Over the past 14 years, the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand has developed into a steady platform for the presentation of German short films. Not only were the German Short Film Association (AG Kurzfilm) and German Films on hand with market screenings and a booth at the festival’s film market, but there were also seven German shorts or co-productions competing for the Grand Prix in the two sections International and Lab Competition during the 40th edition of the festival: HAUT by Nancy Camaldo and KLEPTOMAMI by Pola Beck were shown in the International Competition. FIND FIX FINISH by Sylvain Cruiziat and Mila Zhluktenko, TSHWEESH by Feyrouz Serhal (DE/LB/ES), UGLY by Nikita Diakur as well as WEIL ES MITTE MÄRZ IST by Leri Matehha (DE/IL) were selected for the Lab Competition. At the German market stand, representatives of international short film festivals and organizations picked up the latest edition of the popular catalogue GERMAN SHORT FILMS and its accompanying preview DVDs. The German feature project WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR by Sylvain Cruiziat was also selected for the co-production platform EUROCONNECTION. The Munich-based production company eeproductions is seeking partners in France and has settled the start of principle photography for fall 2018. Additionally two programs were presented by the AG Kurzfilm: the 13th edition of the Soirée Allemande, a French-German cooperation of AG Kurzfilm, German Films, the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand, the Goethe-Institut Lyon and the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg celebrated its premiere at the festival on 5 February. A further 12 outstanding German short films were presented in the market screening Matinée Allemande · Coup de foudre – Le court métrage allemand.

FIND FIX FINISH (© Nikolai Huber)