In 2015, we’re already celebrating the fifth anniversary since German Films and the German Federal Film Board (FFA) combined their short film initiatives to present together the SHORT TIGER award-winners (best German shorts under 5 minutes) and the NEXT GENERATION, the most remarkable German student shorts up to 15 minutes. For the program NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2015, twelve outstanding short films were selected that represent the diversity of styles and subjects on a high level that expert audiences usually connect with German short filmmaking.

With NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2015, German Films and the FFA invite you to spot new film trends and young talents early on. The program presents deeply personal as well as very universal stories told from different angles and in a variety of tones. The filmmakers masterfully apply cinematic means to their subjects — often in a humorous, sometimes a reflective and sad, but eventually optimistic and hopeful manner. This program confirms once more that short film is an independent art form deserving of the big screen and the awareness of audiences. We hope you share our enthusiasm and help us spread the word: the program will be available after Cannes for screenings at international festivals and film events throughout the year.

The films for NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2015 were selected by an expert jury: Academy Award®-winning director Caroline Link, Alexandra Gramatke (KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg) and Dr. Gregory Theile (Kino­polis/Theile Group). The NEXT GENERATION student films were selected from a total of 60 submissions from 13 film schools; to be eligible the films had to be 15 minutes or under and to have been completed at German film schools in 2014 or 2015. An additional 50 films were submitted to the SHORT TIGER competition; the conditions of entry for these films were suitability for theatrical release and a maximum running time of 5 minutes.