Winners 2017

The winners of the 46th International Student Film Festival Sehsüchte 2017:

Best Feature Film - 5.000 Euro

Includes prize money of 5.000 Euro, sponsored by ILB – Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg.

Hymyilevä Mies / The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Feature Film | Finland 2016 | Juho Kuosmanen | 93‘

Hymyilevä Mies

What the jury says:

From the first moment on one is sucked into this film.

With sensitive character development, loving scene ideas, harmonious rhythm changes and an excellent cast up to the smallest supporting roles, the director transports us into a different time. A sport as well as a love story that uses the classic development of a narration and trusts its characters. We greatly respect all the trades – equipment, make-up, costume, camera and especially the sound and that they truly managed to realize Juho’s vision. This film is told precisely, with surprising twists and a vivid lightness. Happily we came to a unanimous judgement: Congratulations Hymyilevä Mies or The happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki. 

Best Documentary - 5.000 Euro

Includes prize money of 5.000 Euro, sponsored by rbb Fernsehen.

Hinter dem Schneesturm / Beyond the Snowstorm

Documentary | Germany 2016 | Levin Peter | 92‘

Hinter dem Schneesturm

What the jury says:

The director visualizes remembering as a process and inner struggle in a remarkable way. He confronts us with guilt and pain that lasts. This very personal approach enables us to build a relationship to our own history, and motivates us to search for a dialogue between generations. A complex narration is opened up, that does not let us go, especially through the sensitive sound design.

Special Mention:

Herr und Frau Müller / Mr and Mrs Mueller

Documentary | Germany 2016 | Dominique Klein | 15‘

Herr und Frau Müller

What the jury says:

It is impressive how such a difficult topic is treated with such lightness and humor. With few strokes the filmmakers succeeded in creating a great love story, that is only 14 minutes long.

Best Short Film - 2.500 Euro

Includes prize money of 2.500 Euro, sponsored by Flare Films and Schnittlauch Postproduktion.

Ce qui échappe / The Elusive

Short Film | Belgium 2016 | Ely Chevillot | 18‘

Ce qui échappe

What the jury says:

The winner of the Short Film prize 2017 is the film Ce qui èchappeDas was entflieht or Das was ausbricht.

The 26 year-old Belgian director Ely Chevillot portrayed the theme abuse sensitively, with strong actors and with a new and daring approach. The film works with subtle and not always clear-cut moments that makes the audience want to ask questions.

Special Mention:

Mamma

Short Film | Norway 2016 | Julia Lindström | 25‘

Mamma

What the jury says:

The special mention goes to Mama by Julia Lindström.

In magical images the 34 year-old Norwegian director found a language for the “end of irresponsibility” that convinced us visually and in content, so that it should not stay unmentioned.  

Best Genre Film - 5.000 Euro

Includes prize money of 5.000 Euro, sponsored by ARRI Media and ARRI Rental.

Asteria

Animated Film | France 2016 | Alexandre Arpentinier | 5‘

Asteria

What the jury says:

Many genre films know how to apply the genre rules, such as science fiction film or horror film. However, sadly, between all these obvious things, one likes to forget the fundamentally most important thing: the story.
Asteria pulled us, the jury, into its creative world from the first moment on. In short, round, 5 minutes a very funny, sympathetic story is told, and brought to the point. At the end it offers us a snappy, interesting twist, that one can recognize and interpret through current political eyes, with a slight smirk. The film surprised us, entertained us and had a very clear and good message. Great job!und sehr gute Message. Top!

Special Mention:

Hard Way – The Action Musical

Feature Film | Germany 2017 | Daniel Vogelmann | 33‘

Hard Way - The Action Musical

What the jury says:

We all agreed that the film Hard Way – The Action Musical definitely deserved a special mention. It was a pleasure to follow this unusual mixture of two genres, namely the over-the-top American action film and the sometimes cheesy musical.Especially the courage to manoeuvre such a film into old-fashioned structures like a film school, as well as its perseverance, speaks for the film and team of Hard Way.

This is something genre films bring with them: it is a universal language spoken worldwide, that one has to learn, understand and know how to use.

Best Production - 3.000 Euro

Includes prize money of 2.000 Euro, sponsored by Ziegler Film and dcm. Furthermore MEDIAS Young Talents is donating a vehicle rental worth 1.000 Euro.

Watu Wote / All of us

Feature Film | Germany 2016 | P: Tobias Rosen | 22‘

Watu Wote

What the jury says:

As a leading filmmaker the producer of this production took the backseat and let the director take the lead so she could create this film in its fascinating and authentic nature. Herein the producer, with confident foresight, never lost the security of his team, that was partially in highly dangerous regions, and mastered this German-Kenian production. Professing Christians and strict Muslims were brought together and this is why Watu Wote by Tobias Rosen is an important symbol for humanity.

Special Mention:

Zwischen den Stühlen / To be a Teacher

Documentary | Germany 2016 | P: Marie-Luise Scharf | 101‘

Zwischen den Stühlen

What the jury says:

Producing films roughly means having an overview, good planning and budgeting. There is a quality, however, that makes special producers stand out. It is a particular pioneering spirit, the loyalty to the project as well as a fearless advance into an unknown future. All that can be found in Marie-Luise Scharf. Her longstanding work on Zwischen den Stühlen was a journey that she could have lost her nerve on. However, instead of giving up she found the much needed financing and used her own private resources.

We would like to reward this passion with a special mention.

Best Children Film - 2.500 Euro

Includes prize money of 2.500 Euro, sponsored by Jann Jakobs, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Potsdam.

Wolkenreiter / Cloud Rider

Short Film | Switzerland 2017 | Manuela Rüegg | 18‘

Wolkenreiter

What the jury says:

The jury’s decision was not easy, since every film has a special story or stands out through creative designs. Every one of us had a different favorite, but one film stood out especially.

We decided on the film that captured us through its impressive implementation of an interplay between animation and real film. What we liked a lot was the creative and exciting story that also conveyed a lot of emotion. The film’s protagonist had to overcome different hurdles that found interesting solutions and were excellently conveyed by the actor. Everything we expected, could be found in this film. For these reasons we chose Wolkenreiter as the winner and we would definitely recommend this film to our friends.

Best Youth Film - 2.500 Euro

A professional postproduction worth 2.500 Euro is donated by waveline.

Rocknrollertjes / Rocknrollers

Documentary | Netherlands 2016 | Daan Bol | 24‘

Rocknrollertjes

What the jury says:

The jury’s decision was not easy since all the films convinced us with the actors’ performances and their visually creative and varied implementation.

Ultimately we decided on the film that touched us the most. In this film different themes such as music, friendship and depression were conveyed. The artistic design impressed us especially, because it was filmed in an atypical camera format for which the settings are special. Moreover it is not the question “why?” but the question “what now?” that is central in this film. For all these reasons we chose Rocknrollers as the winning film.

Special Mention:

Millimeterle

Short Film | Switzerland 2016 | Pascal Reinmann | 15‘

Millimeterle

What the jury says:

This film stood out as a result of the two leading actors’ excellent performances, as well as the camera work. With haunting images a conflict between friendship and first sexual experiences is portrayed. This praising acknowledgement by the teen jury goes to the film Millimeterle by Pascal Reinmann.

Best Music Video - 2.000 Euro

Includes prize money of 2.000 Euro, sponsored by Berliner Pilsner.

MeTube 2: August sings Carmina Burana

Music Video| Austria 2016 | Daniel Moshel | 5‘

MeTube 2: August sings Carmina Burana

What the jury says:

We do not expect a lot from holiday video visuals, but here we receive a bouquet of ideas. A boring carnival day turns into a Sado-Maso-Operaorgy escalation. Nowadays we are rarely surprised with such unique ideas. The winning video is unanimously August sings Carmina Burana.

We congratulate the winner: Daniel Moshel

Best Screenplay- 2.000 Euro

Includes a prize money of 2.000 Euro, sponsored by Kuratorium junger deutscher Film. Furthermore Filmgeist is donating a Masterclass Screenwriting.

Dornröschen 2.0 – Eine Prinzessin wacht auf!

Screenplay| Germany 2016 | Gesa Scheibner

What the jury says:

Two dozen ideas on every page, original characters, an unbelieveable tempo and a love of writing that you can feel the entire time. Sleeping Beauty has arrived in the present and is as extraordinary in Gesa Scheibner’s version, as we have never seen her before. Brave, dusted off, dopey and obese – an ideal heroine for a film that will be fun for a large audience

Audience Award - 10.000 Euro

A professional postproduction worth 10.000 Euro, sponsored by Basis Berlin.

Watu Wote / All of us

Feature Film | Germany 2016 | P: Tobias Rosen | 22‘

Watu Wote