Next stop Croisette: the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER program of short sees German Films and the FFA pooling their forces in order to present promising fresh talents and prize-winning works to international professionals and audiences. It all starts off with the world premiere during the Festival de Cannes in the presence of the filmmakers. An expert jury selected 12 productions for the 21st edition that clearly show through the wide range of narrative forms, genres and subjects why the German short film enjoys such an excellent international reptuation.

NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER consists of remarkable student shorts by new talents - otherwise known as the NEXT GENERATION of German cinema – and the best German shorts under five minutes that won the FFA's SHORT TIGER award.

The three jury members Katja Benrath (director, Student Oscar winner and Oscar©-Nominee), Daniel Ebner (Artistic Director, VIS Vienna Shorts Festival) and Dr. Gregory Theile (CEO of the KINOPOLIS Group) decided on the line-up for this short film program out of 105 entries from 17 film schools and (for the SHORT TIGER) 59 short films produced outside of film schools.

Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films: "Many of the films in this year's program deal in painstaking detail with current social and political issues, although not without finding some kind of hope. The stories, told from different perspectives and in a variety of styles, are both very personal as well as being universal. They are a further illustration of the fact that the short film is an independent art form which belongs on the big screen and that it provides us with the opportunity to discover new trends in filmmaking early on."

The premiere screening of NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2018 in the presence of the filmmakers will take place on Sunday, 13 May 2018, at 17:30 in the Olympia Cinema in Cannes. There is free entrance for all those accredited at the Festival de Cannes.


L’ARIA DEL MOSCERINO by Lukas von Berg (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, animation, Short Tiger)
CARLOTTA’S FACE by Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld (Filmstahl, Fabian&Fred, animated documentary, Short Tiger)
COMMENTS by Jannis Alexander Kiefer (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, fiction film)
EGO by Lukas Baier (University of Television and Film Munich, fiction film)
EPITHESE by Rebecca Zehr (University of Television and Film Munich, documentary)
HIM & HER by Nathalie Lamb (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, animation)
ISLAND by Max Mörtl, Robert Löbel (animation, Short Tiger)
MEGA TRICK by Anne Isensee (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, animation, Short Tiger)
MORALE by Lukas Nathrath (Hamburg Media School, fiction film)
RIEN NE VA PLUS by Sophie Linnenbaum (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, fiction film)
WITHOUT MERCY by Julia Charakter (international film school cologne, animated documentary)
WE'RE BACK AGAIN A by Shirel Peleg (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, fiction film)

Information about the films can be found here...

NEXT GENERATION was launched 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 23 April 2018.

The joint initiative of NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER by German Films and the FFA has existed since 2011. Entries from the film academies for the program may not be any longer than 15 minutes and must have been realised by students of a German film academy in 2017/2018. Films made outside of film schools were submitted to AG Kurzfilm for the SHORT TIGER. This prize is open to shorts under five minutes with theatrical potential.

German Films and the FFA thank the supporters of NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2018 - Sonopress, pro omnia and Südliche Weinstraße e.V. - as well as the cooperation partners AG Kurzfilm, Forum Film and HDF.

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