Eleven new films from nine German film and art academies make up this year's NEXT GENERATION lineup which will be presented for the first time on the occasion of the Cannes Film Festival. The independent expert jury (Heinz Badewitz, Hof Film Days; Astrid Kühl, Short Film Agency, and Nikolaj Nikitin, "Der Schnitt") compiled a multi-faceted programme which is marked by a pronounced stylistic will and technical skill.
NEXT GENERATION presents: OBERSTUBE by Sebastian Winkels and FÜR DICH MEIN HERZ by Johannes von Gwinner (both from HFF "Konrad Wolf"); ENDSTATION: PARADIES by Jan Thüring and DER PILOT by Oliver Seiter (both from the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy); QUAK by Wolfgang Dienslage (Film Studies Dept., University of Hamburg); DANS L'ATELIER DU SCULPTEUR by Richard Bade (Academy of Media Arts, Cologne); MARIE MUSS RENNEN by Konrad Sattler (HFF Munich); WÜNSCH DIR WAS by Franziska Stünkel (Hannover Polytechnic); KLEINE FISCHE by Holger Ernst (College of Art, Kassel); DAS TASCHENORGAN by Carsten Strauch (College for Design, Offenbach); and >ohne titel< by Romeo Grünfelder (College for Fine Arts, Hamburg).
The programme will also feature a special screening of QUIERO SER by Florian Gallenberger (HFF Munich) who received both the Honorary Foreign Student Award ("Student OSCAR") and - most recently - the Best Short Film OSCAR for his film.
NEXT GENERATION is an initiative established by the Export-Union in 1997 to promote German student films that are no longer than 10 minutes. The fourth edition will be presented to the professional audience for the first time in Cannes on Sunday 13th May in the STAR Cinema as part of the "Cannes German Programme". Following the presentation in Cannes, which is also supported by the six major regional film funds, NEXT GENERATION will be shown, as in previous years, at the Festivals of German Cinema which the Export-Union organises in key cities of the international film industry (2001: Rome, Madrid, Paris, London, Los Angeles).