In recent months, German short films gained a lot of awards recognition at many international festivals, here’s a selection: At the Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival back in March, Ilaria di Carlo took home the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for an Emerging Experimental Video Artist for her film THE DIVINE WAY. 32-RBIT by Victor Orozco Ramirez was awarded the Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film also at Ann Arbor, where Yana Ugrekhelidze’s ARMED LULLABY won an ex-aequo Jury Award.

THE DIVINE WAY was also awarded at the Festival international de films de femmes Créteil, where it won the award Meilleur court métrage étranger and it was also successful at the Tiburon International Film Festival. Adrian Figuero received the Prix du Court-Métrage award for his short documentary ANDERSWO in Créteil. DEAD SEA DYING by Katharina Rabl & Rebecca Zehr won the Prix Tënk at the Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, and BAT by Julia Ocker was awarded the IndieJunior Audience Award at IndieLisboa.

PEOPLE OF THE WASTE LAND (DE/SY) by Heba Khaled won the Danzante Award at the Huesca Film Festival. From the Busan International Short Film Festival, F FOR FREAKS by Sabine Ehrl took home the Audience Award in the International Competition. At the Palm Springs Shortfest, Vincenz Neuhaus’ NOSIS received the Award for Best Student Animation; SUMMER HIT by Berthold Wahjudi won the Award for Best Live-Action Short over 15 Minutes.

At the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, German short films were also very successful: RULES OF PLAY by Merlin Flügel won the Jury Award in the graduation films section, A YEAR ALONG THE GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT by Felix Dierich won the Vimeo Staff Pick Award. Izabela Plucinska’s PORTRAIT OF SUZANNE (DE/FR/PL) won the Golden Dragon for Best Film at the Krakow Film Festival. And at the Animafest in Zagreb, FLOOD by Malte Stein received the Zlatko Grgić Award for Best First Film production apart from educational institutions.

RULES OF PLAY (© Merlin Flügel)