The current political situation, humor as well as love - it's all there in the latest NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER short film program that German Films will be presenting in the 20th edition in Cannes. Apart from the best student shorts - including the current Student Oscar winner AYNY -, the popular and traditional program is being enhanced for the seventh time by the winners of the FFA's SHORT TIGER Award. The eight female and five male directors of the eleven selected films will be coming to the Côte d’Azur to present their films. The members of the selection jury were the actor Maxim Mehmet, Student Oscar winner® Ilker Çatak and Gregory Theile (Kinopolis/Theile Group).

Whether they're fiction, animation or documentary films, the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 program offers a traditionally multifaceted cross-section of contemporary German short films. Political subjects are very prominent this year, two brothers who have lost their house and dream of a musical instrument, a story of escaping from the war in Syria magically transformed into a journey to the moon, everyday life and memories of refugee accommodation or the humorous unmasking of prejudices about immigrants. But love and humor doesn't come off badly either, whether it is the story of the two elderly ladies who get stuck in a lift, a married couple of 45 years whose love overcomes all the barriers to communication, the cautious approach between two young dancers, a girl who is more grown-up than her father assumes, the feeding habits of a common chameleon, a rapidly compressed film noir homage, or a female ape wooed by two ardent admirers.
The premiere screening of NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 will be held in the presence of the filmmakers in the Olympia Cinema in Cannes on Sunday, 21 May 2017, at 5:30 pm.


AYNY by Ahmad Saleh (Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) animation)
THE BLOOD WE SAW by Josephine Links (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, documentary)
CHANGE (TASCHENGELD) by Annika Pinske (German Film and Television Academy (DFFB), fiction)
CLOSE by Lisa Reich (University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), fiction)
ETAGE X by Francy Fabritz (German Film and Television Academy (DFFB), fiction)
DUOLOGUE (MEINUNGSAUSTAUSCH) by Sophie Linnenbaum & Sophia Bösch (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, experimental documentary, Short Tiger)
MOONJOURNEY by Chiara Grabmayr (University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), fiction, Short Tiger)
MR AND MRS MÜLLER (HERR UND FRAU MÜLLER) by Dominique Klein (University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), documentary)
OUR WONDERFUL NATURE – THE COMMON CHAMELEON by Tomer Eshed (Lumatic, animation, Short Tiger)
SANTA MARIA by Erik Schmitt (DETAiLFILM, fiction, Short Tiger)
SHINE by Alexander Dietrich & Johannes Flick (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, animation, Short Tiger)

Information about all films can be found here

Following the premiere, the program will be shown at international festivals and as part of the Festivals of German Films which are are staged by German Films in Madrid, New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and Moscow.

The selection for the program was made from 82 entries submitted by 17 film academies; the films were not allowed to be any longer than 15 minutes and had to be realised by students from a German film academy in 2016/2017. An additional 40 films made outside of film schools were entered for the SHORT TIGER. This competition was open to short films with theatrical potential and a running time of under five minutes.

NEXT GENERATION was initiated in 1997 to present up-and-coming talents from German film schools on an international level. The SHORT TIGER has been awarded by the FFA since 2000. The awards ceremony was held in Berlin on 16 March 2017. The winning films will be shown once more on 10 May 2017 during the cinema conference in Karlsruhe. The joint initiative NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER by German Films and the FFA has existed since 2011.

German Films and the FFA thank the supporters of NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017 - Sonopress, pro omnia and Südliche Weinstraße e.V. - as well as the cooperation partners AG Kurzfilm, Forum Film and HDF.

Martin Scheuring (Short Film Coordinator)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)