Filmfest Dresden announces the winners of this year’s edition

– The festival awarded a total of nine Golden Horsemen and seven special prizes worth €71,000

Filmfest Dresden winners

The 34th edition of Filmfest Dresden, dedicated to international short films, took place from April 5 to 10. After two special editions during the pandemic, it returned to its spring dates. In addition to a selection of special programs including a focus on Bulgarian courts, another on Quebec, showing courts on diversity and offering a retrospective on Steffen Reck and Kurt Weillerthe festival had three main competitions.

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Prizes worth a total of €71,000 were awarded by several juries made up of film professionals, as well as young film lovers, to short films in international, national and regional competition. The jury in charge of the international competition awarded a Golden Horseman for the best animation to anxious body by Yoriko Mizushiri. This Franco-Japanese production, a dynamic, enigmatic but highly suggestive journey into the nervous state of a woman, received €7,500. A special mention went to Unknown land (France, Denmark) by Adrian Dexter and Kjaer Pernille.

The Cavalier for the best international short film endowed with an equal prize of €7,500 was awarded to Heltzear by the Spanish director Mikel Gurrea. The drama is set in 2000 San Sebastian, as the Basque conflict is ongoing, and depicts the story of a strong female protagonist. A special mention went to Orthodontics by Mohammadreza Mayghani from Iran. Two other Golden Horsemen were rewarded within the framework of the international competition, one offered by the public to Mily Tati (love, dad) by Diana Cam Van Nguyen (Czech Republic, Slovakia) winning €3,000, and the Youth Jury Golden Horseman, which went to Techno, mom by Saulius Baradinskas from Lithuania, receiving €2,000. The youth jury awarded a special mention to the poetic and funny animation Sierra by Sander Joon from Estonia.

The prize for the best animated film in the national competition was awarded to Night by Ahmad Salehwinning €3,000, while Up to the last drop by Simon Schnellman received a special mention. The Cavalier for the best national short film was awarded to Manual by Pavel Mozar, an experimental German-Belarusian documentary reenacting the horrors of a violent regime with a sober but impressive aesthetic, received a prize of €3,000. The film also won a second award, namely the “Fully Political – Short Film Award from the Saxon State Center for Political Education”. The Public’s Golden Horseman in the national competition went to Not the 80s by Marleen Valien and the Golden Horseman of the Youth Jury at This divine corpse by Leonhard Hofmannreceiving €4,000 and €2,000 respectively.

As for the regional competition, the Public Prize endowed with €2,000 was awarded to Alison Kuhnis cynical fluffy talesabout a model who has to do a very special photoshoot for a dog food commercial.

Here is the full list of winners:

International competition

Golden Horseman animated film
anxious body – Yoriko Mizushiri (France, Japan)

Special mention
Unknown land – Pernille Kjaer, Adrian Dexter (France, Denmark)

Golden Horseman short fiction film
HeltzearMikel Gurrea (Spain)

Special mention
OrthodonticsMohammadreza Mayghani (Iran)

Audience Golden Rider
Mily Tati (love, dad)Diana Cam Van Nguyen (Czech Republic, Slovakia)

Golden Horse of the Youth Jury
Techno, momSaulius Baradinskas (Lithuania)

Special mention
SierraSander Joon (Estonia)

National competition

Golden Horseman animated film
Night – Ahmad Saleh (Germany, Jordan, Qatar, Palestine)

Special mention
Up to the last drop –Simon Schnellmann (Germany)

Golden Horseman short fiction film
ManualPavel Mozhar (Germany, Belarus)

Special mention
Lass Mörder breast – Max Gleschinski (Germany)

Audience Golden Rider
Not the 80sMarleen Valien (Germany)

Golden Horse of the Youth Jury
This divine corpseLeonhard Hofmann (Germany)

Special mention
Up to the last drop –Simon Schnellmann (Germany)

Prize of the State Minister for Culture and Tourism Promotion of Saxony
Work first, play later – Brenda Link (Germany)

DEFA Promotion Price Animation
climax – Bea Holler (Germany)

ARTE Short Film Prize
SierraSander Joon (Estonia)

Golden Rider Sound Design
Vadim on a walk – by Sasha Svirsky (Russia)

Luca Film Award for Gender Equality
It’s not Brazilian homosexuals who are perverted, but the situation in which they live – Eduardo Mamede, Leandro Goddinho, Paulo Menezes (Brazil, Germany)

German Critics’ Prize
It’s not Brazilian homosexuals who are perverted, but the situation in which they live – Eduardo Mamede, Leandro Goddinho, Paulo Menezes (Brazil, Germany)

Special mention
After a room – Naomi Pacific (UK, Netherlands, Switzerland)

Regional movie night: Audience award
fluffy tales – Alison Kuhn (Germany)

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