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Sin City Film Award

"Shoot your film! - Shoot your Sin City!"

In 2011 interfilm Berlin called upon filmmakers from all over the globe to make a film or music video for the song SinCity by newcomer chanteuse Schmidt.

Of all submissions 85 films from 27 countries were presented on our partner platform.


30 entries were selected for competition, competing for seven awards totalling 20000 Euro.


London and Berlin-based artist SCHMIDT was discovered by music producer Guy Chambers. He and Schmidt coproduced her debut album Above Sin City, released in March 2012. 

During the final voting rounds of the International SinCity Film Awards, Warner Music released a sneak-preview EP of five songs taken from the album. Schmidt is currently on tour with her band.

... 2019 Schmidt is touting as prelude band of Brian Ferry in USA.

Screenshot Website (offline now, also the Twitter- & Facebookprofile)

Competition Jury:

Guy Chambers – Music producer
Rita Flügge-Timm – Director Artist Department Warner Music
Florian Gallenberger – Film director – Oscar award winner
Thekla Reuten – Actress
Volker Schlöndorff – Film director, Oscar award winner
Philipp Stölzl – Film, music and opera director
Paul Verhoeven – Film director
Eike Wolf – Head of Communications & Publicity Studio Babelsberg;
Rolf Zehetbauer – Set design, Oscar award winner

Call of entries

A new worldwide short film and music video competition

Berlin / London, 23 August 2011: Kickoff for an unconventional competition. Today, young filmmakers all over the world, from Abidjan to Zagreb, receive an invitation mail for the first International SinCity Film Award. We are looking for the new image of the Roaring Twenties – the Sin City in the 21st century.

What characterises the Sin City of 2011, its images and stories? Filmmakers will capture the spirit of their personal Sin City in short films and music videos, inspired by the zeitgeist that currently experiences a renaissance in music, fashion, club and streetlife trends of metropolises around the globe.

A zeitgeit that is influenced by the decadence of the Roaring Twenties, by Cabaret and Pitigrilli's Cocaine, The Threepenny Opera and The Blue Angel. Vanity fair, pleasure come what may, power games and money. Unconditional happiness! The idea for the international competition was born in a London music studio when songwriter and producer Guy Chambers (e.g. Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Katie Melua) collaborated with the 21-year-old singer SCHMIDT from Berlin and wrote the song SinCity for her debut album. What remains is curiosity:

Isn't it true that, in the Roaring Twenties just like today, Sin Cities in Europe and America, Asia and Africa, South America and Australia influence the social and political living conditions of their areas? Aren't they still a core inspiration for art, literature, music and ways of life? The answer comes from international filmmakers. They take the song SinCity on an adventurous journey through their phantasies and realities. Analog and digital short films with a maximum length of five minutes will show portraits of the Sin City 2011.

Submission until: 7 October 2011

The music video from South Korea was chosen by the jury as outstanding: filmmakers NILS CLAUSS and STUART HOWE were awar¬ded first place. Clauss, a German from Berlin, and Howe, an Englishman from Norwich, have been working and living in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, for several years now. The film plays on the transition between city and countryside in such an original way that even a fish finds himself in pure astonishment.

Determined by the means of worldwide facebook-likes, this prize goes to the contribution of SILVIA BORDIN, a young Italian photogra¬pher and filmmaker from Bologna. SCHMIDT on the film: That’s SinCity Italian style, right on the point – bravissimo!

All films are still online!

Jury Runners-up (each Euro 1.000)

SIMON ROGOWSKI / Inspira from Germany
ZOLTÁN BOGDÁN from Hungary
CHRISTIAN MATSUMUTO und LAIA MIRET / We hate sundays from Spain
ZSUZSA KOHAN from England.