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.
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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 […]
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?
Beauty is an illusion, as is impermeable security. And the Chair Leader desperately needs security to be a more dazzling creature than ever… The dichotomies and loopholes that persist despite the tightening and refining of security technology return to trouble their makers in this surreal political fable.
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.
“My wife doesn’t like my movies. She says they are a waste of time. But she is an ignorant and hateful person. Don’t be like my wife.”
‘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.
On their way to a concert, an ordinary band gets transported to an alternate dimension. EMOCEAN starts out as a documentary about Fenster struggling to finish their third record when they are accidentally transported to an alternate dimension. In this surreal and disorienting landscape, nothing is what it seems. The band is forced to confront […]
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 […]
GUIDE TO USING YOUR HANDS At night inside an office block. K., the night guard, switches off the lights, one after the other. Inside of a mysterious room, he accidentally triggers an alarm. His hands become strange to him. Helplessly he looks at them while they cease to work. He becomes a casual bystander on […]
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 […]
The narrator’s journey begins at mid-summer-night, in the solemn twilight of a peaceful lake. His written notes sound to us like recollections of a past long gone. Human bonds have all but disappeared; man lives isolated and alone now. The individual has succumbed to the efficiency of a new world. Those who refuse to accept […]
A snail invents the wheel and goes through a rapid cultural evolution, to finally get back to its origin.
It’s almost the end of her pregnancy: Helene feels terrible about her body, in her relationship and with her parents who want to come to dinner tonight. So she backtracks deep into herself to find a solution. A story in two pictures.
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 […]
Diana, the stern and passionate Film Director, in her eyes also the Huntress, the Queen, sees her supremacy over her beloved film challenged by Aimée, the frighteningly efficient and down-to-earth assistant director, triggering Diana’s anxious and intruding imagination to paint the situation like a wild battle to be won or lost. An intimate journey into […]
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…