interfilm Agency

ShortVisions Film Festival from interfilm in China

22 - 28 September 2014

1st ShortVisions international short film festival Ningbo – organized by interfilm Berlin and Ningbo Cultural Plaza successfully concluded on Saturday, Sept 28, in the port city of Ningbo, China, some 300 km south of Shanghai.

In a festivel closing night ceremony nine films were awarded a total prize money of 280,000 RMB (36.000 Euros) in four competitions in front of 1000 invited guests at the Grand Theater at Ningbo Cultural Plaza.

The 7-day event featured 228 films from 57 countries in 54 programs. Apart from the International, the Chinese, the Documentary and the Children film competiton the program consisted of special programmes with African- , Human rights-  and Environmental films as well as animation and experimental films, films about Berlin and from Germany and more - many of which were followed by long and intensive discussions with the directors after the screenings.

Aside from the many film screenings, the festival offered seminars at different universities the week before the festival and 5 master classes by renowned industry professionals from the Philippines, France, Zambia, Madagascar and Germany who were talking about their experiences with short film making with a total participation of 1600 students.

Apart from China, Hongkong and Taiwan filmmakers came from South Korea, Kenia, Mexico, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, Russia and many European countries.

The festival had more than 8000 visitors in total.

Artistic director Heinz Hermanns said: It was hard work to built up a festival between a German and a Chinese company with different ideas and concepts. It was probably the first time that a project like this was created in a European-Chinese cooperation. The idea was developed last year together with the German Producer Marcus Wellendorf who lives in Bejing. But the real preparation time was just 4 months. Considering that interfilm is taking place shortly after ShortVisions it was a difficult period to give birth to a new festival.

We were able to invite around 50 filmmakers from all continents and we were happy that inspite a Tayfun at the beginning of the festival the attendance was bigger than expected and the discussions long and intensive. All filmmakers enjoyed the cultural exchange and were happy presenting their films in for most of them unknown China. On the other hand for many of the Chinese audience it was the first encounter with foreign short films and filmmakers. Especially the young students were very interested and got many new ideas. There is a big interest in short films at the moment in the whole of China and we are happy to take part in this development.

Managing Director Cord Dueppe declared himself delighted with the success of this first edition: "ShortVisions has been a celebration of short film in all its forms, with challenging competition sections and many other programs, eagerly attended discussions by the Chinese public, master classes and open air screenings. interfilm wasn't sure what to expect when we decided to expand into China but the overwhelmingly positive response shows us that it was the right move. We are looking forward to year 2”

Jury members: International Competition: Sonia Hadchity - Libanon (Beirut International Short Film Festival Libanon), Raymond Red - Philippinen, Simon Ellis - England (Filmemacher), Rungano Nyoni – England/Sambia, Alvin Tse – China / Hong Kong (Hongkong Internationales Filmfestival)
Chinese Competition & Documentary Competition: Shirley Yihong Tempus -China, Li Zhi – China, Jimmy Chiao - China / Hong Kong, Liu Fen Dou – China, Nico Mesterharm - Kambodscha / Germany (Meta House Kambodscha), Hendrick Dusollier - Frankreich (Filmemacher), Till Dietsche – Taiwan / Deutschland (Tainan 39 Hour Short Film Contestival)

5 Masterclasses from Profis der Filmindustrie aus Deutschland, Frankreich, den Phillipinen, Madagaskar und Sambia betreut. Chinesische Filmstudenten und auch das interessierte Publikum können teilnehmen.

The Team

interfilmers in team china: Heinz Hermanns, Sarah Dombrinck & Cord Duppe.

Filmemakers from all aorund the world prsented their films personally: Australien: Michael Cusack - Sleight of Hand, Summer Deroche - The Globe Collator, James Armstrong & Kasimir Burgess - The man who could not dream / Belgien: Ivan Goldschmidt - Na Wewe / Brasilien: Andre Farkas - #, Augusto Bicalho Roque - Fuga Animada / Bulgarien: Kristina Mirova - The visitor / China: Guo - Bastard's New Year, Wenting Li - Mother's Puberty, Ya Tang - Musical Chairs, Shangri La, Xiaoli Song - The Way home, Yanjun Li - Big Golden Deer, Beauty and the Clown / Dänemark: Christophe Peladan - A drop of Gold / Deutschland: Tomer Eshed - Flamingo Pride, Corinne Le Hong - Grimms Meise, Boris Seewald - Momentum / England: Francesca Adams - Bertie Crisp, Ainslie Henderson - I am Tom Moody, Rungano Nyoni - Mwansa The Great, Chee-Lan Chan - Orbit Ever After / Estland: Anu Laura Tuttelberg - Fly Mill / Frankreich: Hendrick Dusollier - Babel, Gabriel Gauchet    - Mass of Men, Margot Reumont - Si j'étais un homme / Hongkong: Gilitte Leung    - Remember Me, Ho Tak Lam - The Untold & Unseen / Kanada: Andrew Mccann Smith - Canoejacked / Mexiko: Victor Orozco - Reality 2.0 / Madagaskar: „Cid“ Andrianarison Tojosoa    Andrianarison - Colors / Niederlande: Benjamin Brand - 97% / Neuseeland: Thomas Gleeson - Home, David Downes - Kingdom & Generation / Österreich / Deutschland: Nikki Schuster - Parasit & Berlin Recyclers / Philippinen: John Paul Su - Pagpag / Russland: Anna Kadykova    - Krot Na More / Schweiz: Oliver Schwarz  - Dream Girl / Spanien: Kote Camacho - La Gran Carrera, Jose Martin Rosete - Voice over / Taiwan: Kan - Missing, Su - Plastic Flowers, Hsinping Dai - Solitary Pier, Te-Yu Liu - The Carousel Family / Tschechien: Akile Kaya - Circus Love / Ukraine: Oleg Serdyuk - Oil / Uganda, Kenia, Deutschland: Zipporah Nyaruri - Zebu and the Photo Fish

The Program

And the winners are….


Kids Jury Award
** 5 metres 80 - Nicolas Deveaux, France **
Audience Award
** A mudanca / The Change - Fabian Ribezzo, Mozambique **


Best Documentary
** The Best Medicine - Martin Morrison, England **
Special Mention
** Reality 2.0 - Victor Orozco Ramirez, Germany / Mexico **


Best Animation
** Solitary Pier - Jack(ming-huei) SHIH, Taiwan **
Best Fiction
** Bastard's New Year - Jingbo Guo, China **
Special Mention (Animation)
** The Untold & Unseen - Ho Tak Lam, Hong Kong **


Best Film
** Los Retratos / Portraits - Iván D. Gaona, Colombia **
Best Fiction
** Mass of Men - Gabriel Gauchet, England **
Best Animation
** Wind - Robert Loebel, Germany **
** I am Tom Moody - Ainslie Henderson, Scotland **
Special Mention
** Kärbeste Veski/ Fly Mill - Anu-Laura Tuttelberg, Estonia **
** The Pub - Joseph Pierce, England **

Congratulations to all the winners of ShortVisions - 1st International Short Film Festival Ningbo!