exground filmfest 32: Award winners, award sponsors and the exground team / Photo: Peter R. Fischer
exground filmfest 32: Award winners, award sponsors and the exground team / Photo: Peter R. Fischer

exground filmfest 32 concluded its ten-day celebration of independent cinema with a gala awards ceremony. As best feature-length film, the audience chose PAPICHA by Mounia Meddour. Audience members selected PINKY PROMISE by Sophie Linnenbaum (who placed 2nd in 2018 with RIEN NE VA PLUS) as the winner in the German Short Film Competition. Second prize went to EARLY BIRDS by Benjamin Kempf-Siemens and Rainer Binz, and Felix Karolus was honoured with third prize for his film MENUETT.

In the International Short Film Competition, the international jury chose the Croatian production IMBUED LIFE [UDAHNUT ZIVOT] by Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson as the winning film. A Special Mention was given to WOMAN WITHOUT A CHILD [MUJER SIN HIJO] by Eva Saiz from Spain.

For the fourth year running, the award DAS BRETT was presented in the “Made in Germany” section by a jury composed of inmates of Wiesbaden’s primary correctional facility. From the seven nominated productions, the five jurors chose RELATIVITY by Mariko Minoguchi. The jurors gave a Special Mention to the production HEAD BURST by Savaş Ceviz.

The youth jury in the International Youth Film Competition gave the award for the best feature-length film this year, in a tie, to YOUR TURN [ESPERO TUA (RE)VOLTA] by Eliza Capai and THE ORPHANAGE [PARWARESHGAH] by Shahrbanoo Sadat.

In the Wiesbaden Youth Film Competition, HEIMAT? by the team from Diakonisches Werk Rheingau-Taunus came out on top in the audience voting. First prize comes with 500 euros, endowed by the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts. Second prize went to SCHRITTE IN DIE ZUKUNFT by Lena Krüger-Lorenzen, who receives a gift certificate to the certified Apple dealer ergo sum valued at 150 euros.

exground filmfest 33 will take place from November 13 to 22, 2020.

exground filmfest 32 – Prize Winners

DAS BRETT Inmate Jury Award (“Made in Germany”)

RELATIVITY by Mariko Minoguchi (Germany, 2019, 111 min.)

Special Mention
HEAD BURST by Savaş Ceviz (Germany, 2019, 99 min.)

German Short Film Competition

1st prize: PINKY PROMISE by Sophie Linnenbaum (Germany, 2019, 17 min.)

2nd prize: EARLY BIRDS by Benjamin Kempf-Siemens and Rainer Binz (Germany, 2018, 9 min.)

3rd prize: MENUETT by Felix Karolus (Germany, 2019, 11 min.)

Non-cash prize package
EARLY BIRDS by Benjamin Kempf-Siemens and Rainer Binz (Germany, 2018, 9 min.)

Non-cash prize package: “Grading Special”
JUPITER by Benjamin Pfohl (Germany, 2019, 14 min.)

International Short Film Competition

Jury Award
IMBUED LIFE [UDAHNUT ZIVOT] by Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson (Croatia, 2019, 12 min.)

Special Mention
WOMAN WITHOUT A CHILD [MUJER SIN HIJO] by Eva Saiz (Spain, 2019, 15 min.)

Wiesbaden Special – Short Film Competition

LIONESS by Alexander Conrads (Germany, 2019, 15 min.)

youth days – International Youth Film Competition

Jury Award for Best Film (tie):

YOUR TURN [ESPERO TUA (RE)VOLTA] by Eliza Capai (Brazil, 2019, 93 min.)
THE ORPHANAGE (PARWARESHGAH) by Shahrbanoo Sadat (Denmark/Germany/France/Luxemburg/Afghanistan/Qatar, 2019, 90 min.)

Jury Award for Best Short Film
TRAIN ROBBERS [TOGRØVERE] by Martin A. Walther (Norway, 2019, 20 min.)

Special Mention: YOUNGVODKA by Léa Hall (Switzerland, 2018, 15 min.)

Audience Award for Best Feature Film: PAPICHA by Mounia Meddour (France/Algeria/Belgium/Qatar, 2019, 105 min.)

Wiesbaden Youth Film Competition

1st prize: HEIMAT? by the team from Diakonisches Werk Rheingau-Taunus (Germany, 2019, 10 min.)

2nd prize: SCHRITTE IN DIE ZUKUNFT by Lena Krüger-Lorenzen (Germany, 2019, 6 min.)

exground Gong Show

EXGROUND 32 TRAILER (FREI VON PUNKT PUNKT PUNKT) by Patrik Pezelj and Marius Hofmann (Germany, 2019, 0:35 min.)

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