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Prizes & award winners

Since 1994

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2020

HE PULLS HIS TRUCK

by Kirill Proskurin
Moskow Film School, Russia

The festival jury:
HE PULLS HIS TRUCK is one of many films from this year's program that focuses on a child. It is a film that deals with the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable in society who struggle with violence and poverty.
Director Kirill Proskurin never loses Iyosha's perspective. The small goal of finding a toy truck becomes the most important project for him - and in the end we understand why: He lost his father, who was a truck driver, and cannot find a father figure in his mother's new husband.
But we accompany him as he finds a new father in a difficult situation. That gives him strength and power, at least for a brief moment in his life.
The script is written in such a way that all these great emotions reach me. and almost without dialogue. The camera is always close to the boy and he can hide it completely, at least it looks like that. So we forget that we are watching a movie. The acting is so precise with every gesture and every word that we even forget that we are watching actors at work and not watching real people.
HE PULLS HIS TRUCK is a film full of empathy that is beautifully made and gives us everything we could want in a great short film. That is why he receives the VFF Young Talent Award for the best film.

2019

LAST CALL

by Hajni Kis
University of Theater and Film Arts, Hungary


The festival jury:
"From the first picture to the bittersweet end, the young filmmaker convinced us of her outstanding directorial talent by telling her story in a tragic and comical way at the same time. The director Hajni Kis, who captures a day in the life of the chaotic but warm-hearted 61-year-old Anikó, made us laugh and cry - often at the same time. The heroine, Anikó, is a mother, ex-wife and former nurse. But mostly she's a person, a woman trying to find her place in a world that may no longer need her. Hajni Kis manages to surprise her audience with very tender, well-observed and emotional moments, until the end, when she allows her brave heroine to find inner peace in the most unexpected way. We are looking forward to the upcoming ideas and films from this young director."

2018

EXCUSE ME, I'M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND

by Bernhard Wenger
UMDK, Vienna Film Academy, Austria

Rupert Höller and Bernhard Wenger with Prof. Dr. Norbert P. Flechsig (VFF)


The festival jury:
“We were fascinated by this unusual journey of self-discovery by a very inactive antihero. The camera captures this journey of the main character perfectly, often static, sometimes at a distance. Located in the vacuum of a remote holiday resort, the vastness of the room gives us an impression in its entire design of what the character needs to feel. Backed up by a subtle but extremely effective use of the comedy in the script. This collective effort, which is outstanding in all areas and is directed by a talented director, deserves the greatest praise. "

2017

BLUE SUMMER SYMPHONY

by Sinje Köhler
FABW, Baden-Württemberg Film Academy, Germany


Prof. Dr. Norbert P. Flechsig (VFF) with Sinje Köhler (center) and screenplay co-author Raphaela te Pass


The festival jury:
"BLUE SUMMER SYMPHONY is an accomplished and ambitious film that paints a lively and relevant portrait of a beautiful summer day in beautiful black and white images. Composed as a symphony on life, told through an authentic acting performance of its characters."

2016

GABBER LOVER

by Anna Cazenave-Cambet
La Femis, École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son, France
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The screenwriter of GABBER LOVER Marlene Poste with award donor Prof. Flechsig


The festival jury:
"The Grand Prize goes to a film that tells an emotional story driven by the characters, with minimalist yet convincing acting, precise direction and beautiful images. The film moves a subculture into an environment in which one would not expect this subculture At the same time, he tells a universal and courageous love story. "

2015

THE LITTLE DEATH

by Simon Tillaas
The Norwegian Film School, Norway
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Simon Tillaas and Prof. Dr. Norbert P. Flechsig, Chairman of the VFF Supervisory Board


The festival jury:
"THE LITTLE DEATH is a beautifully told story about growing up, losing childhood, love, grief, friendship and the miracles of adulthood. It is poetic, full of love for its characters, precise, not too long and not too short - a perfect little film jewel. We live and feel with 12-year-old Julia and her father and at the end of the film we are full of hope for the future of the next generation. And this is how the jury feels with director Simon Tillaas: His film is more than very promising and we look forward to many more in the future. "

2014

BURUNDANGA

by Anaïs Ruales
La Fémis Paris, France

The festival jury:
"Burundanga is a drug used by muggers to make their victims submissive. 'Burundanga' is a short film by director, writer and camerawoman Anaïs Ruales and we viewers sit numb and docile in our cinema chairs. We let ourselves be captured by its narrative power take and follow the young protagonist Pablo, who is looking for a perspective for his life, for a horizon in the misty jungle of Ecuador, with a clear point of view, a script that doesn’t allow any length and a sensitive staging, Anaïs Ruales gives us one with 'Burundanga' Extraordinary film. One of the jury members whispered softly after the end of the credits: 'la perfezione'. The jury agrees: We want to see your first feature film soon, dear Anaïs Ruales! "

Special Mention

AFTER ALL (AHARIT DAVAR)

by Zvi Landsman
The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, Jerusalem, Israel

The festival jury:
"One apartment, two characters. Two very different lives meet in a moment that is as short as it is infinite. They stand in front of each other, their bodies as naked as the truth of their feelings. Zvi Landsman creates his intense images with the greatest courage, talent and empathy . With his dynamism he creates a space for outstanding acting performances that avoid any cliché and explore feelings of shame and intimacy. In the end there is no judgment, no imposed morality. The director lets this clash between a religious old man on the lookout Just being short and endless after sex and an immigrant prostitute - that's magic. "

2013

WHAT MAKES ME TAKE THE TRAIN (CE QUI ME FAIT PRENDRE LE TRAIN)

by Pierre Mazingarbe
Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France

The festival jury:
"The jury has taken this train! His outstanding sense of rhythm and time, his stunningly photographed black and white images and his extraordinary stop-motion animations and image effects make WHAT MAKES ME TAKE THE TRAIN an irresistible journey into the realm of light and shadow. With his surprising reinterpretation of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, director Pierre Mazingarbe takes us into the fascinating realm of his imaginations and inexhaustible ideas. WHAT MAKES ME TAKE THE TRAIN is just the beginning of a long journey with a director who brings us images that we will never forget."

2012

SO IT GOES (KORSOTEORIA)

by Antti Heikki Pesonen
ELO Film School, Helsinki, Finland

The festival jury:
"Finland is cold, it is dark - and the people, they are freezing. Maybe that's why Finns make very good films. In SO IT GOES people hate their lives, they are cold inside and drink the rest of the world under the table. This synopsis could be found in many Finnish films, but SO IT GOES tells the story straight, with perfect timing, very good direction and a huge helping of humanity. Congratulations!"

2011

COLLAPSAR (LES TROUS NOIRS)

by Lilian Corbeille
La Fémis, Paris, France

The festival jury:
"LES TROUS NOIRS (COLLAPSAR) shows its young protagonists neither as heroes nor as losers, but decides to tell of their desperation, violence and their hope for security, without ultimately resorting to the great external catastrophe.
Instead, Lilian Corbeille steers his lyrical film safely, unpretentiously and from moment to moment until a powerful drama about growing up has emerged.
"

2010

FOR MADMAN ONLY (TYLKO DLA OBLAKANYCH)

by Pawel Maslona
Wydzial Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieœlowskiego Uniwersytetu Śląskiego (WRITV), Katowice, Poland

The festival jury:
"The award for the best film goes to FOR MADMAN ONLY - for its extraordinary cinematic precision and its subtle and nuanced acting. The film uses the cinematic means to expose the sadness of the seemingly perfect harmony and thus perfectly expresses the speechless hopelessness a marriage that has deteriorated into routine. "

2009

ECHO

by Magnus von Horn
The Polish National Film, Television & Theater School, Lodz, Poland

The festival jury:
"A big topic in a small form."

2008

A DAY IN A LIFE

by Zune Kwok
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, China

2007

NOW EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE HAPPY (AHORA TODOS PARECEN CONTENTOS)

by Gonzalo Tobal
Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The festival jury:
"NOW EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE HAPPY deserves the VFF Young Talent Award because it tells an extraordinarily complex story in a highly subtle and highly sensitive manner. The director made a bold choice by casting a 13-year-old for the lead role and an excellent one Actors for the male part. There is very little dialogue, but there is empathetic dialogue. The film captures images that show the dangerous territory of human behavior. "

2006

THE SUBSTITUTE (HAYELET BODEDA)

by Talya Lavie
The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem, Israel

The festival jury:
"THE SUBSTITUTE is an original and personal film that examines a highly political issue from a surprising angle. Israeli director Talya Lavie combines excellent acting, great timing and humor to tell a dramatic story of authority, betrayal and friendship. Lavie is definitely a talent to watch out for. "

2005

62 SLEEPS

by Erin White
Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film and Television, Melbourne, Australia

2004

FELLOW TRAVELERS OF THE FIG (POPUTCHIKI INZHIRA)

by Yegor Anashkin
Vserossijskij gosudarstvennyi institut kinematografii (VGIK), Moscow, Russia

2003

DREMANO OKO

by Vladimir Perisic
École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l'Image et du Son (La Fémis), Paris, France

2002

1st prize: VIKTOR AND HIS BROTHERS (VIKTOR OCH HANS BRÖDER)
by Marten Klingberg
Dramatiska Institutet Högskola för Film, Radio, Television & Teater, Stockholm, Sweden

2nd prize: K-G FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE (K-G NÖD OCH LUST)
by Jens Jonsson
Dramatiska Institutet Högskola för Film, Radio, Television & Teater, Stockholm, Sweden

3rd prize: LITTLE MORNING STORY (MALA JUTARNJA PRICA)
by Stefan Arsenijevic
Faculty Dramskih Umetnosti (FDU), Belgrade, Yugoslavia

2001

1st prize: A MAN THING (MESKA SPRAWA)
by Slawomir Fabicki
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna (PWSFT), Lódz, Poland

2nd prize: DAY AFTER DAY (AFTA)
by Kornél Mundruczó
Színház - és Filmművészeti Egyetem (SFF), Budapest, Hungary

3rd prize: REPARATION
by Jens Jonsson
Dramatiska Institutet Högskola för Film, Radio, Television & Teater, Stockholm, Sweden

2000

1st prize: ENCHANTED
by Christian Ditter
University of Television and Film Munich, Germany

2nd prize: SUNNY SIDE OF THE SATURDAY (SUNCANA STRANA SUBOTE)
by Robert Orhel
Akademija Dramske Umjetnost (ADU), Zagreb, Croatia

3rd prize: INDIA (INDIA)
by Pernille Fischer Christensen
Den Danske Filmskole, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999

1st prize: LITTLE MAN (LILLE MAENSK)
by Peter Schonau Fog
Den Danske Filmskole, Copenhagen, Denmark

2nd prize: MAJOR AND MINOR MIRACLES (STORA AND SMA MIRAKEL)
by Marcus Olsson
Dramatiska Institutet Högskola för Film, Radio, Television & Teater, Stockholm, Sweden

3rd prize: THE OTHER CHEEK (BA DERECH LE MAALA)
by Yuval Zafrir
The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem, Israel

1998

1st prize: FIVE FORTY FIVE
by Christoph Röhl
German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb), Germany

2nd prize: NIGHTHAWKS
by Dmitri Popov
University of Television and Film Munich, Germany

3rd prize: SWIMMERS (NAGEURS)
by Alain-Paul Mallard
Institut de Formation et d'Enseignement pour les Métiers de l'image et du Son, France

1997

1st prize: THE ARCHITECT
by Luke Watson
Royal College of Art, Department of Film, London, United Kingdom

2nd prize: EASY DAY
by Hans Horn
University of Television and Film Munich, Germany

3rd prize: MUD (KAL)
by Ivaylo Simidciev
Nacionalna akademija za teatralno i filmovo izkustvo, Sofia, Bulgaria

1996

1st prize: DARK HEART (SORT HJERTE)
by Thomas Rostock
Den Danske Filmskole, Copenhagen, Denmark

2nd prize: THE NAVIGATOR
by Stefan Schneider
University of Television and Film Munich, Germany

3rd prize: SEVEN
by Shona Auerbach
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna (PWSFT), Lódz, Poland

1995

1st prize: NEVER (GRAENSEN)
by Reza Parsa
Den Danske Filmskole, Copenhagen, Denmark

2nd prize: THE PAPER HAT
by La Van Phuong
University of Television and Film Munich, Germany

3rd prize: OBSERVER (OBSERVER)
by Lasha Otkhmezuri
Georgian State Institute of Theater and Film, Tbilisi, Georgia

1994

1st prize: A SINGLE HAIR AND A HAND BELL (HAJSZÀL ÈS CSENGETTYÜ)
by Attila Mispàl
Szinház és Filmmüvészeti Föiskola, Budapest, Hungary

2nd prize: FLOOD
by Stephan Puchner
University of Television and Film Munich, Germany

3rd prize: CARD BOARD DOG
by Malene Vilstrup
Den Danske Filmskole, Copenhagen, Denmark