On Saturday, the prizes of the 36th Film School Festival Munich were awarded. A total of 50 films by young filmmakers and filmmakers from 21 countries vied in international competition. “Gabber Lover” was named best film of the VFF Young Talent Award.
Anna Cazenave-Cambet studied at the French film school La Fémis in Paris. In her 13-minute film “Gabber Lover” tells of two young girls who are in love, but it can not show so well. Somewhere in the French provinces, the girls meet at the lake, dancing to the hard electronic gabber sounds and get into their giant Adidas jackets on motorcycles. “The film puts a subculture in an environment in which one would not expect this subculture. At the same time he tells a universal and courageous love story,” says the jury.
“It’s really gratifying as varied and unusual films this year were. I am particularly pleased that so many strong films were represented by women and could be the festival for this one platform,” said festival director Diana Iljine.
The ARRI Award for Best Documentary went to “Cinderella” from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Russia. The director Alexandr Zubovlenko portrayed his own sister, the 27-year-old looking for a job and for a partner. The result is a penetrating portrait of the first post-Soviet generation in Belarus. The jury says: “The director manages to show unvarnished and desperate moments in a woman’s life, so close that it is almost uncomfortable for us as spectators to watch.”
In the international competition this year four prizes went to German productions. The Panther Prize for the best production of a European film went to Sophie Linnenbaum of the film university Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF for her film “[Out of Fra] me” . In it, the protagonist Paul always falls out of the picture. Also the Audience Award, which was awarded this year for the first time, went to Sophie Linnenbaum. Florian Tscharfs movie “Mayday Relay” was awarded the Arte Short Film Award. The jury’s verdict: “An intense chamber drama between father and daughter, which gets under the skin, making a loss, angry and sad.”
Ben Bernard of DFFB in Berlin was for the camera work on “Homework” awarded the Student Camera Award. “In just a few minutes of the film says much more about love, trust and relationships than many full-length features. The camera work is unconventional, it created wonderful kadrierte images that support the action.” According to the jury. In “Homework” is the director Annika Pinske a father skintight leggings glitters, although it has a slightly quirky job, but the way makes the English homework with his twelve year old daughter.
The Luggi-Leitner Forest Award for Best Screenplay went to “The Burden of Memory” by Albert Meisl. Moreover Kirsikka Saari got for her film “After the Reunion” a special mention for the screenplay. The Wolfgang-Längsfeld Award for the most original film won Paloma Rincon from Colombia for her film “Bark” . This year there were also two other new prices: The Female Filmmakers Award and the zweiB Award – Best Animation went to the same movie. “Pussy” by Renata Gasiorowska from Poland. In the animated film a pussy makes independent and goes on exploring the home of her owner. “A playful, creative and clever film that dares much and intimate moments shows. At the same time it accesses sociopolitical issues that are often silent dead. It’s a film that both male as well as females, their bodies and desires recognizes” said one of the juries.
First place in the Climate Clips Awards made Benjamin Pfohl of the HFF Munich with his film “Eternal Summer” and first place in the Hofbräu Trophy for the best beer advertising took the clip “Hofbräu – A Different Point of View” by Christoffer Borggren.