The successful German-French cooperation between the Goethe-Institut Lyon, the Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand, the AG Kurzfilm Bundesverband Deutscher Kurzfilm, German Films and the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg presents a program of extraordinary short films from Germany. After the premiere in Clermont-Ferrand, all movies will be available on DVD or Blu-ray with German, French and English subtitles for all Goethe-Institutes worldwide and their partners for the purpose of cultural and educational work.

From over 500 German submissions, we chose 6 wonderful short films that range from comical over fascinating to heart-warming. Resembling a kaleidoscope, the show the different facets of German reality and thereby offer a multidimensional picture of Germany. This way, these films not only teach about current filmmaking, discourses and societal topics, they also contribute to a fun way of learning German. The films have the potential to spark conversations and discussions.

Sog (2017)

10:00 min
Jonatan Schwenk

After a flood, a shoal of fish end up stuck in the branches of four old trees. As the water recedes, they are in danger of drying out. They scream for help, waking the inhabitants of a nearby cave who are less than happy about this unintended gathering.

Jonatan Schwenk was born 1987 in Göttingen. He is an independent filmmaker and animator. He studied visual communication at the University of Art and Design in Offenbach, and is a guest student at the Kunsthochschule Kassel in the animation class since 2014.

Snack Bar (2016)

13:00 min
Christoph Eder, Jonas Eisenschmidt

The documentary IMBISS tells the story of a Greek family who run a thriving snack bar on the Greek island of Lesbos. Their only customers are refugees who have just arrived from the war-torn areas of the Middle East.

Christoph Eder was born in Rügen. He is a director and producer. In 2010 he finished training as audiovisual media designer, and graduated in media art and design at the Bauhaus University Weimar. In 2016, he studied directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. He is the co-founder of the KAMMER11 Filmkollektiv.

Jonas Eisenschmidt was born 1987 in Montevideo, Uruguay and grew up in the south of Germany. In 2012, he finished training as an audiovisual designer; and studying media art and design at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

Gabi (2017)

30 min
Michael Fetter Nathansky

Gabi is a floor tiler. Marco is her trainee. Lately, Marco has been rehearsing with Gabi how to split up with his girlfriend. Gabi adapts his game to her own life and finds a way to fight against her inner emptiness.

Michael Fetter Nathansky was born 1993 in Cologne and lives in Germany and Spain. Since 2013, he studies directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. He has made several films playing with the limits of fictional and non-fictional film.

ISLAND (2017)

3:00 min
Robert Löbel, Max Mörtl

A bunch of exotic creatures clash on a small island.

Robert Löbel & Max Mörtl met in Hamburg while studying illustration and communication design. Now working as filmmakers, Robert is specialized in 2D animation and Max in stop motion animation. From time to time they join their forces to create weird animations.

Depth of Field (2017)

14:00 min
Mareike Bernien, Alexandra Gerbaulet

With its image axis repeatedly tilting and tipping out of frame, DEPTH OF FIELD examines three places in the German city of Nuremberg which are haunted by the memory of the racist murders committed there by the NSU far-right terrorist group between 2000 and 2005.

Alex Gerbaulet is an artist, filmmaker and curator based in Berlin. She works as an author and producer for pong film Berlin since 2014.

Mareike Bernien lives in Berlin and works as an artist between performative film, sound and text; and is currently teaching visual communications at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.

The satanic Thicket – THREE (2017)

22:00 min
Willy Hans

The first day of the holidays at the campsite. Mimi wants to make friends with the other children, Karl wants to go swimming with the crocodile, Dad’s hungry and Mum left the sandwiches on the kitchen table. All of a sudden, the caretaker’s little rabbit Fernando goes missing. Not until the medieval tourists arrive does a sense of order return. One thing is for sure: the world is in turmoil.

Willy Hans was born 1982 in Freiburg. He lives and works in Hamburg where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. He is the founding member of the film collective Spengemann Eichberg Goldkamp Hans. His short films THE SATANIC THICKET – ONE & TWO were shown at various international film festivals.