Five winners of the Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis or Golden Lola accepted the awards worth EUR 30,000 each during a ceremony in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie on Wednesday (November 20, 2019). Twelve out of 247 entries had been nominated. Günter Winands, Head of Department in the Ministry of State for Culture, presented the Golden Lola awards on behalf of Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture. Commenting earlier, the minister had said: “The short film requires single-minded focus on the essentials from its intellectual creators.”
Focus on short films
The awards aims to raise the visibility of the independent art form of short films. “It is avant-garde in the best sense. It can be fraught and is part of the critical corrective of social developments. This is another reason why our film funding covers the entire range of cinematic creations and is not limited to major productions,” according to Grütters. A total of EUR 275,000 in prizes were awarded. The winners of the Golden Lola have also qualified for the Oscar selection process.
The award for the “Best Feature Film” (10 to 30 minutes in length) went to Hannes Schilling for ”Der Proband”. The film is about a man who becomes involved in increasingly dangerous tests in hospitals to earn money. Jürgen Heimüller won the “Feature Film” category (up to 10 minutes in length) with the ”Die letzten fünf Minuten der Welt”. The film is about a row between five people who meet shortly before the end of the world. Manuel Abramovich won the “Documentary Film” (up to 30 minutes in length) award for ”Blue Boy” about seven Romanian men, who work as prostitutes. Maria Teixeiras’ ”Inside me” (up to 30 minutes in length) won the Golden Lola in the “Animation Film” category while Clara Winter and Miguel Ferráez’ ”Wir sprechen noch Deutsch” (up to 30 minutes in length) scooped the award in the “Experimental Film” category.
Short films on tour
Sarah Schreier, Stefan Gieren and Florian Kunert received the special prize of EUR 20,000 for their movie “Progress in the Valley of the Unsuspecting”. All the nominated and award-winning films will be screened in cinemas across Germany during the”‘Kurz.Film.Tour – Der Deutsche Kurzfilmpreis”. Im Kino. The winners of the Golden Lolas are set to invest the prize money in production, developing projects and on preparing new, quality artistic films.