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German Films presents the 20th annual selection of remarkable student shorts, the talent showcase NEXT GENERATION. And for the 7th time, this initiative is successfully complemented by the winners of the German Federal Film Board’s (FFA) SHORT TIGER Award, the best German short films under 5 minutes.


With NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017, we invite you to discover promising talents and new film trends early on. The filmmakers scan deeply under the surface of today’s ways of life and share new perspectives with the audience. Their stories are deeply personal as well as very universal, told from different angles and in a variety of styles.
Once more this program confirms that short film is an independent art form deserving of the big screen and the awareness of audiences.

We hope to welcome filmmakers from the programme to the screening.

Ayny by Ahmad Saleh
A cruel war has taken two brothers‘ home. Their mother protects them under her arms and fosters the seed of their new life, anxious her sons could come into danger if they leave the house. But the boys chase their dream to play a music instrument they’ve fallen in love with. A beautiful Oud. They collect scrap metal to earn the money and must find out that their mother’s fear was for a good reason. But as strong birds will always fly, the two boys become one to overcome their trauma.

The Blood We Saw by Josephine Links
How does time pass – waiting, hoping, fearing – after a long escape, in search for a little piece of future? A “container village” for refugees at the borders of town. A transit space where everyday life merges with memories and pictures of the past. The Blood We Saw explores this life in a state of uncertainty and gives a notion of how people there might feel. People who left everything behind and still cannot forget anything of what they’ve lived through.

Close by Lisa Reich
During a dance rehearsal, Jonas receives the instruction to kiss his dance partner and secret crush Mira. He is so busy hiding his insecurities, that he doesn’t even notice how similar Mira experiences the situation.

Etage X by Francy Fabritz
An accidental meeting in an elevator at a department store leads two older women to their limits and forces them to improvise when the elevator gets stuck.

*We are delighted to welcome Director Francy Fabritz for a Q&A following the screenings.*

Herr Und Frau Müller (Mr And Mrs Müller) by Dominique Klein
Mr and Mrs Müller have been together for 45 years. Although Mr Müller is a quadriplegic who lost his ability to speak and move almost 18 years ago, he and his wife have not lost their enthusiasm for talking to each other. They have lively discussions through blinking and show that true lovers always find a common language.

Meinungsaustausch (Duologue) by Sophie Linnenbaum & Sophia Bösch
Germany, fall of 2015. A never-ending flow of arrivals, news, emotions, fears, images. And us? Somewhere in between. The German Angst of the unknown – a reluctant dialogue.

Moonjourney by Chiara Grabmayr
The heartbreaking story of a father who must flee with his daughter from the war in Syria. To protect her from the traumatic events of the dangerous journey, he starts playing a game to make her believe they are travelling to the moon…

Our Wonderful Nature – the Common Chameleon by Tomer Eshed
The feeding habits of the common chameleon as never seen before.

Santa Maria by Erik Schmitt
A man who receives a treasure map by accident is now looking for the treasure. Whilst searching he has to deal with gangsters, a devious widow, a corrupt policeman and a pretty policewoman – no, she doesn’t matter.

Shine by Alexander Dietrich & Johannes Flick
Two male, glowing creatures start a fight over trying to impress a female. Each one of them wants to win her over by giving a better light show than his competitor. They are on fire... until one gets burned!

Taschengeld (Change) by Annika Pinske
As usual, Elsa spends her afternoons at her father’s strip club. Tired from work and annoyed by his daughter, he sends her to the club upstairs to collect change. Waiting turns into boredom until an unexpected encounter changes the relationships between Elsa and her father.