On Saturday, 24 July 2021, the winning films of the 50th International Student Film Festival Sehsüchte were announced at the festival award ceremony in the presence of an audience of filmmakers, festival partners and numerous jury members. The prizes from the 11 categories are worth a total of more than € 35,000.
The prize for the BEST FEATURE FILM was awarded to Jiyan (Germany, 2019, Süheyla Schwenk). The jury praised the images and moments of the film that stay with you long after the film has ended.
The award for BEST SHORT FILM was awarded to Dustin (France, 2020, Naila Guiguet). In an impressive way, the film shows a search for meaning and connection – an exploration of affection, desire and identity
Have a Nice Dog! (Germany/Syria, 2020, Jalal Maghout) is the winner in the section BEST ANIMATED FILM. According to the jury, the film manages to build up quiet tension in a remarkable way until there is no chance to escape it.
The winning film from the section BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE is Mein Vietnam (Deutschland, 2020, Hien Mai, Tim Ellrich). With a lot of patience, constancy and empathy, My Vietnam opens the door into a small, supposedly unspectacular room in which a family, but also a society and in a way the whole world, is sheltered.
In the section BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT, the winner was Syn Ulicy (Poland/Germany/Lebanon, 2020, Mohammed Almughanni).The film follows an adolescent in a refugee camp in Lebanon. In a remarkable way, the camera follows him and impressively shows simple images of his life, his joy, his anger, first love – and despair.
The award for BEST PRODUCTION has been awarded to Adisa (Deutschland/Kenya, 2021, Kevin Anweiler, Felix Hultsch, Wenzel Steinmetz). The jury described Adisa as a highly dramatic political thriller that captivates and emotionally touches its viewers from the first to the last second.
Sector (Poland, 2020, Wojciech Olchowski) was named BEST 360° FILM. In its statement, the jury praised the very artistic and immersive approach to the serious issues of deforestation and environmental pollution.
In our special programme Future, Affenmädchen (Germany, 2020, Isabelle Caps-Kuhn) won the award for BEST CHILDREN’S FILM. According to the children’s jury, Affenmädchen illustrates the topic of sexism in a child-friendly way, while still being entertaining for all ages.
Bandsalat (Germany, 2020, Tanja Hurrle) won the award for BEST YOUTH FILM. The jury found the portrayal of the ubiquitous topic of depression, which is relevant for all ages, to be very successful.
The AUDIENCE AWARD in the GENRE category went to Kräfte (Germany, 2020, Annelie Boros).
In the Schreibsüchte section Milch ins Feuer oder Katinkas Ballenpresse (Germany, Justine Z. Bauer) won the award for BEST SCREENPLAY. The film describes life in the countryside – with all the laconicness and matter-of-factness that the characters also have towards the events. The narrative does not follow a classical plot and can be experienced sensually through the very precise descriptions.
Tinika (Croatia/Germany, Julia Klier, Christoph Krüger) was awarded BEST PITCH. In their pitch, Julia Klier and Christoph Krüger convinced the jury with their confidence and good research. The jury praised the world they created and the relevant topic of the story.