interfilm Festival

“Mauersegler”- Short Film Award

Entry deadline was 24th of August 2014.

The “Mauersegler”-Short Film Award is looking for filmmakers who can reveal their personal view of the events surrounding the Peaceful Revolution in East Germany and/or the German reunification. In particular, we are seeking the perspectives of those who were still children at the time of the fall of the Wall. We’re eager to gather a wide range of films that search out and fill in the gaps of recent historical narrative with individual stories.

2 programmes:

1 - Beyond the Wall

2 - Different Memories

In the section Anniversary Retro you also may visit the programme:

3 - Rock the Wall!



Prize money totalling 3000 euros

The sponsors are Stiftung Apfelbaum and

1st prize = 1.500 Euro & 10×2 Travel Coupons
prize = 1.000 Euro & 5×2 Travel Coupons
prize = 500 Euro & 3×2 Travel Coupons

The Jury


The competition question was:

Do you belong to the so-called Third Generation East Germany, meaning that you were born in East Germany in the seventies or eighties? Or if you belong to the same generation from the West, could you give us your perspective? Did your parents or grandparents migrate to Germany? How did you experience the upheavals in Germany at that time?

Did you follow the developments in Germany from another country? Or do you want to tell of the Third Generation East Germany that your own children or grandchildren perhaps belong to? What do the events back then mean to you today? We’re eager to discover your personal story and look forward to seeing your film!

A "Mauersegler" is a kind of bird, known as "swift" or "black martin" in English. The term contains the German word "Mauer", meaning "wall" and "Segler", meaning "sailor" or "glider". It is therefore an appropriate allegory for both the Wall's division of Germany as well as the country's transformation after the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. The Wall thereby becomes a symbolic point of departure to take off and glide away from, just like a bird.

All genres are permitted: animation, live-action, experimental and documentary films.

Your film may be no longer than 20 minutes.

The “Mauersegler”-Short Film Award will be held in 2014 within the framework of the 30th International Short Film Festival interfilm Berlin. Selected short films will be nominated by a jury of film and media professionals and conferred with prize money totalling 3000 Euros. - So get shooting and tell us history!

Any questions?! Get in touch with us: festival[at]

Further information:

All information concerning the competition as well as the current state of preparations and the jury line-up will be posted on the websites:

Perspektive hoch 3 e. V.

The competition is organised by Perspektive hoch 3 e.V.

Perspektive hoch 3 e.V. is a non-profit, independent and non-party association. Its members are focused on the views of the so-called Third Generation East Germany concerning past, present and future societal issues. In the process, the association sees itself as a platform that initiates and executes projects relating to this generation.