based on a column by journalist Harald Martenstein.
First it’s paint bombs, followed hard by riots. Tweets proclaim what is to be done. Resistance is everywhere. Something has to give. Two young activists meet amid turbulent events. They dance. the city belongs to them.
A film about self-love and the difficulties of love to other people. An aureola is the almond-shaped light phenomenon around the body of a saint in classical, religious representations. Based on this motive, the film discovers the perception of other people in comparison to oneself – the self-perception in love and hatred of one’s own […]
A tap dancer performs, while elsewhere people run from the tear gas of the police. Two worlds apart ̶ if it wasn’t for an unexpected opening in the floor, right in front of the dancer… She decides to jump, and lands in the middle of the social protests in Istanbul. The dancer witnesses the people’s […]
From the scenic area of eastern Bavaria to the Czech border six young people are on their journey. In this area, where all boundaries are supposed to be open, they are surrounded by a landscape in decay. Here they reach their own limits – who will leave them behind, who will arrange with them, who […]
The 5-minutes filmlet „Dream to be a Diver“ is based on a short story by the German author Sven Hillenkamp and is an production realized by a small team. The story is about a girl who her whole live dreams of becoming a diver and who carries out all the necessary preparations to reach that […]
A snail invents the wheel and goes through a rapid cultural evolution, to finally get back to its origin.
TRISTES DÉSERTS – A ROBOT`S TALE is the filmic-musical result from the baroqueand sci-fi-inspired collaboration between artist Stephanie Winter, tenor August Schram and electronic duo Austrian Apparel. Originating in the idea of an audiovisual realization of M.A. Charpentier’s lyrical song “Tristes Déserts” and motivated by the constant interaction of image and sound, a baroque-intergalactic musical […]
He who reflects his past, influences his future, He who controls his present, manipulates his past, He who wills his future, shapes his present. One man, one bondage: the bondage to time. Every soul ages, willingly or unwillingly. Roland is unwilling, but this bondage overwhelms him. He feels time slipping through his fingers. How can […]
The short film INTRUSION does not tell a classical story. The main focus lies on the visual design, which has the intention to convey a mood. The motives and the associative dramatic composition are reminding of dream sequences, nightmares or hallucinations in which the uncanny and the curious are staged; Unrealistic, seemingly disparate, yet interrelated […]
‘transient’ captures the first three days of a young professional moving from London to Frankfurt for an interim assignment. He represents well-educated, well-paid young professionals constantly on the move, who never settle down, but only have a ‘hub’ city for their journey fueled by ‘perform, achieve’ culture. Settling into a new apartment, meeting a new […]
In “REPLACE” we are confronted with a Nature seemingly familiar to us, but only at first glance. Quickly it becomes clear that Nature’s laws have been suspended and strange creatures are inhabiting the Planet. All plants and animals give the impression of pursuing a certain target. Halfway through the film a geometrical shape appears, floating […]
The dance floor is a battlefield.
MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet, has attracted international attention. No less than George Bizet’s Habanera from “Carmen” has been reinterpreted for MeTube and enhanced with electronic sounds. Behind the cross-over of musical styles are director Daniel Moshel as well as […]
Berlin. Grisha, a Russian-German boy, fools around with a wooden stick toygun. The longer he plays, the further he is thrust into an altered reality. The boundaries between the past and the present, the real and the surreal, start to blur. Images from bygone Berlin appear; streets and buildings still carry the memories of war. […]
Directed by Bryn Chainey, the video for “Legacy” chronicles the loss of a beloved pet mouse, and a young girl’s fascination for death and eclectic funerals. Set against the lush, horn infused melodies of the four minute (and some spare change) track, the video explores cultural ceremonies ranging from a customary Japanese funeral to a […]
A film which takes us away to Ralf Hildenbeutel’s „Wunderland“. The contrast between old musical films and modern music creates a bewitching unreality.
Wasser explores various stages of a man’s apathy. Unable to see or perceive his wife, he associates her missing with water. To remind himself of her and in an attempt to avoid his more and more self-centric behaviour, he exhibits water-filled jars throughout the apartment. Based on a true story.
“Boy” finds himself in an absurd situation. He wakes up on a little island in the middle of an open-air swimming pool, unable to remember anything. A strange sailor is his only companion. And although the edge of the pool is just a few metres away, it seems out of reach: a shark is patrolling […]
The time stands still, the moments are everlasting. The nameless characters turn into numb figures, surfacing and disappearing like mental tatters. The protagonist is trapped and strays through a confusing construction of thoughts, finally losing herself.
Meat was his life and exactly this is what Klaus left piled behind. Klaus is a butcher and on the journey to his personal fortune he discovers the previously unknown succulent appetite. A short film about a man who follows his desire to travel and embarks on a quest to find himself while overlooking the […]
BUSCHOW is the story about a relationship. It’s an ideal relationship, that’s shit. Two people in their mid-twenties are on vacation in a summer cottage in the woods. They don’t understand each other’s feelings, so they try to speak, about models of loving, about themselves, about love. Yet their different languages don’t really allow them […]
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Three buddies are sitting in their garden and argue about green energy. This leads to verbal percussion.
Lilli and Ana are best friends, and more – they are a couple. Erotic curiosity quickly developed into a serious relationship. They share everything – until the day Ana finds out that she is pregnant. In an instant, the lives of the two young women change drastically. New feelings overwhelm them that they cannot bring […]
A story about the ups and downs in a relationship of a young couple and jealousy that longs for everything and owns nothing.
Behind closed doors, a man faces shady events, somewhere between fantasy and mental psychosis. The place changes little by little, invade by strange drawings. Painfully, the man throw out a black creature… A new union is coming. Waiting for it, the creature starts to explore her new area…
Diving through the mind’s eye … sifting debris of the splintering conscious … lurking in chambers of hope and memory …. spark ignites the other in self … stealing dominion in fragile reality … both collide … who shall prevail?
Eva lives in the mountains and has been taking care of her grand mother all her life who just passed away two weeks ago. While she is grieving over her grandmother, she gets an unexpected and late visit from her sister Anna, an actress that is visiting from the big city. The two couldn’t be […]
The idea for the video essay “Neue Nähe” was created in autumn 2010. As a volunteer at the Axel Springer Academy and following the success of their teams with the cross-media project “Little Berlin” written and produced Sonja Vukovic in collaboration with moderation and video coach Christian Stahl and with the support of cross-media director […]
A photo shoot. The model Helen is unnerved. Back in the changing room she makes a surprising discovery. Everything around her is edible – the chair, the TV, the walls…