The 9th BEYOND “Future Design” festival ended successfully this weekend. This year the expert symposium, the film festival and the art exhibitions were drawn into virtual space due to the Covid-19 situation. For four days, live broadcasts from the ZKM studio were transmitted from 9:30 to 21:00.
The winners are announced!
Best Short Documentary
Jury statement: “Filmic narration without losing many words: The fight with the banana trees of the opening sequence in slow motion and above all the moon reflected in the rainforest drop (the moon falls at 16:08) are unforgettable moments of this work. A sensitive, meditative observation of the highest cineastic perfection that immerses us in a distant world where a family still lives in symbiosis with the nature of the jungle. Beyond a purely factual form of presentation of research results and without “Talamanca”, a so-called “Visual Anthropology”, original sources become the basis of a free, emphatic representation in the time-based medium of film art, research and knowledge: “Talamanca” convinces us of the necessity of artistic emancipation from the older siblings of social anthropology, science and literature, and of what can only be said through the audiovisual.
Best Short Fiction
Jury statement: “Is it possible to make a farce about the end of the world (at least a small one) that almost comes across as a fairy tale or parable? Which in its pictorial ideas and mise-en-scène reminds us of great role models such as the Swedish master director Roy Andersson? With his film “After us the Flood” Christoph Hertel succeeds in this little trick, which he provides with an important message. For just as in the world we live in, so in the fictional village of Klein-Reibach the population does not want to know about the looming dangers. And rather close their eyes to the inevitable fate. As unusual as the stylistics of the short film with its handmade special effects, as fresh and original is the tone of the sensitively overdrawn grotesque. And perhaps this, in addition to admonishing words, of which there are enough at present, is also a method of drawing attention to climate change and all its dangers – with a balanced mixture of humour and seriousness.”
Jury statement: A film that gives hope! A film about an ecological and social project that is fascinatingly ambitious. A film that is carried and driven by a vision. When the Great Green Wall will ever be finished on 8,000 kilometres across Africa is not decisive. What is important is rather the will to change, the power of the music and the boundless optimism in this film. They have a contagious effect. Thomas Sankara is quoted as saying, “We must dare to invent the future.” That sets the tone. When grandiose music then celebrates a departure into sustainability and is paired with masterful cinematic craftsmanship, great narrative art is created. The director Jared P. Scott has succeeded in creating a homage to a future project – at the same time an invitation to a feast for the senses.
Focus on climate change
The climate crisis and the crisis of imminent ecological collapse not only affect the nature we live in,
but our economic, political, social and technological systems. The climate crisis is a crisis of contemporary global civilization and therefore also a task for art.
This year, BEYOND Film Festival Future Design therefore focuses on climate change and its effects. National and international films that deal with ecological and social problems, films that force society, politics and companies to think and above all to act, films that create new narratives and ideas for the 21st century and design alternative futures are welcome.
Together we can create a sustainable future.
We think BEYOND.
What you can expect
Movies on Demand
Sustainable. International. BEYOND
Film and media experts from all over Germany
Our jury is just as diverse as the films submitted.
Retrospective: Erwin Wagenhofer
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