The 23rd International Short Film Festival, a veritable meeting place for the international short film and video scenes, anticipates experts on films, Berliners and guests from all around the world. During the six days of the festival 550 short films will be shown in 115 screenings. An international jury will award ‘interfilm Short Awards' worth € 40.000.

G r e e t i n g
from the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, for the 2007 International Short Film Festival Berlin

Berlin welcomes all of you to the International Short Film Festival. Look forward to six festival days full of programs and activities, to exciting and committed films, to youthful, fresh contributions, to documentaries, and to thoughtful and humorous shorts. Look forward to a open-minded city – to the film capital Berlin.

Klaus Wowereit

Film is at home in Berlin. Its studios are legendary, its locations are sought-after and diverse, its stories are not hard to find, day or night. Filmmakers from all over the world treasure Germany's capital city as a film location. The same goes for young filmmakers, who find the conditions here ideal for starting their careers. In short, Berlin is a moving place – thanks to its history and to the dynamics of this cosmopolitan, tradition-steeped, and simultaneously young cultural metropolis.

Klaus Wowereit

W e l c o m e!

With a selection of 550 short films, more than ever before, chosen from a total of 3,800 submissions from 88 countries and worldwide research efforts, interfilm presents 66 programs (or 115 shows) that display current developments in international short film creation. Most of the productions were made in Germany, England, France, South Korea and Australia.

Half of all submitted films were narrative fiction, approximately 20% were animations, and the rest was made up of two roughly equal parts documentary and experimental films.

Heinz Hermanns

Six competition programs and 40 other special programs will feature exceptional short films, both narrative and experimental, in the form of animations or music clips, children's films and documentaries. This year's thematic focus is on the last two of the aforementioned categories. Awards valued at a total of 45,000 € will be distributed to the competition winners.We are expecting more national and international visitors than ever this year, and are looking forward to welcoming them to Berlin's second-largest international film festival. May all audience members and guests enjoy an entertaining, thoughtful, communicative and inspiring festival!

Heinz Hermanns
Festival Director


International Competition
67 contemporary short film productions will compete in 7 programs for the votes by an international jury. Awards will be presented in the categories “Best Film,“ “Best Animation,“ and “Best Fiction.”

Confrontations – Against Violence and Intolerance
The competition section “Confrontations – Against Violence and Intolerance“ is a further addition to the International Competition, with three programs. The central theme of “Confrontations” is the worldwide phenomenon of violence and intolerance, and aims to exhibit the many ways filmmakers deal with the resulting complex of problems and possible strategies for a solution.   

Documentary Program - Realities         
The Documentary Competition, with two programs, is also international in its scope. This year’s festival focus on the documentary puts extra emphasis on the roundup of unique international realities in this competition.

Audience Competition Eject
All that’s weird and wonderful – Midnight Movie Madness has become an interfilm cult event, and this year it celebrates it’s 10th bizarre birthday! On Friday, 9 November, the Volksbühne audience will choose the strangest of the strange.

German Competition
A juggernaut of German short film. For the fifth consecutive year, this competition provides homegrown productions with their own forum. The three programs will be judged by a special jury, and for the first time the audience will also have a chance to pick their favorite.

Youth and Children’s Competition KuKi
The competition section for children’s short film will be divided into three sections:
Competition Program for Children 6+
Competition Program for Children 8+
Competition Program for Children 10+   



The Youth and Children’s Film Festival 

“Is this the right place?“ (10+)   
In addition to the 3 regular competition programs for children aged 6-12, and the script and production workshop in which 10-to-12-year-olds get to make their own short film on the subject “Is this the right place? Being Foreign – Being Different”, there will also be youth film program with the same theme. Questions raised are those of immigration, social exclusion and confusion and orientation during puberty.

Documentaries for  Children (12+)         
In keeping with this year’s festival focus on the documentary, interfilm will also include documentary film programs for children. The programs are aimed primarily at school groups, and will be followed by open discussion led by media pedagogues.  

Filmworkshop (10+)                     
200 children from seven Berlin schools wrote impressive stories on the topic “Being Foreign – Being Different.” The winning story will be adapted for the screen in the writing workshop, the finished script will be filmed by and with 10 children during the Fall Break 2007, and presented in the KuKi program on the same topic. The project “Children Making Short Film” is sponsored by interfilm and Bewegliche Ziele e.V. The film will be presented to a broad audience within the festival, and is also a highlight in the KUKI program.



Kassel Documentary and Video Festival
Our festival counterparts in Kassel present the best productions from their last festival and sum up the year 2006.

Leipzig Documentary and Animation Film Festival
Leipzig presents animated documentaries: Highlights of three years of ANIMADOK. 

Without Words – Non-Dialogue Documentaries              
The power of images becomes evident in films that document without words.

Jan Peters Special      
This documentary filmmaker presents peculiar treasures from his copious repertoire.

Reality Bites
Films that are challenge the definition of reality, and a classic festival program: a study in the power and manipulability of pictures – not least by the media itself. We present films on the perimeter of the documentary genre. Unreal reality meets the really unreal.

Realities Rewind - Highlights
As part of this year's focus on the documentary, this program features a selection of masterpieces and award-winning films from the past five interfilm Documentary Competitions.

Documentaries for Children (10+/12+)          
See KUKI – Youth and Children’s Film



The highly diverse and energetic “New Romanian Wave” within the Romanian film scene captures the status quo of a country and snapshots of its population.

South Korea
In recent years, a film landscape has emerged in South Korea – practically from nowhere – that shows enormous potential. Blossoming with innovative energy, the South Korean film scene is currently the most vivacious in Asia. A young generation of filmmakers produces technically brilliant animations and short features which reflect the tensions between traditional forms of thought and modern (city) life.




Zagreb School of Animation presents Historic animation films and New Croatian short films got selected from the Tabor Short Film Festival.

St. Kilda is Australia’s most important short film festival. In 2008, it will take place for the 25th consecutive year. The two programs include a small selection of films that were produced in Australia in the last 18 months.

Cortitos - Latin America
Once again this year: Ibero-American short film.

Spanien - La vida en corto
New Highlights from Spain.

New animations from Southeast Asia will again be presented in one program.

Films on Paris
Following our New York special last year comes a program featuring Paris. Unique productions offer renderings on the history, lifestyle and distinctive features of this metropolis.

Italy - Immaginale
10 years Immaginale! Immaginale is a festival within the interfilm-festival. In cooperation with the Short Film Festival Capalbio we offer new films as well as Italian Masterpieces from Antonioni, Risi und Rossellini and others.



European Academy Short Award: Prix UIP
The nominees for the European Short Film Award: For the third year running, interfilm presents the winners of the Prix UIP. Initiated by United International Pictures (UIP) and the European Film Academy (EFA), juries at thirteen European festivals select one film from each, which are then automatically selected for the European Film Award. From these, the 1,600 members of the EFA select the nominees of the European Short Film Award.

Quick Flick World
Films that were made in a jiffy by separate teams, under one motto.

Simon Ellis
One of the most active and original short film directors in England displays his creative prowess.

People and places that really exist: Volker Gerling presents his very special form of cinema: the flipbook.

Autour de minuit – in digital wonderland
Nicolas Schmerkin, editor of the magazine “Cinema Reperages” and founder of the renowned short film production company “Autor de Minuit”, is a frontier runner in animation, experimental and fictional film. His visionary works feature asthetically employed new technologies, outlining his own graphic universe.



Films full of suspense and scary effects – the 2007 edition.

Experimental films with a narrative impact.
100 years of Berlin in 3-D Photograpy
Meisterstein presents historical photographs animated in to 3-D, offering new perspectives on Berlin.

Control –A program about Surveillance
Public surveillance has become a daily reality all over the world. Filmmakers from different countries handle the subject of surveillance in different ways - sometimes playfully, sometimes solemn.

Clip It - Music, Art and Animation                    
Clip It is a collage of music, images and animation. In addition to innovative animated music videos, short films from the industrial and advertising sectors will also be featured. The aim is to create flowing transitions on a visual level, but also to homogenize diverse structures in appearance, narration, sound and technique, while still allowing the unexpected to come alive in the individual clips.

Soundso - New German Music Videos
The program shows a selection of the last years best German music videos.

Champion Sound - New International Music Videos
The program shows a selection of the last years best international music videos.

The Radar Festival - Next Generation Music Video
The Radar Festival creates opportunities for emerging music video director talent. Enjoy the selection of work from the eighteen 2007 finalists.

Commercials for a concept
"Commercials for a Concept" are ads - but not for products. They are ads for ideas, concepts or utopian product suggestions.   




The short documentary as a formal gateway.
What shapes international short documentary film today? How do you produce innovative, in-depth, challenging projects for various platforms? In the age of interactive television, online content, podcasting, IMP test and user-based content, the possibilities for multiple platform use are expanding. What opportunities do these new trends open for the distribution of independent documentary productions, and how will these new developments influence the future of the documentary?

Kids in Docu-Land – The Documentary as a Medium to the World for Children
The documentary sector for youth and children is growing. With television editors, pedagogues and students, we will discuss the new documentary potential as a media agent for authentic explanations of the world, somewhere between the Milka Cow and (till now transfigured) nature show. For example, can the medium of documentary help children understand nature?




Mitte im Glück            
Mon 29.10. – Sun 11.11.
Exhibit/obstacle course between the Babylon and Hackesche Höfe cinemas with Meisterstein’s historic 3-D photos of Berlin.

Festival Opening
Tue  06.11.  21:00
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Party from 00:00 at Roter Salon

Festival Lounge
Wed 07.11. –  Sun. 11. 11.
Roter Salon at the Volksbühne
19:30 and 21:30 Special Programs
from 23:00 Festival Lounge
Programs on film curiosities, the newest clips and music videos, and exclusive guests from the media will be presented every evening at Roter Salon. Later, enjoy the comfy Festival Lounge, which acts as a meeting point for filmmakers and visitors alike.

Festival Party
Sat 10.11. from 23:00
103 Club, Falckensteinstr. 47, Berlin-Kreuzberg
A shuttle bus will transport festival visitors from Kino Babylon Berlin:Mitte directly to the party. Screen-weary eyes can take a break and dance to international DJ sets and live acts.  

Award Ceremony
Sun 11.11. 19:30
Babylon Berlin:Mitte
Closing Party from 22:00 at Roter Salon

The Award Winning Films
Sun 11.11. 22:30
Babylon Berlin:Mitte




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