19th Central German Short Film Festival KURZSUECHTIG in Leipzig honors the best short films from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia

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The Central German Short Film Festival KURZSUECHTIG concluded on Sunday in Leipzig: from 29 June to 3 July 2022, the festival screened the best short films from central Germany at Schaubühne Lindenfels. About 1,200 guests attended the festival and were given full seats at the House of Traditional Culture in West Leipzig.

“We are delighted that we once again brought the Central German film industry together in Leipzig with the Kurzsuechtig Film Festival and were once again able to present the full range of local short filmmaking to the public. Despite the sometimes sweltering summer temperatures, the festival was very well attended, And there were great discussions between the audience, the filmmakers and the industry experts and we were able to celebrate film culture together for five days. So I would like to thank the guests, the filmmakers and the event team, but of course also our sponsors and partners,” sums up Festival Director Mike Branden.

As the largest production short film festival in central Germany, the Kurzsuechtig is exclusively devoted to film projects of up to 30 minutes relating to Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

Program and competitions

32 films were shown in the competition from Wednesday to Saturday from 7:30 pm. The animated films started on Wednesday, June 29th. This was followed by the screening of the documentary Thursday night, the Feature Film, Virtual Reality and 360 Degree Projects competition on Friday, and the Experimental Films and Film Music and Sound Design competition on Saturday. The festival was complemented by a short film, a children’s program, to which 150 children from the kindergarten were invited on Thursday morning to attend. On Saturday evening at UT Connewitz, about 70 guests watched five short films from Ukraine, which, under the title “Violence,” shed light on the eventful history between Ukraine and Russia. The interview was attended by two Ukrainian directors.

On Saturday afternoon, Music Supervisor Jens Quandt, who was responsible for the film’s music for Andreas Dresen’s films “Gundermann” and “When We Dreamed”, among others, took us into the world of sound and explained to young filmmakers and musicians in a workshop discussion “How to Enter Music in the movie?

All winning films will be screened again at Best in the Night on Sunday evening.

Festival winning films

Films are increasingly devoted to environmental and social issues. They talk about paranoia and human empowerment over nature (“Monkey Dominoes” / jury-prize animation) and explore the isolation of the corona epidemic (“27 Steps” / Doc Mentored Mention, “13 Try to Hold Your Breath” / Audience Experimental Award).

But they also show vigilance and courage to live, for example when a young Peruvian mother is running for election as a district community representative for the first time (“Alturas” / Jury Prize Doc) or when the 81-year-old is still with the oldest

Loud electronic music’s passion for dances and works to build the perfect amplifier (“Der Dreher” / Audience Award Doc).

In the fiction competition, the five-member jury, including writer and screenwriter Clemens Meyer, voted the drama “Return” as the best film of the evening. Syrian Ghiath Al-Mhitawi, who fled to Leipzig, tells the story of a Syrian soldier on vacation. While the soldier wonders how he can escape the hell of war and military service, his mother wants nothing to do and clings to her image of a heroic son.

The audience awarded the Audience Award for Welf Reinhart’s “Eigenheim,” in which an elderly couple fight for their dignity after their apartment is vacated leaving them increasingly desperate for housing shortages.

Prize winners


domino monkey Director: Ulf Grenzer – Jury Prize
In the Cutezone Director: Niklas Wolff – Audience Award

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Alturas Director: Roxana Reiss – Jury Prize
Vertigo Director: Robin Troillette – Audience Award


return Director: Ghiath Al-Mhitawi – Jury Prize
Homepage Director: Wolf Reinhart – Audience Award


9:71 PM Directed by Joy Arand – Jury Prize
13 trying to hold your breath Director: FILZ eV – Audience Award

XR / 360 degrees:North Pole – Franziska Wesser, Heart
Best camera:9:71 PM Camera: Ferdinand Qualkey, Alma Weber
Young Talent Award:The third flies song – evening Directed by Ana Maria Vallejo
Film music and sound design: Christoph Paul Burner, for the soundtrack to Freya Kalish’s song Paper Plane.


All the best-selling films will be shown in several cinemas in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia in the coming months in order to introduce the films they were made in and bring the regional film industry closer to a wide audience. Appointments will be scheduled in due course below www.kurzsuechtig.de announced.


The festival was made possible thanks to the support of the Saxony Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism, MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH, the Cultural Office of the City of Leipzig and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.

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